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Jody L. Halsted
from 2 reviews
    Carol S.
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    I have had the opportunity to work with Jody on several occasions, and each time the experience has been an absolute delight. Not only is Jody a talented writer who understands her niche, she is also a completely buttoned-down professional, who is always organized and on time. I look forward to working with Jody again.

    Way With Words
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Kyle C.
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    I needed a blog writer who would deliver quality work, hit deadlines and ultimately go beyond the call. Annie did just that! She is a true professional in every sense of the word. What stands out the most, is how she never cuts corners just to get to a certain word count. She even does the extra research necessary to make sure each piece comes to together accurately and professionally. Deadlines are always hit and the quality of writing is top-notch! If you are looking for someone who will surpass your expectations and get the job done right, hire Annie for your project. She has my highest recommendation!

    Eric Hawxby
    from 1 review
    • 8 years in business
    Craig B.
    Verified review

    I was lucky enough to meet Eric through a colleague and boy, am I glad I did! Not only has he helped me write copy for my work publications, but has edited my personal manuscripts, and acted as tutored for my children from high school into college. His insights have certainly made me a better writer. Also, Eric has stepped in more than once to carry on writing projects when I was unable to; while maintaining the voice and tone of the piece seamlessly. Plus, his sense of humor and unique ability to succinctly capture the essence of an idea or fleeting moment in time is truly an amazing talent to behold. 5 stars plus five more stars, I say!


    I write songs and poems. I can also set song lyrics to original music. I am a seasoned guitarist and song writer. I also write short stories and vivid descriptions.


    20 years of commuications experience researching, writing and editing business deliverables; any format


    My professional background includes 20+ years experience in content strategy, project and editorial management, creative direction, editing, and writing. I've held staff positions at the Meredith Corporation (Meredith Content Licensing,,,; and The Herb Quarterly, Piano & Keyboard, and Strings magazines. How can I help your content and creative teams thrive? ✓ Content strategy, ideation, creation, curation, and production direction ✓ Collaborative editorial consulting ✓ Top-notch research and writing ✓ Committed project and team management ✓ Intimate knowledge of (and experience with): Home and garden, family/parenting, finance, health, lifestyle, and arts & entertainment content verticals ✓ Content curation and editorial marketing know-how ✓ Established SEO, keyword analytics, and content optimization skills


    My name is Jon Sofen, and I am an experienced writer and internet marketer. Put those two fields together and you get the following services: * Web Page Content * Article and Press Release Marketing * Link Building Services * Social Media Marketing * Reputation Management ( and clean up) I have an advanced understanding of Search Engine Optimization or SEO, and the content and links I provide help increase your online presence. I can help you achieve a first page Google ranking for profitable keywords. I look forward to helping you grow your online business!

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    Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses that qualify for government grants, and individuals who qualify for foundation or government grants. Hiring a good grant writer can help you gain funding in your chosen field. According to the American Grant Writers’ Association, grant writers can help you research potential grant opportunities; write grant proposals, create budgets, and build budget narratives; review written materials before you submit; prepare a business plan; analyze your organization for grant competitive qualities; prepare research grants; help with 501(c)(3) applications for nonprofits; and more. Investing in the right grant writer could result in a financial win for your organization. Generally no licenses or certificates are required to be a good grant writer, but you may want to find a grant writer who has been certified (not just received a certificate of completion) by a reputable organization such as the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. Qualities to look for in a good grant writer include:

    • Proven success writing winning grants, especially in your target area.
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Strong math skills and demonstrated proficiency with budgeting.
    • Careful attention to detail — brilliant grant proposals may be rejected just for formatting errors, so you want someone who follows instructions explicitly.
    • Expertise in your target area.
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    How much does a grant writer cost?

    Hiring a grant writer can give you a competitive edge when applying for financial grants for your business or nonprofit organization, or as an individual. The cost to hire a grant writer can vary depending on their academic background, areas of expertise, previous grant writing success and years of experience. According to the Grant Professionals Association, grant writers should be paid hourly or by flat fee. It is unethical for a grant writer to accept a commission or percentage compensation of grant monies received. They can, however, be awarded bonuses in line with the hiring company’s prevailing practices. Here are some examples of average grant writing fees:

    • Hourly rate for grant writers with less experience or fewer grants awarded: $25-$35 per hour.
    • Hourly rate for grant writers with some degree of success: $35-$75 per hour.
    • Hourly rate for grant writers with proven success winning large grants: $75-$150 or more per hour.
    • For a smaller grant, the writer may charge a flat fee of $200-$500 for preparation and submission.  

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