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  • 8 years in business
  • 294 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe K.
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Joe did a great job writing my resume. Highly recommended! A pleasure to do business with!

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from 134 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 244 hires on Thumbtack
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Justin W.
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Miranda was awesome, I hired her for resume writing, linkedin, and cover letter service. I started getting interview requests after her edits and appreciate her talent.

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EG Results, LLC
from 53 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
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Gerald L.
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Ellen really supported me and took immediate action to take my resume and cover letter to a whole new level. I would definitely recommend her without reservation!

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VerbWright Writing Services
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
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Aetna M.
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Sandra is a professional in writing, and I value her expertise. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs revisions in writing research papers.

Yes! You Can!
from 38 reviews
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Paul T.
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Laura's writing captured the feelings I wanted to express at my daughter's wedding. she alleviated my angst and was very responsive and helpful. I would highly recommend her writing.

  • 22 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Nicolette W.
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Victoria was AMAZING! She has such a fun personality and is really easy to get along with. If you're having any sort of issues with your resume, or want to switch career paths, she is the perfect person to help you. She has some serious creative writing skills and can take a bad resume and turn it into an amazing one in no time at all. Highly recommend!

Emily H. Writes
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Chris W.
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Emily did a great job writing my resume for me. Very fast turnaround and very professional. Thanks Emily!!

  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Annie W.
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Our first meeting was great. He is a conscientious tutor. He prepared some practices for me to learn about my skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. And then he will customize a plan for me, according to my performance in our first meeting.

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from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa S.
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I was frustrated with progress on my dissertation when I was gifted time with a dissertation coach. Stephanie Latkovski was responsive, attentive, insightful, and incredibly helpful. She got me past being stuck and feelings of inadequacy to focusing on the job to be done. Not only did I begin to feel better about myself as a writer, I became more productive. Three years after I graduated with my doctoral degree, my dissertation was published. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great writing coach!

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Katie O.
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I initially experienced Tammy's writing coaching as a participant in her "Crafting and Inspirational Blog" class. Her teaching style is dynamic and experiential, giving great examples for the concepts she teaches and then encouraging her students to try their hand at it. Her follow-up and suggestions are always beneficial. My experience with that class was so great that I hired Tammy. We meet over the phone weekly to edit my newsletter articles. When I am struggling to find the words for what I want to say, she asks exactly the right questions to enable me to find those words. And, when I'm having a hard time coming up with a topic, we brainstorm ideas. In addition, Tammy writes a weekly newsletter with writing tips that help solidify what I am learning. The process is always full of learning and fun. Tammy is absolutely fabulous in every way!

Brilliant Light
from 8 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Charlie S.
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I've worked with Kyra Marcano in a few different capacities. Kyra is incredibly personable and has a unique ability to cultivate authentic, trusting relationships with anyone. Strong writing and editing demands a commitment to detail and creativity. Kyra adds both. I wholly recommend Brilliant Light.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley S.
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Laura helped me with an essay I was writing for admission into the nursing program at UW Parkside. She was very quick with her responses back to me and had a lot of wonderful feedback to help me better my essay. I really appreciate the time she took to help me.

Sheilamary Koch
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Gillian C.
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Sheila is a professional teacher with many years of experience teaching English from preschool to high school level. I worked with Sheila in two educational institutions and really appreciated her outstanding level of English, her genuine passion for literature and her in-depth knowledge of the international Cambridge language exams. Her individual approach to each student makes her ideal for giving English classes online.

Olexiy Kryvych
from 3 reviews
    Valentina H.
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    Olexiy was really helpful and professional! He helped me organize my work experience and put it in a great looking format. Really easy to work with and has a lot of knowledge about resume and cover letter writing! Definitely recommend!

    Vanessa Rico
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Elizabeth S.
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    I have hired Vanessa Rico for two separate projects in the past month, and both she executed flawlessly. The first project she helped me with transcription and the second project she did some online prospecting work for me--identifying prospects for outreach for my small business. Her writing skills, her people skills, her attention to detail, and her ability to meet deadlines are superb. I look forward to hiring Vanessa for more freelance work in the future!

    Gillett Editing
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Matthew W.
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    I recently published a book, and Janet was an absolute DREAM to work with as the editor! Seriously. My greatest concern with this project was wanting to see and hear my voice come through on the pages. Janet made that happen! I could hear my voice come to life. Not only was the finished manuscript flawless, no errors, but there was also a TON of amazing feedback and respect of my vision for the book. Her feedback was honest and constructive, a passionate critique of my writing style, and there were even a few laughs for the both of us. What a joy to work with! AND, Janet even went above and beyond to create a unique and personalized video tutorial to guide me through the process of reviewing her edits in Word. Can't say enough to express how happy I am with the results of working with Janet!

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Lin L.
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    This was his first writing job, & he was very good about working with what I wanted, and making changes where necessary.

    Kenney Creative
    from 1 review
    • 26 years in business
    Nina H.
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    Cindy is the best of the best! She is someone you just want to get to know. She handled everything so beautifully and led us through it each step of the way. Our wedding was better than we could have ever hoped for! She made the entire wedding so personal and even wrote the most incredible poem about our lives together. We are going to have it framed as a lifelong reminder! With Cindy performing our marriage, we always felt comfortable that everything was in control and would go well - and believe me, that's a great feeling! After all, your wedding is your most important day! Cindy doesn't only have a lot of experience marrying people, but she has been a speaker for years! So she is very used to talking to big crowds. This was so wonderful, because she came across so natural, she could be heard well, and really knew how to "present" the ceremony so that it all comes off without a problem. She is also great for those awkward "on the spot" moments where no one knows what to do or say. (We had one of those with my mother-in-law, but Cindy handled it beautifully!) Everyone was so pleased and very impressed. She led us through our rehearsal so we all knew what to do and what to expect. She helped us to write our vows without being intrusive or pushy. She was sooooo helpful! She organized our music for us, helped us to chose readings and just put together and overall ceremony that blew us away! Oh, and she also created our wedding bulletins! They were really awesome! I just loved them!!! I will recommend Cindy to everyone (and do). She is that on-in-a-million type of person you just hope will come into your life. We will always be grateful that she came into ours!!!!


    Creative Content Writing

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      I am a graduate of Columbia College with a bachelor's in arts, entertainment, media, and management. I specialize in writing biography pages and website content such as About Us sections. I also research demographic information and write proposals. My latest client was The Rio Chicago, a multimillion dollar mega entertainment complex, restaurant, and lounge. I wrote all of their web content and the concept they turned in to the city for review.

      Susan Dutca

      New To Thumbtack


        I provide writing and editing for customers in a plethora of fields, ranging from English literature to science. I hold a BA degree in English: literature and have exceptional written and verbal skills.

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