Glenn Alperin, Letter Ghostwriter

Brookline, MA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I don't believe there are a lot of people who do what I do. Even so, I have a keen ear for listening, and the ability to turn what I hear into a clear and concise message. While I can not guarantee how your letter will be received by the intended recipient, I can guarantee that your ability to communicate your message will be greatly enhanced by my skills with writing letters and with my use of language in general. Anybody can write a letter, but writing an effective letter which really communicates your point of view precisely does take some practice. I am particularly skilled with writing and with writing letters, so I know you will not be disappointed.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like being able to talk to so many different kinds of people. I also enjoy the process of writing and being able to take the ideas, thoughts, and intentions of other people, and forming them into a letter which has a lot of cohesion around the topic of concern to them. Most of all, I enjoy being able to present a completed letter to my clients, and receiving their approval of how I put their thoughts and ideas together into a final product. Each one of these makes the entire process worthwhile to me, but all of them together is what makes this profession most enjoyable to me. I hope you'll give me the opportunity to show you my enthusiasm for my job.
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Location

Brookline, MA 02446

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Q&A

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $25 per page, plus $15 per hour for my time. Most letters will require only one page, but I also realized that I did not want to be spending all of my time on a one page letter for a potential client. This allows me to charge a reasonable fee taking into account both the time involved and the amount of tangible work performed.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I am both an excellent writer and an excellent communicator. It was, therefore, a natural fit for me to decide to begin a business focusing on the skill of writing letters. I also realized that there was a need for such a service as the art of writing letters seems to be going out of favor, but the need for writing letters has not. If anything, the need for writing letters has grown a lot, especially in the highly competitive job market that exists at the moment. A resume won't be read without a cover letter, for example, and refusing to followup a job interview with a thank-you note is considered extremely poor etiquette. Nonetheless, a good cover letter is actually very difficult to write without a lot of practice. In fact, it is far easier to write too much than to write not enough. Realizing this, I decided that would be one area I was interested in focusing on.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Resume cover letters and thank you letters seem to be the most common types of jobs I handle. For a resume cover letter, it is important for me to know something about previous job history and skills used at those jobs. A resume cover letter is a place to introduce yourself, describe how that previous job history will be applicable to the job currently being advertised, and conclude with a call to action to further along the hiring process. Once those three tasks are accomplished, it is time to conclude the resume cover letter. A thank you letter is a place to describe one's gratitude for something somebody else has done. These range from fairly short to quite extravagant depending upon how much gratitude you wish to show.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Writing letters is a very specialized skill. Many people do it, though fewer than in the past, but how many of those people do it really well? Writing a letter isn't the same thing as writing an email message. You can't cut corners if you expect your message to be taken seriously. Therefore, customers should be able to determine that you have a great deal of skill with writing and communicating. Customers should read some of your prior written material, preferably some of your previously written letters. From reading these, a customer should be able to determine that your writing and communication skills are top notch.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Being a letter ghostwriter pretty much means you are on call all of the time. However, I am not always available to answer when people call. I will always respond within 24 hours if you leave me a telephone or email message, so please don't hesitate to do so.