Glenn Alperin, Letter Ghostwriter

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About Glenn Alperin, Letter Ghostwriter

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I write customized letters for people. While a person may know the message they wish to communicate in general terms, being able to compose a letter with the proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, and most importantly, tone can be a real challenge.

Letters are a very personal form of communication, deserving of a great deal of consideration and thought. Being able to communicate a precise message with the right words and tone of voice is very important. Doing so in a letter sends a strong message to the recipient that this is something very important to you, and it should be important to the recipient as well.

For example, a resume cover letter will look very different from a complaint letter, and that will look very different from a letter inquiring about a particular service or a thank you letter. Whatever the purpose of the letter, I can compose it in a way which will be received in the precise way that you wish it to be received.

Here is how it works: You call or email me with a request to write a letter for you. I discuss with you the nature of your situation. I take a whole bunch of notes, and then I compose a letter for you which you can then print, sign, and send in the mail. I will send the letter I compose for you to your email address.

I charge $25 per page plus $15 per hour for consultation and writing. I expect that most letters will be one page long, and will generally take between two and four hours of work between consultation, writing, and editing. As a general rule, I do not expect my first draft to be the final draft. There are almost always details I am not aware of, or small changes which I expect will be requested. An additional consultation can hash out those details and give your letter the polished look it deserves.

Payment is expected via USPS money order, the Bill Pay feature of your on-line bank, or via PayPal. Specific details for completing payment will be provided to you at the time I provide the letter-writing service to you.

My only restriction is that I will not compose letters of a legal nature, as I am not qualified to do so.

I look forward to hearing from you soon so I can get to work on writing your letter.


Brookline, MA 02446

Question and answer

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. 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.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. 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.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. 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.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. 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.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. 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.

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