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Independence Day Editing
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen E.
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He has a very sharp eye and the ability to make suggestions that improve the writing without interfering with my style. He's easy to work with. A good thing. And did I mention patient. I'd definitely use him again.


Writer, editor and publisher with more than 20 years extensive experience in publications, web content, technical writing, books and ebooks. I particularly welcome clients with interesting and creative projects.


I write copy, prepare marketing strategies, plan events, write news articles, write social media posts, research and think up creative ways to boost revenue.


I have the *experience* you need to reach your goals with the written word -- 10+ years working as a newspaper journalist (reporter, columnist, obituary writer) and copy editor; 4 years experience as a college freshman composition instructor; published author of 3 middle grade children's books, including one that was a best-seller in its genre.


My aim is to help bring success to others where I have always soared. My area of expertise is in writing everything from blogs to short stories, newsletters, flyers, resumes, and presentations. Let me write and bring you the success you seek in your endeavors. I also have over 20 years of successful call center customer service ability and have maintained 100% on my quality assurance numbers. I enjoy coaching aspiring and current customer service representatives into obtaining the high-quality assurance numbers which will secure your call center position.


With a bachelor's degree in advertising from Michigan State University and a master's degree in communications from Grand Valley State University, my expertise and experience ranges from writing (fiction and nonfiction), marketing communications, public relations, researching, editing, public speaking, event planning and graphic design. I also provide the following services: * proofing/editing * ghost writing * public relations * speaking/consulting * instruction


Don't know where to start? Call me to help you start on that book you've been dreaming of writing! Services include book writing (ghost-writing), editing, researching, fact-checking, proofreading --- and anything else you want done with 'words'?


I write and edit cover letters, resumes, and web content with a clear eye and good ear for language. If you need to make an impression on a prospective employer, or draw business to your website, I can write precise, clean copy that gets attention.


Writing, editing experience for 25 years, primarily in electronics. Product description, operating and service manuals.


Freelance writer with 15 years experience. Ten years technical writing experience with multinational corporation. Honed writing and editing skills..

  • 4 years in business

Creative, technical, and professional writing, editing, and transcription. Words are my craft and I am a master. Have a website that needs words? I can provide them. Need to make a good impression in a professional email? I can help you do that. Have an important term paper due soon? I won't write it for you, but I'll comb through it for grammar mistakes and help you polish it. If it needs to be written, and written well, I'm the one you want.


Writing and editing services for books, ebooks, magazine articles and website content. I specialize in how-to material such as directions, do-it-yourself descriptions and craft and hobby instructions.


I love writing, the English language is something I'm just good at. I can write anything from blogs to essays, and back up the other side of the fence. If you need wit, I've got it. You want a fluff piece, I'm your girl. Looking to bring awareness to your cause? I can do it all and I love it. If you want to impress your audience and have a clear, concise piece to present, contact me!


I am a 1998 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in Psychology and Youth Services. Writing and editing are of special interest to me; I find them enjoyable and sometimes challenging.

  • 3 years in business

I began an interest in writing when I was very young and wrote short stories. This all stemmed from my deep love of books and reading. Writing is now a lifestyle for me.

  • 1 year in business

I have experience writing for the Kalamazoo Animal Rescue's newsletter, newsletters for work, providing resume assistance, preparing government capability statement guidance, creating event flyers, and creating/maintaining forms (such as new client, research, event registration, etc.).


I'm an experienced writer and editor looking to write or edit articles, books, resumes, websites, etc. I have experience as a columnist, technical writer, fiction writer, and editor. I am willing and able to complete assignments quickly, ghostwrite, or edit anything you need edited. Contact me for fast, high-quality writing and editing.


I've been interested in reading and writing my whole life, and now that I've studied and taught both, I feel confident that I can provide you with competent assistance in the written word!


I have functioned as a technical writer, feature writer and short descriptive writer for others...had a career in journalism and now work in IT.


Copy and content editing of fiction and nonfiction NOTE: I am currently working part-time as a substitute teacher in public school system, which required background check and fingerprinting. I completed that in August, 2016,


Former journalist who was reporter, writer, photographer, and editor is now available for editing, writing, proofreading, and general consultation on all written efforts, from multi-volume book-length manuscripts to speeches, essays, papers, or letters to the editor. No job too large or too small.

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How do you hire a good grant writer?

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.
  • Punctuality and good communication skills.

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.  

Pricing may also vary based on the complexity of the grant application. A federal grant that requires pages of research, budgets and a business plan may take more than 30 hours to prepare. For a high-level grant writer who charges $100 per hour, this means $3,000 or more in grant writing fees.

Most grant writers will provide you with a total cost estimate before agreeing to the work. You may be required to pay a deposit up front, or the grant writer may work from a retainer. Often, seasoned grant writers pay for themselves in the long run by writing successful grants.

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