Depending on the project, I will charge per word, per page, or a flat fee.
For the kind of work I do it's difficult to just quote a job and bang out copy. I like to understand exactly what the project is, so I will typically ask to talk by phone or in person. I spend a lot of time (for no charge) learning about the client and the project before I give a quote and get started. I want to establish a good working relationship right away, and hopefully a long-term one.
Journalism, law, post-grad writing courses, internship in advertising, advertising agency experience, newspaper writing, public relations (political campaigns), several mentoring programs.