What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Typically I find out what they need looked at, the length of the project and then calculate the price. I explain and make sure the client is clear on cost, payment and the time line they need this project returned to them by. I welcome speaking with clients on the phone/in person, getting to know them and their project a little. I await the arrival of their work and the down payment. Then I get to work for them.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I like to chat a few minutes with the client, see what they would like focused on and then, once booked and deposit is received I look foreword to helping them pass on a good message.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- After adding my formal Mass Communications studies at the University level, I stay tuned up on my craft by being an active member a Writer's Group in my home town and keeping employed as a writer and editor. In addition, in reading other writer's works and seeing the comments of others in our field, whether it is on our own work or on others around us is a great way to learn to "see" what the audience is getting. Furthermore, I continue to write and submit and, I am honored to say, get published. I regularly submit writings for review to the Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge website.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I took speech training in college and have studied some Grief Sharing subjects as well as learned to inspire and lift others up from my Pastor.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- My pricing system is NOT Complicated. It is easy and straight forward:
Current Rates $2.50 per page
For example -- a 200 page Manuscript
200 X 2.50 = $500.00
I require no less than a 50% deposit. Full payment is due prior to me sending the Proofread/Edited/Written document back to you.
If you desire me to return your manuscript back to you Chapter by Chapter then I require no less than a 50% deposit before I start looking at your manuscript; ¼ of the remaining balance is due Prior to me sending you your first Chapter back with the remainder of the ¼ balance due to me prior to Chapter Two being sent to the client.
I accept PayPal payments.
Rush Jobs welcome, but may cost extra.
Clean copy jobs are billed at $4.50 per page.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I charge per head of people you are looking to have me address, plus travel expenses.
I require no less then a 50% deposit with balance due on that day/night prior to me speaking.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- I decided to get into the wordplay line of work as a mother who wanted to bring more income into the family and, oh back then (1990), I wanted to better explain the industry my husband and I were working in. It paid off. I decided to add a university education and additional industry training to my love of words, which was handed down to me from my grandfather (a fellow writer) and my mom and my dad.
I started editing for others in 1989/90 and I have been blessed to be able to help others along the way ever since.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I started in 1996 as a non-traditional college student. I helped other students learn how to gain scholarships and encouraged everyone from DisAbled Students to Single Mothers to At-Risk Students to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Then life, the safety of my children, divorce, death, heath issues challenged me to survive, stay positive and Pay It Forward, so counseling, writing and speaking helps me reach others and inspire.
What types of customers have you worked with?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- The most common jobs I am being asked to Proofread/Edit are things people write and know that they need a fresh set of eyes on, prior to submission and/or publication. Because I am a versatile I get everything from Internet Marketing Textbooks to Self-Help Manuals to Adventure and Romance manuscripts, Memoirs, and Children's books, etc. I do not limit the genre/style/subject matter, the size of the project or the industry that the end product will be going into. Because, in my opinion, if I did, it would be to the detriment of my client's end results ... if I only Proofread or Edited or Write what I "liked to read" then the client is not getting an unbiased read.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING - I have worked with college Students looking to find and win scholarships, DisAbled Students and others looking to better their lives by bettering their education. I have spoken to strangers looking to purchase a horse, purchase the services of a horse trainer, children and parents who want to get a horse from the pasture to the show ring with "little Johnny or little Suzzie" in 30 days; interested horse owners who want to learn a new discipline. Furthermore I have spoken to parents who have suffered the loss of a child and other folks who are grieving.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Recently, I submitted a couple of items to a contest. They were accepted and a short story "Standing Up For All of the Right Reasons" and a poem, "Counting the Days Like Most Mothers Do" were accepted and included in -- What's Your Story - 2013 Memoir Anthology (now available on Amazon) and can be seen at my blog: Kathleen's Dragonfly Desk.
I can turn a story around or a poem in 24 hours, depending upon the length.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
EDITING/PROOFREADING - Make sure you pick someone with the experience, education and time to meet your deadline. Remember, you get what you pay for (i.e. the least expensive is not always the best. In addition, a good sentence is a good sentence, let's face it.
Find someone affordable (ME) with repeat customers (ME again). Find someone who will NOT "just tell you" your manuscript is "good" (ME, I give you detailed feedback). There is more to Editing and Proofreading than pattin' someone on the back. Honesty. Yes, honesty is always the best policy. I do it with a kindness that does not trample on what you have written but provides you with honest constructive feedback ... and I come with nearly 25 years experience.
All writers need a fresh set of eyes on their project(s), because we see what we think we wrote; we think we are being clear, but often that is because we know what we are writing about. We need a fresh set of unbiased eyes to get a good project ready for publication. So let's get started. Let me help you by having me take a look at what you wrote.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER -- Picking someone who has experience speaking in front of group (like ME), someone charismatic (Me), someone who has been faced with hurdles and overcome them (Me).
I have experienced Domestic Violence, Stalking (protecting my children along the way), the Murder of my first born, Divorce, the amputation of my left foot and ankle (4 days prior to my mother's funeral), which is to say I have endured Emotional and Physical hardships and survived; I have maintained my positive outlook in life as well. I currently counsel others who have lost loved ones and I am here ready to help others by leading by example. So what sized group do you need inspired?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Think whether you want an unbiased set of eyes and subsequent encouraging feedback that will get you closer to a finished product or if you just want someone, a friend usually, to tell you "it is good" no matter what. And think about how important your project really is and know, it may cost you a little to gain a lot.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER - I wish people would be willing to have a Motivational Speaker drive in for their event.