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Lake Oswego Writers

Browse these writing services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lake Oswego.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen G.
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Karen created an amazing cover letter for me. It was beautifully customized to specifically tie to the job posting and mirrored my resume perfectly. The quick response and turnaround time was awesome. I have other writing service needs coming up and I am looking forward to utilizing her services again.

Clarity Communications
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Marcia B.
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Amazing! Georgene’s careful and thorough attention to the detail, organization, and presentation of my dissertation was brilliant. She understood the importance of presenting a well thought-out research study to include both the structure and readability. Georgene approached the necessary edits of my dissertation with a comprehensive knowledge base of the best and most effective writing techniques. In each phone conversation or email, she actively listened to my concerns, thoughts, and ideas, making sure to gain an understanding of the goals of my study, and offering insights and recommendations to best meet these goals. The timely feedback of Georgene was exceptional. I very much appreciated her kindness and votes of confidence throughout the entire editing process. If you have the opportunity to work with Georgene – take it! She’s incredible!

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew G.
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Great at taking what I wanted to say and putting it in the right words.

Dave Dunkak
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Jennifer D.
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    Dave is a wonderful copyeditor! He helped me with my resume as well as other business correspondence over a number of months. He is thoughtful, thorough and over-delivered every time. He made great recommendations for copy edits that consistently made my writing more succinct and grammatically correct. I'd recommend him wholeheartedly!

    Elissa Hare
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Anne B.
    Verified review

    Elissa was an SAT tutor for our daughter, and later helped her with a big IB English extended essay project. She was an outstanding instructor! We would very highly recommend her to any student wanting to achieve their best on the SATs and beyond!

    Munkvold Inc.
    4.5
    from 4 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    James M.
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    I decided to have him do some editing. He, accurately, recognized that my book proposal was too long. I'd been misled by one that said a proposal might be 100 pages. He reduced my overly long chapter descriptions to about a single sentence each. After that, I had to focus on writing so I haven't employed him for a while, but I may do so in the future. When I saw the firve stars I was influenced by the Amazon practice making five stars very rare. I was surprised to see "good" opposite five stars. Was it there before? I'd imagine most editors might not accomplish what he did and have tried to describe that. I think your rating scale needs work since it seems to me to limit the top rating to just "good." and Mr. Munkvold was better than that.

    Alain R.
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    In my entire experience of living in 8 countries, studying several languages, and attending as many universities, Tristan struck me as one of the most learned and sublime teachers ever. His ways of approaching the most intricate subjects is simply amazing. A truly eye-opening experience! I am really grateful.

    Amanda Colyer
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 20 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Emma F.
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    I contacted Amanda to edit & update my resume. The finished product was exceptional. I highly recommend her to anyone needing professional assistance with any type of writing task.

    Ideascape, Inc.
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 34 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Doug B.
    Verified review

    My family wanted my 89 year old Dad to write a biography of his life. We initially tried to accomplish this via a College Student but that ended up failing miserably because of poor commitment and writing skills. I leveraged Thumbtack to reach Ideascape (MacKenzie and Doug Freeman) for professional help writing this book. Currently, we are about 75% complete and they have done an outstanding job. They are extremely thorough (plenty of research) and have a great voice for my father (written in 1st person). Each family member (especially my Dad) has enjoyed working with them and their demeanor is professional but also approachable. The overall project is expensive (to me) but in fairness you get what you pay for. This is my first experience with writing a book and it has been eye opening regarding how much work is required. Overall, we are very happy with Ideascape and unless something goes drastically wrong (wrapping this project up) we would hire them again. We also would recommend them for a biography project as outlined above.

    • 38 years in business
    David T.
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    John has written content for our clients (RightNow Inc) for over 5 years and is an excellent wordsmith. His cost is fair and his work delivery always on time. I would highly recommend John for your copywriting, editing or ghostwriting project. David

    • 6 years in business
    About

    From a young age, I fell in love with the power of words to shape and inform meaning. I studied primarily literature, writing, and cultural studies in both my undergraduate and graduate programs. In my freelance work, I edit primarily academic and business documents, as well as web and advertising copy, for a variety of high-profile editing and proofreading companies. In addition, I also edit for independent clients seeking my services to ensure that their writing is clear, concise, powerful, and communicative of their intended style and message. As a professional editor, my particular area of preference is book-length manuscripts that require editing prior to being submitted to a literary agent and/or (self-)publishing. I will work with you to determine your specific needs, providing extensive editing using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word. Additionally, I utilize the Comments feature to provide detailed comments that are meant to strengthen your writing, point out discrepancies or areas in need of clarification, and offer suggestions. What distinguishes my services from other editors’ services is that I am available for Skype consultations to discuss any questions that you may have. In my editing work, I consider myself to be a true partner in helping to ensure that your writing is the most powerful, clear, and expressive that it can be, all while editing for grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization.

    About

    I am an experienced editor specializing in all types of writing projects including term papers, dissertations, capstone projects, and law journal articles. I can also help with (or ghostwrite) resumes and cover letters and online content like blog posts. I am a published writer with training in law, the humanities, and social sciences and am comfortable working with authors in any field. I correct for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, scholarly tone, and flow and can also provide critical feedback on organization and strength of argument. I am a specialist in APA formatting and can handle all styles. If you are a nonnative English speaker, I can also make comments designed to improve your English writing. Whether you're looking to put the finishing touches on any kind of document or just need a fresh set of eyes on something, feel free to get in touch to discuss your project!

    About

    I am currently a faculty member at a local university in Portland, Oregon. Last year I taught at the University of Oxford and before that at The University of Chicago. I have published in academic journals, but also write fiction and have translated from Urdu/Hindi and Pashto into English.

    About

    I'm a semi-retired journalist/scholar/educator with decades of experience in writing, editing, and proofreading various products for publication: technical, public relations, press releases, grant proposals, ad copy, academic, web content, and creative. To make your best impression and get the best response, run it by me.

    About

    I create high-quality writing, video and photographic content for the Web. Whether it's a business, government agency or nonprofit, your standing will be elevated above all others.

    About

    Word beast eats rotting grammar for breakfast. I'm a writer and editor. Currently I write full-time for a school that trains licensees in the insurance and real estate industries. In the past for a living I've written and critiqued film and TV scripts, done case studies for a national insurance magazine, and researched and written for a popular travel guide.

    About

    I am an independent writer with skills in the areas of proofreading, editing, legal writing, website writing, business writing, blogging, journalism, and more. If you need writing or editing services, I can meet and exceed all of your expectations.

    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    1. I have academic, working and personal experience in the counseling services I offer. This has taught me empathy. 2. I continually update my knowledge with continuing education. 3. I have worked with all populations in mental health. 4. Counseling and therapy is a job about LISTENING. I have good ears. 5. I spent 13 years as a newspaper reporter before I became mental health therapist. As a journalist, I had to deal with a huge variety of people. 6. I cherish my work.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I have more than 20 years writing and editing. Projects have included: Ghostwriting both fiction and non-fiction books Business writing, including white papers, manuals, newsletters, web content, brochures, and more Editing for both publishers and authors Book structure and development Preparing manuscript for submission to publishers Creative writing, including children and young adult as well as adult audiences Layout and design Writing coach I love collaboration and believe every project I undertake is a collaborative effort between the client and me. Because I believe it's vital for clients to find the right fit, I take the time to make sure clients know exactly what to expect from me and that I clearly understand their needs before even mentioning a contract. The wrong fit can spell disaster while the right one leads to success.

    About

    Writing, editing, formatting and publishing. General information articles, creative short stories, poetry. Copy editing all materials. Assistance in formatting, grammar and publishing of academic papers to professional documents including extensive grant writing experience.

    About

    I provide educational, subject-driven summary, narrative and description. Strong verbal and visual analogies help learners form and position concepts within a topic scheme. I am big-picture driven. Transparency is backed.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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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