What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We continually improve our skills and offerings through self-education. Research is an innate element of our work.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We bill hourly$50 an hour. This is a relatively inexpensive rate for professional consultants. Because of the complexity and changing parameters of writing projects we never fix bid. We work a maximum of 40 hours a week. Writers need time off and so do you. Your costs never exceed $2,000 a week for time, plus any materials, including travel expenses. We reserve the right to change our rates without notice on this website.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I like writing stories to make them interesting. Stories include all types of writing from business letters to life memoirs.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The needs to research, organize, write, edit, vet and revise are the primary things common among writing projects. Everything else is unique. No two stories are common.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I suggested a customer switch from Word to wiki for publishing because it fit the needs of the readers. After resisting, the customer agreed to the change and became very pleased with the results.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The type of software a writer knows is less important than the ability of the writer to research, organize, write, edit and revise. Look for professional writers who understand how to get the story. Avoid subject matter experts who know how to use a word processor but seldom understand how to communicate to a specified audience. If they think about the audience at all, subject matter experts assume too much knowledge on the part of their readers, listeners or viewers. This almost always leads to poor communications.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
If completing term papers in college makes you a writer, then taking Ibuprofen for a headache makes you a doctor. Like any other profession, writing requires training and practice. In the case of Village Hiker, we are all classically educated journalists who know how to research and write on literally any topic. This is because we are skillful writers, not subject matter experts. We can take almost any subject matter and make it understandable to almost any audience. In contrast, subject matter experts almost always assume too much knowledge on the part of their audience and can always benefit from the assistance of professional writer. We can add value to any type of material you wish to publish--from a business letter to a white paper to a life memoir to a magazine article to a love letter to a user guide.