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Mr. Butler is a honest coach that will help you deal with the truths of your life as well as give you a strategy to overcome obstacles I have also I contracted to do various writing jobs. He has done some ghostwriting, resume writing and sponsorship packages for my organization. All of which superceeded my expectations.

  • 8 years in business

I am a published author and a freelance writer with over 40 years of experience. I can ghostwrite anything from a novel to business brochures to standup comedy. I create innovative and effective copy and I am expert at explaining complex technical subjects to clients who lack Engineering degrees. Basically, if it involves words, I've done it before and done it well. I have 4 National Emmys, multiple DuPont and Peabody awards, a thriller selling well across the country, and I've never missed a deadline. I've written for Ted Koppel and Don Imus and I know how to match your voice and your ideas, and how not to insert my own. I'm also an excellent scriptwriter and producer with multiple documentaries, business communications videos, and instructional tapes under my belt.


As an author and journalist with more than 25 years experience in the U.S. and overseas, I currently provide writing and editing services for businesses and individuals. I write business reports, speeches and book proposals and have ghostwritten and edited memoirs and other non-fiction books. My articles have appeared in more than 50 publications and websites, including, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS and Forbes. My clients love that I have an ability to capture their voices and present their message in a way that sells.


I am a student-centered tutor specializing in reading comprehension, grammar and spelling, creative writing, and musical literacy. I bring the experience of a decades-long career in education to my students' tutoring sessions. Demanding intellectual rigor, while encouraging my students' natural enthusiasm for learning, is how I go about the task of tutoring. I love to challenge my students, and to see them rise to (and often surpass) that challenge! When my students and I work together, better grades, increased interest in scholarship and (ultimately) improved career opportunities are the results.


As your literary ghostwriter, I will bring your idea and dream to fruition. I will be your complete source of inspiration, writing and editing, as well as your publishing consultant. A writer and editor of over 100 books, I am a professional editor. I will use my writing, editing and proofreading skills to streamline your fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, scripts/screenplays, academic papers, newsletters, sales materials, web text, capability statements, technical manuals, etc.


Let us help you make the dean's list! ExSTARdinary Ghostwriters is a consultant and ghostwriting company that provides services to college students at all levels, businesses, musicians, and individuals who are in need of a professional writer. I specialize in writing college essays, term papers, research papers, journal articles, book reports, brochures, Power Point presentations, songs, etc. No job is too big or too small for me. And what’s best is my prices are affordable. I’m an accomplished published author, ghostwriter, songwriter, and college student currently pursuing a Doctorate’s degree in Clinical Psychology. My clients range from high school students to Doctorate’s level students conducting their dissertation. I’m very discrete, personable, reasonable, and most importantly, professional. When I write for my clients, I write like I am writing for myself. This is more than a job to me, this is my career so all work conducted will be handled promptly and proficiently. Quotes are FREE! Inquire about my services today. Referrals and referencing are available upon request. You’re secret is SAFE with ExSTARdinary Ghostwriters!!!!


I am an independent book developer, editor, and writer with more than 25 years experience. I offer a full range of professional editing and writing services from complete manuscript rewriting to manuscript review and evaluation in preparation for final copy editing and production. I specialize business and professional development topics including management and leadership development, human resources, organizational development, training and development as well as other related business and professional development topics. Prior to becoming a freelance writer and editor I served as the Manager of Acquisition and Development for ASTD Press (the publishing division of a non-profit organization located in Alexandria, VA) and was Executive Editor at McGraw-Hill. I am the author of Images of the Southern Writer, an acclaimed book of Southern writer portraits and essays that included candid, environmental portraits of Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, Cormac McCarthy, William Styron, Erskine Caldwell, Anne Tyler, and dozens of other celebrated Southern writers.

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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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