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Rowan Coaching
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren S.
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Colleen is really special. I’ve been working with her for the past few months on a diverse range of creative, academic, and emotional goals: she is helping me develop my Master’s Thesis at Columbia University, publish my first zine of comics, and proactively plan and prioritize my life from a place of independence and strength. Colleen’s specific toolset and background are perfectly suited to provide practical support as well as creative inspiration in each of these areas. As a creative herself, she has pointed me towards references and directions that are spot-on and invigorating, while at the same time offering a larger structure and organization for my work that allows me to actually get things done. One of the most concrete benefits I’ve experienced from working with Colleen is a huge improvement in my productivity and mood during the work day. Colleen crafts personalized schedules for my day based on neuroscience, and as a result I have literally doubled my essay-writing speed. Colleen is incredibly talented on an emotional level as well: she creates a safe space and time that is just for me, and I can tell that she is really listening and actively thinking about my goals because of her invariably insightful responses. It’s been wonderful having such a supportive partner in my life, and best of all, it is so fulfilling to actually accomplish goals that I’ve dreamt about for a long time. Colleen is magic – her coaching is the best thing to enter my life in a long time and she has my highest, most enthusiastic recommendation.

Authentic Writing Provokes
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gerald G.
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Deborah Drake is incredible! I was first introduced to Deb over a year ago, after she invited me to be a part of her weekly writing group we affectionately called “Tuesday’s with Deborah” or better known to us as “A Writers Support Group for Reticent Bloggers.” She created a safe haven for writers and bloggers to incubate their ideas and share thoughts weekly. Which turned out to be some of the best inspiration, not only for my writing, but for my business as well. I have also had the opportunity to work with her on my first book, “The Art of Working for Yourself” which she was my editor and voice on my shoulder, helping me get out of my own way. I have to thank her for helping me keep my writing voice as the project went along. As tough as the process sometimes was for me, Deb was pivotal in making sure I stayed on track and helped me flush out ideas from the cover to my bio. I would work with her again in a heartbeat. What more can I say, Deb is good at what she does.

Eastshore Tutoring
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Julie G.
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Grant is helping my daughter with SAT tutoring. So far, so good. He has gotten her more engaged in studying for the SAT. He has an excellent grasp on all aspects of the material (math, reading, writing and essay) and strategies, and he has been able to convey the information effectively.

from 8 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Terry H.
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It is with genuine enthusiasm that I recommend Lynn Murphy as a writer, editor, and editorial project manager. Lynn is exceptionally smart and strategic, quickly grasping all relevant data and key points of emphasis, and then communicates in clear and concise prose to suit any business project. At the same time, she has a woman's keen intuition and insight that make her equally well suited for more sensitive subjects and assignments. Lynn also has an editor's eye for great versus more common writing, whether on more complicated subjects or with the simple turn of a phrase that results in the most compelling communication. Net, she can write for you or make your writing better. Importantly, Lynn has invaluable experience in the high-octane world of Hollywood television and film. She brings fire-hardened skills in working successfully under pressure and in a more visible environment with lofty expectations. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, Lynn is a wonderful colleague and teammate. She's punctual, delivers her work on time and on the mark, and always delights with the outcome. She is truly a pleasure with whom to work, and I recommend her most highly. I

Theodore G. Tutor
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Angela M.
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Theo has been flexible, attentive, open, and completely willing to tailor his curriculum and focus on our kids' writing needs. I am impressed by his dedication to help our kids become excellent writers, and have confidence in his well-developed curriculum. He has been extremely open to feedback and a delight to work with. I highly recommend Theo as a tutor!

Casey Hobbs
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Kristyn K.
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As an editor, I found Casey to be a highly capable writer who meets deadlines, responds to communication quickly, and delivers every time.

Message Glue
from 4 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mark C. C.
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I'm an author. And I'm a writer. And I'm a very good writer. So why did I ask Message Glue to craft all the messaging for my entire website when I could have done this work myself? One reason: Ken Boynton's writing packs a punch. He simply knows how to cleverly & effectively condense information so people reading his words get a quick & meaningful understanding. Website readers simply don't have time to read long, wordy paragraphs. What Message Glue gives me every time, really, is magic. And for this reason, I trust Ken and his company for all my communications.

Barbara Molloy
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Chris B.
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Have worked with Barbara on many writing projects over the past 20 years. She's an excellent writer, editor, and teacher! Very detailed, observant, and nuanced.

The Write Stuff
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alex L.
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Fran did an outstanding job in creating my resume and cover letter. She is very professional to work with and is highly detail oriented. Fran took my so so resume and turned it into outstanding. I'm confident that my resume will produce interviews. I highly recommend Fran to anyone looking for a professional resume writer/editor.

Carol T.
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My son is currently working with Donna from YellowTwist Educational Services and she's been wonderful to work with. She has opened his eyes to several schools that he wasn't previously considering one of which just became his top choice school. She has been great at coaching him on what to look for on school visits, what questions to ask, and what activities to do at each school. He applied for and was accepted into a special summer program and she helped with reviewing his essay and provided great feedback on ways to improve it. We look forward to working with her on deciding what schools to apply to early and regular decision and on getting all the essays and activities done. My son doesn't take advice from me so it's great to have someone trusted to provide advice to him along the way.


Seasoned editor and writer with extensive experience in news, lifestyle, arts & entertainment and business. Experience content strategist for web and social media. Extensive personnel and project management experience.


I am a writer of poetry; I can be your ghostwriter. I had technical writing and creative writing in college. You can go to my website, and see more info about my book, My Forever Rose, that I have self published. I also write country songs. So if you want a song or have the music, I can write the lyrics for it.


I am a much published author of professional journal articles, two books, newspaper and magazine pieces and daily newspaper columnist. I also have experience as a magazine and newspaper editor. Higher education degrees include an M.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in English and B.A. in Psychology.


Expert business writer: 28 years in public relations. My writing has been read by one billion (1,000,000,000) readers in the U.S. and Canada.


Are you looking for an interview or profile piece on a Northwest writer, or artist? Need help writing dialogue for your story, Screenplay? Looking for short stories, essays, film or book reviews? Call or E-mail me. Please contact me ONLY if you are willing to pay for writing services or complete articles/stories. Look at recent piece I did for Raven Chronicles.

  • 21 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack

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Proven results.


Hello! I am Samii, and I am based out of Tacoma, WA. I have been an avid reader and writer since I was in my early teens, and I find it to be the best way to communicate with anyone, anywhere. It's a passion of mine that I would absolutely enjoy sharing with everyone who needed it! I am here to help you edit your work and suggest positive changes to your work to ensure that your point is made, the quality is upheld, and that you are engaging your reader every step of the way.


I listen to my clients and try to find out what separates their product or service from others, and what benefits that will have to their potential customers. Then I write something clear, compelling and unique--to make sure your customers know why you're special, too.


I love to write engaging content with a sense of humor. As a freelance writer I create online content such as blog posts, SEO copy, social media posts and bios or newsletters. I believe the key to good copywriting is to add value (or at least a little entertainment) to the information that is already out there for your audience to use.


I am an internationally published writer and editor with experience in every type of media. My background includes more than 20 of writing and editing books, mostly non-fiction and travel, for major publishers, as well as news and business reporting, television program scriptwriting, hosting and production, and web-based page, news stream, and content writing, editing and reporting for major media companies. I also have written scripts for and produced events for these clients and many more. I absolutely love what I do - it's never boring, and a great way to help others get their voices into the public realm. Take a look at my professional background on Facebook and Linkedin at Holly Smith Peterson.

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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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Bellevue, WA

  • Project type
    Other (magazine)
  • Number of pages
  • Amount of work
    A variety of projects
  • Details
    Monthly high-end community magazine (both print and digital) in Bellevue, WA
  • $62.5
    Average price
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