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Authentic Writing Provokes
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Donald B.
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For two years Deb facilitated a weekly Writer’s Circle (now known as Tuesdays With Deborah - please Google it). Thanks to her gentle and encouraging persistence I went from non-blogger to blogger. We got to know each other and I shared my second book with her (Résumés That Resume Careers) and we decided to co-author a much-expanded second edition (Burn Your Résumé! You Need a Professional Profile. What Deb brought to the second edition is significant: a. the subtitle and expanded focus of this edition (Winning the Inner and Outer Game of Finding Work or New Business), b. the elements of how to play an effective Inner Game, c. an additional focus on Solopreneurs, d. editing and layout of the book’s interior using EndDesign, e. sourcing and managing graphic artist for cover design, f. coordination with the printer, and g. website maintenance and update, and h. marketing and related workshops, which we are doing together. Thanks to Deb a number of authors now have books in print, and in the near future she and I will add a Kindle version of Burn Your Resume! to our offerings, and others will follow. She has my total, 100% endorsement.

Salmon Bay
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chaowen T.
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Duane proofread and copy edited an article on Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro for my journal submission. He was very nice, quick and responsive. Duane helped me with spelling and grammatical errors, provided feedback on rewording sentences, and commented on redundancy. I used Duane for this particular work as I am submitting the article to a Humanities conference (instead of Music) and wanted to see if my arguments would make sense to people outside of the musical field. The only thing I would say about the editing was that Duane didn't address issues with academic formatting and citation rules. (I use the Chicago Style). Overall it was a good experience.

  • 29 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marla B.
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Leslee is an original, creative thinker, who utilizes her reporting background to deliver fresh ideas. Thoroughly professional, she loves to research topics and synthesize the information into easy-to-understand and entertaining copy. A total self-starter, Leslee finishes her work before deadline, is easy to work with and serves as an outstanding representative for our company.


While copy-writes are respected, our need to understand technical books can exceed our ability to remain conscious, listening to them makes them instantly more accessible, and much easier to understand. With the right "Text-to-speech" utilities, the clarity of almost any subject matter can be made open to you.


I'm a careful, conscientious, and gentle editor who will take your writing and make it shine.


For more than a decade his home office has produced editing and writing in the areas of medicine, science, engineering, history, literature, and technology. His associates are skilled in grant writing, business at the MBA level, public health, education, dentistry, psychology, parenting, and Brazilian Portuguese/English translation.


I'm a Seattle-based editor and mentor who can make your writing project sing and help you become a better writer. Backed by more than two decades of deadline and creative experience, I provide everything from deep content editing, rewriting and coaching to copy editing and proofreading. Novice or pro, novelist or business professional, you're the rock star -- I'm the backup vocalist who helps you get there.

  • 19 years in business

I have the experience, the imagination, and the verbal chops.


I offer copy editing, writing, and content critique based on my extensive experience in both academic and creative settings. I offer a variety of services to meet the particular needs of my clients, from basic editing for spelling and grammar to comprehensive rewriting aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of content. I occasionally offer copywriting services if I find the project interesting.


I am a University of Washington graduate with experience in both technical, creative, and business-related writing, and I want to help you improve your communications with clients or customers in any way possible. I have extensive experience in grant writing, blogging, press release writing, editing and proofreading in multiple contexts.

  • 5 years in business

We focus on making visible the knowledge people can put immediately to work preventing chronic diseases. Prevention means avoiding the disability and dependence on devices (such as oxygen tanks and walkers) and daily taking a handful of medications due to these conditions.We emphasize personal action to sustain a high quality of life.


Make your work stand out from the crowd! Proofreading, editing for content, etc. I can assist with spelling, grammar, usage, content placement, and any other document assistance needed.


I'm generous, quick, and thorough.


I will write, edit, and proofread for you until you have the final product that you desire. With an M.A. in Creative Writing/ English, six years of experience as a creative writer, and three years of experience in teaching Composition and creative writing at the college level, my writing and editing skills can be either creative or academic or both.


My work always contains a high degree of clarity. My work usually entails synthesizing large amounts of highly technical or complicated information and producing a product that's easily understandable for the casual or business reader. I have been practicing my art for just over 5 years now.


I am extremely detail-oriented and I have no tolerance for cliches and poor writing. You let me know the level of involvement that you want through my editing, and I will deliver.


Helping to make certain that what you are typing is what you really intended to say. You've concentrated on the main theme of your message..., let us confirm that the details of your message look right to to you, and to others. Typos and missing, or misused, words can make your text, contract or pamphlet look amateurish, or even wrong.


I am a meticulous editor and writer who works hard to get the task accomplished. Furthermore, I have a huge vocabulary to use.


Editoo Writing Services will polish and perfect your academic dissertation or thesis! Professional librarian with over 10 years of editing, proofreading, and formatting experience. Don't let grammatical errors and poor formatting distract readers from the content of your most important work ever!

  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Marketing strategy Product/Services messaging Copywriting for web, brochures, articles, white papers, direct mail Resume creation and editing Newsletters


With editing, advice and coaching helps my clients understand the purpose of their writing, their audience, and the method they'll use to deliver their message. Good writing starts with that clear focus on where we want to go.

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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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