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Editing TLC
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Philip L.
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I am the author of Mirages and Flashbacks: Reflections of a Front-Line Gulf War Marine. The book was edited by Joyce Gilmour. The first thing that impressed me about Mrs. Gilmour was her writer-editor/ team-concept method of editing. I would email her sections of the manuscript which she downloaded, printed, edited and express-mailed back to me. She not only made accurate corrections in the text, but added helpful comments, notes and questions in the margins which caused me to think – and led to a bantering of ideas back and forth between us – about how to make some sentences and paragraphs more understandable and concise and make my work a better book as a whole. I would thereafter make the corrections and send her an email responding to the comments and notes and answering her questions, often submitting to her questions of my own. She would usually return my emails within a matter of hours and never more than a day or so later. The second thing – and equally as important – with which I was impressed was her editing abilities. She caught even the most miniscule of grammatical and language-usage errors and assisted me with combining paragraphs and rewriting awkward sentences. She also helped me with big-picture things such as ensuring events were in the right sequence, that disjointed parts were reworked so that they flowed, and that paragraphs and sections would make sense to targeted readers. She did all of this while working within my writing style and without altering any of the themes of the book. I was very pleased with Mrs. Gilmour’s efforts. I highly recommend her as an editor and I intend to retain her for my future books.

  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Geoffrey K.
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I had a special writing project for an online profile and was looking for a writer with a creative and unique approach - Mandy delivered! At every point throughout the project, Mandy was always prompt in her responses, very professional and provided sincere and effective feedback. I would highly recommend Mandy, whether it is for creative writing or her other services; you can rest assured you're working with a professional that will exceed your expectations! Thank you Mandy!

Write Results
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    Les K.
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    Sue has free-lanced for me for about 15 years. Her work is always excellent, accurate and on-time. She is capable of writing well on many subjects, but above all she is thorough and pleasure to work with. I continue to hire her and she is among the best writers I’ve found. You cannot go wrong with Sue!

    YamLike LLC
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      Carrie C.
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      I’m writing this letter to recommend Sarah Dorfman for your current employment opportunities. When I was the Marketing Manager at The Wharf Marketplace in Monterey, California, I hired Sarah to write for the website, menus, and marketing materials. She is an excellent writer and detailed editor; a combination I was having trouble finding. After working with Sarah on those projects I realized her skills in other areas that I was becoming too busy to handle. She set our social media in motion and was not only successful at growing our likes and followers, but she was great at starting conversations and getting people to interact with our brand. At the time The Wharf Marketplace was a new business and Sarah had a major role in helping us stay on brand, gain loyal customers, earn the respect of fellow business partners. Sarah was very valuable to me, and I’m confident you would have the same results. Sincerely, Carrie Crook Former Marketing Manager for The Wharf Marketplace, Monterey, California. 2013-2015

      Teri Parris Ford
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      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      I am a high school art teacher who teaches photography, art metals and glass. I am an artist, specializing in watercolor and portrait photography. I am a blog writer. I have a daily blog on my website, and I have had feature posts at (Madison, WI) on mothering. I also travel often.


      I am an author of 50 novels (listed on, and elsewhere.) I have also written scores of nonfiction articles, fiction and nonfiction educational texts. Most recently I ghostwrote a book-length autobiography/history, WE WERE BERLINERS (The History Press, 2012.) I have worked extensively as a collaborative writer, and specialize in transcribing other people's ideas and rough drafts into smooth and compelling prose.


      Can handle all forms of writing, editing, proofreading and rewriting. Experience comes from more than three decades of managing newspapers and magazines.


      Corporate communicator: I write books, articles, and advertising copy of all kinds. My specialties include marketing, management, and consumer awareness. Publishers find me the kind of author they return to time and again. Book developer: I help other people fulfill their writing ambitions. I have worked with acquisition editors to locate authors, develop manuscripts, and produce books. I’ve worked with authors to find publishers, then helped them turn book ideas into books in stores. Personal historian: I help individuals, families, businesses and communities capture and share their stories in books, interviews, workshops, and intergenerational programs.


      I am a Madison, WI based social media expert and writer. I have marketed everything from musicians to small businesses, foundations and sports teams. I can build and grow your business's online presence, strengthen your brand, and increase customer interaction.



      I specialize in helping writers make their work clear, concise, and well-organized. The most effective and persuasive writing is that which allows the reader to spend mental energy on the content and ideas presented, not getting stuck on details and structure that obscures those ideas. This is what I focus on bringing out and helping my clients and students accomplish in the their writing. I have 6+ years of professional experience as a writer and editor of a wide variety of genres. I've worked as a content writer for a website receiving 250,000+ hits/month, a lead technical writer in the educational software industry, and a writing tutor to over 100 different students and writers. I've edited everything from short fiction and novels, to academic papers and theses, to web and marketing copy, to operations manuals and technical guides, to news articles and feature pieces.

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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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