Working with a professional writer for the first time often prompts a few questions. Here is a general overview of how the process works and answers to the most common questions clients ask:
Before You Hire Us
You email us and tell us about your project.
We reply with a firm, flat quote.
You are delighted with our low rates and we “spec out” your project until we are both happy.
Once approved, we will define terms, set a due date, and sign a contract.
If applicable, you will send a 50% retainer and work will commence.
After You Hire Us
After assigning your project to us, we conduct an information gathering meeting (via phone, email or Skype) to further discuss your project details (objectives, target market, preferences, etc.).
You send us any existing notes, outlines, and drafts you have regarding your project.
We incorporate a first draft within an agreed time frame and solicit your feedback.
We incorporate your feedback and polish your project until you are happy.
You are 100% satisfied with the results!
We collect the remaining 50% of our fees.
What are your Fees and Terms?
Our invoices are based on the time and expertise we invest in your project. To reflect this, we charge flat fees for all copywriting services listed on our rates page and provide a free, detailed proposal before starting your project. Firm fees allow you to anticipate your copywriting budget in advance and protect you from unexpected cost increases. Charging on a per project basis guarantees you get the copy you need at a price you can afford. Our flat fees include incidental out-of-pocket expenses, research and interviews. All rewrite and revisions necessary to your project are also included provided they are assigned within 15 days of delivery of your copy and do not include major changes in the scope of your project or campaign. If you have a long-term or open-ended project where you feel hourly charges would be more appropriate, we offer competitive hourly rates of $40 per hour. Please see our Rates Page for more information.
How fast is your turnaround time?
Actually, it’s pretty fast. Good creative work doesn’t usually come from a single flash of inspiration, but rather from a lot of trial and error. Before we submit ideas for your consideration, we require time to consider several different approaches to your project, time to try them out, and time to revise them if necessary. Depending on the size and scope of your project, we’ll submit a first draft for your review within 5-9 business days of assignment. You can expect us to set and adhere to clearly defined deadlines before beginning our project as well as regular progress reports throughout the process.
Not fast enough? Despite our belief that your project is much too important to rush, if you add an additional 35% to your quoted fee we’ll spin out your first draft in 48 hours.
How do clients prefer working with you?
Today’s technology makes it easy for us to stay in close contact while working with our clients. It also reduces the need for time consuming meetings, and most importantly conserves resources. Most of our clients appreciate minimizing their impact on the environment and prefer to work with us digitally via email, phone, or Skype.
Contact Us to get started on your next project!