FREELANCE WRITING SERVICES
I am available for a wide variety of freelance writing services. If you don’t see the service you require listed below, please contact me for availability and fee.
In many freelance writing situations, the size and complexity of projects vary so extensively, I am unable to quote a “standard fee” for that service. In one of those cases, just send me a detailed description of what you need and I’ll provide you with a proposal of my fee for that service, with no obligation to you.
I have authored grant applications for non-profit groups and other organizations. Examples of two recent grant-writing projects:
Client: Watson House Committee of the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
Grant/Institution: Champlin Foundation Grant
Details: On behalf of the Committee, I prepared an application requesting funding for the physical renovation of the Watson House, the oldest building on URI’s Kingston Campus. The 1789 farmhouse was in need of extensive rehabilitation of its exterior, interior, and building systems, which falls within the Champlin Grant’s expressed purpose of providing funding for capital improvements to facilities for Rhode Island’s non-profit groups.
Client: Davisville Free Library (North Kingstown, RI)
Grant/Institution: Archive, Document, Display, and Dissemination (ADDD) Fund Grant from the Rhode Island Foundation
Details: Using data provided to me by the Davisville Free Library’s director and bookkeeper, I crafted annual applications requesting funding for this small, public, neighborhood library. The funding was requested to increase public access to information through preserving and promoting print, digital or other material and to provide challenge grants for fundraising campaigns for the acquisition of equipment, special collections and publications among other material.
Grant Writing Fee: Because of the extreme range of work involved in grant writing—I’ve written everything from simple one-page requests to fifty-page, multi-sectional proposals—please contact me with specific information about the grant you’d like to apply for and I’ll provide you with a proposal of my fee for the project.
Business Proposal Writing
Through my thirty years of working as an architect, I’ve written many different kinds of business proposals, which have included text, charts, photographs, and other graphic elements. In the past few years, I’ve prepared proposals for these companies/projects:
Client: Brewster Thornton Group Architects, LLC (Providence, RI)
Projects: Various, ranging from a small-scale renovation of an existing building’s roof to the large-scale construction of new university facility.
Details: I wrote the text and formatted the presentation for all phases of the proposals: firm qualifications, summary of work, proposed timelines, project administrators’ résumés, etc.
Proposed project budgets: $ 200,000 to $ 2.4 Million
Client: NEMD Architects, Inc. (Providence, RI)
Projects: Various, ranging from a renovation of a community center to the design of state-of-the-art medical facilities.
Details: Working with a graphic designer, I wrote the copy for all proposal categories: firm qualifications, summary of work, project team résumés, etc.
Proposed project budgets: $ 250,000 to $ 21 Million
Business Proposal Writing Fee: If you send me the raw data, photographs, graphs, and all other information you’d like included in your business proposal, I will provide you with a fee proposal for my writing/formatting services.
Writing for Publications
If you or your company has been asked to submit content for a newspaper, magazine, trade journal, online social medial outlet, or whatever, I can write it for you, creating just the right tone to appeal to your target audience. Over the years, I’ve written dozens of articles for newspapers, features for magazines, entries for blogs, and all manner of postings on- and off-line. Just supply me with the raw data and I’ll mold it into the form, length, and tone you need. Here’s an example of a recent freelance job I did writing for a publication:
Client: Brewster Thornton Group Architects, LLC (Providence, RI)
Project: Metal Construction News: “South County Recreation Center” (article)
Details: The firm had me take an existing description of a recently completed project and revise and expand it to create a magazine article to be published in Metal Construction News.
Project size: 2,000 words
Writing for Publications Fee: Although my fee for this service will vary depending upon the amount of research I must do to write the piece, a good rule-of-thumb price is approximately 50¢ per word or $125 per page (250 words/page). Contact me with the details of the piece you need written and I will give you with a specific fee proposal.
Sometimes, you might have something that you or someone else wrote that just isn’t the right fit for what you need. Perhaps it is too long. Or too short. Or maybe it’s too formal. Or needs to be updated with additional graphics. I provide editing services for these types of situations, taking your exiting copy and molding it into material that suits your current needs. Here is an example of one project I recently edited, including a testimonial from the client:
Client: Lisa Tener, Book Coach (Saunderstown, RI)
Project: Inspiration to Author in 8 Weeks (online course materials)
Details: I took Lisa’s well-written course materials, reformatted them, and then added eye-catching graphics to increase their visual appeal.
Project size: 178 pages
Testimonial: Lynne came into my life at the perfect time. I desperately needed a proofreader for a large revision of the extensive course materials for my premiere book writing program. As you can imagine, I wanted someone impeccable for the job. Lynne provided that and so much more. In addition to proofreading, Lynne pointed out some areas for clarification and even rewrote sentences here and there for better clarity and flow. Then, she formatted the work beautifully and in a way that engages readers. Lynne always made deadlines, often faster than expected. She is an excellent communicator, a pleasure to work with and holds high standards for herself. I feel so lucky to have found her and highly recommend her services.
- Lisa Tener, book writing and publishing coach
Editing Fee: Once again, because of the large range of work that could be involved in editing, please contact me with specific information about the materials you need remedied and I’ll provide you with a proposal of my fee for your project.
Sometimes you’ll have a piece of writing that suits your needs just fine, but you want to make sure that it contains proper grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. In other words, you are looking for someone to proofread it for you. I can do that. Send me your writing and I’ll return it to you polished and ready for publication.
Proofreading Fee: I generally charge approximately $3 per page (250 words/page) for proofreading, but some jobs require more work than others. For a fixed quote for my proofreading services, send me your piece and I’ll send you a no-obligation proposal. Please note that fact checking your materials is a separate service that would be covered under a separate quote. Contact me for details, if you need fact checking services.
Manuscript Evaluation Service
One of my favorite freelance writing jobs is helping another author craft her/his work of fiction or memoir by reviewing her/his manuscript and giving an insightful evaluation of its strengths and challenges. For this service, I will read a draft of your manuscript and carefully evaluate its overall structure and effectiveness as a piece of literature. I will then provide you with a summary evaluation of the overall work and a chapter-by-chapter assessment of what is successful and what would benefit from more work. This type of evaluation can be performed on a portion of a manuscript, to help you determine if you are headed in the right direction, or on a completed draft of the entire manuscript, to assist you in deciding your next steps for revising your work.
Manuscript Evaluation Fee: For this service, I charge a flat fee based upon the number of manuscript pages to be evaluated. Please note that a “page” is understood to be 250 words. Fee: Up to 50 pages: $250; 51 to 200 pages: $500; 201 to 400 pages: $1,000. (For a manuscript with more than 400 pages, please contact me for availability and a fee proposal.) I realize that these fees are lower than the usual rates for this service, but, as I mentioned, I really enjoy doing manuscript evaluations and I hope that once I evaluate your manuscript, you will hire me to help you edit it and make it the best piece of fiction or memoir it can be.
Manuscript Editing Services
Once you’ve completed all or a portion of your manuscript, you might appreciate some assistance determining the next steps you need to take on your road to completion. That’s where my manuscript editing services will be helpful. They are available in three different levels:
Developmental Editing: This service takes developmental evaluation to the next level by suggesting ways to improve your manuscript. In developmental editing, I will identify specific areas of the manuscript that would benefit from additional attention and provide a variety of factors to consider in determining the best way to address these concerns. This type of editing concerns the “big picture” elements of your novel or memoir such as its overall message or plot, the story’s literary arc, its structure or organization, and its voice or tone.
Fee: $10 per page (250 words/page)
Substantive Editing/Line Editing: With this service, I look at the details of your work to see if they are functioning well and are contributing to you obtaining your literary objectives. Do the subplots support the main plot? Are your characters interesting and believable? Is your story’s point-of-view clear and consistent? Is your dialogue realistic and optimized? I will examine these—and many more—elements of your manuscript/partial manuscript and give you helpful feedback on how to improve them.
Fee: $7.50 per page (250 words/page)
Copyediting: I provide this service as the final stage of preparing a manuscript for publication. When performing copyediting, I am checking your manuscript’s formatting details by verifying your organization of chapters, paragraphs, sentences, etc., and proofreading your work to make sure you’ve used proper grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. If you want your work to taken seriously by an agent or publisher, it must be free of these avoidable errors and I can help you accomplish that.
Fee: $5 per page (250 words/page)
Book Coaching Services
Perhaps you have a good idea for a book or memoir you would like to write but have no idea how to go about writing it. Where do you even start? If you are feeling this way, you would benefit from hiring me as your book coach. Working together, we will identify the main theme of your story, create an interesting plot and subplots, develop vivid characters and scenes, and then sprinkle in just the right details to make your story come to life. My book coaching services are customized for each client to meet your specific needs and range from all-inclusive instruction to weekly advisory sessions.
Book Coaching Fees: Book coaching fees are paid monthly, in advance, and are billed at the following rates:
Complete Coaching Services: Up to 4 hours per week of manuscript review by me (with written evaluation) and up to 2 hours per week of phone/Skype conversation. Fee: $ 1,200 per month.
Standard Coaching Services: Up to 2 hours per week of manuscript review by me (with written evaluation) and up to 1 hour per week of phone/Skype conversation. Fee: $ 600 per month.
Advisory Coaching Services: Up to 1 hour per week of manuscript review by me (with written evaluation) and up to 1 hour per week of phone/Skype conversation. Fee: $ 400 per month.
Additional Services: If the monthly allotment of manuscript review time or conversation time is exceeded, additional services will be billed at the rate of $75 per hour.
Here are a few comments from other authors/writers about my editing abilities:
Lisa Tener (book writing and publishing coach): Lynne came into my life at the perfect time. I desperately needed a proofreader for a large revision of the extensive course materials for my premiere book writing program. As you can imagine, I wanted someone impeccable for the job. Lynne provided that and so much more. In addition to proofreading, Lynne pointed out some areas for clarification and even rewrote sentences here and there for better clarity and flow. Then, she formatted the work beautifully and in a way that engages readers. Lynne always made deadlines, often faster than expected. She is an excellent communicator, a pleasure to work with and holds high standards for herself. I feel so lucky to have found her and highly recommend her services.
Jillian R.: Lynne is a dedicated writer and a fine editor. Her background in architecture gives her a unique perspective as to story structure and relevant detail. Working with Lynne always reveals positive, constructive advice in a helpful and timely manner. She is equally adept with both fiction and non-fiction and brings a special blend of skill and insight to every project. I highly recommend Lynne both to develop and support new work or to review and polish existing manuscripts. Her professionalism is a welcome port in any writer's storm.
John B.: Every time I submit a manuscript [to Lynne], I can expect from her a detailed, carefully written, critique of what I have done as well as equally professional editing/proofreading comments. She always gives me new ideas and helps improve my albeit modest writing skills.
John L.: [Lynne’s] assessment and guidance were critical in keeping my story moving in the right direction—staying true to my intent as an author but with an eye to what the reader would experience. She challenged word choice, tweaked grammar to be more concise, gave smiley faces when a passage truly earned it, asked questions when a sentence or section went rogue, gave suggestions when characters weren’t defined or—even worse—when what was written was not honest to the character at all. She has made me a better writer, period.