Freelance FAQS

Want to know if I’m the right freelancer for you? Here are a few common questions clients have asked in the past and the answers!

 

What are your rates?

 

I’ve decided that because costs will vary from writing job to writing job it’s best if clients reach out to me with their needs and I offer an estimate. To learn what my rates are, please contact me at info@defendthepen.com.

 

How do you prefer to be paid?

You can pay me through PayPal, or direct deposit. I’ll send you the relevant information once a contract is drawn up, along with a W9 form if necessary.

I do accept checks/money orders, but only for if the payment is expected to exceed $1,000.

 

Can you add images to articles?

Yes, and I won’t charge for doing so because it’s easy to do! I’m aware of multiple sources for finding high-quality free stock images. I’m not a photographer, and so I don’t typically take my own photos. I am willing to work with a photographer. If you have one that you frequently work with, please feel free to send along their email address so that we can connect!

 

How good are you at photo manipulation?

I have graphic design experience and can create photo manipulations. I do charge an additional fee depending on the size of the image, the number of images used to create the manip, and types of effects.

 

Do you self-edit or do you require an editor?

I’ve worked as a self-editor, and I’ve worked with editors. Either arrangement is fine.

If I submit content for approval and some additional editing is required, I’ll gladly do so for free. I’m willing to commit to three total edits, although I’ve never needed that many. If after three edits we cannot agree on the content, you do not have to pay me. (NOTE: Please be aware that you will NOT be able to use this content, either as written or in “paraphrased” work typed up you or someone else!)

 

Are you available to work as an editor/proofreader?

I did work briefly as an editor when I was at Reverb Press. I’ve also rewritten (as a ghostwriter) content by others. If you’d like to hire me as an editor, please email me at hireme@defendthepen.com with the subject line “Editing Work Available.”

 

Are you willing to submit a free full-length, unpaid writing sample?

No. I believe that a writing sample is just that — a sample. Well-researched and written full-length “samples” are risky because they’re written with the hope that I’d get the job rather than a guarantee. There’s also the possibility of being plagiarized, which I can tell you from experience is anything but fun.

If you would like me to write a couple of paragraphs (about 100 to 150 words), that’s no problem. I’m also willing to do a paid writing test or submit to a trial/probationary period.

 

Can you provide a copy of your resume, writing samples, or link to a portfolio/your LinkedIn account?

Absolutely. Just let me know what you need in the contact form or by emailing me at hireme@defendthepen.com.

 

 

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me at info@defendthepen.com with the subject “Freelance Question.” Thanks!

*The per-article flat rate is available for content greater than 500 words. Instead of charging my $0.12 per-word rate, I actually charge at a discount ($0.10 per word.) That makes 500-word to 999-word articles worth $50. Content that’s over 1,000 words is worth $100 until I hit 1,499 words. Articles that are 1,500 to 1,999 words long are worth $150. 

I charge a flat rate fee of $250 for articles between 2,000 and 3,000 words long. I typically do not write content longer than 3,000 words, but if you’d like me to help you with a lengthy project (like an eBook), email me and we can discuss the particulars.

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