When is it time to collaborate with a writing consultant? If you’re struggling with a writing project, wondering if writer’s block will ever pass, or are overwhelmed with ideas, it’s time to consider hiring a writing consultant.
Do’s and Don’ts for Collaborating with a Writing Consultant
As a professional writing consultant, I guide business owners and nonprofit leaders at every stage of the writing process. Rates vary depending on the project’s scope, so we start with a Complimentary 30-minute Consultation. During this meeting, we will discuss your project and see if we can work together. I never want either of us to feel that our work isn’t a good fit, so we explore ideas during our initial meeting. Once we develop the scope of the project, we can start.
Do be open to ideas.
This counts for me as well as you. Through our communication, we will develop a scope for the project. This way, you know the timeline and deliverables, and I can quote a price. I always include a provision for expanding the project scope so we’re not locked in, just guided by the initial plan.
Client A asked me to write blog posts for her new website, which we are doing. We have expanded the project to include the blog posts as part of a book she is writing.
Client B called me in a panic and asked if I could take her writing and organize and edit it for her new website. This way, we kept her voice but shared content in a way that made sense for website visitors.
Client C asked me to develop ideas for their business blog. When their team didn’t have time to write the posts, they asked me to write the content.
In each of these examples, we started with one project, liked working together, and expanded the scope to include other writing services.
Don’t assume I critique your work. (Spoiler alert: I don’t.)
In my 13 years of experience as a writing consultant and freelance writer, I’ve had clients and friends worry that I was critiquing their writing. Truth is, I am not worried about where you put your commas if you use them at all. I am not worried about your spelling. I am genuinely interested in your ideas and how we can relay them meaningfully to your audience. That’s it.
That’s why we start with a conversation, to see if we can work well together and understand each other’s expectations. If you have ideas, I would love to learn more.