Writer - Script Writer - Ghost Writer - Holly Helscher
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FAQ

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Answers to some of your questions today

Q: How long does it take to complete a project?

A: This is based on your need. Some projects need a two or three week lead time. Others, like a novel, may require as much as six to eight months to complete.”

If your deadline is short, indicate your required completion date on my contact form. I’ll let you know immediately if I can meet that deadline.

Q: What are your qualifications as a editor/writer?

A. Because of my extensive background, my primary qualification is the ability to write in your authentic voice. Your readers will recognize themselves, or their life situations in your project.

An editor and ghostwriter must have six key skills to tell a story. In addition to a credible, yet conversational tone, a writer/storyteller must have:

  • Polished writing skills.
  • An ability to create attention grabbing first lines, or hooks for stories or chapters.
  • A thorough knowledge of audience for whom the story is written.
  • A talent creating stories relevant to the intended reader.
  • Presentation of some conflict and quest by the primary character, even if that person is you.
  • Specialization of services and genre.

In addition to my 40+ years writing documents of all kinds, I’ve had 10+ years of experience in creative writing. The two overlap because they use the same, basic skills. Fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, and business books and articles are all stories. Even in non-fiction, creativity is essential to establishing your voice and inspirational perspective.

With a bachelor’s in English literature, a master’s in community counseling, and a doctorate in metaphysics, (alternative health and self-improvement), my entire education and background relate to engaging people. I use the skills I’ve presented here.

Q: What can I expect when working with you?

A. You can expect a friendly and courteous professional dedicated to helping you succeed in your writing venture. You can also expect well-planned, well-written and well-executed documents and manuscripts. All of them will be reader-friendly and designed to achieve your objectives.

You’ll get a process you can follow from beginning to end. The process steps are laid out prior to starting any project, all geared toward meeting your stated objectives. More information on this is located in my Information Packet.

Q: What does it cost to hire you for a project?

A. It’s hard to answer this question without knowing the parameters of your project. What you need may be different than what someone else needs. Examples of possible scopes of your project may be, but are not limited to:

  • Coaching – Brainstorming a potential project you have in mind, or providing recommendations to improve something you’ve already written.
  • Review of Drafts – A review of a short article, or book you’ve written that also supplies a bullet-point list for revisions and how to approach them.
  • Editing – There are two types of editing – simple and heavy.
    • Simple Edit – Points out technical errors such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.
    • Heavy Edit – This includes rewriting and reorganizing ideas, removing repetition, eliminating clumsy wording and repairing convoluted sentence structure. This type of edit will also identify where your story may have gone off track and if your theme is internally consistent.
  • Ghostwriting – There are three types of ghosting – light, partial, and full.
    • Light – This is for shorter documents such as blog posts, essays, or articles up to 2000 words.
    • Partial – This usually involves developing a manuscript that is partially written.
    • Full – A full ghostwrite is where I write the manuscript for you setting forth your story or idea.

By taking a customized approach for your project, you can expect me to:

  • Recap your vision to demonstrate I heard your concerns and needs.
  • Provide an action plan for the specific aspects of your project, including the authentic voice you need for the selected audience.
  • Address your expectations regarding time frame and budget.
  • Deliver a thoughtful proposal that meets your unique challenges and goals.

At that time, I’ll quote you a price. A Services sheet in my Information Packet provides typical prices for a variety of different projects.

Q: What projects do you specialize in?

A. I specialize in the projects listed below. If you have another project in mind we can discuss your vision and ensure I’m right partner for the job.

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Book reviews
  • Books, novels, novellas, short stories, or other manuscript/document (creative and creative non-fiction)
  • Speeches

I’m always happy to answer additional questions.
My Information Packet provides more details.
Contact me today to discuss your project.

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