Angela Booth: Freelance Copywriter and Ghost Writer FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Creative Copywriting and Ghostwriting: Frequently Asked Questions

If you've never worked with a copywriter or ghostwriter before, you have questions.

How do I work with you?

Initially we'll chat by phone, Skype, email, or fax, whichever method is most convenient for you. When you've briefed me, I'll research and create a quote. Your brief can be detailed, as long as one page, or as short as a couple of sentences. If it's short, I'll contact you for more information.

When you accept my quote, I'll create a plan or outline for your input. Then I deliver a draft, and final copy. For long projects, we'll set some milestones, so you know exactly what stage your project is at, and you'll be kept updated with reports, usually weekly.

You'll be kept updated at all stages of the project. You can contact me via phone, email, or fax at any time.

Do you charge by the hour?

For most projects, you'll prefer to brief me for an entire project, whatever it may be: marketing materials, a press campaign, a new Web site, a direct response mailing, or Web site content. Or even a complete book or manual... This helps you to budget for the project.

For small tasks -- copyediting a mailout, revising a Web page -- I'll charge you an hourly rate that we agree on, and will estimate the number of hours before I start, with a written quote. 

How do I pay?

Once you accept a quote, there's a deposit/ retainer which is usually 50 per cent. With longer projects, there are milestone payments when I submit copy to you. For short projects, payment is on delivery of the final draft. The copyright in everything I create for you devolves to you on payment in full. Payment may be via PayPal or bank deposit.

What about confidentiality?

All client conversations, email messages, and deliverables are held in complete confidentiality. I'm happy to provide you with a non-disclosure agreement, or we can use yours. I never discuss clients, unless we have a written agreement that I can. Occasionally I may ask a client to use his material for promotional purposes, but that request is in writing, and I won't use it without a client's agreement, ever.

What background information do you need?

For marketing projects, your current marketing materials, any research or focus groups that you've done, a description of your target audience, your Web site URL, and the URLs of your primary competitors.

Do you have experience in my industry?

I've worked with clients in many industries: technology, health, business and many more. On projects in industries which are completely new to me, my research skills are excellent. Indeed, I wrote a book on research which though out of print, is widely read and available in public libraries.

Can you work to our deadline?

Yes. I'll keep you updated on progress, and will meet your deadline. If you need something FAST, I can work with you. Copy and content which must be delivered within 24 hours, or on weekends, attracts a small surcharge.