Frequently Asked Questions
What makes you unique?
I take a strategic approach to copywriting that goes well beyond wordsmithing. I have advised clients on a wide range of big picture issues, including online content flow, event planning, media publicity, and social media marketing.
On a personal level, I have the ability to fit into almost any kind of situation, anywhere, anytime. My varied background includes bicycling and photographing my way around the United States, studying economics at the University of Michigan, volunteering on everything from post-Katrina reconstruction to community emergency response, and living and working in the East, Midwest, and Southwest.
Tell me about your clients.
My copywriting clients come from a wide range of businesses and industries. From entertainment to finance, education to pharmaceuticals, and solar power to travel.
How much do you charge?
For most copywriting projects, I work on a per-project basis, rather than an hourly rate. My fees are based on the size, complexity, and timeline of the project.
In other words, the larger and more complex the project, the higher the fee. Work requiring fast turnaround will be subject to rush charges. These charges will vary with the speed of the requested turnaround.
What kind of business relationship will we have?
I will serve you as an independent contractor on an as-needed basis. During our work together, I will be dealing directly with you, and only with you. This will avoid the “multiple inputs from multiple people” problem that arises when dealing with committees.
How do I pay you?
We’ll agree on a fee at the beginning of the project. As a general rule, I require a 50% deposit before work begins, with another 25% due after the concept is approved, and the rest due within 30 days after project completion.
I accept payments by check, money order, or credit card through PayPal.
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been a full-time freelancer since October 1, 1994.
Where are you located, and what are your hours?
Address and Phone:Western Sky Communications
Post Office Box 43161
Tucson, Arizona 85733 USA
The delivery address is available on request.
My business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Since Arizona does not use Daylight Saving Time, we are in the same time zone as California between April and October. This means that we’re three hours behind New York in the summer, and two hours behind during the winter.