FAQ

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Do I need a copywriter?

If you have a business, you need a copywriter – even if it’s only to run a fresh pair of eyes over something you’ve written yourself.

Most people understand the value of hiring a web designer, but many go on to pack a shiny new site with ‘filler’ copy that doesn’t speak directly to their target audience or clearly describe their product or service and what makes it unique.

With over a decade of professional writing experience, I can remove trial and error, helping you craft copy that’s perfectly fit for purpose.

In my humble opinion, if you wouldn’t cut your own hair or extract your own tooth, don’t write your own copy. Instead, get in touch to discuss your copywriting needs with a seasoned pro (it’s well worth the investment.)

How much do you charge?

I provide a bespoke quote for each copywriting job, which varies depending on a number of factors;

  • The type of copy required (web, print, etc.)
  • Whether you need original copy or I’m editing existing text
  • How complex / difficult the work is
  • How clear and detailed your brief is
  • How long the work will take
  • Whether the work is needed urgently

The price given in your quote is fixed and valid for 3 months. After this time, I will need to re-quote for the work.

All quotes include:

  • Research and consultation
  • One round of writing (first draft)
  • Two further rounds of editing
  • A final proofread
  • Your copy (as as Word document and / or a PDF, as preferred)

Many clients also ask me to look over their web copy once it’s in situ – this is no problem, but incurs an additional charge.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

For all jobs, a deposit of at least 50% deposit is required.

The balance is then paid either in instalments (for larger comissions) or as one, finaly payment on completion of the work.

A copy of my terms and conditions is supplied to all new clients who will be asked to read and agree to these, in writing, before work begins.

How can I pay?

I accept payment by debit/credit card and direct bank transfer (preferred.)

My payment terms are usually 7 days. When working with agencies and small businesses, I appreciate this can be an issue and am happy to discuss other options.

I don’t have a budget for freelance copywriting. Can you help?

No, I don’t offer pro bono work.

I do offer a 10% discount for registered charities, on all jobs.

My blog has lots of advice and tips on how to improve your own copywriting.

If you have a small budget, you might want to use this to review existing copy and get feedback on how it could be improved. If this is the case, please get in touch.

How long will it take you to write my copy?

Again, this will vary depending on the type of copywriting. the research required, the proposed word count and the level of difficulty.

I’m happy to provide a no obligation quote for any job, to include both time taken and costs incurred.

My turnaround times are usually pretty quick and I can often accommodate work at short notice – for instance, if you’ve been left in the lurch by another writer at the last minute (boo, hiss, etc.)

It helps if you’re available during the copywriting process to answer questions and provide feedback or approve drafts. We can keep in touch by email, phone, whats app, Skype or carrier pigeon – whatever works for you.

I’m not based in Leeds, can you work with me?

Of course. As a freelance copywriter, most of my work is done remotely, so please don’t worry about distance.

Who have your worked with?

My journalism has featured regularly in the Guardian newspaper and Weekend Magazine along with a range of other online and printed UK publications and I’ve written copy for the likes of The NHS, Cadbury’s, Samsung John Lewis, Mind, Dogs for Good and The UK Permaculture Association.

As well as getting my teeth into large scale copywriting projects I also love working with small businesses, start-ups, charities and fellow freelancers. Every company needs and deserves great copy, regardless of size.