Copywriting FAQ

Below are some of the most asked questions. Please note, many of these apply to bid projects only. If you are on an hourly package, you will get the same professionalism that I use with my bid clients, of course!

What can I expect from working with you?

  • attention to you and your needs
  • clear, professional communication
  • on-time delivery of the products we agree upon
  • copy that you love

What are your rates?
I will quote you a price for your project once we have our initial meeting and a scope of work.

Copywriting rates range from pennies per word to tens of thousands of dollars for complex projects. If you want optimized, well written copy, respect and trust from your clients, and general quality content overall, then taking the cheap option probably isn’t going to get you the results you want. Professionals—even those just starting out—won’t write 15 articles for your website at $10 apiece.

If your budget is tight, an hourly package might be the best choice.

What if I want to make revisions?
Our agreement includes revisions requested within 30 days of receipt of the final copy. Revisions are not based on a change in the assignment after copy has been submitted.

I absolutely want you to be satisfied with my work when you receive it! I understand that revisions are a part of the writing process, and am happy to work with changes that are reasonable and submitted within 30 days after your acceptance of the copy.

What is reasonable? Minor changes, corrections, and additions.

What is unreasonable? An entire rewrite of the project once you have already approved it.

(Please note, the above applies to bid projects only. Purchased hourly time can be spent revising if that is what you need and want)

Are results guaranteed?
I will guarantee your satisfaction with the copy I write for your project. If for some reason you are not 100% satisfied, I will revise the copy per your direction, within 30 days of the receipt of the original copy (for bid projects only).

What I can’t guarantee is a particular result once you use the content. In fact, the Direct Marketing Association’s Code of Ethics prohibits any copywriter from doing so.

No one can control the many factors that make up the marketplace. Supply, demand, changing preferences, the economy . . . all are subject to change, every day.

So for these reasons I can’t promise, and will not guarantee, specific results.

What is your process?
Each project is different, but there is a basic framework that I always work with:

  • Initial contact and proposal: identifying your goals and needs, and seeing if we are a good fit. We will outline an action plan, including deadlines and cost.
  • Completed agreement and initial payment.
  • Research: What are your current promotions? What are your competitors doing? What are your analytics telling you? What are hot keywords?
  • Compilation of Research: Summarize the research and refine the direction of our project.
  • Write the copy: Deliver the final product for your review. Revise if necessary. Receive remaining fee.

Do I have to sign a contract?
Bid Projects: Yes. After we agree upon the scope of work, deadlines, and deliverables I will draw up a simple contract for us both to sign. Work begins once we both sign the contract. If your company has a contract that you use for freelance work, we may be able to use that instead.

Hourly package clients: no

Do you ask for money up front?
Bid Projects: Yes. I require half the project fee up front. Once I receive the initial payment and the contract is signed I can begin work. I accept credit cards, PayPal, wire transfer, or company checks.

Hourly package clients: Yes. You must purchase a package up front. When time’s up, it’s up until you purchase more time, even if we are in the middle of a project.

Do you outsource your work?
No. I write all the copy.

Can you do the design, too?
I have designed basic WordPress sites and worked with Volusion e-commerce stores. I can navigate the basics of these platforms. But I don’t write code or design websites from scratch. I’m happy to help you find a web designer, if you want to include that as part of my scope of work.

I’m on a deadline. Can you start on my copywriting project right away?
It depends on the scope of your project and my work load. Let’s talk about it in our initial session so that I can be clear about whether or not I can make your deadline. Most projects of any size require a few weeks’ work.

Can we work together if we’re not in the same geographic location?
Absolutely! It is unusual for me to have to meet clients in person in order to do the work. We can use phone, Skype, FaceTime, or email to communicate and send deliverables.

Can you manage my whole marketing program and coordinate other suppliers?
I work as a consultant and copywriter/content marketer. I can help you create your marketing plan, and write the content for your projects. I’m happy to work with your other providers and designers that are on board for the project. If you need to source other professional services, I can refer known providers or research options (if we decide that is a part of my scope of work).

I don’t design websites, write HTML programming, or provide hosting and site maintenance. I also don’t provide printing, media kit assembly, or mailing lists. I don’t maintain mailing lists or manage client databases.

More Q’s? Give me a call: 808-333-8646 or email: elia@eliaseely.com

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