Marc Alan Holmes, Word Sleuth

"What makes you a good copywriter?"

Twenty years of professional writing experience in a wide variety of fields. Not to mention the dozens of happy clients who benefitted from my results-producing, revenue-generating copy.

"What's your
educational background?"

I attended the University of Utah as a journalism/mass communications and pre-medicine major. Currently I'm exploring a Master of Professional Communication program. My background in medicine, technology, and industry means there's a good chance I've already handled a project in your field.  >>>

"What specific fields
do you have experience in?"

WordSleuth is a very well rounded generalist. Which is to say I know quite a bit about quite a lot. This may sound arrogant to some folks. But my resume and experience back up my claim.

Here's a quick, but certainly not complete, rundown of fields familiar to WordSleuth: Medicine, automotive, electronics, computers, building products, manufacturing, legal, financial, aviation, speech writing, radio, television. Add this to gobs of magazine, newspaper, and humor experience.

I devour all things high or low-tech. Master Copywriter David Ogilvy says a good copywriter should have a "well-furnished mind." I'd add that the copywriter's well-furnished mind should also be constantly updated. It's imperative that a copywriter stays current with technology, science, and industry. WordSleuth does this religiously. My yearly tab for subscriptions to trades, journals, quarterlies, and just plain magazines is enough to buy off all the Whitewater prosecutors trying to put Clinton behind bars.

Put simply, WordSleuth has yet to run into a technical/scientific/creative situation he couldn't immerse himself in and pop up swimming like Johnny Weissmuller. (He was the original Tarzan, for you youngsters out there.) >>>

"What's your creative background?"

Consider this: How many writers do you know who've sold material to the World's top comedians and some of the largest circulation magazines in existence? A few, maybe, right? Ok, now find the writer who can do that and write convincing, creative, marketing communications. Field's thinning, isn't it? Then add the requirement this writer also absorb complicated technical subjects and write blue ribbon copy. Now we're in endangered species territory. And if you are lucky enough to find one of us, odds are we're going to be so busy we'll have to turn you down anyway.

See why you'd better give me plenty of notice about your next project? >>>

"Will you come to my office?"

Only rarely will I do a face-to-face. Let me tell you why. The folks who demand this are usually only interested in two things: picking my brain and wasting my time. This is bad juju for WordSleuth. I'm far too busy with other projects to come running to someone's office at the drop of their derby. This may sound a bit abrupt, but you wouldn't believe what some people expect for free.

Caveat Uno: If you do have a project that demands my presence, we can definitely arrange it. It'll require you pay for travel, sustenance (vittles, for those of you South of the Mason-Dixon line), lodging, and my fees, in advance.

See why it's better for you if we work electronically?  >>>

"How much money do you need to start my job?"

Exact terms are 50% upon beginning a project and 50% upon submission of final draft. Like I mention on the Hiring the Sleuth page; you tell me what you need written. I quote you a price based on my fee schedule and your project's complexity. Then we get started. Don't forget, you have a full thirty (30) days after final draft submission to have me tweak whatever's necessary. >>>

"What if the project's not coming along like
I'd expected?"

We put the skids on. Then you tell me what, specifically, is stuck in your craw. If I can't fix it--almost never the case--and you're still less than happy, we negotiate a kill fee and part ways. No acrimony, no hard feelings. Most important, you still have the money in your wallet to go hire someone else. >>>

"Our firm never pays a cent until a project's done and we're completely happy with it."

Does your favorite four-star restaurant let you enjoy your feast, go home, think about it, then pay?

WordSleuth didn't think so. Don't expect a four-star writer to do it either. >>>

"How long will it take to complete my writing project?"

Ideally I like to have about four weeks to complete your project. This gives me ample time to polish my prose until it positively glistens. And when my writing shines, so will your pocketbook. Shine with all the new ducats you've stuffed there from increased sales. >>>

"How do I go about ordering copy from you?"

Putting me to work for you is
as simple as dialing: 801-484-0900.  Or click here and send me a quick e-mail. Tell me about the product or service you're selling. Then tell me who's going to buy it. Send me any brochures, reports, research, or papers generated about your product or service. Then leave the rest to me. Once you give me the green light, I'll begin preparing your project. The copy will arrive on your desk on or before your deadline. And remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Many companies and individuals have found my copy just the ticket for increasing sales and exposure. Let me handle your next copywriting assignment. I know you'll be happy with the results . . . I guarantee it.

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