Protocols

Scribbleproof Media is a solo endeavor by Jana Hill, offering professional writing, editing, and marketing services, drawing on experience that includes writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, nonprofits, marketing agencies, and medically focused publications. 

Potential clients should be comfortable with the following: 

Clients: I focus on clients who are ready for a fuss-free, long-term working relationship. All details on pay-rate, deadline and availability expectations, and assignments must be pre-arranged via email.

Onsite versus telecommute: A telecommute option is required for a freelance relationship.

Rates: $50 to $75 per hour, depending on the complexity of the content.

As a no-strings contractor, I anticipate twice the employee-rate, for the project I’m completing. I offer estimate on how much time a larger project may take; and I am open to an hours-cap for established clients, so you can keep your budget predictable.

Piece rates & page rates: We can negotiate a piece-rate or page-rate, as a way for you to predetermine the cost of a larger project. My usual hourly rate is used as a model, for that type of payment-arrangement. All piece-rates and page-rates require a scope-of-work agreement: if additional tasks are requested outside that scope of work, the contract will be renegotiated.

Deadlines: My full-time job takes top-priority during the workweek. Deadlines must work around that time-frame. Inquire about rush-fees, for quicker turnaround-time.

Stylebooks: Associated Press and Chicago Manual of Style, but I may agree to use your company’s stylebook, if you are striving to be a steady client. No MLA — if you need Modern Language Association styling, I will refer to another editor.

Project planning: I anticipate your project is planned in advance of contacting a writer or editor. If you are a hiring a project-planner, I may offer those services, but that planning-time is subject to the agreed-upon hourly rate, and will occur before the writing-process begins.

Four-hour minimum: for any freelance project, I have a four-hour minimum. For project-planning, one phone-call can kick off the planning-process, then I will return with an estimated deadline, before the planning process is complete.

Vacation-time and other employment-details: In our client-to-freelancer relationship, it’s important for us to see eye-to-eye. I operate under Washington State laws related to contractors: more information on that is available, upon request. The take-home is this: a freelancer is not an employee. So, if you are a steady client, I will inform you, as a courtesy, when I am going to be unavailable to you: unless we have a written, co-signed agreement stating otherwise.