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Frequently Asked Questions



Everything you wanted to know about this website and weren’t afraid to ask.

I can write. Why do I need YOU to write for me?
I’ve written something that I think is actually pretty good. Can you just check it over and suggest a few changes?

What’s different about Eric Nixon?
We’re a professional company – but your writing seems pretty casual. Should we go somewhere else?
How much do you charge?

How much are rewrites?

How do I pay you?
My grocery store price matches. Why don’t you?
How long does it take to get something written?

Do you do rush jobs?
You sure do write a lot. Is my project going to have so many words?

Can you write a training manual for our new intelligence coordination control system based on the parameters built into our complex multi-organizational concentric modulation program?
Hey, you spell some words kinda funny. What’s up with that?
I’m always a bit nervous ordering stuff on the Internet. What can you say that will convince me I’m making a good decision?
You seem to enjoy writing a lot of different things? Is there anything you don’t or won’t write?

Do you like baseball?

I can write. Why do I need YOU to write for me?

It’s amazing how many times I get asked this question or a similar variation – usually by casual acquaintances who discover what I do for a living.

If you’re visiting this website, chances are you already know why hiring a professional writer is a logical, time-saving, cost effective solution for your writing needs – and you’re just researching to make sure I’m a good fit for your project.

On the other hand, if you’ve somehow randomly stumbled upon this page, I’ll give you an analogy that might put things in perspective. Everyone can do a little plumbing or electrical work or car maintenance. But, when you want a complicated job done expertly, most people will call a professional.

So, by all means, write out your grocery list or your personal emails or whatever you feel comfortable with. When it comes to essential writing for your business, though, it really does pay to hire a professional.

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I’ve written something that I think is actually pretty good. Can you just check it over and suggest a few changes?

Absolutely. Whether it’s a couple of paragraphs or your entire first novel, proofreading and revising are some of my favourite things. My rates are surprisingly affordable and, if I’m not too jammed up, I can usually have it for you in a super timely manner. Find out more in the Editing/Final Proofing section.

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What’s different about Eric Nixon?

Other than having three hands and, thereby, being able to type 50% faster than other writers?

I’m lying. I’ve only got two hands. Sorry to get your hopes up.

Seriously though, I think my biggest difference is how closely I relate to my clients.

Throughout my life, I’ve been involved with all kinds of business people – from small mom-and-pop operations to mega-corporations. The thing that impresses me most is when they really care about their company and are constantly striving for the best results. I relate to that on a gut level.

It’s why I work so hard to build relationships with my clients. And it’s why I handle all my writing personally. I don’t believe anyone else writes like Eric Nixon. When you hire me, you get me. You get my skill, my personal attention, and my commitment that I’ll deliver the absolute best writing possible. If you’re looking for a cheap, sausage writing factory, I’m not going to be the right person for the job.

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We’re a professional company – but your writing seems pretty casual. Should we go somewhere else?

I’ve tried to make this website engaging. If you browse around the net, you’ll find a lot of writing companies that sound very formal and – how can I say this politely? – boring.

I’m trying not to be judgmental, but I deal with all sizes and types of businesses – and every one of my clients is unique. My style is fluid. It matches what YOUR business needs to reach your customers directly.

If you’re a multinational law firm, you’ll want a more formal style, but one that still speaks to your clients, engages them, and makes them respond. If you’re running the House of Clowns Circus Supply Store, I’d recommend a lighter touch.

Trust me, I work with such a wide variety of clients, it only takes a couple of quick questions to discover what style suits you best and what is going to work most effectively to attract your target audience. Whatever your business needs, I’m your man.

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How much do you charge?

That’s easy. I charge based on the amount of work you want me to do and how complicated it is. Simple as that. Just send me a note with a basic idea of how involved your project is and I’ll shoot you back an accurate quote based on your parameters. You’ll find my rates are unbelievably affordable and the quality of work is always first-rate. As with any professional services, there are cheaper options out there and I encourage you to check them out. Dollar for dollar, I honestly believe I offer tremendous value. Try me! I know you’ll be happy.

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How much are rewrites?

I always want my writing to be pitch-perfect. That’s why I ask lots of questions upfront – so I can discover what you like, what style you’re looking for, what content needs to be included, who you’re trying to reach, etc. I want to learn everything there is to know about your business so that when I sit down to write your masterpiece it’s going to be the most effective, well-written piece of writing possible.

Do I always hit it out of the ballpark on the first pitch? Mostly, yes. Other than a minor tweak or two, my goal is to blow you away immediately. Once in a while, however, we may find that something isn’t exactly what you’re looking for or expecting. I appreciate your input and want to do the best for you.

I’m happy to provide a free rewrite within 30 days that hits the nail on the head. Absolutely no problem. I want you to be totally satisfied, come back soon with another project and recommend me to all your friends, neighbours, and countrymen.

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How do I pay you?

As you’ll see from the side of the page, I offer several payment options to make it as easy as possible for you. My standard arrangement is a 50% deposit when we decide to work together and the remainder when the job is completed.

If you’re a longtime client, we can work out other payment arrangements. We’ll both know when we’ve reached that point and, ideally, my goal is always to form a long-term relationship with all my clients. I have customers I’ve worked with for almost my entire writing life and they’ve become great friends. I hope we get to that stage somewhere down the road.

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My grocery store price matches. Why don’t you?

Because I’m not a grocery store? Just kidding.

As I mentioned in the pricing section, there are cheaper writers out there (and plenty of more expensive ones, too). If price is your main criteria for selecting a professional writer, I won’t try to dissuade you from going elsewhere.

However, if you want an experienced writer who pays attention to your needs and deals with you on a one-to-one, personalized basis, I can’t imagine you’ll get better value anywhere else. True story.

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How long does it take to get something written?

Depending on my current schedule, most projects can be completed within one to two weeks.

There are tons of variables – but here’s my promise to you: If you give me a reasonable, honest deadline, I’ll do my very best to meet it.

I understand we all work under different restrictions and situations. Some people like to wait until the last minute to tackle projects, while others prefer to have everything put to bed weeks before it’s needed. I’ve worked in a deadline-driven industry most of my adult life, so I realize how important timeliness is. If we can find a happy medium, I’ll do everything in my power to get your project completed on-time, every time.

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Do you do rush jobs?

This seems to be the standard follow-up to the above question. Yes I do. I charge a small premium for this service and I only offer it when it doesn’t compromise my regular work schedule. If a client has already booked my time, I am morally obligated to complete their work by our agreed-upon date. If you were the client, you’d expect nothing less. However, if I’ve got the time and you’re jammed up, I’ll always do my best to help you out. We’ve all been there.

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You sure do write a lot. Is my project going to have so many words?

Probably not. People have lots of questions about writing and I’ve tried to answer as many as possible, which is why this website is much wordier than typical ones.

Plus, I want you to get a good idea of the person you’re hiring. If you like my writing style, you’ll certainly enjoy working with me. Oh yes, you will.

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Can you write a training manual for our new intelligence coordination control system based on the parameters built into our complex multi-organizational concentric modulation program?

Sure. Why not?

As a freelance writer, it’s my job to deal with a huge range of businesses, some of them involved in very esoteric, complicated areas.

What ties them all together?

At the heart of every business, you’re still talking about humans communicating with other humans. That’s really the essence of all writing.

I may not speak your exact language - but I can certainly make it understandable to your employees, your customers, and your suppliers.

Making sense of it all is what I do.

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Hey, you spell some words kinda funny. What’s up with that?

If you’re any kind of detective, you already know I live in Canada (hence the “dot-ca” at the end of my website address). But, I write for the world. If you live in the USA, you’ve probably noticed that the rest of the English-speaking world (Britain, Australia, South Africa, Canada, etc.) spells certain words a little differently (color/colour, center/centre, etc.). There’s really no right or wrong way – it’s just a difference of opinion.

Wherever you’re from, I will write for YOU. If you’re an American, I’ll assume the U.S. is your target market and will create content that’s 100% American – none of that old-school British stuff!

If you’re from another English-speaking market and aren’t specifically targeting U.S. customers, I’ll assume you prefer the traditional spelling.

Nothing’s really exact in English, anyway. Trust me, I’ve got a degree in it – and sometimes it still confuses the heck out of me.

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I’m always a bit nervous ordering stuff on the Internet. What can you say that will convince me I’m making a good decision?

Let’s face it. The Internet can be a scary place. The biggest assurance I can give you is that I’ve been a writer for almost 30 years and (virtually) all my clients love the writing I do for them and have a great time working with me. Check out the Testimonials section for a few examples and feel free to contact any of the people listed there.

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You seem to enjoy writing a lot of different things? Is there anything you don’t or won’t write?

Just like a mechanic who prefers working on domestics instead of imports, I have my strengths and my weaknesses. I always thought I wanted to be a novelist, but then I realized there are a million writers who can create novels that are mind-bustingly better than what I could ever write.

So, I tend to focus on the things I do best. You’ll find all of those listed under my services, including the “Additional Writing” section. However, even if you don’t find it there, that’s not to say I wouldn’t be willing to give it my very best effort. If nothing else, I love a challenge – and there’s a pretty good chance I’ll surprise you and, probably, myself!

As far as things I won’t write, there’s not much. Anything that could be considered racist or sexist or homophobic, however, is off limits. I can’t imagine anyone offering me that kind of work but, given the huge variety of different assignments I work on, you just never know.

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Do you like baseball?

Well, gosh, even though it’s not a writing-related question – and even though it’s a softball question that I just happened to stick in here myself - I think I’ll go ahead and answer it. Heck yes, I’m a baseball fan. As a Canadian, I worship the Toronto Blue Jays and have been a lifelong fan. Before they existed, I was also a mighty Montreal Expos fan. But, really, I’m just a fan of the game and pretty much look for any excuse to watch any ballgame between any two random teams.

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Do you have any additional questions you’d like answered? Please email them to me and I’ll answer you at my earliest opportunity. If I like them enough, I’ll even add them to my FAQ and you’ll become an instant celebrity. Just don’t blame me when the paparazzi start stalking you.

 


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