Spectrum Business Writing John Paul Tancredi - Writer/Consultant
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Frequently Asked Questions

A virtual conversation with Spectrum founder, John Paul Tancredi Thank you for your interest in my services. If you’re thinking about contacting me, I’m sure you would like to know a little bit more about me and how I work. I’ve tried to answer some of the more common questions below. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate contacting me via email or by phone at 310-979-5943. There’s no obligation if you call or write to discuss a project. Where are you located? Do you only work with clients in your area? Do you have experience writing about my specific product or industry? What is the process if I’m interesting in hiring you? What happens first? How do you quote projects? What do you need from me to get started on a project? How long will it take to write my copy? How do handle drafts and revisions? I have an immediate project need. How do I contact you? “Where are you located? Do you only work with clients in your area?” I’m based in Los Angeles, but have many out-of-town clients and can work with anyone who has an email account and telephone. Wherever you are, Spectrum is there for you! Back to Top “Do you have experience writing about my specific product or industry?” In my former corporate career, my writing experience was primarily in the insurance field, with an emphasis in training and marketing; however, since founding Spectrum Business Writing, I have worked on a variety of writing projects for different industries. Whether it be marketing writing (brochures, letters, press releases, articles, web and newsletter content) or instructional writing (user guides, training manuals, web-based training programs), I’m very comfortable developing effective copy across a broad range of subjects and industries. Of course, I haven’t written for every industry, but I’ve learned over the years customers have similar reasons for buying different products and services. And companies in different industries face similar challenges with similar goals for their internal and external communication. Using my past experience with different projects, I can help meet your challenges today. Back to Top “What is the process if I’m interesting in hiring you? What happens first?” Getting started is easy. Just contact me by email or phone and provide a brief description of your writing needs – if you don't reach me right away, I'll be in touch as soon as possible. Our initial consultation – whether it be via email, telephone or in person – is absolutely free with no obligation. We will discuss the writing job in detail, learn more about each other, and determine whether I am a good fit for the project. Keep in mind, I like to learn as much as possible about an assignment before quoting a price. Back to Top “How do you quote projects?” After the consultation, if we decide to move forward, you'll receive a detailed bid letter via email within 24 hours, outlining the cost estimate, terms and timeframe. In almost every instance I quote flat project fees. Prices will vary for different projects depending on the number and length of any meetings or interviews, the amount of research required and the amount of copy required. All cost estimates are valid for 90 days from the date of the bid letter. Back to Top “What do you need from me to get started on a project?” First, I will need the bid letter signed, dated and sent back to me (either by regular mail or scanned in an email). I also require 50 percent of the flat project fee before I begin work. I will invoice the remaining 50 percent upon completion of the project, and that amount is due within 15 days of the invoice date. I accept company checks and PayPal for all transactions. I will also need some background information about your business, product or service – your target audience, competitors, previous marketing materials, etc. In order to gather this information in an efficient manner, I will provide you with a simple Client Profile Brief to fill out and email back to me, or you can give me the answers over the phone. Once I have your answers to the Client Profile Brief – plus any other helpful information – I can begin writing. If I have additional questions, I will contact you either by email or phone. Back to Top “How long will it take to write my copy?” While it depends on what you need written, I generally ask for two weeks on most projects. Some complex projects (such as copy for a large web site or a lengthy training course) often require more time. There may be times, of course, when you need your project done more quickly. If you have a "rush job," please contact me anyway and I'll let you know if I can meet your deadline. Back to Top “How do handle drafts and revisions?” When I complete the first draft, I will email you a copy in Microsoft Word file (.doc) format for your review. If you have no changes, we're done! If you do have changes, I include two rounds of revisions in your quoted project fee, provided they are assigned within 30 days of receipt of your copy. Please note revisions must be within the original scope of the project – they do not include starting over from scratch with a completely new idea, theme or concept. Changes of this kind must be initiated and billed as a new job. Back to Top “I have an immediate project need. How do I contact you?” Feel free to drop me an email or give me a call at 310-979-5973 – there's no charge to discuss your project and no obligation to hire me if we talk or correspond by email. Back to Top