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My Commitment to Clients: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Value-Driven Work

September 3, 2009


In the past several months, I have worked with several clients that had conflicts with my professional values. As a consequence of these relationships, I feel it is imperative that I share with you my working values – up front – so that there are not any questions later.

Here is a summary of what I will provide to you – the client.

  • I will meet deadlines that we have agreed upon. Part of my time management process involves constantly assessing the length of time involved in each project, and determining whether I am falling short. Typically, I can reasonably foresee any possible delays very early in the process. When I do foresee a delay, I will let you know immediately.
  • I need a reasonable period of time to complete all projects, including fair forewarning. I had an unfortunate experience several months ago where a client sent me an email, and demanded a returned work product within 6 hours. Unfortunately, I was working on another project, and did not read the email until 2 hours prior to that client’s deadline. When I was unable to meet the 6 hour timeline, the client became very upset and we ended our working relationship. Under no circumstances had we decided previously that this type of quick-response would be a normal part of my work. In some cases, I can provide a finished work product to you very quickly, depending on my workload for that particular day. However, for the most part I have quite a bit of work on my schedule, and I have to fit projects in accordingly. Provide me with warning of your deadlines, and understand if I cannot provide something in a flash. A professional writer has multiple obligations.
  • While I do have multiple clients, I provide the same amount of care and consideration to each one. Your work product will be given equal, diligent attention as the next client. Due to this core value, my clients continue to return, asking for additional work. I will not hastily finish one project – no matter how small – and provide you with a carelessly composed work product.
  • I will not act unethically. I am a stickler for citations, and where they are needed I use them. Many writing projects do not require research. However, for those assignments that do, I am a stickler for plagiarism. My work will always accurately cite a research source when appropriate. Please do not ask me to simply re-word a segment of my writing, and believe that this will escape the need for a citation. If the idea largely came from the work of another writer, a citation is always necessary. I treat my work with care and respect, and in exchange, treat other writers’ work with equal respect.
  • As a writer specializing in professional, concise work products, I do not produce work “in a flash”. My work is for professionals, and is not the other kind of written garbage spewed on the internet for SEO purposes (basically a huge mash of English with 10 keywords repeated repetitively). If you need a writer to produce work in that manner, there are several websites that offer services from non-native speakers; they are willing to produce that type of work for as little as $1 per hour. If you are interested in that kind of product, feel free to contact me. I can discuss with you the level of professionalism that creates a true brand, or, if you still insist, I can provide you with several resources to locate non-native writers.
  • I rarely ghostwrite. My own part-time energies are devoted to my creative writing. I am not particularly interested in producing work for another without adequate credit. As an author, you can protect your brand, or you can choose to give other authors the opportunity to demonstrate their writing talent, based off of your work. It is my value that my work is mine.

My commitment to my clients is the basis of my writing success. From a moral standpoint, I strongly believe that the way you treat others – personally and professionally – determines your strength of character and your ability to excel. Based on this value, I commit to providing each client with a high level of diligent effort. Your work is my work, and my reputation is due to my dedication to each client. As a result of this committed service, in exchange I require an equal amount of consideration and respect.

Social Networking for Realtors

August 27, 2009


The Advantages of Social Networking

The Advantages of Social Networking

I just completed my Social Networking for Realtors Abstract; the full-length E-book will be published shortly. I’m incredibly proud of this project – when I have the link for the Abstract and E-book I will post them.

The information discusses the best ways to market yourself on social networking sites; topics covered include blogs, social bookmarking, social networks, social network hybrids, and microblogging. The full-length e-book will offer valuable marketing tips & tricks, including a “dos and don’ts” section, resources, “How Tos”, and the like.

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August 22, 2009


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Logic and Critical Thinking

August 16, 2009

Logic is a necessary part of the critical thinking process. Although our natural sense of perception sensually guides us towards rational thought, critical thinking is not met until the complex tools of logic are utilized.

Perception is the natural mechanism within our thought making process that is influenced by both sensory and emotional stimuli. We are born with the innate ability to perceive.  As young children, our perceptions are evidenced by simple determinations made. We smell a fresh daisy, and somewhere, deep within the chasms of our brain, our thought is that the incredible odor signifies that the flower is beautiful.

Later, our perceptions become more complex, and influenced largely by environmental influences and societal beliefs. For example, an adult may be emotionally repulsed or angered by a woman who undergoes an abortion. This reviled woman is the symptom of that adults’ perception, as that adult may have been largely influenced by religious doctrine or the influence of his parents’ taught morals. This type of perception is still largely emotional, and has not undergone the full circle of critical thinking.

Logic is the tool that helps drive perception towards deeper critical thinking. Through the use of logic, we are able to study arguments and persuasions on the most analytical level, and eliminate undue emotion or bias from our thought process.

My own perceptual process has often been led by extreme swings of emotion. I have discovered that my own initial perceptions prove very wrong under critical analysis. When I rely solely on my emotional perceptual process, I do not believe that I can later embark on the path of good decision making.

For example, some young adults are often entwined deeply in love affairs that have very little to do with logic. One person can perceive another on an extreme emotional level. Pheromones, the ultimate biological sensory tool, may play a large role in driving the base emotion of lust. One may make you laugh, creating an emotion of excitement and titillation, eventually leading to flirtation. These basic emotional determinations are often made on an almost subconscious level. Because young people are often unable to direct their thought processes, they find themselves locked within a web of dysfunction, the all too commonplace teenage love affair.

As adults, we can choose our romantic partners with more direction through logic. Although a suitor may make us laugh, and may strike us as attractive, we are able to determine that person is not a suitable partner. Critically, we can analyze past behaviors, and determine that the suitor has not demonstrated signs of trustworthiness. We can reflect upon that person’s verbal communication, and determine that their ideas and opinions are subtly foreign from our own. As adults, we are more capable of making rational choices because we have learned of the bitter fruits of emotional decision making. We are now capable of making choices that involve logical thought processes in coalition with our innate sense of perception.

When tools of logic are used in conjunction with our ability to perceive, we can drive our thought processes towards critical thinking. Ultimately relying upon our emotional perceptions in the beginning, critical thinking can only describe our use of logic as a refining analytical tool to help us focus on the fallacies in our thought processes.