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Jody Mabry

Award winning writer with nearly 20 years experience.

I love to write! Simple as that.

My career started in 1996 when I first began writing memoirs and biographies for the elderly at a nearby nursing home. I've since broadened my skill-sets and have written hundreds of books over the last 20 years ranging from simple ebooks to epic novels and biographies. I've also expanded into blogs and web content as well as a few interesting creative writing projects.

However, as 2017 is only a few short days away, my focus is going back to what started it all - memoirs and biographies. I belong to multiple writing societies and organizations, but notably APH (Association of Personal Historians) and the NWU (National Writer's Union).

I work from home as a full-time writer who offers both flexibility at work as well as the ability to be available to my children. I am lucky to have a partner who works from home which enables me to handle unexpected requests or phone calls, as well as emergency projects. However, I do try to maintain set hours where I can be reached for business. Those are:

Monday through Sunday 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. PST.
Monday through Friday 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST.

As you can see, I split my time both for family and time zone differences for my clients.

Writing for me is no longer a hobby, but rather a profession. As such I try to provide a comfortable and successful relationship with all of my clients. This includes transparency in the writing process as well as weekly follow-up on your project.

I am at a point in my career where I can be somewhat selective in the work I choose. Most of my work comes to me by referral and invitation, so if I bid on your project, I am genuinely interested in your project. My criteria for choosing to work on a project is focused on:

1. Interest in project
2. Comfort level between client and myself
3. Client's vested interest in their own work

If you're curious to learn more about me and what I can provide for you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Work Terms

Work terms for smaller projects such as blogs and articles vary. If I know and have worked with someone I am open to payment after the project is complete. If I don't know, or haven't worked with the person then I will request Guru's Safepay, or prepayment for the project. Establishing a relationship is important.

With larger projects such as books I have a couple terms I work under:

1. There needs to be a deposit. I usually work with the 50% deposit, 25% upon first draft completion, and 25% upon final which would include rewrites and editing. There are many variations of payment terms based on budget. But, this is the most common.
2. Deadlines. With a book, there is one primary deadline. That is the completion date. So, if we agree on 6 months, that is when your book will be done. Any other milestones within our relationship may be subject to change and depending on the project, complexity, or life, could change several times. However, I will always send out a weekly status update on your project, and notify you in advance if our milestone will change.

Unless otherwise stipulated, work will be submitted in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, double-spaced, 1" margins. This is the standard in the industry so both clients and writers can safely approximate the size of a project if not using word count. However, for a writer, word count is the most important determination of project size.

I have daily availability, however I do set personal work hours where I will be in my home office.

Monday through Sunday 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. PST.
Monday through Friday 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST.

I do work other hours of the day and week, especially for overseas clients. However, those hours need to be prearranged so I can maintain a positive work-life balance.

These are my preferred work terms, however, upon request, I may be able to adjust. All projects are different, and building a relationship on communication, collaboration, and compromise is important.

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