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  • Creative Writing

    $75/hr Starting at $25 Ongoing

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    My long career in creative writing at Hallmark Cards taught me how to move a mass audience. My work as a screenwriter in independent film and television has taught me how to develop story and character...

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  • Copywriting

    $75/hr Starting at $25 Ongoing

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    The same skills apply to advertising and marketing as to greeting cards and gifts: consumer insight, emotional authenticity, saying a lot with just a little. I've worked for some big clients, including...

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  • Songs & Poems

    $75/hr Starting at $25 Ongoing

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    I came to my greeting-card writing career as a poet and musician. I've written parodies, goofy voice-chip novelties, and music videos for product or brand marketing (see the R&B and folk-singing videos...

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  • Screen & Script Writing

    $75/hr Starting at $25 Ongoing

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    Screen credits include a feature film that debuted at Cannes, with theatrical distribution by IFC (Big Bad Love, 2001); a TV movie that earned Debra Winger an Emmy nomination (Dawn Anna, 2005); and a...

  • Web Content

    $65/hr Starting at $25 Ongoing

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    I was an early adopter, writing the first e-cards for local computer networks (CompuServe, Prodigy, AOL) and cable systems (greetings sent from TV to TV, using a keypad remote) back in the pre-Internet...

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Screenwriter, prosodist, hired word-gun. Father of three, master of none.

B.A., English (UMKC) Long career in creative writing at Hallmark Cards. Screenplays produced, books published, web content rendered, gags and games and gifts created, workshops facilitated, classes taught, critiques and coverage lovingly offered.
Vivid, memorable, emotionally-alive writing. That's what I do.

Work Terms

Negotiable, especially if the project has legs. I like retainers and sustained projects that promise some modicum of stability, reducing the hours I need to spend hunting down the next job. The more undefined the project, the less likely I am to charge a flat fee and insist on an hourly rate. When I first came to Guru, I asked $85/hr, which is what I get from ad agencies in Kansas City. Few were willing to pay my rate, so I dropped it to $75 for everything but web content, which I do for $65, simply because there are so many people willing to do it for even less. My experience is worth more than theirs, in most cases. If you want professionalism, deadlines met, clean copy, clarity, and a willingness to revise and collaborate, that's what I offer.