Jody Mabry

Brentwood, California, United States    Website

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Jody Mabry

Award winning writer with nearly 20 years experience.

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 my career has grown my focus has gone 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. I've worked with several payment structures over the years, however, to find one that is both equitable to the client and myself I now work with the same structure. A deposit of at least $1,500 where an hourly rate is applied to the deposit. For example, at $45 an hour, a $1,500 deposit will cover about 33.3 hours of work. Once the deposit hours are achieved I will invoice the client weekly. The hourly rate will be determined by the complexity of the project. Although the range is usually between $45 and $75 an hour. I evaluate current writing rates in the United States every year and try to maintain the average. Which means I am affordable but at the same time I am not the least expensive.

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 pre-arranged so I can maintain a positive work-life balance.

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