If you are not locally based (within the
Oreland, PA area), I can work
effectively in a virtual environment. We should be able to conduct most
or all of our business over the phone and via e-mail. When a
meeting is required, I will be happy to travel anywhere in the world.
All travel, lodging, meals, car rental, and other related expenses must
be paid directly by you at the time they are incurred.
to copies, transcripts, research, long distance calls, materials,
supplies, travel, lodging, meals, etc. that are directly related to your
project will be billed to you. No expenses will be generated without
your prior approval.
All invoices are due immediately upon receipt unless otherwise mutually
agreed to. Pricing generally will be estimated in a discussion and then
finalized in an e-mail, a contract, a letter of agreement, or a verbal
agreement, and will be quoted at a per project or hourly rate depending
on the nature of the project and your budget constraints.
All consultation is billable whether done in person, on the phone, or
via e-mail. Initial brief consultations are usually not billed.
For some projects, some initial consultation and work may be included
"free" at my discretion. However, once the project is initiated and work
progresses at your direction, if the project is terminated,
all "free" work becomes billable and will be included in a settlement
All work is invoiced upon completion or at a mutually agreed to timing.
Project payment is generally 50% of contracted estimate at project start
and 25% of contracted estimate at mid-point of project, or according to
terms of the contract / agreement, and the balance due at completion.
Special terms are negotiable.
Additional project related expenses such
as transcriptions, travel, lodging, supplies, etc., are to be reimbursed as they are
incurred or paid directly by you.
All charges are
always due upon receipt of invoice. Payments will be made by check (made
payable to Stephen R. Clark), or online using credit cards
through PayPal (add 3%).
Past Due Invoices / Late Payment Charges
All invoices are due upon receipt. Those not paid within 30 days of
invoicing are subject to a 15% late charge. All invoices not paid within
60 days of invoicing are subject to an additional 15% late charge and
will be turned over for collection.
Early Termination of Project
If a project is terminated before completion by
you for any
reason (except as mutually agreed to), all previous "free" hours (i.e.,
work done "on spec" in good faith that the project would be completed
and paid as agreed, initial development time, and all work involving
third parties) will become fully billable and will be included in the
final settlement billing.
Other services, such as communications
management, public relations, etc., will be negotiated
on a case-by-case basis. I'm happy to work with you to develop
communications plans and strategies, to execute existing plans, to
provide public relations support, and so forth.
Don't be shy! Let's talk about your
What I don't do:
I do not provide writing or editing services for
fiction, poetry, or drama.
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works at something specific. Often used in combination: A
wordsmith (a fluent and prolific writer, especially one who
writes professionally; an expert with words.)
What others say about
"Stephen is tireless and sensitive to
my needs, both content-wise and time-wise. He always is very
close to what I want the first time. He works with me patiently
and quickly to incorporate my requests and suggestions into his
drafts to result in what I want on a timely basis. He is
sensitive to the time demands of my business. When I need
something on a tight timeline, he can be counted on to deliver."
"Stephen's creativity is professional and holds up over time.
His ideas are solid, not trendy, so things we did or wrote two
years ago still look fresh today. Above all, Stephen is an
honest, moral, and ethical businessman. Everything starts there.
His work and relationships with clients reflect that."
"Stephen provided timely, professional, useful, practical, and