If you’d like me to write something for you, that’s great! Here are the things I’ll need to know before I can commit to writing for you.
Who is it for?
This is really two questions:
- who is asking for the work?, and
- who will be reading it?
I’d like to know a bit about you and your organisation – while I’m something of a gun for hire, I do like to make sure I’m at least vaguely in agreement with the goals of the publications I write for.
It’s also helpful for me to know a bit about the audience I’m writing for – what level of maths can I expect them to have? How formal do they expect things to be? Do I get to write jokes?
It is significantly easier for me to write an article about a given topic than to write an article about whatever I like. You have a better idea than I do of what your audience will like – please let me know the topic, theme or title you have in mind!
How long does it need to be?
Again, I appreciate guidance here – a 5,000-word essay would obviously take much longer than a 200-word aside, and knowing how much writing you want means I can give you a realistic schedule.
What’s the deadline?
The longer the lead time, the more likely I am to be able to help. Conversely, the sooner you need it, the more I’ll need to charge.
What’s the fee?
Occasionally – if I know and like you, or if you’re asking on behalf of an organisation I want to support – I might be able to waive my fee.
Generally, offer me what you think is fair for a piece of the length, complexity and lead time you have in mind. If I agree, and can fit it in, I’ll be happy to write for you!
To commission me to write something, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.