Marge Bitetti
Grants, Proposals, Technical Documents,Ghost Writing, Editing, Research,
No matter where you are, I can write for you
Most people imagine that writers simply sit down at a computer, touch a few keys, words magically fill the screen and a book or other document is created like waving a magic wand. Writing involves a lot more than just creating words. Like any other business, a writing service involves networking, marketing, sales, accounting and customer satisfaction. Instead of having one boss telling us what to do we have many bosses to please. Our primary boss is the client, either a business, non-profit or publication. Our main goal is to accomplish what our client is willing to pay us to do.
Services Include:
  • Articles
  • Biographies
  • Business Correspondence
  • Editorials
  • Grants
  • Press Releases
  • Proposals
  • Manuals
  • Technical Writing
  • Editing your words
  • Research

Fees for freelance proposal writers or Consultants present a constant problem. At least once a week someone asks, "Can I hire a proposal writer (or agree to work for an organization) for a percentage of the grants awarded?" The answer, simply, is no. Commissions are considered unethical by almost all professional organizations and funders. They are also a bad idea for both organizations and proposal writers.

Grant makers frown upon contingency fees, and many will not fund your organization if they find out you pay Consultants on this basis. Funders seldom allow a proposal writer's fee to be included in the program budget.

Freelance proposal writers and Consultants are professionals who are paid for their time and their expertise, even if the proposal is not successful. They may be paid either by the hour or by the project.

"But how is that fair?" an organization may ask. "Why should we pay the proposal writer if we didn't get the grant?"

Proposals succeed or fail for a number of reasons, most of which are out of the writer's control. Among these are:

  • The strength of the project: its feasibility, whether it meets a clear community need, and whether it has a well-planned budget.
  • How well the project fits the funder's interests.
  • The nonprofit's reputation, track record, and financial history.
  • Relationships: how well the funder knows and trusts the nonprofit's Board and staff.
  • Competition: how many other requests the funder has received.
  • Funds and Timing: how much money the funder has available in this cycle.

Finally, a key element is the quality and persuasiveness of the proposal. This is the part the writer controls, and it is important. But even the most beautifully written proposal will fail if other factors are not in its favor.

"Life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better"
--Ralph Waldo Emerson 1843 Journals

Marge Bitetti has been a published writer since 1982. During her career she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Her work includes all aspects of non-fiction writing: articles, reports, corporate and educational scripts, newsletters, and books. She has worked both as author and as ghostwriter. She also is an accomplished photographer.

In 1997 she earned Master's degree in Business Management from Webster University. Her undergraduate degree is in Radio-TV Broadcasting from California State University Long Beach.

In 2003 she completed training at Riverside Community College and earned a certificate in grant writing.

Awards include: best reporter, and numerous first place awards from the National Federation of Press Women. She has authored a collection of poems and several non-fiction books. She has also worked as a ghostwriter for non-fiction books.

She currently works as a business-marketing consultant and does grant writing for non-profits in the Inland Empire. She is a member of the Author’s Guild.

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