ACI (Academic Consulting International) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based
company providing educationally related consulting, research and editorial
services to a largely international clientele, including students, faculty and
Numerous institutions of higher learning, many of them US-based, are in the
process of establishing English-language degree programs in non-English-speaking
countries, many of them in Asia. Much of the workload for which additional
(work-from-your-own-home) writers currently are needed involves the production
of models to be used in these educational programs, to provide standards and examples
for students to follow. The subject matter we cover, therefore, runs the entire
gamut of topics one encounters at the college and graduate school levels.
For the most part, however, the work we do is concentrated in the domains of
business, humanities and social sciences. (We also need editors, although
there is less of a demand for pure editing as opposed to editing and writing
in combination.) Update: If you are well-versed in
accounting, computer programming, economics, engineering (any aspect), finance,
mathematics (including statistics) or any of the physical sciences, you are especially
encouraged to contact us. (These fields tend to offer higher compensation than most
Now seeking additional writers in the fields of education and international
business/business management, with some background in banking and finance.
Must be proficient in thesis organization, competent with graphs and charts,
capable of doing write-ups and explanation of statistical data (no programming
or actual stats analysis required, though these would be useful). Knowledge of marketing,
international business and management studies essential.
In addition to the full-time, professional freelance writers whose services we access, we also seek part-time, contract-work specialists in all subject areas. If you register with us in one or more subject areas and are deemed qualified on the basis of your writing samples, you may be offered freelance assignments, as they come in. These jobs range in length from five to more than 100 pages, with timetables of several days to several months. Compensation for individual projects ranges from $125 to in excess of $2,500, with the average minimum currently around $1,000. As an independent contractor (IC), you are never obliged to accept any assignment. You work from the comfort and convenience of your own home, on your own schedule. Qualified candidates tend to fit the following profile:
In addition, you must have:
Usually awarded on a per-page basis (counting approximately 250 words per page).
Compensation for model essay/report writing currently averages $20 per page.
Payment is rendered promptly upon completion of assignment.
Writers with whom we have established close working relationships make $2,500
to $5,000 monthly in some cases even more from the work they do for us.
(Please note that this does not constitute any promise or guarantee of income.)
These are top-notch pros, with ready access to all necessary resources and
capable of working quickly, who do other work as well. To qualify as independent
contractors, we encourage writers to maintain other sources of income.
The writers with whom we have established successful ongoing relationships value their work with us because:
ACI style is very similar to that of the print journalism found in most major
newspapers and news magazines. Sentences are short and to the point.
Simple words are favored over fancy ones. Ideas and information are
conveyed concisely and coherently. Unlike much of what is done in print
journalism, however, we do not write in inverted pyramid style. For the most
part, what we write is clearly organized within a framework of introduction,
body and conclusion. If youve ever heard Voice of America broadcasts in
special English, then you have a better idea of the style we want
(which is also similar to that of Readers Digest articles).
All individuals who write for ACI in exchange for compensation are independent
contractors rather than employees of the company. ACI assumes no liability for
the responsibilities legally accorded independent contractors.
If you meet the qualifications outlined here and are interested in associating
with us, we would be delighted to hear from you. The procedure to follow is
to provide us with no fewer than five writing samples, together with a copy
of your resume. Please limit your cover letter and your resume to one side of one page,
each. We neither expect nor encourage you to send multi-page documents
as writing samples. One or two sample pages from each should give us an excellent
idea of how you write. By minimizing the number of pages you send to us, you
demonstrate your ability to be selective and follow directions.
All five samples must be of ACADEMIC writing only.
Clips from local newspapers or magazines, newsletters, advertising blurbs and brochures,
instruction manuals, guidebooks (including writing-related guides devoid of other content),
fiction excerpts and anything else of a non-academic nature are not acceptable.
Examples of academic writing would be: journal articles, masters theses, doctoral
dissertations and termpapers written to fulfill college or graduate school
academic requirements. One hallmark of academic writing is that documentation is provided
for anything that is not considered general knowledge. Samples submitted should be in keeping
with this practice.
Please conserve your time and resources if you are unable to provide five samples
of academic writing as described above. Query letters and resumes alone, without the
required samples, will not be considered.
If you are interested in associating with us, we ask that you not
follow up your submission by phone, fax or email. There simply isnt
enough time for us to respond to follow-ups. Anyone who does this in spite
of our explicit request to the contrary demonstrates that he or she is not
able or willing to follow directions and will eliminate himself or herself
from consideration. We also ask that you not send your submission in any way that
obliges us to wait in line at the post office during business hours to sign for it
(certified, registered, non-signature-waivered express mail, etc.). This, too,
will result in automatic elimination from consideration.
Sometimes we are asked why we dont offer higher pay, in terms of
average per-page compensation. Because our own margin after expenses is
already modest and thorough testing has revealed that our clientele will not
pay more, the ceiling as to what we are usually able to compensate writers
for their efforts is fairly well constrained by the realities of the marketplace.
Certainly we like to pay our writers as much as possible, as we thoroughly
recognize the value of their contributions. In some cases, we are
in fact able to compensate at higher levels. Such plums are
awarded to those writers who do the most work for us.
Nonetheless, the proof of the pudding, so to speak, is in the eating:
The fact that we pay our top writers several thousand dollars monthly
and they are only working for us on a part-time basis
demonstrates that for those who have what it takes,
the compensation we offer is attractive.
Usually writers do not receive bylines or other written acknowledgement
for the work they do for us, nor do they retain the copyrights to this work.
Other than the satisfaction of doing the work involved, the main benefit
is the material compensation paid on a job-by-job basis.
There is a growing demand among working professionals and university faculty
for ghostwriting services (mainly books and articles). These assignments
typically pay at higher levels than the model essay work described above.
At this time, we do not need additional writers in this area. You are most
welcome, however, to submit your CV and samples even if you are specifically
interested in this type of work only. We will keep your materials on file
and contact you when we need your services.
Occasionally we get requests from writers who tell us that they need more
information before they know what to send us. Anyone who feels that the
information provided here is insufficient to understand what we are looking
for most likely is not suited for the work involved and would be
best advised to pursue other opportunities.
We value each individuals submissions. We appreciate the resources each
writer invests in sending us samples of his or her work. Time constraints
are such that it is simply not possible to respond to all submissions
(or return submitted items). In some cases, lack of an immediate response
does not mean that you will never hear from us. Rather, it may mean that we
have all the writers we need at that time but that you will be contacted in
the future. We thank you for your understanding and for the privilege of
reviewing your materials!
Submissions (with cover letter, resume and writing samples) should be sent on paper to: [APPLICATIONS NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME] Due to the fact that we have encountered many time-consuming problems and security (virus) issues with file attachments to e-mail, we do not currently accept submissions through this medium. Please be sure that your resume indicates your current professional involvements (how you make your living/money), as well as your educational background and credentials. In your cover letter, please be sure to include a list of subject areas in which you feel qualified to write. (Hint: Anyone who says, I can write about anything, is not likely to hear back from us.)
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