Below is a sample letter of agreement.  I use this letter instead of the more formal contract.  When you decide to use me for your work, I will send you a personalized letter.


Dear ___________,

    Thanks for choosing Lillian Roberts to handle your job #____. Job #___ is a series of three capability brochures.  I will write these brochures for you and provide such marketing and editorial consulting services as may be required to implement the project.

My base fee for the services I described above is $3,000.  That fee estimate is based on 100 hours of working time at my hourly rate of $30, and includes time for writing, editing, teleconferencing, consulting, and research.

Copy revisions are included in my base fee, provided that at such time as the total time devoted by me shall exceed 100 hours, I shall bill you for additional working time at the rate of $30 per hour.

Out-of-pocket expenses, such as photocopies and computer print-outs, fax charges, shipping and messengers, incurred in connection with the project will be billed to you in an itemized fashion.

Payment of the base fee will be made as follows:  One-third of the above-mentioned base fee is due upon my commencement of work;  one-third upon my completion of first draft copy;  and one-third is due upon completion.  Payment for expenses will be made within 10 days following receipt of invoice.


Lillian Roberts


By ________________________________   Date _______________