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Jody Strait

Copywriter & Journalist Based in San Francisco, CA, USA.

My intention is to inspire you with the power of the written word. For the last two years, I have been ghostwriting and copy editing in the policy, sustainability, and tech sectors. I focus on a variety of topics, from current events to opinion pieces, travel, poetry, and free tips on how to make your writing stronger.

 

OFFICE
(209)484-5229
projects@straitwriting.com
San Francisco, CA
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EDUCATION
B.S. Environmental Sciences, Honors
Journalism, Public Policy Minors
UC Berkeley, 2018


Frequently Asked Questions

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ANY ADVICE TO BEGINNER WRITERS?

I’ll repeat what the best have told me: You can’t be a good writer if you’re not a good reader. Well, I hate to say you can’t, but every piece of evidence I’ve seen leads me to believe this statement. The good news is that today there is virtually no end to the genres of literature we have access to. So find something you like, something that echoes how  you want to write, and devour everything in your midst. Great tools for young writers include public libraries, school libraries, and online libraries like Scribd and Audible, where you have access to a lot of titles at a low monthly cost. I also recommend writing tools like the Grammarly premium service. It’s on the more expensive side, but learning how to write well is worth it. I also recommend examining the lives of other writers so you know what your in for. Documentaries via Youtube are a great way to go about this.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FOR WORKING WITH A NEW CUSTOMER?

I look forward to learning about your project needs via email, phone, or Skype. Your first 30-minute consultation is always free. Any project estimate over $500 includes an optional free custom work sample. For recurring  projects less than $500, a paid trial period is always a good idea. Upon booking, I require a 50 percent deposit based on the price estimate I provide. For recurring projects, monthly or bi-monthly payments can be established for your convenience. If applicable, I provide a Google Doc link to each customer, ensuring real-time access their project up to the first 50 percent. The rest is delivered once the second deposit is paid.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE PRICING?

The intensity of background research and writing time determine my pricing for  each project. The project length and deadline are always key questions. Typically, ghostwriting a study  requires more time spent reviewing literature than blogs, thus they are priced accordingly. Naturally, editing is a faster process than ghostwriting and requires less creative energy, so you will see the difference reflected in the quote you receive.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WRITING?

Coffee in the mornings, old books, grand libraries and big trees all have a special place in my life. The  feeling of scanning through the pages of a new book and learning new words along the way is truly exhilarating. I pick up my thesaurus daily and build  lists of words that I think should be used more often. I always perk up when a conversation turns to philosophy, history or politics in a thoughtful way.  I also love traveling, astronomy, anthropology, political and figurative art, literary criticism, creative song lyrics and long runs during any time of the day.

ANY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS?

Right now I’m interested in the writings of Margaret Atwood and George Orwell for their ability to warn us about unfortunate societal states that could happen, and to some extent have already happened. Christopher Hitchens, a proponent of Orwell, has long been a mentor to me through his writings. Since his death his incisive wit has been missing from the world and is something I hope to revive myself. Some poets I admire include Charles Bukowski for his brutal honesty, Lord Byron for his romanticism, and Maya Angelou for her strength. Any philosophically inclined writer should be familiar with the works of the Western canon. Right now, I would say Nietzsche resonates with me most. For my next reads, I look forward to finishing “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy, “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts, “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace and “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust.

DO YOU HAVE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE?

After graduating college I saved up enough money through summer jobs to take a five week trip across Europe. My travel companion and I started in Iceland and went on to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria and Ireland. We visited several  literary pilgrimage sites along the way. I currently write about my travels, as well as other experiences, in my blog. There was also one time when I was a kid. I was kept in a Canadian custom office for three hours because the officers thought my mom was trying to smuggle my brothers and I out of America. Pro tip: never forget the passports.

WHY IS WRITING YOUR PASSION?

Copywriting and editing are an outlet for me to express how much I love writing, and writing well. They keep me sharp and motivate me to learn new things every day so that I can funnel new experiences into the writing I do. Perhaps to the dismay of loved ones in my life, when you’re a writer, your life is your art. No experience is off limits from being captured and expressed through the written word. Despite the ephemeral nature of our lives, writing is a way for us to live forever. It enables us to communicate very deeply with the people who lived before us and those who will come after us. While I enjoy writing for myself, writing for others helps me expand the number of people who  engage in this transgenerational conversation, which I believe to be the best gift in the world.