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Before we get started, it is important that you know what points you you want to communicate with your poem (e.g., “Everything is half off this month!”, “This product is fair-trade certified, non-toxic, and made with recycled materials”, “Free shipping is now available”). It is also important that you realize that I am not an advertising agency. I cannot figure out how to sell your product, but I can turn your key marketing points into poetry.

When you email me with your request, please provide the following information:

1) What are the main points to be communicated in the poem? What do you want readers to feel/think/do after reading it?

2) Who is the poem directed at? Please describe the audience that will be reading or hearing the poem.

3) What details do I need to know about your product(s) or service(s)? What must be included in the poem? What must not be included in the poem? Please include the exact wording of any slogans, tag lines, or testimonials you’d like included. If there are important legal issues involved in the promotion of your business (e.g., claims that have or have not be scientifically proven, official certifications that have or have not been obtained, safety information including groups of people who should not use your product), be sure to note that here. The more details you provide, the more specific the poem will be.

4) What kind of poem would you like? You may not be a poet yourself, but you probably have some idea what you would like. For example, would you like it to rhyme? Is there some poem you admire with a style or structure you’d like me to imitate? Would you like a particular poetic form or do you prefer free verse? (If you have no idea, check out these examples of a sonneta villanellea sestinarhyming coupletshaikua limerick, and free verse.)

5) By what date do you need the poem written? I aim for a turn around time of 7 days. If you require your poem sooner, you can request this for an additional cost that we will agree upon up front.

I will read your answers, ask you some more questions, and we will agree on a deadline. When I have finished a draft, I will send it to you and ask if there is anything you would like to add, change, or delete. Please note that I will do up to two rounds of revisions (three drafts in total) as part of my fee. If you wish to make further revisions after the third draft, each subsequent draft will cost an additional $25. This is why it is important that you know what you want before I begin writing.



I charge $75 for sonnets or poems of equivalent length (14 lines). If you want a longer poem, it will cost proportionately more. For example, a 28-line poem costs $150.

Payment is due when the poem is finished. I accept payment via PayPal. PayPal also accepts credit cards. I do not accept checks, IOUs, or cash in the mail.


Ready to get started? Email me at hollypainter(at)gmail(dot)com.


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