Hire Me For Your Project

You need the creative services of an experienced writing pro, don’t you?

Maybe you just have a teeny-weeny project you want some copy written up for?

Or you’re hunting name and slogan ideas for a killer new brand you’re whipping up?

How about, you simply want consultation on your own wild written words?

Well, let me help you out there! 

My name’s Matt Cates, I’m a retired federal employee-turned-writer, and in all likelihood I’m your Huckleberry when it comes to creative writing!


(Sorry, that’s a reference to Tombstone, in case you never saw it…)

The real me – Matt Cates!

Have I told you how much I love working with people who have a clear vision of their end goal? Because I do. That way I can best help them (you?) succeed in reaching that goal! Once the ball is passed to me, I give it the highest level of care and attention. And when I submit my work, it’s something I’m proud of.

Some scintillating bio bits on yours truly:

– I have a bachelor’s degree in History (2006),
– a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (2009),
– a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from the University of Cambridge (2015),
– and 21 years of experience as an highly-decorated information/knowledge ops manager (1994-2015).

I’ve been published on Forbes, OMNI, Geeks, Longevity, Potent, Refiction, and many other sites (links below!).

My article on Forbes
My OMNI Author page

Recently one of my Kindle books ranked #1 in the entire Amazon free Science Fiction category!

Under my small indie company Sable Mare Media, LLC, I operate the sci-fi website ScumHive.com and the conspiracy site ConspiracyWaltz.com.

My fanboy site, Scum Hive!

So why hire me? Because…

Because, because, because, because of the wonderful things he does!

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That’s true, actually. You’ll get my most wonderful efforts at a competitive rate, and you’ll see that I’m client-focused, friendly, timely…and understanding of your editorial feedback!

So come on and review my portfolio and a few of my Upwork client feedbacks (below), then let’s collaborate!

You can hire me right here, right now! 

Just drop me a line via my Submissions page!

I can only accept payment via Paypal (highly preferred) or checks at this time. No credit cards (or bitcoin!)…

Although I do not work ‘per hour,’ my typical per hour breakdown averages $45 per hour. So that can be a guideline to use, but I can better quote you a price based on the details you offer regarding your needs!

More detailed background:

MFA in Creative Writing (National University); 3.84 GPA
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (University of Cambridge & International Training Institute, Turkey)
– 21 years of postal, administrative and executive correspondence writing with federal agencies
– 4 years of courtesy faculty experience at Oregon State University (Department of Aerospace Studies)
– Dozens of satisfied Upwork customers; near-perfect client feedback and Job Score
Social media savvy; created e-zine, blogs, YouTube channels, Facebook pages, etc.
– Business savvy; created Sable Mare Media, LLC, to cover 2 websites, freelance author services, and ESL tutoring services
– Amazon Kindle author; consistently ranks in Top 1% of all Amazon authors
– Timely, thorough, patient, creative, & always professional. I’m the right person for your job, and would like to work with you!

I’m all over the web! Here’s a few links to my work:


OMNI author page    

Geeks author page




Amazon author page    

Journal author page

Scum Hive (my site)    

Conspiracy Waltz (my site)




Why Are You Still Working? (this site!)


Star Register

I’ve also written for ESL blogs, commercial websites, radio ads, Choose Your Own Adventure apps, escape rooms, marketers, and others.

My Sincere Thanks (in advance)! 

Thanks for your consideration! I’ve completed over two dozen jobs on this site to date, and have a stellar feedback score because I strive to make my customers happy! You’ll see…if you hire me!

Matt Cates

Others vouch for me, too! Here’s some testimonials…

These can all be viewed directly on my Upwork profile, so you know they are legitimate!):


‘This was a truly excellent piece of work. This contractor is professional, diligent, creative, and takes great pride in his work.’

‘Once again, job expertly done by a real expert and master in his niche. Would love to hire again.’

‘Amazing guy, super fast turnaround, deep knowledge on required job, would love to hire him as many times possible, highly recommended!’

‘Matt is a hard-working writer with solid research skills and always amenable to revision requests. A good writer all around, and highly recommended.’

‘Would not think of someone else unless Matthew is busy!’

‘Matthew provided a great article. I am definitely going to keep working with him!

Couldn’t be happier with Matthew. Before the job was ever awarded he began working on a draft so that by the time I awarded him the job, a draft was immediately sent to me. Very impressive.’

‘Fast delivery and high quality. Nothing more you can ask for.


My Upwork.com freelance profile

Hire me now via my Submissions page!


Blurb from my eBook, Why Are You Still Working? 

Have you lost your mind? You want to quit work and retire…at YOUR age? Who said you could do that?
Get up and go to work, you bum! Go every day until you die!

After all these years, aren’t you bored to death of the daily grind, of your boss, of the commute? Don’t you really, seriously think you could find SOMETHING better to do with that 40-plus hours of your week?

Hmm, you may be on to something.

Because you know in your heart, life doesn’t have to be like this; it SHOULDN’T be like this!

Don’t work yourself into the grave. We all deserve our freedom at some point… So why not now? Right now!

So many of us are MUCH closer to being able to retire than we realize. In some cases, we are capable of it right this minute…but we feel like we’re not prepared to make the leap. For me, it took a year to decide, but once I did there was no going back.

Here, in this book, is how I did it. There is no great secret to it. The only mystery is, what took so long!

At 44 years old, I left a good-paying job, packed up the family, and have been living a dream life on the Aegean Coast ever since…all the while NOT working, but instead focusing on taking things easy, spending lots of quality time with my family, and just plain old goofing off! (Yes, I did write this eBook in my spare time; I have lots and lots of spare time!)

You, too, have the ability to live life on your own terms, to ‘do it your way.’ But only if you really want it! You have to act; you must make it happen, because it won’t happen on by itself.

‘Why Are You Still Working?’ clearly outlines the exact steps I took to go from living and working in one of America’s most expensive areas to reassessing my priorities, downshifting and downsizing, and resettling in a place others only get to visit on vacation while paying the bills as a digital nomad with a pension. Not every tip will apply to every person; I realize that. Every situation is different. But most will apply, if we’re willing to keep an open mind.

In this updated version, I’ve hyperlinked to the new Why Are You Still Working website, which offers even more in-depth tips and insights. There’s no magic to it, and no schemes or tricks, and I’m not selling any over-priced online courses or trying suck anyone into a ‘customer funnel.’

It’s just down-to-Earth, common sense advice that any person can apply, plus tips to help anyone go from burnt-out employee to blissful beach bum… It’s easier than you think–the hardest part is just doing it!

The second hardest part? Sticking to it! But trust me when I say, every day of my mega early retirement is better than a day on the job!

But Why Are You Still Working isn’t only about retirement. It’s about independence!

Maybe you still want to work, but haven’t considered all the options…like working from home, working freelance, working online, working as a digital nomad selling your services and products on your own time, from anywhere on Earth! This book explores a few such concepts, and links to resources to dig in deeper.

Give it a try! You’ve got nothing to lose…and a whole new life to gain!

Read the first chapter free right here!