“No writing is ever wasted; every sentence you write, however awkward and whether you use it or not, is a learning experience.”

Richard Rhodes,
How to Write
“The scariest moment is always
just before you start.”

Stephen King,
On Writing
“We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection.”

Anais Nin
“We write to expose the unexposed.”

Anne Lamott,
Bird by Bird
“Writing is the act of burning through the fog in your mind.”

Natalie Goldberg,
Writing Down the Bones
“The art of punctuation is of infinite consequence in writing; as it contributes to the perspicuity, and consequently to the beauty,
of every composition.”

Lynne Truss,
Eats, Shoots & Leaves


Welcome to the Web site of JP Payne and Associates, Inc.

The seed of our writing consultancy was first planted in August of 1990 when I began working in the Richmond area as “The Travelling Tutor.” I primarily worked to assist graduate students with their master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.

The business expanded and now, for over two decades, my staff of consultants and I have helped writers nationwide, as well as internationally. We are proud of our history of success as 99.6% of our clients have been published with our guidance.

Our writing areas of expertise include academic writing, children’s literature, mysteries, novels, trade and technical journals, scientific theory, literary criticism, spirituality, philosophy, personal and business correspondence, medical journals, and basically any other kind of expression pertaining to the written word. All of our consultants have a passion for language. We work with our writers to enhance their skills. We edit while providing opportunities for learning by sharing effective writing techniques and coaching.

In addition to serving as consultants, we also work as editors, ghostwriters, copywriters, and educators.

While our primary focus remains on writing, we have expanded our services and staff. We also offer career packages, create customized Web sites, and compose press releases. We can even typeset, print, and publish your book.

We offer turnkey services, or can assist you with any given part of your project.

If we can be of assistance to you, we’d be delighted to do so.

JP Payne

About Us:


All of our consultants are published writers, have teaching experience in the college classroom, and have graduate level degrees.


Testimonials & Endorsements:

There is no way I could have improved my writings without you...

By Dr. Caleb Oladipo


Client List:

Our clients include
(but are not limited to):

  • Dorsey, Wright, and Associates
  • The University of Richmond
  • Hermitage Wealth Management


JP Payne and Associates, Inc @ jppayne@writeonthehill.com or 804-798-4140 | P.O. Box 2224 Ashland, VA 23005