For words that mean business

I help clients sell million-dollar stories about state-of-the-art science to the NIH. Make certain your next grant proposal reads like a proper pitch deck, with clarity, concision, and cadence.

I use these same principles to help newsletter writers build brand identity, boost their authority, and turn their followers into devotees.

Hey, it’s Randal. To every project I bring:

● the research skills of a Ph.D.,
● the discipline of a college dean, and
● the verve and wit of a rock’n’roller.

And, on occasion, a polka dot tie.
(Bow ties are cool.)

Services @ Cadence

High-stakes grant writing

Let’s get your brilliant project from proof of concept to commercialization. And let’s start with advice from the NIH: “If writing is not your forte, seek help!” The reason? The NIH is a meritocratic institution, and they distribute millions of dollars based not upon the merits of your science directly — but rather the story in your grant proposal about your science and its significance.

Your science, your life’s work, deserves a story commensurate in brilliance to the science itself. Let’s talk about the different ways to incorporate key principles from conversion copywriting into your next 300-page pitch deck to the NIH.

Click here to get things started.

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Writing coach packages

As a species, we humans have a near monopoly on collective knowledge. And that’s a great thing, especially when it comes to your newsletter. Becoming a better writer entails a growth mindset, patience, and determination — and the right coach. Learn more about my history as an educator and a writer here.

Pick the package that works best for you, and let’s talk.

Brand identity & web copy

Your website is your company’s virtual PR rep, at their desk 24/7, explaining how you build solutions for your clients. Make certain you have the social proof in place to back up your claims and get your prospects to act today.

Now it’s your turn: click here to get things started straight away.

What my clients say

Randal’s an A-level editor — and I mean that literally. I’ve brought Randal onboard for some of our biggest grant proposals, and each time I’ve incorporated 92-97% of his edits. The process, too, is so efficient. Once he’s read the RFP and our draft, Randal and I talk through a set of high-level questions, and then he gets started. He really gets our mission, and that’s reflected in his deep edit (what’s missing, what needs to be where) and his style edit (the rhythm of the story). I’ve seen the research and writing that goes into ghostwritten op-eds, too: it’s smart, sassy (when appropriate), and maintains a good cadence. He’s also got a wry sense of humor, and he saw all the cool bands back in the day.

― Bryan Stubbs, executive director, Cleveland Water Alliance

Right away, I saw how my writing improved, and my readers took notice. “These pieces are getting better and better,” one reader noted. “Ever thought about bringing them up to 750-1000 words?”

My list of subscribers kept growing, too. In the month and a half I worked with Randal, my newsletter list increased by 49%.

Since working with Randal, everything writing-wise has become so much easier.

― Ari Lewis, host,
Mastering the Attention Economy podcast

Why work with Cadence?
For the results, of course.

See how my process produces happy clients. Check out their success stories here.

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Let’s assemble a story for the ages for you today.


Randal Doane, Ph.D., loves the power of science, as well as the power of the written word.

He grew up in Northern California, did his graduate studies in New York City, and recently celebrated 20 years as an Ohioan.


randal [@] wordswithcadence.com


23 East College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074