Consulting services and hands on help

Led by Carl Dickson, founder of PropLIBRARY

It all starts with a conversation

Examples of projects we've undertaken:
  • Pursuit process improvement (pre-RFP and post-RFP)
  • Coaching to independence, where I provide experience and quality assurance while your staff and organization develops and then I fade out over time
  • Proposal content planning
  • Proposal reviews and quality validation
  • Proposal quality criteria development
  • Win rate improvement
  • Pursuit strategy development
  • Training in all the topics you see addressed on PropLIBRARY
  • Proposal management for pursuits valued up to $800 million
  • Proposal writing
  • Pipeline modelling
  • Problem solving
  • Organizational development
Engagement options:
  • Quarterly retainer with a master contract and task orders
  • Not-to-exceed project quotes
  • Hourly rate consulting

I like to start by talking about you. In the box to the right, you'll see some ideas for things we can talk about. I need enough information about the size and scope of what you have in mind to be able to prepare reliable estimates. Along the way we can discuss options, approaches, schedules, and the outcomes you desire. If you want to know more about me, connect with me on LinkedIn and view my profile.

Sometimes I roll up my sleeves and help create a proposal. Sometimes I work on developing staff, processes, and organizations, usually with the focus on helping a company win more of what it pursues. I do things a little differently than most consultants, since I don't fill my calendar with billable hours. For example, I'm happy helping to plan a proposal at the start and go away until it's ready to review so I can provide quality assurance. This is far more economical than me billing the whole time. But it depends on your needs. I'm also happy helping you develop your company's internal capabilities and obsoleting myself over time.

Our first conversation is usually to discover whether we're a match for each other. If not, I always try to make a referral or give you options so you can get the help you need. I have some rather large agencies as partners, so it's usually not hard to find the right talent.

Here are some things I typically don't do: find leads for you to pursue, build customer relationships on your behalf, figure out what you should offer, pricing, grant writing, fundraising, and providing staff augmentation. I don't do startups, work for a percentage, or take contingent payments. While PropLIBRARY serves all kinds of businesses, most of my consulting engagements are with US Government contractors.  When it comes to training, speaking engagements, and process improvement efforts, I work with organizations of all types.

Location, location, location

I spend most of my time at the beach. Seriously. I mean if most of your business involved web-based publishing, wouldn't you? But I fly all over when needed. These days more and more companies prefer working remotely. You've got options and it's something else for us to talk about.

How we can move forward together

If you've got questions, you can use this green button to send them to me. This is my preferred contact method, since I can usually respond quicker.


If you want to discuss whether we're a match and how to engage me as a consultant, you can use the widget below to get on my calendar for a conversation.



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Carl Dickson

Carl is the Founder and President of and PropLIBRARY

Carl is an expert at winning in writing. The materials he has published have helped millions of people develop business and write better proposals. Carl is also a prolific author, frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant and can be reached at To find out more about him, you can also connect with Carl on LinkedIn.

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It all starts with a conversation. You can contact us by clicking the button to send us a message, or by calling 1-800-848-1563.