I am an American native English speaker that has worked as a writer, editor and proofreader for 16 years. My areas of expertise include: business, travel, culture and corporate work, but I am interested in a range of topics. I have worked for companies in the United States and Europe, including the Associated Press, New York Post, The Independent, Edda Publishing, and Bradt Travel Guides, among others.
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I am not only an experienced and skilled writer, but also an editor with great organizational and analytical abilities who can meet deadlines and challenges with creativity and resourcefulness. I am seeking a variety of freelance writing and editing work to continue to expand my portfolio. I ensure delivery of top-notch content in areas such as blog articles, business writing, news articles, press releases, website content, correspondence, editing projects, and more. Below is a brief summary of my qualifications: • I have spent more than 14 years honing my writing and editorial skills: I started out as a newspaper journalist. After earning a Master’s Degree, I took a position planning conference content for high-level university executives, during which time I gained experience in marketing writing. Later, I served as a senior editor over multiple monthly trade newsletters on regulatory compliance topics. • I am a self-starter: I launched a freelance writing business to serve the communications needs of a range of companies, which includes writing web content, editing articles, producing press releases, managing media contacts, and leveraging social media for exposure. My clients include Gale Custom Content/Cengage Learning, Gregg Albracht Photography, and GreenPea Baby Boutique. • I am a highly organized and resourceful editorial project manager with strong technical skills: In my editorial roles, I am the person everyone relies on to target messaging, edit and refine content, and review the final product. I also am highly skilled at using Wordpress and SEO strategies and have experience with Quark, HTML and website content management.
An expert editor, my work is touted by clients as "exceptional," "creative," "visionary," "impeccable," "professional," "clear," "resourceful," and "highly recommended." I provide developmental, copy- and line-editing for projects from the sublimely creative to the scientifically specific. As an academic writer, I am particularly well-versed in medical writing. My education and professional backgrounds range from medicine and medical humanities, medical sociology and anthropology of the body, to biology and ecology, contemporary philosophy, and the history of cultural beliefs. In addition, I have nearly three decades of experience as a healthcare provider and educator. I work with clients in a uniquely personal albeit professional and collaborative manner to evoke the clearest, most authentic expression that best articulates intention, whether of academic writing, a good story, or a finely choreographed expression of both. To wit, I am a fastidious editor. My approach is methodical and detail-oriented with a view of the whole. I am attentive to the piece of writing as a clearly articulated narrative progression, and to the details of word-choice, grammar, punctuation, and format. My work is founded upon a value for excellence in service, which means delivering exemplary work in a timely and professional manner. It is my view that good writing is well-researched, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. It has the capacity to change minds and transform lives, because the writing—well tuned—is experienced by the reader as an integrated whole. It both captures the mind and transcends it as a deeply personal experience of the heart. Writer is changed. Reader is changed. I am most at home with projects that push the boundaries of existing paradigms—or endeavors that envision new cultural patterns, espouse an integrative view, and open important questions. Not only am I practiced at engaging such aims creatively and as a writer, I am passionate about doing so.
Published academically and as a journalist, I have lived in China, Vietnam, and Singapore. I have a graduate degree in Public Administration and have done research for a governor in Workplace Strategy. As a former public sector management analyst I have a quick turnaround on policy analysis, strategic planning research, and case studies. I have also been an adjunct college instructor in Sociology, History, and Western Civilization. I am attracted to projects that send me down a rabbit hole, require me to untangle a puzzle, or engage my curiosity. My true calling is digging through information to find the nuggets that move a project forward or solve a mystery. In particular I excel in the fine art of lobbying through narrative. I like working with interesting people on things I care about. The more I can get behind a project, the more tenacious I am in its execution.
I have more than 14 years of expertise in developing, writing and editing communications and content for a variety of audiences, including healthcare executives and food industry professionals. In 2013, I left the corporate world, and for the past year I have been freelancing for numerous publications and websites. Some of my clients include Mid Atlantic Dairy Association, International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), and McNeil Media Group, publisher of Gwinnett Edge Magazine. Specialties include writing, editing, social media, managing special projects online and in print.
I headed the Knowledge Management function for HP's Office of the General Counsel for three years. I tend to focus on tech and healthcare. But I'm a former journalist, a marketer, a consultant and most importantly a communicator. These days I'm fully committed to Content Marketing. I've done highly effective Content Marketing projects over the years -- white papers, marketing collateral, multimedia, web copy, blogs, training programs, video and the like. My strength always has been my ability to articulate a vision. I've done that for a broad spectrum of companies, from tech start-ups to multinationals.
I am a graduate of the University of Tulsa with degrees in Film Studies and Creative Writing. I was the Managing Editor for my university’s campus-wide newspaper, Editor-in-Chief of the band Hanson’s online magazine, and currently write for my bimonthly column in Tulsa People Magazine. I have a strong marketing background and currently work in Corporate Communications & PR for a staffing agency, communicating and marketing programs within our company. I have self-published two novels and am currently under contract to complete a six-book series for a publishing company.
I have been a domestic engineer since 2003 while holding multiple positions, including property manager, personal shopper, mobile secretary, mobile personal assistant, etc…, and enjoying myself as a volunteer enthusiast at the same time. I am currently waiting to upgrade Math and Chemistry courses, which will allow me to enroll in the 3 year Respiratory Therapist program at SAIT.
An award-winning writer, have earned honors as a professional journalist (Virginia Press Association) and more recently as a published author, including a Virginia Federation of Press Women award and selection for prestigious National Press Club “Book Fair and Author’s Night,” as well as a Southern Writers Magazine “Must-Reads” listing. Received praise for “exceptional writing” from About.com, part of The New York Times Company, as well as excellent reviews from other outlets. Also have earned awards for outstanding communications program management.
Experienced editor, writer, photographer and public affairs professional. In more than 30 years in journalism, publications and online media, I have taken magazines, newsletters and newspapers from concept through production, redesign and establishment of online editions. I have led teams of writers, artists and subject-matter experts in the development of complex print and online information graphics. I can accomplish the mission using a full suite of tools, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver; Microsoft Office, including Publisher and PowerPoint; and WordPress. I have maintained websites using the DotNetNuke and Knowledge Dispatch content management systems. As a writer, I take pride in producing clean, accurate copy focused on the audience. Military, education, and environmental management topics fit well with my experience. Health care and nursing articles will be co-written by my spouse, who holds a bachelor of science in nursing from George Mason University. I am well-versed in Associated Press and Chicago styles. Depending on the assignment, I can also use APA and GPO. Assignments in South Texas or involving travel can easily include photos. Note: I am currently employed by a Department of Defense agency, so I need to clear certain assignments.