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I grew up certain I wanted to be a paleontologist. Finding dinosaur fossils was my adolescent dream, but when I got to college and found out I needed to pass Calculus in order to realize this dream, it fell flat. I discovered during my undergraduate years a passion for writing that began to flourish in my senior year. In 2007, I graduated with a BA in Art History, a few college newspaper articles under my belt, and no idea how to turn that into the career I wanted.

My dad offered me a job at his new insurance agency, so I studied up, took the tests, and became a licensed producer in personal lines (home, auto, life, and health). In addition to helping to manage the office and sell insurance, it was also my job to write and edit all outgoing written materials, including our agency blog. After a year and a half, I discovered that I enjoyed writing about insurance, but not selling it.

The next ten years were spent freelancing on the side while I worked in other roles to support myself. This allowed me the opportunity to be exposed to a number of industries, while simultaneously expanding my repertoire of writing skills. I wrote press releases, blogs, website content, white papers, brochures, and more. I worked as a journalist, as a marketer, as a special education paraprofessional, and as a martial arts instructor. During these years, I pursued a more thorough writing education as well.

I studied first with Writer’s Digest, enrolling in one of their online workshops. From there, I found my way to the Long Ridge Writers Group (now The Institute for Writers). Through my coursework in publishing articles and short stories, I came across National Novel Writing Month. For years I volunteered with that organization as well as with JuNoWriMo, helping to organize regional events and fundraisers, social media marketing, and author pep talks. In January 2014, I enrolled in a master’s program and studied English and Creative Writing. During those fifteen months, I was invited to join both Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

In June 2017, I began pursuing my MFA in Fiction, with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Composition. Beginning in September 2018, I’ll be teaching Freshman Composition at Southern New Hampshire University.

Services

Editing

When it comes to your content–whether for your website, blog, or a book–you want to put your best foot forward. I offer content and manuscript editing. Services offered include:

  • Macro (developmental) editing @ $45/hour (5 pages/hour) OR $10/page where 1 page is 300 words, maximum.
  • Micro (line) editing @ $40/hour (6 pages/hour) OR $7/page where 1 page is 300 words, maximum.
  • Proofreading @ $30/hour (13 pages/hour) OR $3/page where 1 page is 300 words, maximum.

For new editing clients only: Receive your first 5 pages free of charge. Contact me to get started.

Writing

Need a ghostwriter? I’ll write just about anything so long as it’s not academic. (I believe it’s unethical to complete someone else’s academic work for them.) Services offered include:

  • SEO-friendly blog & website content @ $0.20/word, includes:
    • Topic research
    • Appropriate external and internal links
    • Appropriate keyword inclusion
    • Headings
    • Image sourcing available for an extra charge of $30/hour
  • Press releases @ $0.26/word, includes:
    • Drafting of press release with 1 pull-quote
    • Drafting of company bio
    • One round of revisions
    • DOES NOT include placement; that’s up to you
  • Fiction @ $0.20/word, includes:
    • Story planning chat, maximum 30 minutes
    • Story outline
    • Draft of story
    • One round of revisions
  • Extra revisions available @ $40/hour

My rates are commensurate with my experience, education, and professional rates published by the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Contact me to get started with your project.

Published Works

Want to see some of my writing? Below please find a select listing of works I’ve had published. Some are available online, indicated by the hyperlinked text.

Fiction

Nonfiction About Writing & Literature

Nonfiction About Education

Nonfiction About Life

I’ve written plenty about other industries, but for the sake of this site and my focus here, I’ve decided to list work I’ve done on these nonfiction topics. Additionally, much of the other nonfiction work I’ve done was ghostwritten. However, I’d be happy to put together a portfolio for you on another industry I’ve written in (listed below). Please contact me to make your request.

Other Industries & Topics I’ve Written About

  • Travel
  • Insurance
  • Digital Marketing
  • Automotive
  • Home Design/Real Estate
  • Journalism/Politics
  • Job hunting
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Animals

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