Why Me?

Today is the day you find the solution to your business’s communication needs.

When you work with me, you don’t have to worry about copy full of mistakes, a flaky freelancer who doesn’t follow up, or a writer whose ego is bigger than her skills.

When you work with me, you work with an experienced writer and editor who:

  • writes effective copy that connects with your audience.
  • knows how to research, interview, and compose an organized and coherent writing piece.
  • completes projects on your deadline.
  • understands the importance of style and consistency.
  • turns in clean copy that has very few, if any, spelling, grammar or punctuation errors.
  • will work with you to make sure the project solves your problem.

Place your project in my expert hands, and I will deliver professional writing and editing services to help your business communicate with your audience.

Why hire me?

What makes me different, and why does it matter to you? My expertise comes from almost 15 years of experience in the following areas:

Writing. I can write copy quickly that gets to the heart of the story and appeals to your audience. My writing is versatile. With experience in journalism and academia, I’m able to follow style systems for consistent copy.

Interviewing and learning. I’m a quick study. I’m skilled at learning what I need to know about a topic through research and interviewing, then putting the information together into a coherent writing piece.

Meeting deadlines. I’m very organized, and the job will be completed on time. I’ve made my career meeting deadlines. I’ll treat your deadlines as my own.

Editing. I also have extensive editing experience. This means my copy is clean and needs very little editing, and I can edit other people’s copy, too. I’m also used to working with editors and project supervisors, and I’ll work with you to make sure the copy is what you want.

Teaching. I’ve taught journalism writing classes at the college level. I can explain and teach simple and complex concepts.

About Me

My goal is to help you communicate better with your audience, whether you’re a business DSC_6648Edlooking for a freelancer to help you, or a blogger who needs some writing and editing advice.

If you’ve been in the online communication world for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “Content is king.” Great content is essential if you want to connect with your audience.

I’m different from a lot of other freelancers because I come from journalism, and good content is my focus. I know how to write for a mass audience and produce clean, error-free content.

How did I get so confident in my writing and editing skills?

Well, it took years. I began to work on my writing and editing skills in high school. My parents were my first editors. They wouldn’t let me turn in a paper until they had ripped it apart and forced me to improve it, sometimes more than once. Then, I did really well on a newspaper assignment in my sophomore English teacher’s class. She was also the newspaper adviser, and she begged me to join the journalism staff. My destiny was set.

I decided I wanted to be a professional journalist. I earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism, from Morehead State University and Ohio University respectively. For the first nine years of my career, I grew in my writing, editing and design skill at a variety of newspapers and magazines. I worked for two notable local daily newspapers, The Richmond Register in Richmond, Ky., and The Winchester Sun in Winchester, Ky. I also worked for The Lane Report, a statewide business-to-business magazine in Kentucky.

I learned to be a fast, versatile writer. I can take complex information and present it to an audience. My copyediting skills are almost obsessive-compulsive. I notice errors everywhere, especially online. Misspelled and misused words in blogs and news stories catch my eye. Abused apostrophes and run-on sentences jump right out at me.

Later in my career, I grabbed the chance to teach college media classes at two Kentucky regional universities. I spent four years at Eastern Kentucky University, teaching feature writing classes. I also spent a year at Western Kentucky University, which houses the state’s Program of Distinction in media. I taught media writing classes, as well as a unique team-taught class that instructed students in the fundamentals of cross-platform storytelling using a blog.

Teaching sharpened my explanation, group presentation and facilitation skills. I also got comfortable with online technology and web delivery. I loved teaching. I would still be doing it if it weren’t for continuous budget cuts to higher education.

I’ve dedicated my career to writing for the public. I’ve worked with editors who helped me improve, and I’ve taught others how to write and edit better. Now, I’m using my experience and ability to write and edit great content to help you. Please contact me if there is something I can do for you.