Professional writer, editor, photographer.
Last active: 03/29/2014
I am a professional journalist, writer, editor and photographer.
My main goal is to say "yes" to every request I can, and to make sure my clients are 100% satisfied with the work I do for them. I am used to working with clients that have a tight schedule and short deadlines.
I am an expert in English writing and editing.
I have eight years experience working with Gannett publishing (USA Today publisher) as a writer and photographer, and have two books released through a traditional publisher. I'm also very tech savvy and an expert at ebook publishing, formatting, and editing. I help clients with every ebook format including Kindle, iPad, Nook and all others. I also have strong creative writing skills, and have experience writing everything from resumes to full novel length works. I'm also an avid user of Facebook and I've got nearly 25,000 followers on Twitter. (I have no problem promoting my clients on social media by the way).
My photojournalism work has given me expert experience in the use of Adobe Photoshop.
I started my career in crisis communications, working with the Department of Defense and with test pilots. I have a very strong public relations background. I can edit or write everything from press releases to complete communication plans as well.
On Press Releases:
It's vital to get someone with experience to write your press release. There are a lot of marketing "gurus" who have never worked in a newsroom. Real editors spend seconds on each email they get, and it's extremely important that what they read sounds like a news story. Your release needs to be ready to run, with little or no effort from the editor. This means leaving out the "PR speak", and customizing it for the publication or website that receives it.
As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. There are great writers on odesk who might seem expensive, but you'll be much happier with the results you get if you choose quality over quantity. (Even if you choose one of them over me).
My experience as a journalist, editor, and an author gives me a unique background to help almost any client who wants real quality.
I work with fixed price or hourly payments. For fixed price, I will send a sample of the release, and if my client is satisfied, I will send a PDF of my first draft. I have no problem in writing a revision so that my clients get exactly what they want. If you have no feedback in hiring yet, I will ask for an hourly payment.
On Getting Hired:
I don't see getting hired as just another job. I like to get excited about projects, and if I don't think we're a good fit, I won't take the job. If I work with a client, my name and reputation are at stake, and I take that very seriously.
If you ever have any questions or need advice, you can always send me a message, and even if you don't hire me, I'll do all I can to help.