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Professional Bio & Three Reasons to Hire Me

CONTENT CREATOR, EDITOR, SOCIAL MEDIA HUMAN, WRITING COACH

  • Tenacious: I spent the night in the front window display of a haunted antiques shop—just to get a story. And it’s a true whopper of a tale.
  • Curious: As a writer, editor, and university instructor, I’ve tackled a variety of disciplines (business, education, architecture, engineering, health, communication, interior design, decorative arts, fine art, travel, gardening, food, marketing, PR, humanities, fiction, nonfiction, self-help, memoir, humor, and essay). That’s another way of saying I’m a liberal arts graduate who found somewhere to go.
  • Sensible: It’s all about the client, not me.  Why fall on my sword for the serial comma if you prefer AP style? However, I’m honest, fair, and realistic.

Just tell me what you need—and let’s go for it.

  • Content Development
  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Writing Coach
  • Bios
  • Resumes
  • Publishing (custom publications, books, and magazines)
  • Book Marketing
  • Copyediting
  • Developmental Editing
  • Technical Editing (business/engineering)
  • Social Media
  • MLA, APA, AP, and CMS style guides
  • Blogging
  • WordPress
  • Public Speaking
  • Speechwriting
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • PR/Media Relations
  • Corporate Training
  • University Teaching
  • Microsoft Suite
  • Canva/Infographics

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • Communications Director, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Delaware
  • Victoria (managing editor)
  • Better Homes and Gardens (health editor)
  • Meredith Books (copy chief/associate managing editor)
  • Southern Accents (art and antiques editor)
  • Cooking Light (copy chief)
  • Southern Living Advertising Services (copywriter/trade magazine editor)
  • AmSouth Bank (technical writer)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Lecturer, Business Communication, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Lecturer, Public Speaking, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
  • Instructor, Public Speaking, Composition, and Introduction to Literature, Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, AL
  • Instructor, French 2 Conversation and Grammar, Alamance Community College, Graham, NC
  • Instructor, Freshman College, Developmental Writing and Composition, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona, Florida
  • Instructor, Composition and World Literature, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA
  • Instructor, Composition, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL
  • Instructor, Public Speaking, Composition, and Literature, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL
  • ESL Instructor, International House, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • French Teaching Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

FREELANCE CLIENTS

Contributing Writer/Magazines and Journals

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Beautiful Baths
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Beautiful Kitchens
  • Cooking Light
  • Country French Style
  • Decorating
  • Epilepsy Advocate
  • First Draft: The Alabama Writers’ Forum (literary)
  • Lily Literary Review (poetry)
  • Millsaps College Magazine
  • Mississippi Magazine
  • Orlando Homebuyer
  • Roads and Bridges Magazine
  • Southern Living
  • Southern Accents
  • StorySouth (poetry)
  • Tuscan Style
  •  UAB Magazine (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Victoria

Contributing Writer/Books:

  • Bath Design and Planning (The Home Depot)
  • Collector’s Style (Better Homes and Gardens)
  • The Complete Guide to Roses (Ortho)
  • Decorating Kids’ Rooms (Better Homes and Gardens)
  • Emyl Jenkins’ Book of American Traditions (Crown)
  • Kitchen Design and Planning (The Home Depot)
  • Michaels Book of Needlecrafts (Lark Publishing)
  • Singing on Canvas (Preface)
  • Southern Journal (Southern Living)

Copyeditor/Books and Journals:

  • All about Perennials (Ortho)
  • Angels at the Gate (award-winning historical fiction/Cappuccino Books)
  • Business Startup 101 (Blue Point Publishers)
  • Business Plan Template (Blue Point Publishers)
  • The Complete Perennials Book (Ortho)
  • Creating Japanese Gardens (Ortho)
  • Great Dads Shape Great Kids (The Great Dads Project)
  • Law Firm Marketing (Blue Point Publishers)
  • Low-Fat Ways to Cook/book series (Oxmoor House)
  • Made in Alabama: A State Legacy (Birmingham Museum of Art)
  • Marketing Plan Template (Blue Point Publishers)
  • Southern Cultures (startup, University of North Carolina Press)
  • Spirit of Steel (Alabama Center for Traditional Culture)
  • Authors (editor, ghostwriter, and book proposals/confidential by request)

Business and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Alabama Humanities Foundation (program manager)
  • Chalice Imports (marketing consultant)
  • Ebsco Media (copywriter/direct mail)
  • Harris Corporation (technical editor/business proposals)
  • Heritage Promotions (publicist/Shenandoah Antiques Expo)
  • Hoar Construction (copywriter)
  • IMU Social Media (ghost blogging)
  • Interactive Communications & Training (orthodontic training products/marketing)
  • Judy Ford Fabric Art (copywriter)
  • McCraney Communications (copywriter)
  • Nektar Therapeutics (communications trainer/American business English for international scientists)
  • Shenandoah Antiques Expo (marketing consultant)
  • Southern Accents Advertising Sections (copywriter)
  • The Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (proofreader)
  • The Alabama Arts Council (copywriter and proofreader)
  • The Southern Coterie (C-Team member and editorial contributor)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Marketing Department (copywriter and editor)
  • ZellComp Inc. (engineering/marketing consultant and patent translation)