Hey there! I’m Michelle Rawlings, and I’m a contract writer and editor currently working remotely out of the Washington, D.C. metro area.
While my work has appeared in everything from hometown newspapers to short story anthologies, I specialize in writing for online audiences on both the local and national levels. I have a background in digital marketing, and I have continued to work as a social media and public relations strategist, writing scripts and speeches and crafting marketing content like press releases and videos. I also currently serve as the managing editor for an online political news and commentary outlet.
As a reporter, I’ve focused my work especially on state- and federal-level political campaigns and gun policy, and my writing has appeared on top-ranking sites likes the Conservative Institute, HerCampus, and the Washington Examiner. I’ve also served as a copy editor and page designer for local newspapers and magazines, and I have experience line editing and ghostwriting both fiction and nonfiction projects as an independent contractor.
I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia (go Hornets!), where I was the recipient of the S. Gordden Link Prize for Poetry in 2016 and the recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Prize for Excellence in Journalism in 2017. A sampling of my recently published work can be viewed here.
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“Michelle has an innate talent for creating engaging content. Whether it’s a piece on a recent political event or a funny listicle, Michelle consistently delivers some of our most-read articles. She’s always up for a new challenge, clearly understands how to target an audience, and makes a job easier for everyone involved. She’d be a top-notch addition to any team!” —Rebecca Holley, former supervisor at Edvisors
“She did an amazing job. Very professional and clear, effective nonfiction writing! I would recommend Michelle to anybody looking to get an article or e-book written!” —John Schmidt, freelance client
“Michelle, you did an awesome job and I’m so glad I chose you for this project. You really knocked this project out the park.” —Jerome Boykin, freelance client
“When I originally signed the contract with Michelle to edit my short story, I got more than I expected — in a good way, of course. I had originally expected suggestions on making the story better, maybe even deleting a scene or two. But what I got, in addition to advice, was honest feedback. It was humbling, to say the least, especially when you’ve gone most of your life with friends and family saying, ‘Good job,’ or ‘That’s awesome!’ All in all, I received what I paid for, and more.” —Sudeep Stauble, freelance client