I’m a freelance writer and editor with a background in journalism and digital marketing.
While my work has appeared in everything from hometown newspapers to short story anthologies, I specialize in PR and news writing for online audiences on a national scale. From my home office in the Washington D.C. metro area, I currently work as a social media and public relations strategist, writing scripts and speeches and crafting marketing content like press releases and videos. I also serve as the managing editor for an online political news and commentary outlet.
In 2017, I graduated summa cum laude from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where I was the recipient of the S. Gordden Link Prize for Poetry in 2016 and the recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2017.
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In addition to being an award-winning poet, I have bylines in numerous national web publications and am a published short story author. 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 like the Conservative Institute, HerCampus, and the Washington Examiner. I’ve also served as a copy editor and page designer for a pair of local newspapers, and I served as the editor in chief of my student newspaper in college.
While I’ve edited thousands of news and PR articles from draft to publication over the last five years, I also have experience line editing and ghostwriting manuscript-length projects in both fiction and nonfiction.
On the public relations side, I have experience both as a social media manager and as a PR analyst and ghostwriter. I’ve been behind huge improvements in social media engagement—topping 100% over the course of 12 months—as well as massive gains in follower counts on Facebook and YouTube, where a company I contracted with saw an 800% increase in subscribers from the year prior and a 438% increase in video views. I also oversaw an increase in the company site’s Domain Rating of five points in just six months and improved press release engagement by over 200% in that time frame.
My PR writing has included press releases, speeches, interview and video scripts, data reports, and blog and magazine articles.
“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
“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
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