I’m a freelance writer and editor with a background in journalism and digital marketing.
In 2017, I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English 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.
From there, I worked as a copy editor and page designer for a pair of local newspapers before I found a career as a full-time freelancer. While my work has appeared in everything from local newspapers to short story anthologies, I specialize in PR and news ghostwriting and editing for online audiences.
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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.
Since 2017, my writing work has largely consisted of ghostwriting gigs; I’ve received high marks for my “clear, effective” ghostwriting on both PR projects and book-length nonfiction manuscripts.
Helping writers make their stories better is truly my passion. While I’ve edited thousands of news and marketing articles from draft to publication over the last five years, I also have experience line editing manuscript-length projects in both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve also worked 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.
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 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. […] All in all, I received what I paid for, and more.” —Sudeep Stauble, freelance client
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