Hire Me

Hi, I’m Michelle—but my friends call me Shelly.

I’m a journalist-turned-copyeditor with a B.A. in English and five years of experience helping authors and businesses optimize their content and connect with readers.

I’ve worked with companies, digital publications, and individual authors alike on press releases, lifestyle blog posts, marketing materials, scripts, speeches, and even full-length books in both fiction and nonfiction. My political journalism has also earned me bylines on sites like HerCampus, the Conservative Institute, and the Washington Examiner.

Let’s work together.

SERVICES


Writing & Ghostwriting

If you’re looking for a writer or ghostwriter to amp up your content creation, I can help! In addition to being an award-winning poet, I’ve published everything from short stories to political essays—but my specialty is in news and PR writing for online audiences.

My experience includes:

  • Press releases
  • News stories
  • Company blog posts
  • Marketing video scripts and speeches
  • Political opinion columns
  • Nonfiction books and ebooks
  • Social media posts

Click here to see a collection of my recent work.


Copyediting

Helping writers make their stories better is truly my passion. While I’ve edited thousands of online 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. Thanks to my experience in journalism, I’m most familiar with AP style.

Get in touch with me to price out a full professional copyedit for your:

  • Blog post or series of blog posts
  • News article or news release
  • Fiction or nonfiction book
  • Marketing emails or newsletters

Public Relations

Need help taking your digital marketing plan to the next level? I have experience both as a social media manager and as a PR analyst and ghostwriter, and I’ve been behind big gains:

  • I helped a company improve social media engagement by 100% over the course of 12 months.
  • I’ve led the way to massive jumps in follower counts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, where I company I contracted with saw an 800% growth in subscriber count and a 438% increase in video videos in just one year.
  • I oversaw an increase of five points in one site’s Domain Rating just six months, and improved their press release engagement by over 200% in that time frame.

What can I do for you? Let’s talk about it.

TESTIMONIALS


Rebecca Holley, former supervisor

“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!”


John Schmidt, freelance client

“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!”


Jerome Boykin, 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.”

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WRITING CLIPS


Remote Work Amid COVID-19: Virtual Vocations Releases New Survey Results | PRESS RELEASE

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted jobseekers’ feelings about remote work? New survey results from one of the web’s leading remote job boards provide a glimpse into the answer. Since 2007, Virtual Vocations has connected jobseekers with legitimate… read more

Are There Differences Between Working Remotely, Telecommuting, and Working from Home? | BLOG POST

Working remotely, telecommuting, and working from home are synonyms, right? Wrong. When searching for an offsite job, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by industry terms and buzzwords. If you’re utilizing Virtual Vocations’ Job Board during… read more

Career-Specific Resume Tips for Soon-To-Be College Grads | BLOG POST

[It] is important that your resume highlights relevant information. Cater to each company you are applying to so that each resume is unique and displays only your accomplishments that are related to the specific position… read more


5 Remote Companies That Prioritize Employee Wellness | BLOG POST

From a negligible commute to being able to work in your pajamas, there are dozens of benefits to teleworking—but did you know working from home can actually make you healthier? In an interview with Employee Benefit Adviser’s Kathryn Mayer, Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc.’s CEO Cali Yost discussed… read more

Melania Trump’s Speechwriter Takes Responsibility For Plagiarizing Michelle Obama | NEWS

According to The New York Times, Meredith McIver, a longtime writer for the Trump Organization, released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for her role in “lifting two passages” from Mrs. Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech… read more

‘Obamacare is a disaster’: Trump doubles down on calls for Supreme Court to overturn ACA | NEWS

Politico reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump is doubling down on his calls for the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), despite reported… read more


“Go back to Africa”: Student protesters at Trump rally encounter “overflow of hate” [Exclusive]  |  NEWS

“We decided that it was only right we made our views known and our voices heard,” [Radford University sophomore Kyanna] Jenkins said. “We chose a non-violent, non-threatening, but still powerful way to protest against Trump and his views.” … read more

Remote Work on the Rise: Virtual Vocations Releases 2019 Year-End Report and Remote Jobs Statistics |  PRESS RELEASE

Released Sunday, Virtual Vocations’ 2019 Year-End Report and Remote Jobs Statistics cites internal company data as well as survey results and outside reports to paint a picture of how remote work is faring on the national stage… read more

Fitzsimmons reveals cause of moisture in the University Inn; expert investigator did not visit campus   |  NEWS

The building expert who drew conclusions about causes of moisture in the University Inn dormitory (UI) did not step foot inside the building at all, though Shenandoah University… read more

Want me on the team for your next project? Let’s get in touch.