Creative, awarded journalist and former teacher/educational therapist with a bachelor's in education (minor in social sciences) and 18 years professional experience in journalism, digital media, educational writing and marketing. If your content matters, and I hope it does, it's worth the investment in a quality writer. I deliver accurate and well-researched, informative, creative and page-turning copy.
*National Teacher Exam: Upper 90 percentiles in English, General Knowledge.
*Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards: 12 total including four feature articles I wrote and others I edited.
*Elance Online Writing Test (Copyright law, style): Top 5 percent.
TESTIMONIALS AND DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
"Cindy was an absolute pleasure to work with! Her quality of work and attention to detail is outstanding. Cindy is a very honest and very professional person to work with. The final result of my e-book was nothing short of outstanding. I would highly recommend Cindy to anyone looking for a AAA result. ~ Hawaii47, Honolulu, Hawaii (ghostwrote Hawaii travel guide)
I have been getting stacks of great testimonials and feedback on your ebook products!! ~ Anthony Blackburn, Perth, Australia (Ghostwrote photography eBooks, sales letters and newsletters.)
Cindy Blankenship was a mainstay of "Southern Exposure Magazine," a regional magazine for Southern Oregon, for nearly three years. I knew I could always count on her for well-researched and entertainingly-written articles and columns. She never missed a deadline or delivered less than high-quality work. I would gladly work with Cindy again, and can enthusiastically recommend her for writing and editing work. ~ Michael Swaine, former editor, Southern-Exposure-Magazine, and co-author of Fire in the Valley (basis for the movie about Silicon Valley).
Wonderful to work with! Prompt and ahead of scheduleÃÂ ~ spyk3tran (photography eBook with images)
This provider was great to work with and really came through to make my project great! Will use again. Thanks! ! brooksgibbs (Ghostwrote workbooks on motivational speaking based on audio of this national speaker's seminar.)
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Digital Photography 4 Kids with all the practical and useful information for assisting not only kids, but any enthusiastic budding photographer. It is jam packed full of great ideas to help make photography more interesting with neat tricks to capture those memorable shots from family occasions, night scenes or sporting activities, all the way to landscapes and portraits."~Ross Linfoot , North Carolina,Photographer, father of three.
(Review of photography course I ghostwrote, and under my byline, edited.)
For highest quality work and service look know further. C.Blankenship is the most dependable and professional provider I have dealt with through elance.... and always with a smile :-) ~ itonius (supplement book for Photography eBook I ghosted)
Hi, now that the testimonials are out of the way, please take a moment to review the following. Then to discuss YOUR goals and how my writing and knowledge may help you achieve them, send an invitation to bid.
If you are looking for a researcher, writer or editor who can quickly grasp the specs of a project and then work independently to complete it to your satisfaction, consider my services. If your project is ethical and you care about accuracy, originality (100 percent plagiarism-free) and creativity, consider my services. No offense to those who live and work in low cost-of-living countries or who are hobbyists or part-timers earning a little pocket money, but I live in California, U.S. and my writing supports my family: Therefore my rates begin at .03 to cents per word, but the price may be higher depending on the project's specifications and research required. I want us both to be happy with the deal to create a win-win. You get high quality, and I will be thrilled to write for you and deliver to meet or exceed your expectations.
As a general assignment reporter/feature writer, I wrote intelligently (for the most part) on any assignment my editor threw at me. But as with all writers, I do have my passions and areas that through practical experiences and research, I've acquired an expert status. These areas include the following subjects and often involve my skills in teaching, inspiring and informing with a dash of humor and solid references:
Psychology -- Self-Help -- Mental Health, especially in the fields of Anxiety, ADHD and Asperger's (on the Autism Spectrum),Family/Relationships.
New Thought/LOA/Conscious Creating: New Thought Christian teachings, such as Unity (Catherine Ponder's books) to Spiritual- but-not-Religious, I offer an immense background of knowledge and experience in the areas of creative visualization, LOA, mind-over-matter, reframing (more on the psychology side), co-creating, positive manifestation, visualizing with love for better results, etc.
I also am good at finding themes and symbolism in books such as fairy tales and Harry Potter that teach the art of manifestation.
Eco-Travel, Green, Travel, Sustainable Travel, Outdoors Recreation (hiking, camera safaris, paddling, camping, etc.)
Green Living and Living off the Grid
Digital Photography for hobby, income and/or marketing.
Nature/Gardening: A former editor of Demand Media's Garden section and a former writer and assistant editor at the Rogue River Press, I worked on many, many stories about gardens, specific plants, wildlife, rivers and other beautiful aspects of nature. I also wrote for the Medford Mail Tribune's Homelife. I've also written several how-to articles on topics such as backyard pond building, nature crafts for kids and organic gardening.
Animals: Horses, dogs and cats are my specialties. I've written extensively on vet care and training (based on interviews with professionals and research).
Freelance Writing: In addition to full-time work as a reporter, and before that as a teacher and educational therapist, I've freelanced for newspapers, magazines, websites and entrepreneurs/IMs. Freelancing is not an easy road, but if you value freedom and creativity, it's the best road for many writers and other creatives such as photographers.
Creative Writing, Fiction (for children, teens, YA and adults) and Creative Nonfiction. Or nonfiction, journalistic writing or marketing writing with elements of fiction, such as sensory description, figurative language, anecdotal examples, etc. Being creative is a big part of who I am and what I can bring to your project if so desired.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Hawaii Department of Education
Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, Language Arts
Oregon Department of Education
Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, Language Arts
Southern Oregon University
Bachelor of Science, Education
1985 - 1988
Demand Media for USA Today, Livestrong, AZ Central
Freelance Travel Writer
2010 - Present
Write bylined service journalism for client's partnering publications, including USA Today Travel Tips and Arizona Central.Write parenting and travel articles with a health and wellness focus for Livestrong.
Big Bear Grizzly Newspaper
2011 - 2012
General assignment, feature writing, copyediting and photography. Saluted for storytelling, copyediting and research skill in working with large amounts of data and complex issues.
Ghostwriter and Researcher
2008 - 2008
Helped select IM niches based on my research and ghostwrote ebooks and marketing materials for this client, mostly in the digital photography and SEO niches.
2006 - 2007
Clik Secrets Publishing (2006-2007) - Ghostwrote technical cookbooks and cake decorating books. Created original recipes. Ghostwrote eBook that replaced problematic one delivered by former writer and that made a big splash in the IM industry with its highly successful launch. Developed and ran customer support as part of what would become a longstanding successful business.
Randy Pryor, Clicksecrets Publishing
2005 - 2007
Ghostwrote ebooks and direct response materials. Developed customer support. Worked with the team on a highly successful launch & ongoing business.
Ashland Daily Tidings
2005 - 2006
Profiled local artists (visual and performing) and wrote features on community events and attractions in this culturally rich, college town with a large tourism base.
Columnist, Feature Writer
2004 - 2006
Researched and wrote lifestyle and travel features, along with the Kids' Stuff column for this regional magazine. Also contributed photos. Published by owners of Southern Oregon's leading radio station, KLDR.
Staff Reporter, Feature Writer, Photographer
2003 - 2005
As part of award-winning journalistic team for this erstwhile start-up, covered family topics, home & garden, outdoor recreation, health & wellness,pets, community events and businesses.
Rogue River Press
Lead Reporter/Assitant Editor
2002 - 2003
Wrote features, earning awards for the paper from the Oregon Publishers Association. Covered all beats, from business and schools to police and lifestyles.
Lambda Chi Alpha
Profile Writer for the Cross & Crescent
1999 - 2002
Wrote features for the journal of the largest fraternity international fraternity. Told the stories of accomplished alumni (athletes to Fortune 500 CEOs).
Grants Pass Daily Courier
Reporter, Feature Writer, Pinch Photographer
1996 - 1998
After freelancing for this consistently, award-winning, daily newspaper, I joined the staff as a general assignment reporter and feature writer. I also took photographs for my stories when photographers were unavailable.
Grants Pass & Three Rivers School Districts
1995 - 1997
Substituted in these two Oregon districts - grades 1 through 12.
Big Island Substance Abuse Council
Educational Therapist, Education Unit Director
1990 - 1992
Developed, directed and served as the educational therapist/teacher in the educational unit at this residential treatment center's adolescent unit. Achievements included making it the first in state to receive transferable credit status for students.
Waiakea High School, Hilo, Hawaii
1988 - 1990
Taught literature, writing (academic, creative and business), grammar, standardized test prep and other high school English units.
For projects of more than $1,000, one-third deposit/retainer is required, with remaining due at agreed upon milestones. For projects up to $1,000, a 50 percent deposit/retainer is required with balance due upon completion. Escrow is not required, and copyright automatically transfers to client upon final payment. You are guaranteed revisions as needed to meet the project requirements. If you prefer using Escrow, I ask that payments be released as milestones are achieved. Depending on the size of the project, I may require a release of a deposit. Revision requests should be made within 30 days of final payment to allow time for feedback to be given after the project is complete.
Indiana Smiles, D.D.S.
Home Study Course and Workbook: Parenting Children with ADHD the Natural Way, ghostwriting, editing, marketing/sales copywriting and product development (eBook, reports, etc.). Also promotional/informative emails for dental office.
Dr. Michael J. Kaye Life Coaching, Life Coach
Worked for Dr. Kaye as a ghostwriter and editor on natural health and life coaching projects from ebooks to Web content and sales copy.
Clicksecrets Publishing, Owner, Internet Marketer
Virtual assistant, ghostwriter, sales/marketing copywriter and customer support.
Ashland Daily Tidings, Editor
Wrote the Artist in Ashland weekly profile for the Tiding's A&E magazine and wrote feature stories for the newspaper.
Southern Oregon News , Editor
Rogue River Press, Former Publisher/Editor