Melanie Votaw | Elance
 
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Melanie Votaw

Ghost/Editor/Copywriter/Web/Speeches/Articles
   United States
  |   Brooklyn, NY

Resume/C.V.

I'm a freelance copywriter, book author, and editor who has written 13 commercially published non-fiction print books (either under my own name or as a ghostwriter.) I have many years of experience writing marketing and website SEO copy for many industries including retail, food, medicine, dentistry, law, IT, fashion, adult, education, real estate, and non-profit. I have also written articles for national magazines such as Woman's Day, Travel Savvy, and Medical Economics, and I have written ebooks and online articles as well. Additionally, I'm a magna cum laude college graduate with a B.A. in English, but I prefer to write in a conversational style. I often line edit books, which usually includes structural "book doctoring" and advice as to the "publishability" of a book.

I'M HAPPY TO RECEIVE INVITATIONS FOR PROJECTS, BUT NO BARGAIN OR BULK PROJECTS, PLEASE. If you pay $10 per article, $20 per hour, 1 cent per word, or $500 for a whole book, it's too low for me. Sorry, and thanks.
Service Description
TESTIMONIALS:
Deborah Grandinetti, Former Senior Editor, Running Press Book Publishers (Perseus Books) says: "Melanie Votaw is a top rate professional. Within the last year, she completed three writing projects for our company. Each exceeded the editor's expectations, and each was delivered well before the deadline. The content was original, thoughtful, and well-organized, and required ridiculously little editing. Melanie is truly an editor's dream."

David King, author and personal trainer, says: "There are not many things in this world that are all they are cracked up to be. You, Melanie, are all you are cracked up to be and more."

Debra Fine, Author of "The Fine Art of Small Talk" and "The Fine Art of the Big Talk," says: "Melanie Votaw is a talented writer/editor who helped me with the editing of one of my books and was instrumental in the polishing of my manuscript. I admire her work ethic and have already recommended her to a friend, who has also been very happy with her work. I would not hesitate to recommend Melanie again to anyone who needs writing or editing assistance."

Brenda Bence, Founder and President of BDA International, Ltd. says: "Melanie is a joy to work with, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone who needs help with editing/writing. She is very dependable and works hard to meet deadlines. Melanie will go the extra mile to make sure her work meets or beats expectations. She is very 'client-conscious,' consistently checking back to make sure the work she is doing is consistent with what the client needs. A delight to work with!"

Merrill Ronning of RonningLeadership.com says: "Finally I have gotten a chance to look at your work. It is brilliant. Thank you so very much for your fine work and speedy delivery to this project. If I ever need some more help in this area, I know I can count on you! THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!!! You are appreciated. If you need a referral, have them call me."

Mike Ghelardi, Book Author, says: "Melanie Votaw edited my "How To" manuscript and did a spectacular job! She corrected all the grammatical errors, reworked many poorly worded sections, and suggested the deletion of sections which were self-congratulatory, speculative, previously presented, or detractions from the main theme. She turned a raw manuscript into a professional one, and I am gratified by the result. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a professional editor."

Michael Duke, Speaker, Coach, Consultant, says: "Melanie took my very raw 22,000-word manuscript and turned it into a book-ready format. She is an excellent editor and writer. She kept the book true to my voice, yet made it very readable. Melanie is personable and professional. Her fees are an excellent value for the talent she brings to the writing/editing project. I definitely will use Melanie for my next book."

Alex Frangadakis, Director/Business Development of California Dental Arts, says: "Thank you so much for all of your help with our speech for the California Dental Association show in San Francisco. The convention was a great success, and the presentation you delivered played a large part in bringing people to our booth. The professional presenter even thanked me for writing a speech that was in a conversational tone. Over the course of two days, we tallied more than 500 people who sat through our presentation. I look forward to our next project together."

Phillis Sylvester of Ballywho? Consulting says: "Melanie is awesome. I almost never need to edit or ask for revisions. That's the beauty of outsourcing to skilled professionals. Not only do my clients receive outstanding work, but I'm free to focus on building great relationships with my clients."

Lee Rosen, Esq. of Rosen Law Firm says: "Melanie has handled a range of writing assignments for us. She has interviewed our staff to develop material for our website. She has drafted collateral material for our direct mail campaigns. She has edited highly technical white papers and documents. We have used her over and over because we can count on her to get it right the first time. Melanie's work is consistent, reliable and technically excellent. She is a great, flexible, team player that can be counted on to complete her assignments in the allotted time even when we are in a time crunch. Melanie has been a critical element of our success and we wouldn't be nearly as successful without her excellent work."

**Get your work done right the first time. Don't shortchange yourself. If you're going to spend money, invest in a professional. Google says that even SEO website copy needs to be high quality, or you run the risk of losing site visitors. Everything that contains your name either furthers or damages your brand. Don't scrimp when it comes to your business; if something is worth doing, it's worth doing well!**

WHO AM I?

I'm a magna cum laude college graduate with a B.A. in English who is based in New York City. I perform many different types of writing and editing services for a variety of clients around the world. Please read on for more information, and see my portfolio and website for up-to-date resume, client list, samples, testimonials, and clips. Google me to verify my credentials.

I'm a freelance book author, professional journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, editor/book doctor, proofreader, and publishing industry consultant. I'm also the author of 13 commercially published non-fiction books, and I have written articles for such magazines and newspapers as Woman's Day, Travel Savvy, South China Morning Post, Minerva Place, Your Tango, and Medical Economics.

Books I've edited/book doctored have won a total of 16 awards, including the Grand Prize in the Best Beach Books Festival. The author was flown to New York for an awards banquet at the famed Algonquin. I have edited books for international publishers, and self-published titles I have edited have been picked up and published by Macmillan.

INDUSTRIES I HAVE WORKED FOR:

My many years of experience as a copywriter include B2C and B2B copy in the following industries and more:

Law
Medicine/health, including holistic and alternative
Cosmetic procedures
Dermatology
Dentistry
Diet/fitness
IT
Psychology
Coaching
NLP/Hypnosis
Lifestyle
Food/Wine
Travel
Non-profit
Luxury (particularly yachting and hotels)
RFID

TYPES OF WORK I PRODUCE:

I have written and edited:

Website copy
Product descriptions
Product packaging
Speeches
Newsletters
E-mails
Brochures
Press releases
Articles for print magazines and for the Internet
Sales letters (short and long form)
Advertising copy
Catalog copy
Business letters
Books
E-books
Reports
Poetry
Short stories
Scripts
SEO
Voice-overs
Whitepapers
And more...

I'm a member or former member of several professional writer and editor organizations, including the Authors Guild, Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. I currently belong to four travel writer organizations.

I have also published fiction and poetry in literary magazines and book anthologies with major publishers, and I can write comic, as well as business copy.

**I strive to bring a creative spark to the writing while maintaining the appropriate professional tone.**

I can communicate via email, phone, and Skype.

I don't do bulk articles for bargain prices (yes $10 a pop is a bargain price); please refer to my minimum hourly rate. Thanks!

NOTE THAT THE MAJORITY OF MY WORK IS DONE OUTSIDE OF ELANCE WITH ONGOING CLIENTS (SOME OF WHOM I'VE WORKED WITH FOR YEARS) OBTAINED THROUGH MY WEBSITE AT http://www.RuletheWord.com OR THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH. I ALSO WORK DIRECTLY WITH MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, BOOK PUBLISHERS, AND LITERARY AGENTS, AS WELL AS CORPORATE CLIENTS.
Certifications
Dick Sutphen
Hypnosis Certification
Awarded: 1988
Education
Bellarmine College (now Bellarmine University)
Bachelor of Arts degree in English, magna cum laude
1977 - 1981
Employment
Donald M. Lefari, Esq.
Paralegal
1994 - 2000
This is one of several freelance jobs that I held as a paralegal or legal assistant for both small firms and large firms prior to my career as a writer/editor.
Payment Terms
Terms are negotiable for each project, but I generally request 50% to begin the work. I can sometimes do rush work.
References
Brenda Bence
BDA International, Marketer/Author
Edited book, which became English-language bestseller in 2008 in Thailand, where the book was initially released.
Dan Davenport
Davenport Marketing Communications, Owner
Copywriting projects, including website sales writing, newsletters, and press releases.
Debra Fine
Debra Fine, Speaker/Author
Edited book published by Hyperion, publisher owned by Disney.
David Frey
David S. Frey, D.D.S., Dentist
Ghostwrote self-published book on the subject of cosmetic dentistry.
Susan Montani
Sinclair Intimacy Institute, Associate
Wrote book, "52 Weeks of Passionate Sex," for the organization and Running Press/Perseus Books, and wrote direct mail sales letter and product packaging for Institute.
Claudia Miles
Claudia Miles, MFT, Proprietor
Created website copy for psychotherapist.
Steve Kalous
Bavera Gourmet, Owner
Created brochure and website copy for gourmet dessert business.
Deborah Grandinetti
Deborah Grandinetti, Senior Editor
Six books written for Running Press/Perseus Books
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