We have the experience to provide top-notch written copy, whether we write it, or proofread and edit your writing. We always fulfill deadlines. We have an Elance track record of repeat work with a number of clients, which speaks loudly of our quality writing abilities. We are Mary and Dick Melvin and our business name is QuillStar. Our experience on Elance dates back to October 2009. Mary's experience prior to Elance was teaching English Composition at the college level. Public relations and newspaper editor positions are in Dick's background.
Mary excels at exacting English grammar, spelling and punctuation. Dick has over 20 years of experience in the journalism and public relations fields. We both write and edit. Mary ensures that we produce grammatically-correct copy.
We write, edit and proofread material featuring a wide variety of topics. Recently written blog topics include solar panels, concrete sealers, DIY how-to projects, arts and crafts, knitting and crocheting, environmental studies, aquariums, dogs, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, search engine optimization (SEO), electrician training, social media marketing, branding, travel destinations, and B2B rentals.
Writing resumes, LinkedIn profiles and introduction letters are part of our repertoire.
Crafting effective press releases, which are actually used and not thrown away, is another specialty. Recent press releases include those for attorneys, a natural lawn care product, college scholarships, new websites, professional businesses, industrial machines, and business certifications.
Entire websites written by QuillStar include copy for senior property care providers and online advertising/marketing agencies.
Other recent projects include writing an eBook on aquaponics and writing monthly newsletters for an online seller of all-natural bath products.
Interviewing is easy for us. Past feature articles include historical, technical, and human interest stories, such as paleontologist, Jack Horner, the Jurassic Park films adviser.
Truman State University
Bachelor of Art, English, earned by Mary
1984 - 1989
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, earned by Dick
1983 - 1986
Member Services Coordinator
1996 - 2009
Duties at Mid-Rivers included writing a bi-monthly newsletter, handling a website, writing and distributing press releases, creating and implementing marketing material, managing company's scholarship program, managing public events (customer appreciation days and fair booths), door-to-door sales, and managing a community ad channel on the cable television systems in 19 communities.
1992 - 1996
Duties included writing and editing a weekly 18-24 page newspaper, helping with its layout and final proofing.
Red Lake Falls Gazette
1990 - 1992
Duties included writing and editing a weekly 14-18 page newspaper, helping with its layout and final proofing.