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Richard B. | Elance
 
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Richard B.

Professional writer and editor
   United States
  |   Whitefish, MT
  |  2:18 am Local Time

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Overview

You put your credibility at stake with each word you publish about yourself, your business, and your products. Tone-deaf copy diminishes your brand. Potential customers hesitate when they encounter bad syntax and clunky phrasing. Not all of your employees will notice grammatical errors in an internal publication, but you'll lose a little respect from those who do -- and they're probably your smartest people. Does a white paper with a typo really establish you as an authority?

I write clean copy that makes you look good and resonates with...

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Jun 18, 2012|Sales Writing|$70|Working
May 28, 2012|Copywriting|$0|Working
May 10, 2012|Copywriting|$0|Working
May 9, 2012|Editing & Proofreading|$110|Completed
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Portfolio

Brochure for a business that monitors certificates of insurance.
Newspaper article about companies struggling to fill positions on their boards of...
Newspaper report about FDNY action figure selling briskly in the wake of September 11.
Article about Loews IPO soon after emerging from bankruptcy protection.
A school shooting I covered for The Associated Press
A story I wrote for the AP.
The last paragraph of the middle column is good for a laugh.

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U.S. English AP Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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Service Description

Here's what a few of my Elance clients have said about my work:

"My experience with this contractor was great; the articles were edited to my specifications exactly. I would hire again in the future."

"Great Job, Great Communication, Very good work, I will defiantly use him again, very satisfied!

My first writing job was with The Associated Press at its New York City headquarters, where I wrote for two years about business, sports, and local news. Reporters at the AP say their deadline is every minute, and I learned to write compelling stories under the constant pressure of that mantra.

As a freelancer, my Fortune 500 clients have included Nationwide Insurance and Bath & Body Works. I have written marketing collateral for an insurance agency and product descriptions for a boutique fly fishing rod manufacturer.

I earned a B.S. in accounting and worked for a Big Four accounting firm before studying journalism in graduate school. That background gives me the rare ability among writers to write effectively about business and finance.

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Employment

The Associated Press
Newsman
2001 - 2003
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Staff Auditor
1998 - 1999

Education

Ohio University Scripps Grad School of Journalism
Journalism
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Mount Saint Mary's College
Accounting, Bachelor of Science
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Keywords

website copywriter
financial writer
marketing writer
article writer
newsletter writer
ap style editor
editor
copywriter
proofreader
business writer
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