Melanie Strange

Freelance Article Writer & Manual Writer

Location:Saint Augustine, Florida, United States
2 Skills
I began my writing career at the age of four when I crawled into the shelves of the family library with a red crayon and “tweaked” with wonderful loops and swirls. When questioned why I wanted to ruin valuable books, I replied, “They needed better words.” And, so began my love of language.

As a professional writer, I offer you twenty years of experience in promotional, technical, public relations, and article writing. I began writing for the internet ten years ago. I utilize and am proficient in SEO copywriting, however, I believe too many writers insert and keywords and phrases arbitrarily forgetting you must weave these in naturally using creativity tempered with prudence; always addressing the question...”What’s in it for the reader?”

After university, I began my writing career as an Assistant to the Editor of Corporate Publications for a company that sold multiple printing and legal franchises. In this capacity, I wrote articles for monthly franchise and industry magazines. I also wrote promotional copy for the corporation and the franchisees. Newsletters, print ads, press releases…this is where I sharpened my keyboard as a writer. I was promoted to Editor of Corporate Communication two years later.

From this position, I moved into agency writing, serving as a copywriter for several advertising agencies. I continued to grow my writing skills, and after seven years as an agency writer, I became a freelance writer.

Over the last fifteen years of have written copy for international computer hardware and software corporations, the food industry, the horse industry, home health care, waste management companies, global corporations, local corporations....the list is long, but I love sending samples.

My resume:
Melanie Faith Strange—1118 Ardmore Street--St. Augustine, Florida 32092
Phone number 904 940 3311

Objective: Writing opportunities utilizing education and 15 plus years of experience in technical and promotional writing, marketing and mass communications.

Education: University of Houston/Clear Lake, 1988, GPA—3.0.

Summary of Skills

• Editorial/Proof Reading
Responsible for corporate publications. Publications include monthly magazines, in-house and direct mail, promotional newsletters, script writing for presentations and appearances. Responsible for all phases of proofreading, editing, writing, design, and production on all corporate material.
• Writing
Feature, editorial, promotional and public relations writing for corporate and national placement.
• Copy Writing
Create dynamic, SEO results-driven copy for the internet.
• Design
Extensive experience working with designers to conceptualize clients’ marketing message(s) into visuals that promote brand messaging and adhere to economic goals.
• Marketing Research Support market placement plans through competitive
product studies, demographics and statistical data.
• Computer Skills
Macintosh and IBM PC systems utilizing all Microsoft
Office products. Familiar with various design and layout software.
• Presentation Skills
Educating employee team members on effective communications, marketing, and promotional writing using original text, slides, graphs, and personality.
• Technical Writing
Extraordinary ability to transform technical jargon into readable copy that informs and sells product(s) using features and benefits targeting end-user needs.

Employment Summary
Full-time employment through college to provide 100% of educational funding.

Freelance Writer & Consultant
Freelance writer specializing in promotional and technical writing for local, regional and national companies. Providing proofreading, editing and ghost writing services.

Senior Copywriter & Liaison with Clients
IntraVue Advertising and Design Company-Jacksonville, Florida
(Agency’s current name—BroadWalk Advertising & Design)

Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance
Atlantic Mortgage & Investment Corporation-Jacksonville, Florida
(Company’s current name—ABN AMRO—Citi Group)

Manager of Promotions
William H. Coleman, Inc.-Jacksonville, Florida

Editor and Manager of Corporate Publications
International Headquarters for Entrepreneurial Development Houston, Texas (Franchisor of four major quick print companies including Kwik Kopy Printing, Ink Well Printing, Franklin Printing, and American Wholesale Thermography.
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Manual Writing