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Merry M.

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Bio

Merry M is an exceptional writer, adept at a wide range of technical and creative communications. Merry's professional writing background includes a variety of writing types and industries. She's ghostwritten dozens of full eBooks and hundreds of articles. Starting her writing career in 2006, she's well-versed in web copy and SEO content and has been on the cutting edge of changes in web marketing and social media. Over the course of her career she's held positions such as writer, editor, and "Social Media Maven" - which was probably her favorite.

Outside of web content and ghost writing, Merry's articles have appeared in various regional publications, including Chicago Parent Magazine and Calgary's Child. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies. She's also worked as an Assistant Editor for an online literary journal and an Acquisitions Editor for a small online book publisher.

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Randall C.

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Bio

Randall C is a freelance writer and content producer out of Chicago, IL. He recently graduated from Rock Valley College with his Associates Degree in the Arts. While he attended his course study was focused on English & Journalism with a minor tint towards Drama (screenwriting). He is a left-brained and high speed typist looking to support himself with his creativity. He specializes in data entry, creative writing, and SEO article production. He's been a content producer for the internet for the last 5 years.

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Jane K

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Bio

Jane graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing, where she minored in Psychology. While pursuing her degree, she worked at the Old State House Museum in Boston, Massachusetts and interned at Grub Street's Young Adult Writing Program. After graduating, she continued her work in the hospitality industry at The Conrad, a four-star hotel in Indianapolis. She then moved to Illinois, where she began her career in education as an Admissions Representative at Southern Illinois University. Her work has appeared in Monkeybicycle and on the HTMLGiant website. She has experience copyediting and proofreading, both in the classroom and professionally.

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Roger C.

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Bio

Roger has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. He is an award-winning playwright, he has been the head writer for a film production company and he has written more than 500 online articles. He has also written procedural manuals, policies and business memos.

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Joel B.

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Bio

Joel has written for L2T Media, a SEO firm in the Illinois suburbs, since late 2009. The overwhelming majority of his clients have been auto dealerships, but his SEO experience could translate to nearly any needs. He also has been a high school English teacher for ten years in the state of Illinois, teaching Creative Writing, Yearbook, American Literature, and Speech. Also, Joel is a writer for Basketball Insiders, a respected online source for NBA news and rumors, and has also written for HOOPSWORLD and USA Today Sports in the past.

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Pamela B.

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Bio

Pamela has a passion for writing in many different categories and topics. She has been published with Woman's World, Evangel, Blue Mountain Arts, Brilliant Star, and Award winning Anthologies. She is currently writing content for a few sites online as she builds a writing platform.

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Robin B.

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Bio

Robin is a freelancer with article, how-to and blog experience with such online publishers as LiveOps (Ask.com and Dictionary.com), Suite101.com, Examiner.com and Helium.

She was formerly contracted as a topic expert for About.com, the NY Times' online information site. As their Etiquette expert she hosted a site, forum and blog.

Robin recently published her first book: Dressing the Heart, A Parent's Guide to Everyday Etiquette.

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Bobby J.

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Bobby Johnson is a professional actor, musician, and journalist with 5 + years in the industry. Currently living in Chicago, Bobby started his acting and writing endeavors at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Within those 9 months, Bobby learned to write scripts, screenplays, and short stories from scratch under professional playwright guidance. Afterwards, Bobby moved to New York to pursue his acting career, as well as his technical writing and journalism passions. During his time in New York, Bobby worked for Harlem News Group, INC. and Brooklyn News, writing analytical pieces on the Theatre and Film scene. He later joined an elite group of screening viewers for Disney Studios, Warner Bros Pictures and University Studios. Bobby also wrote pieces and projects on topics such as The Harlem College System, The Brooklyn Public School System and business related projects on TV production studios in each of the New York Boroughs. Wanting to explore more of his music abilities and passions, he made the move to Chicago, where he currently resides and performs for Filament Theatre Company, The Goodman, and Theatre BAM!

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Dan R.

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Dan has worked as a freelance writer for more than 15 years. During this time, he's written for publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek Online, Business 2.0 Magazine, Phoenix Magazine and more than a dozen trade magazines. He is also the editor of a trade magazine serving commercial real estate professionals.

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Lisa D.

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Bio

Lisa has been developing and writing training manuals, employee handbooks, human resources policies and procedures for 20 years.

Lisa's writing skills are versatile. She created and wrote for her employers newsletters. She wrote employee handbooks, training manuals, human resources policies and procedures. Lisa also wrote responses to EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) complaints.

Lisa has developed and written marketing and business plans, as well as business proposals.

The key to Lisa's success is knowledge and research. When presented with a project Lisa will research and gather all necessary data in order to produce an accurate, easy to understand, flowing document and/or manual. The ultimate goal is the reader fully comprehends what he/she is reading.

Along with experience, Lisa's innate writing skills are versatile with most writing styles.

The industries Lisa has direct experience with is HealthCare, Staffing (Branch Manager), light industrial, printing press, IT.

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Melissa B.

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Melissa has been a demand generation content writer for six years. She writes e-curriculum, marketing campaigns, blogs, press releases, e-books and more.

Melissa has her BA from Rollins College, where she majored in English, and her MS in Education from Nova Southeastern. She also a technical writing certificate from California State University.

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Michele G.

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Bio

Michele has tackled a wide variety of topics that go way beyond her art education. She enjoys the challenge of presenting difficult topics in such a way that the layperson can understand it. When it comes to researching tough topics, she goes straight to the source, such as the IRS, reads through the material, and then breaks it down so it's easy to read.

While Michele has certain topics that she prefers to write about, she doesn't hesitate to step outside her comfort zone. She views it as an opportunity and a challenge to be taken on.

Michele focuses on client satisfaction, and works hard to make sure that the work meets expectations. To achieve this, she reads all instructions thoroughly in order to provide content that the client needs for their purposes.

Michele was raised in a small, family-owned business, and it was there that she learned most of what she knows about the issues that small businesses face. She has owned her own small business with 10 employees, providing specialty transportation services. Being an entrepreneur and taking on the challenges that come with are something that she enjoys greatly.

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Chris O.

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Chris is a writer, content developer, and strategic communications professional. His 15 years of experience in corporate communications includes a wide range of global experience for organizations of all sizes. Chris has led communications for the transformation of Yahoo, served as vice president of communications for Aon and Aon Hewitt, as well as director of internal communications for Hewlett-Packard, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and HSBC.

As a writer, he partners with clients to develop an array of content types for all purposes. He has fostered a reputation for bringing creativity, innovation, experience and common sense to his work while balancing his clients’ unique needs. In short, Chris gets the right words to the right people through the right medium.

Chris has written for the New York Times, Melcrum, Chief Executive, Workforce, Screen, and Adoptive Families. He has twice been invited to attend the elite Squaw Valley Writers Festival and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University and is currently working on two books.

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Christal G.

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Christal is a marketer with nearly 15 years of experience in email and direct marketing, event and trade show planning, PR, advertising, and social media marketing. She has an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL (USA). Christal's writing experience includes press releases, articles, blog posts, white papers, email blasts, product reviews, social media posts, and various other content for both print and the web, including SEO work.

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Roman K.

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Roman is a marketing professional based out of the Chicagoland area. He has previous worked at tech firms ranging from VC-stage startups to established firms such as Wolfram Research and Nokia, and has worked closely with other major companies in the region. A University of Illinois alumni, Roman has experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations, with a previous focus on long-form blogging, grant writing, and the full spectrum of marketing-related writing.

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Michelle M.

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Michelle Mantel is a word artist who loves to use the power of words to help individuals, businesses, clients, and corporations connect with their customers. Michelle has more than 10 years of professional writing experience working in various settings. Let Michelle's words go to work for you! From articles, blogs, sales-letters, and web copy, Michelle does it all.

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Keren R.

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Keren has over five years of experience writing blog posts, newsletters and web content. She has worked as an English teacher and private tutor both abroad and in the U.S. for over four years. She is currently a Communications Major at the University of Illinois at Chicago and will graduate with her Bachelor's degree in the summer of 2017. Keren is also a Nutrition Minor at UIC, and is keenly interested in healthy eating and lifestyles.

Keren was born in Chile, South America and grew up traveling throughout the world. Her vast experiences traveling and growing up abroad give her a unique perspective on issues and a distinct insight into other cultures and ways of life.

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Katie C.

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Katie's writing background covers subject matters such as marketing and technology, social media, home improvement, health and wellness and mindfulness. She likes taking on new and exciting topics or projects because she loves learning. The research portion to any writing assignment is just as important as the story itself. In her free time she enjoys managing her personal blog.

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Kacie B.

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Kacie B. is the author of Amazon bestselling book The Modern Enneagram, and a professional content writer, blogger, and social media manager. She is published on websites such as XoJane, The Billfold, and Mapquest, Skirt Collective, Personality Revealed, and Nine Points Magazine. Kacie has assisted a wide variety of businesses with crafting professional, on-brand newsletters, articles, blogs, and social media posts. She is available for freelance assignments.

In addition to her writing accomplishments, Kacie is a Certified and Authorized Enneagram teacher, IEA Accredited Professional, and international speaker. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of California- Berkeley. Kacie loves learning and writing about a wide range of subjects.

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Benjamin G.

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Following his graduation from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelors in fiction writing, Benjamin has worked as a freelance and full-time copywriter for a variety of companies.

He is currently working full-time as both a copywriter and online marketing director at an online marketing firm for a diverse array of clients, while his freelance copywriting also has him writing for many different industries.

As a novel, short story and blog writer, Benjamin is more familiar with conversational writing as opposed to formal styles, but can use a formal voice if it's required. He also loves to infuse humor into his writing and will do so for client work if requested.

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