Hi there! I’m Michelle Rawlings, a freelance journalist and editor looking to grow my nonfiction portfolio. Please continue reading for a summary of my resumé and qualifications.
Writing: I have extensive experience in the freelancing world, with hundreds of published articles and close to one million combined page views. My articles are constantly some of the most successful on the host’s site, and they often drive in new, unique traffic, as well.
My published articles are in a variety of areas, including: breaking news reports, pieces of investigative journalism, millennial lifestyle posts, self-help articles, marketing blurbs and press releases, and listicles. I have also contributed to various print magazines, literary anthologies, and ongoing commercial writing projects. Several of my major clients are listed below.
Editing: Additionally, I have edited for many of the organizations listed below, as well as many individual authors. My work in copyediting is extensive and can span across any genre, but I also provide developmental+copy editing for fiction writers in a variety of genres and fact-checking+copy editing services for nonfiction writers in any field, especially politics. I pride myself in working quickly, efficiently, and at a reasonable price.
Key Clients I’ve Worked With: (Click each link for portfolio of my work)
HerCampus, the #1 blog for college women
Red Alert Politics, a conservative, millennial-driven branch of the Washington Newspaper Publishing Company
Edvisors, on their ScholarshipPoints Campus Life Blog
GenYize Media, a start-up focused on integrating millennials into the global economy
Virtual Vocations, the largest online telecommute jobs database
In addition to writing career and marketing articles Virtual Vocations, I am currently running their social media platforms. Under my direction, we are continually increasing our organic reach and our follower counts on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
The Buzz, previously known as The ‘Doah, Shenandoah University’s student newspaper
As Editor in Chief of this publication, I worked closely with each of my writers to improve their overall writing skills and help them grow as reporters and storytellers. In addition to editing each article prior to publication, I solely designed our website, including logos, and I actively worked with our social media manager to maintain our social media pages. This experience helps me give you sound advice throughout the publication and promotion processes.
The Journal, Martinsburg, WVa.’s award-winning daily newspaper
I worked as a copy editor for The Journal from January of 2017 until July of 2017. There, I designed newspaper pages, wrote headlines, and collaborated with other editors to complete daily papers efficiently and accurately.
Conservative Institute, a political news and conservative commentary site
I began working for the Conservative Institute as a technical and content editor in August 2017. In July 2018, I was promoted to the role of executive editor, which I presently hold. In my position, I work remotely to edit stories for clarity, accuracy, and formatting, and I help implement SEO and SMO procedures. I also train new hires, work one-on-one with writers to help them improve their writing for the future, and maintain the company’s style guide.
Additional writing experience:
- I have ghostwritten full-length, nonfiction books in the following fields, and my portfolio is constantly growing:
- Political commentary
- Meditation & prayer
- College lifestyle/study tips
- I also have appeared in print publications and anthologies in the following genres:
- Short story
Additional editing experience:
- I have extensive experience copyediting and proofreading (any genre)
- Short-story developmental+copyediting
- Novel developmental+copyediting
- Nonfiction book fact checking+copyediting
- Article fact checking+copyediting
I have worked with with Modern Language Association (MLA) Style, Associated Press (AP) Style, & other popular writing styles, including conversational and research-based.
Through my work with the news industry, I am familiar with each aspect of the publishing process, from content creation to publication.
With a background in newspaper layout and graphic design, I am able to assist in the development of print publications in this aspect.
My background in news & journalism makes for tight, concise copy, quick turn-arounds, and a strict adherence to deadlines.
- B.A. English (Minor in Mass Communications) from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., 2017
- Certificate in General Education from Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va., 2015
Awards & Accomplishments:
- Presentation at 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference: “Madness in American Literature: The Case of Sylvia Plath”
- Award for Excellence in Journalism from Shenandoah University, May 2017
- S. Gordden Link Prize for Poetry, May 2016
- SAT Writing Score: 700/800
“Michelle has an innate talent for creating engaging content. Whether it’s a piece on a recent political event or a funny listicle, Michelle consistently delivers some of our most-read articles. She’s always up for a new challenge, clearly understands how to target an audience, and makes a job easier for everyone involved. She’d be a top-notch addition to any team!” —Rebecca Holley, former editorial supervisor