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  Melanie Votaw
Professional/Personal Overview
  I’m a full-time freelance writer, editor, photographer, and publishing industry consultant in New York and the author of 16 non-fiction books, 6 under my own name (Running Press) and 10 ghostwritten. I have published fiction/poetry in book anthologies and literary magazines, and edited books have won 30 awards and made the NYT Bestseller List.

I have written articles for such publications as Woman's Day, Business Insider, Just Luxe, and South China Morning Post, and I'm a magna cum laude college graduate with a B.A. in English.

I have covered many topics: health/medicine including alternative medicine, cosmetic surgery/dermatology, law, meditation/NLP, spirituality, popular business, leadership, parenting, psychology, sexuality, entertainment (theater, dance, music, film), art, luxury travel, eco-travel, bird watching, yachting, parenting, food, wine, and more.

I provide ghostwriting and copy writing services, as well as critiques, developmental editing, and copy editing.
Work Info
Copywriter 10 Years
Writer 15 Years
Book Author 13 Years
Entertainment 5 Years
Travel 6 Years
Sex 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
14 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Reel Life With Jane (11+), Luxury Web Magazine (11+), Copper in the Arts Magazine (11+), Minerva Place (6-10), Running Press/Perseus Books (6-10), Just Luxe (3-5), City Room (3-5), Global Writes (3-5), Your Tango (3-5), Cultural Tours Worldwide (1-2), His & Hers (1-2), Independent Restaurateur (1-2), Inside Out Travel (1-2), Dream of Italy (1-2), Executive Travel Magazine (1-2), Farewell Travels (1-2), Fit Focus (1-2), Ft. Myers Magazine (1-2), Business Insider (1-2), American Moms (1-2), Kraze Magazine (1-2), Restaurant Management (1-2), Natural Awakenings (1-2), Of Spirit (1-2), South China Morning Post (1-2), The Cute Kid (1-2), Travelers Digest (1-2), Tweens News (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Aesthetic Brand Marketing (11+), Brand Development Associates International Ltd. (11+), Hafner Creative Communications (11+), Rosen Law Firm (11+), Teuteberg Incorporated (6-10), David Frey, D.D.S. (6-10), Dozens more clients in varied industries (6-10), Sinclair Intimacy Institute (3-5), Rainforest Foundation (3-5)
Other Work History
Published poetry and short fiction in literary magazines and book anthologies. Photographs published in magazines, books, and corporate marketing materials.
Computer Skills
Windows, Word, WordPress, MSOffice, Excel, Photoshop, Quicken, PowerPoint
Technical Skills
Book typesetting and design, brochure and newsletter design, still photography, basic photo editing in Photoshop
Windows setup on desktop and laptop; Canon 30D SLR with 18-55 mm (IS) zoom, 50mm macro, 55-250 mm (IS) zoom, and 75-300 mm zoom (IS) lenses; digital audio recorder; Photoshop
Deborah Grandinetti, Running Press; Brenda Bence, BDA Int'l; Debra Fine
Poetry and photography awards
Authors Guild; former member of American Society of Journalists and Authors; International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association; Association of Ghostwriters; International Travel Writers Alliance; New York Travel Writers Association
Bachelors degree in English, magna cum laude; MediaBistro courses
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license.
Work Samples
(Reel Life With Jane, 4/22/2014)
Interview with Philomena Lee, the subject of the film, "Philomena" starring Judi Dench
(Reel Life With Jane, 2/28/2014)
Coverage of award presentation to Ronan Farrow.
(Reel Life With Jane, 12/26/2013)
Interview with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill about her experiences with Marvin Hamlisch.
(Farewell Travels, 9/12/2012)
(Luxury Web Magazine, 9/1/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 8/11/2012)
(Luxury Web Magazine, 8/1/2012)
(Minerva Place, 7/1/2012)
(Minerva Place, 7/1/2012)
(Minerva Place, 7/1/2012)
(Minerva Place, 7/1/2012)
(Minerva Place, 7/1/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 6/11/2012)
(Farewell Travels, 5/1/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 4/13/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 2/14/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 1/22/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 1/19/2012)
(Cultural Tours Worldwide, 1/10/2012)
(Reel Life With Jane, 12/23/2011)
(Luxury Web Magazine, 12/1/2011)
(Business Insider, 11/18/2011)
(City Room, 8/4/2011)
(Restaurant Management, 5/3/2011)
(Independent Restaurateur, 3/15/2011)
Cover story profile of New York City vegetarian restaurant, Dirt Candy.
(YourTango.com, 3/8/2011)
(Kraze Magazine, 2/1/2011)
(YourTango.com, 7/7/2010)
(YourTango.com, 6/23/2010)
(YourTango.com, 6/23/2010)
(Global Writes, 6/10/2010)
(Copper in the Arts Magazine, 3/1/2010)
Profile of Getzen brass musical instrument company
(Copper in the Arts Magazine, 1/1/2010)
Article about kinetic metal art.
(Copper in the Arts Magazine, 7/1/2009)
(Copper in the Arts Magazine, 4/1/2009)
Profile of metal artist
(South China Morning Post, 3/18/2009)
Restaurant round-up
(South China Morning Post, 3/11/2009)
New York restaurant round-up
(SuperyachtTimes.com, 9/19/2008)
Profile of yacht builder
(Copper in the Arts Magazine, 3/1/2008)
(American Moms, 4/1/2007)
Fashion article for women to choose best jeans for different body types
(The Cute Kid, 12/1/2005)
(Fit Focus, 6/1/2005)
(Fit Focus, 6/1/2005)
(Sarasota Magazine, 4/1/2005)
(Tweens News, 11/1/2004)
Story about Children's PressLine
(Running Press, 1/21/2004)
Excerpts from my book, which went into second printing within a week of release.
(Courage Books, 4/15/2003)
Excerpt from my coffee table book, which also includes 8 of my photographs.
(Health Communications, Inc. book, 1/1/2010)
This is one of 14 of my images that are featured in this book.
(Private Collector, 1/1/2003)
This photo was taken in Newfoundland and is owned by a private collector.
Creative artwork
Creative artwork
Creative artwork
This is a creative shot that was altered in Photoshop.
Taken at Ward Pound Ridge, summer of 2007
Photo taken at Khao Yai, January 2008
(Five-Minute Erotica (book anthology), 9/2/2003)
This is one of two of my stories included in the anthology published by Running Press, "Five Minute Erotica." Three of my stories appear in the sequel, "More Five Minute Erotica."
(American Writing:A Magazine, 6/15/1997)
This poem was published in the prestigious literary magazine, American Writing: A Magazine, of Philadelphia, PA.
(Folio, American University, 7/1/1994)
This poem was published in Folio, the literary magazine of American University in Washington, D.C.
Copy Writing  
Before my career as a writer, I worked as a legal assistant in both large and small firms in New York and California. This work involved a wide variety of practice areas, including personal injury, real estate, elder law, and corporate.
Most of my medical writing work has been for lay audiences. I have frequently worked with dentists, cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, and medi-spas.
Contact Info
  Melanie Votaw
Brooklyn, NY 

Tel: 718-382-4530  
E-Mail: melanie@ruletheword.com
Website: http://www.RuletheWord.com