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  Margot Lester
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Freelance writer, brand journalist, content operations specialist, writing coach. After 35 years as a working writer (I had my first newspaper gig at 17), I know a thing or two about producing content that resonates with the audience and drives business results. Specializing in business (particularly development, architecture and med/pharma/wellness), but trained as a general assignment reporter. In other words, if you need it, I can produce it, or help you produce it better.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Copywriter 31 Years
Reporter 35 Years
Writing coach/staff trainer 21 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 31 Years
Entrepreneurship 21 Years
Real Estate 21 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
35 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Hanley Wood Business Media (11+), Los Angeles Business Journal (11+), International Cinematographers Guild Magazine (6-10), Institutional Investor (1-2), AOL (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Match.com (11+), Staples (11+), Room Key (3-5), CMG Partners (3-5), Baxter Pharmaceuticals (1-2)
Other Work History
Start-up Coach (1993-present)
Director of Marketing, Kenan-Flagler Business School (1988-1993)
Coordinator, Public Affairs, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina (1983-1988)
Computer Skills
Microsoft Office Suite Programs for iOS and Windows
Technical Skills
AP Style
Equipment
MacBook Pro, iPhone
Foreign Language Skills
minimal
Unions
International Porch Sitters
References
Available on request.
Awards
2007 Gold Medal for YA Non-Fiction, Independent Publishers Association
Other
I'm the co-author of "Be A Writer" and "Be A Better Writer" (2007, Leverage Factory, www.beawriter.us), and the author of "The Real Life Guide to Life After College" and "The Real Life Guide to Starting Your Career" (Pipeline Press, 1998)
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Raleigh-Durham, NC. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Click here for a quick look at some of my recent content work, updated regularly.
Click for samples of my work in this vertical. I cover commercial real estate for the L.A. Business Journal. Most of my reporting on architecture & development is for titles in the Hanley Wood Business Media family.
Click for samples of my work in this area. In addition to reporting and feature writing, I currently work with the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center & Vasculitis Foundation. I've also created sales support materials and newsletters for Baxter Healthcare and GlaxoSmithKline.
Check out these content marketing samples.