Melanie Votaw

Brooklyn, NY USA

Professional Experience

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.


10 Years
Book Author
13 Years
15 Years


5 Years
12 Years
6 Years


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
11 Years
Book Publishing Consumer
13 Years
14 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

14 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Tweens News (1-2), Copper in the Arts Magazine (10+), Reel Life With Jane (10+), Luxury Web Magazine (10+), 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), American Moms (1-2), Business Insider (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)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Teuteberg Incorporated (6-10), Aesthetic Brand Marketing (10+), David Frey, D.D.S. (6-10), Sinclair Intimacy Institute (3-5), Rainforest Foundation (3-5), Dozens more clients in varied industries (6-10), Brand Development Associates International Ltd. (10+), Hafner Creative Communications (10+), Rosen Law Firm (10+)

Other Work History

Published poetry and short fiction in literary magazines and book anthologies. Photographs published in magazines, books, and corporate marketing materials.

Technical Skills

Book typesetting and design, brochure and newsletter design, still photography, basic photo editing in Photoshop

Computer Skills

Windows, Word, WordPress, MSOffice, Excel, Photoshop, Quicken, PowerPoint


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



Photo taken at Khao Yai, January 2008
Creative artwork
This is one of 14 of my images that are featured in this book.
Creative artwork
This photo was taken in Newfoundland and is owned by a private collector.
This is a creative shot that was altered in Photoshop.
Creative artwork
Taken at Ward Pound Ridge, summer of 2007

Copy Writing

Most of my medical writing work has been for lay audiences. I have frequently worked with dentists, cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, and medi-spas.
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.


This poem was published in the prestigious literary magazine, American Writing: A Magazine, of Philadelphia, PA.
This poem was published in Folio, the literary magazine of American University in Washington, D.C.


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."


Cover story profile of New York City vegetarian restaurant, Dirt Candy.
Story about Children's PressLine
Excerpts from my book, which went into second printing within a week of release.
Excerpt from my coffee table book, which also includes 8 of my photographs.
Profile of Getzen brass musical instrument company
Interview with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill about her experiences with Marvin Hamlisch.
Fashion article for women to choose best jeans for different body types
Article about kinetic metal art.
Restaurant round-up
Profile of yacht builder
Profile of metal artist
Interview with Philomena Lee, the subject of the film, "Philomena" starring Judi Dench
New York restaurant round-up
Coverage of award presentation to Ronan Farrow.