I'm an award-winning children’s book author with seven titles published by American Girl. My freelance writing business launched in 2011 with two specific goals: work on projects I love and travel more. When not writing craft and activity books or short stories for kids, I work with my favorite publications and brands as a freelance tech and travel writer, marketing copywriter, and social media consultant. WIRED, Mashable, National Geographic Traveler, and FamilyFun are just a few of my clients.

My unique background has turned me into a triple threat of marketing savviness, journalistic integrity, and creativity, and my past clients have called me “an expert on branding,” “the best person for the job,” and “extremely gifted.” (Aww, thanks!). Find me tweeting, Instagramming, and writing from coffee shops in Chicago or around the globe when I'm traveling.

I've developed and styled crafts, recipes, and parties for national magazines, books, and retail stores since 2006. I’m also the author of craft, party, and activity books for kids published by American Girl. Pretty in Paper, which I styled front to back, won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2014 Gold Seal Award in the Best Book Category.

Thanks to my rigorous craft training as an editor at American Girl, I can karate chop my way through any monotonous month to find a fresh spin on seasonal activities, recipes, and party ideas for your publication. I dream up age-appropriate and easy-to-understand activities that actually work. I've worked as a craft, prop, food, and wardrobe stylist on location and in the studio at photo shoots around the country.

  • Craft Development and Styling
  • Recipe Development and Food Styling
  • Party Development and Styling
  • Quizzes and Games Copy
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I’ve written seven non-fiction books for kids published by American Girl covering everything from babysitting to quizzes to slumber parties to crafts. See my craft styling on display in Pretty in Paper, which the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awarded a 2014 Gold Seal Award in the Best Book Category. Speaking of awards, the California Reading Association gave Slumber Wonders a Eureka! Silver Honor Award in 2012. I’m also a soon-to-be published short story writer for kids – you’ll just have to wait until 2016 to read it. Hire me for in-school and virtual Skype author visits

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I launched my freelance writing business specifically so I could travel more. I've worked from Istanbul, Siem Reap, and Budapest among other fantastical places. My food and travel writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post Travel, and Eater. Whether I’m exploring my hometown of Chicago or gallivanting around the world, I plan my days around what I’m going to eat next. Life is best explored through food. Every meal has a story.

  • Feature Writing and Interviews
  • Recipe Writing
  • City Guides and Walking Tours
  • Restaurant News and Reviews
  • Travel and Food Photography
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As a trained journalist and former newspaper editor, I’m not afraid to pick up the phone or step on the scene. And I know how to write a compelling story. I’ve interviewed everyone from kids to celebrities on everything from cupcakes to crime and my features have appeared in American Girl, Mashable, the Wisconsin State Journal, National Geographic Traveler and more.

I discovered my love for writing in college while sitting at the city desk of The Badger Herald daily newspaper. Here's my j-school advice: get out of the classroom and into a newsroom.

  • Reporting
  • Profiles and Interviews
  • Feature Writing
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I love to help brilliant people get their businesses off the ground the only way I know how: with words.

Lets work together to create a brand story – I can start from scratch or fine-tune what you already have – that communicates your mission to both potential investors and customers. One client says, “Her copyediting and content creation have helped close multiple deals and effectively message our value proposition.” I’d say that’s a worthy investment!

Read my FAQ on copywriting and copyediting for startups, which includes pricing information.

  • Copyediting
  • Website Copywriting
  • Kickstarter Campaign Content Creation
  • Blogging
  • Email Copywriting
  • Editorial Campaign Brainstorming
  • Mobile App Copywriting
  • Social Media Copywriting and Campaign Creation
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Don't have enough time for social media? At least not enough time to do it well? Since 2011, I've run social media campaigns for 25+ brands big and small, and before that I was a social media copywriter at EXPRESS, the international fashion retailer. I also frequently write about social media and tech for Mashable and WIRED.

I can fully manage your social media presences, build them from the ground up, or give you a one-time consulting session where I develop a social media strategy for your business. One happy client says, "I expanded my own knowledge of social media strategy by one thousand percent!" I speak Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram fluently and focus on personal branding, product marketing, and company pages through copy, contests, and ads. Read my FAQ on social media for startups, which includes pricing information and social media statistics.

  • Social Media Content
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Contests
  • Social Advertising
  • Blogging