Freelance

sharon-pittaway-117630-unsplash.jpgI help writers, businesses, and educators find their voice, tell their stories, and reach big audiences.

Whether you’re hoping to boost your online presence and client base, publish your book, start your business, sell your product, or share your expertise, I create content that is authentically yours. No recycled ideas. No click-bait.

If you’re looking for well-told stories, in-depth research, creative approaches, clear ideas, persuasive arguments, polished prose, and an advocate for your passion, I would love to work with you.

Your readers are hungry for ideas to engage their minds, activate their emotions, and inspire action, so let’s create something that connects, explores, helps, challenges, and travels far.

I specialize in creative writing, business writing, ghostwriting, developmental editing, and curriculum.

View my portfolio and client testimonials.

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Working Together


“All I know is what I have words for.” -Wittgenstein

Ghostwriting

rawpixel-558599-unsplashFrom your topic, project parameters, target audience, research needs, and desired tone, I write your book, white paper, case study, curriculum, manual, review, proposal, profile, letter, press release, or web copy. 

We collaborate as much as you need, discussing organization, length, style, and publishing goals. I work on revision and edits until the job is perfect. When the project is finished, full copyright and ownership of the text is yours. 

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Talk-to-Write Content Creation

rawpixel-703123-unsplash.jpgDo you have an idea or story that you’d love to talk into life?

We talk so you can express your ideas and dictate your content. An attuned listener and seasoned interviewer, I love hearing your voice, absorbing your ideas, and learning your style. I render your thoughts into dynamic, accessible, and organized prose.

We find the right genre, shape, length, and publication venue, then collaborate on revisions and edits until the project fits your vision. 

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Editing

green-chameleon-21532-unsplash.jpgSend me your draft, whether new, emerging, or something you’ve been working on for ages. I offer over fifteen years of publishing and editorial screening experience, audience awareness, generosity, and your authentic voice as my priority.

Developmental feedback can include substantive comments about your central argument, main ideas, theme, sources, reader value, plot, characters, structure, coherence, pacing, stakes, organization, voice, and/or publishing requirements.

Copyediting and proofreading focus on clarity, sentence structure, style, concision, consistency, organization, dialogue, formatting, grammar, and punctuation.

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Contact me for inquiries, rates, and more writing samples.

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Writing and Editing Services


I offer end-to-end project management, including building a detailed work plan, defining milestones, scheduling deadlines and calls, implementing revisions and edits, and easy invoicing.

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for Businesses and Academics

I am an adept researcher and clear and informative writer, skilled in crafting engaging and accessible content for your target audience. I research and write most business genres, including books, reports, articles, proposals, bids, white papers, product descriptions, case studies, business plans, web copy, invitations, drip emails, biographies, profiles, resumes and cover letters, press releases, sales and marketing copy.

I am an experienced academic editor, having reviewed over 50 monographs, articles, conference proceedings, funding proposals, statements of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, letters, book prefaces, and book reviews. I am well-versed in CMOS, MLA, APA, AP, and AMA style guides.

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for Creative Writers

As the author of two poetry collections, The Dead in Daylight (Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) and Each Crumbling House (Perugia Press, 2010), as well as several memoir and craft essays, I offer creative writers fifteen years of publishing and editing experience.

I review book manuscripts and short works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with an eye for narrative structure, plot and character development, voice, organization, stakes, action, metaphor, and imagery. Services include developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, ESL editing, and proofreading. I also research and write agent queries and book synopses.

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for Educators and Trainers

With over fourteen years of combined experience as a college English instructor and tutor, I have taught and designed curriculum for hundreds of classes in Business Writing, Technical Writing, Composition, Developmental Writing, Literature, Creative Writing, and ESL.

For instructors, schools, and training facilitators, I create, edit, and design curriculum and training materials for K-12, college, certification, and on-boarding, while adhering to best practices in Instructional Design and Universal Design.

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Selected Project History

-Book and article ghostwriting
-Talk-to-Write book and article creation
-Novel development with plot line and chapter outlines
-Memoir and novel developmental editing
-Poetry, memoir, and novel copyediting and proofreading
-SEO landing page and blog content
-White Paper research & writing
-Case Study research, interviews, and writing
-Proposal writing & editing + RFP research & analysis
-Academic book and article editing
-Conference proceeding and presentation editing
-Dissertation/thesis editing and proofreading
-Business and Technology curriculum design
-Training manual design & editing
-Email campaign editing
-LinkedIn profile optimization (individuals & organizations)
-Infographic design
-Logo design
-Website redesign on Wix and WordPress
-Annual report layout design
-Marketing rack card, postcard, and flyer copy and design

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Melody S. Gee CV


Education

M.A., English, University of New Mexico, 2005

B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Continuing Education 

Professional Certificate in Grant Writing, San Diego State University, 2018

Instructional Design (EDU 765), University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2017

Universal Design for Learning (EDU 652), University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2017


Professional Writing Experience

Ghostwriter and Developmental Editor, Kevin Anderson & Associates, 2018-present

Writer, ClearVoice, 2018-present

Writer, Leverage to Lead, 2018-present

Contributor, Schoology Exchange, 2018-present

Staff Copyeditor, Graphic World Inc., 2018-present

Staff Copyeditor, A Pass Education Group, 2018-present

Writer, Scripted, 2018

Manuscript Screener, Perugia Press Book Prize, 2011-Present

AP English Language Exam Reader, Educational Testing Service, 2008-2009 

Dissertation Editor & Proofreader, Purdue University Writing Lab, 2008

Professional Writing Program Assistant, Purdue University, 2006-2008 

Editorial Assistant (Poetry), Sycamore Review, 2007

Guest Design Editor, Blue Mesa Review, 2005

Copy & Bookings, U of New Mexico Popejoy Center for Performing Arts, 2003-2004

Copy and Layout, Satellite Magazine, 2003

Copy & Graphics, Speak Out: Institute for Democratic Education, 2001-2003

Copy & Graphics, A Better Way Foster Family Agency, 2001


Teaching Experience

English Professor

Business Writing, Technical Writing, Composition, Developmental Writing, Creative Writing, Literature 

St. Louis Community College, 2011-2018

Southwestern Illinois College, 2009-2011

Saint Louis University, 2008

University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2008

Purdue University, 2005-2008

Ivy Tech College-Lafayette, 2005

University of New Mexico, 2004-2005

ESL Teacher, Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program, 2014

ESL Citizenship Aide, International Institute of St. Louis, 2013