Freelance

I am a freelance writer, researcher, editor, and designer based in St. Louis, MO, specializing in creative writing, ghost writing, developmental editing, business writing, and curriculum.

View my project portfolio and client testimonials.

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

 


Business Writing & Editing


For businesses and individuals, I research and write books, reports, proposals, white papers, product reviews, case studies, business plans, web copy, LinkedIn profiles, resumes and cover letters, press releases, promotional and branding copy.

For blogs and websites, I create informative content and popular SEO articles to drive traffic to your site. I have researched and written web pages and articles on higher education, psychotherapy, marriage, home maintenance, residential real estate, nutrition, travel, leadership & management, chiropractic, recruiting, fundraising, parenting, weddings, health, and comparison shopping.

For academic writers, I edit and proofread articles or monographs according to MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual of Style requirements, including front matter, bibliography, and index formatting.

Business Writing, Editing, Marketing, and Design Project History

  • SEO landing pages, corporate pages, & author pages
  • White paper research & writing
  • RFP research and analysis + proposal revision and editing
  • Academic book and article editing
  • Dissertation/thesis editing and proofreading
  • Email campaign editing
  • LinkedIn profile optimization (individuals & organizations)
  • Marketing rack card copy
  • Infographic design
  • Logo design
  • Website redesign on Wix and WordPress
  • Annual report layout design
  • Marketing postcard graphic and layout design
  • Original SEO blog content on various industries and topics

 


Creative Writing & Editing


I am 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. Read poems and essays here.

For creative writers, I review manuscripts and short works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading service available, as well as composing blurbs, author bios, publisher and agent queries, marketing material, and press releases to promote you and your work.

Creative Project History

  • Book ghostwriting
  • Creative development (fiction)
  • Developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting (poetry, memoir, and fiction)
  • Agent and publisher research and query letters (fiction)

 


Curriculum and Instructional Design


I have 14 years of experience teaching college English, along with designing and assessing curriculum in Business Writing, Technical Writing, Composition, Developmental Writing, Literature, Poetry, and Fiction.

For instructors, schools, and training facilitators, I create and edit curriculum materials for all education levels, based on best practices in Instructional Design and Universal Design principles, with specialization in writing and rhetoric curriculum.

Curriculum and Instruction Project History

  • Business and Technology curriculum design, Delaware Public Schools
  • Infographic design, New York State Public Schools
  • Training manual design & editing, International Institute of St. Louis
  • EdTech ebook research and writing
  • EdTech white paper research, interviewing, and writing
  • Contributor to Schoology Exchange

 


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


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


Editing & Publishing Experience

Contributor, Schoology Exchange, 2018-present

Staff Copyeditor, Graphic World Inc., 2018-present

Staff Copyeditor, A Pass Education Group, 2018-present

Web Manager, St. Pius V Catholic Church, 2018-present

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