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Last Login 6/13/2016
Location Durham, NC
Education Masters Degree
Status Inactive
Asset Type
Summary of Experience
Fourteen years experience as a print journalist, with time spent as a reporter, editor, and freelancer; proven reputation for thorough research and attention to detail; award-winning writer with the ability to write articles that are both clear and engaging; record of working independently and in high-pressure situations; self-starter with strong attention to detail, organization and time management; record of reliable and quality freelance writing and editing with fast turnaround time; expert knowledge of SEO and online marketing strategies, including content marketing, keyword research, and social media marketing; proven ability to quickly process and explain new information and concepts; excellent communication skills, both written and oral; knowledgeable about search-engine optimization and marketing; proficient with numerous computer programs, social-networking media and blogs.
Maria specializes in making the complex easy to understand for a lay audience. She has covered every subject, but specializes in marketing topics, education, parenting, home design and lifestyle (such as weddings, fitness, pets, and more).
Maria has a diverse range of personal and professional interests that inform her writing. She lived in South Korea for a year and has traveled extensively. She is a musician who plays the flute and the guitar. She is creative in many forms, including DIY projects like sewing and doll making, as well as home decor and design projects. She is as comfortable making doll sweaters as she is building retaining walls. She is also widely read and a movie buff.
N.C. State University Aug 2001 – May 2003
English, Creative Writing, Master of Arts in English

Studied 19th century American literature, narrative theory and creative writing. Completed two theses: One on 19th century American writer Nathanial Hawthorne, and the other a full-length fiction novel for the creative writing program. Won The Robbie S. Knott Fellowship for Fall 2002-Spring 2003.

N.C. Central University Aug 1999 – May 2001
Englih, Journalism, English

While at N.C. Central University, Maria worked as the chief contributing writer for the student newspaper, the Campus Echo. She received "The Independent" Steve Schewel Award for Most Promising Journalist (2001). She also graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Honors and Awards
Second Place, Criticism Second place award in the "Criticism" category for a personal weekly column written for The Mount Airy News in North Carolina.

Projects by Industry

Maria covered the education beat as a reporter for The Mount Airy News in North Carolina and has written hundreds of articles about education from kindergarten to college for a number of websites.


Maria has worked as a freelance web writer for a number of parenting and lifestyle sites, as well as writing her own personal parenting blog.


Maria is a marketing specialist and has written for dozens of websites about online marketing strategies, news and case studies.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

Maria specializes in writing for the web and online marketing. She has written thousands of articles that are optimized for the web, including using the right keywords, creating attractive headlines, and incorporating the right formatting. She has performed keyword research, written meta tags and titles, sourced photos, overseen linking, and more.

Title/Meta Descriptions

Maria has worked as a resident ghost blogger for several online publications. In addition to writing keyword optimized content, she was also responsible for writing the titles and meta descriptions for the articles, which were checked against SEO optimization software for strength.

Link Building

Maria has worked on extensive link-building campaigns, primarily through the use of guest posting. She wrote thousands of articles across a wide variety of niches under numerous aliases.

Projects by Asset Type

Maria has written e-books and print books on subjects including frugal living and legal advice. She also has a master's degree in creative writing and has written a full-length fiction novel, as well as a serial novel made available for sale. She can write in creative and academic styles easily and understands what's needed to construct and format a full-length book.

News Story

Maria spent the first part of her career as a newspaper reporter and editor, and she has written hundreds of news articles on beats ranging from city government to education. She is adept at both hard news and feature stories, including both short briefs and in-depth articles.

Press Release

Maria has written dozens of press releases on topics ranging from social activism to the launch of a new product. Her background in the newspaper industry combined with her marketing training give her unique insights about crafting an effective press release.

Product Description

Maria has written hundreds of product descriptions for websites that sell everything from beauty care products to home security systems. She is able to distill the compelling features of a product into a few lines of persuasive text.


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