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Last Login 9/28/2016
Location San Leandro, CA
Education College Diploma
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Summary of Experience
Simply put, Monica was born to write. She was also born to wander. She combines both by exploring new places and writing about them. Monica’s business background is in travel with more than 20 years experience as a reservationist, trainer, manager, copy editor and copywriter. She has composed training manuals, brochures and copy for online travel sites. Monica also has an interest in the natural sciences and has written articles on subjects as varied as dinosaurs, geology and bonsai trees. Additional services offered include ghostwriting, poetry, fiction, humorous text and editing. Monica has also written plays and has seen two of her scripts make it to the stage.
Specialties
Monica can write copy suitable for an educational text or just as easily get into travel mode and describe a locale in such a fashion that you just can’t wait to get there. Wedding vows, love letters, sensuous poetry, romantic text, fiction, journalistic pieces, travel reviews, op-ed pieces are all offered.
Interests
Monica drives an RV. In 2008 she drove across Canada and the United States and wrote a book about the trip that is easy enough for children to read. Monica’s dream is to not only get this book off the ground but to take some of her funny poems, illustrate them and turn them into children’s books. Some people think that books are going the way of the dinosaurs, but not Monica. Sitting next to a child, turning real pages and reading text from those pages is a bonding experience. She wants to help with that bonding, and make children and adults laugh. Other interests include the theatre, movies, cats, dogs, all animals in general, all things Hawaiian, history, anthropology, Picasso, cartooning, different types of painting, photography and philosophy.
Education
Career Com School of Business Apr 1987 – Jun 1989
Travel and Tourism, Business Management, AA Travel and Tourism

Monica attended business school with a focus on travel. She was at the top of her class and upon graduation worked as an outside sales agent in Oakland, California before becoming a reservationist at a major travel wholesaler.

After going through extensive in-house training, she became a lead sales agent, trainer, marketer, quality control agent and was soon promoted to management.


Honors and Awards
Playwrite/Production Appreciation Monica received an appreciation award for the production and co-direction of two plays. "Under the Greasepaint " was her own creation and "Online" was co-written with another author.

President's Club Monica received the President's Club award from Classic Custom Vacations for excelling in sales volume and quality. She had quite a following of travel agents that worked with her specifically.

The reward included an all expense paid trip to Hawaii, one of her specialty destinations.

Projects by Industry
Garden

Monica has written articles on everything from plant classification to photosynthesis. Some of her work has to do botany in the modern world, while other articles explore plants found during time of the dinosaurs. Other pieces take on a more humorous bent. She is also a guest writer on Bonsai Ireland where she explores the different types of Japanese gardens found around the world.

Hospitality

Monica has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. Her articles have covered locales across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. She holds Destination Specialist Certificates for all of the Hawaiian Islands and has both lived and worked on the various islands.

Monica is well traveled, both abroad and within the United States. She also travels in an RV part of the year, producing articles on camping, RV parks and general destination information.

Humor

Writing is Monica's passion. Creating humor makes it all that much sweeter. She has scores of flippant poems under her belt, three plays, two of which have been performed on stage, and a host of other projects in the works.

Monica has done quite a bit of ghostwriting, and because of confidentiality agreements cannot get specific about what, when and where. One client created an entire persona for Monica after the first article she submitted and it turned into a series.

Travel

In addition to the hotel/RV articles, Monica has written destination pieces for Hawaii, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has travel articles on sites such as Bonsai Ireland, USAToday.com and Livestrong.com. She also acted as a writer and managing country editor for an online travel guide service based in England, and was the in-house writer/editor for a leading boutique hotel site in British Columbia.

Outdoor/Recreation

Monica is an avid RVer and writes articles on camping, where to find RV campgrounds, National Parks and RV care and function.

Science

Monica has published articles on dinosaurs, pre-historic plants, geology, botany, marine science, volcanoes and other wonders of the natural world.

Projects by Asset Type
Article

Monica has clients around the globe. She has over 1,000 articles written under her name and at least that many ghostwritten.

Copywriting

Monica provides copy for a number of online and brick-and-mortar clients. Most of it is ghostwritten in fields such as travel, real estate, clothing and toys.

Press Release

Press releases and advertising are part of Monica's work promoting plays for the local theatre group. This is pro-bono work, so she can't count them as paid work. She has also written speeches as a ghostwriter, but because of confidentiality issues cannot name the clients.

Newsletter Content

Monica created content for travel newsletters while working with a major travel firm and while serving as an inhouse editor at a bed and breakfast reservation service. Her experience extends to the theater arts where she regularly promoted musicals, dramas and comedic productions.

Projects by Writing Style
Conversational

Monica's style is basically conversational. She makes things interesting, easy to understand and fun to read.

Humorous

Humor Monica's passion and she uses it when appropriate. Plays, poetry, stories, she's done them all.

Journalistic

Most of these are travel destination pieces with a bit of natural history and the sciences thrown in.

Promotional

Monivs was an inhouse marketer with a wholesale travel firm and wrote copy for brochures, ads and online promotions. She was also the in-house writer for a bed and breakfast travel outfiit in Victoria, British Columbia and wrote the promotional text for their entire website.

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