Mary's professional (paid) writing career began at the age of ten when she was assigned to cover her grade school's activities in her own weekly column "It's Elementary" of the local newspaper. Each week, she turned in a neatly-typed column (always on time, of course) and received from the editor $1.00 for each submission. She has been writing ever since, (and she is happy to report that the pay has improved.) For more than 25 years Mary has researched and written articles, interviews, essays, short stories, ad copy and publicity/ press releases on a wide range of topics for both print and electronic media. Her clients include numerous professional and civic organizations as well as private individuals and businesses. Her concentration is currently in healthcare, nutrition, consumer finances, social justice, environmental and green living issues, gardening and pet health. One of her largest and most rewarding projects was utilizing her knowledge of medical insurance, health care billing procedures and medical terminology in editing and updating the durable medical equipment (DME) billing procedure manual for the home health care division of a large consumer-services company. This resulted in faster, more accurate billing with fewer declines from insurers and other payers for billing mistakes and missed deadlines. Mary is experienced with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Etsy and is listed as a 'top commenter' on her Facebook page. She has also completed courses, seminars and webinars on the finer points of SEO, quality-driven content, marketing, web analytics and email outreach. Mary's background includes a BA degree in Organizational Behavioral Science, with additional professional experience in business and retail management, writing and blogging, real estate, insurance and consumer finance, traditional and alternative health care, teaching, giftware, gardening, horticulture, and nutrition. When not working with clients, Mary blogs about environmental issues, healthy lifestyles and gardening on her blog site, and has guest-blogged for several bloggers. Because she will be moving over the 2015-2016 winter holiday season, please confirm her availability before requesting any Solo or direct orders, thanks!
Most of Mary's work has centered on career and instructional articles as she enjoys the challenge of making often-dry material readable and relevant. Blogs are quickly becoming Mary's specialty in sharing information aimed at reinforcing company branding on a diverse range of topics as needed by her clients. Mary also specializes in the short essay, a format that works extremely well for web content, now that search engines are placing more emphasis on quality content over simply stuffing a mediocre article with search words. Her fine-art and graphics training also helps with visualizing and suggesting effective placement of copy for brochures, flyers, instructional and other kinds of print materials as well as online content design. Thanks to her marketing and business education and experience, she understands the challenges faced by many business owners today, especially that of time-management for busy people. She has a creative and fun approach to life and this is reflected in much of her writing. Give her an idea and watch her run with it!
Mary has been writing and drawing for as long as she could hold a pencil and spell. In her 'free' time she enjoys creative writing and is currently working on both an herbal guide as well as a children's gardening book. She also hikes, kayaks and otherwise works at keeping fit - not easy when sitting much of the day! Mary loves gardening, raising herbs and perennials, and enjoys the antics of her resident 'wild pets' (as well as the challenge of keeping them out of her prized vegetables). Her favorite recent books include the acclaimed 'Three Cups of Tea' and its sequel 'Stones into Schools' by Greg Mortenson, both of which detail the challenges and successes of bringing educational opportunities for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 'Half the Sky' by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn profiles several Third World women and their triumphs over discrimination, poverty, sexual slavery and educational repression.
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