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Completed Orders 51
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Last Login 9/23/2016
Location Hammond, LA
Education Bachelors Degree
Status Available
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Summary of Experience
Freelance writer Betsy studied journalism at Loyola University of New Orleans and received a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. She has had poetry, short stories and essays published in West Liberty University's Ampersand, Loyola's Red Beans & Rice and Southeastern's The Pick, and she has been a finalist in several nationwide poetry contests. She was a staff writer on both the Loyola Maroon and Southeastern's Lion's Roar. She currently is under exclusive contract with a California-based company, providing copy for websites and all business-related articles and press releases. During her undergraduate years, she was a member in good standing with the Society of Collegiate Journalists. Additionally, she has a background in the medical and legal fields and is an animal rights activist in her spare time. She hopes to develop a loyal client base through her freelance efforts and looks forward to writing engaging and original copy that covers a wide variety of topics and fields of research.
Specialties
Betsy specializes in legal and real estate blogs, medical features and content marketing of all kinds. She currently writes and edits legal blogs for law firms all over the United States and Canada. She also blogs about animal rescue, Louisiana culture and traditions and politics.
Interests
Betsy is a voracious reader with an extensive vocabulary that often stymies her Words With Friends opponents. She is an animal activist who advocates to get abandoned pets out of shelters and into loving homes. Her interests include the sciences, politics, travel and astrology. She has also been an active tarot reader for more than 30 years.
Education
Southeastern Louisiana University Jan 2002 – May 2004
English Major with Creative Writing Minor, Bachelor's

Betsy completed her college education at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, after taking some time off to work and rear her daughter. While there, she had an essay, "The Dichotomy of Hope and Despair in James Wright's 'Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio,'" selected for publication in The Pick, a journal of outstanding student works from across the Southeastern Louisiana University curriculum.


Loyola University of New Orleans Jan 1986 – May 1986
Journalism, no

Betsy spent a semester at Loyola University of New Orleans studying journalism and was a staff writer for the Loyola Maroon. She also had a short story published in their literary magazine, Red Beans & Rice.


West Liberty University Aug 1981 – May 1982
General Studies, no

Betsy began her college career at West Liberty University when it was still known as West Liberty State College. She had three poems published in their literary magazine, Ampersand.


Association Memberships
Society of Collegiate Journalists Aug 1987


Projects by Industry
Pets

Betsy O is a lifelong animal lover and regularly volunteers at her local animal shelter. She also frequently donates her time and skills as copywriter and editor to rescue groups for online and print distribution, both locally in southeast Louisiana and nationally.

Marketing

Betsy O is under contract with a California social services agency and is responsible for all website copy, press releases and articles. She just wrapped up her 12th consecutive marketing campaign for the business and is eager to expand her nationwide business clientele.

Legal

Betsy writes and edits legal blogs for several content marketing platforms. Her topics include traffic infractions, family law, employment and workplace issues, criminal law and personal injury cases. The firms she blogs for are located all over the United States and Canada.

Transportation

In the past, Betsy wrote and edited copy for Amtrak's Safe2Safer campaign and was responsible for the design and copy for their monthly company newsletters.

Politics

Betsy has blogged for Occupy Democrats and has a passion for liberal politics and progressive platforms of candidates for state and national office. Locally, she is involved in grassroots efforts for the Democratic Party.

Real Estate

Betsy recently completed a dozen real estate blogs for a company focusing on New Orleans neighborhoods, 10 of which were deemed by the client to have exceeded their expectations. In addition to neighborhoods within the New Orleans Metro area, she is also familiar with the Northshore, River and Florida Parishes, the Capital area, Lafayette and Cajun country. To the east, she has a great deal of familiarity with the coastal communities from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle.

Additionally, Betsy grew up in the Ohio Valley and her roots run deep in the communities along the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. She is able to write knowledgeably about this area, as she makes frequent visits back to the town where she was raised.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

All of the law firms for which she blogs have SEO keywords or keyword suggestions that have to be incorporated naturally into each post. As many of these are repetitive week after week, Betsy has to come up with creative ways to work them into the copy in innovative ways that still convey the core message of her client and attract the right traffic to the website. For instance, a firm that handles only commercial real estate transactions might use many of the same keywords as one that deals with real estate closings, yet her use of those keywords must be tailored quite differently.

Title/Meta Descriptions

Betsy regularly blogs for a rotating roster of law firms, as well as editing other writers' submissions. She has in-depth experience with creating unique titles and compelling and concise meta tags.

Projects by Asset Type
Blog Post

Betsy was a paid blogger for the Occupy Democrats site and blogged about the Affordable Care Act, equal rights for women and other progressive topics.

News Story

Betsy recently had her first article published in the new online magazine, The Ascender, writing on the cultural importance of saving indigenous languages for the generations to come.

Projects by Writing Style
Conversational

Betsy also blogs for two bail bonds companies.Those blogs are much more conversational in tone, sometimes even tongue-in-cheek, with simpler language and phrasing.

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