Writing & Editing
The "WRITE Stuff" for Your Business
Michelle Leichty spent several years in video production and TV news. She wrote, produced and edited several videos for Campus Crusade for Christ, including one which won a Telly Award. She also spent time producing various newscasts and special programs at both KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO and KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa.
Most recently, Michelle has written articles in several magazines, written short stories for children, and consults with various small businesses on marketing & communication strategies. She also reviews and recommends children’s books on her blog, CultivatingReaders. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri—Columbia.
Does your bio accurately reflect you and your business? Does it speak to the audience of each different social media outlet? I review your bios (up to three outlets), update and tweak each so it accurately reflects your business and is relevant to the audience.
Wish you had a professional writer on-call, who could proof-read your e-mails, press releases, blog posts? One who could write a press release for you, a white paper, an article, or update your website copy? You can! Writer On Call gives you 2 hours of writing time each month, which you can roll over for up to three months.
Two hours of writing time would include one press release or editing/proofreading about 20 pages worth of documents/emails/blog posts/website copy. Longer projects, such as a Social Media Bio Overhaul (of up two 3 social media outlets), writing articles, website copy or white papers from scratch, or brochure copy would require 4-6 hours of writing time, depending upon the scope of the project.
These classes are available for businesses, networking groups, chamber events, etc. If you would like to know when the next class is being offered, contact me.
Ending your sentences in prepositions? Grammar a little rusty? Have no clue what I’m talking about? This 30-45 minutes “Lunch Lesson” will strengthen your writing skills.
This 3-hour, hands-on workshop covers the topics in Business Writing Brush-Up. It also includes personalized coaching to improve employee e-mails, letter, reports – the documents your business uses most.
These topics are available for networking groups, chamber events, etc.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram – how can businesses keep up with social media? This 1-hour workshop cover the strengths & weaknesses of each outlet, and what to consider before jumping on the social media bandwagon.
A light-hearted look at the vast array of business books, plus practical tips on how to read them and discovering your book “personality.” (30-45 minutes)
Turnaround times (these times depend upon prompt communication from clients):
I enlisted Michelle to help write and edit a large project I’d been working on for some time. It quickly became clear to me that I had found a partner who not only took a keen interest in my project, but she brought well-honed editing skills to the table. Michelle’s help provided me with the support I needed to complete my project on time and the reassurance that the writing and editing was solid. I will continue to use Michelle’s services in upcoming projects and would heartily recommend her talents to others.
-Lynda Wallis, Freelance Illustrations
I was very overwhelmed with setting up my own blog. Michelle taught me how to set up my blog and manage it – she made a task that initially I thought overwhelming, very easy. I look forward to working on our next project together – updating my website!
- Linda DeFever, Owner, Vitality, Inc.
I had a great experience working with Michelle Leichty developing my website and writing brochures for my new business! Michelle is very thorough, knowledgeable and patient. Michelle helped ease my anxiety about building a website and taught me a lot of “computer stuff” in a very short amount of time. Once I met with Michelle and we began working together, I instantly felt more confident. Michelle helped to bring the vision of my business to life.
- Lanie Reichman, M.A., LCPC, Mirror Images: Wellness & Supportive Services
Still not sure if you need a copy editor? Take this short quiz to see if you do.
Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions:
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, I can help!
Contact me for a complimentary 30-minute consultation.
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While a spell checker is helpful, it does not catch every mistake. Every writer needs a copy editor – someone to read over their writing two, three, or more, times to check for errors.
Otherwise, your intended audience focuses on how many mistakes you made, instead of the message you want to convey.
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