Maximize your team’s awesomeness.
Hi. I’m Melissa and I love helping people do their best creative work, especially when it comes to web content. I can contribute to your team’s already awesome talent with my:
Experience. I have 25 years of creating great content: copy editing, writing, coding, SEO, accessibility, CMS, design, graphics, video; always with an eye for clarity and relevance.
Ability to see the big picture. Brainstorming is my brand. Creative problem solving is my superpower.
Keen eye. I am super detail-oriented, sometimes to a fault. I apologize in advance.
Passion. I have a deep-seated need for content to be correct, helpful, clear, concise and beautiful. Again, I apologize.
I am also:
Educated. I have a bachelor’s degree in English and have also attended many workshops and conferences through the American Copy Editors Society (ACES).
Prepared. I have many years of experience as a freelancer and telecommuter and my home office has all the equipment necessary (and maybe a few extras) to work diligently and productively.
Collaborative. I love people and deeply believe we do our best work together.
While at Texas Tech University eLearning, I worked with a team of creative professionals to manage elearning.ttu.edu and our 12 related websites (including k12.ttu.edu, elearning.ttu.edu/programs and elearning.ttu.edu/regional). This included editing the content to fit voice, brand and AP style as well as for accessibility and SEO. I also created a good portion of the content, especially on the prospective student portal. Our team wrote a collaborative piece about the redesign of this portal that I am very proud of.
Also at TTU eLearning, I curated, designed and copy edited four email newsletters, two of which are public: eLearning’s From Anywhere (archives) and K-12’s Wherever You Are. We won some nice awards from UPCEA for these and I loved working with the dozens of authors from across campus to optimize their articles while keeping their unique voices.
I have been building websites for 25 years. My first one had a giant animated gif and a tiled background on the homepage. I hope I have improved since then.
Here are some I have worked on recently (though, due to the nature of the web, many others have passed into oblivion.)