Smart research, concise writing, sharp editing.

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Why you want to hire me

I’m a B2B editor, content strategist and writer who helps companies and thought leaders reach the right people, in the right place, at the right time, with the right information.

Here’s what I can deliver for your organization:

  • Smarter B2B content execution. This includes editing, but also helping you improve what you write, who you write it for and why you’re writing it.
  • B2B editing expertise throughout the content life cycle, including long-form line editing and copy editing.
  • Better B2B email marketing through a deep understanding of the long game of audience loyalty. Services include email strategy, writing and editing.
  • Speaking and presentations about reaching B2B professional audiences, 21st-century workplace leadership, the role of editing in B2B content marketing, and more.

My clients are B2B-focused, including corporations, content agencies, nonprofits and professional associations.

I’m based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and work remotely but could be hybrid for a local client in the DMV area.

Email me for rates and availability, or book a Calendly session.

More about me: LinkedIn | SmartBrief writing

What I Do

Freelance B2B Content Strategist, Editor and Researcher

Recent projects include:

  • Top-to-bottom execution of an email newsletter for a membership-only business leaders group. This email offers news and insights for and about its members, as well as deep analysis of the top economic and geopolitical news affecting business.
  • Copy editing a national nonprofit’s annual report (including layout/design guidance).
  • Editing/copy editing long-form content pieces for HR and supply chain clients, including multinational technology firms and leading professional associations.
  • Writing email marketing copy for a supply chain software provider.
  • Providing subject-matter research and briefings to inform an invite-only organization’s event planning, recruiting and strategic expansion.
  • Managing social copy for a CEO.

Rep Cap (part-time)

I oversee editing and lead a team of B2B content marketing writers for Rep Cap, a content marketing firm for professional services that approaches B2B content marketing with a journalist’s curiosity, a marketer’s spark for experimentation and a film director’s obsession with detail.

I also oversee the Managing Editor content brand.

What Else I’ve Done

SmartBrief (2009-22)

Example of a SmartBrief on Leadership newsletter issue

I edited B2B email publications that delivered need-to-know information to business decision-makers.

I managed the SmartBrief on Leadership brand, including a newsletter, blog and Twitter account, reaching more than 200,000 decision-makers with actionable advice in a rapidly changing business environment.

This job helped me learn about:

  • Writing and editing B2B emails that deliver value, engender reader loyalty and “nudge” them to act.
  • Creating repeatable editorial processes.
  • Brainstorming, developing and launching newsletters with associations and other partners.
  • Connecting editorial ideas to revenue opportunities with our sales team.
  • Hiring, training and managing freelancers and employees.

I started my career as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy-editing intern at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis. For nearly four years, I was a copy editor and copy desk chief at a rural daily newspaper in central New York.

Speaking and other work

I also recap The Onion from 20 years ago in a weekly email that is NPR-recommended and has been profiled by Substack.