Who is this chick?
MediaChick is Melissa Brandzel, freelance editor and writer.
What does this chick edit and write?
You name it, she’s done it: books, magazines, web content, newsletters, book jacket copy, catalogs, book proposals, recipes, biographies, synopses, film scripts, advertisements and more. Any printed words are fair game.
She’ll edit scribbles on a napkin if that’s all you have.
What is this chick’s professional background?
Melissa worked in advertising and entertainment marketing before bringing her creative talents to the publishing world. While she was working for a large publishing company, word of her crackerjack editing and writing skills hit the street, and freelance projects soon began landing on her doorstep.
The business quickly expanded and MediaChick was hatched.
Melissa is a longtime member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
What is this chick’s educational background?
Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Berkeley, where she attended on an academic scholarship and graduated Phi Beta Kappa; she also has a master’s degree from Northwestern University.
Both have notoriously lousy football teams.
Which software programs and style guides does this chick use?
Melissa has a Mac and a PC loaded with Word, InDesign, Photoshop and more. You can send her files via email, FTP, FedEx, U.S. Mail, carrier pigeon or Frisbee. She’s well versed in the two style bibles of the publishing industry—The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook—but will also make a style sheet that is specific to your project.
What drove this chick to become a wordsmith?
Melissa was inspired by Cookie Monster, whose less-than-stellar grammar (“Me want cookie!”) drove her to preserve the sanctity of the English language, one word at a time.
He also made her want cookies.