In every classroom, there is a kid who loves new school supplies, wants to help the teacher or help her classmates with their work. That same kid is often the one who gets asked to proofread, correct papers or organize groups. That kid was me. Yes, I’m a geek and proud of it.
After earning a degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, I took those skills – and my background in financial services – and turned them into a full-time business. I started freelancing part time in 2003, and turned Virtually Yourz as a full-time business in 2004. The company has grown and evolved since then.
Writing: I am a full-time freelance writer, writing for publication in the areas of business, finance, insurance, entrepreneurship, community, women’s issues, community, travel and humor. My work has appeared in AARP Bulletin, The Seattle Times, 425 magazine, 425 Business, South Sound magazine, Seattle Business, Seattle Woman, Seattle Met, GSN: Government Security News, HS Today, American Profile and others.
I also own and publish iLoveKent.net, a hyperlocal blog about Kent, Washington. I’ve authored one book, “Yahoo Income”, under the name Dana Blozis, and am a frequent speaker and trainer on freelance writing as a business.
Editing: To date, I have edited four nonfiction books and one fiction book. I’ve also edited business plans, municipal documents, marketing copy, website copy, white papers, a trivia game and more. If it contains words, I can edit and proofread it. My specialties are AP Style and the Chicago Manual of Style.
Marketing: I provide marketing services to small businesses and nonprofits. I specialize in social media marketing; writing marketing copy, ads, ad scripts and press releases; email marketing; public relations; and marketing planning and consultation.
Additional Activities: In addition to my “day job,” I am the immediate past president president of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of the Sigma Delta Chi board. I am also active in the Kent, Washington community as a board member for the Kent Community Foundation and a member of the Kent Downtown Partnership.