Melissa Shaw MarketingFor as long as I can remember, I’ve written. From childhood journals to my first national publication as a seventh-grader, writing hasn’t just been part of my identity, it’s been one of the gifts that’s served me well in life and in my career.

I hold a Bachelor of English in Professional Writing from Northwestern State University (Fork ‘Em, Demons!), and have seen my work published in print and online in countless publications and formats.

My speciality is written content for the web. Whether you need website content, high-quality blog posts written in your company’s own voice, or social media content, I’m your gal. I write for human readers with a high level of awareness placed on key search terms and SEO.

If you need ghost-writing work, corporate or non-profit blog posts, or feature articles (specifically on subjects related to healthy living, travel, tourism, the Arts, or military family life), please contact me today! 

Samples of My Writing

Website Writing

A-1 Locksmith
Fairness Down the Lines
Schappe Law

Ghost Writing

My ghost writing work has been published by:
B2B Marketing
Miss O Moms

Collaborative Ghost Writing

I collaborate with industry thought leaders to help them ideate — and publish — compelling blog content for their corporate blogs and for industry blogs.
TRG Arts
TRG Arts for the National Arts Marketing Project

The Penny Hoarder - Melissa Gilliam ShawThe Penny Hoarder Blog

This Budget Template Helped One Family Save 60% of Their Income Last Year
This Entrepreneur Helps Moms Find Remote Jobs and Make More Money
(an interview with Katharine Zaleski, co-founder of PowerToFly)

Melissa Gilliam Shaw Writing on Project-Eve-MoneyProject Eve Money

How We Saw Nine Countries on a $700 Per Month Travel Budget

Fairness-Down-the-Lines-LogoAdvocacy: Fairness Down the Lines

Landing Page FAQs
Blog Posts
(Original and editing others for voice & style)

AHRN Melissa Gilliam Shaw

The Automated Housing Referral Network

Budgeting for Your PCS to Germany, Part 1
Budgeting for Your PCS to Germany: Hotel Stays + Eating Out
Budgeting for Your PCS to Germany: Traveling with a Pet
Budgeting for Your PCS to Germany: Adapting to EU Electricity
Budgeting for Your PCS to Germany: Your Vehicle
Budgeting for Your PCS to Germany: Licenses & Passports
Blogroll Feature: Enjoying Wiesbaden
Housing in Wiesbaden

Missouri Electric CooperativesAdvocacy: Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives

Power Line Safety Reminders from Crawford Electric
The National Electric Code (NEC) in Missouri
Four Steps to Restoring Power After an Electrical Outage
Rural Electricity Jargon Explained
When is Missouri’s Grid at Peak Use?
Helping You Budget for High Electric Bills
Energy Trails Project Lights Up Bolivia
What are Capital Credits?
…And dozens more posts.

DSI_Logo Technology Case Studies

Customer Success Story: Chivas Brothers
Customer Success Story: Womble, Inc.
Customer Success Story: Eastern Propane
Customer Success Story: Lafarge South Africa

Corporate Blog: Karmic EnergyMelissa Gilliam Shaw Client, Karmic Energy

Jared Davis, CEO of Karmic Energy, Speaks at Toronto Global Forum

Corporate Blog: Precision Frac & Hose Supply

Jared Davis, CEO of Precision Frac, Speaks at Toronto Global Forum
Precision Frac & Toys for Tots
Precision Frac Gives Back in the Big Apple: Part 1
Precision Frac Gives Back in the Big Apple: Part 2
KMOV TV in St. Louis, Missouri, follows #12DaysofGiving to Ferguson
Precision Frac Gives 13-Year-Old Boy “the Best Day of His Life”
#12DaysofGiving Campaign Takes Precision Frac to Downtown Seattle

CSK_logoCorporate Blog: The CSK Group

Ironman — A Brand Worth Branding?
Giving Thanks
Online Marketing for Rural Organizations
Is Your Brand an Everest or an Ozark Trail?
Turning Your Team into Brand Ambassadors
Small Town #140 Yields Great Insight
Why Branding Matters for Nonprofits

Advocacy: Americans for the ArtsAmericans for the Arts

Cultural Exchange: The Arts Support International Relations

Missouri Div of TourismThe Missouri Division of Tourism

Explore Washington County


Feature Article: Missouri Meeting & Events Magazine

Rustic, Chic and Unique
Natural Beauty at an Affordable Price: Riechmann Pavilion

Insider 573_LOgoFeature Articles: Insider573 Magazine

Tangible Pieces of Myself
The Writer’s Story*
Corn Maze at Crown Valley*
*writing & photos used for stories

MOParent_LogoAdvocacy: The Missouri Parent Blog

Nearly all posts on the MOParent blog from May 2013 through May 2015 were authored by Melissa Gilliam Shaw. Here are a few examples:
Why Arts Education Matters in a Visual Age
Teaching From the Heart
5 Ways Your Student’s School is Evaluated for Accreditation
Private Foundation Brings Music to Mid-Missouri Schools
Would You Like to Be More Involved in Your Student’s School? Here’s How!
State-Level Funding for Missouri Public Schools
Where Does Missouri’s Public Education Funding Come From?
Dispelling the Achievement Gap Between Public and Private Schools
More Missouri Students Attending Full-Day Kindergarten
Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in Missouri

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 5.04.42 PMAdvertorial Copy: Women’s Journals

Summer Fun & Relaxation for the Entire Family at YMCA Trout Lodge (June/July 2011)
Women’s Wellness Weekend at YMCA Trout Lodge (February/March 2011)
Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood in the Winter – Something for Everyone! (December 2010/January 2011)
Planning a Fall or Holiday Retreat or Get-Away? Consider YMCA Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood (October/November 2010)
Trout Lodge: A Beautiful & Fun Family Destination (June/July 2010)

Schofield Strategies 2Blogging: Schofield Strategies

Searching for a Job

YNPN 2Blogging: Young Nonprofit Professionals St. Louis

Mentorship and Success

Feature Articles: Aire Magazine

Aire on the Square: Washington County Tourism
Aire on the Square: Bonne Terre Missouri*
*Cover Photo Credit

River Hills Traveler LogoTravel Writing: River Hills Traveler

Don’t Hike Crain Lake in the Rain (February 2010)
Expect the Unexpected When Hiking the Ozark Trail (April 2010)

Book Review:

Novel Takes a Bite Out of Popular Genre
The Playhouse at Westport Cancels ‘Food Fight: The Musical’

Editing: The Argus*

Poetry Editor, Spring 2004
* Collegiate Press/National College Media Conference Best of Show Literary Magazine, 2004

Editing: Composition Forum

Editing Intern, Spring 2004

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