Jeanette "the Writer" Smith
Hey there! I’m Jeanette. I’m a professional copyeditor, a content and fiction writer, and a cat Instagrammer. I’ve worked as a freelancer since 2017, after leaving a seven-year career as a full-time scuba diving instructor. Before that, I worked for a cemetery, sold high-end cutlery, and served wine in a tapas bar. If you can’t tell, I don’t exactly go for the most standard career choices.
I’ve been following my passions since I was very young, and they have led me to work on some truly amazing projects (such as a book sponsored by the Make-a-Wish Foundation) with incredible people (such as Nadine Macaluso, a psychotherapist and ex-wife of the Wolf of Wallstreet) in many wonderful places (such as my dive experiences in the Caribbean).
I believe that hard work and a good heart are the keys to success, and I put both into my writing and editing. When I’m not working, you can find me scuba diving, crafting, or arguing the benefits of the Oxford comma through my grammar blogging.
You can read more about my writing and editing backgrounds below.
My Writing Experience
From blogs to white papers to case studies, I assist companies and organizations with building their online content marketing presence.
From 2015 to 2022, I worked with the Foot & Ankle Wellness Center to revamp their blog and refresh their marketing materials. In our first year of efforts, our team won "Marketer of the Year" from the Top Practices Marketing & Management Summit. The blogs I wrote consistently ranked in the top five visited site pages and the practice grew 7.5% year over year with my marketing content writing.
I also held a position for several years as a marketing strategist and freelance content writer with an Ohio marketing agency ranked in the top 1% of Digital and Development Agencies in the US. The work was varied (from eco-friendly architecture to cookie bouquets to dentistry) and it was interesting writing for the dozens of different companies utilizing the agency.
I have worked with companies in a wide assortment of industries to increase website traffic, craft marketing materials, and formulate lead magnets. Some of the companies I currently write for include AptAmigo, Dale Carnegie, GutCheck, and more.
Visit my writing portfolio for select samples of the projects I’ve completed.
My Editing Experience
I got my first professional editing gig in 2016 from a most unexpected place—my sister. (I’ll admit, I was jealous. I always figured I’d be the first one in the family to write a book.) She had written a nonfiction workbook with her business partner, and they needed someone to turn the two alternating voices into one cohesive style and tone. I was able to provide structural guidance for the content and bring the writing together into a common voice through a line edit.
Further editing projects came my way through writing groups, word of mouth, social media, and professional organizations. In January of 2022, I joined the freelance team at Greenleaf Book Group and have worked on dozens of fiction and nonfiction books from their fantastic authors.
Throughout my career, I have been able to collaborate on a wide variety of projects from science fiction novels to memoirs to nonfiction blogs and more. Each time, the author and I worked together to find their unique voice and make it shine.
Visit my editing portfolio for samples of the many projects I’ve completed.