With more than 14,000 of her own bylines in newspapers and magazines during a 30 year period under her belt, Penny is best known for her work with other writers. While a Bureau Editor for Media General Communications Inc., Sunbelt Newspapers, and Amazon Books first self-publishing division, BookSurge, she’s helped hundreds of new and experienced writers refine their work until it stands out from the rest. Her interactive seminars, “Writing Page-Turning Fiction,” work on plot, characterization, scene-setting, and natural dialogue using the analogy that words are the writer’s movie camera. Her former editing clients praise her easy-to-swallow explanations of needed change as she seeks out plot holes and possibilities to better the manuscript. Penny makes hard work fun from crafting a fantastic lead to reaching a heart-stopping climax all the way to a satisfying conclusion. Her clients say they especially appreciate how she meticulously checks each line for correct noun-verb tense, grammatical errors, typos and more. So whether you’re writing about success, sex, or spirituality, Penny can help you find your voice and polish your words.
Hosted the radio show called "The Uncensored Reporter" let people sound off on political topics and looked up facts and interviewed people for them.
Wrote columns about local and national issues for The Tampa Tribune, a large daily newspaper, and edited the copy of other writers.
Media General bought out Sunbelt Newspapers, is why the dates of my awards do not match the publication years of my employment.
Freelanced at Amazon (moonlighted) while at Sunbelt Newspapers and Media General. While there, learned to differentiate between Associated Press and Chicago editing style; edited raw copy from new writers and made content changes where needed; also wrote marketing sheets (logline; short sheet; medium length and long marketing); wrote press releases for each book and ghosted New York Times Reviews.
While I was at Sunbelt Newspapers, The Tampa Tribune and moonlighting for Amazon Books, I started freelance editing with my first company Write/Right Editorial Services. I later founded Soaring Eagle Books, still at www.soaringeaglebooks.com, and now give full author services, including publication when hired to do so. I work with writers in person and on line and at writer's groups and library presentations. I teach that "words are the writer's movie camera" and give examples of the elusive "show don't tell" method in an easy- to-understand way. My interactive style and open mind allow for many genres from sex to spirituality and I can help you develop your work from the idea to the conclusion. I do manuscript development; consultation; full content edits; and proofs of final copy. I also provide professional press releases and have written a book about them that has saved business owners thousands of dollars using "the press release method" as news instead of placing an ad (you just have to know how to do it!)
Media General Communications bought Sunbelt Newspapers and I transferred there. While at Sunbelt, I began as a reporter, became a staff writer, columnist and worked up to take courses through Media General and was Bureau Editor. The chain had 12 newspapers and I worked at four of them, The East Bay Breeze, The Sun City Sun, The Brandon News and the South Shore News. I trained new writers, edited their copy; taught ethics and story tone as well as how to write interestingly.
While traveling with the military, wrote short fiction for four popular women's magazines: True Love, True Confessions, True Romance and True Story. Also wrote features and profiles for (what used to be) the print publication of Today's Christian Woman. Later freelanced as a photojournalist for The outdoor section of The Tampa Tribune and Gulf Coast Fisherman
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I offer services in proofreading and copyediting for all genres, developmental editing of nonfiction, and project management.
Edit and proofread nonfiction and fiction: crafts, art, cooking, memoir, STEM subjects, history, DIY, mystery, sci fi, romance, YA, etc.