About Me

Hey, I’m Amanda. I write personal essays and poetry, and I ghostwrite self-help books for CEOs. I’m also an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at Antioch University.

I’ll cut to the chase here; this is why you should hire me: I have 10 years of writing experience, in both the professional and creative realms.

I’ve done in-house marketing and worked on the agency side, writing copy for print collateral, email campaigns, press releases, blogs, social posts, online ads — you name it. I’ve laid out content in platforms like Canva and InDesign. To track performance, I’ve used platforms like Google Analytics, SEMRush and Sprout Social. I’ve given presentations on my research findings to my team members, sales department, clients and C-Suite members, as well as given presentations at conferences.

I also used to write a personal blog back in 2010 (the topic for which is embarrassing, but worth telling if I can get you on the phone), so I also have 10 years of experience in WordPress.

My most recent publications include selected poems from my incomplete poetry manuscript, Trailer Trash, in eris & eros, and a personal essay in Defenestration Magazine. Several of my op-eds and articles have been published in Lunch Ticket and Dallas Yoga Magazine. My personal essay, “If the Good Lord Lets Me In,” received Runner-Up at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in 2014 and was published in the 2015 issue of Ten Spurs. I also received Runner-Up for the 2020 conference for my essay, “Crossroads,” which should appear in the 2021 publication. I’m credited on the copyright page as the editor of Dog Love Cat by Eric Johnson, which is now available to purchase on Amazon.

Education is important to me. I consider myself a life-long student, and I spend my free time teaching kids how to read. I’m an MFA candidate at Antioch University, studying Creative Nonfiction. (It’s a low-residency program, so although the school is in Los Angeles, I get to “attend” the program virtually for the most part. I do visit the campus for 10 days twice a year though.) I’ve been a volunteer with Reading Partners, a literacy program in North Texas, for the past four years.

On top of all that, here’s some stuff about me that you probably didn’t know:

  • I had temporary custody of my niece and nephew from June to December 2020.
  • I have a 200-hour yoga teaching certification.
  • I’m afraid of heights but love to rock climb.
  • I’m learning how to roller skate.
  • I have been sober from drugs and alcohol since March 24, 2019.
  • I’m a board game nerd. My favorites are Mansions of Madness, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Code Names, Takenoko and Secret Hitler.
  • I have seven half-siblings.
  • I have a black dog named Sirius, who is the most loyal of the loyal things.

You can shoot me an email at mediamandamail@gmail.com or follow me on social media at the links below.