Journalist/photojournalist for 23 years, independent consultant and ghostwriter, collaborative writing coach and author. One of the top 1,000 providers on Elance.com.
As an associate editor for Airstream Life Magazine and a former newspaper owner and editor (five years), I know what newspapers and magazines want and don't want in a press release. What they don't want is to hear you toot your horn, unless you've really done something amazing, like pull someone out of a burning car or building. What they DO want is for you to tell them what you have to offer THEIR readers. They want a story about what you do that will inform, educate or entertain their readers. They DON'T want a shopping list of bulleted items about why you rock or how great you are. Harsh, but true. If you don't know your best story, the one that lands you a front page feature story in your local (or the national) press, I do.
As an award winning journalist for 23+ years I've written thousands of feature stories, business stories and news stories as well as press releases and magazine pitches. My work has appeared in Woman's World, Dog Fancy, TIME (Photos), Road King and hundreds of regional, state and local newspapers, journals and magazines. As a ghost writer my work can be found by searching on my name on Amazon's book site. Any work not covered by an NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement) is listed there. I've ghostwritten for former Dallas Cowboy Players, Life Coaches and other nationally known celebrities.
Spoke at TED Global 2009, a TEDx event in Washington, DC and was invited to speak at another TEDx event in Virginia. Have written two TED talks for other TED speakers. I am a case study in Jeremey Donovan's best seller, "How to Give a TED Talk." Jeremey Donovan is Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.1 billion in annual revenue. During his career, Jeremey has held a variety of individual contributor and general management roles in the semiconductor industry and the information services business. He has led successful teams focused on market research, new product development, marketing, acquisitions, and product management. Jeremey is also organizer of a TEDx event, an avid public speaker, and long time member of Toastmasters International. I've also written on How to Give a TED talk at Six Minutes: http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/how-to-deliver-talk-life/
Insightful, helpful, and encouraging.
I had the great fortune to interview Becky - an excpetionally talented speaker and writer for my book "How to Deliver a TED Talk." She possesses incredible depth of knowledge on storytelling. But, more importantly, she leads a giving compassionate life.
If you need any type of writing project done from a highly creative, energetic professional who will have your best interests at hand, you have to work with Becky Blanton.
She has a knack for consuming herself into your business and developing superb work that shows her commitment and creativity towards your project. Becky goes above and beyond the scope of the job.
I'm very blessed to have met her and always enjoy talking to her about anything from a new project to life in general. Becky is one of the few people I have met on the internet that I truly trust.
From the moment she did a consulting call with me, I knew she was someone I could work with. She was very personable, I felt she actually heard me. First off, she listens to her clients, has great ideas and concepts, and is an exceptional writer. She truly has a great gift and is very willing to help others out who are just starting out. It is very refreshing to meet someone of Becky's caliber. Thanks Becky, I look forward to our continued working relationship!!!
Becky is a very good reporter, a productive writer and a woman with great insight into cultural trends. I was a source for a series of articles she wrote on the juvenile justice system several years ago, and the reporting was accurate, thorough and had a positive impact on the community. She's been a mentor to many aspiring writers.
Hiring Becky = Best money I have ever invested in my business... She's got the magic touch.
I highly recommend her writing... whether its a book, brochure, or website content, She's the one!
How am I supposed to properly write a testimonial to Becky?
I'll be the first to publicly state that Becky is a shoo-in future Nobel prize winner for her work with the homeless and disadvantages. Her writing is fantastic and thought provoking... her concise insights and her finger on the pulse of the next big thing makes Becky someone that you should definitely get in touch with...
I don't think I have ever had an interaction with Becky, whether in personal interaction or via the written word, that did not lead to a light bulb moment...!
Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg
Becky has proven to have that rare combination of effortless creativity and unstoppable work-ethic. Her life experience coupled with her natural ability to communicate and break down communication barriers has made magic happen for us. You need to know two very important things about Becky Blanton:
1) You can count on her to deliver on time and exceed your expectations.
2) See # 1.
Becky is more than just a reliable resource - she can unleash the genius in your organization that you might even know was there.
Becky Blanton is our secret weapon.
Becky is a bit of a star. She has been very nice about me, but the truth is I only had to see who she is. Talented, tough, funny.Aa privilege to work with.
If you need a copywriter, find one of thouands. if you need a voice, talk to Becky.