maryan at ontext dot com

Ghost Writer/Writer/Substantive Editor/Editor

Experience Summary

  • Educated and trained expert – writing, editing fiction and non-fiction, transcription/editing of interviews, and proofreading
  • Successfully ghosted six book projects, and four shorter projects, won two editor’s awards.
  • Authored two regional history books published by Arcadia Books.
  • Experienced writing memoirs, business books, feature articles, biographies, essays, editorials, press releases, research reports, grants, creative print/radio ad copy, ghost writing, creating video scripts, and web content for business sites and web publications.
  • Strong technical command of the English language; familiarity with virtually all writing styles; serious commitment to excellence in the printed and published word.
  • Expert researcher, interviewer, and content creator.


Independent Writer – OnText, Chicago

  • Writing and ghosting books, ebooks, columns, papers, essays, business pieces, and white papers
  • Taking editorial projects from any stage of development to production.
  • Internet specialist
Contributing Editor – DemystifyingDigital.com, New York.

  • Research, write, edit, rewrite, and proofread articles and blogs for popular online magazine. Work with guest writers (many of whom have no formal training in writing) to organize and refine articles.
  • Internet specialist
Writer, Satellite Publications – GulfCoast Publishing Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS

  • Researched and wrote features, interviews, business-to-business features and news as assigned.
  • Monitored newswire for national ground-breaking stories and developed local angles.
  • Fielded calls, inquiries and comments form article subjects and readers.
  • Internet specialist

Writer, California Psychics

  • Women’s interests
  • Relationship advice
  • New Age topics

Creative writing teacher, college level

Newspaper and magazine editor and publisher

Editorial freelance –Nationwide.

  • Exposure included various aspects publication, research, writing, and editing
  • Book proposals and queries — ghosting
  • Developing contacts with businesses and PR firms.
  • Covered education in large rural Tampa, Florida school district.
  • Expert proposal and grant researcher/writer with broad experience in several non-profit businesses.


  • Chicago Daily Herald
  • Northwest Herald, Chicago area
  • McHenry County Magazine
  • St Petersburg Times
  • Biloxi Sun Herald
  • Beach Blvd Magazine
  • Beach Blvd Brides
  • Better Health and Living
  • At the Casinos
  • CableWorld Magazine
  • Gulf Coast Visitor Guides
  • WWWiz Magazine
  • Black & White World
  • BackRoads Magazine
  • Sun Newspapers
  • PhotoIndustry Reporter Magazine
  • History Magazine
  • Copley Press
  • Star Newspapers
  • Aurora Beacon
  • Elgin Courier
  • Writers Write Magazine

  • Paddock Publications (Chicago area Daily Herald)
  • Arcadia Press

Web Publications

  • Pleaides.com
  • photogs.com/bwworld/
  • wwwiz.com
  • themestream.com
  • lauralewis.com
  • druryinns.com
  • Suite101.com
  • Examiner.com
  • EHow.com
  • demystifyingdigital.com
  • Grandparent.com
  • SpanishPod.com
  • DumbLittleMan.com
  • GrandDoodlez.com


B.A., Journalism – University of Illinois
Certified Ghost Writer – via Claudia Suzanne at Wambtach Communications. I am one of fewer than 100 professionally trained, certified ghost writers in the world.

Affiliations :  Association of Women Writers, National Society of Professional Journalists, McHenry County Historical Society, board of directors Family Alliance, board of directors Crime Stoppers, Women in Management, Illinois School District 47 Learning Leadership Team member,