Doreen M
Professional Writer

Doreen offers expertly sourced articles on a variety of topics but like most writers, has specific niches where she performs best. Specifically, Doreen performs best with work in the legal, business and financial markets since this is what she knows best. Other work is done on a case-by-case basis so feel free to reach out if you believe you have something that is suitable. ... more...

WriterAccess Profile
Star Rating 6 Stars
Completed Orders 2,290
Last Login 5/29/2017
Location Holliston, MA
Education Some College

Specialties

Doreen provides high quality blog posts and website content that require a factual angle without providing a lot of "salesy" information. When you need information to address clients and potential clients that is written in a straightforward manner without a lot of embellishment, Doreen is the writer you want to work with.

Interests

Doreen is passionate about her freelance writing. When not busy trying to meet the needs of her clients she spends time with her 10-pound terror Pomeranian. Doreen also is a committed volunteer. Doreen was a volunteer with the local Boy Scouts chapter for more than 10 years where she served as Regional Secretary. She has been serving as a volunteer with Lions Clubs International for more than 20 years, served on the Board of Directors for National Braille Press and served as a presenter for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to promote volunteerism to high school students. Today, Doreen continues as an active volunteer with her local Lions Club. Her commitment to literacy and to Lions Clubs International has been further solidified since her diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa which has rendered her legally blind. This however has not stopped her: Doreen continues to work full-time, volunteer when asked and continues to live an extremely independent life in spite of her vision challenges.

Education

George Mason University
11/7/2014 5:00:00 AM – 2/23/2015 11:00:00 AM
Paralegal Certificate,
Hadley School for the Blind
4/1/2014 4:00:00 AM – 2/2/2015 11:00:00 AM
Business Law, Certificate in Business Law
Dean College
1/28/1999 5:00:00 AM – 7/30/1999 9:00:00 AM
Finance, Certificate in Accounting

Honors and Awards

Leadership Award
7/1/2006
Doreen was serving as District Governor for the Lions of District 33K Lions during the year Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana. The Lions Club's International Convention in 2006 was scheduled to be held in New Orleans that year. The preparation for these conventions typically take approximately five years and involve extensive planning, fundraising and coordination with Lions Clubs International. Doreen was part of the committee to move the convention from Louisiana to Boston with less than one year remaining to plan. As part of this effort, Doreen was recognized by the International President, Ashok Mehar for her leadership which led to this award.

International President Certificates of Appreciation
7/1/1999
Each year, LCI's President presents a limited number of Presidential Certificates of Appreciation. While each President is free to set their own criteria, LCI describes the selection criteria for the award as: "the awards are generally presented to Lions who have distinguished themselves by particularly noteworthy service". Doreen received this award in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Melvin Jones Fellowship
7/1/1999
Doreen has been a long-time Lions Clubs member. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is the highest recognition a Lions Club and a District can bestow upon a member. Doreen received her first Melvin Jones Fellowship in 1999 after winning a bulletin contest conducted by Lions Club International from her local Lions Club. In 2006, after serving as District Governor for the Lions Clubs of District 33K, Doreen received two additional versions of this award which are known as "Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowships". The description of the award from Lions Clubs International is as follows: "Lions Clubs worldwide recognize outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism."

Association Memberships

Lions Clubs International
2/1/2008 5:00:00 AM
Doreen is a tireless volunteer. Once her children were grown and on their own she turned her efforts from Scouts to Lions Clubs International. She is currently an active member of the Holliston MA Lions Club and a former member of the Franklin (Massachusetts) Lions Club and Hot Springs (Arkansas) Lions Club. Doreen has worked tirelessly to help those less fortunate than herself. In addition to spending hours working with fellow Lions to raise money for worthy causes, Doreen has also devoted significant time to serving on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERF), the District 33K (Massachusetts) Lions Eyemobile and the Lazarus Program, she has continued to help others through the programs available for Lions. Doreen's efforts with MLERF were recognized when her Lions Club presented her with a MLERF Sight Award and she received a MLERF Presidential Award for her efforts in assisting with several (successful) grant submissions. Doreen also spent several years serving on the board of District 33K Lions Clubs Eyemobile, Inc., a traveling "eye screening" unit that travels all over the communities located in MA Lions District 33K providing free eye screenings. Doreen has dedicated hundreds of hours to maintaining websites for her local Lions Clubs, the Eyemobile and the Massachusetts Lions Lazarus Fund, a Lions charitable organization dedicated to informing people about the need for organ donation. Doreen has also volunteered her time to being a "test subject" for low vision specialists at Schepens Eye Institute in Boston MA where they develop technologies that assist those people who have age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other low-vision related issues. She has made it her business to learn all about these causes of blindness as well as many others.

Certificates

First Time Homebuyer's Education Program
FNMA
9/1/1987
Doreen received this designation while working for a real estate financing company. The training was to allow writer to administer education programs to first-time home buyers. This course helped Doreen to educate new home buyers about the potential risks and rewards of homeownership. She has continued to use the information she learned while taking this course to educate new home buyers.

Experience Summary

Projects by Industry

Legal

Experience
Doreen has written more than 2,500 legal articles, blog posts and websites. In particular she likes writing about personal injury law, bankruptcy law and white collar crimes. Doreen M has also discovered that she has a particular infinity for writing about criminal law; in particular how a defendants civil rights are impacted after a guilty finding. Over the last several years, she has submitted and had accepted more than 2,000 legal articles on various sites including Writer Access and the now-defunct Internet Brands. Doreen also maintains a blog specifically focusing on making the law easy to understand for everyday people -- this is important if you wish to have potential clients staying on your website. In addition, Doreen M has provided content for many attorney websites including sole practitioners, multiple partner firms and large firms. She understands the necessity of writing for the everyday person who may be facing legal challenges. Doreen M put her money where her mouth was: Understanding how competitive the writing field was and because she had a particular interest in legal writing, Doreen completed her Paralegal certificate in 2015. This has provided her with an entirely different perspective on legal advertising, helped her hone her knowledge of the specific lingo associated with legal writing and helped her fine-tune her already superior research skills. Doreen has written numerous legal topics including: Personal injury law - including statutes of limitations, "one-bite rules" and medical malpractice Business law - from succession planning to preparing business plans Family law - divorces, child support. restraining orders and contempt of court Real estate law - community property laws, residential and commercial real estate closings Trusts and wills - with a particular focus on how these impact retirement accounts

Finance

Experience
Doreen has been providing content for a variety of websites focused on financial topics from financing homes to commercial real estate. Doreen has an extensive financial background which includes: Sales Assistant - Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. - created mailing lists, drafted letters to potential clients and handled a variety of telephone calls from clients. In addition, Doreen was responsible for creating letters to send to potential clients to encourage them to contact the various stock brokers whom she reported to. Retirement Accounts Specialist - Putnam Investments Retirement Division - as an account specialist, Doreen was responsible for ensuring all the legal requirements necessary to liquidate IRA accounts were met. The legal requirements for retirement accounts can be very complex; particularly when there is a trust or a deceased spouse listed as the beneficiary. Doreen understands how to break down complicated legalese into language that the ordinary person can relate to and help them understand the importance of financial planning. Commercial Loan Specialist - Stanton & Associates - as part of this process Doreen was responsible for drafting business plans, securing information necessary for underwriters and putting packages before various funding agencies for approval. In this role, Doreen developed a solid understanding of business plans, commercial underwriting requirements and how important it is to ensure venture capital companies, private lenders and banks have the information they need to make informed decisions. Doreen was involved in loans for commercial properties, planned unit developments (PUDS) and even a few movies. Residential Loan Specialist - New England Merchants Corporation - Doreen completed the FNMA First Time Home Buyer's Training program to allow her to teach first-time buyers what they needed to know about obtaining a first time loan. In addition, as she progressed, Doreen was promoted to VP of Compliance within the company handling all of the necessary audit functions through the MA Commission on Banking. Doreen has an extensive knowledge of residential loan requirements as well as FNMA and FMAC rules that apply to financing. Doreen also has a complete grasp on more complicated issues such has HUD rehab loans and VA loans. If you need someone to explain residential financing to a potential client base, you need not look any further.

Career

Experience
In addition to writing hundreds of career-based titles, Doreen previously served as a site steward for the now-defunct Helium writer driven content site. During this time, she was tasked with editing thousands of titles submitted by other writers. Part of the tasks included fixing typographical and grammatical errors as well as fact-checking articles that were submitted. Doreen focuses on broad topics including: Resume preparation - hints and tips for effective resumes Job interview preparation - common sense tips for making a good first impression Online job pursuits - avoiding scams, effective proposals Human resource issues - knowing what to report and when

Business

Experience
Doreen M has written countless articles covering small business issues including seeking financing, writing business plans and about HR issues. As a small business owner she is also very aware of some of the pitfalls associated with hiring contractors, maintaining websites and social media marketing needs for business. Some of the topics she covers include: How to prepare a business plan How to prepare a solid social media marketing plan How to prepare effective contracts for contractors

Non Profit

Experience
Doreen has been an active and involved volunteer for many years. In addition to writing a number of articles on managing volunteers, fundraising and leadership. Doreen served on the Board of Directors of National Braille Press, District 33K Lions Eyemobile, Inc. and Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund Inc. Doreen's other volunteer work included serving as District 33K Lions Leadership Chairperson, Vice District and District Governor as well as most Lions Club leadership positions. Doreen has been an avid and active volunteer for more than 25 years. Doreen has prepared numerous grant proposals over the years and keeps up to date on various grant program restrictions. She has also prepared a number of articles and training materials needed for volunteers. As a former Leadership Chairperson, Doreen was responsible for training future leaders of Lions Clubs as well as District and Multiple District Lions leaders.

Projects by SEO Skill

Title/Meta Descriptions

Experience
Doreen has effectively provided SEO content for a variety of websites that require meta descriptions. These projects are largely paid-to-write jobs. The links below reflect work Doreen has done through an online outsourcing company. Some of the feedback she has received for her work included: Job description: "SEO Copywriter needed for dental website Feedback: "Doreen did an outstanding job of working with a tight deadline and completing the work in a timely and efficient manner. Her knowledge of SEO copywriting is very apparent and her knowledge of the subject matter was very apparent as well! I would gladly work with Doreen on future projects!""

Projects By Asset Type

Article

Experience
Doreen has worked for a number of sites that contract for freelance writers. In addition, she has an extensive portfolio of work that includes business titles, jobs and careers titles and legal titles. During the time she has been contributing to online sites, she has maintained a steadily growing base of articles on evergreen topics that continue to appeal to readers.

Blog Post

Experience
In addition to maintaining a blog that offers tips for those who work as freelance writers, Doreen has also recently started a blog that warns those who are seeking work at home employment of prevalent scams. She has also contributed to the law blog of Rizio & Nelson, a California law firm as well as other legal and financial blogs.

Web Page

Experience
In addition to providing content and layouts for several Lions Clubs websites, Doreen has also been involved in providing keyword rich content for several small businesses. These pages are designed to inform clients of the services that a company offers. Job description: Website Content Editor Feedback: "Doreen has been a terrific provider. She exceeds my expectation both by her professionalism in work and her friendliness.I would recommend her to anyone!-Jimmy Tanzil, Ichthys Media LLC"

Projects By Profession

Copywriter

Experience
Doreen took an interest in Crowdsourcing and as part of that interest she pursued writing about a number of subjects including: How to generate content to crowdsource What is microwork and how does it work? 10 ways to effectively crowd source content Top 10 crowdsourcing companies in the US When to hire a crowdsourcing company Intrinsic motivations to crowdsource

Editor

Experience
Doreen was an avid editor for the former Helium website maintaining quality articles in Entrepreneurship, Business, Jobs & Careers channels. In addition, she has had many clients hire her to edit and modify content for them. Her feedback from these clients speaks for itself: Job Description: Senior Editor - Copywriter Needed for Editing Feedback: "She worked on Thanksgiving day. What else do I need to say? Responsive, perfect writing skills. Highly recommended..."

Research Writer

Experience
While as a rule of thumb Doreen avoids writing about medical topics and procedures, she was also very aware of the correlation between diabetes and vision impairments. Because she is passionate about anything related to vision, she was instrumental in producing an entire series of website pieces for a diabetes site. While the work is ghost-written, she also was able to secure permission to use the content off-site and has shared it extensively through social media. Doreen is very proud of the finished product which was done after thoroughly researching diabetes. The work can be seen here: http://diabetichelpguide.com/diabetes-diet.html

Book Ghostwriter

Experience
Doreen has been very fortunate to have been entrusted to create a number of e-books. One of the most popular was done explaining oDesk to potential new users. However, she also created more than one eBook for clients who were looking for information regarding real estate investing in the United States for a client in Australia. Doreen's first e-book work is best summarized this way: Job Description: "Skilled writer to turn my outline into an ebook" Feedback: "Doreen did a fantastic job on this project. From clarifying expectations at the outset to asking appropriate questions throughout, I felt like she was as dedicated to the success of my project as I am. Add to that her quick turn-around and regular availability to discuss the project, and it's clear that there's a reason why she's so in demand!" Job description: Research and write ebook on foreclosure investing in America Feedback: "Doreen is Amazing. She gave us an estimate for the job and she was right on, and it was a big job! I've never come across such a fantastic, well organized and well researched writer. I can't wait to hire Doreen again for our next project! Thank you so much Doreen. Michael" Additional feedback available upon request.

Legal/Paralegal

Experience
One of Doreen's first writing assignments was to produce content for a California-based attorney website. With no knowledge of California law, she managed to craft a website from scratch which was approved by both the web designer and the attorney involved. Perhaps the biggest surprise, to everyone involved, was that recent changes in the law were noted and properly documented. Doreen has continued to focus a great deal of her writing on legal topics including business law, personal injury law, white collar crimes and criminal defense law.

Projects by Writing Style

Authoritative

Experience
Doreen finds it easiest to offer content that is written in second or third person that requires an authoritative tone. This often translates well for website owners who require work that is clear and concise.

Projects by Company Size

Small Business

Experience
Doreen focuses most of her articles on small businesses. In general, her writing appeals to both small business owners and those who are doing business with them. The articles Doreen submits are written in a clear, concise manner and are free from embellishing. This keeps customers happy because they do not feel a business is making wild claims they cannot possibly meet. One of the best projects Doreen participated in was a series of titles about saving money. The site was not just about saving money, but about saving money for the down payment on a home. Creative and unique topics about various ways individuals and families could save money for a down payment were necessary. The site made most of its revenue from advertising for lenders and credit reporting sites.