Miranda B
Professional Writer

Miranda specializes in travel writing with a focus on cultural aspects including the truck driving industry, ecotourism, road trips, solo female travel, and culinary delights from every plate on earth. As a freelance writer Miranda is equally interested in all aspects of creative nonfiction, whether writing product descriptions, press releases, website content or rock-and-roll trivia questions. ... more...

WriterAccess Profile
Star Rating 6 Stars
Completed Orders 5,859
Last Login 5/23/2017
Location Sioux Falls, SD
Education Masters Degree

Specialties

*Travel writing *SEO focused writing *Blogging professionally *Creative writing *Nonprofit and community organizations *Library services *Grant writing *Survey development and statistical research

Interests

An active member of Goodreads, Miranda strives to read 40 books annually, with a range of genres that include nonfiction, historical fiction and fantasy titles. She is the winner of the 2011 and 2012 National Novel Writing Month, a writing marathon in which writers pen 50,000 in 30 days. She has attempted NaNo in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with varying degrees of success. For 2016 she is once again on the NaNoWriMo path in hopes to complete the first draft to "Alice the Giant Hunter." As a feather-footed traveler, she has stepped on the soil of six countries and visited every state in the continental U.S. For spring 2014, Miranda traveled solo for a two-week adventure through the Netherlands, following a budget minded and adventurous travel plan to include hostels and street foods.

Education

Northern State University
6/3/2012 – 6/30/2015
Library Science, Certified Library Practitioner
Valdosta State University
1/1/2004 – 3/1/2006
Applied and Clinical Sociology, Masters of Science in Sociology
University of Guadalajara
6/1/2005 – 8/1/2005
Basic and Intermediate Spanish; Cultural Immersion,
Valdosta State University
8/1/2002 – 12/1/2004
Applied and Clinical Sociology, Bachelors of Art in Sociology
Gainesville College
8/1/2000 – 5/1/2002
Social Work, Associates

Honors and Awards

Weekly Round-Up Post of the Week
4/1/2014
Having written more than 100 blog posts for the WriterAccess blog, Miranda's experience and skill earned her the place of Post of the Week with "Creating an Awesome Freelancing Space Outdoors."

Writer Wisdom Wednesday
8/1/2013
Description of Award: We're thrilled to bring back Writer Wednesdays, where you can meet one of our prolific WriterAccess writers every week! This week's feature is Miranda B from Platte, SD.

Presenter for Big Talks from Small Libraries
2/1/2013
Miranda created a webinar about using social media with a focus on blogging for use in the library setting. Her online presentation received rave reviews from an international audience of more than 350 attendees. The webinar can now be viewed on the Nebraska Library Commission website, as well as on YouTube.

2012 Winner
11/30/2012
Miranda has won NaNoWriMo, a writing contest that requires participants to write 50,000 words of fiction in 30 days for the month of November. She wrote 50,478 words for her upcoming fantasy novel "In Deep."

2011 Winner
11/30/2011
Miranda wrote a 54,000 page first draft to a novel within 30 days to win the National Novel Writing Month competition.

Association Memberships

South Dakota Library Association
8/13/2012
Miranda is a member of the South Dakota Library Association, which works to support the state's private, public and school libraries through advocacy, fundraising, advertising, and social organization.

Certificates

Turning the Page 2.0
Public Library Association
11/8/2012
Miranda completed an advocacy training course via a technology grant by Bill and Linda Gates Foundation. The online training included 6 virtual classroom sessions and the completion of an advocacy goal plan. For her advocacy goal, Miranda is developing a teen center at the Platte Public Library in Platte, SD.

Certified Library Practitioner
Northern State University
6/1/2012
Miranda has attended mandatory training to be certified as a library practitioner. She is currently the director at the Platte Public Library in SD, placing her in charge of library programing for children, teens and adults, as well as eReader application and the library book club.

Experience Summary

Projects by Industry

Other

Experience
Miranda has completed hundreds of projects in industries not listed including youth program development, librarian material coding, survey creation, focus group question writer and census taker. She has also conducted and transcribed interviews and focus group responses.

Banking

Experience
Miranda worked for United Community Bank for four years as a loan assistant, teller and switchboard operator. Her time working in the industry provided her with training and hands-on experience with loan applications, credit scores, accounting and bookkeeping.

Shopping

Experience
Miranda has written more than 1,000 product descriptions for various online stores selling window treatments, bedding, bathroom accessories, and floor rugs.

Manufacturing

Experience
Miranda worked at a small-scale family owned juice bottling factory in all aspects from the assembly line to serving as the human resource manager. She created and printed labels, and has since written about label products including Datamax and Zebra in-house printers.

Craft

Experience
Miranda has specialized in papier-mache, homemade costumes, and eco-friendly home decor. Her work has also focused on preschool and children's crafts, as well as holiday crafting.

Health

Experience
Writing in the industry of health, Miranda has researched and composed blogs, press releases, SEO content and social media posts for dentists, heart centers, vascular centers, family physicians and cosmetic surgeons.

Agriculture

Experience
Miranda worked on a family farm from age 15 to 27. During that time she managed the clientele for the hay production and sales, as well as the sales and shipping for a cider bottling facility. Her roles also included handling, purchasing and sales of seasonal produce and food items. She wore many hats during her stint in agriculture including bookkeeper, payroll manager, HACCP advisor, customer service representative, marketing/advertising manager, and human resources administrator.

Music

Experience
As a music enthusiast whose tastes range from roots music to classical tunes, Miranda loves to write about her passion. She has written thousands of trivia questions pertaining to the histories and experiences of musicians ranging from Jim Morrison to Macklemore. Additionally she is knowledgeable about the current position of digitalized music, i.e. the latest news on Apple's acquisition of Beats or choosing between Spotify and Pandora.

Kids/Family

Experience
As a stay at home mom, Miranda uses her experience as she writes about kids and family in topics that include DIY games, stay-at-home parenting, foster care issues, homeschooling, and handmade project ideas for preschooling students.

Relationships

Experience
As Miranda earned her master's in sociology, she studied social structures between couples, groups, families and organizations with focus. Now she is able to write about relationships for websites and social media platforms including blogs. She has explored a multitude of relationships as the social media manager of www.sociology.com.

Green Products

Experience
As someone who uses green products, from eco-safe cleaners to organic produce, in her daily life, Miranda has the insight needed to write about environmentally conscious products. She has written blogs regarding going paperless as freelancers *see sample for details; transforming your home office using green products; and how to update your home decor via eco-friendly items. Her green product expertise ranges from green products of the past to the future of going green around the globe.

Transportation

Experience
Since birth, Miranda has lived with a family of truck drivers. As a result, she continues to be interested in the current state of the transportation industry. She has written content for logistics companies, as well as for transportation firms interested in the latest DOT regulations and rules. For example, content Miranda has currently covered for clients includes the implementation of electronic logs in commercial trucks.

Management

Experience
As the co-director of the Platte Public Library, Miranda is in charge of several programs. She is the manager of social media, marketing, advertising, and tech support. Additionally, she is in charge of the community book club as discussion leader; the story time organizer/presenter; and an online summer reading program. As a result, Miranda has written extensively on the management of work groups, communities and partnerships.

Green Services

Experience
As an advocate for green living, Miranda is highly knowledgeable in the latest green services to hit the markets. Whether you want content pertaining to green services for new home owners in San Francisco, or you are interested in a white paper regarding LEED certification in Australia, Miranda has the experience to complete the task.

Medical

Experience
Miranda writes for the medical industry on a regular basis. Some of her clients include alcohol addiction recovery centers and family-focused clinics. Typically Miranda writes new content for medical websites. She has also written manuals, brochures and reports for medical associates and teams to be used on a professional level. Miranda has also written for alternative medicine in the arena of medical marijuana, as well as for home care nursing sites.

Office

Experience
Miranda worked as the human resource manager in the office of a cider manufacturer. She managed payroll, taxes, accounting, and invoices. Additionally, Miranda was in charge of the customer ordering and basket building for the annual holiday fruit basket service. She also created and printed custom and standard bottle labels for customers. Her skills range from DataMax printing to OSHA paperwork completion.

High Tech

Experience
From cloud based computing to the top choices of marketing software for freelancers, Miranda is skilled in high tech content. Her work ranges from blogging about the latest iPhone product to choosing between a hybrid or private cloud computing system. App development, the latest high tech gadgets for gifts, and determining how to best secure your tech system round out the latest topics in high tech written by Miranda.

Outdoor/Recreation

Experience
As an outdoor enthusiast who loves to camp, fish, hike and otherwise enjoy the Great Outdoors, Miranda often pens works devoted to nature. Her work has included Travel Tips for USA Today on topics including How to Camp in the Badlands *see sample, to exploring Europe on a bicycle.

Human Resources

Experience
Miranda worked as the human resources manager of a SMB. She managed the employees from the hiring stage to the filing of documentation regarding employees with temporary visas. Her work in human resources, from 2006 to 2009, gave her the know-how necessary to write content regarding the current state of HR departments, such as of tips for HR improvement or how to maintain records as a HR manager.

Food

Experience
Miranda has written on topics that include Southern cuisine, authentic Mexican dishes, Indian spices, preservation methods and cake decorating. Her love of cooking and food preparation in her everyday shines through in her writing. She prefers to work with made-from-scratch recipes specifically with desserts and breads, as well as organic and fresh-from-the-garden ingredients. She has recently perfected cake pops and pumpkin bread.

Travel

Experience
Miranda is a world traveler who loves to write about her experiences traveling in the US and abroad. Her work has been featured on USA Today Travel Tips, and she has written for eGuides Mexico. One of her more recent articles written for USA Today was published by Banderas News in Puerta Vallarta.

Education

Experience
Miranda has written articles for home school including how to get started, using curriculum, laws in various US states, and "road schooling". She has also written professionally in subjects pertaining to sociology including social theory, statistics and social justice.

Women

Experience
Miranda served as an intern for one academic year at a rape crisis center during her undergraduate years as a sociology student. That experience exposed Miranda to the commonplace domestic violence that women, most commonly, endure. She worked with single women, young mothers and elderly females who had been raped or molested and whom were in treatment and recovery at the center. Additionally Miranda was in charge of maintaining an inventory of medical supplies and new admissions kits in the medical exam room onsite.

Garden

Experience
As an organic home gardener, Miranda uses her expertise to write about using companion planting methods, Native American planting techniques, organic gardening, and all-natural pesticides.

Non Profit

Experience
Miranda works at the nonprofit, the Platte Public Library, as a librarian who is in training to become the director. She coordinates and leads the monthly children's story time, and library book club, as well as an OverDrive Open House that provides training for patrons interested in the eBook lending program. Miranda is also the designer and blogger for the Platte Library blog, as well as the administrator the Platte Library Facebook page. Additionally, Miranda writes a monthly column, the Loquacious Librarian, for the local newspaper the Platte Enterprise. She details the latest happenings at the library, in addition to spotlighting activities taking place within the community.

Web Development

Experience
Miranda is the community manager and writer for a social website for sociology. She manages new writers for the site, as well as all social media profiles. Additionally she writes fresh content for the site. Since she took on the project in February 2013, Miranda and her team have brought the site from a 200+ ranking on Google to 30th.

Green Living

Experience
Miranda is an avid environmentalist. Her passion for ecologically friendly topics has been expressed through her writing on topics that include the negative sides to SUVs, deforestation, major environmental issues, and oil spills. She is a featured blogger on the United Nations Of Green Citizens American Assembly Forum. As a graduate student Miranda studied environmental issues and sustainability. She considers herself a green living expert, and has also written extensively pertaining to tips to make one's life and home more sustainable.

Marketing

Experience
Miranda has worked as the marketing director for two fundraisers at the Platte Public Library: the Tour of Homes in 2011 and A Homestead Holiday in 2012. Miranda interviewed home owners and a South Dakota author to write 5 feature articles, in addition to the publication of 8 press releases for the fundraisers. These press releases were published in the Platte Enterprise. She was also responsible for creating and posting all signage pertaining to the advertisement of the events. Miranda also met one on one with local business owners to garner attention for the vendor booths for A Homestead Holiday, and coordinated with the guest speaker, author Steve Riedel, for the event. For A Homestead Holiday, the library was able to raise nearly $4500, which is the most they have ever made on a single fundraising effort.

Projects by SEO Skill

SEO Keyword Requirements

Experience
Miranda is a professional at using SEO optimization for key concepts having put this in practice for most of her web content work; she utilizes LSI to find related keywords as well.

Title/Meta Descriptions

Experience
Miranda has used META descriptions and tags for creating articles for hundreds of clients here at Writer Access and on other web content sites. Using META descriptions and title tags has helped Miranda create content that will have better search engine results for clients.

Link Building

Experience
Miranda has added internal links to and from websites on articles written for the Internet and those on her personal website.

Projects By Asset Type

Article

Experience
A highly focused article writer, Miranda averages 1000 words a day for online clients and brick-and-mortar businesses. She consistently completes tight pieces of copy based on target audiences with a short turn around.

Product Description

Experience
Miranda loves to write product descriptions. Stemming from her childhood spent reading toy and home goods catalogs, Miranda continues to envision new and exciting ways to use products. For example, she frequently writes about odd ball ways to use window treatments, bath towels and bathroom accessories.

Copywriting

Experience
As a writer, Miranda churns out creative and clear cut copy on a daily basis. She writes on a variety of topics, such as product descriptions for home and office furniture, online casino games, transportation logistics, and Halloween costumes.

Blog Post

Experience
Miranda writes blog posts for a wide range of clients that offer services, such as cloud based storage and social media tips. She is also a frequent writer for the Writer Access blog, which presents tips and advice for writers, small businesses and marketing agencies. Recently, Miranda was honored with an interview in Writer Wisdom Wednesday on the Writer Access blog roll. In May 2014 her blog post "Creating an Awesome Freelancing Space Outdoors" on the WriterAccess blog was chosen as the post of the week. Her blogging experience gave her the knowledge needed to create a professional webinar discussing blogging for libraries, which she presented in an online session for the Nebraska Library Commission.

Twitter Post

Experience
As the social media manager for a sociology website, Miranda was in charge of determining and posting the most exciting and relevant Tweets for the website. Using software, such as SavePublishing, Tweriod and Buffer, Miranda was able to create a schedule of Tweets published during the times when the website's Twitter audience was most active.

Facebook Post

Experience
She writes Facebook posts like a pro by noting impressive keywords, tossing in business names and by demanding attention from the audience. Miranda has written Facebook posts for clients here at WA, as well as for private clients of whom she is the social media manager.

Press Release

Experience
Miranda frequently writes press releases for online clients, as well as for community events and library programs for the Platte Public Library. As the library's co-director and advertising executive, she is responsible for all press releases published in regional newspapers and online.

News Story

Experience
Miranda writes the news stories for the Platte Public Library. As a columnist for the Platte Enterprise, writing as the Loquacious Librarian, Miranda publishes information regarding library programs, books available and special events on a bi-weekly basis. She also submits her information to other newspapers in the southeastern South Dakota region.

Brochure

Experience
Miranda has developed brochures for multiple clients including The Haven Rape Crisis Center, Yearwood Farms, Platte Public Library, and private clients via WriterAccess. She typically uses the templates available via Word Office, but has access to templates via Gimp and other open software.

Grant/Proposal

Experience
She completed grant proposals and applications while working as an intern during graduate school in sociology for a nonprofit, Catholic Social Charities. Miranda has also written grant proposals and applications as a librarian at the Platte Public Library.

Annual Report

Experience
As the co-director of the Platte Public Library, one of Miranda's duties is the annual report. This report is managed by the South Dakota State Library. Miranda collects and reports the annual data, which includes financial statements, circulation numbers, and board details. She also analyzes and interprets the data, which is comparable to all other libraries in the state, in order to make budgetary decisions and for marketing efforts.

Book

Experience
Miranda is currently writing a biography for a client, titled "The Million Dollar Frying Pan," as well as rewriting a fictional novel titled "In Deep" that she plans to self-publish in 2013.

Web Page

Experience
Miranda is the creator/writer at her professional website, which includes her personal writing blog. Additionally, she has set up a static blog page for the Platte Public Library.

Webinar

Experience
Miranda developed a webinar about using social media in a rural library setting. Her webinar was chosen for international presentation by the Nebraska Library Commission's Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference. Representing her hometown of Platte, SD and the Platte Public Library, Miranda focused her webinar on how to use blogging for promoting the library and for reaching a greater audience.

Projects By Profession

Research Writer

Experience
Miranda writes for clients who need academically based articles that are dependent wholly on research. Fact based and informational, this research writing experience stems from her work as a graduate assistant, where Miranda wrote literature reviews under the guise of research projects for her graduate professors.

Copywriter

Experience
Miranda works as the fulltime copywriter for the Spring River Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in Sharp County, Arkansas.

Journalist

Experience
Miranda is a regular contributor to the Platte Enterprise. She writes a weekly column, the Loquacious Librarian, in reference to her role as the co-director at the Platte Public Library. The column includes book reviews, new titles available at the library, and information about upcoming library programs. She has written articles for the Platte, SD Women's Club Annual Home Tours fundraiser. These articles highlighted the homes and gardens on the 2012 tour and featured interviews with the owners and a history of the home and its architecture and design.

Book Ghostwriter

Experience
Miranda has been the ghost writer of several ebooks and a memoir. She has written about potluck appetizers, credit card debt, medieval European culture, couponing, and sacred journeys.

Creative Writer

Experience
Miranda is currently writing a memoir for a client, which is a story based on truth with creative flourishes. She is also working on a fantasy novel in the YA genre, "In Deep," which she will self publish in 2013. This book is part of a trilogy.

Projects by Writing Style

Conversational

Experience
She uses a conversational tone with most all of her assignments to encourage the reader to feel as if she is talking directly to the audience.

Authoritative

Experience
She has written thousands of how-to articles that pertain to home and gardening, as well as travel. Miranda's work is assessed from the viewpoint of an educator and an expert.

Journalistic

Experience
In high school, Miranda served as a sports reporter for high school newspaper covering sporting events and interviewing coaches and star athletes. Today she continues to write in a journalistic vein with her weekly column, the Loquacious Librarian, in the Platte Enterprise. Here she documents the latest news and upcoming events at her local library, as well as any pertinent literary information for her community.

Promotional

Experience
Miranda's travel articles have been published for USA Today, as a way of promoting the respective tourist destinations, accommodations, and travel tips.

Humorous

Experience
One of the books that Miranda is currently writing for a client as a memoir is being written with a humorous tone because of the heaviness of the material, which tends to weigh down the reader.

Projects by Company Size

Small Business

Experience
As the human resources manager, bookkeeper, secretary, customer service representative, and OSHA compliance manager, Miranda has covered all aspects of work within a small business. This business, employing fewer than 10 people, was a manufacturing company that processed, bottled and shipped various types of juice including Black Bing cherry juice and peach cider. She was in charge of creating and printing labels in-house using a Datamax printer that she regularly calibrated and maintained. Additionally she managed a seasonal business of fruit baskets that were mainly shipped via UPS.