On the hunt for a dependable and innovative writer?
Awesome; I'm here to help! As an Austin-based freelance writer, creating content for your food, real estate, travel, or health business, or your print and digital magazine is my jams.
Why work with me?
Expertise: With years of honing my writing chops, I know where trustworthy sources are, can take complicated topics and make them reader-friendly, and understand how to spark audience engagement.
Details: Don't want a bunch of corrections, muddied research, and back and forth? Me either. I'm all about the nitty gritty, like effective research, clear style guidelines, and enticing headlines. When you work with me, you won't be worried about last-second submissions, underreported articles, or ambiguous calls to action because I dig delving into the details.
Curiosity: I've always wanted to know who, what, where, why, when, and how. Because I know the right questions to ask, I get results whether it's intriguing stories or how to best connect with your customer.
Reliability: I've never turned in an assignment late...and I don't plan on starting now. When I'm handling your project, I know how critical it is to turn in the work you expect when you expect it.
What I can do for you:
Brand Journalism/Brand Content
Food and Travel Photography
Want a sample of what it's like to work with me? See what my happy clients have to say about the experience in the testimonials below.
“When it comes to blogging, photography, and digital marketing, Mandy not only makes it happen...she makes your company shine! She’s mindful of corporate branding, incredibly professional, and delivers projects ahead of schedule. Mandy helped proliferate the Hey Cupcake! story locally and regionally to assist our franchise launch. Her specific choices increased our existing customer engagement by 75 percent and improved new business revenue by 40 percent. Smart, clear, and precise, Mandy delivers great results.”
Misti Thomas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hey Cupcake!
Mandy Ellis has proven herself to be a fantastic asset for U.S. News & World Report’s Real Estate section. A key voice in U.S. News’ local content initiative, Mandy contributed weekly articles offering advice on buying and selling homes in her home town of Austin, Texas. Her articles have resonated with folks researching real estate transactions in the area: We’ve seen a steady increase in search engine traffic from the Austin area, and the readers her articles attract are more likely to use our section’s lead-gen tools. As a freelancer, Mandy is very dependable. She turns in quality writing on time, and she makes herself available should we have any questions.
Miriam Weiner, Senior Product Manager, Real Estate, at U.S. News & World Report
Mandy is a conscientious and thorough writer and researcher. Not only is her copy clean, but she is also extremely easy with which to work. Errors? Corrections? None to be found. We’re fortunate to have her in our stable of freelancers.
Mandy Detwiler, Managing Editor at Pizza Today
Great job with this! It feels like you already have a strong grasp of our style and voice. Plus the variety of sources and perspectives really makes for a dynamic and well-written piece. Well done!
Nicole Duncan, Senior Editor at Food News Media (QSR Magazine and FSR Magazine)
Thanks again for the story! Overall I thought it was great. This is exactly what I was hoping for from your stories.
Sam Oches, Editorial Director at Food News Media
You did an excellent job with this article. Your style of writing is very much in line with the REALTOR® Magazine voice.
Graham Wood, Senior Editor at REALTOR® Magazine
LOVE THIS! So fun! And you fit the structure perfectly. Thanks again for taking this on.
Laura Kirk, Associate Editor at FSR magazine and QSR magazine
Great job on the article! It read beautifully. Thanks again!
Lisa White, Managing Editor at Deli Business Magazine and Cheese Connoisseur Magazine
Mandy is a great asset to our organization. Her technical writing abilities are very good; plus she takes on added responsibility with enthusiasm and skill. Any organization would benefit from her skills, can-do attitude, and pleasant attitude.
Amy Corman, Director of Marketing at Anokiwave, former Sales and Marketing Engineer at DataSoft Corp.
Mandy is a talented technical writer / editor with an ability to maintain and progress numerous related documents which are being simultaneously created. She has a strong work ethic and shows excellent initiative, and she is willing to help others in any way to get a job done. She excels not only in written documentation but also in the creation of short, technical videos used to showcase complicated equipment setups and operations.
Rod Kronschnabel, Platform Architect at Intel, former Principal Systems Engineer at DataSoft Corp.
Mandy would go above and beyond of her call of duty and responsibilities at DataSoft. In more than one occasion she helped me in manufacturing on a design and production of crucial materials required for a quick turn and helped me meet a delivery deadline. I high recommend Mandy for her skills and “can do” attitude at DataSoft.
Victor Flores, Manufacturing Manager and Customer Support Rep at DataSoft Corp.
Let's get to know each other better...sans the boring resume fluff.
I'm a freelance writer based in Austin who helps businesses and publications in the worlds of food, real estate, travel, and health tell fascinating stories through print, online, and email that never blend in and easily attract clicks, downloads, likes, and shares.
Since jumping into freelancing in 2013, I've written content like articles, blog posts, web content, marketing emails, and dabbled in ghostwriting and content marketing for clients like Costco, AFAR, eBay, U.S. News & World Report, FSR, QSR, The National Association of Realtors, Restaurant Business, Restaurant Hospitality, Brit + Co, Pizza Today, CultureMap Austin, Oyster.com, and Hey Cupcake!.
When you work with me, you get a customized content experience from an enthusiastic writer who cares about the details from who’s your target audience all the way through to engagement after publication or hitting send.
Research and reliability? Check. Minimal emailing and questions asked upfront to ensure the proper content is delivered? Check. Quality words that resonate with your specific audience and speak your brand’s lingo? Check. Smooth sailing experience that feels like a breeze? Check.
On a more personal note…I've traveled and tasted around the world (booking my next adventure right now!), and packed everything I owned into my Hyundai Tucson to drive from Virginia to Arizona for my first job.
I graduated early and Cum Laude from Virginia Tech, but I've been a Hokie since birth. There's even old-school video footage of four-year-old me holding up a t-shirt exclaiming, "Virginia Tech Hokies!"...it said Massachusetts Institute of Technology…training successful, dad.
You’ll often find me diving into a fresh-baked batch of biscuits or a plate of piping hot chicken and waffles…or squeezing the cheeks of my two wild and loving pit bulls who are black holes of pets. I accept the challenge of trying to pet them to their satisfaction daily.