My name is Erin Burt, and I am a freelance writer. This blog contains past samples of my work and brief descriptions of the projects, their challenges and triumphs. But first, a little about me.
After graduation, I got a job as an associate news producer at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City. I wrote crappy local news, got to chase tornadoes once, and generally lived under the heel of an angry high school graduate executive producer. From there, I moved to Arizona to take a job as a morning show producer in Tucson, and lived on the night shift for nearly a year before taking a job in the sales department at a competing station. It was around this time, in 2004, that I began submitting some of my first poetry and other work for publication.
At KOLD-TV, I learned marketing writing, helping to produce specials, events, and write the marketing copy for the associated ads and materials. I continued to work after freelance writing assignments, including writing op-ed type articles for the local running club newsletter. I also did some work for a local natural health publisher in the form of content management.
From there, I moved to the marketing department at Tucson’s Newspapers, where I managed several publications from top to bottom. Southwest Style had just been created when I began. It was a broadsheet publication aimed at the luxury market. It involved creating themes for each issue, contracting with freelance writers and managing them, managing the editor and production staff, as well as coordinating fashion and product shoots. Southwest Style was a monthly publication with Fashion, Home and Outdoor sections.
I also acted as managing editor for Oro Valley|Marana Magazine, a perfect-bound monthly magazine with many regular sections and special features. I managed the writers, production team and coordinated content.
I had similar duties for Tucson Bridal Magazine, a biannual publication, and other one-off special advertising sections for the newspapers.
The Tucson Newcomer and Visitor’s Guide was an annual publication, and my duties for this publication were similar but with an added wrinkle: The publication came to us from another publisher, and the goal was to not only update it in terms of appearance, but fashion the content in such as way that it was new each year for visitors, and always contained information useful to one-time newcomers. We did this and more.
All told, during my tenure at Tucson’s Newspapers, the marketing department received more awards for publications and special sections than any other time in its history.
During this time, I expanded my freelance load to include writing articles for Desert Dog News, editing for Fitness Plus Magazine, and a few one-off projects for a local ad agency and a real estate site.
In 2009, my family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where I began working as a full time freelance writer. At that time, I began handling writing and content projects for the Van Cliburn Foundation, Global Web HQ, WorldNow, Video Plus, My Pet Patio, Standard Controls, and local ad firms and attorneys. The projects ranged from commercial scriptwriting, to copy writing, to corporate communications, articles, interviews, and marketing materials.
And there you have it. With ten years of experience as a published writer, I’ve gained insight into many different fields and modes of communications. I believe writing should be concise, useful and informative, and that’s how I approach each and every project. If that approach appeals to you, contact me here and let’s discuss your project.