A person who has a way with words.
What do you want in a writer?
Someone who listens for connections among people.
That’s how a writer composes the kind of copy that creates ambassadors out of audiences. The kind of copy that makes you think,
“Wow, she really has a way with words.”
What you do is probably in my niche.
My writing niche is that I’m not limited by a niche. I’ve had my way with the words for clients from across the spectrum of industries, services, and topics. See for yourself in my portfolios.
What’s a ‘Word Alchemist?’
A person who works magic with words.
Magic like reading and feeling like you’re there.
Magic like hearing the storyteller’s voice loud and clear.
Magic like feeling connected to the story.
I blog for myself, to tell the stories that matter to me the most. It’s a peek at my personal writing style, and into what motivates me. Here, I connect with readers, who have called my blog posts ‘clever, authentic, funny, thought-provoking, and whimsical.’
I was almost four and a half in the summer of 1977. Just a baby nerd-introvert. My mom was having a Tupperware party and wanted everyone out of the house, so my dad took my sister…
I am not a good dancer. That doesn’t stop me from tearing it up in the kitchen to our famed 80s music mix. I used to dance a lot more, and in public; despite my introvert…
Not long ago I came across an old driver’s license issued to me in 2000, when I was 27 years old. Driver license photos do not tend to be the most flattering likeness of a person,…
Rocks call to me. I could say simply that I collect rocks, but that feels reductive. Or perhaps even the opposite of what is true. Rocks collect me. Just this morning, The Husband mumbled that if…
This spring marks five years of freelance writing. It was a slow start. I spent those first months reading and researching, while meeting my nephew’s school bus. Over the following two years, I cultivated business relationships…
I had been stalled for months on building my bookkeeping business website when I met Terra and immediately knew she would be awesome to work with. She took the time to really get to know me and all of the passion I have behind my business and my life, then transformed that into exactly what I wanted for my website. I actually shed a tear when I read her first draft. Not only did she deliver above and beyond on the writing, she is one of the most professional and personable people I’ve ever worked with. She knows how to connect with her clients and I felt so valued. I look forward to the opportunity to work with Terra again!
Amanda Lachiusa, Nine Ledgers, LLC
- Terra, Thank you for the amazing workshopping session -- the support, the encouragement and the validation I needed to push through and make this happen. 🙂 This is copy I’m confident in, and a product I can be proud of.
Nermine ZakharyStrengths-Edge, Certified Strengths Strategy Coach
Workshopping with Terra allowed me to confidently communicate with clients when it comes to what I offer. In only a 90-minute session, she was able to take my long, confusing new-lead email and transform it into a succinct, informative message that will ultimately turn leads into clients. Her process uncovered so many helpful truths for me; she took the time to understand me and my business, and I look forward to working with her again in the future!
Tricia TenEyck, Life Made Simple Organizing
I already knew Terra quite well when I realized I needed help writing the content for my redesigned website. Terra's approach to writing is very similar to my approach to designing. She really gets into your head and helps you figure out what you want to say and to whom. She's thorough and intuitive and a lot of fun as well. It was fantastic to work with a fellow creative. The final result is perfect for me and my business!
Melanie Watson, Melanie Watson Design
Terra, it’s been great working with you. I’m very impressed by how easily you adapted to these nursing/health care topics. Made my job a lot easier!
Sarah Goldthrite, Director of Marketing, Communications & Alumni EngagementSchool of Nursing, University at Buffalo
Terra has a way with words but her biggest strength is her ability to listen. She takes the time to get to know her clients and understand both their business and their goals. She took on our website content and helping us to develop a tagline; she was thorough, easy to work with, creative (with a dry topic), and nudged us along to meet our deadline! We are so pleased with our finished product and know we couldn’t have gotten there without Terra’s guidance and support!
Erin Nagle, Ortolani Services, Inc.
Terra is simply one of the finest writers I have ever met. In my 20+ years as an editor, I worked with countless freelance writers; Terra’s uncanny ability to transform an idea into a story far better than you visualized is matchless.
Lisa GraniteEditor, Writer, Content Creator
When you can connect with someone that has a high work ethic and desire to make the piece the best it can be, it’s a joy. We had a blast workshopping my one-on-one business coaching sales page together. Terra brought a fresh perspective which was important to me (to stand out from others in my niche). I not only got the motivation that I needed to complete the project, I felt secure knowing that I had Terra by my side. www.kcrossi.com
Kc Rossi, Business Coach
Terra’s work is beyond fantastic! She dives deep into the mind of her clients and out comes exactly what you were “trying to say.” It’s an incredible experience! I know many who are flocking to her and if you would like a stellar example of her work, have a look through my site… Oh and she’s pretty cool too! Reach out. You won’t be disappointed. (photo by: Abigail Chopel)Jess Kamens, Jess Kamens Photography
Terra, you never get it wrong. You’ve got to be the most accurate journalist I have ever met, and you turned all those ‘snippets’ into a cohesive story.
Donna HaireNewman Riga Public Library Director, retired
Working with Terra is a joy–I genuinely look forward to our quarterly interviews and brainstorming sessions for our newsletter. She asks the best questions and somehow turns my disjointed thoughts into a coherent, polished piece. She is insightful, pays close attention to detail, and her work is always of the highest caliber. After several years of working together, I feel we are more colleagues and friends than client-consultant.Whitney E. Elrod, Wine Club Manager, Sheldrake Point Winery
Terra helped me with all the copy for my website and I couldn’t be happier with the results. In addition, she’s a really freaking cool chick!
Renée Veniskeyimmaginé Photography
Collaborating with Terra for our semi-monthly blog posts gave us a consistent, strong voice. She is a creative thinker who asks intuitive questions, and was able to turn 30-minute stream-of-consciousness phone interviews into concise, interesting reads. Whenever there's chance to work—or grab a drink—with her, I'll jump on it.
Kyle Anne PallischeckMarketing & Sales Manager, Sheldrake Point Winery
Working with Terra was a great decision for our firm! She really understands our business and is fun and super easy to work with. She is organized, thorough, clever, reliable, and totally trustworthy carrying out the communications of our brand.
Christina C. KriegerCorporate Marketing Manager, Erdman Anthony
Terra, you have exceeded my expectations! I love it. I am so pleased to be able to present this to my client.
Susan JeffersonTech Creative Web Design & Consulting
Terra was able to get inside my head and put down on paper all that I wanted to say on my website, capturing the true essence of my company and all the services that we offer. I highly recommend Terra!!! She is truly a 'word magician.'
Lauren GoetzOwner, Everyday Hands, Inc.
Since I’m a writer myself, I look at others’ writing with a competitive eye, but Terra’s work always holds up. She is also completely reliable and meets every deadline. She takes everything she does seriously and does it to the best of her ability, which is considerable. I recommend her highly.
Grace LazzaraG. Lazzara Inc. PR and Marketing