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Education

• BA (Communications/Education), Florida Atlantic University (1985)

CeliaSue Hecht is a professional freelance journalist and commercial writer/editor and PR consultant (listed in Cision Media Directory, with a BA in Communications from
Florida Atlantic University) for more than 20 years.

CeliaSue Hecht, aka Your Write Hand regularly writes press releases that get published, writes and edits newsletters and website copy and
blogs and obtains media coverage in local and national newspapers and magazines for authors, professionals and small business owners.
If you'd like to put the power of positive press to work for your business, give CeliaSue a call at 702-225-8206 or send her an email
at celiasue.hecht@gmail.com.

CeliaSue Hecht has been a professional journalist for more than two decades. She initially worked for sister publications in south Florida
as a typesetter, reporter and copy editor covering community events, movies, theatre and high profile movers and shakers. She also
worked freelance for numerous local papers including the Boca Raton Daily News covering health and lifestyle stories. She moved on to
work as a Newspaper Editor in Las Vegas, where she doubled the size of the newspaper in six month by adding sections to bring in new
advertisers. In 29 Palms, California, she interviewed the Mayor, artists and other local luminaries, covered City Council meetings,
and wrote stories about real estate discrimination and Marine base controversies.

She continues to work as a freelance journalist and commercial writer who writes business profiles, articles on travel, interviews with best-selling
authors, doctors and health care professionals and small business owners. She writes a popular dog travel blog with more than 229,500 views, featuring pet friendly lodging in California, Nevada and Oregon and other topics related to dog ownership (diet/food, sustainable living, controversies, animal abuse, breed specific legislation, etc).

In the early 90's, she became a publicity consultant and publicity manager for various small business owners, including CPA's and
architects, co-authored five romantic travel guides, and worked as an educator and tutor in English, creative writing and poetry to seniors,
children and adults including students who speak English as a second language at several Community Colleges including the
Community College of Southern Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College, Brewery Arts Center and other venues.

Some of her accomplishments include:

* Interviewed best-selling and famous authors for various
newspapers and magazines. Authors include Dr. Patch Adams, Dr.
Wayne Dyer, Chris Griscom, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Dr. Doreen Virtue
(angel therapist) and numerous others.

She has been awarded the Reno Gazette Journal's Silver Pen award

She is listed in Cision's Media Directory.

 Taught writing, poetry and creative classes for kids, adults and seniors at Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV and Truckee Meadows Community College (also Community College of Southern Nevada)
 
Radio talk show host, Health Express, Las Vegas, NV
 
Script supervisor for award-winning Nevada hospital video with Debbie Reynolds.
 
Some celebrities she has met, worked with and/or interviewed include: Barry Manilow, John Robbins, Sharon Gless, Rev. Ike, Ralph Nader, John Gray, Deepak Chopra, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dr. Patch Adams, and many others.

Other work and publications of note for Ms. Hecht:

* Researcher for the book Women in the Resistance by Margaret L.
Rossiter Editor of I Started to Say I Love You But Your Fist Got in the Way,
several books by Les Schmidt including his life story and a book
about customer service for the auto industry, a book about a woman
who was exiled and lived in Siberia and rewrote and edited a
manuscript that was written in German English about UFO's

* Coordinated publicity campaigns for several authors including Dr.
Zhi Gang Sha, Dr. Frank Shallenberger, and others and obtained
media coverage in top 100 newspapers and national magazines

* Wrote and promoted many transformational metaphysical and
personal growth workshops and seminars on many topics from
Angels to Zen, Enneagram Personality Types, Image, Intention,
Relationships, Communication and much more as well as business
and financial seminars and workshops

* Traveled around the world and across the USA (lived in NYC,
California, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona and Florida) and visited and
lived in Bangladesh, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece,
India, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and more

* Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur, USA Today, Parents, Real Simple, Scottsdale magazine, E magazine, Ladies Home Journal,
Marie Claire, InStyle, Family magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Traditional Home magazine, US Airways magazine, Kansas City Star, Atlanta
Journal Constitution, Boston Globe, Mom magazine, Your Life magazine, Today's Black Woman, The Knot, Real Woman magazine,
Courier magazine, Nevada Appeal, Nevada Woman magazine, Reno Gazette Journal, Las Vegas Business Press, Las Vegas SUN, Las
Vegas Review Journal, Monterey County Weekly, Auburn Journal, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Record Courier, Auto Channel News,
Marin Independent Journal, Napa News, Nevada Business Journal, NorthBay Biz magazine, Million Dollar Mama Girlfriends Getaways
Newsletter, Senior Spectrum, Desert Trail, Hi-Desert Star, Boca Raton Daily News, First Class magazine, In Light Times,
Soulfulliving.com, Working Spirit newsletter, HealthyWealthynWise, Small Business Briefs, Jewish Reporter, Jewish Journal, Atlantic
SUN and many fashion, bridal, tech and mom blogs

Clips (sample articles and press releases):


http://www.coastalcaninemag.com/issues/spring2011/ccdwasilomar.html

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2003/may/22/bill-fenwick-of-elkhorn/

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/november292008/
doggie_beaches_11-29-08.php


http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20070601/NEWS/106010087

http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/NA/20070601/NEWS/
106010087/-1/REGION


http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/article/NA/20070601/NEWS/
106010087/-1/REGION


http://www.theautochannel.com/news/
2006/09/18/022234.html


http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/articles/
creditmoney/002150.html


http://www.fashion-daily.com/articles/204




1992-present, The Writing Wiz, full service writing, editing, and publicity firm, writes a dog travel blog, writes freelance articles for newspapers and magazines such as The Nevada Appeal, NorthBayBiz magazine, Monterey County Weekly, and many others. Provide CEO’s, business owners, speakers, seminar leaders and professionals with marketing, collateral and corporate communications materials, website copy, press releases, press kits, blogs, book proposals, articles, and coordinate and promote events, talks and workshops

Some clients include: Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, Dr. Frank Shallenberger, Dr Doreen Virtue, HealthyWealthynWise, and Corporate Credibility.


Newsletters (I've designed, edited, written for Head Start and other non-profits, environmental organizations, writers groups, churches, synagogues, religious leaders, realtors, architects, health educators, CPA's, doctors, chiropractors, gaming companies including:

Citizen Alert (environmental)
Head Start
Main Gorman and Company
Jackpot Enterprises
Woman Writers West
EarthSave
Sequoia Vision

Some Websites I've designed/created and/or written copy for:
 
 
http://www.artistacreative.com/details/lovesDogs.html

Recent Clients and Projects (February 2002 to present)

Writing and Public Relations

Hecht of an Organizer,
wrote one press release for professional organizer, Linda Hecht, and obtained media coverage in Parent's
magazine and several blogs.

Jordann's Positive Apparel, assisted small business owner to promote t-shirts that empower women. Obtained media coverage in
the Las Vegas Review Journal and several blogs.

As Director of Public Relations forThe Winning Pitch, I had four PR agency clients (fashion pashminas, zodiac jewelry, erasable ceramic place cards and webcam
technology) and obtained media coverage for each client (more than twenty placements for one client in three months) in Entrepreneur
magazine, Real Simple, Scottsdale magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Marie Claire, InStyle, Family magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Traditional
Home magazine, US Airways magazine, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Globe, Mom magazine, Your Life magazine,
Today's Black Woman, The Knot and many fashion, bridal, tech and mom blogs

HealthyWealthynWise, wrote two monthly press releases to promote Passion Interview Series, Interviews with Real Life Legends and bestselling
authors including Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Ted Morter, Millard Fuller (founder of Habitat for Humanity), Dr. Jean Houston,
Greg Reid, Dr. Alexandra Gayek, and others

Manifesta Safaris (Artista and Las Olas Surf Camp for Women), Carmel, CA
Wrote website copy, press releases and other copy for women's tour and travel company

Book proposals
Assisted numerous authors including Les Schmidt with writing, editing of book proposals and promoting books

June Wortman
Designed and wrote brochure for Social Worker/Counselor

Corporate Credibility, Las Vegas, NV
Wrote press releases, articles and other copy, and marketing workshops about incorporation

Dr Zhi Gang Sha, Chinese medical doctor and best-selling author of
numerous books including Power Healing

National PR campaign, catapulted his book from obscurity to #1 on non-fiction on Amazon in two days, introduced him to key people at
MegaBooks conference with Mark Victor Hansen, obtained various media interviews and placements

Dr. Doreen Virtue, best-selling author of 26 books about Angel
Therapy

Coordinated and promoted weekend workshop in Reno, Nevada, Doreen expected 100 attendees, through media coverage, mailings to
local groups, and other promotional strategies, 300 people attended

Newsletter Editor for Chiropractors
Designed, wrote, edited and did layout for a newsletter for wellknown chiropractors that was sent to over 4,000 chiropractors

Dr Frank Shallenberger, Carson City, NV
Obtained multiple interviews for Anti-Aging and Wellness Medical Doctor in local media and his practice quadrupled

Denise Montagne, Dynamic Movement, Reno, NV
Designed and wrote brochures for physical therapy studio

Sunrise Sustainable Resources, Reno, NV
Obtained numerous interviews and articles for Solar Power and Renewable Energy group including Solar Home Tour in Carson City,
NV


 
Employment History:


 
2007, Director of Public Relations for The Winning Pitch, obtained media coverage for clients (more than twenty placements for one client in three months) in Entrepreneur
magazine, Real Simple, Scottsdale magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Marie Claire, InStyle, Family magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Traditional Home magazine, US Airways magazine, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Globe, Mom magazine, Your Life magazine, Today's Black Woman, The Knot and many fashion, bridal, tech and mom blogs

May 2000 to May 2002, Citizen Alert, Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada


Obtained national media placements for environmental organization focusing on alternative energy including solar power as well as designed, wrote, and edited quarterly newsletter, coordinated meetings, events and press conferences, managed database, spoke at schools, and created affiliations with politicians, grassroot organizations and government officials
 


1998 – Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah


Obtained local and national media placements for 3,000 acre no-kill shelter, wrote articles for magazines, newspapers and newsletters, wrote and sent press releases to media contact lists



1997-98, Desert Trail, 29 Palms, CA


Newspaper Reporter and Photographer for weekly newspaper Covered art gallery openings, school events, city hall and other local political and community events, interviewed local movers and shakers and business leaders



1996, Newspaper Editor for The Jewish Reporter, Las Vegas, NV


Doubled the size of the newspaper within six months, designed, wrote, edited and did layout under extreme deadline pressure, supervised ad salespeople, press people and proofreaders
 


1995, Main Gorman & Co., Las Vegas, NV

PR Manager for CPA firm Marketed books, services and seminars to construction industry and doctors and the media 1993-96, Sequoia Vision, promoted educational leadership seminars in Las Vegas
 


1992-94, Jackpot Enterprises, Las Vegas, NV

Corporate Communications Specialist Co-wrote newsletters, scripts, and marketing materials for SR VP of Marketing



1990-92, Interim Executive Director for Nechama, Jewish Federation, Los Angeles


Wrote and researched grants, articles, and press releases, did intake phone calls, assisted board members, coordinated board meetings, wrote/edited and sent fundraising letters, and oversaw and administrated agency business 
 


1987-89, OIM (educational and ministry work)


Public speaker at churches, synagogues and religious and business groups, counseling, research, traveled worldwide for three years, visited Bangladesh, England, France, Greece, Israel, India, Germany, Canada, Singapore, and Thailand with the aim of developing tolerance, compassion and understanding for other cultures, races, and bridging gaps
 


1986-87, Reporter/Editor and Typesetter for Sunshine Publications, and the Pompano Ledger
 


1982-85, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Education and did administrative work for the Communications Department, wrote for the college newspaper
 


1982-83- Taught pre-school for three year olds for one year and during summers was camp counselor at Camp Somerhill in Adirondacks, New York and Recreation Department in Tamarack, Florida
 


1980-85, Typing Unlimited, Los Angeles, Pompano Beach and Margate, Florida, created at home and on- campus typing service, typed and edited term papers, dissertations, theses, book manuscripts, screenplays, transcribed tapes, and other materials
 


1980-81, Event Concepts, Office Manager of PR agency/sales promotion company in Los Angeles, wrote and edited press releases, sold advertising space, coordinated beach volleyball tournaments along the coast of California



1978-79, Gordon H. Wolfe & Company, New York, Executive Assistant to CEO of financial public relations firm, typed, wrote and edited press releases, supervised support staff, maintained clip files
 


1975-80, Earthplay, Munich and Los Angeles
, Led, wrote and designed workshops and seminars (evening, one day and five day), coaching and counseling people from all walks of life, wrote articles for newspaper, coordinated open houses, led and trained sales teams
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