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CeliaSue Hecht
Freelance writer, editor and PR expert


Press coverage for various clients

Writing credits

http://www.linkedin.com/in/celiasuehecht


CeliaSue Hecht is a professional 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 the Writing Wiz regularly writes press releases  that get published 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 features reporter who specializes in magazine length profiles focusing on best-selling authors, doctors and health care professionals and small business owners.  She is the Staff Travel Writer for Salem-News (with half a million readers a month). And, she writes a popular dog travel blog with more than 60,000 views, featuring pet friendly lodging in California, Nevada and Oregon.
 
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:
 
* Interviewing 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.
 
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, a book about Siberia and rewrote and edited a manuscript 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

* She has written 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

* She has 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

* Regular contributor to various publications including Salem-News

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.salem-news.com/articles/december112008/mondocino_dogs_csh_12-10-08.php


http://www.salem-news.com/articles/november192008/travel_1_ch_11-18-08.php


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

 

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
 

http://www.healthywealthynwise.com/article.asp?Article=317
 

http://www.self-improvement-daily.com/articles/47
 

http://soulfulliving.com/patchingup.htm
 
 
Staff Travel Writer for

Salem-News


Recent Clients and Projects (February 2002 to present)
 
Writing and Public Relations

Staff Travel Writer for the Salem-News (500,000 readers monthly)

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.

The Winning Pitch, worked with four PR agency clients (fashion pashminas, zodiac jewelry, erasable ceramic place cards and webcam technology) and obtained media coverage for each clent (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 best-selling authors including Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Ted Morter, Millard Fuller (founder of Habitat for Humanity), Dr. Jean Houston, The Secret Rhonda Byrne, Greg Reid, Dr. Alexandra Gayek, and others
 
Circles of Learning, Phoenix, AZ, taught Publicity on a Shoestring Budget and did PR coaching, how to write press releases, and how to create a press kit and media room online
 
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 Chiropractor
Designed, wrote, edited and did layout for a newsletter for a well-known chiropractor that is sent to over 4,000 chiropractors
 
Dr Frank Shallenberger
Obtained multiple interviews for Anti-Aging and Wellness Medical Doctor in local media and his practice quadrupled
 
Denise Montagne, Dynamic Movement
Designed and wrote brochures for physical therapy studio
 
Sunrise Sustainable Resources
Obtained numerous interviews and articles for Solar Power and Renewable Energy group including Solar Home Tour in Carson City, NV
 
Taught writing, poetry and creative classes for kids, adults and seniors at Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV, Truckee Meadows Community College and 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 I have 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, Teddy Roosevelt III and many others.
 
Employment:
 
May 2000 to May 2002, Citizen Alert, Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada
Obtained local and national media placements for environmental organization 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 by adding advertising sections, 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 obtained media coverage in all Las Vegas media (radio, TV and print)

1993-96, Sequoia Vision, promoted educational leadership seminars in Las Vegas, obtained media coverage in all Las Vegas media (radio, TV and print)

1993-94, Global Relationships, wrote seminars and workshops for international participants
 
1992-94, Jackpot Enterprises, Las Vegas, NV
Corporate Communications Specialist
Co-wrote newsletters, scripts, and marketing materials with SR VP of Marketing
 
1990-92, Interim Executive Director for Nechama, Jewish Family Service, 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

1990-92, Transcribed tapes of Barbara Walters interviews with Ronald Reagan and other luminaries for typing transcription service
 
1987-89, OIM (educational and ministry work)
Public speaker at churches, synagogues and religious and business groups, 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 newspaper
 
1982-85, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Education and did administrative and office management and supervisory work for the Communications Department and 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, managed 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, Germany and Los Angeles
Led, wrote and designed workshops and seminars (evening, one day and five day), for international participants, coached and counseled people from all walks of life, wrote articles for newspaper, coordinated open houses, led and trained sales teams


Blogs


Affordable and Alternative Housing, Seattle PI newspaper
Dog Travel, http://celiasue.wordpress
Women over 40, Green Living


Ebooks and Books

I have assisted numerous authors with editing, rewriting, publishing and promoting their books including Les Schmidt, Margaret Rossiter, author of Women of the Resistance, and others.

Internet online web copy

I have worked with clients writing and editing their web copy for travel and tour companies, authors, small business owners (consumer products) and lone professionals

Ezine articles

You've Got the Power to Write Press Releases
Business Up Close and Poerson
The Early Innkeeper Catches the Publicity
Eight Reasons for Gal Pals to Getaway and Explore Their Wild Feminine Side



Consumer magazine and newspaper articles

Alternative health/healthcare (fibromyalgia, healing chronic pain, Epstein-Barr, interview with Dr. Patch Adams, weight loss, water, diet, nutrition, alternative therapies, Chinese medicine and more) Boca Raton News, Reno Gazette Journal, Solimar, In Light Times, Senior Spectrum, HealthyWealthynWise, and others
 

How to Promote Your Massage Therapy Business articles at Massage Business University

http://www.massagebusinessuniversity.com/public/department41.cfm

Angel investing/Venture Capitalists, Nevada Business Journal
Alternative Medicine Future (Real Woman magazine)
Art gallery and environmental artist interview, Monterey County Weekly
Alternative energy (Solar power), Reno Gazette Journal

Automotive

Business Credit and Incorporating Your Business, Small Business Briefs, and other publications

Travel, Salem-News

Fine Art of Flirting, Nevada Woman magazine, Boca Raton Daily News

Gardens, ponds and History, Nevada Appeal

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

How To Get Married and Glitzy Gift Giving, First Class Magazine
Movie reviews, business profiles, restaurant reviews and tourist attraction articles, Where To In Las Vegas Magazine, Lifestyles of Las Vegas magazine, The Desert Trail, Hi-Desert Star, Nevada Business Journal and others
Pet articles, Pet Folio magazine, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary newsletter, Las Vegas Pet Prints and others

Publicity


Spirituality
Your Soul is Calling, Soulfulliving.com

Travel articles about Sanibel and Captive Islands in Florida, Girlfriend Getaways, Hawaii, India, Magic of Nevada, Texas and others, Courier magazine, In Light Times, and others
Woman softball coach interview


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



Press releases/Media Coverage

Angel Therapist visits Reno
Bracelet-Mate, Look Ma, No Hands
Think Pink Pashminas
Hecht of an Organizer

Interviews with Real Life Legends (HealthyWealthynWise)
Back to School Fashion Tees that Empower Women and Girls

Writing Press Releases

Weight Loss






Some Websites I've designed/created and/or written copy for:

 
http://brucetwindowcleaning.googlepages.com/home

 
http://www.artistacreative.com/details/lovesDogs.html

http://greengoddessesguide.googlepages.com/home


http://celiasue.wordpress.com

http://house.petsitting.googlepages.com/home


Education

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