Book Author, Ghostwriter, Editor
Melanie Votaw has been a full-time professional writer and editor for nearly 15 years. She specializes in ghostwriting and editing non-fiction books and book proposals. She has published six of her own books on a variety of subjects with Running Press/Perseus Books, and she has ghostwritten an additional 20 books.
Melanie has developmentally edited another 50+ books that have won 32 awards, including the Best Beach Books Festival Grand Prize.
Books that she has worked on have been published by such houses as Macmillan, Hyperion, Hay House, and Ulysses Press, among others. These books have been endorsed by big names like Ken Blanchard and Marshall Goldsmith, and Melanie’s work has also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List.
She primarily focuses on self-help, popular business, psychology, spirituality, medicine/health, and nutrition/food. Literary agents and publishing houses frequently recommend her to their authors.
Besides ghostwriting and editing services, Melanie often serves as a publishing industry consultant/coach to help authors conceptualize book ideas until they’re fully formed.
Melanie is a magna cum laude college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the Association of Ghostwriters, as well as four travel writer organizations.
Read her full resume.
As a journalist, Melanie focuses mostly on travel and entertainment. She has visited nearly 50 countries on six continents and writes about her experiences on her own travel blog at Trip Out on Travel, as well as a variety of publications, such as Just Luxe, Business Insider, Luxury Web, to name a few.
Melanie also covers film, television, theater, dance, and music as an entertainment correspondent/reviewer for Broadway World and Reel Life With Jane.
As a copywriter, Melanie has written website copy and other marketing materials for individuals and companies in a wide range of industries. She has particular expertise in materials for cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, dentists, and coaches. Read more about her copywriting services.
Fiction and Poetry
More than 50 of Melanie’s poems have been published in the literary magazines of six countries, including The Lullwater Review, American Writing, and Folio. She has also won poetry awards and served for years as a volunteer workshop leader for the homeless under the auspices of the New York Writers Coalition. Her fiction has been published in such book anthologies as “Five Minute Erotica” and “More Five Minute Erotica.”
Melanie is an accomplished travel and nature photographer whose work has appeared in the books “Hummingbirds: Jewels on Air,” “The Exultant Ark,” and “The Ultimate Bird Lover.” Her images have won awards, have been exhibited, and have been used in marketing materials. Her photograph of the Amazon River was turned into a mural at the Texas State Aquarium for their rainforest exhibit. Watch for her upcoming Photoshelter site to see her work, which can be purchased for use in publications, marketing materials, or as fine art prints.
Melanie has presented at a number of events, including the Learning Annex, the Seminar Center, the New Life Expo, the Source of Life Expo, and for the Mensa Society in Los Angeles. She has appeared on the Sony Worldwide Radio Network, the New Jersey Good Times Magazine Radio Show, the Knowledge for Living-Awakening Your Potential program on MoneyTalk Radio, and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Woman of the Week TV program.
Below are three of Melanie’s topics as a speaker/trainer, or she can customize a presentation for you:
“Creativity in Business and in Life: How to Court Inspiration.” Melanie gets the creative juices flowing, whether you’re an artist or need a solution to a corporate problem. This interactive program shows how creativity is the best way to grow individually and fiscally.
“Writer Training for the Corporate Mind.” Melanie shows your employees how to write materials that are read with pleasure, don’t put readers to sleep, and communicate your message effectively.
“So You Want to Write a Book … Now What?” Melanie shows how to finally get going on that book you’ve always wanted to write. Who should self-publish, and who should go for a traditional publisher? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? What are the pitfalls involved in writing a book? How do you get it done … and done well?
In addition to her work as a writer, photographer, and speaker, Melanie is a trained singer with a background as an actress and dance instructor. She occasionally performs in solo cabaret acts in New York City.