About Me

I’ve been a writer and editor my entire career. I got my start as the assistant editor for the National Pasta Association’s Pasta Journal (yes, there is an association for everything), and 15 years later I was deputy editor of CURRENTS, the member magazine for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (the association for educational fundraisers and alumni relations professionals). In between, I was a writer and editor for an environmental consulting firm, managing editor for IDEA’s Personal Trainer magazine, and the director of communications for a public policy nonprofit. I decided to start my own business in 2012, and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life.

On a more personal note, I live in Washington, D.C., and hail from the suburbs of Los Angeles. I like to think I’m a laid-back Californian, but I’ve been told I’m really more of an intense East Coaster. My intensity translates to catching typos and getting to the bottom of a story. But don’t worry: I’ve got a good sense of humor, and I’m very easy to work with.

Editing

I’m well-versed in AP, Chicago, and APA styles. If you have your own style guide, I’ll follow it to the letter. Personally, I adore the serial comma, but I can drop it like a hot potato for you. I will read your piece multiple times in multiple ways to ensure it’s as clean and crisp as possible.

Writing

I love that moment when I’m looking at the blank computer screen, figuring out how to start a piece. Be it a pithy 500-word sidebar or a 3,000-word article for which I conducted 12 interviews, I will craft an engaging lede, organize the information into a compelling story, and tie it all together with the perfect conclusion.

It kills me to miss a deadline, so I don’t.

Let’s talk about how I can help you.

Gayle Bennett
E: bennett.gayle@gmail.com
P: 202.557.4919