Author Archives: alyssahaak

Writing With a Fork in Hand

Over the last few months, I’ve been going through the slow process of taking on food-related writing clients. First, there working with the James Beard Foundation on their awards coverage. I drafted Twitter scripts for the announcements and interviewed top … Continue reading

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ByWords: A New Monthly Newsletter

Writers have a way of creating, repurposing, and rediscovering words to fit their needs. As I browse the internet, I’m rounding up these new and interesting words in a helpful, alphabetical list and delivering it to you monthly—with only a … Continue reading

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Proofreading for the Macmillan Group

Sitting down with a raw manuscript, a red pencil (or pen), and a style guide is calming. There’s an order that gets applied to the chaotic whirlwind of writing, which is why my newest client is the most exciting. I’ve … Continue reading

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James Beard Foundation

I think I’m going to be hungry for the next couple months. My newest gig is with the James Beard Foundation. In the lead-up to the James Beard Awards, I’ve joined the editorial team to assist in their monthly newsletter … Continue reading

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Freelancers Union Spark Discussions #freelancespark

Long before I went freelance full time, I joined the Freelancers’ Union. At every event I’ve attended, I’ve met interesting freelancers, each with a different perspective on how they’ve made self-employment work for them. The group has introduced a new discussion … Continue reading

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Yatco

When one freelance opportunity ends, another begins. With the managing editor of ShowBoats returning from maternity leave, it was time to move on to a new project—from print to digital. I’ve joined the expanding Yatco team to provide writing expertise and … Continue reading

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ShowBoats International

After enduring one of the most brutal New York winters in memory, I have accepted a temporary position at ShowBoats International in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while their managing editor is on maternity leave. I’m very excited to work alongside editors Kate … Continue reading

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A New Byline

This is a byline I never thought I’d see. My name hasn’t changed but instead I’m seeing what it would look like in Cyrillic for the first time. I had my first article published in the Russian publication, Power & Sail … Continue reading

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Brownstoner Queens

Last year I moved from Harlem to Long Island City, Queens. To be honest, it was not my first choice, but over the last year, I’ve discovered some quirky and interesting things about my new neighborhood. Plus, like all of … Continue reading

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