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Molly Fisk
from 5 reviews
  • 24 years in business
John P.
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My company has hired Molly for two distinctly different writing/editing projects over the past year. One was to fine-tune the narrative for a short inspiring video about our new gigabit fiber optic network. She took our draft and -- via her mastery of word rhythms (and some needed fact-checking) -- made the script sing. To top it off, she provided the voice-over. The end result was pitch-perfect. The second project was much more comprehensive, requiring the expertise of a consummate editor and writer. Our company conducted a day-long visioning workshop in our community; resulting in a way too long document written by a cacophony of multiple voices. From paragraph to paragraph, the tense and tone changed. As well, many similar points appeared in different sections. Molly took the bull by its horns, bringing the disparate thought processes together; resulting in an unified document that was concise, poetic and easy to read. Molly is a pro; delivering on time and beyond expectation.

  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
J.G. L.
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I hired Libbie to edit and review my novel. From my first meeting with her, I was impressed with her professionalism, candor and passion about writing... Libbie promised to complete the entire review within a week and she delivered on time... She has written books (fiction and non-fiction), worked as an editor for numerous publications, institutions and businesses... Libbie is also very knowledgeable about social media – a crucial component in the career development of writers... I have worked with other editors in the past (on major marketing projects) with mixed results. Libbie Martin is a real pro and fun to work with... I highly recommend her.


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  • 6 years in business

I have been teaching and coaching public speaking, debate and persuasion for almost 20 years. I have worked with students with high speaking anxiety all the way to national award winning speakers. That experience provides me with a strong starting point for anyone, no matter what your skill or comfort level. I can work with you to from planning a presentation to writing the speech to delivering a speech successfully to evaluating each presentation for improvements in the future. Speaking is an individual process, different for each person, not a product for the masses. I believe I can help you develop a process that works for you! I believe that teaching and coaching public speaking allows me to learn as much as my students. The work is interactive and each person brings something unique to the relationship. I am an idea person and speaking is all about delivering ideas in a way that is appealing. So, I get to work in ways that bring me both joy and knowledge, while helping others achieve their goals.


I am a website designer and content writer. When I was younger, I spent many days illustrating and producing my own form of a magazine, complete with model profiles and advertising. My websites are these magazines now, a mix of visual beauty and information. Let me create a site for you, blending these elements, one you and your site visitors will enjoy.

Shannon Rooney, M.A.

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    I provide writing, editing, and social media consulting services. I am a highly educated and experienced writer/editor who has taught college-level writing for many years.

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