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Tampa Bay Career Counseling
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia E.
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Kelly G. Sedlak is a true professional. I want to commend her for being able to highlight my strengths and abilities. The Cover letter and resume she created for me placed me in a position where I am able to market myself MUCH better. As I showed my family the great work Kelly provided; their initial response was, “It’s so easy on the eyes while being clear and concise. I did a lot of research on professional resume writers. After speaking and meeting with her. I ABSOLUTELY HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER. Should anyone care to call me with any questions please do not hesitate. My name is Patricia and my cell is 347-752-2878. Great things in life don't come so easily. Kelly, I want to thank you for the time, care and professionalism you have provided me.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda T.
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My 13-year-old son struggled with focus issues in school as far back as preschool. His 8th grade year I decided to home school him and began the search for a tutor. I asked God to please guide me in helping my son achieve academic success. The entire time he was in public school he felt he was a failure. God answered my prayer with Dr. Hilt. My son has been working with Dr. Hilt for several months now, and he has learned more during that time than in an entire year of public school! His grades have gone from D's and F's to A's and B's. I can already see a positive change in his self confidence. Dr. Hilt's teaching method is amazing! She engages the child and finds ways to make the subject interesting to the student. My son hated school, but he loves working with Dr. Hilt. No words can adequately express how impressed I am with Dr. Hilt or how grateful I am for all she has done for my son.

  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ekaterina O.
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Frank Nunez is the creative writer and always helped me with the ideas for work and classes! Highly recommend him!

Nathan B.
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Julie Garisto, as Arts Editor for Creative Loafing in Tampa Bay, FL, has done an incredible job at turning the rambling musings of my artist statements and press releases into event listings and articles that generate both excitement for and insight into my work. Further, her guidance at Creative Loafing leaves a reader with the impression that Tampa Bay is a vital cultural hub. Julie Garisto, both as a person and because of her writing and editing skills, is an indispensible member of the Tampa Bay community.

Merry Carroll
from 5 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jamel M.
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Merry was incredible! She was fast, comprehensive and extremely helpful in editing my book. She is very fair with her prices, which was great because I don't have much to shell out. Merry also was more than happy to give me a few helpful tips as I am a new writer. I obviously wholeheartedly recommend her.

iFlow Creative LLC
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
C Michael F.
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I appreciated the honest and thorough feedback! No one wants to put out a substandard book and inflow gave me great insight to make my creation better! I would recommend to any writer who wants to get better!

from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
R. L.
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Savor PR & Marketing is our #1 choice for all of our traditional PR and online social media marketing needs. I own a busy, high-end real estate business and Savor's expertise has taken our business to the next level. They completely organized and implemented all of our online and social marketing needs and increased our visibility and exposure exponentially. More importantly, I can trust them to get the job done in a timely matter and with first-rate results. Savor has been instrumental in guiding us and helping us grow our business, weather through traditional PR channels, SEO, and online social media marketing networks. I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful company!

Chris V.
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Jeff Johnson is an incredible public speaking coach. Over the years, he helped me on numerous public speaking engagements and worked with me on technique, skill, and charisma. Jeff has years of experience as a public speaker with presentations and keynotes to audiences exceeding 15,000. He is energetic, passionate, and a true teacher in every sense of the word. I highly recommend him as a public speaking coach for anyone looking to improve their skills on the stage.

Rachel Staigerwald
from 1 review
    Kaitlyn S.
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    Rachel is a dependable writer and great at researching ideas for our blog posts. Thank you!

    Julia Zimmerman
    from 1 review
      Victor B.
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      I can't begin to describe how helpful Julia has been to my life. I had no clue there would be a way to organize my life before her.. She was able to figure out a way to make each moment of mine count with her time management and planning skills. It has been nothing but smooth sailing all year when it comes to traveling and personal assistance. She has really guided me to reach my ultimate potential.


      I'm unique - spent years as a full-time writer/journalist in Manhattan. Just finished up a social media job in France. I'm an artist of words, love to share and use my skills, in service to others1


      I am a Tampa based Freelance Writer. My career began 3 years ago when I helped a friend in school with their thesis dissertation. After that, I realized I had a talent for writing, especially when other college students began to come to me for help, and my writing skills awarded them As.


      Penny Fletcher is a freelance writer with an extensive background in newspapers, magazines, web writing and books. Her proven creativity as a fiction writer and accuracy as a photojournalist and news reporter are evidenced by the many testimonials and awards on her website, Linked-In, and the sites for which she currently writes. Her books are proudly represented by agent Terrie Wolf, a.k.a Literary LLC, and she currently writes for The Observer News and Riverview Current, both of which have print and online editions. As a writer, editor and Bureau Chief, her background includes Amazon Books, Media General Communications, Inc., Sunbelt Newspapers and The Tampa Tribune. Now working exclusively with authors in every genre, she can help in any phase of your project from basic editing to manuscript development, scene setting, point-of-view, and writing natural dialogue. She explains each suggested change in detail; red-line edits full-length manuscripts with up-front fees beginning at $2 per page; and also prepares professional book proposals and writes press releases and jacket copy that can draw buyers' eyes to your book. She never charges authors for edits by the hour because authors - especially new ones - need to know exactly what they are spending before they begin a project and how much they must budget for it. Custom quotes for all services are done by contract before the work begins.


      Professional award-winning writer and published author in psychology (dissertation) and academic journal article, published two romance novels and one young adult. Professional marketer/advertiser in health care and real estate. Ghostwriter. Textbook reviewer for major publisher. Reviewer of scholarly journal. I am also a college instructor in psychology. I have designed online courses. Web design experience. Blogger. A total word geek.


      What makes my service so great is I am open 24/7, specializing in plagiarism-free essays, thesis, PowerPoint presentations, book reports, argumentative essays and posters. In addition, my specialty is APA, MLA and Chicago formats.


      I have been a writer/editor/proofreader for nearly 30 years. As a senior copywriter at the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, I won more than 20 awards for the Times Publishing Company for in-paper advertising campaigns, media kits, flyers, brochures, TV and radio spots, and much more. Since leaving the Times, I've worked at writing/editing and proofreading jobs on a freelance/contract basis. A book I edited recently was published in early 2015.


      I do crisp and clean copy for web content, scripts (30-second to 90-minute documentaries), books (ghost, co-author, and full authorship), press releases, magazines and trade articles, and original stories for all occasions. I love words and the things I can do with them. I especially love it when clients have that "wow" reaction. My fave was a client who wanted to tell a heart-wrenching story about mental illness. When I saw the tears fall, I knew I'd nailed it!


      Experience is the difference. It drives my professional skills and qualities. They have been tested in the crucible of the competitive marketplace for many years and by the rigorous expectations of hundreds of clients. Throughout my career, as a professional writer, editor, creative director and marketing and advertising consultant, I have developed much higher standards of vocabulary, grammar, syntax and punctuation; a knowledge base that has prepared me to assimilate easily new concepts, ideas and topics; the versatility to translate those concepts into any written form or media for any target audience; and the dependability of a senior-level professional who has delivered thousands of projects on time and on budget. The challenge of a variety of projects, clients and industries that add to my skills and experience. Finding the words or phrases that are most likely to connect with the client's specific target audience and generate results.


      My years of experience make it easy for me to write articles that satisfy my clients expectations. I understand the importance of doing extensive research, and I produce original documentation that is based on it. Each writing assignment presents an opportunity to learn something new. I enjoy creating phrases and descriptions that reflect a sincere interest in the subject matter.


      I am providing writing and editing for resumes, webpage contents, blogs, advertisements, and review for re-writes.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      I am a professional writer and educator with a Master's of Education in Community Health Education. Currently teaching at the college level: Chronic and Communicable Diseases; Health Statistics; and Personal Health and Wellness. I am available for health and medical writing assignments, as well as resumes, cover letters, editing, ghost writing and other writing requirements you may have. My rates are always negotiable.

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