Cheryl Courtney Semick, Freelance Writer
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Words, to me, are living organisms. Connected just right, they can ignite a plethora of emotions. Tossed together, they fizzle. Thus, I approach my writing craft with care and respect.
With a deep foundation in sales, media and communications, my writing is concisely rich and captivating, evoking emotional response and quick action. I am impassioned by the challenge and deliver a rapid turnaround.
Educationally, I’ve drawn more experience from media jobs than from formal classrooms. I ‘cut my teeth’ at radio stations crafting ad copy – up to 18 ads a day, but I discovered my passion in writing books.
My years in freelance and on-the-job editing include newsletters, business proposals, masters theses, annual reports, resumes, ad copy, narratives, books, and more.
Along the way, I found a flair for desktop-publishing and create powerful advertisement pieces for expos, business, non-profit and private events in a wide demographic.
I work side-by-side with an eight-time platinum award-winning web developer writing web copy, editing and proofreading, and am beginning to write html code.
What I Believe
I believe in one God. He is the Author of all that is.
I believe in one Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the only Son of God and the Author and Finisher of my faith.
I believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person. He is Counselor, Comforter, Healer – my inspiration, my Muse.
I believe God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all one person.
I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, suffered a cruel death on a cross to pay for the sins of mankind, was buried and came back to life three days later.
I believe that whoever admits they are a sinner and need to be forgiven, if they ask Jesus to be their Savior, their hearts are cleansed and their spirit is made pure through faith in him and the Holy Spirit moves into their heart to dwell in them at that moment.
I believe that Jesus now sits at the right hand of God as King of kings and Lord or lords.
I believe Jesus will soon return to gather to himself all those who have put their faith in him.
I believe that every soul will stand in God’s court one day and that his judgment is final.
I believe that those whose names are written in the Book of Life will spend eternity with God.
My name is written in that book – is yours? If you’re not sure, go here.
Can this really be explained? If you’re a writer, you know it’s impossible. I write because words flow out of my brain, through my fingers and onto paper. That”s it.
That may sound over-simplified, but it’s the truth. There is never a time, awake or asleep, that I am not a victim of words fighting to flow through my fingers.
Early on it was obvious to me that my duty was to capture them on paper, form them, mold them and make them sing, though it took many years before I could focus their power into coherent, publishable works.
Still, like most writers, I am plagued by paralyzing procrastination.
Then I ran into a statement that empowered me: Honor your dreams with action. I wish I knew who said it because I would like to credit its author. Jot it down, it’s so incredibly mobilizing.
Credentials & Awards
Microsoft Certification Application Specialist (MCAS) for PowerPoint 2007
Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) through IAAP.
Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) also through IAAP
Family of the Year Essay Contest Children & Family Services, 1998
Paul Simon Essay Contest, Illinois Central College, 1998
Women’s History Month Essay Contest Illinois Central College, 2000
Winterfest 2001 Hospitality Association, Best in the Midwest Award, Employee of the Year
Premier Food Service Las Vegas Seminar Essay Contest, 2000
Writer’s Contest for Creative Writing Illinois Central College, 1999
Writer’s Digest, Your Opening Line, March 2006
In 1989 I learned to write tight, precise, effective copy for radio. I polished the skill through media jobs until 1996.
In 1998 I wrote an award-winning essay for Children & Family Services and that essay opened a door to a column in a local newspaper, which has been mine since, titled Doors & Windows.
As a columnist, my writing has touched many lives. My stories have appeared in newspapers, company newsletters, school newsletters, writing contests and have been read aloud as devotionals in churches and over the radio.
Reader response has been miraculous and once came anonymously in the form of a cashier’s check, which finished paying off my son’s sophomore year in college. Read that story here.
Education/Experience: 30 credit hours in Journalism. 24 credit hours in Administrative Assistant Associates degree, 25 years of on-the-job training in marketing, sales and customer service. 15 years of desktop publishing 15 years freelance writing
Credentials: Certified Professional Secretary® (CPS), and Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP), credentialed through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
I am the President of Semick, Inc. Most of my time is spent as a freelance writer for CCSemick Writing Services, a division of Semick, Inc., and I created a virtual assistant business called SecretarySTAT, which I recently sold and is under new management.
I’m addicted to books, I cannot read anything without proofing it for errors and I love creating new, time-saving processes (is that abnormal?).
I’m a JEEP Freak.
Mozart and Chopin accompany me while I write.
Russian authors and the rein of the Czars fascinate me.
All other trivia about me can be found on my Facebook profile.