I'm a veteran freelance writer/editor who has recently taken the plunge into stock photography.
My major writing projects include close to 200 articles as a Topic Expert of the Home & Garden section of eHow.com and contributor for Demand Media Studios. I wrote and edited content for RightPet.com, more specifically for the Fish, Reptiles, Mammals, and Livestock sections.
My writing experience also includes a six-year Inspiration/Motivation column at Suite101.com, a collection of career and management features for an IT site, TechRepublic.com, and feature writing/editing on various topics for WriteEdge.com. For New2USA.com, I wrote 30+ feature articles and served as a member of their Advisory Board.
In 2001, I launched FreshwaterAquaria.com, a fishkeeping hobby site, with WebSeed Publishing. That year, Suite101.com contracted me as Managing Editor of their Food and Drink section. Soon after, I became a Dean and an online course developer for Suite University.
Before I became a fulltime freelance writer, I had a 15-year career in software systems marketing. Aside from my regular sales, marketing, and product management responsibilities, I developed content for corporate profiles, product brochures, print ads, newsletters, and magazines.
I retired in 1998 from my day job as Director, International Business Operations - North America, Corporate Information Solutions, Inc., Manila, Philippines.
I graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, back when pocket calculators were the hottest techno-gizmos. I served with the university as research assistant for the Office of the President for a number of years -- until my brother convinced me that COBOL was the way to go. Then there was the Apple, the IBM-compatibles, Mosaic, and finally, the Web. So, here I am.
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In 2004, I started calling myself an artist. That year, not only did I sell several big batches of my original handmade journals, notepads, greeting cards, and bookmarks, I also embarked on a handmade jewelry career. I design my own pieces and make them myself. I have sold a number of items, got commissioned for a few more, and continue to build an inventory for my online jewelry store. Many of my creations, showcased in my RubyBeads blog, have been featured in Interweave's Stringing Magazine.
In 2003, I accepted a kind invitation to be posted in the database of MediaMap, a media research company. To quote: "MediaMap is creating a database of Freelance Writers for our clients, which includes the top 20 PR firms, hundreds of smaller firms, and corporate PR departments for the likes of Nokia, Toyota, and Dell."
They wrote a profile about me, which they let me post here:
"Bayan is a freelance writer covering travel, gardening, backpacking, fitness, pets and animals, the Internet, and the craft of writing. She writes features, how-tos, reviews, essays, opinion, columns, resumes, and newsletters. Her work has recently appeared in Energy for Women magazine, Guideposts, Link-Up, and Suite101.com. She prefers to be contacted and receive press releases by e-mail. Samples of Bayan's work can be found on her Web site http://www.oursimplejoys.com/."
Thank you, Gentlemen. Looking forward to wonderful opportunities.