Joy E. Rancatore, content writer and editor for hire


Joy E. Rancatore

is a creative content writer and editor specializing in articles, blogs, books, brand cohesion, newsletters, press releases and web copy, with 25 years of exceptional journalistic and author performance and editorial influence on award-winning publications and authors.


Tap each icon below to access the article. Contact Joy for more specific work samples.

"A Flight from Heaven" by Joy E. Rancatore article icon

“A Flight from Heaven”

Northshore’s Slidell Guide Magazine

March/April 2011


Camp Shelby Expands Accommodations for Troops Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Camp Shelby Expands Accommodations for Troops”

The Advertiser News

June 24, 2004


Baby Noor a Lesson for All Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Baby Noor a Lesson for All”

The Mississippi Press

January 15, 2006


Crews Take to Water Joy E. Stodghill

“Crews Take to Water”

The Mississippi Press

September 2, 2005


Yours Aye and Semper Fidelis Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Yours Aye and Semper Fidelis”

Leatherneck: Magazine of the Marines

August 2003


Going Wherever He Sends article icon

“Going Wherever He Sends”

Outlook Magazine

Fall 2007


90 Years of Slidell Memories Joy E. Rancatore article icon

“90 Years of Slidell Memories”

Northshore’s Slidell Guide Magazine

July/August 2011


Women's Identities Formed by Reality Shows Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Women’s Identities Formed by Reality Shows”

The Times of South Mississippi

June 17, 2004


Animals Find Second Chance with South East Wildlife Rescue Joy E. Rancatore article icon

“Animals Find Second Chance with South East Wildlife Rescue”

Northshore’s Slidell Guide Magazine

May/June 2011


Medicaid Cuts Don't Leave Petal Residents Untouched Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Medicaid Cuts Don’t Leave Petal Residents Untouched”

The Petal News

June 24, 2004


Wales Riding Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Wales Riding”

The Mississippi Press

February 25, 2006


Baltimore Acquires Brown in June Rookie League Draft Joy E. Stodghill article icon

“Baltimore Acquires Brown in June Rookie League Draft”

The Cobbler

October 2, 2002

Sports News


Samples of Joy’s personal blogging style may be found using the button below. Five specific posts are linked in the following images. Each example was chosen for recognition in Self-publishing: The Carnival of the Indies, a monthly roundup hosted on TheBookDesigner prior to the passing of Joel Friedlander, a pioneer of indie publishing. The first listing earned Joy the title “Featured Blogger” in Issue #109.

Working as an Indie Author is like switching hats during a storm with hurricane-force winds while holding on to the other 48 hats in your collection.

“Indie Authors and the Case of Fifty Hats”

We’ve all been there. Mid-way through a novel, we draw a blank on a character’s hair color. I’m sharing my process of how to track timelines and characters.

“How to Track Timelines and Characters”

You’ve typed The End. Congratulations! Celebrate! Live it up! Now you send it straight to the editor to fix, right? Wrong. Authors, be your first reader!

“Authors, Be Your First Reader”

Challenges are the opponents in our cage. Often they have only one intent—to get us to tap out—but you can force a submission from your challenges instead.

“How to Force a Submission from Your Challenges”

The most frequent question I receive when I tell people I’m setting up my own publishing company is “Why? Why start a Press?”

“Why Start a Press?”


In addition to email newsletters and sequences for clients, Joy maintains five regular newsletters. Samples of each may be accessed using the images below.

screenshot of Joy E. Rancatore's Author January 2024-B Newsletter

Joy’s Author Newsletter


screenshot of QWERTY Writing Life January 2023 Newsletter

QWERTY Writing Life Newsletter


screenshot of Logos & Mythos Press October 2023 Newsletter

Logos & Mythos Press Newsletter


screenshot of Joy E. Rancatore's Red Pen Editing June 2023 Newsletter

Joy’s Editing Newsletter


screenshot of Joy E. Rancatore's LAM Book Club December 2023 Newsletter

LAM Book Club Newsletter



For an example of brand cohesion, visit Joy’s three websites via the images below. Each site maintains common colors, fonts and styles to highlight each brand’s message. Additionally, since each site is connected by Joy’s involvement, they complement one another.

Screenshot of the author website of Joy E. Rancatore, Indie Author
Screenshot of the website of Logos & Mythos Press, a small book publisher
Screenshot of the website of QWERTY Writing Life Podcast


Advanced Techniques

Analysis Skills, Attention to Detail, Blogging, Brand Management, Business Publications, Client Voice Match, Content Management Systems, Content Strategy, Creative Content Development, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Editing (all types and styles), Editorial Standards, Email Sequences, Fact-checking, FAQ Development, Feature Writing, Fiction, Grammar, Informative Writing, Interviewing, Journalism, Narrative Nonfiction, News Writing, Presentation Development, Professionalism, Project Management, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Publishing, Punctuation, Revisions, Spelling, Storytelling, Syntax, Teaching, Workshop Development, Writing

Experienced Techniques

Academic Publications, Branding and Identity, Content Management, Creative Strategy, Customer Service, Digital Copywriting, Email Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Keyword Research, Livestreaming, Magazines, Newspapers, Newsroom, Online News Platforms, Opinion Writing, Photography, Photography Editing, Podcast Show Notes, Podcasting, Public Relations, Research, SEO, Social Media, Videography, Web Content Writing, White Pages


American Psychological Association (APA), Associated Press (AP), Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association (MLA), New Oxford Style Manual, The Canadian Style, Turabian Style

Experienced with editing American (USA), Australian, British and Canadian English


Adobe: InDesign, Photoshop

Apple: iMovie, Keynote, Pages

Communication: Calendly, Discord, GroupMe, MailChimp, MailerLite, Skype, Slack, Trello, WhatsApp, Zoom

Google: Analytics, Docs, Drive, Forms, Mail, Meet, Sheets

Microsoft: Email, Excel, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Teams, Word

Other: Bitly, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Linktree, Meetup

Other Design & Writing Platforms: Canva, QR Code Generators, QuarkXPress, Scrivener

Podcasting: iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, YouTube

Publishing Platforms: Blogger, BlogSpot, Blurb, Draft2Digital, IngramSpark, KDP, Lulu, Medium, Substack

Social Media: Airtable, Facebook, Goodreads, Hootsuite, Instagram, LinkedIn, Meta Business Suite, Pinterest, StoryGraph, X, YouTube

Web Building: DiviBuilder, Drupal, Monster InSights, Squarespace, Wix, WordPress, Yoast SEO