My NYC writing life — update

By Caitlin Kelly

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As many of you know, I earn my living writing journalism for places like The New York Times, Quartz, Reuters Money and many others. My most recent quick hit was about a new luxury hotel in Mexico for a design trade magazine.

In June, I participated in a National Press Foundation fellowship on retirement, and its many challenges: physical, financial, emotional. We had 19 (!) speakers in three days, so I’m still processing it all.

I’m a generalist, and write about almost everything, (not science, tech, parenting, beauty.)

If you need help with a writing or editing project or can refer me to someone who does, let me know!

I’ve also worked with the Consulate General of Canada, the New York School of Interior Design and WaterAid America to craft their messages.

This week has been crazy; for a story, I spent a day in Manhattan visiting the new Westfield mall next to the 9/11 memorial, interviewing a few shoppers — including, in French, a couple visiting from Brittany.

I hadn’t been down there since 9/11 and I deliberately avoided even looking at the memorial. I know some tourists love it, but the memories are, even, 15 years later, too painful and weird to re-live.

UsingΒ  a cane right now for balance, (my right knee has bad arthritis), slowed me way down but I hopped a city bus and headed back uptown to 48th Street to meet and interview a young woman for a Times piece.

The range of shawls, sweaters, caps — in the most gorgeous colors! These are shawls in Avoca, a Dublin shop

My latest venture is a retail/shopping blog at Forbes, which pays a small monthly stipend (welcome to digital journalism) — plus payment for each view.

I hope some of you will make the trip over to check it out and, if you like it, Facebook and tweet it.

I’ll be writing five posts a month.

A reminder that I also teach and coach fellow bloggers and writers, and have done so with people worldwide, from Singapore to New Zealand to Germany to Maryland, often via Skype.

I charge $225/hour, (payable though PayPal), with a one-hour minimum and my time and skills are yours; you can ask me for whatever help you need: reading a pitch, reading a story draft, advice on blogging, how to sell a non-fiction book…been there, done that!

I also offer specific, highly-focused webinars, $150 for 90 minutes. scheduled at your convenience and done one-on-one via Skype, phone or in person.

I’m the winner of a National Magazine Award for a personal essay about my divorce and have written two books of national reporting and analysis published by major New York houses.

A former reporter for three major dailies, I can also help you figure out where and how to dig up information or conduct a useful, incisive interview. Let alone how to write more, better and faster!

I know this writing game inside out, from negotiating fees to wrangling (whew!) PR people determined to control every single word.


Thanks for reading, commenting — and returning to Broadside!

9 thoughts on “My NYC writing life — update

  1. Sorry to hear about your knee. 😞 Joint problems and mobility issues suck. I sympathize — my right knee has a problematic injury and the muscles in my right leg have wasted significantly. Trying to rebuild strength with Pilates, physical therapy and spinning (went to my first spinning class last weekend. Great fun!)

    I hope you can discard your cane soon.

    I’ll check out your Forbes blog. πŸ™‚

      1. Yes, very fun! I managed 9.9km in 40 minutes in my first lesson…not too bad for a beginner who isn’t used to cycling. I felt quite dizzy for five minutes after though…had to sit down and sip a glass of water!

      2. Luckily we don’t measure anything. Life is stressful enough without that. πŸ™‚

        Our classes are done in the dark (which I love) to VERY loud music (which I also enjoy) and after 45 minutes I am drenched…usually within 15 mins or so. Because of my knees, it’s the only form of serious cardio left to me, so it’s a good thing I like it! I do it twice a week and trying to do 3x week. Really want/need to get more weight off, all of which will help my knees, too.

      3. I quite like stats — I enjoy knowing how ‘far’ I’ve cycled and I find it motivating. πŸ™‚ The spin class at the gym where I go has a big screen at the front, which shows different routes (California, Norway, Canada…). Unfortunately, the graphics are simulated versions of the route, like you’d see on a computer game. It would be much nicer if it actually showed real scenery!

        Do you enjoy swimming? My physio recommended it to me as another form of exercise which benefits knees. I haven’t gotten into a habit of going though — I find Pilates and spin work well, and are more convenient for me.

      4. We just spin in a darkened room! It’s a local YMCA so nothing fancy. I prefer it…nothing to focus on but music and exercise. I stare at a screen far too much already for work. πŸ™‚

        I don’t enjoy swimming very much — I am so alone and solitary all day as it is; I need some social interaction. Sadly. It’s also, at my age, not an effective way to build muscle.

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