Are you looking for original, high-quality content for your website, blog, or publication? You’ve come to the right place. I’m Abby Quillen, an author and marketing strategist. My writing has been featured in dozens of publications.
I deliver the kind of content that makes readers say, “Wow!” and hit the share button. It’s well-researched and fun to read. My articles have been republished by dozens of publications, and they inspire high engagement on all of the major social media platforms. (One has been pinned 250,000 times on Pinterest!)
I like to make editors’ jobs easy. That means my copy is clean, deadlines are sacred, and I love talking edits, verticals, and content strategy.
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You know those kids who are into dinosaurs or the solar system and nothing else? I was never one of those. I read voraciously about a number of topics, and I love creating content about all of them. Here’s a taste of some of my work:
It probably won’t surprise most vegetable gardeners that insects outnumber humans many millions of times over. While some insects can be beneficial for certain plants, gardeners are all too familiar with the destruction of many tiny crawly critters.
Fortunately, nature offers plenty of non-toxic ways to discourage and manage detrimental insects. The following six steps can help a gardener reduce pest problems without toxic chemicals. Remember: Prevention is always the first and best line of attack.
- Green living
Coconut oil is best known as a curry ingredient, smoothie additive, and beauty product. It also belongs in the cleaning cabinet as a natural and powerful cleanser and polisher.
If you haven’t switched to non-toxic household products yet, now is the time. Each year the U.S Poison Control hotline receives thousands of calls regarding accidental poisoning by common household cleaners and products. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) warns that 53 percent of the household cleaners they reviewed contain ingredients that can harm our lungs. Some products also contain carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and chloroform. Even more concerning, just seven percent of cleaners adequately disclose harmful ingredients. And the EWG warns many commercial “green cleaners” are equally misleading.
- Food and Drink
The Meatball Shop in Manhattan sells dozens of meatballs, but some of their most popular varieties don’t actually contain meat. It’s not the only restaurant jumping on the meatless meatball trend. Furniture giant IKEA added veggie balls to their deli menus as an eco-friendly alternative to their high-carbon-footprint Swedish meatballs.
The concept of meatless meatballs may sound like an oxymoron, but when done well, they’re delicious – light, crunchy, and zinging with surprising flavor combinations. If you already love meatballs, it’s time to discover meatless varieties. And if you have a limited diet – whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free – there’s nothing more versatile than a meatball. You can swap out ingredients to suit your dietary needs, use a variety of different cooking methods, and serve them on pasta, in soup, as sliders, and in numerous other ways. Read on to learn how to master the delightful meatless meatball.
Beer is taking its rightful place alongside wine at the dinner table, as the craft beer movement explodes across the country. However, with more than 3,000 microbreweries serving more than 100 styles of ale, finding the perfect brew for a meal can be a daunting task.
Pairing beer and food doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are tricks to finding a mouth-watering food-and-suds combo, as well as some tried-and-true matches. Besides, experimenting is half the fun, and it’s hard to go wrong with craft beer. The first step is to taste beer, and that means paying attention the methods of a professional beer taster or trained Cicerone (an expert in serving and pairing beer).
Podcasting can help you build authority and credibility in your field and it’s an unbeatable way to connect directly to your customers. Many entrepreneurs, including Jon Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire and Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, attribute their success to the medium. Moreover, it may be the perfect time to add podcasting to your marketing toolbox because it’s not yet as oversaturated as other channels. According to a recent Social Examiner survey, only 10 per cent of companies podcast, but 26 per cent of companies plan to increase their use of podcasting in the next year.
However, if you’re used to written communication, podcasting may require some new skills, such as delving into topics at greater length and developing thoughts on the fly without as much room for editing. Read on to learn how to prepare to podcast and make sure you have enough to say to keep your audience’s attention.
If you dread returning to mountains of work after a few days away from school or the office, you’re not alone. Thankfully, a number of apps can help you get caught up. Here’s a cheat sheet on some of the best apps to help you focus, organize, manage tasks, and automate. All are available on iOS and Android, and many offer free options. One or more may be just what you need to get back on track.
While binders were invented more than a century ago, they’re still as useful and versatile as ever. Put them to work to make your classroom a more effective, organized, and active learning environment.
- Sustainable business
Americans consume 9.4 billion gallons of alcoholic beverages a year: 87 percent beer, 8 percent wine, and the rest spirits. The environmental impact of producing, packaging, and selling all those beverages could make an environmentalist reach for a drink. Breweries and wineries consume large quantities of water, raw materials, and other natural resources.
But there’s good news: Green beer is no longer something people drink just on Saint Patrick’s Day. With the rise of the craft beer movement and growing consumer interest in local and sustainable food, more breweries and wineries are working to reduce the beverage industry’s environmental footprint. As a result, it’s easier to stock the home bar with sustainable, organic brews.
The kitchen is a bustling place in most homes: Meals are made, conversations happen, and days are planned. That’s probably why it’s one of the most popular rooms to renovate according to The National Association of Home Builders. And with the improving economy, both remodeling and new home building and are surging.
Choosing to build or remodel with sustainably in mind can help families reduce their carbon footprint and create a healthier home. Home energy accounts for 19 percent of a family’s total environmental impact, and the kitchen uses a large portion of energy in most homes, as well as a sizable amount of water. By selecting the right eco-friendly materials, low-flow faucets, and efficient appliances, a family can reduce energy use and utility costs. As an added bonus, avoiding the use of toxic chemicals in the construction process can improve indoor air quality.
- Alternative Transportation
Biking is an unbeatable way to get around town. With the annual cost of car ownership and maintenance estimated at $8,698 a year, traveling by bike can save families big bucks.1 It’s also associated with better overall health.2 And it benefits the planet’s health by preventing carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, greenhouse gasses, and other auto emissions from spewing into the environment.3 But above all, it’s fun.
Unfortunately, many new parents hang up their helmets because biking with young kids can feel overwhelming. (Okay, just leaving the house with young kids can feel overwhelming.) But with the right setup and a little know how, biking can be an enjoyable and safe way for parents to shuttle kids to run errands and go to parks, preschool, and school. Read on to discover what you need to know to make family biking safe and fun.
Beer suffers from a bad rap. Red wine is often celebrated as a healthy beverage in moderation, but beer is put down as a fattening party drink. Despite this stigma, beer drinkers may want to raise a pint to their health. A growing body of research suggests moderate beer consumption boasts a number of health benefits. Some studies even propose an IPA may be a healthier pick than a merlot.
Beware, though: Swilling too many pints likely counteracts many of the sudsy beverage’s benefits. Read on to sort through the encouraging research that may help you enjoy a microbrew guilt-free.
When you think about exercise, does it always mean pounding the pavement, sprinting around a racquetball court, cycling at extreme speeds, or doing some other intense workout? If so, it may be time to slow down your exercise routine – at least some of the time.
Slow exercise practices such as qigong, yoga, and tai chi have been touted for thousands of years. Modern studies show they can have incredible benefits, including stronger muscles, improved cardiovascular health, better immune function, and more.
Read on to learn why and how a slow exercise practice may benefit you, especially if you tend to hurry through other things. Then learn about some traditional and modern slow exercise techniques, plus tips to maximize the benefits of slow movement.
Many of our city parks are going to the dogs – literally. There are already about 1,200 off-leash dog parks in the United States. That number is growing rapidly, with an increase of 20 percent between 2010 and 2015 alone.
It’s no wonder. Nearly 57 million American households include a canine family member, and dog parks are a great place to let pooches play, run unleashed, and socialize. Many dogs love dog parks. What better spot for people to meet like-minded dog lovers and do a little dog watching?
I’m an expert in multiple formats, including:
- Deep-dive content articles
- Feature articles
- Short articles
- Infographic copy
- Blog posts
- Book reviews
- Website copy
- Social media updates
For more writing samples, check out my portfolio page.
Nicole McDermott, Communications Editor at Ghergich and Company
I’ve worked with Abby regularly for more than a year and half. In that time, she has written for a number of our clients. I can rely on her to pick up on each outlet’s audience, style, and voice with ease. She can switch from client to client without hesitation and deliver clean, well-researched copy with zero careless mistakes—which makes her an editor’s dream.
Abby consistently produces interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining articles. She is an idea machine and provides clear and thoughtful pitches, even with very little notice. When it comes to visual assets, Abby has a great sense of our design style and knows exactly what—and how much—copy will suit each illustration.
Abby is one of my very favorite writers to work with. She’s always open to discuss edits and make any changes in an extremely timely manner. If you need a writer, contact her. She makes my job an absolute breeze and will no doubt do the same for any other editor.”
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