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About Carol J. Alexander

About Carol J. Alexander • Shenandoah Valley Freelance Writer & Editor


You’re still here? Great! Let me tell you a little about myself.

Since 2007, my work has been published in BackHome, Grit, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, From Scratch, Home Education, The Old Schoolhouse, and in regional parenting magazines all over North America.

As a former columnist for my local newspaper, several highly trafficked blogs and a national magazine, I understand the meaning of a deadline. Discipline, attention to detail, research and interviewing skills have made it possible for my writing to reach millions of readers.

As editor of Shenandoah Living magazine, I edited stories about people and communities in the most beautiful place in the world—the Shenandoah Valley. I worked with a team of writers to keep a full editorial calendar, reviewed query letters and made assignments, assigned photographers and made appropriate selections from their submissions, and collaborated with layout and design on the perfect placement of stories, ads and photographs to bring readers a stunning experience of their world.

As the editor of the Fermentools blog, I work with a team of writers to post at least twice weekly. I edit copy for grammar and style, as well as keywords. I create compelling headlines that are found on search engines, graphics to be shared on social media channels, and a monthly newsletter for subscribers.

As a freelance copy editor and proofreader, I have helped other entrepreneurs and business owners make their web and marketing copy stand out from the masses. I am a proven typo magnet and always look for ways to improve the job at hand.


And in my spare time…

In 2012, I published a series of unit studies for homeschoolers and involved parents called Lessons from the Homestead. Written to show parents how to teach their children academic skills alongside their farm chores, each study features over 50 lessons in math, science, language, and more.

In 2014, I published Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals. This five-star rated book shows the busy homesteading homemaker how to prepare her food at harvest time so she spends less time making supper the rest of the year.

And in 2015, I developed Break into Magazine Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Published. This five-week course takes new writers from generating story ideas to writing a query letter that sells.


But all work and no play…

I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, three of our six children, and an unusual assortment of critters. When not working or watching my two granddaughters, I’m usually in the garden, reading a good novel, or painting and doodling in my planner.


Contact information

Carol J. Alexander • 540-333-6898 • carol@caroljalexander.com