Melanie Astaire Witt

A former president of SD/PEN and current newsletter editor and columnist, Melanie is a freelance editor, writer, and ghostwriter with more than 25 years of substantial and varied experience. For many years, she wrote extensively on careers, including authoring the critically acclaimed "Job Strategies for People With Disabilities: Enable Yourself for Today's Job Market" to coincide with the enactment of the employment title of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Melanie was also a speaker on careers, education, and diversity issues at colleges and businesses.

She was a senior writer for Sun Features, Inc, a San Diego-based careers publisher. She contributed regularly to "Career World," the leading careers periodical used in the nation's classrooms. Melanie later developed a new magazine "School Pals," a national elementary school publication, and served as editor-in-chief.

Melanie holds a copyediting certificate from the University of California, San Diego. She enjoys editing just about anything that contains words. She has a special interest in books, newsletters, and magazine articles. But don't leave out business promotional materials or handbooks or web content. And then there's the ghostwriting -- which she'll probably never be able to tell you about to protect the identity of her authors.

SD/PEN Involvement:
President, Board of Directors (2014)
Newsletter Columnist (2019-present)
Newsletter Editor (2013-2014 & 2019-present)
Website Committee Member (2013-2015)
Director, Board of Directors (2012-2014)

Business Name

Freelance Editor


Types of Editing Services Offered

Copyediting, Substantive Editing

Types of Writing Services Offered

Copywriting, Ghostwriting, Rewriting, Writing

Other Services Offered

Consulting, Newsletter Production

Subject Specialties

Arts & Entertainment, Business & Finance, Education & Training, Health & Medicine, Humanities & Social Sciences, Literature & Poetry, Marketing & Communications, Psychology, Real Estate, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help, Travel & Leisure

Project Specialties

Articles & Essays, Biographies & Memoirs, Books (Children), Books (Nonfiction), Business Documents & Forms, Marketing Materials, Proposals, Textbooks (College), Textbooks (K-12), Trade Books & Journals, Training Manuals & Materials, Web Content