New Jersey Marketing & Public Relations Writer Melanie R. Negrin Featured in New Book Release: Creatively Self-Employed

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Melanie Negrin, a writer specializing in marketing communications for nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurial businesses, shares her insights in "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs."

Melanie R. Negrin is one of 65 writers, designers and artists worldwide sharing their stories about life before, during, and after taking the plunge into creative self-employment. Her story and the stories of others have been combined with advice from life coaches and creative consultants in the book Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs to give writers and artists the support they need to thrive as savvy businesspeople.

"So many creative people experience struggles and think that means they aren't meant to follow an authentic path. This book will help them see that others are in the same boat and that their businesses can succeed despite the trials they face," says author Kristen Fischer. "After graduating from college and working three years at nine to five jobs, I finally took the leap to start my own writing business in 2003. I couldn't have done it without the support of my husband Tim, but today I'm delighted to apply my writing skills to a range of marketing collateral for clients throughout New Jersey."

Melanie R. Negrin is a writer that came back to a passion developed as a young child. After graduating with undergraduate degrees in communications and psychology and graduate degrees in marketing and international business, then following a path into strategic planning and consumer research, Negrin refocused her career on the creative side of marketing, developing the words and images that best capture the essence of her clients' mission, organizational culture, history, and future direction.

As a strategic marketing partner to her clients, Negrin leverages her background in planning to help nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurial businesses fuel growth and reach wider audiences.

Negrin began as a partner in a start-up agency focused on analytical research and creative marketing insights, and then, after the birth of her daughter in March 2003, launched her own marketing and public relations company. Following two years of pro bono project development and business planning, she went back to work full-time in public relations for a regional real estate brokerage in New Jersey.

With the birth of her son in August 2005, Negrin's full-time position was eliminated, and she launched full throttle into leveraging training offered by the State Department of Labor and formally establishing her business. Turning her former full-time employer into her first paid freelance client, Negrin has been successfully growing her revenues and client roster over the past year and a half, establishing a high-quality reputation with clients across the United States and around the world.

Negrin's company, Merocuné Marketing & Public Relations, is dedicated to improving community welfare and contributing to its clients' growth by identifying the essence of each organization's unique story and building community awareness, brand equity, and financial sustainability through marketing communications. Services are as varied as business plan development, grant proposals and fundraising materials, web sites, brand identity kits, media kits, press releases, brochures, eBooks, and articles.

Visit http://www.merocune.com for more information on the services offered by Merocuné Marketing & Public Relations and links to free marketing and development resources.

Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs (ISBN: 978-0-595-42154-1) is available for $16.95 at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. The book features insights by notable authors such as Gail McMeekin (The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, Conari Press), Tera Leigh (How to Be Creative If You Never Thought You Could, North Light Books), and M.J. Ryan (This Year I Will…, Broadway Books). Additional information on the author and artists featured in the book is available at http://www.CreativelySelfEmployed.com.

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