Award-winning Journalist Penny Fletcher, Author, Editor & Blogger

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Published Credits


Freelance magazine journalist:

Today's Christian Woman, Gulf Coast Fisherman, and MacFadden Enterprises True Story, True Romance & True Confessions 1982-1986


Freelance Journalist & Photographer:

The Tampa Tribune's Outdoor Section, 1982-1986


Reporter, Editor, Trainer & Bureau Editor:

Sunbelt Newspapers, 1987-2007

Sunbelt bought by The Tampa Tribune in 1992; then also a columnist for The Tampa Tribune 2004-2007 (approximately 12,000 bylines at an average of three a week, comprised of hard news, features, columns and editorials)


Outsource Editor:

Amazon Books first publishing venture: BookSurge (on the side) 2001-2005. Edited books for authors; ghost wrote New York Times Reviews; Wrote back-jacket copy and marketing letters for the books I edited.


Author: 

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE, (a nonfiction book about domestic abuse) published by Rainbow's End in Baden, Pennsylvania in 1992. The publisher, Bettie Tucker, flew me to speak at a coference there. This business is now closed and only used copies are in print.   


Author: THE SUMERIAN SECRET

A suspense thriller, fiction based on fact, for those who like books like The DaVinci Code.


Freelance Writer & Photographer: 

The Observer News & The Riverview Current, based in Ruskin, Florida, from 2007-2016 while also operating my own editorial service at www.pennyfletcher.com and for the writing and editing division of www.Guru.com.


Writing Course:

"Write Your Heart Out" fiction technique classes given at Community Church College (senior education department) in Sun City Center. Florida.  Also a former contributor to www.authorlink.com's "Writing Tips" section. 


Current books on "Books" Page

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Feedback & Testimonials


Feedback from satisfied clients may be viewed on Guru on line (writing & editing) service at:

https://www.guru.com/freelancers/38--year-editor-has-your-back-


Linked-In 250+ endorsements from former clients (taken off website for space) https://www.linkedin.com/in/penny-fletcher-a981388?trk=hp-identity-photo


Fans: Personal page on Facebook 5.000; also fan base on Twitter. 

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242871933


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Awards

Stopped entering contests when quit newspaper work in 2016


2015- First Place state-wide, Best Original Photographic Spread, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence-  Observer News


2012- Honorable Mention state-wide, Hard News Story – (freelance for) The Observer News, “New Homeland Security Regulations to Affect Driver’s License Renewal”


2012- Honorable Mention, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards for Excellence- (freelance for) The Riverview Current, “Farmers Lose Thousands as Freeze Kills Stock”


2010-Second Place state-wide, The Florida Press Association, Hard news (category over 25,000 circulation; freelance for) The Observer News, “Health Care at Crisis Point”


2010- First Place state-wide, The Florida Press Association, (freelance for) The Observer News & The Tampa Bay Current, (column about how to find care if you have no insurance) –“Seek and Ye Shall Find”


2010- Third Place state-wide Community Papers of Florida, (freelance for) The Observer News, serious column category, “Faith-based Centers Struggle to keep up with Area Homeless”


2010- Honorable Mention, state-wide, Community Papers of Florida, Hard News, (freelance for) The Riverview Current, “Residents Plead with Commissioners to Keep Programs in Place”


2009 Second Place state-wide, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence- (freelance for) The Observer News, “Why the Crist Plan for Health Insurance Isn’t Helping Those who Need it Most”


2009 – Honorable Mention, state-wide, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence, Best original Writing, (freelance for) The Tampa Bay Current- “Just Horsin’ Around”


2009 Community Journalist of the Year, awarded by the Sun City Center FL Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (while editor of The Sun City Sun)


2008-Florida Dental Association- state-wide, Best Dental-Related story (while editor of The Sun City Sun)


2005- Honorable Mention state-wide, Florida Press Association, (while editor of The Sun City Sun) in the Sunbelt Newspaper Inc. chain) serious column category more than 25,000: “Studies Show Aging in Place the Best Elder Option”


2004- Third Place state-wide, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards for Excellence (while editor of The Sun City Sun) Best Original Writing category for “Life in the Ford White House”


2002- Florida Press Association, Third Place state-wide, Hard News category (no name of story on certificate but it was about immigration) -while editor of The South Shore News


2002 - Honorable Mention in the Inspirational Writing Category for “Coincidences? No Way” in the Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Contest (contest drew 19,000 entries in all categories)


2002- Second Place, News Story, state-wide, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence, story unnamed on certificate (while editor of The South Shore News)


2000 Second Place statewide, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence (while editor of The Sun City Sun and The East Bay Breeze) story unnamed on certificate


2000- Honorable Mention in the News category of the annual Writer’s Digest for “Aging in Place Proves Best Option for Seniors” (contest drew 18,000 entries in all categories)


1999- First Place Community Editorial, state-wide (story unnamed on certificate) Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence


1998- First Place- Community Interest Editorial state-wide, (story unnamed on certificate)


1998—First Place statewide, Community Papers of Florida Annual Awards of Excellence – Best Original Photography to Accent a News Story