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Who We Are

Our writers have honed their craft for newspapers, magazines, books and for-profit companies as well as non-profit organizations. Each of us has decades of experience writing compelling, persuasive copy that gets the desired results.harry pic 3

The two founders of PitchLetters.Com, Harry Jaffe and Deborah Gallant, launched our service because we have each written many successful proposals, and we know this skill does not come naturally to everyone. Fine, precise writing counts, especially in an environment where writing for social media has compromised the proper use of English.

The Team:

Harry Jaffe, Washington Examiner ColumnistHarry Jaffe

Harry wrote his first pitch letter to U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) in 1978 to land a job as his press secretary. That brought him to Washington, D.C., and he’s been in the capital ever since. He’s covered Congress and the White House for wire services, written award-winning investigative features for magazines, and hundreds of Metro columns for the DC Examiner. He’s co-authored Dream City, the definitive account of DC urban affairs under Marion Barry. Since 1990, he has been National Editor at Washingtonian Magazine.  Jaffe is currently developing  two drama series for the small screen.

Crop 2010 headshotDeborah Gallant

MBA, Business Coach, Fearless Leader of Bold Business Works

Deborah landed two jobs from blind ads in the New York Times (in the olden days when that’s how you applied for jobs.)  That’s how good her letters are.  Her b-school admission essay was published as a stellar example for other applicants.  And in her coaching and marketing work, she has created hundreds of successful pitch documents, letters, book proposals, Powerpoints, resumes and grant proposals.

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Non-profit marketing and communications specialist:  www.donakchin.com.

Don has written grant proposals, fundraising letters, annual reports, case statements, newsletters, websites and blog posts for nonprofit organizations large and small.  He also teaches writing to college students. In past lives he has been an award-winning journalist, magazine editor and marketing director.

Sherrie_BurrellSherrie’ Burrell

President of Burrell Worldwide, an international Public Relations & Marketing firm specializing in Entertainment Management & Business Development.

Sherrie’ knows how to get things done in the entertainment industry, especially in Beverly Hills, where she is based.  Her comprehensive PR services have been utilized by celebrities including Tavis Smiley, The Derwin Smiley Show, Paul Stemp Fitness Training (Australia), The Vivian J. Richardson Group (San Francisco) and SmileyBooks.

Ken DeCellKen DeCell

Writer & Editor

Ken grew up writing for his parents’ weekly newspaper in the Mississippi Delta, was the founding editor of Memphis magazine, and spent three decades as senior editor of The Washingtonian. Co-author of The Thirteen Keys to the Presidency (Madison Books, 1990), he also has worked as a press secretary and legislative aide on Capitol Hill and as editor-in-chief of Roll Call.

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Santa Barbara, CA-based writer and marketing coach, with a broad international business background:  www.mymarketingmessage.com

Maggie says:  “Your most important marketing and sales skill is your ability to get a clear, consistent message across in a way that’s relevant to your ideal clients and compels them to take action.  If you can’t communicate your value in words, all the tools, technology and tactics in the world can’t do their best work for you – you end up spinning your wheels, wasting a lot of time, energy and money, and wondering why it’s not working for you.”

CindyGrogan (2)Cindy Grogan

Professional copywriter, author, creative consultant, CAG Ventures

For 25 years, Cindy Grogan has specialized in delivering copy and content across a wide array of media platforms: from SEO-smart website content, blogs and social media posts, to broadcast scripts (short and long form) catalog and direct response copy, business proposals and more. ” I deliver on time, on message and on budget. Most of my clients have been with me 15 years or more, relying on my ability to ‘get’ their project and bring it to life. “

Jill Hudson NealJill Hudson Neal

Fashion and style guru:  Communications, editorial and public relations strategist

Jill specializes in the beauty, style and fashion industries:  framing, pitching and executing high-impact packages for print, digital and televised media. Jill was an editor and writer at the Washington Post Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, and Washingtonian magazine. She also worked as Director of Communications of the Washington Media Practice at Porter Novelli.

Are you a writer with the chops to join our writing team?  Pitch us!  Send a letter pitching yourself to us:  info@pitchletters.com

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