About Michelle V. Rafter

Michelle RafterMichelle V. Rafter is a business journalist covering work, tech and finance for consumer and business publications, and managing editorial projects for online publishers and other organizations.

Rafter writes the twice monthly On the Job column for the Orange County Register, and has had recent stories in the Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, NBCNews.com, Purple Clover, Edmunds.com, and Workforce Management.

As an editor and project manager, Rafter works with Great Place to Work Institute, creator of the annual Fortune 100 Best Places to Work list; SmartBrief, American Express, Street Fight, and Federated Media.

In the past, Rafter’s work has appeared in Entrerpreneur.com, SecondAct.com, BlogHer, Inc.com, Portfolio.com, CBSMoneyWatch.com, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Oregonian, Oregon BusinessIndustry Standard, Internet World, and other national business and consumer publications.

Rafter’s WordCount blog covers writing basics, running a freelance business and tech tools for writers. Since launching in January 2008, WordCount has been recognized as a top 10 freelance blog by blogRank, a top 10 writing blog by Writing White Papers, and a top 40 freelance writing blog by oDesk. WordCount has been part of BlogHer’s advertising network since February 2010.

Rafter is a member of the Online News Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Society of Business Publication Editors, Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and Journalism & Women Symposium.


27 responses to “About Michelle V. Rafter”

  1. Jean Gogolin

    Hi Michelle. I found your blog through Google Alerts, though the specific link is gone. Good stuff!
    Sounds as though we’ve done many of the same things, (including writing about RFID) though I’m primariy a speechwriter. My blog is at http://wordtales.typepad.com in case you’d like to take a look.
    Jean Gogolin

  2. Harry Medved

    Hey Michelle: i fondly remember your stories for the LA TIMES – and happened to read your great profile of the wonderful Mr. Burmeister – I had a Portland-based story idea for you – please contact me at [email protected] – best, Harry

  3. Apple

    Hello Michelle,

    Great site! I found this site very helpful and very interesting.

    Keep writing!

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  4. agrio27

    hi, Michelle. Do you accept advertisements in your blog? If so how much do you charge for them?


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  6. Dan Baum

    Yours is a wonderful site. I’d started a rather lame attempt at a blog for freelancers, but yours is so thorough and engaging that I’m taking mine down. Congratulations on a really first-rate blog.

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  10. Chhay

    Hi Michelle,

    Great blog and advice for freelancers!

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  12. Kim Hillman

    Hey, Michelle, congratulations on creating such a fantastic blog! You’ve got some really helpful advice here.

    I write a blog too – Writing For Riches With Booklets. I would love to do a guest post for you some time if you’re interested.

    I tried the freelance thing for a while, but I found that if I took those articles I was writing and put them between two covers, I could sell them over and over again instead of only once. It really made a difference for me.

    Take care and keep writing!


  13. Robin

    Hi Michelle,

    Great website loaded with wonderful information for new freelancers like myself. I see we both attended Marquette, too. So sorry I missed the Twitter discussion earlier.

    I’ll be back!


  14. Valerie Ward

    I’ve subscribed to a lot of blogs and feeds over the past few years, but find Word Count one of the most focused and engaging. I admire your ability to keep the material consistently useful, interesting, timely, and innovative. Your Top 10 award for writers’ blogs is well-deserved. Kudos to you.

    1. Valerie Ward

      Hi Michelle and thanks for inviting topic suggestions. This may fall outside the scope of WordCount, but perhaps some advice/tips for those of us who write on contract for corporate clients as well as for print and online media. Some possibilities: pitching your services to prospective clients; managing the client relationship; new business development through networking (face-to-face and social media). Just some thoughts.
      Thanks very much.

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    […] 5. About Michelle V. Rafter – I have to admit, this is a bit of a shocker. My little old About page, which has been on the site since day one, is one of its most popular destinations. What that tells me is people are using the site to find out more about me: are they editors in need of a writer, sources, bloggers wanting to know more about the organizer of the blogathon, or fellow Portland writers? Who knows. What I do know is that I better make sure it’s up to date. […]

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  23. Jamie

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m blessed that I’m here! I found your blog while searching for the top writing tips blogs and I’m glad found this. Here is a lot of information that would help me. Thank you!

  24. Barbara Rath

    Just an FYI – I mentioned your blog at http://barbararath.com/2014/02/23/my-disorganized-life/. Please let me know if you want the link removed.

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