Hi! I’m Amy. If you’re new here, it’s nice to “meet” you. If you’re an old friend, it’s nice to see you again. Welcome!
Friends, please forgive the mess on my site! I am working on rebuilding my website after a partially successful but partially unsuccessful migration from a different web host. This site has been on the internet since 2005. It had a LOT of content on it. Putting it all back the way it was is going to take awhile. I apologize for the missing photos and broken links!
How can I help you today?
- If you are a publicist, digital marketer, or founder with offerings in the fashion, home furnishings, home improvement, or crafting vertical, and you’re interested in collaborating, I invite you to visit this page for a list of the projects I am currently working on. In particular, right now I am actively seeking expert commentary from architects, interior designers, home remodeling professionals, and tradespeople to post at the home decorating site I manage.
- If you’re considering hiring a writer, I invite you to check out my writing clips. If you like what you read, please contact me.
Please keep in mind that I prefer to ghostwrite, and so I’m not able to share most of the writing I do. Most of my recent work is ghostwriting for digital marketing agencies. I specialize in helping my clients obtain inbound links to their content with the goal of securing better placements for them in Google’s search engine results pages. However, I’m a generalist search engine optimizer (SEO) with significant expertise covering both on-page and off-page SEO techniques.
I’ve signed nondisclosure agreements that prohibit me from sharing this work. I fiercely protect my clients’ privacy. Therefore, you will not find many examples of this work represented in my writer’s portfolio.
- If you’re looking for one of my crochet patterns or crochet tutorials, I invite you to check out the crochet section of my craft website. You can also find me on Ravelry by searching for me by my username, AmySolovay, or my full name, Amy Solovay, using their people search filter.
- If we know each other, and you’d like to reconnect, please send me a connection request at LinkedIn.
- If you’re hoping to see more of the photos I post, please follow me on Instagram. I’m @amysolovay over there.
- If you’re just curious about me or what I’ve been up to, please read on. I’m glad you found me. Thanks for your interest!
Amy Solovay’s Most Interesting Accomplishments
My most interesting accomplishment so far: crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in a 34′ sailboat with my husband, Mike.
The back story: Before I started freelance writing, I worked in the textile industry as a designer, product developer, team manager, and creative director.
In 2008, Mike and I were living near Santa Barbara, California. During the summer months, I was freelancing for Big Dog Sportswear and helping them with their summer print line. In the fall and winter months, I had major down time; when I wasn’t working with Big Dog or hanging out at the beach, I was busy building websites, learning SEO, painting, scrapbooking, making craft projects, and dabbling in freelance writing.
Mike was working full-time as a sales and marketing manager for a local audio visuals company. We spent a lot of time mountain biking and hanging around the beach together. Life was insanely good!
Then we both lost our jobs in late 2008 due to the Great Financial Crisis.
Our jobs in Santa Barbara were not easily replaceable, so we knew we were at a crossroads. We talked about moving back to the Los Angeles area, which is where we had been living before we moved to Santa Barbara.
Then we met a guy who told us it was possible to live for free right outside Santa Barbara Harbor. He was trying to sell us a beat-up old Chris Craft powerboat that he had anchored in Fool’s Anchorage. We checked it out and could pretty easily discern that you’d have to be a billionaire to keep the fuel tanks full on the boat he was offering — and furthermore, we realized that you’d have to be insane to drop anchor in Fool’s Anchorage. It is well named.
Despite all that, I was intrigued at the idea of living aboard a boat — but I was adamant that it had to be a sailboat, not a powerboat. Mike and I talked it over. After much deliberation, we bought a sailboat.
We’ve owned multiple sailboats since then. The first boat we lived aboard was a historic 24-foot wooden boat called Typhoon. She was hull #1 built by noteworthy naval architect, Winthrop Warner. She was an exceptional vessel.
Tyhoon was an amazing boat for cruising the California coast. We spent about 2 years hanging around California, mostly out at Catalina Island but also cruising around the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Ventura.
Since I had already made a start with freelance writing and search engine optimization, I decided to get more serious about those pursuits.
In 2009, I began working with The New York Times Company as the crochet expert for their popular general-interest web property, About.com, which is now defunct. At the time, it was one of the most-visited sites on the internet, according to Comscore.
That was an incredible experience. I had a chance to work with some of the best editors, writers, and SEO analysts in the media industry. My colleagues were proactive about helping and supporting each other. I am still using all the tips, suggestions, and advice they shared with me.
Since then, IAC purchased the About.com network, rebranded it as Dotdash Meredith, and migrated most of the crochet content I wrote to TheSpruceCrafts.com.
Mike and I were living as “digital nomads” for the entire time I managed the crochet subdomain at About.com. I typically worked all day, every day for six days a week. On the seventh day, we’d usually sail, hike, take tours, or explore our surroundings, wherever we happened to be.
After having cruised around the California coast for a couple of years, we got braver and decided to go on a more spectacular journey. We bought a different sailboat, Viva, that was better equipped for an ocean crossing.
We sailed Viva all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. We had the adventure of a lifetime!
Nowadays, we’re back in the USA and living in the mountains of Utah.
I am currently busy with writing and content marketing for paying customers. I do some by-lined writing for Glam.com. I’ve also been working on making scrapbooks about my sailing and travel adventures with Mike. I’m open to working on new projects. I invite you to contact me if you’d like to collaborate.
Thanks so much for dropping by my website today. I appreciate your interest.
This page was last updated on 7-17-2023.