When she was three years old Elaine Day was penning fiction. By the age of seven she had entered a publishing contest with a scathing indictment of a political administration. Her choice of topics may have changed, but Day continues to write. These days, her writing is done for others and often without her name attached.
Day has been freelancing since 2000 and started her own business, Words Written Well, in 2007. It took a while to attract clients but those who find her tend to stay with her. Her business is built on repeat customers she said.
Day’s clients run the gamut from travel to law, event planning and parenting advice. She writes books and articles, provides content for brochures and websites, and represents companies on social media. Her clients provide the research and knowledge and Day does the rest. “I take their good ideas and make it into great word play,” she said.
One of the features Day likes best about her job is getting the opportunity to learn new things. Her clients come from across the globe and one of her biggest is a tourist group based in St. Lucia; an island she has never visited. “I walk away from a project knowing more than when I walked in,” she said. “It’s more than a paycheck; it’s an opportunity to stretch my brain. I tend to walk away with a passion for what my clients do for a living.”
The downside to Day’s work is that most of it is done as a ghostwriter. “You sit down and write a book that you’re proud of,” she said “but someone else has their name on it.”
She has written dozens of books but only the one about her personal struggles with Asperger’s Disease has her name on the cover. “That can be frustrating,” she said “but I’m passionate about what I do. I love my clients but sometimes it’s hard to create these works of art and not have my name on them.”
Day grew up with her grandfather in Florida but moved to Vermont in 2000 to meet her biological mother. “I fell in love with the people and the land in Vermont,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.”
Initially Day moved to Colchester but after trying several Chittenden County towns she discovered Hinesburg. “It resembles the small town where I grew up,” she said “only colder.”
Day thinks the public would be surprised to learn how much writing work is out-sourced. “People have brilliant ideas,” she said “but they don’t necessarily know how to engage others.”
Day enjoys writing books because there is a tangible end product but she also enjoys being the social media spokesperson of a company. “It’s a very different kind of writing,” she said “but it’s fun because you become the voice of the brand.”
Day would love to have more local clientele. “Hinesburg gives me so much every day,” she said. “It feels like I’m part of something and I have a strong desire to help these businesses see their goals get recognized the way I’m recognized by name when I walk into Lantman’s or the library. I love being part of a community.”