Jennifer Billock Creative Services

Jennifer Billock Creative Services

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SERVICES AND RATES

Jennifer Billock Creative Services offers editing, writing, and layout design to publications, websites, and businesses. Specialties include culinary and travel writing; book editing; content marketing; recipe writing and editing; and magazine work of all types.

CLIENT SAMPLING

Clients include, but are not limited to, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Playboy, Disney Books, Yahoo Travel, Luxury and Boutique Hotels, Readers Digest, FlyerTalk, Mental Floss, Midwest Living, PPI Group, F+W Media, Marie Claire, Illinois Department of Tourism, Michigan State University Press, Conde Nast Traveler, Perfect Promotions, Lucky Peach, Barilla Pasta.

SERVICES

Editing

Conceptual, Developmental, Line, Proofreading.

Writing

Feature, Snippet, Ghostwriting, Marketing, Social Media.

Design

Magazine, Newspaper, Book, Marketing.

Consulting

Coaching, Communication Plans, Publication Direction.

Speaking

Conferences, Classes, Presentations.

RATES

Rates are based on the Editorial Freelancers Association rates chart. Please contact me for a detailed discussion of your needs.

TESTIMONIALS

Amanda Rooker, Amanda Rooker Editing: “Just wanted to say thanks so much for your edits – freely cutting/reworking was exactly what was needed.”

Rachel Kowalczyk, Amble Resorts: “Jen has a knack for communicating the distinct qualities of a place and its people through her vivacious travel writing. And she delivers unique content with an engaging variety of professionalism that makes working with her especially rewarding.”

Dan Bolton, Tea Magazine: “Jennifer presents her story ideas with the forethought of a seasoned editor. Her insights into what readers expect combined with her thorough research and storytelling skills place her among the top writers that I have hired.”

PORTFOLIO

What You Need to Know About Barrel Char – Tales of the Cocktail

What You Need to Know About Barrel Char – Tales of the Cocktail

Published July 12, 2017

Inside the Wild World of Women With Daddy Fetishes – Playboy

Inside the Wild World of Women With Daddy Fetishes – Playboy

Published June 16, 2017

Trace Martin Luther’s Footsteps Through Germany – Smithsonian

Trace Martin Luther’s Footsteps Through Germany – Smithsonian

Published June 26, 2017

A Guided Tour of Australia’s Blue Mountains Follows Ancient Aboriginal Songlines – Smithsonian

A Guided Tour of Australia’s Blue Mountains Follows Ancient Aboriginal Songlines – Smithsonian

Published June 23, 2017

Spend This Summer With Monks in Rural Utah – Fodor’s

Spend This Summer With Monks in Rural Utah – Fodor’s

Published May 11, 2017

Inside the Space Camp Designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Kids – Mental Floss

Inside the Space Camp Designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Kids – Mental Floss

Published May 10, 2017

Hike in the Footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt – Smithsonian

Hike in the Footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt – Smithsonian

Published April 28, 2017

Explore China’s Ancient Water Towns – Smithsonian

Explore China’s Ancient Water Towns – Smithsonian

Published April 28, 2017

A Founder of Earth Day Looks Back on How It Began – mental_floss

A Founder of Earth Day Looks Back on How It Began – mental_floss

Published April 21, 2017

This Luxury Hotel in London Was Once a Secret Spy Base – Smithsonian

This Luxury Hotel in London Was Once a Secret Spy Base – Smithsonian

Published April 18, 2017

I Have to Wear Gloves All Year Round – Racked

I Have to Wear Gloves All Year Round – Racked

Published March 30, 2017

Immigrant Trash Becomes Music Instruments – New York Post

Immigrant Trash Becomes Music Instruments – New York Post

Published March 30, 2017

From Street Life to Hollywood: Father-Son Photographers – OZY

From Street Life to Hollywood: Father-Son Photographers – OZY

Published March 24, 2017

Scotland’s Newest Nature Trails Are Underwater – Smithsonian

Scotland’s Newest Nature Trails Are Underwater – Smithsonian

Published March 13, 2017

How Gender Determines Our Perception of Genius – OZY

How Gender Determines Our Perception of Genius – OZY

Published March 3, 2017

New Caribbean Dive Site: A Ship That Survived Pearl Harbor – The New York Times

New Caribbean Dive Site: A Ship That Survived Pearl Harbor – The New York Times

Published March 8, 2017

4 Spectacular Shipwrecks You Can Dive Near Chicago – Mental Floss

4 Spectacular Shipwrecks You Can Dive Near Chicago – Mental Floss

Published February 28, 2017

Colombia’s Underground Salt Mine Cathedral – Smithsonian

Colombia’s Underground Salt Mine Cathedral – Smithsonian

Published February 28, 2017

WWI Fake Spy Trees – Smithsonian

WWI Fake Spy Trees – Smithsonian

Published February 24, 2017

A Chivas Masters Judge Shares What it Takes to Win – Tales of the Cocktail

A Chivas Masters Judge Shares What it Takes to Win – Tales of the Cocktail

Published February 24, 2017

New Priority for Ocean Resorts: Restoring Reefs – The New York Times

New Priority for Ocean Resorts: Restoring Reefs – The New York Times

Published February 23, 2017

Visit Seven Historic Recording Studios – Smithsonian

Visit Seven Historic Recording Studios – Smithsonian

Published February 15, 2017

How Moonshine Bootlegging Gave Rise to NASCAR – Smithsonian

How Moonshine Bootlegging Gave Rise to NASCAR – Smithsonian

Published February 1, 2017

Explore the Ruins of an Ancient Incense Route – Smithsonian

Explore the Ruins of an Ancient Incense Route – Smithsonian

Published January 26, 2017

Checking In with No-Tip Bars: What’s Working and What’s Not – Tales of the Cocktail

Checking In with No-Tip Bars: What’s Working and What’s Not – Tales of the Cocktail

Published January 24, 2017

How Clearing Criminal Records Puts People to Work – The Atlantic/CityLab

How Clearing Criminal Records Puts People to Work – The Atlantic/CityLab

Published January 10, 2017

The World’s First Gin Hotel Just Opened in London – Tales of the Cocktail

The World’s First Gin Hotel Just Opened in London – Tales of the Cocktail

Published January 5, 2017

Where Swimming With Otters Brings Peace and Healing to Kids (and Adults) – Mental Floss

Where Swimming With Otters Brings Peace and Healing to Kids (and Adults) – Mental Floss

Published January 5, 2017

How Ancient Volcanoes Created Armenia’s Pink City – Smithsonian

How Ancient Volcanoes Created Armenia’s Pink City – Smithsonian

Published December 28, 2016

A Brief History of America’s Most Outrageous Dentist – Smithsonian

A Brief History of America’s Most Outrageous Dentist – Smithsonian

Published December 28, 2016

The Hidden Mickeys of Disneyland – Disney Books

The Hidden Mickeys of Disneyland – Disney Books

Published May 2015

Destino – Disney Books

Destino – Disney Books

Published October 2015

A Cooking Safari with Mickey – Disney Books

A Cooking Safari with Mickey – Disney Books

Published 2015

Oyster Hunting in Denmark – Ensemble Vacations

Oyster Hunting in Denmark – Ensemble Vacations

Published in the Winter 2016 issue

Crocheted Coral Reefs Raise Awareness of Real Reefs’ Destruction – mental_floss

Crocheted Coral Reefs Raise Awareness of Real Reefs’ Destruction – mental_floss

Published December 7, 2016

How to Experience a Mission to Mars – Smithsonian

How to Experience a Mission to Mars – Smithsonian

Published December 5, 2016

An Affair to Remember – Advantages Magazine

An Affair to Remember – Advantages Magazine

Published mid-September, 2016

The Motorcycle that Rode the Tsunami – Smithsonian

The Motorcycle that Rode the Tsunami – Smithsonian

Published September 12, 2016

Louisiana’s Most Famous Sausage – Smithsonian

Louisiana’s Most Famous Sausage – Smithsonian

Published September 16, 2016

Haiku History on the Basho Trail in Japan – CN Traveler

Haiku History on the Basho Trail in Japan – CN Traveler

Published September 15, 2016

Making Impossible Cheese in Belize – GOOD

Making Impossible Cheese in Belize – GOOD

Published September 8, 2016

Second Life’s Kink and Fetish Community – Thrillist

Second Life’s Kink and Fetish Community – Thrillist

Published August 12, 2016

Japan’s Fake Food – Smithsonian

Japan’s Fake Food – Smithsonian

Published August 4, 2016

How to Spend 24 Hours in Copenhagen – TripCreator

How to Spend 24 Hours in Copenhagen – TripCreator

Published July 13, 2016

Indiana University Library’s Lilly Library and its Rare Collection – Smithsonian

Indiana University Library’s Lilly Library and its Rare Collection – Smithsonian

Published June 23, 2016

How to do a Proper Cheese Road Trip through Wisconsin – Matador

How to do a Proper Cheese Road Trip through Wisconsin – Matador

Published June 23, 2016

Dwindling Isle Royale Wolf Numbers – Earth Island Journal

Dwindling Isle Royale Wolf Numbers – Earth Island Journal

Published June 14, 2016

The 29 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals of 2016 – Smithsonian

The 29 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals of 2016 – Smithsonian

Published June 7, 2016

A Spider vs. Gecko Battle Showed Me the True Heart of Belize – Paste

A Spider vs. Gecko Battle Showed Me the True Heart of Belize – Paste

Published May 26, 2016

Discover America’s Bloody History at Five Famous Dueling Grounds – Smithsonian

Discover America’s Bloody History at Five Famous Dueling Grounds – Smithsonian

Published May 24, 2016

Inside the Weird, Wonderful World of Naked Skydiving – Thrillist

Inside the Weird, Wonderful World of Naked Skydiving – Thrillist

Published May 23, 2016

Why Everyone Should Consider Taking A Nudist Cruise – Thrillist

Why Everyone Should Consider Taking A Nudist Cruise – Thrillist

Published May 20, 2016

5 Classic Fermented Foods – The Kitchn

5 Classic Fermented Foods – The Kitchn

Published April 7, 2016

6 Unexpected Island Namesakes – Mental Floss

6 Unexpected Island Namesakes – Mental Floss

Published April 4, 2016

A Cheese-Lover’s Guide to the Midwest – Smithsonian

A Cheese-Lover’s Guide to the Midwest – Smithsonian

Published April 1, 2016

Country Hotel Anna review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Country Hotel Anna review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Published March 2016

Tamaya Resort and Spa review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Tamaya Resort and Spa review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Published March 2016

How to Foster Creativity In Your Bar Team – Tales of the Cocktail

How to Foster Creativity In Your Bar Team – Tales of the Cocktail

Published March 31, 2016

Turned on by Handwriting – Playboy

Turned on by Handwriting – Playboy

Published March 9, 2016

Courthouse Dogs Help Victims Tell Their Stories – mental_floss

Courthouse Dogs Help Victims Tell Their Stories – mental_floss

Published February 26, 2016

Cocktail Inspiration in the Least Likely Places – Tales of the Cocktail

Cocktail Inspiration in the Least Likely Places – Tales of the Cocktail

Published February 25, 2016

How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field – Smithsonian

How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field – Smithsonian

Published February 12, 2016

Protecting the Architectural Legacy of Columbus, Indiana – Belt Magazine

Protecting the Architectural Legacy of Columbus, Indiana – Belt Magazine

Published February 4, 2016

Open Range Meets Open Mic – Smithsonian

Open Range Meets Open Mic – Smithsonian

Published January 29, 2016

Behind the Scenes at America’s Most Lucrative Elvis Presley Tribute Contest – Smithsonian

Behind the Scenes at America’s Most Lucrative Elvis Presley Tribute Contest – Smithsonian

Published January 8, 2016

Giant Christmas Displays Are Taking Over Malls Throughout Asia

Giant Christmas Displays Are Taking Over Malls Throughout Asia

Published December 23, 2015

Chicago City Guide – Travel + Leisure

Chicago City Guide – Travel + Leisure

Published November 2015 and updated as needed

Illegal in Iceland: Quirky Bans From the Land of Fire and Ice – Smithsonian

Illegal in Iceland: Quirky Bans From the Land of Fire and Ice – Smithsonian

Published December 16, 2015

The Origin of Krampus, Europe’s Evil Twist on Santa – Smithsonian

The Origin of Krampus, Europe’s Evil Twist on Santa – Smithsonian

Published December 4, 2015

Go Down the Rabbit Hole in This Fantastical French Park – Smithsonian

Go Down the Rabbit Hole in This Fantastical French Park – Smithsonian

Published December 1, 2015

Best Places to Travel in 2016: Liege, Belgium – Travel + Leisure

Best Places to Travel in 2016: Liege, Belgium – Travel + Leisure

Published December 1, 2015

Embrace the Art of Failure at Austria’s Nonseum – Smithsonian

Embrace the Art of Failure at Austria’s Nonseum – Smithsonian

Published November 10, 2015

Tobacco as a Foodie Trend – The Guardian

Tobacco as a Foodie Trend – The Guardian

Published November 3, 2015

The Brain’s Embarrassing Responses to Fear – Brain Decoder

The Brain’s Embarrassing Responses to Fear – Brain Decoder

Published October 29, 2015

Tips From Syfy’s Ghost Hunters – Yahoo Travel

Tips From Syfy’s Ghost Hunters – Yahoo Travel

Published October 30, 2015

Wild-Fermented Beer Yeast – Eater

Wild-Fermented Beer Yeast – Eater

Published November 2, 2015

Custom Whiskey Blends – Tales of the Cocktail

Custom Whiskey Blends – Tales of the Cocktail

Published November 2, 2015

So, Where are we at with Time Travel? – Playboy

So, Where are we at with Time Travel? – Playboy

Published October 21, 2015

The 19 Best Things to do in Chicago for Halloween – Travel + Leisure

The 19 Best Things to do in Chicago for Halloween – Travel + Leisure

Published October 14, 2015

Are Insects the Future of Food? – Lucky Peach

Are Insects the Future of Food? – Lucky Peach

Published in print Fall 2015; Published online September 21, 2015

How Social Media is Helping to Save Endangered Languages – Mental Floss

How Social Media is Helping to Save Endangered Languages – Mental Floss

Published September 17, 2015

Top Candidates for Non-Human Consciousness – Love Nature

Top Candidates for Non-Human Consciousness – Love Nature

Published September 17, 2015

Digital Amnesia Helps More Than It Hurts – Brain Decoder

Digital Amnesia Helps More Than It Hurts – Brain Decoder

Published September 15, 2015

The End of the World is Coming, Again – Playboy

The End of the World is Coming, Again – Playboy

Published September 9, 2015

Prison Cats Reform Inmates – Mental Floss

Prison Cats Reform Inmates – Mental Floss

Published August 6, 2015

Manitoulin Island’s Haweaters – Atlas Obscura

Manitoulin Island’s Haweaters – Atlas Obscura

Published August 6, 2015

Spain’s Cork Forest Eco-Tour – The New York Times

Spain’s Cork Forest Eco-Tour – The New York Times

Published online July 8, 2015; Published in print July 12, 2015

All Hail the Sharing Economy – Playboy

All Hail the Sharing Economy – Playboy

Published June 26, 2015

Images of Modern America: Kenosha – Arcadia Publishing

Images of Modern America: Kenosha – Arcadia Publishing

Published June 22, 2015

The Science of Immortality – Playboy

The Science of Immortality – Playboy

Published June 22, 2015

The Dark Side of the Spoon: What Astronauts Eat in Space – Serious Eats

The Dark Side of the Spoon: What Astronauts Eat in Space – Serious Eats

Published June 18, 2015

The No-Fee Coworking Space – Northside Innovation Insider

The No-Fee Coworking Space – Northside Innovation Insider

Published June 8, 2015

Dissecting Facebook’s Fakers – GOOD

Dissecting Facebook’s Fakers – GOOD

Published June 4, 2015

Why We Stalk Our Exes on Facebook – Mental Floss

Why We Stalk Our Exes on Facebook – Mental Floss

Published June 1, 2015

London’s Meatiest Street Food Tour – Conde Nast Traveler

London’s Meatiest Street Food Tour – Conde Nast Traveler

Published June 1, 2015

Donating My Eggs Almost Ruined My Life – Marie Claire

Donating My Eggs Almost Ruined My Life – Marie Claire

Published May 22, 2015

Controversy as an Amenity – National Geographic Traveler

Controversy as an Amenity – National Geographic Traveler

Published May 2015

Artisans of Alaska – Disney Cruise Guide

Artisans of Alaska – Disney Cruise Guide

Published May 2015

It’s Called Whisper Porn, Have You Heard? – Playboy

It’s Called Whisper Porn, Have You Heard? – Playboy

Published May 13, 2015

Set Sail With the Miskito People in Nicaragua – Yahoo Travel

Set Sail With the Miskito People in Nicaragua – Yahoo Travel

Published April 3, 2015

Best Kept Secrets of the Paris Food Scene – CN Traveler

Best Kept Secrets of the Paris Food Scene – CN Traveler

Published March 27, 2015

Behind the Scenes with ‘Outlander’s’ Gaelic Expert – BlogHer.com

Behind the Scenes with ‘Outlander’s’ Gaelic Expert – BlogHer.com

Published March 23, 2015

7 Challenges You Face as a Female Freelancer – Matador Network

7 Challenges You Face as a Female Freelancer – Matador Network

Published March 18, 2015

Parched Corn and Rye Coffee: Eating as a Civil War Soldier – Serious Eats

Parched Corn and Rye Coffee: Eating as a Civil War Soldier – Serious Eats

Published March 16, 2015

Route 66 – 2015 Illinois Travel Guide

Route 66 – 2015 Illinois Travel Guide

Published January 2015

Fright Nights – 2015 Illinois Travel Guide

Fright Nights – 2015 Illinois Travel Guide

Published January 2015

Friday Fish Fry in Wisconsin – Midwest Living

Friday Fish Fry in Wisconsin – Midwest Living

Published March/April 2015

All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains – Disney Books

All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains – Disney Books

Published September 1, 2015

An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters – Disney Books

An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters – Disney Books

Published June 30, 2015

Wake Up Beauty!: It’s Not About the Prince – Lisa Marie Jenkins

Wake Up Beauty!: It’s Not About the Prince – Lisa Marie Jenkins

Published February 10, 2015

Travel Can Be Therapy: Q&A with Wild Author Cheryl Strayed – Yahoo Travel

Travel Can Be Therapy: Q&A with Wild Author Cheryl Strayed – Yahoo Travel

Published December 16, 2014

How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S. – Yahoo Travel

How to Be Wowed By the Northern Lights in the U.S. – Yahoo Travel

Published December 15, 2014

Pressing It – The Writer Magazine

Pressing It – The Writer Magazine

Published December 2014

“Food in the Civil War Era: The South” Modernized Cookbook – MSU Press

“Food in the Civil War Era: The South” Modernized Cookbook – MSU Press

Published May 1, 2015

“Food in the Civil War Era: The North” Modernized Cookbook – MSU Press

“Food in the Civil War Era: The North” Modernized Cookbook – MSU Press

Published May 1, 2015

Marriott-MIT Partnership Redefines Social Networking – FlyerTalk

Marriott-MIT Partnership Redefines Social Networking – FlyerTalk

Published October 20, 2014

Trump Toronto Review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Trump Toronto Review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Lovers’ Landmarks – Yahoo Travel

Lovers’ Landmarks – Yahoo Travel

Published September 12, 2014

Brew Tasty Tea Beer – The Daily Tea

Brew Tasty Tea Beer – The Daily Tea

Published September 11, 2014

Abbyson Living Press Release

Abbyson Living Press Release

Published August 20, 2014

Restaurant Day – Yahoo Travel

Restaurant Day – Yahoo Travel

Published August 13, 2014

Ad-Lib Geocafe – Daily Herald

Ad-Lib Geocafe – Daily Herald

Published May 30, 2014

Liège, Belgium: The City on the Steps – World Travel Buzz

Liège, Belgium: The City on the Steps – World Travel Buzz

Published April 23, 2014

Winning Over Customers for Infini-tea – World Tea News

Winning Over Customers for Infini-tea – World Tea News

Published March 24, 2014

Dominican Hotel Review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Dominican Hotel Review – Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Planting a Pet-Friendly Garden – Northwest Quarterly

Planting a Pet-Friendly Garden – Northwest Quarterly

Published Spring 2013

World Travel Buzz

World Travel Buzz

I am the Managing Editor of World Travel Buzz.

Images of America: Keweenaw County – Arcadia Publishing

Images of America: Keweenaw County – Arcadia Publishing

Published May 12, 2014

Let’s Throw a ParTEA – Tea Magazine

Let’s Throw a ParTEA – Tea Magazine

Published July/August 2013

Celebrating Military Families

Celebrating Military Families

Designed the entire “Celebrating Military Families” magazine and wrote several of the articles

Designed pages for the Lake County Journal

Designed pages for the Lake County Journal

Special designed section in the newspaper

Illinois Brass Band Marketing Collateral

Illinois Brass Band Marketing Collateral

Marketing materials for the Illinois Brass Band including concert posters and a tri-fold brochure

Kraft Foods SHARP’n UPPS Newsletter

Kraft Foods SHARP’n UPPS Newsletter

One of a series of newsletters for Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods STARS.Com Newsletter

Kraft Foods STARS.Com Newsletter

One of a series of finance newsletters for Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods eLearning Course

Kraft Foods eLearning Course

One of many eLearning courses designed for Kraft Foods, March 2010

Spice Restaurant and Lounge review: Daily Herald

Spice Restaurant and Lounge review: Daily Herald

Published Dec 2013

Spa Profile: New Moon – DAYSPA Magazine

Spa Profile: New Moon – DAYSPA Magazine

Published Oct 2013

Market Your Work Like a PR Pro – Songwriters Market

Market Your Work Like a PR Pro – Songwriters Market

Published Oct 2013

Wine Buzz – Broughton Quarterly

Wine Buzz – Broughton Quarterly

Published Spring 2012

The Good Health Guide to Belize – The Ambler

The Good Health Guide to Belize – The Ambler

Published Sept 2012

Plan Bee – Tea Magazine

Plan Bee – Tea Magazine

Published Jan/Feb 2013

How to Survive in the Belizean Rainforest – World Travel Buzz

How to Survive in the Belizean Rainforest – World Travel Buzz

Published Feb 2013

Sea Kayaking in Belize – The Ambler

Sea Kayaking in Belize – The Ambler

Published Dec 2011

Free Falling – World Travel Buzz

Free Falling – World Travel Buzz

Published Dec 2012

Kneaded: Life Skills – Taste of Home Magazine

Kneaded: Life Skills – Taste of Home Magazine

Published April/May 2012

Miscellaneous Travel Photos

All images ©Jennifer Billock 2014

Miscellaneous Travel Photos

Ireland 2011 Gallery

All images ©Jennifer Billock 2014

Ireland 2011 Gallery

Maui 2009 Gallery

All images ©Jennifer Billock 2014

Maui 2009 Gallery

Metro Milwaukee Guide

Metro Milwaukee Guide

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