Salt Water Media Maven

Salt Water Media Maven

Andrea Siedsma
Over the last 20-plus years, I have inked several articles on topics ranging from  general business to high-technology, life sciences, energy/clean technology, defense/military, health care, education and entertainment. My award-winning work  has been featured in the San Diego Magazine, Pacific magazine, San Diego Business Journal, U-T San Diego, BizSanDiego, T Sector magazine, CONNECT newsletter, Hispanic Business magazine, Ocean magazine, San Diego Metropolitan magazine, Workforce magazine, as well as on KPBS Radio. As part of my role at UC San Diego, I helped promote the Jacobs School of Engineering as one of the top engineering schools in the United States through various collaborative PR efforts, including press releases, blogging, video and photo production and social media strategies.
As  a seasoned business writer I helped launch a financial services industry trade magazine called Best Practices magazine. While earning a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University, I learned the quality broadcasting ropes at KPBS radio, where I became a freelance reporter. These days, I combine traditional journalism writing with new media. I have exceptional written/oral communication skills and can articulate easily understandable and compelling content. I also love everything social media and have developed and implemented successful campaigns via Facebook, Twitter and blogs.
While deadline writing feeds my addiction to Cheez-Its, I also fuel my creativity with surfing, yoga, hiking and camping.

surfistaSalt Water Media Sister Mary Mills
Mary Mills’ mantra is “Spellcheck is not your friend.” With a sharp eye and creative flair, Mary harnesses her copyediting and proofreading skills to help clients produce crisp and clean copy, and to catch mistakes often not found through spellcheck.  Her wordsmithing skills have landed her gigs with large companies such as Mattel, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP and Big 5 Sporting Goods. Mary – who holds an M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in English from Whitman College – specializes in copyediting and proofreading large and small documents, such as brochures, white papers, technical manuals, web site copy, legal documents, newsletters and ads.  The former part-time English instructor has also penned various articles for publications such as The Inertia, SurfMeisters Blog, Liquid Salt magazine and The Skateboarder’s Journal. Her musings on the Southern California surf experience can be found on her blog “Black People Don’t Surf.”
Before launching her 14-year publishing career, Mary, who earned a J.D. from Loyola Law School, spent 15 years working for some of the top law firms in Los Angeles, mainly doing paralegal work, deposition digests and proofreading.
To release some steam and to keep her creative juices flowing, Mary gets her kicks surfing, skateboarding and playing the drums.