Joanne M. Anderson

Blacksburg, VA 24060

Bonnie Cash and Joanne closeWork Experience

2006 to present:
Managing Editor and Feature Writer
New River Valley Magazine, Blacksburg, VA
NRV Social Scene Magazine, Blacksburg, VA
(SSM ceased publication, June 2014)

I manage every issue starting with article ideas and theme appropriate topics to writing and photo assignments, researching and writing feature stories, editing articles to AP style, adding titles, subheadings, taglines and sidebars, keeping each issue file up to date, coordinating with interns and freelancers, ad reps and layout and design team. Bi-monthly, high quality, consumer, print, regional publication,

1990 to present:  Freelance Writer, Editor

Editor of Couture Flowers Magazine since 2014. Thousands of blogs, websites, press releases, business plans and articles on myriad subjects for national and regional publications ~ Many business features and cover stories for the Blue Ridge Business Journal (out of print) ~ managing editor for (and tried to buy) The Inn Times (national trade newspaper)  ~ editorial assistant and staff writer, part time, The Roanoke Times ~  articles published in Log Home Living, Blue Ridge Country, Where to Retire, Sunset Magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, other consumer, trade and business publications.

1998-present:  Author

2012, A Noble Spirit, published by Perry Creek Publishing, VA
2004, Small-Town Restaurants in Virginia, published by John F. Blair, NC
2001, Solomon Says Observations of an Innkeeper Dog, rights owned by Perry Creek Publishing, VA
1998, Small-Town Restaurants in Virginia, published by John F. Blair, NC

1994-2011: Owner and Innkeeper

Purchased and renovated a tired, 6-room B&B into a 3-diamond, 15-room property. The days were long, the work was hard, the guests were wonderful, and I enjoyed all of it as much as I now enjoy not doing it!


University of Georgia, Bachelor’s degree, French (I thought I was so good in English that it didn’t make sense to major in it. My favorite class in all college: Word Origins from Greek and Latin. I also took classes in Portuguese, German, Latin and Spanish. Not fluent in anything.)
University of Colorado, graduate classes in journalism, no degree.
Diploma, American Hotel and Lodging Association, Lansing, MI
Note: In all my writing and editing experience, I find no connection between higher education and good writing.


Honor deadlines and word count
Write to AP style [or not] in an easy read flow
Well-versed especially in:

~ pets – horses, dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, etc.
~ healthcare, healthy lifestyles, natural living
~ hospitality, restaurants, lodging, travel, retirement
~ small business and entrepreneurship
~ home improvement, home design, construction
~ arts and culture
~ product descriptions
~ user’s manuals, i.e., explaining things clearly
~ website and marketing materials
~ outdoor activities and nature topics
~ fashion (simple, not haute couture)
~ food, dining out
~ hey, I’ve been rattlesnake hunting for a story and wrote all about the florist business, avian flu, biofuels, patent trolls, commercial building management, farming, why the health department is a best kept secret and much, much more.

The best part: I love my work! I learn about things I never would have given a second thought to like hard cider, managing inventory,  mast climbers, CMUs (concrete masonry units), thin brick, mortar and travel tips for the disabled. And, I’m excellent at what I do from broad experiences over a long time. My home office overlooks my horses, pastures, cows, trees and barn. The tea kettle is always on, and my clients are the best. What’s not to love?!

The end.