About Us

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Vickie's Story

Once upon a time, there was a woman with a LOT of different interests. She was a musician, having majored in Music and Marketing at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In the 90s, she was strumming along as the guitarist for the first all-female Tejana band signed to BMG Latin.

She dabbled in the music publishing industry before making a leap into the financial industry, where she honed her skills as an operations manager, project coordinator, and business analyst. For a good 15 years she trained and managed a team of business analysts and project managers located across the US. 

Earning her MBA while working full time led her to another passion: productivity. After falling in love with all things productivity, she became a productivity coach and continues to revel in anything that screams efficiency and optimal utilization of resources.

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 Her thirst for knowledge and professional growth never ceased. She became an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), gained certification in Google Digital Marketing, and embraced the world of copywriting.

Merging her love for music, productivity, and digital marketing, she hosted and produced a podcast for a decade (so far). But there were other loves, too. Strumming her guitar and writing, watching, and dissecting horror fiction were her pastime passions. Virtual reality paintball, anyone? She was game for that, too.

Above all, her favorite thing was being with her incredible family–her soulmate of 20 years (wedded in 2015), Larissa; their two zany dogs, Cosmo Kramer and Ruthie Bader Ginsburg; and their three mischievous cats, Jake Ryan, Samantha Baker, and Miss Idgie Threadgoode.

There was one thing she did exceptionally well, with a skill that was a marvel to behold. She wrote copy, weaving words together to craft compelling stories and messages. 

That musician turned financial guru, productivity coach turned digital marketing geek, podcaster in love with copywriting, is me, Vickie.

Larissa Galenes First to Final Copyediting http://www.firsttofinalcopyediting.com

Larissa's Story

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was and had been many things: archaeologist, design coordinator, volunteer coordinator, online auction consignment specialist, academic, blogger, podcaster, artist, vintage reseller.

She loved to read, write, make jewelry, crochet, watch birds, travel, and watch cheesy classic horror flicks. Her favorite thing of all was spending time with her amazing family – her soulmate of 20 years (married in 2015), Vickie; their two zany dogs, Cosmo Kramer and Ruthie Bader Ginsburg; and their three rotten cats, Jake Ryan, Samantha Baker, and Miss Idgie Threadgoode.

There was one more thing the girl enjoyed; something she did very well. She edited and proofread like nobody’s business. Like it was going out of style. Like she was born to edit. Like a BOSS.

That studious, history-digging, coordinating and consigning, artistic podcasting blogger in love with editing is me.

As both a blogger and former academic, I recognize that there is more than one way to write (and write well). I understand the importance of presenting well-written works that demonstrate a solid grasp of the subject matter, whether in a formal (academic, business) or casual (blog, fiction) manner.