So! Who the heck am I? I’m delighted you asked; my name is Liz Newman. Since graduating from University of Georgia with a degree in journalism and minor in psychology (I know, when is the last time you’ve heard someone say what their minor is? But, hey, it applies!), I’ve been a writer, editor, digital strategist, professional restaurant and celebrity stalker, photo and video producer -- pretty much a content-creating machine in every way humanly possible for the world wide web. And since birth, I’ve been fascinated with relationships (love, family, work, the ins + outs of cat people, what have you) and the profound effect they have on every single aspect of our lives.
I did what most post-college grads in their early 20s do (until their parents cut them off) and took an unpaid internship in New York City. When that financial cut-off inevitably happened, I moved to South Florida (for a boy, because of course) and worked in advertising and public relations before finally making the leap of faith to become what I had always wanted to be: a writer. I had a column entitled "One Night Stand" (not that kind!) for the Miami Herald, for which I recommended the best nights to visit lounges, clubs and restaurants in the Magic City. From there, it was off to NBC where I launched a celebrity column entitled "Niteside," for which I conducted interviews on a flip cam (true story) with a ton of famous people in front of whom I tried not to lose my cool regularly. Think everyone from the Kardashian clan, Jay-Z and Beyonce (whom I actually made hug me, so huge fail there) to Olivia Newton-John and LeBron James. This lured in Us Weekly, for which I became a contributor. (Spoiler alert: I had to inquire about LOTS of relationships in that gig.)
I left my celebrity stalking days behind to team up with two other writers to launch NBC's The Feast, a premier lifestyle site geared towards millenials; focusing on where to "Eat", "Drink" and "Play” in 10 major cities across the U.S. After proving I can handle a “content sweatshop” of sorts, I became the first female editor ever (a real Neil Armstrong step at the time!) at Thrillist.com, a male-focused lifestyle publication focused on food, drink, and travel. After nabbing all the exclusives on every bar and restaurant opening --- and writing more travel “listicles” than I can count -- I helped spearhead a section for Thrillist that featured personal essays; many of which were mine, including why I left NYC as we well as a wide range of dating stories including Tinder tales, the downsides of being a “Guy’s Girl” and what it really means to squirt.
These pieces caught the eye of then-burgeoning relationship site Bustle.com, for which I am still a contributing editor and have written countless sex + relationship pieces ranging from personal diatribes like "What You Learn When You Don't Date Your Type" and tales of "My First Time" to experiments like "What Happened When I Try To Have Morning Sex For A Week." And almost all of which have been shared to millions of readers and created a platform for me as an “expert” in this field. I’m pretty sure this is code for “Carrie Bradshaw” -- because at the end of the day (much like her), I’m not an expert in relationships (at least clinically). I’m an expert writer, who just happens to pen very relatable content about relationships. Because I’m one of you… and have lived it.
While still an active freelance writer for several publications including Thrillist, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine among others, I’ve since launched my own business focused heavily in branded content, strategy, social media, and creating a strong digital presence for large and small lifestyle brands including Patrón, restaurants and food halls galore, as well as various startups. And while this is obviously skewed more toward marketing than pure editorial, the name of the game remains the same: What will make consumers relate to and “like” the content I’m producing? (See what I did there?)
In my writing , I aim to always be effortlessly relatable; as if I am talking directly to you.
So I hope you can you hear me :)