I'm Melissa Tydell

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Looking back, I’ve been doing it since I was four years old: a story during kindergarten centers, an article for my high school newspaper, a press release during my internships, a paper for a college English class, a presentation for work, or a portfolio for grad school.

Originally from Kansas, I grew up with four younger sisters and an amazing set of parents who continue to inspire and support me through it all. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a second major in English.

Everyone has a story to tell.

Following graduation, I moved into an apartment on Melrose Street (the inspiration for my company name!) in Chicago with two college friends. Three weeks later, I started my job at a media agency downtown, initially working on the search marketing team and later buying magazine advertising space.

I learned a lot about relationship building, communicating, negotiating, understanding the content and audience of various publications, managing my time. But I realized I wanted to do something that I was truly passionate about. 


I wanted to do what I’ve always loved—write.

So I went back to school for a master’s degree in writing and publishing at DePaul University and started a blog. I discovered the world of freelance writing and took the first steps to set up my own business. After a few months, I quit my job to pursue freelance writing full-time.

Now, I have experience writing for agencies, corporations, small businesses, publications, websites, blogs and associations. I live in the suburbs of Chicago with my husband and three children. I have the opportunity to work with clients around the world from my home office and the flexibility to spend quality time with my family.

I guess you could say I’m living my dream.


DePaul University
Master of Arts, Writing and Publishing

University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, Second major in English


Starcom Mediavest Group
Publishing Activation Group - Print Media Planning/Buying 

SMG Search
Search Marketing and Optimization

Trozzolo Communications Group
Advertising, Public Relations, Custom Publishing

Andrews McMeel Publishing


Fitness Instructor since 2017
Member since 2014

St. Joseph Mothers with Young Children: 
Member since 2015

I married my kind, caring, hilarious husband on the three-year anniversary of our first date.

We welcomed a daughter in August 2013, a son in October 2015, and another daughter in April 2019.

I love nothing more than spending time with family and good friends.

I enjoy any reason to celebrate—birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, a random Saturday night.

I prefer baking over cooking. It’s the sweet tooth in me.

I will read pretty much anything, but Jane Austen’s novels have my heart.

My favorite color is purple.

Country music makes me smile.

I dream of beach vacations.

I always sign my name in cursive.

Learn more about me, my business, and how I balance work, family, and fun in this "Living the Dream" feature!

Besides writing, I have many other loves. A little bit about me: