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nDash Writer Profile for Robin Hartill


Writer and editor with 10+ years of experience

About Me

I've been editing full time for more than four years, but I'm still a writer at heart.

Whether I'm writing or editing, I work for one person: the reader. I'm a fierce slayer of excess words, jargon, cliches and redundancies. I believe every word of every sentence must serve a purpose.

I'm also an avid reader, as I believe any writer or editor should be. I devour about two books a week.

When I'm not doing word-nerd stuff, you can find me on the beach, working out, drinking beer or hanging out with my handsome 12-year-old golden retriever rescue, Oscar, who might be the oldest puppy on earth.

Industries I Write About

Law & Politics

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Health & Wellness

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My Writing Samples

My Number Will Shock You — Here’s How Many Birthday Deals I Snagged

The inspiring true story of how I scored $114.47 worth of birthday freebies.


The Roost: Signature Florida Architecture

A real estate column about five distinctive styles of Florida architecture I wrote for a Florida lifestyle magazine.


The Original Observer

A tribute to Ralph Hunter, who grew bored in retirement and founded a community newspaper.


For Batter or Worse

A fish-out-of-water tale of the time I learned to play cricket with the Sarasota International Cricket Club.



Senior editor

I'm the lead editor for the personal finance, food and deals verticals for The Penny Hoarder, a lifestyle-meets-personal finance website with about 15 million readers per month. I'm responsible for developmental edits and line edits of all content produced by in-house writers in my verticals. I also write headlines and teasers for multiple social media platforms, and optimize copy and headlines for search.

Company: The Penny Hoarder (Taylor Media)

I worked there from 12/2016 until now

Managing editor

I planned and edited all content for two weekly community newspapers with a combined circulation of approximately 50,000 and a combined average of 72 pages weekly, in addition to approximately 12 special sections per year. I managed a team of eight reporters, including leading story-planning meetings and assigning stories to reporters. I wrote all display copy, including headlines and teasers.

Company: Observer Media Group

I worked there from 1/2014 until 12/2016

Content I Write