Since You Asked ...



I’m Andrew Lisa, a freelance writer living and working out of a little yellow cottage in a tiny New Jersey beach town across the water from New York City.


Traditionally, bios are written in the third person, but I feel silly pretending that a bunch of other people got together to discuss how wonderful I am, and then felt compelled to write it down. So, for the sake of full disclosure, that’s me in the picture, which is supposed to look candid and spontaneous, but is obviously staged and airbrushed.


Formerly one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists for the largest newspaper syndicate in the country (the Gannett News Service), I’ve been writing professionally since 2001.


I've been published hundreds of times in dozens of publications across the country, and I’m currently a frequent contributor to High Times, the Huffington Post, Time, the Seattle Times,, Fortune and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


I worked in New York City
as a section editor for amNewYork, the most widely distributed paper in Manhattan, but my first job was with a local daily newspaper in New Jersey. It was a small, but busy newsroom that valued brevity and accuracy above all else. Deadlines were non-negotiable.


Although it's not a particularly strong selling point, I'd like to mention that I had a mediocre stand-up comedy career that lasted six years — four in New York City and two in Los Angeles. Although it turns out I'm better suited for the keyboard than I am for the stage, I performed all over — from New Orleans to Las Vegas to Oakland to Philadelphia. I made friends across the country and I wouldn't trade those years for anything in the world. 




I use the lessons I learned starting out in old-school, print journalism as my guide for writing in the digital age.


Please take a look around, check out my past work and contact me with any questions. If you’d like to speak with some of the amazing writers, editors, publishers, bloggers, marketers or clients I’ve worked with, I have some excellent references that I’m proud to have and happy to share.


I charge a fair rate for quality work. I work with each client closely throughout the planning, execution and revision of every project I accept to ensure that the work matches the client’s vision.


On a side note, I think rules against starting sentences with conjunctions and ending them with prepositions are grammatical urban legends that exist only in the minds of cranky school marms looking for a place to offload red ink. Also, I make assumptions about the character and values of the people I meet based on their position on the Oxford comma.


Thanks again for stopping by,


Andrew Lisa