Anna is a Louisiana-born writer who lives in Texas on a ranch that has cattle, a vineyard, chickens, roosters, rattlesnakes and a one-eyed dog (thanks to one of the aforementioned rattlesnakes.) She writes books, magazine articles, advertisements for clients located across the country, and extensive grocery lists that are organized by aisle.
In her twenties Anna lived in a selection of amazing American cities—Boston, Seattle, Denver, New York City & Dallas. But then she met a man she was rather fond of who lived way out in the middle of nowhere and one night after lots of tequila she said she would try the country life. She agreed to two years and they both fully expected that at the end of those two years she would run screaming for a city. Quite the opposite happened. Now when she is in a city for more than a week she runs screaming for the country.
People often ask what she and this man ‘do’ in the country. This is Anna’s favorite question to answer because it’s the only time she gets to say ‘varmint hunt’ with a straight face. In addition to shooting small animals (when they’re small they don’t have feelings) the two of them also chew hay and spend long, extended periods of time drinking whiskey on the tailgates of all the broken-down trucks they collect in their front yard.
Anna co-wrote CopyGirl with the ever-sparkling and luminous Michelle Sassa and it will be published by Berkley Books in the summer of 2015. Many moons ago Anna and Michelle were copywriters at Berlin Cameron in New York City. They reconnected at a wedding in North Carolina in 2012 and after stuffing their faces with shrimp ‘n grits and laughing hysterically about how they once went on all-expense paid trip to Paris to create ads for toilet paper, they decided it was time to reignite the glory days of writing together. Who wouldn’t want to return to such greatness?
CopyGirl is their first book of (effing awesome) women’s fiction and they are hard at work on a second. All their writing is represented by Susan Golomb of the Susan Golomb Literary Agency, who is also ever-sparkling and luminous.
Anna’s first book, Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am, was published by Seal Press in 2010. The essays are based on the years she spent moving around the country, working at various advertising agencies, trying her best to have the life everyone said would be such fun and wondering why things felt… well… less than fun. The answer? You’ll have to read the book to find out! No, not really. The answer is that letting anyone else tell you what equals a good life is a seriously shitty (and probably ill-fated) formula for living a good life.
Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am is a fun read that’s great either for the beach or for when you’re feeling like a bitch. Beach to bitch pretty much encapsulates the entire spectrum of female emotions…..so no matter when you grab a copy you’re guaranteed to love it.
Waco, Texas is about halfway between Austin and Dallas on I-35 in the heart of Texas. It is the home of Wacoan, an outstanding city magazine that features a monthly column written by Anna Mitchael.
‘Notes From A New Mother’ was developed specifically for Anna after she moved to Central Texas and has been running for the last four years. In the column she has been known to discuss the projected life span of pet fish, the pros and cons of letting your kids wear pajamas in public, the merits of gas station food, hope, perseverance, and coyotes—though not necessarily in that order.
The most recent columns are archived on the Wacoan website.
Before beginning her career as a freelancer, Anna worked at ad agencies that ran the gamut from a cutting-edge brand agency in Manhattan to the highly-awarded in-house creative department at Starbucks Coffee Company and one of the top promotional agencies in the world headquartered outside of Denver, Colorado.
It is not common for advertising professionals (and especially not professionals in creative departments) to touch so many sides of the business, but these unique experiences gave Anna one-of-a-kind training. Now when clients come to her she doesn’t think ‘just’ in terms of social media or TV scripts or in-store shopper solutions. She looks at the entire problem, thinks through all consumer touchpoints, and then delivers award-winning written solutions that are intuitive, engaged and—most importantly—successful.
Anna works with advertising agencies who need a breath of fresh air for problems they can’t seem to solve. Heads of million-dollar marketing departments who need a breath of fresh air from their advertising agencies. Companies with in-house creative departments who need copy expertise and brand direction. And entrepreneurs who are passionate about their products but need help storytelling and building brands from the ground up.
If you want to know how compelling words and ideas could grow your business, simply send Anna an email and say hello. Her portfolio, references, resume and rates are available upon request.
Send a message about her books, columns or with requests for copywriting projects. If you really want to shake things up, there’s nothing she loves more than getting copies of people’s most beloved pie recipes. As long as they don’t involve rhubarb, she’s game.