About Shelby Sullivan

Shelby Sullivan is an autor and editor. She mainly writes about boating, camping, and outdoor life.

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My Work Story

I was born and raised in Michigan around the great lakes so boating has always been a big part of my life. I often captain my family’s Manitou pontoon boat with my fiancee and dog on the freshwater lakes. That’s also a big part of why I enjoy writing for GoDownsize!

My writing career began in 2015, where I spent three years as a writing tutor at Grand Valley State University. In this position, I assisted both undergraduate and graduate students with their written works, making sure they excelled academically.

During that time, and after graduating from Grand Valley State University, I have dedicated my time and skills to writing and editing. I have been a professional freelance writer, editor, journalist and ghostwriter for nearly three years.

I specialize in content related to travel, small businesses, e-commerce, and literature. Most of my recent works include profile pieces about camping, sailing, and boating on Godownsize.com.


Adventures and Experiences

Professional Writer
Shelby has been a professional writer and editor for nearly three years. She has been a writing tutor, ghostwriter, journalist, and editor. She has helped clients and friends publish books, create resumes, list merchandise on their e-commerce stores and submit academic papers.
Light Traveler
Shelby has a lot of experiences with living small and downsizing for adventure. In the summer of 2016, she spent six weeks backpacking in New Zealand’s north island where she survived off of three shirts, two pairs of pants, a few extra things and the money she carried with her. She saw beaches, mountains, geysers, volcanoes, and oceans unlike any in the world. She likes to bring this lifestyle of “living small” and “downsizing travel” to her writing.
Boating Exam
Shelby has taken the boater’s education course in Michigan (link).
Experienced Boater
Shelby is a native of the Great Lakes of Michigan. She has spent a lifetime on the water. Since the age of 16, she has captained her family’s Manitou Pontoon, rented watersports vehicles, sailed on several ships and has set foot in every Great Lake.


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