TROY alumna returns to campus for book signing event

Chellie Phillips' book

Chellie Phillips' book "When in Doubt, Delete It!" will be featured in a book signing in Troy on April 9. (submitted)

Alumna Chellie Phillips, a 1991 Hall School of Journalism graduate, will return to her alma mater for a book signing event from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Troy Campus Barnes and Noble bookstore.

Her recently released book, “When in Doubt, Delete It!”, combines Phillips’ more than two decades of mentoring , corporate teambuilding, and public relations with 36 metaphoric proofreaders marks on life.

“I’ve been there,” Phillips said. “I’ve woken up knowing there had to be more. I was determined not to waste another day living unfulfilled, undervalued and wanting more. The 36 Life Edits in ‘When In Doubt, Delete It!’ are real life. I want women to know they can take their personal and professional lives to the next level and in turn they can influence and help others along the way.”

A former Troy resident, Phillips is a self-proclaimed “sweet-tea-sipping, sassy Southerner” who began her writing career as a staff reporter with the Troy Progressbefore becoming features editor at The Troy Messenger. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and publications including Alabama Living and Landscapes. She’s also an avid blogger (  For more than 20 years, she’s used her skills as an award-winning strategic storyteller at South Alabama Electric Cooperative, and currently serves as vice president of communications and public relations for Coweta-Fayette EMC, located in Palmetto, Ga. She takes an active role in the Coweta community, serving on the boards of Communities in School and the Coweta Community Foundation.

Chellie has written a book that you can sit down on a cozy afternoon, read, reflect and enjoy,” said Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement and leadership at Troy. “You will find yourself frequently picking up When In Doubt, Delete Itto go back to a section on what you are living right then.  Her wonderful stories make the book come alive and help you see that many others are living with the same fears and desires. I know the students that I work with would love this book.”

The book has been nominated for 2019 Author Academy Award in the “Self Help” category, and support for Phillips can be given through the award’s popular vote portion at It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Books will be available for purchase at the signing.

“Chellie’s personal anecdotes are so relatable and inspire you to evaluate the important things in life, and then to do what it takes to relentlessly pursue those things as you work toward becoming the best version of yourself.  If you’re feeling unsatisfied personally or professionally, this is a must-read to rediscover and reignite your passion, so you can live a successful and fulfilled life,” said TROY alumna and Covington County Assistant District Attorney Nikki Stephens.