WRITING & EDITING
I’ve worn plenty of hats in publishing. Over ten years ago I began in textbooks as an editorial assistant and later moved to inside sales. I’ve done the hard work of readying an old book for revision, preparing a new book for production, and worked directly with authors to outline and write their best book possible. I’ve written and tweaked marketing copy to present books in their best light to specific customers. I’ve even written a few books myself.
All of these tasks have one goal: To create a quality product that appeals to its intended audience. That continues to be my goal as a freelance writer and editor. Whether editing a book manuscript for publication or writing web copy for a small business, the audience is always in mind.
GRAPHIC DESIGN & DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Over the past ten years I’ve had to learn how to do a lot of my own design work. It’s no hardship. I take great pleasure in working up posters, business cards, postcards, and newsletters. With WordPress and Dreamhost, I can put together an original website quite quickly. I am no graphic designer, and my Web design skills are limited, but I can create clean, professional materials for much cheaper than it would cost you to hire a trained pro. I’ve started posting some of my projects here to give you an idea of that kind of stuff I do.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
As every marketing person will tell you these days, Facebook and Twitter require regular maintenance to cultivate a community, and blogs need fresh content. Promotion has become an essential skill for writers, and having handled my own PR for years, I now work with other small companies managing their online communities.