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ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

• 19 total years of professional editing, writing, design, prepress, print production, and publishing experience 

• 100+ book titles in print (as editor, ghostwriter, graphic designer, prepress specialist, and/or brand director)

• 50+ children’s publishing awards from parent, educational, and environmental organizations

• Co-Developed $10 million Adventures of Riley children’s brand and picture books (published by Scholastic and Eaglemont Press) 

• Mentored by renowned children’s book literary agent, Kendra Marcus (Bookstop Literary Agency)

• Worked on projects for: Scholastic, PBS, Crayola, McGraw-Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Parragon Books Ltd., Peppa Pig, becker&mayer! (aka The Quarto Group), SmartLab Toys, Regnery Kids/Dennis Prager, Rainstorm Publishing, Evan-Moor, Stockholm Text, World Wildlife Fund, Wyland, and Christian sci-fi novelist J. Brandon Barnes

EXPERIENCE:

2010 – Present

Owner/Editorial Director

PenmanWorks Publishing Services, Bonney Lake, WA

With a focus on children’s books and speculative fiction, PenmanWorks provides a wide variety of editing, writing, design, prepress, consulting, and branding services for large publishers, independent presses, Christian and secular authors, and creative agencies. Clients have included Parragon Books Ltd. (working on projects for Crayola, Peppa Pig, and Rainstorm Publishing), Regnery Kids/Dennis Prager, becker&meyer!, Evan-Moor, SmartLab Toys, BrightStart Learning, Stockholm Text, Pirate Moon Press, Crystal Clear Books, Big Box Entertainment, and Christian sci-fi novelist J. Brandon Barnes.

2017 – Present

Book Editor

The Crossover Alliance, Mesa, AZ

Edit book-length Christian fiction manuscripts, from proofreading and grammar checks, to line editing and developmental editing. Evaluate clarity, continuity, structure, plot, and characterization in order to ensure text meets professional publishing standards. Liaise with authors to ensure their voice, style, and intent are fully and accurately represented in each of their projects.

2017 – 2018

Freelance Editor and Prepress Specialist

Parragon Books Ltd., New York, NY

Edited and designed children’s board books, activity books, picture books, and educational titles for Rainstorm Publishing (now a division of Parragon Books Ltd.). Set up files according to prepress and print production specifications as directed by printer or publisher. Preflighted files for quality assurance, accuracy, and branding before submission. Highlighted brands include Peppa Pig and Crayola.

2010 – 2016

Freelance Editor and Prepress Specialist

Rainstorm Publishing, Seattle, WA

Edited and designed children’s board books, activity books, picture books, and educational titles for Rainstorm Publishing. Set up files according to prepress and print production specifications as directed by printer or publisher. Preflighted files for quality assurance, accuracy, and branding before submission. Primary focus was on the Learnalots K-2 early learning brand.

2009 – 2016

Editorial and Design Consultant

AJ & Associates, Seattle, WA

Provided editorial, design, and consulting services to book publishers, independent authors, and marketing departments.

 2001 – 2009

Editorial Director/Brand Director

Eaglemont Press (aka Eaglemont Media), Bellevue, WA

Performed senior editing, writing, marketing, branding, and process management functions for an award-winning children’s print and multimedia publisher. Editorial projects ranged from books, style guides, press releases, proposals, sales sheets, and game/video scripts, to a virtual world demo (and associated NSF grant), a video game proposal, a family board game, and interactive exhibit museum signage.

• Managed editorial strategy, standards, goals, personnel, resources, and project execution

• Established and adhered to complex print production schedules, budgets, deliverables, and deadlines

• Directed all content production: copy, photos, illustrations, design, personnel, media, publishing/release

• Collaborated daily with authors, editors, illustrators, freelancers, internal teams, and external vendors

• Maintained licensor/licensee relationships w/strategic business partners (Smithsonian, PBS, etc.)

• Defined manuscript submission guidelines; audited submissions for quality and relevance

 2000 – 2001

Prepress/Graphic Design

PIP Printing and Marketing, Anchorage, AK

Designed, edited, proofread and output a wide variety of business and marketing collateral for hundreds of organizations, including local/national brands, franchise owners, corporations, individuals, schools, politicians, hospitals, students, sports teams, realtors, banks, hotels, fashion models, etc.

 1999 – 2000

Art Director

Professional ColorGraphics, Anchorage, AK

Collaborated with business owners, national/local brands, and ad agencies on complex, high-profile collateral and campaign development. Managed creative department personnel, material resources, process efficiency, and daily operations. Directed, prioritized, scheduled, assigned, and trafficked all print projects

• Typeset/Proofread 63 elementary education bilingual picture books

• Designed/Edited Alaska Professional Hunters magazine

 1998 – 1999

Document Creation Specialist

FedEx Office (fka Kinko’s Copies), Anchorage, AK

Designed, edited, proofread and output a wide variety of business and marketing collateral for hundreds of organizations, including local/national brands, franchise owners, corporations, individuals, schools, politicians, hospitals, students, sports teams, realtors, banks, hotels, fashion models, etc.

EDUCATION:

1997 – 1998

University of Alaska, Anchorage (Marketing)

1992 – 1996

Southern Oregon University (Business Management/Marketing)

 CONTINUING EDUCATION:

2011: 

• Play. Learn. Innovate. (OCLC/Library Journal Online Symposium)

• The Fusion of Film and Gaming in the Pacific NW (University of Washington/Four Peaks Seminar)

• Best Practices for Amazon E-Book Sales (Digital Book World Webcast)

• The New World Order of Bookselling for Writers (Writer’s Digest University Webinar)

• The Evolution of Self-Publishing (Digital Book World/Pub Weekly Webcast)

2010:

• E-Mail Marketing (Zephyr 47/thinkspace Symposium)

2009:

• Learn Better Game Writing in a Day (Game Developer’s Conference Seminar)

Designs on Writing: Improving Game Writing (Game Developer’s Conference Seminar)

2008:

• Deconstructing the Best Interactive Storytelling (Game Developer’s Conference Seminar)

2003:

• Writing the Children’s Picture Book (Kirby Larson/Cascadia Community College Course)

• What’s New in Children’s Books (Dr. Peggy Sharp Workshop)

2001:

• Maximum Exposure Book Marketing (14-Week MarketAbility Marketing Program)

 TRADE SHOWS:

• American Library Association (ALA) Conferences – Exhibitor

• Book Expo America (BEA) – Exhibitor

• Casual Games Conference

• Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC)

• Game Developers Conference  (GDC)

• Immersive Worlds Conference

• Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association (PNBA) – Exhibitor

• Rose City Comic Con (RCCC)