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ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

• 15 years of book publishing and children’s branding experience

• 55 book titles in print (as ghostwriter, editor, designer, and/or brand director)

• 50+ publishing awards

• Co-Developed $10 million children’s media brand

• Partners/Clients have included: Scholastic, PBS, McGraw-Hill, Smithsonian Institution, becker&mayer!, SmartLab Toys, Regnery Kids, BrightStart Learning, Picture Book Originals, and World Wildlife Fund

 

EXPERIENCE:

2009 – Present

Owner/Creative Director

PenmanWorks, Scappoose, OR

Provide a wide variety of writing, editing, design, and branding services for children’s publishers, independent publishers, authors, creative agencies, business owners, and students. Clients include becker&meyer!, SmartLab Toys, BrightStart Learning/The Learnalots, Regnery Kids, Rainstorm Publishing, Open Door Press, Journey Books, AJ & Associates/Picture Book Originals, and LearnSport Books.

 

2001 – 2009

Editorial Director/Brand Director

Eaglemont Press (aka Eaglemont Media), Bellevue, WA

Performed senior-level writing, editing, design, marketing, branding, and project management functions for independent children’s publisher.

• Edited/Designed 18 book titles (children’s and travel); Titles received over 50 publishing awards

• Wrote/Edited branded children’s content (websites, video games, virtual world, social media, museum exhibit, board game, etc.)

• Insured brand integrity across children’s product lines and marketing campaigns; Maintained optimal brand positioning

• Trafficked book titles through development, editing, design, corrections, licensing, approvals, printing, delivery, and marketing

• Supervised and collaborated with authors, editors, illustrators, freelancers, internal teams and external vendors

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

 

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, 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 and 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, 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)