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ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

• 19 years of professional editing, writing, design, prepress, printing, and publishing experience 

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

• 50+ publishing awards

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

• Worked on projects for: Scholastic, PBS, Crayola, McGraw-Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Parragon Books Ltd., 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:

2017 – Present

Freelance Editor and Prepress Designer

Parragon Books Ltd., New York, NY

Edit, design, and preflight board books, activity books, picture books, and educational titles for Rainstorm Publishing (a division of Parragon Books Ltd.) and Crayola.

2009 – Present

Owner/Editorial Director

PenmanWorks Publishing Services, Bonney Lake, WA

Provide a wide variety of editing, writing, design, consulting, and branding services for large publishers, independent presses, Christian and secular authors, and creative agencies. Clients include Regnery Kids/Dennis Prager, becker&meyer!, SmartLab Toys, BrightStart Learning, Stockholm Text, Crystal Clear Books, Big Box Entertainment, and Christian sci-fi novelist J. Brandon Barnes.

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 Christian 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)