Current Copywriting Projects
I did some substantive editing on the just-released Edgy Conversations, written by entrepreneur and business consultant/strategist Dan Waldschmidt. It’s a detailed, example-filled and “… gut-wrenchingly honest, no-holds-barred discussion about confronting and fixing the beliefs and behaviors that limit your ability to be amazing.”
I made substantive editing and writing contributions to this case study for one of Optimizely’s clients. Optimizely is a provider of sophisticated testing software for website content promotion and tracking.
The Mad Duck
I did developmental editing, line editing and proofing on this intrepid adventurer’s account of the travels of The Globetrotting Princess and her motivational inspirations. The book will be released sometime in February 2014.
I recently copyedited a 125-page technical briefing document to be presented to the FDA, providing information about the company’s e-nicotine delivery product (not an e-cigarette) and the specifications for its proposed clinical trials.
I recently copyedited Bananacondas, an instructional book on how to get your kids to eat the same foods as you, at the same time, without major stress.
I am working with “Rejection Rejecter” Jia Jiang on materials for his Fearbuster site on overcoming rejection. So far, I’ve written the page promoting his speaking engagements; as well as his About page.
I’m currently writing case studies and an ebook guide for FatStax, a developer of iPad apps to help sales teams display deep product and services information to prospects in the field, among other things. Here’s a case study I wrote (and laid out) for one of their industrial manufacturing clients.
Smile Philadelphian Dentistry
I’ve worked with Dr. Rick Wilson on a few projects. Here, for his dental practice website, I did some substantive editing on the Services page and his Initial Options and Treatment page as well. Smile!
Clear Content Marketing
I worked with this sales and marketing technology content provider on branding, blogging, site content and other writing projects for various companies. To date, corporate blogging and marketing collateral projects for Silverpop, Xactly, and PGi. I’ve also worked on Wavicle’s customer profiling/messaging library.
Here are some corporate-messaging blog posts and a report I did substantive work on:
- Power-Pitching Marketing Automation to the C-Suite
- Behind the Screens of Mobile: Using Automation to Capture and Act on Key Data
- 2013 Is the Year of Revenue Heroes
- 4 Ways to Make Your Channel Sales Cloud Rain in 2013
- 3 Ways to be a Human for the Holidays
Caring, Loving and Sharing
I recently wrote all the content for this Monterey, CA business providing a range of in-home care services. [Update: site is temporarily offline]
I wrote the About, Offerings and Career pages for this Silicon Valley product-design consultancy.
I wrote the “How We…” and About pages content for this company that helps creatives with focus and direction on their projects.
I wrote most of the site content for this telecommunications software company.
Charbel Bouez Visual Communications
I wrote the About and Exhibitions pages for this art and commercial photographer.
Recent Press Releases
I’ve written many press releases (as well as a couple of speeches) for some Middle Eastern clients; here are a few examples:
Recent Business Blogging
I wrote a series of blog posts about the allures of the Los Cabos, Mexico area that also contained promotional information for Earth, Sea and Sky Vacations properties and area activities. Here are a few examples:
Vertaal Translation Services
I wrote the website copy for this translation and language services company that serves Middle Eastern clients. There is still a bit of site-design tweaking going on, but almost all of the content is mine.
Source Wellness Nutritional Services
I wrote most of the content describing the health and nutrition programs for this Santa Cruz, CA-based company.
FBAT/Health Futures Group
For two years I wrote and edited an online newspaper and portal for information for the Health Futures Group, which is part of military/civilian think-tank of sorts. The group’s general commission is exploring and projecting the future of health in the year 2045, in 15-year increments from now. Sadly, despite beingpart of the military-industrial complex, I never got a custom uniform …
Stryker Hip Arthroscopy Brochure
Just to prove I’m hip (sorry), here’s a brochure on arthroscopic hip instruments for one of the field’s big manufacturers. This went through committee-style editing, but it does still retain a lot of my original writing. And it has words like “femoroacetabular” in there, just so you’ll have something to chew on.
I edited this series of books on dentistry communication issues and techniques, written by a career dental hygienist and communications expert.
The Social Media Survival Guide for Nonprofits
I edited The Social Media Guide for Nonprofits, a book on the use of social media techniques and consciousness to promote the goals of nonprofit organizations. Written by the Director of Communications at the Wharton School, it will come out later this year.
I edited the 310-page memoirs of a woman who had a truly intriguing and tumultuous time in the 1960s, including founding the Honkies for Huey [Newton] group. Will work with her on queries and platform. (No link because she’s developing her online presence.)
I wrote most of the site content for this super sales consultant and business guru.
I edited S.E.R.I.A.L.Preneurship, a book on serial entrepreneurs co-written by the Director of Communications at the Wharton School.
La Famiglia radio ad
I wrote this 60-second radio slot for a restaurant. Broadcast on KYW Newsradio, a mainstream Philadelphia radio station.
I had a six-month contract with this enterprise-level security company, writing and editing help/deployment documentation for their Data Security product. Here’s a chapter of the Deployment Guide I did a lot of work on, including taking/processing screen shots; docs laid out in Framemaker. I also wrote and edited Knowledge Base articles.
I was mostly out of the freelance game for 2006-2008; below are examples of the kinds of projects I worked on during that time as a senior copywriter for Earth, Sea and Sky Vacations (ESSV), as well as some side projects.
I wrote all of the text for the features and amenities of this private Lake Tahoe vacation home (including the extensive local activities sections).
I was the primary writer/editor for the 186-page vacation guide, which contained many pages of editorial content (regional flavor, history, culture, activities and more) about the Los Cabos area, as well as extensive property descriptions for the villas and resorts the company represented. From this link you can look at the guide online or download a copy.
Insider’s Pocket Guide
A downloadable PDF of reviews and lists of restaurants, nightlife, beaches, activities and more in Los Cabos, as well as important phone numbers, customs info and a FAQ. Around 60 pages, and again, I was the primary writer/editor.
This is a partial example of the many promotional emails I wrote and produced (using Constant Contact) and sent out to ESSV’s various mailing lists, which I managed. You can see many more examples here, mine from July ’06 until Aug. ’08.
An example of a quarterly newsletter I wrote and produced for the property owners of ESSV. Here’s another one written quarterly for members of an ESSV travel club. This last is an example of the monthly internal newsletters, parts of which as you can see could be a bit eccentric.
These are not conventional press releases in the common parlance, but more like promotional pieces for ESSV, some article-like, some not. I wrote most of those posted here (exceptions noted) between July ’06 and Aug. ’08.
One of many ads I wrote for magazines such as Travel Agent, Cabo Living and Los Cabos Magazine.
For a couple of years, I was the voice of the Los Cabos fishing report, provided to ESSV from Pisces Fishing in Los Cabos. Search iTunes for “Los Cabos” and choose the Los Cabos Fishing Report.
Older Content (Pre-ESSV Materials)
Web Content/Documentation/Inline Text & Scripts
This business services development company engaged me to write their website content, as well as write several direct mail pieces for marketing campaigns and a series of data sheets for their development tools.
Maxis (a division of Electronic Arts)
As an employee or contractor, I wrote or edited 20 user manuals for Maxis (now a division of Electronic Arts), the company renowned for SimCity and other “Sim” software entertainment titles. I wrote the first user manual for The Sims. I also wrote “catalog” copy for The Sims 2, and in-game advisor text for SimCity 4.
I helped write the Getting Started guide for Dana, the Palm OS-based laptop alternative. I also helped write the User Guide for an outliner program for the AlphaSmart 3000 “computer companion” text processor.
Red i Studios
I wrote in-game text/dialog for Banks in Action, an educational banking simulation Red i developed for Junior Achievement. I wrote and edited in-game text and collateral documentation for both versions of JA Titan, a business/economics simulation game for Junior Achievement. I also wrote much of Red i’s website content and other text for a viral game related to Titan. I wrote commentator dialog for a Leapfrog kids’ baseball game developed by Red i.
I wrote most of the site text for this great dive resort in Kosrae, Micronesia.
The Learning Company (now Broderbund)
I wrote the manuals and online help for Grade Builder and Score Builder educational games (now discontinued). Print samples available.
Brochures/Data Sheets/Direct Mail/Case Studies
I wrote the sales brochure for this company that produces archival-quality maps that meld seafloor mapping with landform topography and detail overlays.
Resumix (acquired by Yahoo HotJobs)
I either wrote or edited all of the customer case studies for this automated, enterprise HR software company, the front page of one example here. I also wrote the Resumix University materials brochure, and many miscellaneous direct mail/marketing-collateral pieces, including the Resumix 6 brochure. Print samples available.
I wrote the first WebEx Server data sheet copy and did extensive rewrites on a WebEx Services whitepaper. I’ve also written many direct e-mail/mail pieces, package copy, a Focus on Collaboration Servers article and the first data sheet for the WebEx Meeting Center product. Print samples available.
I wrote a marketing brochure for this IT consulting company.
I did a lot of writing and editing on the first ZoneAlarm Pro Administrator’s Guide, as well as worked on press releases and other marketing collateral for this Internet security products company.
Electronic Scrip Incorporated
Many of these website materials are derived from print materials I wrote; print samples of brochure and collateral materials available.
I wrote the 8-page company brochure for this geophysical services (regional reconnaissance, prospect modeling, production site analysis) company, the first page of which is here. Print samples available.
I edited Transformed by Triathlon, a first-person account of an improbable athlete succeeding in redefining herself.
I edited all of Michael Bremer’s books, which cover significant aspects of clear and effective technical writing in this age of ubiquitous technology. I wrote a book called Safe Computing (covering computing ergonomics, virus and privacy protection, and much more), published by UnTechnical Press in Fall 2000.
Kennan Ward Photography
I did substantive editing on all of Kennan’s five books, the latest of which was published in October of 2001. Check their online store for mini-reviews or use the Amazon search link on Kennan’s site to see Amazon reviews of the works.
Bradford and Company
I did substantive editing on Tax Strategies to 2010 and Beyond, a 220-page book on tax solutions for small businesses. I edited Tax Reduction Newsletter, the company’s monthly publication for a couple of years.
Neon Signs of Service I edited The Neon Signs of Service, a book about providing excellent customer service.
Ads/Marketing Collateral/Press Releases/Multimedia
California State University, Monterey Bay
I’ve written a number of press releases for the News and Public Information Department of this university.
I wrote and produced a press kit (including press release, FAQ, company bios and collateral) for this transportation industry manufacturer.
I wrote all the marketing materials for the Connexion conference event for this Voice over DSL services provider (now morphed into a different business model), which included several printed collateral pieces. Here is the first panel of the invitation to that event. I also wrote the company case study (essentially a whitepaper) that helped get them nominated for the Smithsonian’s Technology Innovation Collection for the year 2000.
I wrote and helped produce a series of Bay Area radio ads for this now-defunct free online storage company. Check out this MP3 sample.
I wrote a number of ads and data sheets for Ricoh hardware products; here is the front page of one, and the back. I also wrote the script for a Ricoh multimedia product CD. Print/CD samples available.