Editorial

PRINT WRITER

Yes, the world is moving fast upon the online/electronic express. I have my ticket in hand and am happily riding along. But on my travels, I still enjoy things in print: magazines, books, newspapers, you name it. Call me old school–or tree killer–I can take it. I just find something magical about the sleekness of glossies, the smell of a printed novel, and the inky fingers of the news. And don’t get me started on crossword puzzles….swoon! My love of the physically written word has led me to authoring books for children and penning articles published in national magazines.

ONLINE WRITER

Writing for print is as similar to writing for web as a yacht is to a dinghy. In an overly used (and abused) phrase: size matters. With print, the goal is to fill a space with words that entertain. But online, short, concise, and dare I say, choppy, is what catches and keeps the reader’s attention. And while words are part of the equation, you can’t leave out the need for images, polls, sidebars, social media, and anything else to help the typical online A.D.D. use. Come see what I’ve been saying online.

EDITOR

When you’re writer, sometimes you need to get the words on paper (or screen) and get out of your own way. When it comes time to sweating the small stuff later, put me on detail duty. While odd to admit, I find it strangely satisfying to create order from chaos–seriously, you should see my color-coordinated closets. I thrive with tasks that allow me to put my organizational skills to work and take pride in juggling different projects all while staying on deadline. I worked on staff as an editor for an award-winning children’s book publisher, where I edited more than 40 books. What can I edit for you?

PROOFREADER

There, their, and they’re? Too, to, and two? Yes, I know the difference–and man, I wish more people did. But I’d also bet (albeit, not a lot of money) that more people know the difference than their writing would lead you to believe. That’s because people make mistakes. And even when said people try to read their own work, they’re simply too close to it to see when they’ve made typos. That’s where I come in. I have a rarely diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder that makes billboards, menus, manuscripts and more subject to intense scrutiny in my presence. Want your copy error-free? Send it to me.