What I Bring to the Table
I’m the guy you call when you want writing with personality, a point of view, a wink. You can hire me to write catalog copy, but if that’s all you need, better to find some kid for $20 an hour.
Finding the Story
You’ve got to construct (or at least imply) a narrative that surrounds and makes memorable the thing you want them to learn. If you don’t, they’ll swat you away like an incoming fly and forget you were ever there.
Research and Planning
Sometimes you need information researched and presented in a way that enables your team to make an informed decision. I’ve done professional research since my days as an investigative reporter.
All messages should exist in a strategic context, I understand that context and contribute to it. The result is communication aligned with your goals.
The hardest thing is attracting the right audience and holding its attention. It requires a sense of who is listening, a commitment to delivering value with every contact, and the ability to make even the most basic message fresh. Fail to do that, and no matter how little the writing costs, it was too much.
I’m a writer. I'm capable in video production, design, social media, and web development. I do creative direction and project management. But really, I'm a writer. I approach problems as a writer approaches a blank page – with simmering optimism about what's possible. That's why my clients hire me, and it's why you should, too.
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Today I start a project for a genetics company in San Diego. (Not to be dramatic, but at this point I can’t say which.) Starting from scratch, I’m going to build a new website and fill it with content. It’s going to be about 60 distinct pages with solid SEO and security. The creative brief[…]
From my wine writing days, available here because the scourge that is Beaujolais Nouveau is once again looming. This is the piece that won me a fellowship from the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.