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About Authentic Writing Provokes

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Are you fabulous at what you do and care about, but hesitant to boldly express and market yourself?

Have you a desire to write and with enthusiasm?

A book? A blog? Website content that stays fresh?

Can I take your story and help you make it more compelling?

Would support and assistance help you follow through on your best ideas for writing and marketing and promotion?

Offering:

- Writing Mentoring (I'll bring out the best in you and your writing)
- Writing Services (editing and ghostwriting)
- Self-publishing production and project management (from idea to ISBN to eBooks)
- Practical Marketing (determine what works for you!)
- Extremely Productive Brainstorming (will surprise you)
- Market Research (My favorite hobby)
- Social Media Marketing Strategy & Execution (all about being social)

I offer one-on-one personalized consultations, coaching and virtual PR/marketing support designed to help you design, execute and produce blogs, books and social media campaigns.

My cumulative years of experience include journalism, publishing , advertising, sales, event production, professional coaching, business development and early adoption of blogging, self-publishing and social media marketing.

I enjoy championing people who are wanting to adopt blogging and self-publishing but hesitate thinking it takes too much time to start and be successful.

Authentic Work represented by Authentic Writing and Self-Expression is Magnetic.

For more details on the Writing and Marketing and Business coaching and consulting services offered call for a complimentary conversation and evaluation.

To your thriving and success as defined by you.

Master your voice - write and speak authentically.


More About Deborah Drake:

Deborah Drake is known by a mantra: Authentic Writing Provokes. A full-time writer and editor and avid blogger, her professional experience spans over 20 years in the fields of journalism, publishing, advertising and design communications, professional development and coaching. She left McCann-Erickson in San Francisco to move to Seattle and join Bozell Worldwide in 1998. After working for several smaller agencies she took the leap into being a free agent in 2007 and has never looked back.

She is a passionate wordsmith of short and long writing, engaging SEO copywriting, a Social Media Enthusiast, and a fan of WordPress as the DIY platform it is. Deborah has facilitated a weekly Writers Support Group for two years and founded a community blog that is home to over 600 posts and growing daily. Her writing and editing services include ghostwriting, marketing copywriting, copyediting, and writing/blogging coaching for the DIYer who needs an accountability partner they can creatively brainstorm with.

I believe your WordPress site deserves both good design and good copy. They are in a symbiotic relationship: each benefiting the other."

Beautiful Design + User-friendly Functionality + Copy that Provokes = A Client Magnet

Location

Bellevue, WA 98008

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  • 5/5 stars September 10, 2012

    If Deborah had been my English teacher through grade school and high school, I would have embraced my authentic voice a long time ago and quite frankly - my life would have been a lot different. Her service isn't technically therapy - but how can it not be when you start hearing your deepest voice? Writing is healing -at least for me, and I find that very fun and satisfying.

    Deborah is multi-skilled as a writing coach. The one skill most helpful to me was her constant open - hearted encouragement towards me as an aspiring writer. She constantly insisted that I listen to my own authentic voice, that I share my gift with the world. I love the confidence she has in herself. It gave me permission to have confidence in my own voice.

    I worked with Deborah for 3 months, using her private coaching service. I was impressed with her eye for pulling out the best phrases, words and key ideas within an essay.

    My suggestion for improvement is that during the one hour sessions with her, that half the time be spent in "hands - on" for actually writing, not talking about writing techniques or things to write about at home. Then I could have seen immediately if the ideas worked for me. It was too easy to leave the session and not actually "do" what she suggested. This is what I will do next time I work with her.

    Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 11, 2012:

    Dear Lyn. Everything you ever wrote after we spent time together was a joy to read. You are a better writer than you ever saw yourself as, but I saw it and I see it still. We have more work to do and I look forward to it. That book of yours wants to be written! Thank you.

  • 5/5 stars September 4, 2012

    Deborah Drake is incredible! I was first introduced to Deb over a year ago, after she invited me to be a part of her weekly writing group we affectionately called “Tuesday’s with Deborah” or better known to us as “A Writers Support Group for Reticent Bloggers.” She created a safe haven for writers and bloggers to incubate their ideas and share thoughts weekly. Which turned out to be some of the best inspiration, not only for my writing, but for my business as well.

    I have also had the opportunity to work with her on my first book, “The Art of Working for Yourself” which she was my editor and voice on my shoulder, helping me get out of my own way. I have to thank her for helping me keep my writing voice as the project went along. As tough as the process sometimes was for me, Deb was pivotal in making sure I stayed on track and helped me flush out ideas from the cover to my bio. I would work with her again in a heartbeat. What more can I say, Deb is good at what she does.

    Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 4, 2012:

    To work with someone who is open and willing to try what is suggested and love what results AND whose idea for a book is born of their core values is always a pleasure and working with you again is something I look forward to! Thanks for sharing your experience of our collaboration on your first of three books! Your first book is an easy and inspiring read that conveys who you are and what you champion with heartfelt savvy and direct personal experience. And all your marketing (the website, the video trailer) looks fabulous!

  • 5/5 stars September 3, 2012

    This is from the acknowledgments portion of my book, The Athlete within You – a mental approach to sports and business.
    As you will learn, this book has been thirty-two years in development. If not for my good friend and writing coach,
    Deborah Drake it would still be a half completed pile of paper. Her encouragement and nurturing through the writing process
    has not only changed my writing, but changed me.

    Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 4, 2012:

    Your project was especially meaningful for me to be part of. A dusty manuscript that deserved publication 30 years ago it is no more! I look forward to the companion pieces and products you author and publish in the future. Self-publishing ourselves is the way to go and supporting you from start to finish in record time for your conference appearance was a Wild Ride I would do all over again!

  • 5/5 stars September 3, 2012

    For two years Deb facilitated a weekly Writer’s Circle (now known as Tuesdays With Deborah - please Google it). Thanks to her gentle and encouraging persistence I went from non-blogger to blogger. We got to know each other and I shared my second book with her (Résumés That Resume Careers) and we decided to co-author a much-expanded second edition (Burn Your Résumé! You Need a Professional Profile. http://amzn.to/GDwKYo). What Deb brought to the second edition is significant: a. the subtitle and expanded focus of this edition (Winning the Inner and Outer Game of Finding Work or New Business), b. the elements of how to play an effective Inner Game, c. an additional focus on Solopreneurs, d. editing and layout of the book’s interior using EndDesign, e. sourcing and managing graphic artist for cover design, f. coordination with the printer, and g. website maintenance and update, and h. marketing and related workshops, which we are doing together. Thanks to Deb a number of authors now have books in print, and in the near future she and I will add a Kindle version of Burn Your Resume! to our offerings, and others will follow. She has my total, 100% endorsement.

    Deborah D. from Authentic Writing Provokes replied to this review on September 3, 2012:

    Thank you for the generous and kind and complimentary words! Working with you is a prime example of working with an ideal client and collaborator--as we both support and challenge each other to produce high quality content and stay true to the mission and purpose. To be part of the creation process from A to Z is one of my favorite scenarios.Collaborating with you as I do these days is something I always look forward to. ~ Deb

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Developmental Editing and Manuscript Development with copyediting and proofreading
Ghostwriting and blogging and developing a client's Authentic Voice for writing and self-expression (with genuine enthusiasm for it.
Creating an Editorial Game Plan for blogging and writing and the marketing of it through classical and guerilla marketing strategies and enthusiasm for being consistent.
Developing True Confidence and the Authentic Writing Voice of clients that allows for writing to be done with more ease and efficiency.
Project coordination of blog development, self-publishing projects and marketing campaigns.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. It is critical that there be easy and "Good chemistry" from the start for me. I aim to connect quickly, work efficiently and assimilate the intentions and agenda of my clients swiftly. Relationships take time but the foundation for a good one from the beginning is either present or not. Trying to work together with someone we hesitate to share with is counter-intuitive but we do it more often than we consciously realize. I am candid from the first conversation and diplomatic as well. I appreciate clarity and direction and realize that flexibility is also important to maintain good flow. I consider myself strong at getting attuned to a client quickly and identifying strengths and good ideas clearly. I work fast when we are in the flow.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I believe my work as an editor, ghostwriter and writing mentor/coach who understands DIY platforms such as Wordpress and Blogger and Joomla, self-publishing options and why they make sense, authentic marketing and self-promotion and why it works better make me a great fit for some clients. I am not everyone's editor or writing coach or self-publishing and self-promotion specialist, but if I am a good fit for you, you will appreciate my style when it comes to extremely productive brainstorming that yields multiple nuggets of wisdom and ideas to pursue that suit you.

I do my part to make my clients fall in love with writing for themselves and as themselves and it is not in my nature to push my voice or values on my clients. Yes, good grammar is preferred, but sometimes prose like e.e. cummings is what is needed to make the point!

For me, it is about what will get the job done with your essence and vision clearly intact to attract your ideal customer, reader, subscriber. I develop communications skills in people who come to believe their story and opinions about things matter--be it for business goals or personal self-expression.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love developing genuine enthusiasm and confidence in self-expression (written & spoken congruently) in my clients. I see people go from saying they don't see them selves as a good writer or communicator for themselves, to getting that they can be and if they choose to have a ghost write for them, it is for clear reasons. I am thrilled when someone gets that their story and opinion matters, no matter how many others have written their piece on the same theme. People come to know themselves as they develop abilities to speak and write and publish themselves on their websites and in books and in presentations in working with me. I help people become better advocates for themselves through writing with them, for them, editing their writing and developing their skills of self-expression in our digitally active world!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I would like my prospective clients to know how much I value clear and creative and authentic self-expression. I would like them to understand that good writing and self-expression can be learned and mastered as we get clear and congruent in our values, goals, our natural motivations. I would like it to be understood that we also cannot ever be 100% objective about our own creations. We can cultivate being detached and open to feedback after the fact OR we can include an editor to be constructively involved in the creation process. A book or blog or article we write won't be perfect at first, even when it is close. An editor be it a professional or a friend reading and responding honestly before "publishing" important work that personally brands us and sets the tone and reputation is a smart business practice. In my humble opinion...

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. My current role as a writing mentor/coach, editor and self-publishing specialist who champions marketing well in advance of publications comes from taking the cumulative twenty years of skills developed through work in journalism, publishing, pre-press/printing, advertising and print production and business development and sales. Writing and self-expression is near and dear to my heart and has been since I was a young girl of nine. I wanted to be in publishing from the beginning. I took a circuitous route but for good reasons in hindsight.

I am more than a writer and editor. I love honest, candid, authentic self-promotion and teach it well also. I went solo in late 2007 and took it to full-time and specialized work in spring of 2010 and am grateful to do what I do as my livelihood.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Recently I helped Gerald Grinter of the Tweflth Power Consulting develop his manuscript, edited that manuscript, proofread it and advised him on the streamlined self-publishing of his print on demand book through CreateSpace in affiliation with Amazon, as well as to advise him on how and where to create ebooks in multiple formats. The Art of Working for Yourself: No Matter Who You Work For How To Always Work For Yourself (http://amzn.to/NejXcE) was released and marketing of it begins next with my involvement on strategy and tactics.

Gerald outlined the manuscript between November and December, wrote between February and April, I edited and produced it between May and June and he published in July. For the hours of my time he paid a fee of $1000 for writing coaching, developmental editing, editing, copyediting, production support and cheerleading!

This project was a joy to work on from concept (that was born from an article I challenged him to write) to finish and we commence the second and third books in the series in the months to come.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. The ways that I listen are one of my greatest assets. I see and hear more than what is being said or written, intuitively, rather instantly, whether it is said or not. I see quickly what is at the heart of the matter in working with developing clients' writing voices and I also see what impedes their ability to believe in their capacity to grow as a writer. I listen and assimilate and reflect back succinctly. I am not afraid to say what I "see" and do so with a diplomacy that allows for my observations to be considered and integrated. I also always plan for resistance, procrastination and competing agendas that are running in the background for a client that they don't see themselves. We all have this at work in our background when we have projects!

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