Writing My Own Book - Publishing and Writing
About this pro
Do you recognize that writing your own book has the power to propel your career forward exponentially? Then I'm the person to work with. I understand the publishing process from developing a selling concept all the way through self-publishing to keep your publishing costs low. I especially love helping clients discover their hidden talents. I love to see you gain confidence as we work together to shape your book into something that markets you--and something you can take pride in marketing it too.
Denise did an excellent job revising my resume and tailoring each cover letter to the specifics of the job I was applying for! Got the job I wanted.Jun 2, 2015
Denise is excellent at what she does. Highly recommended !Feb 26, 2015Verified
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I took a journalism minor in college. I have continued to take writer's training as courses become available at Clark Community College and through online learning platforms such as Lynda.com. To support my work as a publisher and writing coach, I read at least one book (usually two) each month about writing. I also participate in AWAI writer's seminars to continually improve my writing abilities. In addition, I have taken courses in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as general layout and design courses. I was recognized by Upworks as a MS Word expert.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I began advertising for web writing work on Craigslist. One of my earliest jobs was editing a book manuscript. Over the next several years, I plotted a course toward becoming a writing coach and specialist in self-publishing.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?I've been working with a writer who felt a calling to write children's books. She had an excellent story concept, yet the telling fell short. For her first book (9 months), I focused on helping her move from telling the story as a narrator to telling it through her characters' interactions. In the process, she began to understand viewpoint, character development and basic dialog flow. I contributed significantly to creating the active settings, allowing her to compare the before and after as part of her learning process. When we began working on her second book (13 months), her writing had improved to where I could teach her the more advanced techniques of using the six senses to flesh out her characters and the story line. I've also added emphasis on transitions and punctuation, as these remained two major weaknesses in her writing. After the second book went to print, she committed to a full revision of the first book. Over three months, she applied the techniques learned in the second book--expanding the book by 48 pages and enlivening the characterization significantly. She agrees that she would have become discouraged if I had tried to teach her everything she needed to know during the writing of the first book. Now, she is working on her third book.