I write stories, and I help other people tell better ones.
Good stories are entertaining. Great stories are transformational.
So, yes, that’s me on a sailboat. And, yes, I’m taking notes. Of course, five minutes before this photo was taken, I was standing at the bow rail, leaning into the wind like DiCaprio in Titanic, watching the sun sink toward the horizon.
Now, take another look at that image. I’m at work. Yes, seriously. And, yes, I am grateful. I’ve worked in offices, and I’ve worked in crawl spaces and attics. Working on sailboats and in National Parks is a lot more fun. But you know what really charges me up? It’s not the geography or the surroundings. Not really. It’s the people. Because that’s where I find the stories.
How Long Have I Been Telling Stories?
The short answer is “always.”
I cannot honestly remember a time before I started telling stories, but I didn’t start selling them until I was 19. Since then, I have written print books and eBooks, fiction and nonfiction, news, human interest stories, travel features, video scripts, YouTube characters, websites, blogs, and the occasional shrimp shack menu.
I am currently the Editor in Chief of NOKP Media, which publishes The News of Sun City Center and South County, and the President of Atlas Multimedia Productions (dba Atlas Media Ink), a writing and editing firm. The common thread connecting each of these projects is the power of story.
Whether you are leading readers through a chaotic battle that feels so real they can smell the smoke, writing an in-depth comparison of travel trailer tow hitches, interviewing the Vice President, or relating the memories of a hero who helped rebuild Europe, the words must create a connection. Everything rises and falls on the power of story.
Read Some of My Recent Stories
I was at the grocery buying an anniversary card, because that’s what you do when the Hallmark next door has vanished without a trace. The cashier snuck a peak at the card and her eyes went wide. “Happy Anniversary! How many years.”“Twenty-one.”“Wow. Uh … I...
Homosassa Springs is a surprise. Although it is an official State Park, this land has been a tourist attraction for a century, and it feels more like a theme park than a place of relaxation. Though a day here is undoubtedly relaxing as well. In the early...
Research allows you to learn things you did not previously know. Duh. It also introduces you to new worlds, strange ecosystems and unfamiliar social networks. This new information has the potential to blast through your writer’s block like dynamite… if...
So, What Can I Do for You?
Writing & Editing Services
Your Best Possible Author Bio
One-on-one interview, up to one hour, and a ready-for-prime-time bio suitable for your author website, blog, social media, and book cover; as well as your Elevator Bio for networking, press releases, and pitches.
Fundamental story structure including setting, characters, plot, pacing, and consistency
Style, structure, language, ideas, transitions, flow, and tone
Copy (Text) Editing
Grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency, and syntax
The More Awesome About Page
First impressions matter, but many people share the wrong information on their About Page. Or, they share the right information in a less-effective way. Remember, it’s all about story. Let’s capture yours and tell the world.
Product and service descriptions, blogs, downloadable sales docs, and lead capture form content are just some of the ways I can help you increase your customer connections. I also write warm, connective team bios to increase customer trust.
Industry-specific articles, interviews, and topical content to answer questions and build brand reputation
Because everything I do for every client is tailored to their style, their market, and their individual goals, pricing will vary. The initial consultation is always free. After that, you will receive a detailed scope of services with an itemized cost breakdown. That said, I do offer package and frequency discounts.
Total transparency and individual attention. You get both, because that’s the right way to do it.