Stay tuned to this page. I’ll post samples of my work on an ongoing basis.
Here’s my version of River Song’s journal. I watched every Doctor Who episode with doctors Nine, Ten, and Eleven, pausing often to write down quotes and take photos of the journal. I fused paper to blue fabric, gluing it over grayboard and hand-cut mat board to create the 3-D TARDIS look.
Quotes were printed on random pages in gray ink, dark enough to hold their own on the page, but unobtrusive to writings and sketches that would eventually fill the book.
In December 2012, my 50th article for Exceptional Parent magazine was published. (Fifty! I know! I was so surprised when I realized it.) Here’s a link to download the article.
“Family Holiday Parties: A Time for Sharing Fun, Sharing Facts”
Exceptional Parent is a magazine for individuals and families with special needs. It’s no longer published in print, but you can get an online subscription here:
Here are links to download three more articles I wrote for EP, if you’re interested.
“A Health Strategy? It’s Just What the Doctor (and Privacy Laws) Ordered”
Critique and Editing Services
Here are a few books for which I provided my critique and/or editing skills. The Harvest books resulted from a community-wide writing contest I developed and coordinated for five years for the Friends of East Longmeadow Public Library.
A Difficult Boy is the debut novel by M.P. Barker, published by Holiday House.
Hand-bound Books and Book Design
In addition to Writers in the Kitchen (pictured above), here are other books I created.
Here’s a hand-bound book created as a gift for a dear friend. Page layouts were created using MS Publisher. It was printed on 24# matte finish photo paper, folded and glued with embroidery thread square-knotted to hold it all together. I missed the part in the instructions stating that the book should be no taller than three inches. This one is more than double that. Happy results nevertheless.
SAMPLES OF OLDER WORK
Below this point, you’ll see samples of work I created years ago. At some point in my career, I stopped asking clients for printed samples. It’s dated stuff now, but back in the day the work made my clients happy, and some pieces won awards. I have the dusty trophies and wrinkled certificates to prove it.
These are ads created for agents to use in local publications (they pop in their logo and contact info).The flood insurance ads were part of a package won an award from the Federal Insurance Administration.
Ahh, the Antique Toy campaign was one of my favorites. Aetna had strict guidelines regarding the look of its marketing materials, but this was created for an agent. The rules didn’t apply, and the designer (Lance Matusek) and I felt like horses let loose to run wild across the spring countryside. These ads, and the brochure that follows, won awards from the Advertising Club of Connecticut.
This is an award winner (see comment for Antique Toy ads above). That face is actually an antique bank. By the way, the bank has both eyes open. The designer got clever with the image. The agent loved it.
Some brochures for The Hartford. I know. Pretty difficult to get a sense of my copywriting skills with this photo. Thinking of hiring me? Want to see more? Let me know.
Brochures for MassMutual. The ones for the National Family Business program were part of a complete package that won an award from the Ad Club of Western Massachusetts.
Here’s a brochure for an entrepreneurial upstart, a maker of a body-sized pillow that allows a pregnant woman to lie belly down. What pregnant woman doesn’t yearn for a massage or a good night’s sleep, hmmm?
Flyers and Mailers
It was so much fun to interview local children’s book writers and illustrators for a column I wrote. It was short-lived, though. The publication is now defunct. Who wants to hire me to do another column? I know lots of kid-lit writers and illustrators!