After 45 years experience in graphic arts, I am able to offer integrated services in all aspects of publishing—from book design for self-publishing projects, copywriting, editing, restoration of photos, resumes, certificates, catalogs, labels, and more.
I work with both local and long-distance customers, often receiving images and text electronically, then sending back proofs and finished copy. However, I also enjoy working with clients in person, making minute to minute decisions together — especially when working with websites or photographs. Once a book or catalog is ready for press, I can speak to the printer about details, send off the final copy, and assist in pre-press forms and desicions.
After studying at two art school, receiving college BA in art and a teaching credential, I realized that my primary love was calligraphy. I combined working as a calligrapher in the 1970s and 80s with teaching at local schools. I let my K-12 credential go in favor of a lifetime adult school credential and was still able to teach italic handwriting as a specialty teacher to K-12 students as well as college students and adults. Along the way my work was pulished in several books, maps, and posters, on menus, business cards, invitations, etc. I participated in a few gallery shows as well.
My passion for desktop publishing began to manifest in the 1990s when I became editor and co--publisher of Sojourn Magazine, followed by my publishing Grace Millennium, both quarterly regional magazines. The first issues were delivered to the printer on huge layout sheets; all photos were digitized and pasted up alongside text. After 4 1/2 years, I was able to deliver the entire magazine on computer disk. Then came book design . . . while still carrying on with my great love for calligraphy and teaching.
In 2013, while at a wonderful seminar with the Association of Personal Historians in Washington D.C., I was introduced to a well-made hand scanner.This has allowed me to scan photos without removing them from their albums. This saves the photos from damage and saves a great deal of time as well.
I now have 15 years experience putting together books using photos and text for Family History, Travel Books, Fiction, and Non-Fiction (hard or soft cover). You can read an array of Testimonials from some of the people I have worked with: