K = Knowledgeability C = Clarity of Response P = Politeness N = Nominated for Expert of the Month
|2011-09-01||Chelsea||Plot Block||10||10||10||Yes||Thank you very much for this suggestion! The connotation suggestion and the dissecting idea are great suggestions! I need to read through your questions several times; I didn't realize how unrefined my objectives were! I have always been afraid to get too specific without a plot, but now that seems more feasible for a STORY. I will follow your advise and if I need to ask any further questions, I will definitely come straight to you for answers. Thank you very much for your assistance; I greatly appreciate it!|
|2011-07-16||Timothy||advice on journaling||10||10||10||No||Thank you.|
|2010-04-20||Al||Writing Rut||10||10||10||Yes||Fran! You rule so much! You're an absolute star! I now know who I want to turn when I'm cut in a writing rut! Thanks so much. Reading your words "accept change" sounds so much better and different from another person. You're absolutely right; we all change in style and voice, and since you pointed that out I've noticed it happen even with my favourite authors when I think about what they wrote then and what they wrote now, and the fact their writing just gets stronger with each book they publish..well I feel very happy and inspired to try writing again. I feel totally calm and relaxed, and I know I can tackle this rut. Sorry for the lengthy thanks, hahaha, but you're the best! Seriously! :D|
|2010-04-12||Ian||horrid block||10||10||10||Yes||keeping consistant, clarible, courtiess, and knowlageable. Good work.|
|2010-04-11||Rodney||writing for graphic design||10||10||10||Yes|
|2010-04-06||Ian||horrid block.||10||10||10||Yes||Timeless as always, polite, and knowledgeable|
|2010-04-04||Ian||horrid block.||10||10||10||Yes||Continuing professional quality while charitably offering this for no charge. Anywhere else you would have to pay for advise that is half as good as good as fran's.|
|2010-04-02||Ian||horrid block.||10||10||10||Yes||extremely professional, kind, and polite.|
|2010-03-23||Tim||how to write when||10||10||10||Yes|
|2010-03-22||Wai||writing help||10||10||10||Yes||Thank you and God Bless you so much for your kind help. I really appreciate it. Wonderful expert.|
EXPERTISE: I will answer questions from adults who are struggling with a book, a major report for an employer, a dissertation, or something equally hefty in business, science, or academics. I can help if you absolutely have to write something and can't get started, or if you've started writing and don't know what to do next. If you need help beyond individual questions, I also offer personal coaching, book doctoring, or critiques and analysis. I can answer questions about your novel, your journal, or your poem if you are under the gun because of a contract deadline or some other legal or workplace pressure. Unblocking communications is the main focus here, so I don't accept questions marked private.
Independent book doctor, author coach.
Author of "Only Angels Can Wing It: Write a Eulogy Quickly and Present It Compassionately"
Director of Publications at MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the largest nonprofit arts education association in the world. 1997–2008.
Recruited experienced authors and developed novice authors. Their names are listed below in “Past and Current Clients,” and their books can be viewed on www.amazon.com.
At conventions, gave presentations to nonprofessional writers: “How to Get an Article Published,” “How to Write a Book,” “The Publications Process,” “Working with Your Editor,” and similar subjects.
Coached book authors and taught staff editors to coach authors.
Ghost-wrote forewords for books, endorsements, speeches, marketing materials, presentations, proposals, technical writing, executive summaries, press releases, and other projects.
Co-owner, Edge City Press. The Logic of Microspace, a collection of essays on rocket science used as a textbook at the U.S. Air Force Academy (2000).
Senior Technical Writer/Marketing Support Specialist, Unisys Corporation, Publications and Engineering departments, 1984–93. S and TS clearances. Designed and taught classes in administrative, business, and technical writing. Wrote and rewrote all types of technical documentation, including proposals.
Senior Technical Writer, Informatics General, Rockville, Maryland, 1982–83. Sole writer to thirty-five member Federal Marketing Organization. Conceived and created, wrote and edited numerous marketing brochures, commercial and government proposals. Designed document formats, provided hands-on assistance to technical personnel with documentation assignments, and edited their completed work.
Rockstar Sisterhood, Heartland Mastermind, Focus6, National Speakers Association
Some of these include: Contributor, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 282: New Formalist Poets. (New York: Gale, 2003). Entries on Dick Allen, pp. 3–15; Jared Carter, pp. 31–40; Frederick Feirstein, pp. 83–90; and Bruce Meyer, pp. 223–32. Writer for major area HMO, responding to 300 client complaint/comment letters, 1995, 1997. Managing and poetry editor, The Edge City Review, a quarterly literary magazine, 1991–2005. Arts critic for the Times-Mirror Newspapers, a community newspaper chain with a circulation of 120,000. Reviewed galleries, music, fine arts, poetry/fiction, and profiled personalities. Arts reviewer for the Connection newspapers.
MNM (Master in NonProfit Management; coursework) Regis University, Denver, CO. M.A., American Literature, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. B.A., English Literature, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH. Attendance at seminars and similar learning opportunities about twice a year.
Awards and Honors
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Award for excellence, Music Educators Journal, 2004. Two First Prizes, Poetry Society of Virginia, 1999. Best Small Business of the Year Award, Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1997–98. Washington Dateline Award, Washington DC Professional Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi (National Press Club), First Place for 1993 Arts Criticism, 1994. Award for Writing Excellence, DCI Publications Group, Alexandria, VA, 1992. Achievement Award, Independent Research and Development (IRAD) Brochures, Unisys Corporation, 1990. Exemplary Action Award, for proposal writing skills and for developing a data base of corporate capabilities to support proposal efforts, Unisys Corporation, 1989. Exemplary Action Award, for setting up and publishing a monthly project newsletter with sole responsibility for reporting, writing, and coordinating word processing, graphics, reproduction, and distribution while completing other duties as project editor, Unisys Corporation, 1989. Exemplary Action Award, for writing, editing and coordinating production for over 300 resumes within a one-month period for GSA STRIDE proposal delivered January, 1988. Commendation from Comptroller, U.S. Department of State, for designing, developing, writing, and producing the Budget Reporting System used by over 156 embassies worldwide, 1980. Honorable Mention, American Academy of Poets, 1975. University Research/Teaching Fellowships, University of South Carolina, 1972–75. Phi Sigma Iota Romance Languages Honor Society, 1975.
Most recently, Selected authors include Bennett Reimer; Maureen Harris, Jody L. Kerchner, Carlos R. Abril, Charlene Ryan, Zachary B. Poulter; Natalie Sarrazin, Victor V. Bobetsky; Patrick K. Freer Karin K. Nolan, Elise S. Sobol, Michael Mark, Lois Veenhoven Guderian, William Gradante, Margaret Schmidt, Steve Eckels, Rebecca E. Hamik and Catherine M. Wilson, Janet Barrett, Michele Kaschub and Janice Smith, Charlene Ryan, William J. Dawson, Tony Bancroft, Susan L. Haugland, Kevin Mixon, Chris Tanner, David Doerksen, Carol Frierson-Campbell, Debra Kay Robinson Lindsay. Their books can be viewed at www.amazon.com. Also Rick Fleeter, Ph.D.; Kaiser Permanente; Unisys Corporation, and many, many other individuals and companies over the past 35 years.