I’ve written and published a novel, written and directed a feature film, edited many non-fiction books, ghost-written a self-help book, and have created content for clients ranging from kid-friendly start-ups to clinical sexologists. I run the site www.sexpert.com where I write and edit the work of dozens of other writers as the editor-in-chief, and I use my own blog on this site to reflect my personal passions. Recently I’ve written two TV pilots for True Gravity Productions and penned their copy on their promotional one-sheets including show synopses, character bios and seasonal story arcs. My romance novel The Cowboy Singer has been optioned by director Annie Bradley who is currently shopping the screenplay version.
I love working with marketing companies and clients who have a passion for their work because it’s so satisfying to nail their concepts in a creative way, and watch them reach the exact people who would benefit from their product or service. I follow the trends in online marketing as much as I can so that I can write in the most SEO friendly way, and I’m happy to brainstorm on new ideas. The ‘rules’ for writing popular blogs seem to change daily, and I’m totally on board with the latest trend of ‘really-long-titles-that-sum-up-your-thesis-in-a-cheeky-way.’ Hopefully I’ll remember to change this paragraph when the trend changes again.
I love making films and videos. Most recently I created a music video called “Rigged Game” for the OPSEU labor union in Ontario Canada, which was a project through True Gravity Productions. I’m also posting original video content on my two YouTube channels, ptiberius and Be Who You Are Project. Living in Los Angeles, I know dozens of great cinematographers, gaffers, make-up artists etc., but I’m also finding that videos I shoot on my iphone looks freakin’ amazing. In fact, my most recent ‘formal’ film called ‘Drained’ was shot on an iphone, and screened at an iphone film festival!
My biggest asset to clients is my positive attitude, and ability to steer people in the direction of their dreams. Creating art of any kind can be daunting and fraught with fear of failure (and fear of success), so it’s important to have someone in your corner cheering you on, who has experienced the joy of completing something, and getting it out into the world.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk more.
I edit novels, non-fiction books, book proposals, screenplays, short stories and web content. If you’ve written something, I probably have an opinion about it. I love to give positive feedback, so don’t tell me you ‘only want to hear the bad news.’ No one really only wants to hear the bad news, and it doesn’t help you grow as a writer to beat yourself up. Play to your strengths and write from the heart no matter what the genre.
What is your book about? Let’s keep that in mind throughout the whole process. Sometimes nonfiction writers want to throw in the kitchen sink, and cast a wider and wider net. I’m here to help you stay on course, on brand, and get your point across. The 21st century is all about niche markets, even if that niche eventually reaches millions of people.
My philosophy for novelists is that they need to toggle back and forth between the big picture and the details so that they don’t lose their minds or get bored. My years of filmmaking and screenwriting have made my taste lean, so I don’t enjoy a lot of wasted words, and I always prefer to let the audience fill in the gaps. Unless you really know how to describe an armchair. Then I’m hanging on your every word.
I got a feature film made, so I know something about screenplays after that grueling development process. I don’t know it all, but neither does anyone else. I think it’s important to let great style come through if you’ve got it. As long as you’re crystal clear, you can buck tradition and lay down a unique vision that the perfect director will drool over. If I’m not scrutinizing your work close enough, go to www.scriptkicker.com and Tara Samuel will make you wish you’d never heard the term “fine-toothed comb.”