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Feb 2008Current

Freelance Publishing and Marketing Consultant

Book Production Services

  • Provide publishing services for nonprofit organizations
  • Consult clients on all aspects of independent publishing
  • Prepare contracts, hire writers and designers, coordinate printing, and manage projects from concept to delivery

Marketing Services

  • Manage social media 
  • Update and maintain websites 
  • Write and submit press releases
  • Proofread and edit internal and external online and traditional communication 
  • Review, analyze, and update websites
  • Create, update, and maintain client's subscription databases
  • Schedule and direct photoshoots 
  • Perform multiple office duties as needed
Sep 1998Dec 2007

Custom Book Publishing Project Manager

Jenkins Group, Inc.
  • Oversee in-house custom book publishing production department
  • Hire, train, manage, and lead production team members
  • Manage communication between clients from around the country with in-house staff, freelancers, and vendors
  • Select/purchase print services and facilitate work between Jenkins Group and printers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia for up to 67 titles per year
  • Lead clients through press checks for both black and white and four-color books
  • Personally manage all larger custom book publishing projects ($150k and up)
  • Assist sales team with estimating projects
  • Manage project scope
  • Maintain congruity between the financial status and the project activity of individual accounts
  • Track project process in conjunction with the management of project schedules
  • Facilitate Expectation Meetings to introduce all new clients into the custom publishing process
  • Function as sole sales person on select jobs
  • Refine pricing matrix to accurately reflect costs
  • Negotiate contractual agreements for freelance writers and designers
  • Conduct annual reviews for custom book publishing team members
Aug 1994Jun 1997

Director of Bands

Dowagiac Union High School
  • Direct the Dowagiac Union High School Marching Band, (118 students)
  • Conduct the High School Symphonic Band, (60 students by audition)
  • Produce and direct over 31 concerts, parades, festivals, assemblies as well as football and basketball performances each year
  • Conduct the 5th Grade Beginning Band (110 students)
  • Teach 5th and 6th Grade sectional classes         
  • Employ and improve student empowerment/leadership system to increase morale, retention, and level of individual commitment
  • Plan and supervise a 6-day tour to Orlando, Florida for all 118 band members to participate in Disney Magic Music Days

Staff Manager

Western Michigan University Marching Band
  • Hire, coordinate, and supervise student staff
  • Recruit incoming freshmen
  • Meet all logistical needs for daily rehearsals, game-day rehearsals, and game-day performances
  • Develop computer database for the logistical support of marching band members
  • Attend meetings with University Administration as well as Athletic Department staff
  • Handle all financial transactions and correspondence between band members and School of Music business manager
  • Organize and schedule pep bands



Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education

Western Michigan University