Your Portfolio Website

If you’re a professional creative, speaker, subject matter expert, or the like, you need a portfolio website online to get the word out and help you find new work. Your accomplishments should be presented convincingly on your own, custom web pages. Who could be a better choice to help you showcase your work than a self-published, working author who has similar needs? Especially when that website-building, working author also brings marketing experience and insight, an agency and entrepreneurial background, and a track record of successful business support.

I’ve been a digital native since 1970 when I began maintaining and installing computers. I began building websites in early 2008 when Google Sites first appeared online. I built this website that you’re reading right now and several others.

I come well prepared with relevant education and skills, excellent tools, decades of experience and a keen desire to help Clients excel. These days, my favorite sitebuilding system is Squarespace.com which gives us the chops to sustain a gorgeous portfolio site with all of the marketing functionality that you need including blogs. You can have a site that you can easily maintain and update on your own even without any coding; include a newsletter for customer outreach, if desired. Or an online store with a catalog and ecommerce checkout.

When you're ready to develop or enhance your professional image and online presence, I'll build what you need that fits your budget and deliver on time. It all begins with a dialog that leads to the engaging, custom website that you envision, at a fixed cost that you can afford. I’ll help with your website definition, a written quotation with fixed cost and a schedule that you can live with.

Get Writing Assistance

Have you heard that “A book is the new business card?” If you have the tasteful business suit and the winning smile but you still need more powerful persuasion, let's chat. All of the recent and contemporary writers who became household names had at least one steely-eyed editor helping them. Some authors had more than one.

Everyone "has a book in them" but most of us need a literary midwife to help us bring our first books into the world and a writing pro never stops developing. Writing well is an exacting, solitary expertise but you don’t have to be a loner. Don't let your prose leave home without perfecting.

I have found it rare, in my life, to encounter professionals who under promise and over deliver. Joseph Riden is one such individual. I wrote a series of articles on fishing adventures, which were good but needed some wordsmithing. I found Joseph, with some effort, and he turned my ordinary work into extraordinary prose.
— Dimirra, Author of "Spontaneous," a men's adventure novel

Ghostwriting Memoir

Everyone's an expert in something but not everyone knows how to write well in US English. I’ll write or rewrite anything that you can relate to me in a textual draft or in voice recordings. Then, even if you think you’re not much of a writer, your memoir or other writing project will read like the work of a highly competent author who knows what you did and experienced. Your memories can take on a new life in your readers’ minds and hearts with vividness, style, and grace.

Adept in both fiction and nonfiction, I also write creative nonfiction, the newer prose category that applies fiction-style tropes, techniques, and treatments to factual narratives like memoir. This style brings a true narrative to life on the pages most vividly. Consider the stories in my collection Triplet, as examples. Two are fiction and one is creative nonfiction. Can you tell the difference?

Triplet is a special edition. It becomes available to you free when you sign up for my elist. See the footer message at the bottom of this page. The same stories are available as standalone publications in Amazon Kindle. My Amazon Author Page lists them.

Alpha and Beta Reading

“Alpha” reading is for early work, from outline through your first-pass manuscript, to check story concept, plot flow and continuity, story and character arcs, genre fit, characterizations, and more. Also, to find any missed opportunities for excellence.

When you write a story, book or document that must be error-free and well-developed, the final check should be done by someone other than yourself before publishing. I can be your first-draft, alpha reader to look for anything that falls short of excellence in your grand design before you spend months or years writing yourself into a corner. Or even send me your story concept and outline before you start drafting.

When you believe your piece is finally ready, a careful beta reading is a fitting, final check of a book’s development before self-publishing or submissions.

Editing 

Many new writers who self-publish try to save cash by skipping or shorting the edit phase or by self-editing only. If that's you, then you definitely need at least a beta reader for your finished work. Writers need both alpha and beta readers to simulate their audience even more than they need an editor. Skilled readers help you perfect your prose and story appeal from the very start as you also build better writing habits while you work.

Joseph Riden’s writing skills are profoundly intuitive… [his] writing capabilities are definitely noteworthy.
— From a review of "The Prodigy" by Joseph Riden, at readersfavorite.com.

We’re all fallible so at least one professional editor stands behind every famous author that you admire or perhaps envy. Whether fiction or nonfiction, I'll help you take your writing beyond the next level. After corrections, we can also find and weigh any opportunities to improve your prose, story structure, and writing style. I offer all the editing forms: copy- line- and developmental editing, as your manuscript development may need.

Writing Coaching or Tutoring

Personalized learning is the key to rapid progress in your writing. Even for professionals, the hardest part can be finding where you need improvement and knowing how to elevate your prose. After reading and analysing your work, I suggest tools and improvements that you can apply across the board in everything you write. You can have your own writing mentor to help you find opportunities and take best advantage of them to build expertise and improve your writing craft permanently.

Web Content, Blogging,

I’ve not only learned to use the Internet, I’ve been a digital native for more decades than I like to count. As a mechanical design engineer, I helped develop supercomputer servers that support business and science, host the Internet around the world, and pull today’s businesses toward AI sentience. But writing has always been my first love.

I built this website that you’re reading now and several others, including writing all the textual copy. Contact me to access my clips and samples or read from my blog on this website or read my other publications on Amazon.com. I can walk you through good answers to all of your questions on how to start a popular blog and make money with a blog online. Or if you want a guest blogger, I can create blog content that brings your business message to web users around the world.

Get Self-Publishing Assistance

With a growing number of self-published books, I’ve learned how to publish with minimal hassle, effort, and cost and with international distribution but it’s still complex, demanding, and sometimes frustrating. Self-publishing with a worldwide reach that achieves professional quality on a shoestring requires insider knowledge, good tools and instincts, and thorough attention to detail. 

As traditional publishing wanes, the brave new world of digital, print-on-demand publishing invites new minds and faces. Self-publishing with worldwide distribution adds both greater marketing power and higher complexity for indie authors at the same time. I can publish a book for you or help you learn to self-publish your own books.

Keep Writers’ Support Affordable

You’ll find my fees are typical and customary for the industry. I may often be able to quote your job by providing a single, all-inclusive figure for a whole project in a written agreement. If cost is a barrier, for you I offer a custom diagnostic report that highlights tendencies you need to watch for and avoid, correct, or eliminate in your writing. You can use this personalized writing analysis and some suggested tools to guide you through effective self-editing. The better the self-editing you do before engaging an editor, the better the final outcome will become. But when you write for any kind of publication you also need a real human editor.

Chat For Free

The first step is your move. Contact me for a no-charge conversation about your your business, needs, and project with no obligation. All of my services come with a satisfaction guarantee. Connect with me via email and begin a dialog, without expectations or pressure. Take initiative — click CONTACT and send me a message. Expect no pressure or hype, just results.