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Friends and clients call me Joseph. I show up for writing or editing equipped with a keen desire to help and ease with native US English that's founded on skill and artistry and wielded with imagination and original thinking. I also bring editorial experience, helpful writing tools and a deep, intuitive sense of craft.

In popular prose, I tend to follow the advice of Wordsworth, to use the realistic language of everyday people — admitting all the  contractions, neologisms, slang, regional color, common acronyms, and so on. When needed, I write or edit in the academic style that helped me graduate with high honors from one of the more prestigious American universities where you can double-major in English and Psychology.

I have found it rare, in my life, to encounter professionals that under-promise and over-deliver. Joseph Riden is one such individual.
— DiMirra, Author of Spontaneous, a men's adventure novel

Writers' Portfolio Websites — Every writer needs a portfolio. Get the word out about what you offer with your own, custom web presence. Who would be a better choice to help you present your work and capabilities to the world than a published, fellow writer? Providing, of course, that site-building writer is a marketing expert with agency and entrepreneurial experience and a track record of successful business websites. 

I come prepared with all the skills and tools and a keen desire to excel. When you're ready to set up or improve your online presence, I'll build what you want that fits within your stated budget. To begin a dialog that can lead to the beautiful and engaging custom website you envision, at a fixed cost you can afford, click CONTACT and send me a message. Then we can get to work with a budget, written quotation, a schedule you can live with and a satisfaction guarantee.

Narrative Writing — Adept in both fiction and nonfiction, I also learned to produce creative nonfiction, the newer prose category that applies fiction tropes, techniques, and treatments to factual narrative. This style brings a true narrative to life on the page more vividly than ever before. Consider my story "The Marlin," as one example. 

Everyone's an expert in something but not everyone knows how to write well in US English. I can write or rewrite anything that you relate to me in a textual draft or in a voice recording. Then your memoir or other writing project reads like the language of a highly competent author who knows what you know. Your thoughts and memories can take wing with clarity, style, and grace.

They say that a book is the new business card. Have you written your first book yet? If you have the suit and the smile but still need more powerful language, let's talk. Truth is, everyone "has a book in them." But most of us need a literary midwife to help birth it into the real world. Writing is an exacting skill. Don't let your prose leave home without perfecting it.

Beta Reader — If you write a book or any document that needs to be error-free and also final-checked by someone other than yourself, before publishing, I can be your first reader to check for anything that's amiss before you send it out to the world. A careful beta reading is a perfect final test before self-publishing something. These days, many writers who publish digitally save cash by self-editing. If that's you, you need a beta reader even more than if you hire a editor to help perfect your prose.

Editing Your Prose — Whether fiction or non-fiction, I'll help you take your writing to the next level and beyond in a specific piece. After corrections, we can also seize opportunities to improve the prose structure and writing style. I offer all the editing forms: copy- line- and developmental editing.

Coaching or Tutoring — Individualized learning is the key to rapid improvement in your written communication. Even for pro's he hardest part of writing can be seeing where you need to improve and knowing how to elevate your work. After reading and analysing your writing, I suggest improvements that you can apply across the board in everything you write. You can have your own, private writing tutor to help you find learning opportunities, take advantage of them and permanently improve your writing.

You were so kind and willing to help that you made the entire process enjoyable. It was a pleasure working with you and learning from you. The editing you did on my book was purely stellar.
— Farah Grace, Author of Yellow Roses, a romantic memoir

Website Copy or Blogging — Skilled in writing for the Internet, I've not only learned to use the web, I've been a digital native for more than two-thirds of my life. As a design engineer, I helped develop super-powerful servers that host the Internet around the world and power businesses toward AI sentience. I've built this website and several others, including writing all the textual copy. Please contact me to access some writing samples. Or read from my blogs on this website or my publications on Amazon.com. I can walk you through the answers to all your questions on how to start a popular blog and make money with a blog online. Or I can provide the content that brings your message to web users around the world.

Book Cover Design and Marketing Copy – The truth is, readers do judge a book by it's cover and your books' covers can be inviting,  intriguing, and attractive, the hook that starts a romance of ideas with your readers. A former client who is a professional Graphic Designer said I have a special knack for representing the value of a product in visual symbology. All of the book covers for my books are my own designs.

I can teach you how to make your own book covers, using only free resources if you wish. Or you can have me create your designs to your satisfaction. From the book browser's first glance to the end of your sales blurb, your covers can sell your books effectively. Get that all-important first click that begins your book's sales cycle with a customer with a cover that sells.

Book Marketing is part art and part science and a unique form of persuasion. It's the part of being an Indie Author that most writers detest and yet it's entirely necessary to be done as well as possible if you expect to sell what you write. The good news is that I'm available to do it for you or to teach you how to do it effectively. From cover design to marketing blurb to content marketing using your book as the content, I can help you get the sales you deserve.

I founded a boutique marketing agency and provided marketing, copywriting and graphics for business clients. I apply these design and marketing skills in composing a publication's cover visually and also writing titles, taglines and marketing copy.  

Self-Publishing — With five self-published books of my own, I've learned how to market with minimal hassle, effort, and cost but it's still complex and demanding. Self-publishing that achieves professional quality on a shoestring requires special knowledge and great attention to detail. I can publish a book for you or help you learn how to do it for yourself. As traditional publishing wanes the brave new world of digital publishing invites new minds and faces and it adds both greater marketing power and higher complexity at the same time.

About Cost — My fees are typical and customary for the industry. I will often be able to quote a job in bulk, providing a single, all-inclusive figure for a whole project in a written agreement.

Click on the button below to connect with me via email and start a dialog, without any expectations or pressure. Come as you are; leave as you please. It's your project all the way.