Portfolio

Published Articles

1997–CURRENT

I’ve worked as an editor and writer in Christian publishing for 20 years. My degree is in journalism, and I’ve helped launch Christian magazines and edit and write hundreds of articles and blogs. I have blogged for What’s in the Bible (from the maker of Veggie Tales) on parenting topics. Read examples here of book reviews, feature articles and personal essays from outlets including Charisma News, Enrichment Journal, Q Ideas, TEAM.org, Beliefnet.com and Orlando Magazine.

Parenting Blog

A blog I wrote for What’s in the Bible (from the maker of Veggie Tales) included topics:

Ministry

Personal Essays

Practical Life

Book Reviews


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Book Publishing

2001–CURRENT

While serving as Editorial Director of Relevant Media Group, I had the opportunity to acquire and oversee the publishing for dozens of books (60+). Spiritual growth, practical living and memoir for the 18- to 34-year-old set were our main content categories.

Random Fact: Not all authors we courted landed with our publishing imprint, either by their or our choosing. My favorite authors who “got away” were Mark Batterson and Jon Acuff.

RELEVANT Books Highlights:

  • Edited 63 books between 2001 and 2006 (96-400 page trade paperbacks for Christian market)
  • Oversaw the acquisition of all titles since Spring 2004
  • Created book projects, book proposals, contributed to marketing and production

Before moving to Orlando to be part of the launch team for Relevant, I was the Associate Editor of Publishing Development at Providence Publishing Corporation in Franklin, Tenn.

As an independent contractor I have helped many authors self-publish their books. I’ve edited several along the way, including Jason Boyett‘s Pocket Guide to 2012.

Memoir

Mark Steele of Steelehouse Productions (Veggie Tales) was as much a joy to work with as his book was to read. A hilarious account of his attempts at being a Christian and living a meaningful life, Flashbang does what all good memoirs should: hold up a mirror.

Tara Leigh Cobble already had a following as an independent singer/songwriter, and Here’s to Hindsight, her first book, gave her a chance to share more in-depth her honest thoughts on faith, as she struggled to reconcile God’s goodness with life’s uncertainties. She’s currently working on self-publishing her 4th spiritual memoir/devotional called Kiss the Wave.

Faith and the City was personal narrative of being a directionless college grad trying to make it in the big city. It was a great exercise in taking an author without a big platform and creating a compelling work with commercial appeal.

Cameron Conant‘s story was a raw and transparent account of Gen-X divorce. As a small independent publisher we were able to take risks on titles we felt addressed issues our readership was facing, and other outlets were effectively addressing.

Shirin Taber allowed us to address the struggles of Gen-X women as they approach balancing career, family and faith. Working with strong women as authors allowed me to see what a shortage of women in publishing we had at the time. I’m glad to see that tide has turned.

The Hope in the Dark book is meaningful for me for several reasons. Not only was it photographer Jeremy Cowart‘s first book and a stunning collection of images and words (by Blood:water’s Jena Lee) that really opened the doors to his commercial Hollywood work, but it was the beginning of a working relationship with the creative entrepreneur that allowed me to help Jeremy with several of his endeavors including his blog and Help-Portrait, for which I served as volunteer editor for five years.

Practical Living

Cheap Ways To… was the beginning of a journey for me. It started as an idea for a series of articles that I parlayed into a book inviting writers including Jason Boyett, Margaret Feinberg and Katie Meier along for the ride. It was one of our most successful mainstream titles, which sold more than 10k copies and landed coveted spots in outlets like Urban Outfitters. From its success I developed the idea for (and wrote) Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot, which sold more than 7k copies although it was published three months before the book publishing division was dissolved.

In 2006, Relevant Books published my book, Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot. It provides the inspiration and practical resources brides need to plan their day without falling into debt. This book is how I did it – in less than six months for no more than $5,000. The ultimate guide for the engaged busts myths, shares negotiating tactics and points out easy, no-effort ways to save on invitations, flowers, pictures and entertainment without sacrificing quality. Most importantly, it deals with the underlying issue of good stewardship that young couples can develop at the outset and continue throughout marriage.

After buying back the rights to the title in 2011, I released and updated digital version, followed by follow-up ebooks called Wedding on a Budget and Budget Wedding Boot Camp. Book sales have totaled more than 7,000.

My blog, Cheap Ways To… has been mentioned in USA Today and The New York Times.

Spiritual Growth

RELEVANT magazine was often the source for many of our book authors, but also our book content. Deeper Walk was a compilation of devotionals written for the magazine and edited by Winn Collier, one of our freelance editors. Winn remains one of my favorite writers, as a pastor whose wisdom, perspective and eloquence translate flawlessly to the page.

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass) by David Crowder: I learned a lot about book publishing in a trial-by-fire method. Since we were a young, small and independent publishing group we could often say yes to insane turnaround times. This book was by far the most challenging project I worked on. It was a great experience in learning to manage the creative process while working with artists. I enjoyed the flexibility we had as a company, and the risks we were able to take because of it.

One of the authors that holds a special place in my heart is pastor Kyle Lake. Kyle pastored University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, founded by Chris Seay and David Crowder. His book Understanding God’s Will was aimed at helping Gen-Xers take the perfunctory nature out of prayer and replace it with relationship. One of the most compelling stories he shared in his book was his near-death experience in the ocean, and how it forever changed his perspective on life.

Tragically, Kyle was electrocuted during a baptism just 30 days after his final book was published with us, (RE)understanding Prayer. His death helped me realize the significance and weight book publishing carries. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to handle his words and help them reach new audiences.


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Online Content Management

2002–CURRENT

The majority of my freelance work the past several years has been in online content strategy and management. Some examples of this work highlighted here include Help-Portrait.comJeremyCowart.com and HalogenTV.com, where content I managed generated 40% of the site’s traffic.

Services:

  • Maintained and updated websites, including conducting regular reviews and updates to ensure editorial quality • Participated in creative planning and evaluation sessions • Created and maintained editorial calendars and budgets • Reviewed web performance reports and recommend modifications based on results • Maintained brand consistency throughout all platforms.

Random Fact: My experience with online content management began in 2000 at Cleveland.com, where I uploaded daily stories from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper, onto their website using solely HTML! Thank goodness for WordPress.

Help-Portrait

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need. I’ve served as online editor since 2009 and assisted with blog management, marketing copy, customer service communication and social media. To date, Help-Portrait has given more than 300k photos to people who would otherwise never have them, and has been covered by national media including the three top networks.

JeremyCowart.com

Jeremy Cowart is a professional photographer from Nashville, TN. Beginning his photography career in 2005, Jeremy has garnered a wide range of photographic experiences, including high-end celebrity shoots, album covers, commercial advertisements, traveling on a world tour with Britney Spears and with the Passion World Tour in 2008. He has worked with multiple non-profit organizations and traveled throughout Africa and Haiti to photograph and bring awareness to needs there. He is also the founder of Help-Portrait. I’ve provided content management for Jeremy’s blog, which frequently features guest blog posts. I’ve also provided copywriting services and fulfilled media requests.

HalogenTV.com

Halogen was cable network focused on socially conscious entertainment that featured reality-based series, documentaries, films and specials. The 24-hour schedule highlighted humanitarian, eco-entertainment and pop culture programming. Before it was sold in 2012, it was available in 15 million homes across the US in SD, HD and Video On Demand.

I joined the Halogen TV team at its inception in May 2009. In October 2009, Halogen TV network launched, and I served as online editor. Publishing between 3 and 5 articles a day, the articles I curated consistently drove about 40% of the site’s traffic. Additional online content included show pages and descriptions, media, schedules and the Halogen TV corporate blog.

Services:

  • Maintained and updated Halogen website, including conducting regular reviews and updates to ensure editorial on website matched Halogen television programming, coordinated with TV producers to post content, and reviewed and posted new contributed content.
  • Participated in creative planning and evaluation sessions
  • Created and maintained editorial calendars for Halogen website.
  • Reviewed web performance reports and recommend modifications based on results.
  • Maintained brand consistency throughout all platforms, including website, television programming, broadband, and newsletters.

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Assemblies of God, U.S.A.

2013–2016

Since February of 2013 I’ve been on a journey helping to refresh the story of the Assemblies of God, U.S.A. I’ve had the privilege of writing about the forward movement this Pentecostal movement is experiencing from unique angles: the stories of individuals contributing to that movement. I’ve interviewed and written about church planters, worship leaders and ministry heads.

In addition, I’ve served as blog manager for GeorgeOWood.com, the general superintendent’s personal mouthpiece to express his vision for leading this fellowship into their next centennial.

Services:

  • Blog management
  • ghost writing
  • blog writing
  • magazine development

Examples:


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Radiant Magazine

2005-2007

I spearheaded the idea for and launch of a magazine for 18- to 34-year-old women called Radiant. Published 12 times from 2005-2007 by Relevant Media Group, the goal of the publication, a line of books and a podcast was to directly target the female demographic of RELEVANT with topics including spirituality, practical life, women’s issues and pop culture. Radiant‘s freelance stable led to the discovery of authors including Annie Downs, Shirin Taber and Tara Leigh Cobble.

Radiant‘s art director was a fresh-out-of-college insanely talented designer named Anna Melcon (Bond), who is now ridiculously successful entrepreneur with Rifle Paper Co.

Random facts: Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer performed at our launch party, and Joy Williams of Civil Wars fame once pitched us an article.

Publicity:

Ladies, Get ‘Radiant’! (CBN.com)

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(Photos by Kory)


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Relevant Media Group

2001–2007

It was such a privilege to be part of the launch team for Relevant Media Group, beginning in the fall of 2001. During my nearly six years on the team as Editorial Director, I managed the editorial department staff, freelance writers and the publication of two national magazines, websites, e-newsletters and books for Christian “twentysomethings.”

RELEVANT magazine targeted ages 18-34 with topics including spirituality, life and pop culture.

  • RELEVANT magazine
    • Magazine for ages 18-34 that covers spirituality, life, and pop culture
    • Oversaw the launch of the website in April 2002
    • Oversaw the launch of the bi-monthly print publication in March 2003
    • Co-hosted weekly podcast with 15,000 unique users
  • Radiant magazine
    • Magazine for Christian women ages 18-34 that covers spirituality, everyday life, women’s issues and pop culture
    • Oversaw the launch of the print magazine and online website in April 2006
  • RELEVANT Books
    • Edited 63 books between 2001 and 2006 (96-400 page trade paperbacks for Christian market)
    • Created book projects, book proposals, contributed to marketing and production

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