January 1 2012

Carpenter Doc: Three years in

As is often the case with a new year, I have been reflecting on the past, including Carpenter Doc’s successful 2011, slightly in awe of how far we’ve come in just three years since we launched the website. Carpenter Doc started as a part-time gig as I worked full time as a technical writer/editor and studied professional writing at UCF. I was doing freelance editing for a few clients that I met at UCF and thought that a space on the web would make me more accessible for those clients — and hopefully others.

When life sent us to Lexington, Kentucky in 2009, I decided to give full-time freelance editing a try. Thanks to a few partnerships with colleges and a committed and reliable client base that continues to refer us to colleagues and friends, Carpenter Doc has blossomed. Every year, we have broadened our services and our reach, and we aim to expand even further in the coming year. The need for an editor extends beyond the traditional book or journal article. Students, web designers, and business professionals creating a presentation or marketing brochure can improve their work with an editor’s help. It is our goal at Carpenter Doc to show our potential clients that benefit and encourage them to work with us. A diverse project base established by clients from different academic and professional backgrounds results in rewarding and satisfying work.

Although editing is our focus, I’ve found a niche in freelance web writing as well. I produce articles for a number of websites, including AOL and The Huffington Post family of websites. I look forward to exploring these opportunities further in the new year and continuing to add high-quality content to the web. Finally, I plan to dedicate more time to this blog; I have a list of topics that come to mind as I write and edit, and I look forward to sharing more writing and editing tips with you this year.

Welcome to 2012!