the Ink Studio | Elance
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the Ink Studio

Book Publishing Made Easy
   United States
  |   Long Beach, CA
  |  3:47 pm Local Time

About the Company

Welcome to the Ink Studio! I appreciate your interest in my book production and eBook conversion services. I look forward to collaborating with you on your project.

I'm a highly competent and creative professional who excels in the fields of book print publishing and eBook conversions. And I thoroughly enjoy working with self-publishing authors to help them navigate their projects' technically confusing requirements. I've successfully provided clients with print-ready, ready-to-upload files for CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu, and various commercial printers. I've also successfully converted print books into eBook formats like .mobi for Kindle and .epub for iPad and Nook. And I test all eBook conversions on my Kindle Fire, iPad 3, and HD Nook to ensure the sharpest possible conversions for the best, flawless reader experience. I also run all .epub files through Epub Check to ensure error-free files before submitting them to my clients.
Service Description
I'm the creative director and senior editor of the Ink Studio. My goal always is to communicate my clients' messages effectively through inspired design and language. My creations will enthuse your clients to action. Or whoever is your audience -- clients, members, vendors, staff, management or directors on your board -- I can craft an appropriate and appealing message. I am a dependable professional whom you can trust to deliver on all project expectations -- on time, within budget and with 100% satisfaction. Whether you need it in print or virtual ink, trust the Ink Studio to ink your next creation!

My work experience consists of profit and nonprofit organizations. Industries include insurance, real estate, human services and animal advocacy. For more than 15 years, I worked as a communication director in the California real estate industry. Graphic design, web site design and written communications -- all were part of my daily duties. I also have extensive experience with trade shows and expos. For almost 2 years, I have worked as a grant writer with an animal advocacy organization in Los Angeles. To write a successful grant demands concise, precise and effective use of language. My resume also includes a comprehensive record of higher education. Completed course work includes certificates in graphic design and visual communication, Internet design, technical writing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with honors, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Whether you need inspired designs or effective written communication, trust the Ink Studio to ink your next creation!

I am available
-- via email 24/7 with response time no more than 4 hours
-- via Elance Message Board 24/7 with response time no more than 6 hours
-- via telephone Monday through Friday, noon - 10pm (PST)
-- via telephone Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5pm (PST)

Turnaround time for projects depends on scope and complexity and may vary slightly from below
-- turnaround for STANDARD projects is 1-5 days
-- turnaround for MORE INVOLVED projects is 6-10 days
-- turnaround for COMPLEX projects is 11-15 days

At completion of project with full payment, client holds all proprietary rights. As added courtesy, most jobs receive 3 months of post project minor revisions and support from the Ink Studio. Your 100% satisfaction is paramount!

-- create your company logo
-- design your business cards, stationery, flyers, brochures or print ads
-- layout your newsletter, magazine, annual report or media kit

Whatever you need in print, the Ink Studio can ink it for you!

-- create buttons for your website
-- design static or Flash-animated banner ads
-- update existing website pages
-- develop an entire website in html or Flash

Whatever you need in virtual ink, the Ink Studio can ink it for you!

-- write a press release
-- write flyer, brochure or media kit content
-- write instructions or procedures manual
-- write proposals or requests for proposals (RFPs)
-- write a grant

Whatever you need in ink, the Ink Studio can ink it for you!

Proofreading is quality control and is done near the end of a project. Before you launch or print your next assignment, ensure your copy is free of errors and verify that earlier copyediting corrections have been implemented. To save money, your reputation and credibility, have the Ink Studio proofread your next project.

Basic editing should happen early in your project, and it should set the standard for style choices and consistency. To ensure tight, crisp and accurate language, hire a competent editor. The Ink Studio can edit your text for word usage, grammar, punctuation, spelling and sentence flow. Your reputation depends, in part, to your collateral material, so trust the Ink Studio to basic edit your next project.

Comprehensive editing can make your document more usable and comprehensible. If your material has been previously edited, but it doesn't quite have the flow or impact you want, you may need comprehensive editing from a competent editor. Your problem may be content, organization, design or style. Comprehensive editing by the Ink Studio can fix hard-to-pinpoint problems or excise any excess. To ensure your project is more understandable and usable, trust the Ink Studio to comprehensive edit your next project.

-- translate documents from English to Spanish
-- translate documents from Spanish to English

No matter the language nuance in either English or Spanish, the Ink Studio can ink it correctly for you!
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
2005 - 2007
California State University, Long Beach
Certificate in Technical Writing
2005 - 2007
University of California, Irvine
Certificate Program in Digital Arts
2000 - 2001
University of California, Irvine
Certificate Program in Graphic Design
1998 - 1999
the Ink Studio
Creative Director and Senior Editor
2009 - Present
I am the owner of the Ink Studio, a one-person creative agency located in Long Beach, California, USA. The Ink Studio is licensed as a small business by the city of Long Beach and is registered with the county of Los Angeles and with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States.
Fund Development Associate
2008 - 2010
Helped to research, write and edit grants to foundations, letters of inquiry, donor solicitations and member newsletters and email blasts. spcaLA (Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the oldest humane organization in southern California.
Goodwill Southern Los Angeles County
Public Relations and Development Intern
2007 - 2007
Helped to research, write and edit grants to foundations. Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County, is located in Long Beach, California. It serves the community by helping disadvantaged people to enter the workforce.
Pacific West Association of REALTORS
Communications Director
1997 - 2005
Produced two monthly newspapers; maintained two corporate websites; created all organizational collateral material; wrote press releases, member communications and internal documentation.
Long Beach Association of REALTORS
Graphic Artist
1988 - 1996
Created flyers, brochures, monthly newsletters and internal documentation.
Year Founded
Number of Employees
Payment Terms
I work on Elance Escrow Projects only. I remain flexible about payment terms; however, I use the following as a general rule:

$50 - $499
50% escrow deposit due at start of project
40% due upon receipt of first draft or milestone
10% due at project's completion

$500 - $1,999
40% escrow deposit due at start of project
30% due upon receipt of first draft or milestone
30% due at project's completion

30% escrow deposit due at start of project
20% due upon receipt of first draft or milestone
50% due at project's completion
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