Technical and Persuasive Writing
Editing and Formatting
Research and Business Intelligence
Writing Instruction and Tutoring
My rates are competitive with other industry professionals. In general, I follow the writing and editing rates published by Writer's Market for my level of expertise on any type of project.
For longer projects, I will provide a proposal.
I offer discounted rates for nonprofits and startups.
Hi, I'm Kathleen. Most people know me as "Kat."
As a writer and editor, I adjust my style to correspond with the subject I’m covering or the brand or person I'm representing. Generally, my intent is to influence the reader to take some kind of action or to learn something new.
Writing for business, nonprofits or individuals is entirely about serving the intentions and expectations of my clients. I want to communicate my client's voice, mission and message through my writing and editing work. It is never about me. It is always about you and the people you want to reach, teach or tell your story to.
I have been writing for business for nearly twenty years. My client companies have been big and small - and from a diversity of industries. I've helped a lot of startups craft their messaging, created content for their blogs, and managed their social media, PR, advertising and fundraising efforts.
I've managed several nonprofits in my career and raised over $28 million in grant funding as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Executive Director. Having that background gives me valuable insight when I write fundraising campaign materials and appeal letters. Trust me. I know your pain.
Beyond simply hammering out words that read nicely together in a sentence, I explore the vision of what needs to be conveyed. I write to persuade or convince people to act - whether by downloading and rating your app, joining a community movement, donating money to your cause, volunteering their skills for your program, or buying a product from your e-commerce site.
As a Technical Writer, I fully immerse myself in the topic - whether in technology, science, engineering or futurism. My goal is to comprehend the subject, especially as a layperson, so that I can translate complex systems and concepts into understandable and actionable language for targeted readership.
I've earned a BEd in Education and a BA in English, Writing. I'm also a Certified Professional Technical Writer (University of Washington). This combination of education and experience has created a perfect transition into Instructional Design and Curriculum Development. I create online e-learning courses as well as classroom training programs for executive teams, boards, volunteers, project teams, client and customer learning and on-boarding programs. I also put together a pretty mean presentation deck.
I have over 20 years experience as a graphic designer and even more experience as a photographer. I paint, kayak, ride my mountain bike, throw delicious dinner parties and love to take my 2 dogs and husband on a hike. Ironically, I don't have a cat. It's become a running joke.
My creative self tunes well to Human-Centered Design principles and practices. I especially love great architecture, smart, livable, walkable and affordable community planning projects, energy smart cars, green-built homes, parks and open space projects that provide community hubs, and pretty much everything else that sets out to preserve and improve our ecosystems and our environment. I'm a strong advocate for socially conscious business practices because they are both highly profitable, while giving back to their communities.
Now that you know a little more about me, please see my Portfolio for work samples. I add new samples, as available.
If you need to see something that isn't in my portfolio, just ask. I may have experience with your type of project. Owing to client NDAs and regulated industry rules, I can't publicly share everything I've created. I invite you to CONTACT ME for more information if you have project questions or would like a project quote.
Thanks. I really look forward to hearing from you!
Client samples include some for which Kat May, Ink acted as subcontractor. This is not a complete client list.