MultiCare Health Foundation’s Office of Philanthropy commissioned me to develop an in-house style guide to supplement the Office’s chosen style manual, the Gregg Reference Manual. To do so, I pored over all the documents (letters, proposals, newsletters, and so on) that the Office had produced over the preceding three months, noting recurring errors and inconsistencies in grammar and style. These notations told me the points that needed to be explained and emphasized for O.P. staff. From these notations I drafted a 19-page supplemental style guide, including examples from actual MultiCare documents, for illustration.
The Office of Philanthropy continues to call on me from time to time to “audit” its in-house proofreading team, to ensure that the team remains vigilant in following the established style.
For The Fabric Shop Network, a trade association for independent fabric and quilt retailers, I edit all the articles for its 76-page bimonthly business magazine and then perform three rounds of proofreading after the magazine has been laid out by the creative director.
Oregon History Works, a consulting firm for historical applications in design and development, commissioned me to edit the text for the history exhibits in the Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland. Later I edited the history text for the etched glass panels of the Portland Streetcar shelters.
For Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, a sewing education company, I edit the content of most of its print and electronic communications, including books, newsletters, educational materials, and press releases.
I did recipe testing, research, substantive editing, and some rewriting to get The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner ready for publication. The author went on to star in her own reality makeover series, The Food Nanny, airing on BYUtv, and the book is now in its second printing.
When MetroParks Tacoma's recreation marketing staff were overloaded and seeking fresh eyes to proofread its extensive catalog of classes and events, they called on me.
Praise for byGosch
You did unbelievable work!!! You are so talented! [The edited manuscript] was what I wrote, but only better. It was so much clearer and easier to read.
—Peter Stankovich, author, Six-Figure Incomes