Clear, Inspired Writing

Marketing and
You Look Great Today

Zak has fifteen years of marketing and communications experience—primarily in the field of book publishing, though he’s also worked for a tourism bureau, a marketing agency, as a fishmonger, and as a line cook at French restaurants.  

He’s a lover of precision when it comes to language, and a believer in design thinking. He’s a skilled practitioner of the art of connecting businesses to customers, authors to audiences, problems to solutions. Plus he enjoys making people feel good.

Zak’s absolute strongest skills are his writing, his creativity, and his communication—both verbal and visual. He enjoys working cooperatively in team environments, and leads with his infectious enthusiasm and by setting a high bar for quality and self-assessment.

In addition to his wordsmithing skills, Zak is an accomplished illustrator and designer, and has more than a decade of experience in public relations, event planning, and public speaking. As a marketing manager, he’s worn every hat in the field, and has an excellent grasp of the bigger picture. He sees the moving parts of an organization before most, and identifying problems—and coming up with solutions—that are cost-effective and strategic.

Looking for a company or organization that needs:

  • help writing copy or scripts quickly that align its values, its product or service, and the customer’s needs
  • to define, or refine, its identity or brand message, to stand out, speak to a specific target audience, and/or continue an existing tradition of excellence
  • help analyzing its marketing needs and defining its value proposition
  • a content writer that can engage in deep dives, researching a topic or product and then writing about it with unbridled glee and sharp wit
  • an editor who can proofread copy quickly (AP, CMS, MLA, or APA styles) as well as manage editorial projects, coordinate authors/contributors, and oversee design/production
  • Seattle area; full-time or part-time salaried employment preferred



  • Copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing  – AP, Chicago, MLA, and APA styles)
  • Copywriting and content management – print, web, social media, and email
  • Script writing (explainer videos, advertising; training videos)
  • Brand assessment and management
  • Design and production of marketing collateral
  • Direct marketing communications
  • Illustration and graphic design
  • User experience (UX) writing and design
  • Event planning and public speaking
  • Conflict resolution and team leadership



  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, some Illustrator)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • WordPress and other content management systems
  • Point of sale systems
  • Filemaker Pro database
  • Basic HTML/CSS



Press kit – Third Place Books [2018-2019]

ServiceWorks introductory video – script

What Color Is Your Parachute? press release

What Shat That? press release

The Speed Reader – eNewsletter [10.01.07]

Media newsletter – press blast [02.2010]

Le Menu – web content offering [12.2007]

Script – “24”

Postcards – assisted living community







  • Read fiction submissions
  • Recommend edits
  • Content acquisition
Tacoma, WA (September 2015 – present)
Ongoing volunteer for national literary journal
CONSULTANT Nelson Consulting + Communications
  • Book marketing, sales, and publicity
  • Product design and implementation
  • Web content and optimization
  • Founded Job Club, a collaborative job search group with four chapters; now a recognized WorkSource partner
Tacoma, WA (December 2007 – present)
Independent contractor working with new and established publishers and individual authors


LECTURER North Carolina State University, First Year Writing Program
  • Designed and taught courses in composition, research, and rhetoric
  • Edited and illustrated course reader
  • Participated in twelve non-required professional development workshops
  • Organized technology faculty group
  • Selected participant in university quality enhancement program
Raleigh, NC (August 2013 – July 2015)
Full-time, non-tenure track faculty at CCCC-certified Writing Program of Excellence


  • Developed characters, storylines
  • Synthesized job skills knowledge with sponsor goals and needs
  • Collaborated remotely on deadline
  • Worked with artist to refine storyboard
Raleigh, NC (May – July 2014)
National job skills initiative for underserved 16-24 year-olds, sponsored by AmeriCorps, Points of Light, and Citi Foundation; contracted by Serve Smart
SENIOR COPYWRITER Sands Costner & Associates
  • Web content for Pettibon System, Village Concepts, Evergreen Eye Center
  • Wrote, designed project proposals
  • Corporate branding and ad scripts
Tacoma, WA (June 2010 – December 2011)
Boutique marketing, advertising, design, and branding agency
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau
  • Media relations
  • Helped develop core messaging
  • Promoted stakeholder-members
  • Wrote copy for travel guide
  • Proofread/edited internal copy
Tacoma, WA (April 2009 – March 2010)
Official nonprofit destination marketing organization for Pierce County
  • Online marketing strategy, initiatives
  • Book publicity, conferences
  • Titles included What Color Is Your Parachute?, Morning Food, The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton
Berkeley, CA (February 2006 – December 2007)
Independent publisher of food, drink, design, reference, and humor books (now part of Crown/Random House); reported to publicity manager and publisher
  • Media relations, book publicity
  • Wrote marketing and jacket copy
  • Crafted 30th Anniversary history
  • Titles included: Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball
Berkeley, CA (August 2003 – February 2006)
Nonprofit publisher of California culture, history, and literature; reported directly to publisher/CEO
Berkeley, CA (January – May 2001)
  • Assisted editor-in-chief
  • Wrote correspondence
  • Transcribed interviews
  • Researched and wrote co-housing article