Chris Morton is a marcom/technical editor, author, proofreader, layout artist, and publisher who has been engaged in the general B2B/B2C, IT, infosec, and medical device realms for over 25 years.
I've been providing business communications services for over 25 years as an employee, onsite contractor, and now as an independent who operates remotely.
Please see Chris's Long, Strange Trip for more information.
Thanks for asking. I'm a descendant of James E. Scripps, founder of the Evening News Association (The Detroit News, et al.). Collectively, he and his more famous younger siblings (whom he introduced to the business) once owned more US newspapers than did Randolph Hearst. (And none built themselves a castle.)
Prior to selling the ENA in 1986, subsequent publishers of The News represent three more familial generations. I use the tagline to convey that printers' ink is thick within my own blood.
When I finish editing your draft or writing new content on your behalf, I assure you it'll be tight—just as it was when I was a radio, newspaper, and trade magazine advertising copywriter.
I fully understand how to write engaging copy for the web, in this modern era of ever-decreasing attention spans.
Please understand that much of what I've written herein is aimed at search engine indexing bots—the more content, the more there is to index.
I charge by the hour, with rates being commensurate with the open market. Estimates are always difficult to assess, but I do have past data that may be useful in this regard.
I monitor the members-only Editorial Freelancers Association forum daily and am a frequent contributor. Members continually learn from one another and openly share resources. And it's another way I can help "pay it forward."
I do the same for the Copyediting-L list. It maintains a terrific collection of resources for wordsmiths of all walks.
And I've been a frequent participant on the Techwhir-L forum for over 20 years.
As inspiration strikes, I post long-form articles about writing, MS Word, marketing, computer security, digital self-promotion, and general business topics at LinkedIn's publishing site. In addition, I frequently post to the LinkedIn feed.
Readers of The Freelancer—the quarterly newsletter published by the Editorial Freelancers Association—also often see my byline.
Yes. I usually do this through comments I make while editing their draft submissions. These may take the form of basic do's and don'ts, suggested reading material, or some other helpful advice.
When appropriate, I enjoy adding a touch of humor to help make my point and illustrate that learning to write well can be fun.
The answer is Ogilvy's 10-point How To Write, a memo he dispatched to all Ogilvy & Mather employees. I've been known to share this with aspiring content creators whose managers engage my business communication services.
As with Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, there exist a number of great writing aides that aren't mind-numbing for those writers wishing to hone their craft. Professor Paul Brians website is another great resource, where one can quickly look up if it's "discrete" or "discreet," et al.
The Word-PC listserv is a very active site where I get fast answers from MVP-level participants. And it's not just for Windows users. Send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
MVP Shauna Kelly is no longer with us, but her incredible self-help site lives on.
It's often a bit slower to get a response, but the Windows Secrets Lounge bills itself as "Everything Microsoft forgot to mention." And it's not just for Windows users.
Yes. In 2017 I presented at Communication Central's 12th annual Be a Better Freelancer Conference, and for a local chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
In addition, I led a non-interactive Adobe InDesign class offered by the EFA.
Prior to that I taught an Aldus PageMaker class at a vocational center.
David Meerman Scott's The New Rules of Marketing & PR is a fabulous resource. I also found Louise Harnby's Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business to be quite useful. I subscribe to both authors' digital updates, too.
For learning how to most effectively use LinkedIn, Wayne Breitbarth is my #1 resource. Using a friendly, down-home approach, he offers a plethora of free tips at his powerformula.net website. And while his book doesn't cover the new LinkedIn user interface, much of it is still applicable.
Sure. Using simple Google queries, here are a few resources I found useful as I trained myself: