I have two passions: I love writing words, and I love helping others with their own writing.
For my “day job” I serve as a copywriter, blogger and editor for both corporate clients and individual writers. Some of my recent corporate clients include Namecheap.com, The Zebra, and Living Direct.
After the sun goes down, I devote most of my time to my own writing. Right now I’m in the middle of writing the third of a five-book fantasy series (the first book, By Moonlight, is available on Amazon.com). I also have a time-travel novel and a fairy tale waiting for revisions.
But my passion for writing and writers doesn’t end there. I created the meetup group Write It Already Austin to bring together the local writing community through free writing workshops, social activities, write-ins, and other activities. Since I credit NaNoWriMo with turning me into a full-time writer, I’m honored to serve as a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison (local organizer). I also hold the reins of the Texas Freelance Association blog.
Before becoming a full-time writer, I worked for Automattic/WordPress.com, where I wrote support documents and provided support to users. And before that, I was an academic advisor in the Sociology Department at UT Austin, where I worked directly with undergraduate students, organized the Honors and Internship programs, and created many training and informational materials for students and colleagues.
In 2002-2004 I served as the Director of Public Relations for the Village of Webberville during the (successful!) struggle to stop gravel mining. In this capacity, I drafted all press releases and lobbying materials distributed to State of Texas legislators. In 1998-1999 I was a staff writer for the Austin-based Working Stiff Journal.
You can visit my personal blog at jackiedana.com.