So, I’m lucky: I get to write for (part of) my living! Each season, I gather up all the examples I can of what I’ve produced professionally and share it with you, my readers and clients and potential clients.
Note: Much of my work is ghostwriting, meaning I’m the “ghost” and can’t name who I’m serving or what I’m doing precisely. That’s why some of the descriptions below are a bit vague. On the other hand, where I give a shout out to a client, it’s with their explicit permission.)
Great gratitude to each and all of you for making this possible!
- Fundraising appeal: I crafted an appeal letter inviting former donors to Prison Radio back into the fold of current givers. (This is called a “lapsed-donor appeal” in fundraising lingo.) I hope it works in spades! I love Prison Radio’s work and am an active petition-signer and semi-active donor myself. Here is an article I advised that was published by the two staffers at Prison Radio I work with. And here is some Facebook content I created to share with others what Prison Radio knows: lapsed-donor mailings are well worth it!
- Minority-culture book rewrite: I helped the psychologist author of a book on a minority US culture not just rewrite his book but reconceive for his desired market: a non-academic, majority-culture audience. This is a deep, rich, and useful book. I hope to tell you more once it’s published. Shout out here to Upwork, the freelancers’ website, where I’ve met and worked with so many interesting people!
- Sufi poetry: I’ve begun work on 40 quatrains (= 4-line poems) by the head of a Sufi spiritual lineage, peace be upon him. It will be a while before I can report to you that they are complete! I am working with a team of two people with years of experience in the lineage. We are bringing these poems from Urdu all the way into American English free verse. It’s a journey with many meanders. The journey itself is a joy I call sohbet, which in the Sufi lineage I am part of, means “spiritual discourse.
- TV Docu-Series: I ghostwrote from start to finish the genius pitch for a ten-part television series featuring millennials going through challenges I can’t name–or you might recognize it the next time you watch TV! I didn’t invent the pitch, premise, or find the awesome cast for this series; I just wrote the most compelling pitch I could create. One thing that empowered me was my knowledge of how to write fundraising appeals! (See #2 🙂
- Crowdfunding Campaign Reframe: I helped the venerable intentional community Twin Oaks with their 50th Anniversary Crowdfunding Campaign! I was honored to be asked, and bowled over when Capital Campaign Manager Paxus Calta wrote me this endorsement of my work unsolicited:
I have worked with dozens of fundraisers. The really good ones use their experience and insights to help guide you to your goals. Beth goes beyond this and metaphorically stands on your shoulders to see the imaginative approach that you can’t quite visualize without her. She is neither a magician or a miracle worker, but often it is hard to tell why not. She is does more in a billed hour than any consultant I have ever worked with.