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Introduction

My name is Tricia Spicer Bekey. I'm an experienced writer and editor who can help your company create useful documentation that gets results. Throughout my career, I have pursued a broad range of writing and editing experience so that I could be a highly productive and useful team member.

These are the skills that I would bring to your company:

I'm currently seeking a permanent position in the Seattle area and am also open to working remotely. Please contact me at [Click to reveal email address] to discuss how I can help your company meet its documentation goals.


Resume

My Resume (HTML)  My Resume (PDF)  For privacy reasons, this version of my resume does not have my phone number or street address. For a resume with complete contact information, please email me at [Click to reveal email address]
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Technical Projects

Technical Documentation SOP & Process Map (Writing & Editing Sample)

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Created for: Amazon
Purpose: Teach stakeholders how to request user guides and other documentation from our team.
My Contribution: Amazon has small start-up projects that need user guides, but don't have technical writers. To improve our process, I drafted this standard operating procedure (SOP) and process map for creating user guides based on early projects, reviewed it with teammates and stakeholders, and updated it as needed. These documents helped us manage expectations with a variety of teams, which led to a smoother workflow.
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Kindle Publishing Guidelines SOP, Style Sheet, & Process Map (Writing & Editing Sample)

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Created for: Amazon
Purpose: Teach stakeholders how to contribute to the Kindle Publishing Guidelines.
My Contribution: Kindle teams throughout the world contribute to the Kindle Publishing Guidelines. To improve our process, I drafted this standard operating procedure (SOP) for quarterly updates, reviewed it with teammates and stakeholders, and updated it as needed. These documents helped us manage expectations with a variety of teams, which led to a smoother workflow.
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User Guide for Kindle Textbook Creator (Writing Sample)

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Created for: Amazon
Purpose: Teach authors how to use Kindle Textbook Creator to make their own eBooks.
My Contribution: I tested the software and worked with the developers to write a user-friendly guide that would teach our authors how to convert PDF files into Kindle eBooks.
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eBook Quality Checklist (Writing & Editing Sample)

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Created for: Amazon
Purpose: Teach new hires how to check the quality of recently converted eBooks for top-tier publishers.
My Contribution: I wrote, revised, and tested this process with input from stakeholders and teammates. This checklist became the gold standard for top-tier publishers who wanted white glove treament and was adopted by Kindle teams around the world.
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User Guide for In-House XML Editor (Writing & XML Sample)

Sample:

Created for: Microsoft (contracted through Volt)
Purpose: Revise the user guide for the in-house XML editor to help editorial staff learn how to use it to create and revise help topics.
My Contribution: Since the original guide was written for developers, I created a new guide with my supervisor's consent. I wrote the new guide to fit the editorial staff's production needs and XML experience level, and revised it in response to feedback. This user guide received glowing reviews and was added to the team's style guide.
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Quick Reference Guide for In-House XML Editor (Writing & XML Sample)

Sample:

Created for: Microsoft (contracted through Volt)
Purpose: Create a two-page quick reference guide to help editorial staff use the in-house XML editor to create and revise help topics.
My Contribution: While writing the user guide for the in-house XML editor, I realized that a two-page quick reference guide would be very useful for the editorial staff. I documented their most common XML challenges, wrote the guide, and revised it in response to feedback. This quick reference guide was very well received and most of the editors kept it near their computers. 
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MissionWise Help File (Writing Sample)

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Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Respond to customer complaints by creating a help file that taught visitors how to use the features in the members-only sections of the MissionWise website.
My Contribution: With the help file I wrote, members can click the help link next to a feature and see user-friendly instructions for that feature.
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Web Projects

This Website—TrishTales.com (Writing, Graphics, Web Design, HTML, CSS, & CMS Sample)

Created for: Myself
Purpose: Showcase my creative projects.
My Contribution: I wrote the content, coded the HTML and CSS, and created the graphics. The most popular feature is Action Figure Diary, a photo-comic. Action Figure Diary uses the Nucleus content management system, which I customized. This comic gets approximately 10,000 visitors a month and traffic increases every month. For an overview of this site, visit the site map
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Website of Leann Rayfuse (Web Design, HTML, CSS, & CMS Sample)

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Created for: Leann Rayfuse, freelance client
Purpose: Market the services of Leann Rayfuse, holistic counselor and coach, with a website that she could update herself.
My Contribution: I designed the website, built it in the Nucleus content management system, and configured separate accounts for editing content and administrating major functions. This allowed the client to write and edit her text without affecting navigation or layout. 
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MissionWise Website (Web Writing & Editing Sample)

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Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Sell the services of a new business-development division.
My Contribution: I worked closely with principals to determine their audience and message, wrote most of the copy, edited the work of others, and made edits in the DotNetNuke content management system. I also wrote online help for the members-only features
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Chill Website (Web Writing & Editing Sample)

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Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Sell the Chill series on teen stress management.
My Contribution: I worked closely with salespeople to determine the audience and goals, wrote most of the copy, edited the work of others, and made online edits in the DotNetNuke content management system. 
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Seattle Great Date Website (Writing, Web Design, HTML, & CSS Sample)

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Created for: Seattle Great Date
Purpose: Create a simple website that the client could use to announce speed-dating events and process customer sign-ups.
My Contribution: I wrote the copy, designed the layout, and coded the HTML and CSS. I also created five sign-up forms and configured a Perl script called FormMail to process them. When the website was complete, I recruited subjects to do usability testing in a variety of browsers.
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Marketing Projects

Early Childhood Product Brochure (Writing Sample)

Sample:

Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Create a brochure that tied three products together as training and continuing education materials for early childhood professionals.
My Contribution: I worked closely with our salespeople to determine the audience and goals, wrote the brochure, and revised it in response to feedback. 
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K-12 Product Brochure (Writing Sample)

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Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Create a brochure that tied three products together under the umbrella of school wellness policies.
My Contribution: I worked closely with our salespeople to determine the audience and goals, wrote the brochure, and revised it in response to feedback. 
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Outcomes Newsletter (Editing Sample)

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Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Increase the credibility of an early childhood product by publishing the results of our customer surveys on the product's effectiveness.
My Contribution: I edited this newsletter in accordance with the organization's goals and standards.
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