Katy is a perceptive editor who is known for her top-quality work. As a self-driven, detail-oriented individual, she skillfully organizes and refines information into its most essential parts. She enjoys constantly learning something new and knows how to make abstract, technical information understandable for a general audience. Every writer is different, but Katy provides instruction in how to improve your writing while maintaining your unique voice. She is ardent about consistent, grammatically correct, factually accurate, and engaging information.
Katy can help you with feature stories, press releases, marketing materials, newsletters, research articles, grants, and websites.
Clients have included:
libraries and archives
Katy has always had a love of writing. She specializes in magazine writing, publicity, and scholarly writing. In addition to her knowledge of “plain English,” Katy is adept at coding for the web (including HTML, CSS, and XML). She is also a highly experienced interviewer and photographer.
“Harbor Sunset: A Beach House Ideal for Outdoor Entertaining” | Coastal Home | Summer 2015
“Shaker Simplicity: Infusing a Historic Boston Estate with Modern Functionality” | Coastal Home | Spring 2015
“The Carriage House: A Shabby North Shore Structure Comes Back to Life” | Coastal Home | Autumn 2014
“Brent Loy: Creating Coastal Vegetable Varieties” | Coastal Home | Spring 2014
“Illuminated by Archival Research: The Role of Books in Religious Reformation and Early English Drama” | Inquiry, vol. 10 | Spring 2014
“Henrietta Swan Leavitt” | Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, vol. 37, no. 2 | December 2009
“Harvard: Honoring Henrietta Swan Leavitt” | Digital Access to a Sky Century at Harvard, Harvard University | November 2008
Review of Digital Preservation Essentials ed. by Christopher J. Prom | New England Archivists Newsletter | Forthcoming 2017
Review of Perspectives on Women’s Archives ed. by Tanya Zanish-Belcher | Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists | Forthcoming 2017
Review of New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius | Coastal Home | Winter 2015
Review of The Writer’s Garden: How Garden Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors by Jackie Bennett | The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa | June 2015
“Creating Access to Hidden Local History Collections as a ‘Lone Arranger’” | New England Archivists spring 2017 meeting | March 2017
“Illuminated by Archival Research: The Role of Books in Religious Reformation and Early English Drama” | Twelfth International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries | November 2014
“Books and Religious Reformation in Medieval and Early Modern Drama” | Honors English Undergraduate Research Conference, University of New Hampshire | April 2013
In addition to writing and editing services, Katy provides archival services. After working hard to produce content, it is vital to ensure that the information is organized and able to be maintained over the long term. The content is not usable if it is not discoverable and accessible. Access tools, such as finding aids, enable researchers to locate relevant materials. Katy has expertise with both analog and digital materials.
Katy is an editor, writer, and archivist. She found herself “lost in the stacks” after following her passion for words and stars. While still in high school, she presented a historical paper on Henrietta Swan Leavitt (pictured right) at an international astronomy conference and was then invited to visit the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. There, she viewed cabinets filled with thousands of starry photographic plates from the late nineteenth century. A powerful scanner has digitized the plates in order to make them available to astronomers around the world. It was then that she discovered the intriguing possibilities of archives. Katy graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism and recently earned her master’s degree in archives management from Simmons College. She is available as an information management consultant under the company she founded, StarWrite.
The mission of StarWrite is to create and maintain well-researched, accurate, and accessible information that appeals to a general audience.
If you are interested in Katy’s services, send a letter of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.