In March 2010, after working as a copywriter at The Longaberger Company, I was asked by CEO Tami Longaberger to join her team as ghostwriter for her first book. What an honor! We worked feverishly to complete the the manuscript by early May and were thrilled with its September 2010 release.
- Prior to the formal release of the book, Weaving Dreams was a top-ten leader in online pre-orders on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders websites.
- During the weekend of Longaberger’s national convention [7/10], it was the number one best-selling book in the country.
- In just its first two weeks of release, Weaving Dreams made the Wall Street Journal’s list of top-selling business books (#13).
Read about the book and Tami’s mention of me HERE.
Jenison Public Schools: Responsible for designing the superintendent’s blog and initiating all communication between administrators, myself, and the district photographer. Schedule the editorial calendar for all posts and relay that schedule to pertinent parties within eight district schools and the central administration office. Oversee photo shoots and conduct interviews with subjects; write all blog posts and link them on the district Facebook page. Tomtenbrink.com is updated each Thursday.
Allendale Public Schools: Designed the APS district blog, oversee and coordinate all photography, interviewing, editorial plans, communication, and writing as described above. Additionally designed and coordinated a district-wide essay contest in partnership with the superintendent based on writing prompts that were individualized for each building. Essay winners to be photographed and featured on the blog throughout the summer months. Allendale Outlook is updated each Tuesday.
Gemmen’s Hardware Store Proposal, Hudsonville, MI: 3 from a collection of 6:
Writing for business is a fun challenge for me. Aside from the copywriting work I’ve done for Longaberger [samples available upon request], I’ve enjoyed working with local business owners here in West Michigan. References available.
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It was a privilege to contribute to resources published by Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan. Of the three pieces I wrote, two were narrative non-fiction and one was a Lenten devotional.