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Douglas Williams

Douglas Williams - Designer

New Castle, DE, United States

Overview

I have been editing in the U.S. publishing industry for more than 25 years and have designed more than four dozen self-published books in the last four years. My specialty falls in business, health and self-help/improvement realms of non-fiction, as well as crime/mystery and suspense fiction.

I also provide copy editing and final galley proofing to authors needing that end of book publishing covered by one editor, with concentration there in the same genres.

I help authors of all kinds refine their stories so they can reach their full potential, free of errors and omissions, yet full of the writer’s own style and voice. I help design environments in books and other publications that attract attention to that message in a sleek and modern style, without clutter and never detracting from the integrity of the narrative.

I stress communication and expect authors to collaborate fully in all editing and design to develop a custom fit that sells.

Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Health & wellbeing Publishing Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement True Crime
Fiction
Crime & Mystery

Work experience

Editing/Book design contractor

Self-employed
May, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Through Top Shelf Editing, I offer document, periodical and book design services targeted for businesses, non-profit organizations and self-publishing authors of non-fiction and fiction.

Book authors can contract with me for the interior layouts of their books for print and eBook sale, and for the development of cover-spine-back page files needed for printers and print platforms. These service include advice and assistance throughout the file submission process.

My approach emphasizes clean, modern, uncluttered layouts designed to ease comprehension, avoid reader distraction, and assist in the delivery of a crisp, focused, and professional narrative, free of errors that reflect poorly on the author and the content. Typography, image selection and placement, and layout are customized to match the voice, theme and intent of the narrative.

I communicate consistently and thoroughly and view my services as a collaboration with authors to achieve the look and feel they desire.

Business Editor/Content editor

News Journal Media Group (Gannett Inc.)
June, 2000 – November, 2015 (over 15 years)

Service included positions as Deputy Metro Editor, Business Editor and statewide political editor, directing and overseeing development and publication of new stories, photo/video coverage and website content for statewide newspaper based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Managing Editor

Hollinger International Publishing
May, 1991 – May, 2000 (about 9 years)

Service began as Metro Editor of newspaper serving south side of Chicago and southern suburbs, supervising all elements of local news operations; followed by position as Managing Editor responsible for overall supervision of all editorial operations, from news gathering to production to public relations.

Editor

Gannett Westchester/Rockland Ndewspaper
September, 1976 – May, 2000 (over 23 years)

Various position beginning as a business writer, progressing to two terms as business editor and ending as Metro Editor of Rockland County newspaper, overseeing all local news gathering, editing and production.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Customer Persuasion: How to Influence your Customers to Buy More and why an Ethical Approach will Always Win

Miss Chloe Thomas

From generating traffic to getting the customers’ first purchase and then turning them into advocates, Customer Persuasion is the bible for putting the customer at the heart of your business. In Customer Persuasion, Chloë Thomas, author, podcast host, and founder of eCommerce MasterPlan, provides an easy to follow system for growing your sales. What you’ll learn in Customer Persuasion: Why it’... read more

From generating traffic to getting the customers’ first purchase and then turning them into advocates, Customer Persuasion is the bible for putting the customer at the heart of your business. In Customer Persuasion, Chloë Thomas, author, podcast host, and founder of eCommerce MasterPlan, provides an easy to follow system for growing your sales. What you’ll learn in Customer Persuasion: Why it’... read more

Leveraging LinkedIn for Job Search Success 2015

Fred Coon, Susan Barens

Job seekers must construct their LinkedIn profile so that it can easily be found by recruiters and corporations seeking qualified applicants. Job seekers are in a contest where there is only one winner. Companies do not hire two people for the same job. A LinkedIn profile must be sharp, its value easily understood, and the profile must be easily found by any recruiter or company seeking qualif... read more

Job seekers must construct their LinkedIn profile so that it can easily be found by recruiters and corporations seeking qualified applicants. Job seekers are in a contest where there is only one winner. Companies do not hire two people for the same job. A LinkedIn profile must be sharp, its value easily understood, and the profile must be easily found by any recruiter or company seeking qualif... read more

Job Seeker Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide for Using Culture Fit to Find the Right Workplace for You

Sheila L Margolis

Are you looking for a job that’s right for you? And when you find that job, do you know how to sell yourself as a fit not only for the job but also for the organization? This workbook guides you in using culture fit to find the right workplace for you—a workplace where the culture is a good fit for you. How well a job candidate fits the culture of a workplace can make the difference between jo... read more

Are you looking for a job that’s right for you? And when you find that job, do you know how to sell yourself as a fit not only for the job but also for the organization? This workbook guides you in using culture fit to find the right workplace for you—a workplace where the culture is a good fit for you. How well a job candidate fits the culture of a workplace can make the difference between jo... read more

Farm Don't Hunt: The Definitive Guide to Customer Success

Guy Nirpaz

Across entire verticals of the economy the new normal is the recurring revenue business. Charging customers on a monthly basis, firms with this model have to play by an entirely new set of rules, rules which generally favor the customer over the seller. But this new model also opens up fantastic opportunities to provide and extract more value from the relationship as well. To create that value... read more

Across entire verticals of the economy the new normal is the recurring revenue business. Charging customers on a monthly basis, firms with this model have to play by an entirely new set of rules, rules which generally favor the customer over the seller. But this new model also opens up fantastic opportunities to provide and extract more value from the relationship as well. To create that value... read more

Fitness Launch Formula: The no fear, no b.s., no hype, action plan for launching a profitable fitness business in 60 days - from someone who’s done it.

Brian Devlin

The fitness industry is undergoing a fundamental change. Big-box gyms and large corporate fitness centers are no longer controlling the market; we are in the midst of a major paradigm shift. The time has never been better for you to step into the spotlight and open your own fitness business. Viral social media, virtual planning tools, and automated sales funnels have made it possible for ordin... read more

The fitness industry is undergoing a fundamental change. Big-box gyms and large corporate fitness centers are no longer controlling the market; we are in the midst of a major paradigm shift. The time has never been better for you to step into the spotlight and open your own fitness business. Viral social media, virtual planning tools, and automated sales funnels have made it possible for ordin... read more

Awaken The Celebrity Within: How To Use Your Newly-Founded Celebrity Status To Write Your Own Paycheck

Mr. Michael Nguyen

Do you know that On iTunes alone, there were 1 Billion downloads of podcast shows as of January of 2013 and 500,000 new people sign up every day? This book will reveal how you can use podcast to become celebrity expert in your industry, reach potentially millions of engaged and targeted people quickly and easily, build a community, and leverage it to generate more income! LEARN HOW TO… 1. Land... read more

Do you know that On iTunes alone, there were 1 Billion downloads of podcast shows as of January of 2013 and 500,000 new people sign up every day? This book will reveal how you can use podcast to become celebrity expert in your industry, reach potentially millions of engaged and targeted people quickly and easily, build a community, and leverage it to generate more income! LEARN HOW TO… 1. Land... read more

Book Blueprint: How Any Entrepreneur Can Write an Awesome Book

Jacqui Pretty

With the availability of self-publishing services and the rise of the entrepreneur as a thought leader, writing a book is becoming more appealing to an increasing number of small business owners. The problem? Most small business owners aren’t writers, have never written a book before, are time poor and don’t know where to start. While many want to write a book, they worry about investing month... read more

With the availability of self-publishing services and the rise of the entrepreneur as a thought leader, writing a book is becoming more appealing to an increasing number of small business owners. The problem? Most small business owners aren’t writers, have never written a book before, are time poor and don’t know where to start. While many want to write a book, they worry about investing month... read more

The Four Highly Ineffective Habits of People: & How To Break Free Fast?

Bronson Charles Stuart

Are you sick and tired of watching others enjoy life while you struggle, while you go through the daily grind. If you're tired of being a failure and you're unsure how to win then read this life manual to discover how to retrain your brain to get the things you want more quickly and easily, and leave failure in the rear vision mirror!

Are you sick and tired of watching others enjoy life while you struggle, while you go through the daily grind. If you're tired of being a failure and you're unsure how to win then read this life manual to discover how to retrain your brain to get the things you want more quickly and easily, and leave failure in the rear vision mirror!

Creatively Succeed: How to Use the Language of Art and Design to Create Success

Jennifer Kerr Marsch

Unleash your creatively and innovation through mindfulness. Do you feel like your talents can take you farther in life but no sure how to do it in the game of life?Do you feel like you are missing your mark building success as an artist or creative?Do you want to know the secret to creativity and innovation?Are you spending time wondering how to build a better life through your creative endeav... read more

Unleash your creatively and innovation through mindfulness. Do you feel like your talents can take you farther in life but no sure how to do it in the game of life?Do you feel like you are missing your mark building success as an artist or creative?Do you want to know the secret to creativity and innovation?Are you spending time wondering how to build a better life through your creative endeav... read more

Tame the Chaos: Solving Complex Problems to Achieve Strategic Objectives

Col Erich W. Randall PhD

UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF YOUR ORGANIZATION Tame the Chaos introduces you to powerful strategy and planning processes. You will learn to apply to your own organization the very same innovative methods used by the U.S. military to solve complex, vexing problems. Dr. Randall has adapted these techniques to make them accessible to, and effective for, any size company, thereby dramatically red... read more

UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF YOUR ORGANIZATION Tame the Chaos introduces you to powerful strategy and planning processes. You will learn to apply to your own organization the very same innovative methods used by the U.S. military to solve complex, vexing problems. Dr. Randall has adapted these techniques to make them accessible to, and effective for, any size company, thereby dramatically red... read more

Brutal Angels

Gordon Gustafson

Marty is a pickpocket, the only fish in the very small pond he's dug for himself. When an old friend reappears and lets him in on a job, promising an entry to a big money world, Marty agrees to make the jump. What his friend didn’t tell him is that their boss is deranged, and if the job doesn’t go smoothly, it’s Marty who will get the blame. And things don’t always go smoothly…

Marty is a pickpocket, the only fish in the very small pond he's dug for himself. When an old friend reappears and lets him in on a job, promising an entry to a big money world, Marty agrees to make the jump. What his friend didn’t tell him is that their boss is deranged, and if the job doesn’t go smoothly, it’s Marty who will get the blame. And things don’t always go smoothly…

Wife Overboard: a cruise murder mystery that reveals the dark side of the cruise travel industry

Steve Colbourne

REVIEW Wife Overboard was given the ‘Cruise Bruise Editor's Choice Award,’ who called it “A Blueprint For Cruise Ship Murder” woven into one of the best cruise ship murder mysteries of all times, with a moral to the story and a twist in the tail that few will guess.” BOOK DESCRIPTION Michael and his wife love their cruising holidays, but Michael does not love his wife. How much fun would life ... read more

REVIEW Wife Overboard was given the ‘Cruise Bruise Editor's Choice Award,’ who called it “A Blueprint For Cruise Ship Murder” woven into one of the best cruise ship murder mysteries of all times, with a moral to the story and a twist in the tail that few will guess.” BOOK DESCRIPTION Michael and his wife love their cruising holidays, but Michael does not love his wife. How much fun would life ... read more

Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment

Marissa Vicario

Your Holistically Hot Transformation (Holistic Health and Nutrition) Are you tired of fad diets and all-juice cleanses? Confused about all the conflicting nutrition information available? Over feeling guilty for your nutrition slip-ups? Finally learn to trust yourself to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without dieting, confusion and self-judgment! Award-winning Health Coach an... read more

Your Holistically Hot Transformation (Holistic Health and Nutrition) Are you tired of fad diets and all-juice cleanses? Confused about all the conflicting nutrition information available? Over feeling guilty for your nutrition slip-ups? Finally learn to trust yourself to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without dieting, confusion and self-judgment! Award-winning Health Coach an... read more

Start Here: 7 Easy, Diet-Free Steps to Achieve Your Ultimate Health and Happiness

Megan Lyons

Are you overwhelmed or confused with all the conflicting health information on the market? Are you hungry for true nutrition and health advice that will make you feel your healthiest and happiest? Are you stressed about your health and unsure of where to start? If so, Start Here! No more fad diets. No more ups-and-downs on the dreaded diet roller coaster. No more feeling tired, unmotivated, an... read more

Are you overwhelmed or confused with all the conflicting health information on the market? Are you hungry for true nutrition and health advice that will make you feel your healthiest and happiest? Are you stressed about your health and unsure of where to start? If so, Start Here! No more fad diets. No more ups-and-downs on the dreaded diet roller coaster. No more feeling tired, unmotivated, an... read more

Branded "The Mafia's Banker"

Luca Longobardi

At 21 years of age I left my life in Italy to pursue my dream of becoming a top financier on Wall Street. Twenty years later, I woke one day to find that I was “The Mafia’s Banker”. In a single moment my life was changed forever. I do not want sympathy. I am not asking for help nor revenge. I just want back what is rightfully mine. My dignity.

At 21 years of age I left my life in Italy to pursue my dream of becoming a top financier on Wall Street. Twenty years later, I woke one day to find that I was “The Mafia’s Banker”. In a single moment my life was changed forever. I do not want sympathy. I am not asking for help nor revenge. I just want back what is rightfully mine. My dignity.

The EDGE: Let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

Chris Gingrasso

This book is an honest warning. Whether you are just slightly wandering off your path, or you find yourself already over the edge in a freefall, this book will offer you hope, help, a second chance and a plan. With incredible honesty and candor, Chris Gingrasso shares with you his failures and the things that took him over the edge. This book is a life line, a rope of hope for every man who kn... read more

This book is an honest warning. Whether you are just slightly wandering off your path, or you find yourself already over the edge in a freefall, this book will offer you hope, help, a second chance and a plan. With incredible honesty and candor, Chris Gingrasso shares with you his failures and the things that took him over the edge. This book is a life line, a rope of hope for every man who kn... read more

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