Janay Garrick

Janay Garrick - Ghostwriter

Tallahassee, FL, USA

Seven years of experience in Christian non-fiction, theology, and short-form tech writing. Looking to expand into technology and memoir.

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Overview

“You are going to need to trust your ghost completely because you will be telling them everything.”
– Andrew Crofts

I’m a trustworthy ghost who's been ghostwriting in Christian non-fiction and technology for seven years. In the technology space I’ve ghosted blogs, e-books, white papers, and more for subject matter experts in cybersecurity, AI, mobile marketing, and data and analytics. Clients include Adobe, Acxiom, and Tektronix. Within the Christian market, I’ve worked as a ghostwriter and editor (developmental and copyediting) for children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction books. Houses include Zonderkidz, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, and Baker Publishing.

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MY CREATIVE PROCESS (OR: HOW I WORK WITH CLIENTS)

Phase 1 | Listening
My creative process includes first and foremost listening to my clients. What do you want to create? What final product do you want to hold in your hands?

Phase 2 | Defining
Next, we spend time clearly defining three things:
  1. The Scope of Work also known as “the SOW” (not to be confused with an adult female swine)
  2. The project deliverables
  3. The deadlines (which I lovingly refer to as “the Deads”)
This phase involves mutual agreements so that we can all start off on the same page, knowing where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

Phase 3 | Creating
Next, we begin the creative process. I begin creating (drafting) your deliverables for you and delivering them to you in manageable pieces. I like to avoid “the overwhelm” -- that feeling that comes upon us when facing a mountain-sized project. At this point, you’ll provide me with invaluable feedback in the form of your thoughts, opinions, revisions, etc. Am I headed in the right direction? Is this deliverable what you envisioned? I highly value my clients’ honest feedback. Have no fear in speaking your mind here.

Phase 4 | Revising
Depending on your deliverables, the revision process can go through one to three phases (drafts0 until a beautiful, finished product is created. In this phase, we persevere, and quite patiently.

My rates are reasonable and negotiable. I’d love to hear more about your project.
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CLIENT TESTIMONY

(1) “Janay is one of the best technology writers that I have ever worked with. At Adobe, she helped me to develop some leading edge thought leadership related to mobile marketing technology including location beacons, augmented reality and in-app messaging. Janay rapidly absorbed the research that I provided and created blogs that captured my voice and perspective on mobile marketing. Most recently at Acxiom, I hired Janay to develop eBooks and blogs for marketing solutions related to omnichannel personalization, data management platforms and consumer data. Again, she quickly mastered the complicated subject matter and developed long form assets that were used to fuel demand generation for Acxiom. B2B high tech companies should definitely consider hiring Janay for their most challenging writing projects.”

— Ray Pun, Research Director, Gartner

(2) “Whenever we have a need for clear and creative writing, whether it’s a film proposal, synopsis or general content, we always contact Janay first. Her ability to concisely and beautifully capture the essence of our projects is a huge asset. Because of her skills, we have been able to effectively communicate our vision to our donors and customers. We consider her a valuable member of our team and an integral part of our success."

— Dave Mahanes, Co-Founder + President, Deidox Films

(3) “Janay is a remarkably talented person. She is very smart, a gifted editor, and thinks ahead on projects. We’ve worked together on many projects and will continue to do so on many more.”

— Chris Hudson, Owner, Hudson Bibles
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Education & Reference
Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • MFA, Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction), Seattle Pacific University, 2019
  • M.A., Cross-cultural Studies (Children At Risk), Fuller Theological Seminary, 2011
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CLAD Certified, California State University Northridge, 2001
  • B.A., Creative Writing/Speech Communications, Pepperdine University, 1998

Work experience

Owner and Lead Creative

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 8 years)

Providing writing, editing, and design services for brands.

• Helping brands create better messaging and branded content to support their sales and drive leads
• Researching and conducting interviews with subject matter experts (SMEs) at Fortune 500 enterprises (Adobe, Acxiom, Tektronix) to create compelling copy that adheres to brand standards
• Copyediting and proofreading for AP style and brand’s editorial standards
• Matching and helping create the brand’s tone, voice, and messaging
• Collaborate with UX/UI and design teams to optimize content according to channel/platform
• Managing social media marketing plans and accounts for SMEs, and helping establish stories for brands, including visual identities
• Happily revising content according to brand’s feedback (adding in the Oxford where appropriate)

Communications Professor

Moody Bible Institute
December, 2014 – December, 2017 (about 3 years)

Developed and taught six courses, mostly upper-level electives, in organizational communications and creative writing including:

• Fundamentals of Creative Writing
• Research Writing
• Core Tools: Words
• Nonprofit Communications
• Media Strategy
• Literary Practicum

• Media Strategy and Nonprofit Communications courses served real-time nonprofit clients to produce media strategies (including SMART objectives, annual and quarterly goals, etc.), storytelling campaigns, and more
• After listening to my students’ end-of-semester media strategies, one vice president (client) asked, “When are they available for hire?”

Grant Writer (Associate Nonprofit Consultant)

Assist Management Consulting
April, 2011 – May, 2012 (about 1 year)

Responsible for writing grants including corporate, foundation, and government grants.

• Coordinated the grant writing process when multi-disciplinary teams were working on different sections
• Coordinated program evaluation activities
• Created timeline and productivity tracking tools for clients and Assist teams
• Managed the submission process (both electronic and mailed submissions)
• Prepared literature reviews
• Conducted grant writing training
• Wrote strategic plans

Writer and Editor (Creative Director)

Fuller Theological Seminary
August, 2010 – September, 2011 (about 1 year)

Responsible for the creative direction and publication (editing, proofreading, and article writing) for the seminary's weekly 24-page on-campus magazine, The Semi.

Writer and Strategy Coordinator

Pioneers
February, 2009 – June, 2010 (over 1 year)

Researched and wrote organizational white papers for the U.S. office of an international nonprofit organization.

• Conducted a six-month field survey in East Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya)
• Interviewed key stakeholders and nonprofit/civil sector partners working with children in crisis in the region
• Developed a strategy for working among children at risk in East Africa
• This strategy was requested by other non-governmental organizations in the region such as World Vision

Writer ( U.S. Development Representative)

New Life Home Trust
January, 2009 – February, 2009 (about 1 month)

Responsible for the U.S.-facing development (publicity, fundraising, marketing, public awareness/education) of a Kenya-based nonprofit organization.

• Created and implemented business and annual marketing plans that resulted in funds raised, volunteers mobilized, and publicity
• Responsible for content creation including social media and marketing collateral
• Wrote and reported on grants (conducted program evaluations, established baselines, gathered metrics, evaluated funding cycles, etc.)
• Created and implemented storytelling (marketing) campaigns such as Rock The Babies (RTB) and The Green Village Project

Curriculum Writer (Director of Children's Ministry)

Christian Church of Thousand Oaks
December, 2002 – January, 2007 (about 4 years)

Responsible for children's program development, implementation, and marketing/communications for a faith-based organization (church) that served approximately 150 children in first through sixth grade in midweek and weekend programs.

• Wrote and published leadership guides (a 4-part series) to accompany BreakOut, a children's ministry curriculum published by Rick Warren's Saddleback Church

Portfolio (9 selected works)

NIV, The Jesus Bible, Hardcover: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

Zonderkidz

Discover Jesus In Every Book of the BibleJesus isn’t just found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His presence can be felt throughout the whole Bible, even in Genesis. The Jesus Bible contains the complete New International Version (NIV) with daily study helps that point to Jesus and show how he fulfilled the prophecies for the Messiah found in the Old Testament. A perfect way t... read more

Discover Jesus In Every Book of the BibleJesus isn’t just found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His presence can be felt throughout the whole Bible, even in Genesis. The Jesus Bible contains the complete New International Version (NIV) with daily study helps that point to Jesus and show how he fulfilled the prophecies for the Messiah found in the Old Testament. A perfect way t... read more

Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

Randy Frazee

Presented by bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee, the Believe Storybook shows children how they can think, act, and be more like Jesus. With 60 old and new testament stories from the Bible that showcase the themes, combined with captivating and dramatic illustrations by Steve Adams, children and adults alike will be inspired to become more like their savior and the person they were mean... read more

Presented by bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee, the Believe Storybook shows children how they can think, act, and be more like Jesus. With 60 old and new testament stories from the Bible that showcase the themes, combined with captivating and dramatic illustrations by Steve Adams, children and adults alike will be inspired to become more like their savior and the person they were mean... read more

The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories

Zondervan

Millions of children and their parents can’t be wrong. The bright and vibrant illustrations enhance every word of The Beginner’s Bible® to produce one of the most moving and memorable Bible experiences a young child can have. The Beginner’s Bible is where a child’s journey towards a lifelong love of God’s Word begins.Kids will enjoy reading the story of Noah’s Ark as they see Noah helping the ... read more

Millions of children and their parents can’t be wrong. The bright and vibrant illustrations enhance every word of The Beginner’s Bible® to produce one of the most moving and memorable Bible experiences a young child can have. The Beginner’s Bible is where a child’s journey towards a lifelong love of God’s Word begins.Kids will enjoy reading the story of Noah’s Ark as they see Noah helping the ... read more

Case for Christ for Kids (Case for... Series for Kids)

Lee Strobel

Is Jesus real? How do we know? You’re in for the surprise of your life. Join in this incredible search for the truth about Jesus—including the answers that rocked the world of atheist investigative reporter Lee Strobel.Was Jesus actually born in a stable? Did he really come back from the dead? Aren’t all the stories in the Bible about Jesus just that—stories?Here’s a book that finally answers ... read more

Is Jesus real? How do we know? You’re in for the surprise of your life. Join in this incredible search for the truth about Jesus—including the answers that rocked the world of atheist investigative reporter Lee Strobel.Was Jesus actually born in a stable? Did he really come back from the dead? Aren’t all the stories in the Bible about Jesus just that—stories?Here’s a book that finally answers ... read more

Willie's Redneck Rodeo VBS Director's Guide: Lassoing Five Values from the Parables of Jesus

Korie Robertson, Chrys Howard

The Robertson Family Helps You Build a Faith-Shaped Life …Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard explore five values from the Bible’s most-loved parables of Jesus as they tell stories of the Robertson Family of the hit television show Duck Dynasty®. In Willie’s Redneck Rodeo VBS, you and your church will learn how to build a legacy of faith and apply five faith-shaped values into the lives of childr... read more

The Robertson Family Helps You Build a Faith-Shaped Life …Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard explore five values from the Bible’s most-loved parables of Jesus as they tell stories of the Robertson Family of the hit television show Duck Dynasty®. In Willie’s Redneck Rodeo VBS, you and your church will learn how to build a legacy of faith and apply five faith-shaped values into the lives of childr... read more

Believe Children's Curriculum: Living the Story of the Bible

Zondervan

Help kids of all ages (preschool through later elementary) experience the 30 Big Ideas of Scripture! Based on the Believe Storybook and Believe for Kids, these 30 engaging lessons are formatted around relatable Scripture references, memory verses, and Bible themes. This DVD-ROM-based curriculum has everything you need for 30 complete lessons for preschool, early elementary, and later elementar... read more

Help kids of all ages (preschool through later elementary) experience the 30 Big Ideas of Scripture! Based on the Believe Storybook and Believe for Kids, these 30 engaging lessons are formatted around relatable Scripture references, memory verses, and Bible themes. This DVD-ROM-based curriculum has everything you need for 30 complete lessons for preschool, early elementary, and later elementar... read more

Heaven and Hell: Are They Real?

Christopher D. Hudson

It can be said that the words “heaven” and “hell” are thrown around flippantly these days. It seems they have become part of our vernacular without much thought or concern about what they really mean.The reality of heaven and hell is a hotly-debated topic spurring countless conversations, books, and sermons. It’s fashionable to have an opinion about the reality of heaven and hell, but what doe... read more

It can be said that the words “heaven” and “hell” are thrown around flippantly these days. It seems they have become part of our vernacular without much thought or concern about what they really mean.The reality of heaven and hell is a hotly-debated topic spurring countless conversations, books, and sermons. It’s fashionable to have an opinion about the reality of heaven and hell, but what doe... read more

Healing for Hurting Hearts: A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis

Phyllis Kilbourn

With its practical and biblically-centered instruction on counseling children and youth in crisis, Healing for Hurting Hearts equips leaders to guide the children they serve through the healing process in order to help them achieve lives that are more abundant. Reclaiming physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wholeness and, ultimately, hope for the future is within reach for these deeply w... read more

With its practical and biblically-centered instruction on counseling children and youth in crisis, Healing for Hurting Hearts equips leaders to guide the children they serve through the healing process in order to help them achieve lives that are more abundant. Reclaiming physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wholeness and, ultimately, hope for the future is within reach for these deeply w... read more

The Most Significant People, Places, and Events in the Bible: A Quickview Guide

Christopher D. Hudson

Much human understanding occurs visually. When it comes to quickly grasping and retaining information, the human brain functions best with a combination of both words and pictures. That’s where The Most Significant People, Places, and Events in the Bible comes in.Like an infographic survey of Scripture, The Most Significant People, Places, and Events in the Bible makes the Bible accessible and... read more

Much human understanding occurs visually. When it comes to quickly grasping and retaining information, the human brain functions best with a combination of both words and pictures. That’s where The Most Significant People, Places, and Events in the Bible comes in.Like an infographic survey of Scripture, The Most Significant People, Places, and Events in the Bible makes the Bible accessible and... read more

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