Writer & Editor
Darren was both encouraging and instructive in his editing. Discarded Dragons greatly benefited from his work, and my future writing will be better because of what I've learned from him.
I can help with proofreading, copyediting, developmental editing, consulting, completely overhauling a project, or some crazy combination of all of the above. Words matter, of course, and I will make yours jump off the page. Get in touch for projects big or small.
I will learn what you want to communicate, speak your language to your audience, and create copy that's so "you" it'll be hard to remember someone else wrote it. I write concise copy for advertorials, articles, brochures ... whatever you need.
I've been writing and editing professionally for 24 years. A Troy University alumnus (B.S., English), I work in print, digital, and social media as a copywriter, content editor, and book editor. There's the day job, too, as a senior editor for the Colorado General Assembly. I am a husband and father of six, a grandfather of one, a musician, and a diehard Edmonton Oilers fan. My favorite comic strip is "Red Meat," and my local watering hole is Odd13 in Lafayette, Colorado. Oxford commas forever!
"Darren was an enormous ally in helping partner with me to move my manuscript across the finish line. He offers a unique blend of listening and responding to the needs and desires I carry passionately as author while at the same time lending years of expertise, wisdom and courageous feedback. I look forward to working with him again and hope you have the chance as well as you are doing the hard and sacred work of writing your contribution to the world." - Morgan Snyder, Ransomed Heart
"Working with Darren has made me a better writer. Having a clear grasp of the English language coupled with a daring, adventurous attitude, Darren immersed himself in my story, making me feel I had something important to say...and simultaneously made me feel engaged fully each step along the way in the editing process. He is super-easy to work with, helping me be able to balance the need for clarity with the sense of wonder and adventure I was trying to convey through my book, The Short Life. I would work with Darren again - in a heartbeat." - Dennis Jernigan
"Darren has been a tremendous asset to my writing process. Over the past several years, he has edited four of my books as well as several books and articles by author friends of mine. I’ve found his added perspective to be insightful, at times challenging my reasoning or suggesting a broader explanation."- Dr. Jim Burgdorf
"I have worked with Darren for some time now, so it’s easy for me to write a recommendation. Darren meets deadlines and the work is always professional and has worthwhile content. He has a command of the English language and is able to draw out words that have the reader see and feel what he has written. The intangible – he has a positive attitude and get-it-done demeanor … a great guy to be around and work with."
– John Mendez, N2 Publishing
"Darren has been a great person to work with. I hire him to write articles for our specialty publications and marketing features published in the Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call and other Prairie Mountain Publishing publications. Each time he has exceeded my expectations. He is an excellent writer, easy to work with and professional. He’s performed miracles even under the tightest of deadlines and I’ve received many positive comments from clients he’s interviewed. I highly recommend him." – Greg Stone, marketing features coordinator, Prairie Mountain Publishing