Who We Are

January 22, 2013


tricia-mcdonaldTricia McDonald
Leader of the Pack

No one understands writers quite like another writer. Tricia, who is a published author, has made a career of encouraging, teaching, supporting, and helping other writers. What began as writing coaching has grown into Splattered Ink Press, a company that turns writers’ publishing dreams into realities.

For people who have dreamed of actually holding and sharing their own published work but found traditional publishing daunting and nearly impossible, Tricia supplies answers, solutions, and guidance. With more than 35 published books and dozens of writer clients, SIP and its team members provide writing coaching, editing, cover design, formatting, illustrations, copyrighting, ISBN designation, printing, and marketing for both traditionally published books and e-books.

When she’s not following her passion to help writers write and publish, Tricia is reading or writing. She also gardens and plays with Sally, her miniature bull terrier who is the subject of several of her books. Tricia’s best times are spent with her husband and her children as well as with Sally, Eli, who is Sally’s rescued pal, and Socks, a geriatric cat.

Tricia’s Life With Sally series currently includes Little White Dog Tails, Still Spinnin’ Tails, and Waggin’ More Tails. Her latest book is Quit Whining Start Writing: a Novelist’s Guide to Writing. She is currently at work on Quit Whining Start Marketing.

Nicole Kubon
Format Femme

The combination of left-brain analytical skills and right-brain creativity means Nicole brings a unique perspective to her work updating, expanding, and managing the Splattered Ink Press website. A feminist activist and an accomplished writer, she is adept and experienced at presenting information in engaging, compelling ways easily understood by diverse audiences.

Additionally, Nicole helps format and edit Splattered Ink Press books, helping to ensure they are both grammatically and visually appealing. She helps ensure authors can turn their manuscripts over to Splattered Ink Press knowing their hard work will be respected and honed.

While writing and activism are high on Nicole’s list of things to do, she also enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, running with her dog, sampling a variety of foods, and cooking. She laughs at dry humor, deft sarcasm, and her brother’s sense of humor. Funny pictures of animals make her smile.

 

photoJacob Kubon
Cover Connoisseur

Outside the box is comfortable, familiar territory for Jake. He not only designs book covers, book formats, and Splattered Ink Press marketing pieces, but he also writes comedy, acts, and is a recognized stand-up comedian who works and lives in Los Angeles.

Being surprised is one of his favorite things: seeing something he wouldn’t have thought of or seeing go where he didn’t expect it. He also enjoys both the silly and smart sides of humor.

All that makes him particularly adept at understanding how authors feel about their books and how they want them to be presented. Jake’s uniquely personal book covers include recreating a scene one author remembered and staging a photo shoot to capture what another author envisioned. Well-designed covers not only draw the eye, they help tell the particular story. Jake does that.

 

Kelsey Turkekelsey-1
Word Nerd & Grammar Guru

Besides her education, experience, and skill, two things make Kelsey an outstanding copyeditor and proofreader. She loves to read stories and she thoroughly enjoys nitpicking.

A published author in a variety of genres, Kelsey adds value and insight to her work because she understands what can make a manuscript successful from both reader and writer perspectives.

No surprise reading is among Kelsey’s favorite leisure-time activities. She enjoys movies, comedy (especially standup), and watching babies learn to pronounce words. In addition to copyediting and proofreading, she’s a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

 

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Linda Bengston
Detail Diva

Linda looked forward to retiring from her 40-year career as a writer and editor until about a year after it happened. Then she realized how much she missed learning, synthesizing, creating, and teaching.

A fortuitous confluence of the planets and a mutual friend led her to Tricia McDonald and Splattered Ink Press. Now Linda writes, edits, does research and data entry, manages the database, helps plan workshops, meetings, and conferences, and generally enjoys herself. Except for the deadlines. She didn’t miss those.

When she’s not busy with SIP, you can find Linda gardening, reading, sewing, painting, and pampering her adorable cats. You will find her laughing whenever she hears a baby laughing.

 

Susan Julien Larimore
Marketing Maven

Before she could even read, Susan was scribbling on scrap paper, pretending to write. In second grade, she wrote prayers. In fifth grade, she wrote and directed a play for her class.

During junior high and high school, she filled empty journals with poetry and dreams. Then, making magic with words was her refuge — today, it is her livelihood.

Combine the compassionate heart of a writer with the wins and challenges Susan experienced in her 35 plus years in marketing communications, and you have the definitive marketing mentor for writers, authors, and entrepreneurs.

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