What I do
Scenario A: You have an amazing idea for a new business. You’ve hired a lawyer, created an LLC, registered a domain name, and put together a business plan (yes, bar napkins count), and now you need marketing material. Sure, you have a BA (or a BS, depending) or an MBA or maybe even a PhD. You’ve written academic papers or lengthy internal memos, but you need this idea to go wide, to go long, to hit home - and you can’t find the right words. Your business needs stronger words, words with more punch, more pizazz. That's when you call me. I’m a writer. A poet (don’t laugh). I know words. I can translate your ideas into language that your audience will understand. Your idea may take off - buy you season basketball tickets or put your kids through college or make you an overnight millionaire - but only if you sell it.
Scenario B: You have to speak at a VERY IMPORTANT occasion. Your mind tumbles with ideas and anecdotes, but you can't get them onto the page. Or, your mind is a desert littered with tumbleweeds, and you suffer from a horrid disease called Writer's Block (shudder). Let's face it, you're tired, overworked, and overcommitted - but everyone is counting on you to honor and celebrate a special someone (or someones) at this momentous occasion - and you can't think of anything to say, let alone anything witty or moving! (ACK!) Before panic sets in, contact me. I have the tools to pull the words out of you (it won't hurt, promise!). (This is where poetry comes in especially handy.) I'll turn your thoughts into a speech that will make your audience roar with laughter or fight back tears or both (at different times, of course).
The Beginning: My introduction to writing, the writing that would make me a bonafide writer, came through poetry some twenty-odd years ago. Today, I write poetry and sometime essays - and, yes, I have a degree in these things (MFA - Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry - from NYU). My creative work is scattered throughout the web and in print. (To learn more, please visit me at www.catherineespositoprescott.com)
The Path: I’ve worked as a copy editor, personal assistant, book seller, political activist, fundraiser, event organizer, organic garden founder, professor, and teaching artist. In my life as a teacher/professor, I taught writing and literature to students from age six to sixty - most recently, on the faculty at Miami Dade College.
No matter where I’ve been, professionally, I've always written and edited for others on the side: countless bios, briefs, resumes, mission statements, sales pitches, grants, and essays - also, website copy, brochures, and social media posts. Also, books. This work always finds me.
Words are my tools, my calling. Cat’s Copy is the manifestation of this calling.
Today: Cat’s Copy is based in Miami Beach, Florida, where I live with my crazy, sweet family (notice the comma), but my work takes me everywhere.