"Us" is me -- Connie Chastain
Ward. I am a writer, editor, graphic designer and video producer/editor.
Graphic Design --
I have been doing graphic design since high school, first desiging and
creating flyers, brochures and posters for church and school. For various
employers, I have created flyers for such special events such as child-safety-seat
inspection day and a senior fitness event. In the days before desktop publishing,
I edited and produced a monthly newsletter for a senior support agency
where I worked, using a typewriter (IBM Correcting Selectric) and a table-top
offset printin press..
In conjunction with graphic
design, my desktop publishing experience goes back to the 1980s, when I
used an early version of Page Stream on my Amiga 1000. I learned DTP producing
flyers and brochures for political campaigns and various causes (frequently
at no charge) and planning and preliminary design of the tabloid newsweekly,
Florida Sun, prior to its launch.
My graphic design experience
includes transitioning to the digital/internet field, including web page
components. Although I am not primarily an illustrator, my experience includes
pencil/ink and digitally created artwork.
Writing & Editing--
I was a staff writer for a local tabloid news weekly, The Florida Sun.
also wrote, edited published my first novel, Southern Man. My second,
Surge, was published by Desert Breeze Publishing, April 2011. As a
staff writer for The Florida Sun I produced two original articles
per issue, and selected and edited news service stories and articles. In
addition, I have five years experience in online and local critque groups.
Business writing experience
dates to the late 1970s, to my first product, a manual for intake secretaries
of a multi-county social service agency in the Midwest, and includes composition
of business and political correspondance and grant applications.
Video production and
post production -- My experience dates to the 1980s, when my sister
and I partnered in a wedding video company and produced computer graphics
and animations for broadcast video production companies in west Florida
and south Alabama. Clients for the latter included various advertising
agencies, the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola NAS, Ingall's Shipbuilding
in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama's "Clean and Green" campaign.
In the 1990s, I shot and
edited numerous political videos, mostly campaign commercials, for my employer,
a United States Congressman, including several half-hour television programs
for broadcast on a local-access TV station.
For typesetting --
Print books: QuarkXpress, Serif's Page Plus, Open Office. Usually output
as a pdf files. Electronic books: Open Office, Netscape Composer, Note
For graphic design
-- Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Ultimate Paint, Serif Draw, Microsoft GIF Animator
For video editing --
Microsoft MovieMaker, Serif's Movie Plus, Audacity sound editor.
Limitations of Use
Word Slinger Boutique
markets our products and services to independent publishers and authors
primarily of genre fiction, particularly romance fiction, although we welcome
any and all who wish to use our services. As promoters of romance fiction,
we understand and approve of explorations of the
sexual nature of romance relationships. However, we will not knowingly
promote pornography, erotica, same-sex or multiple partner romance, or
portrayals of pre-marital or extra-marital sex as acceptable and positive,
or stories that encourage rape, incest, or bestiality, or portray reward,
profit or benefit from illegal, immoral behavior.
NOTE-- Some of the
products depicted on this site are fictitious and represent no actual publication,
author or publisher. They are used for illustration of our experience and
software capabilities only.
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