Publishing Industry Services
With a focus on indexing

"Gibbs: Without an Index, a Book is Just a Doorstop - Q&A on Indexing Science Books,"
Interview with John Henson, ScienceWire, October 2010.


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Publishing Services

  • Indexing
  • Writing and Editing
  • Informational Searches
  • Website Development

About Us

The Write Guru® was incorporated in 1994. We have extensive professional experience gained in highly varied settings, including the following:

  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • Battelle Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute
  • Microsoft
  • MathSoft/Insightful
  • Boeing
  • Children's Hospital
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Our Focus

Judi has been indexing since 1999. She has extensive experience in both individual and team settings with print, online, and database indexing. Included among the many projects are:
  • Scholarly and technical books
  • Software books
  • Medical/pharmaceutical materials
  • Microsoft Speech Server 2007 (speech recognition software)
  • Encarta products
  • General interest and trade books
Judi's skills as an indexer led to an invitation to serve as a grader for the distance training course offered by the American Society for Indexing.

Judi

Judi began her professional life as a librarian (MLS), and her experience includes reference work in university, engineering, and medical settings. She has experience with both back-of-the-book and database indexing. She has indexed a wide range of materials, including technical books, software manuals, medical and pharmaceutical materials, Microsoft products, scholarly books, and trade publications.

Judi also has extensive experience in writing and editing. She has produced documentation for clients in healthcare, electric utilities, commercial aircraft, the nuclear industry, and commercial food processing. Clients praise her ability to edit the work of others with sensitivity and precision. She can shorten documents and increase readability significantly while retaining technical content.
Writing, Editing, and Indexing as a Contractor and Consultant
  • The Write Guru®, Seattle, 1994-present (President)
  • Microsoft, Redmond (1999, 2000, 2006)
  • King County, Seattle, 1998-1999—simultaneously with Children's Hospital
  • Children's Hospital, Seattle, 1998
  • Supply System (now Energy Northwest), Richland, 1991, 1992
  • Puget Power/Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue, 1990-1991, 2002
  • Boeing Support Services, Seattle, 1989
  • Westinghouse Hanford Company, Richland,1987, 1989
Writing as a Direct Employee
  • Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, Richland (1993-1994)
  • UNC Nuclear Industries, Richland (1983-1986)
Reference Librarian (Part-Time)
  • Danny Schneller Foundation, Seattle (2000-present)
  • Washington State University at Tri-Cities, Richland (1992-1994)
Anthropology Instructor (Part-Time)
  • Columbia Basin College, Pasco (1988)
  • Master of Library Science—University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology—University of Washington
  • Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing—University of Washington
  • In-service courses in occupational health—For example, overview of occupational pulmonary and skin diseases; treating internal radionuclide contamination; and update on blood-borne pathogens
  • Technical courses—Engineering physics, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, advanced engineering mathematics, digital design, C programming language. Columbia Basin College, Pasco, and Tri-Cities University Center (Currently Washington State University, Tri-Cities Campus), Richland.
  • Diversity experience—Travel in Australia, Egypt, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Italy; Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Ongoing interest in Native American and Native Canadian cultures.


Work History

Education/Professional Development

Resume

Website Development

For several years, Alan has been developing and maintaining websites for a variety of clients, including non-profits, artists, art galleries, and other small businesses.

Alan

Alan has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering, with a concentration in signal processing. While working on his Ph.D., he also earned a graduate minor in mathematics. He has been a research scientist, applied mathematician, and university faculty member.

Writing

We have been writing professionally since 1983. We have written journal articles, technical reports, and manuals for audiences with advanced degrees and high levels of technical expertise. We have experience with healthcare, software, commercial aircraft, electric utilities, commercial food processing, nuclear facilities, and politics.

We have also helped develop, write, and usability test equipment installation and maintenance procedures intended for engineers and technicians. In addition, we have written fact sheets, letters, and other items for public and legislative consumption.

Documentation includes both proprietary items covered by non-disclosure agreements and non-proprietary items intended for a broader readership. We have experience with both original writing and ghostwriting. We can write equally successfully for highly select audiences and for the general public.
Your creative insights made the article much more readable and interesting. I admire your ability to clarify expression and present it in a way that is both informative and interesting. My right brain is more dominant, and it has always led me away from left-brain order and logic. Your ability to understand and express truth was invaluable. I loved working with you. We made a great team!
- Merilyn Liggett, MSN, ARNP. Article appeared in Journal of Psychosocial Nursing

Merging and Editing

We have extensive experience editing documents in a broad range of subjects with highly varying degrees of complexity. Our forte is in-depth editing -- substantive and developmental editing. We can merge the work of several authors and edit or rewrite as necessary to ensure complete, cohesive documents.
Our document included Ph.D. level work contributed by several engineering staff members. The staff members who wrote up the work had been hired for excellent technical expertise, not writing skills. The draft of the report was poorly organized and confusing. In addition, it had major inconsistencies that were an almost inevitable outcome of different people writing small sections in haphazard styles. On top of that, we were in the unenviable position of having an extremely tight deadline. Judi was able to detect the inconsistencies in technical content and ask the questions needed to eliminate them. She edited and rewrote the report so that it was quite clear, accurate, and readable, and she finished it within the required timeframe. Thanks to her stellar writing and editing skills, the report passed the review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
- John Teachman, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering
I had to write an article of critical importance, and time was short. I gave Judi a disorganized compilation of material in a professionally embarrassing condition. She reorganized and rewrote the text, and she beat the deadline. She did a beautiful job of making each point clear to the audience. I feel almost guilty receiving the accolades that followed publication. This work was important to my group, and I'm thankful Judi worked the necessary magic. This is not the first time Judi had brought clarity and organization to an important document. I commend her work.
- Jim Hardman, JD, Attorney

Information Searches

We have broad, ongoing experience researching a wide range of topics in both print and online sources. Judi is a reference librarian with experience in university, engineering, and medical settings.

Judi currently serves as the reference librarian for the Danny Schneller Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the healthcare of residents of Washington State's residential centers for the profoundly developmentally disabled. This position requires staying abreast of the medical literature and preparing updates for healthcare professionals throughout the state. Judi also provides medical reference service, particularly on major holidays.
Judi has been providing a newsletter for professional staff working in state facilities as well as other people interested in the care of our clientele. She uses professional journals to provide us with the latest information on subjects related to the medical problems of our residents. This service is very much appreciated, since it saves us time in having to research these topics for ourselves. Her resources are always the best in professionalism and are chosen from a wide variety of subject matter. We are fortunate to have Judi to help us in the care of clients in this way.
- Karen Jessup, Registered Dietician

Noel Capon, R.C. Kopf Professor, Columbia University School of Marketing

Wessex is a small press dedicated to reducing the high cost of a college education by offering world-class textbooks on a pay-what-you-think-it's-worth basis for online reading, and at very competitive prices for conventional printed books and PDF e-book downloads (www.axcesscapon.com). Wessex's success rests on a base of dedicated professionals in all aspects of the publishing process. Quite simply, Judi Gibbs is our indexer. World-class textbooks require great indexing, and Judi Gibbs is Wessex's choice for this critical responsibility. We couldn't be more happy with our selection.
- Noel Capon, R.C. Kopf Professor of International Marketing, Columbia University School of Marketing

Catherine Richter, Outgoing Editor, MediZine (now Remedy Health Media)

It's been great working with you over the past several years. And if I ever need a freelance indexer in my new position, I will definitely keep you in mind.
- Catherine Richter, Outgoing Editor, MediZine (now Remedy Health Media)

Jim Hardman, JD, Attorney

I had to write an article of critical importance, and time was short. I gave Judi a disorganized compilation of material in a professionally embarrassing condition. She reorganized and rewrote the text, and she beat the deadline. She did a beautiful job of making each point clear to the audience. I feel almost guilty receiving the accolades that followed publication. This work was important to my group, and I'm thankful Judi worked the necessary magic. This is not the first time Judi had brought clarity and organization to an important document. I commend her work.
- Jim Hardman, JD, Attorney

Merilyn Ligget, MSN, ARNP

Your creative insights made the article much more readable and interesting. I admire your ability to clarify expression and present it in a way that is both informative and interesting. My right brain is more dominant, and it has always led me away from left-brain order and logic. Your ability to understand and express truth was invaluable. I loved working with you. We made a great team!
- Merilyn Liggett, MSN, ARNP. Article appeared in Journal of Psychosocial Nursing

Karen Jessup, Registered Dietician

Judi has been providing a newsletter for professional staff working in state facilities as well as other people interested in the care of our clientele. She uses professional journals to provide us with the latest information on subjects related to the medical problems of our residents. This service is very much appreciated, since it saves us time in having to research these topics for ourselves. Her resources are always the best in professionalism and are chosen from a wide variety of subject matter. We are fortunate to have Judi to help us in the care of clients in this way.
- Karen Jessup, Registered Dietician

John Teachman, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering

Our document included Ph.D. level work contributed by several engineering staff members. The staff members who wrote up the work had been hired for excellent technical expertise, not writing skills. The draft of the report was poorly organized and confusing. In addition, it had major inconsistencies that were an almost inevitable outcome of different people writing small sections in haphazard styles. On top of that, we were in the unenviable position of having an extremely tight deadline. Judi was able to detect the inconsistencies in technical content and ask the questions needed to eliminate them. She edited and rewrote the report so that it was quite clear, accurate, and readable, and she finished it within the required timeframe. Thanks to here stellar writing and editing skills, the report passed the review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
- John Teachman, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Indexing (ASI)
    • Pacific Northwest Chapter
      - Vice-President, 2011
      - President, 2012
      - Past-President, 2013
    • ASI honorary
    • ASI training course exam grader
  • Northwest Science Writers Association, Board Member

Articles Published Since 1996

"Gibbs: Without an Index, a Book is Just a Doorstop - Q&A on Indexing Science Books," Interview with John Henson, ScienceWire, October 2010.

"SKY Indexing 7.0," Key Words, July — September 2010.

"SKY 7.0: A Sneak Preview," Key Words, July — September 2008; 2009.

Book review: Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 2002, Key Words, March 2003.

"NISO news," Key Words, November/December 2001.

"Nurse-led art expression," Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, June 1999. Served as ghostwriter for author Merilyn Liggett.

"Improving medical treatment procedures," Proceedings of the STC Annual Conference, 1996.

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