Red Pencil LLC – Heather Reagan
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I'm an endlessly pleasant Midwesterner who has learned the value of (kindly, tactfully, and constructively) sharing my honest feedback, insight, and ideas to help others. I'm happiest in my work when I'm helping to make other people look good.
I graduated from Pomona College in 1997 with a BA in English (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). I spent my 20s exploring the world and my 30s conquering corporate America. I've taken and given countless trainings focused on winning in the marketplace, connecting with clients and customers, building stronger teams and relationships, and crafting better, more strategic messaging. In 2017, I left my leadership role at a Big Four firm in the hopes of building my own business focused on helping other small to mid-sized businesses.
For more than a decade, I led pursuits for Ernst & Young LLP (EY). Most recently, I managed a team of 10 other communication and pursuit strategists (writers, editors, and project managers) working in offices throughout the US West Region. I served as my team's resident trainer for eight years. In 2016, I was selected as an Americas Region finalist for the firm's prestigious, global "Better Begins With You" award program.
In addition to my EY experience, I have wide-ranging writing and editing experience: I have written or ghostwritten more than 100 blogs for clients, and edited or rewritten dozens more blogs. I have helped several clients to rethink and revise their website copy. I have written and edited for a music/lifestyle magazine. I have reviewed submissions for a literary agency. I have edited manuscripts. I have written website content for new businesses. I have reviewed/revised countless email communications for other professionals. I have helped to improve dozens of resumes and cover letters. I have written and formatted newsletters. I wrote and edited for a weekly college newspaper for four years.
I live in central Denver with my family and our two cats. Someday soon, I hope to write a book of my own. I spend my free time skiing, reading, hiking, working on our vintage travel trailer, buying nonsense at the thrift store, and failing to stay on top of the yard work.
I typically charge clients by the hour. (Don't worry — I'm ridiculously trustworthy.) I offer discounted introductory rates to new clients. These introductory rates are determined on a case-by-case basis. Following our introductory period, I'll work with you to agree upon a rate card or fee structure that works for your needs and timeline.
Working with someone new necessitates a leap of faith. To make your leap easier, I've provided testimonials from several past colleagues and clients. To gain a yet clearer idea of who I am and how I work, I invite you to review them.