Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m. — Local Horror Showcase – South Berwick Public Library, South Berwick, Maine
October: Midcoast Maine Halloween Reading series, date and location TBA
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m. — Author Night at the North Hampton Public Library – North Hampton, N.H.
Monday, February 8, 7 p.m. — Judge at Seacoast Three-Minute Fiction Slam – Newmarket, N.H.
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. — Reception for the Friends of the South Berwick Public Library – South Berwick, ME
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. — Author Night at the Hampton Falls Free Library – Hampton Falls, N.H.
Wednesday, September 16, 6 p.m. — Portsmouth Public Library Local Author Fair – Portsmouth, N.H.
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Author Booth at Hooksett Old Home Day – Hooksett, N.H.
If you are interested in having me speak to or on behalf of your organization, drop me a line at jeffdeck [at] jeffdeck.com. Current topics of interest are self-publishing, genre fiction (particularly science fiction, horror, fantasy, and dark fantasy, known collectively as speculative fiction), gaming, and future technology. I have spoken in the past about editing, writing, and language.
Here are a few endorsements for my past speaking engagements:
“Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson put on a great presentation on typos — funny, informative, and completely engaging. The audience loved it.”
—Will Shortz, Director, The Wonderful World of Words (NY)
“With mannerly dry wit and congeniality, Jeff Deck recounts the story of his cross-country trip in search of spelling and punctuation errors in public places. He is an amusing storyteller and an earnest guru for good grammar-the images of ‘problem’ billboards and signs brought a response of laughter from an appreciative crowd. Thank you Jeff Deck for an unforgettable evening.”
—Betsy Hurley, Lancaster Literary Guild (PA)
“When I announced to our conference planning committee that Jeff Deck had agreed to appear, there was an audible squeal of collective delight. I knew Jeff’s presentation would be a popular draw for our attendees, none of whom left disappointed! Mix equal parts of humor, charm, and wit; fold in a smidge of sarcasm and bake until it rises — you’ll feed a lot of happy minds. Jeff has an open invitation to speak to us any time!”
—Claire Natola, New Hampshire Mensa (NH)
“Jeff Deck’s engaging talk helped to make the NaNoWriMo Kick-off a success. He delighted the crowd with his humor, his accessible demeanor, and his clear and knowledgeable answers. We were so grateful for his enthusiasm too. It was contagious!”
—Heather Armitage, Portsmouth Public Library (NH)
“The program Jeff Deck presented for the Central Arkansas Library System was great. He was entertaining and educational. Everyone in the audience now knows the difference between plurals and possessives. This was the first program we’ve presented where people were standing up in the back of the room to make sure they didn’t miss what was being shown – and laughing while they did. ”
—Susan Hill Gele, Central Arkansas Library System (AR)
Do you need someone to tell your story (or your client’s story)? Maybe I can help. I’ve created and edited content to sell both to large corporations and to individual customers. I’ve released books both through traditional publishing (Random House) and indie publishing (Amazon). And I’ve reached content creation goals and met deadlines for years through my own initiative and discipline, both as part of a team and solo.
Proving Ground (Boston, MA), March 2013 – present
*** Work on a small team to create and edit content for 25+ training games that medical sales representatives play on an iPad to improve their skills. Each game builds 30+ skills in an area such as selling, productivity, customer interaction, business writing, or self-coaching
M|C Communications (Boston, MA), 2011 – 2013
*** Edited syllabus and speaker slides content used at 30+ medical conferences per year
PreMediaGlobal (Plymouth, MA), 2011 – 2012
*** Copyedited 50+ academic journal articles for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics
Capcom (Osaka, Japan), 2011
*** Edited and wrote hundreds of lines of in-game dialogue for major publisher’s video game, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, for the Xbox 360
New Hampshire Writers’ Project (Manchester, NH), February 2015 – present
*** Conceived, created, organized, and moderated “The Writer’s Journey,” 6 consecutive educational events for writers held across New Hampshire during New Hampshire Writers’ Week (Nov. 8-14, 2015). Each event featured 5 speakers and attracted 15-20 audience members, engaging in total a community of over 100 local authors
*** Conceived, designed, coded, and collected data for the “New Hampshire Authors’ Map,” an interactive graphical representation of over 70 local authors and their books around New Hampshire
Author, Speaker, and Promoter
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time (Crown/Random House), 2008 – 2013
*** Blogged my 3-month journey around the United States to find and correct typos in public signage
*** Wrote full-length narrative nonfiction book based on typo-hunting journey: The Great Typo Hunt, which sold 23,000 copies and became a Boston Globe and Amazon bestseller and an Indie Next Notable pick
*** Promoted book on three-month, 36-city national book tour with co-author Benjamin D. Herson, through reading events and book signings, media interviews, and guest pieces
*** Earned coverage from NPR, Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New Yorker, Salon, BBC, CBC, and many other outlets
*** Promoted book through giving talks to the Central Arkansas Library System (2013 Fred K. Darragh Jr. Distinguished Lecture), Lancaster Literary Guild (2012), New Hampshire Mensa (2012), Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words weekend (2011)
Player Choice & The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley (Amazon self-publishing), January 2015 – present
*** Wrote sci-fi gaming adventure novel (Player Choice) and serialized horror novel in blog format (The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley)
*** Edited, designed, and self-published novels as e-books on Amazon.com
*** Promote books through interviews, speaking engagements, and reviews by book bloggers (outreach ongoing)
Page Designer and Copy Editor
Seacoast Media Group (Portsmouth, NH), 2012 – 2013
*** Designed hundreds of pages and edited thousands of articles for 200+ issues of Seacoast Media Group newspapers (the daily Portsmouth Herald, biweekly Exeter News-Letter and Hampton Union, and weekly York Weekly and York County Coast Star)
Books: The Great Typo Hunt (Crown/Random House, 2010); Player Choice (Amazon, 2015); The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley (Amazon, 2015)
Short Stories: “The Stress of Excellence” (aois21 annual, 2015), “The Marriage Champion” (Boston Literary Magazine, 2007), and “Phoenix” (The Furnace Review, 2006)
Articles: “New York suffers in an era of error” (New York Daily News, 2010); “‘The Great Typo Hunt’: America’s 10 Most Common Typos” (The Huffington Post, 2010); “Should You Point Out Errors?” (Grammar Girl, 2011)
Plays: “Dead Birds” (2012), performed at The Players’ Ring, Portsmouth, NH
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – B. A. in English: Creative Writing & Literature
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