Karen Anderson designs, writes, and produces online communications for business and consumer audiences. Her adventures in writing and communications span journalism, publications management, web content design, arts reviewing, fundraising, blogging, and social media consulting.
Clients / Companies
Karen works on a contract basis for organizations including Medical Marcom, the 10x Medical Device Conference, AM Consulting Group, Cardiac Science, Ripple Rousers, Custom Toll Free, Profound Networks, and Web 1 Marketing. Her past clients have included Ant’s Eye View, Anthro-Tech, Aris Radiology, Concurrent Product Development, CrowdComputing Systems (Work Fusion), GrapeCity, Impact Capital, Muse Indigo, Naples Florida Vacation Homes, Radarworks, Oktopost, Orange County Housing Trust, and Plymouth Housing (view her profiles of Plymouth clients).
From 2000-2006 Karen worked at Apple as a writer for iReview and the iTunes Music Store and as the managing editor for the one-million-member .Mac Internet services website (the forerunner of MobileMe and iCloud). Her previous employers include Group Health Cooperative (where she edited Northwest Health magazine) and Battelle Seattle Research Center.
Community / Professional Organizations
Karen is currently chair of the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She is a past president of the board of Northwest Folklife, and a member of professional organizations including Women in Digital Journalism, Biznik, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Karen has served on boards and organizing committees for nonprofit organizations including the Pat Graney Dance Company, Foolscap, Potlatch, and on the Digital Publishing Advisory Board for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education Program. She recently spoke at Ignite Seattle on “What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined that Nonprofit Board.”
Karen is the author of the ebook Take Control of iPhone Basics and the editor of ebooks including Take Control of iWeb ’09 and the classic Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner. She gave a RapidFire talk at MacWorld | iWorld 2012. She was interviewed by Seattle 24×7 about the iPhone, and has been a guest on Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices TV.
Karen is currently developing an iPhone app for fiction writers.
Blogging / Social Media
Karen does SEO-savvy writing and business websites, blogs, and social media channels. In addition to blogging about all the write stuff here at WriterWay.com, Karen posts at Fitness, Food and Fashion. Her articles “Are You Smart About Using Your Smart Phone?” and “9 Ways to ‘Power Up’ Your Business Blog” appear on Biznik. She served as a reviewer for the Webby Awards (2008 and 2009) and for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest (2008–2011). She spoke at the BigFoot Blogging Conference, at Ignite Seattle (2007 and 2014), and at the 2011 Seattle Social Media Summit hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Success. She conducted a workshop on websites for writers at the 2012 Nebula Awards.
Writing / Reviewing / Commentary
Karen’s bylined articles and essays have appeared in variety of news, trade, and regional publications, including Wearable World News and Seattle Magazine. She writes a humor column for the Home Owners Club in Seattle. Early in her career, she was a staff writer for The Hartford Courant, the New Haven Register, and the Meriden Record-Journal and did commentary for KUOW-FM, Seattle’s NPR radio station.
Karen attended the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard in 2013 and the Cascade Writers Workshop in Washington in 2012. She has been an arts reviewer for January Magazine, and taught “Critical Eye on Writing” at the 2011 Foolscap Convention writers workshop, covering ways writers can use a book critic’s tools to critique their own fiction.
“I live in a city whose name is synonymous with ‘coffee.’ What’s a poor tea drinker to do?” — from Karen’s radio commentary on KUOW-FM.
“Fuzzy. Persistent. Persnickety. Annoying. Allergy-inducing. I’m referring here not to felines, but to the literary subgenre of cat mysteries…” — from Karen’s review of cat mysteries at January Magazine.
“For women in their early 50s, a no-sweat 20-minute workout is about as useful for fending off fat and unfitness as sprinkling salt substitute on your large order of greasy french fries.” — from Karen’s essay on fitness in In Our Prime: Empowering Essays by Women (2010).