Karen Anderson designs, writes, and produces online communications for business and consumer audiences. Her adventures in business writing and communications span journalism, publications management, web content design, arts reviewing, fundraising, blogging, public speaking, and social media consulting.
Clients / Companies
CURRENT: Based in Seattle, Karen writes and edits B2B and B2C content for organizations including Houzz.com, Medical Marcom, Michael Muro Garden Design, Roambee and the Seattle Times. Her company UnCommon Sense consults for startups looking to integrate marketing communications and customer communications into their business plans.
PAST: Karen’s past clients and contract agencies include Alltech Medical Systems America, Anthro-Tech, AM Consulting Group, Ant’s Eye View (now part of PwC), Aris Radiology, Barb Rowan Design, CrowdComputing Systems (now Work Fusion), Cardiac Science, Concurrent Product Development, Concurrent Strategies, Custom Toll Free, Deb Arnold, Ink, GrapeCity, Impact Capital, Leading from the Heart, Lumity, 10x Medical Device Conference,Monsters Toolbox, Naples Florida Vacation Homes, Nextec, OtoNexus, Phelps Design & Development, Profound Networks, Promontory Press, Radarworks, Oktopost, Orange County Housing Trust, Virtuoso, Web 1 Marketing, and Plymouth Housing (view her profiles of Plymouth clients).
Before starting UnCommon Sense, Karen worked at Apple in roles including staff writer for iReview webzine (“what’s good on the web and what could be better”) and producer of iCards. She was a writer on the launch team for Apple’s iTunes Music Store and served as managing editor for the one-million-member .Mac Internet services website (the forerunner of iCloud). Before joining Apple, Karen’s working included editing Northwest Health magazine for Group Health Cooperative/Kaiser Permanente, managing public information at Battelle Seattle Research Center, and reporting for The Hartford Courant.
Community / Professional Organizations
Karen belongs to professional organizations including Women in Digital Journalism, the National Book Critics Circle, Broad Universe, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is a a past chair of the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and currently serves on Clarion West committees. She is a past president of the board of Northwest Folklife and currently services on that organization’s audit committee. Karen has served on boards and organizing committees for groups including the Pat Graney Dance Company, Foolscap, Potlatch, and LoneStarCon 3. She was a member of the Digital Publishing Advisory Board for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education Program.
WATCH: Here’s Karen’s Ignite Seattle presentation “What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined that Nonprofit Board.”
Karen wrote the ebook Take Control of iPhone Basics and edited ebooks including Take Control of iWeb ’09 and early editions of the classic Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner. She gave a RapidFire talk about the iPhone 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.
Blogging / Social Media / Websites
Karen helps companies design websites and blogs, and produces online content for several clients. She blogs under her own name here at WriterWay.com and Fitness, Food and Fashion. Karen served as a reviewer for the Webby Awards and for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. She spoke at the Seattle Social Media Summit and conducts seminars on website design for small businesses and arts organizations.
Karen’s bylined articles appear in a variety of news, trade, and regional publications, including Wearable World News (now Readwrite), Seattle Magazine and The Seattle Times. Early in her career she did commentary for KUOW-FM, Seattle’s NPR radio station. Her essay “Disaster Planning Guide for the Holidays” was featured on the 2017 holiday episode of the podcast Inside Voice and she was recently interviewed by The Australian Planthunter about gardening mysteries. Her essay “Letters from My Past” appears in Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget, the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop anthology edited by Allia Zobel Nolan.
She presented “Critical Eye on Writing” at the Foolscap Convention writers workshop, covering ways writers can use a book critic’s tools to critique their own fiction.
READ AND LISTEN:
“Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes — these are nothing compared to the havoc of a holiday get-together. A seasonal family gathering gone awry can leave psychic scars that will last for generations.” — from Karen’s essay “Disaster Planning Guide for the Holidays,” on the podcast Inside Voice.
“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).