About

ERD

I’m Ed Desautels [dez-a-tel]. I’m an experienced business writer and editor, and I’m also a published author of literary fiction. I love to blend my business and creative skills to solve communications challenges for my clients.

Business Writer and Editor

I’ve spent more than 17 years working as a writer and editor in the internet, network security, and computer security industries, most recently in the public relations department of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I communicate with tact, verve, and precision, and I always keep the needs of the audience squarely in mind. I’m particularly skilled in rendering highly technical content comprehensible to a non-technical audience, but am equipped to tackle all kinds of writing, editing, and communications problems.

Throughout my career as a business communicator I’ve worked alone or in collaboration with designers, illustrators, web developers, and production specialists to create compelling and effective communications products for the organizations I’ve served.These organizations have included the internet pioneer BBN Planet, the cybersecurity and network analysis leader Arbor Networks, and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. My work for these and other organizations has included

  • technical editing
  • customer communications
  • publication development and management
  • project management
  • web content development
  • extranet development
  • public relations
  • book and journal editing
  • annual reports
  • article writing
  • ghost writing

See my portfolio page for samples of my professional work. You might also wish to review my complete résumé.

Novelist and Author of Literary Fiction

flicker-21I’m also a writer of innovative literary fiction and a lifelong student of same. My novel Flicker in the Porthole Glass was published by MAMMOTH Books in 2002. My short fiction has appeared in the journals War, Literature & the Arts, Haydens Ferry Review, Little Magazine, Stolen Island Review, and Pennsylvania English. I have been a guest writer at University of Rochester and University of Maine. I’m currently at work on Housebreaking the Muse, a novel haunted by the figure of the French Dadaist Jacques Rigaut. Have a look a my complete literary résumé.

I believe my avocation as a fiction writer fortifies my ability as a business writer, extending my command of language, my stylistic reach, and my sensitivity to the needs and expectations of various kinds of audiences.

Visit my website Maximum Fiction for a peek into my literary life.

I welcome opportunities to help organizations and individuals solve a wide variety of communications problems both large and small.