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Sticky: Who Is MasterWork Consulting?

My name is Katherine Noftz Nagel.

I started freelancing as a technical writer after a 17-year career as an R&D chemist. As my clients have changed, I’ve learned the skills and tools I needed to satisfy their needs. I’ve gradually added editing, web design, one-on-one computer coaching, web site audits and evaluations, Windows and Mac troubleshooting, and instructor-led training to my repertoire. This lets me customize the services I offer to my clients, providing exactly what each client needs for their current project.

Freelancing suits me perfectly. I have an obsessive need for variety; when I get bored, I get seriously cranky. As a freelancer, I’m almost never bored, even when the project description looks similar to something I’ve done before because every client is different. Dealing with different types of projects for several clients is my idea of heaven. As long as I have several active project folders overlapping on my desk, I’m happy and so are my clients.

18 Responses

  1. Wariner

    Great article! I loved the insight and advice given. Plus, your writing style is very pleasing to read. If you have enough time please take a look at my new webpage and tell me what you think.

    • katnagel

      Hi, Wariner. Thanks for stopping by. I’d be happy to look at your website and give you my general impression. For detailed recommendations, though, I will need to schedule time for an initial phone conversation (about 10-15 minutes) and more thorough evaluation of your site. Please use the information on my Contact page to get in touch with me.

  2. Walk in Dusche

    Great post and straight to the point. I am not sure if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thanks 🙂

    • katnagel

      Try the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Most chapters have an employment directory, or can put you in touch with professional writers in your area. For general, non-technical writers, there are professional associations like the Editorial Freelancers Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Society of Professional Journalists, and others.

  3. steve

    howdy found your site via Google but it was hard to find and I see you could have more visitors because there are not so many comments yet. I have discovered website which offer to dramtically increase traffic to your blog http://[link deleted] they claim they managed to get close to 1000 visitors/day using their services you could also get lot more targeted traffic from search engines as you have now. I used their services and got significantly more visitors to my site. Hope this helps 🙂 They offer backlink solutions seo optimising 10000 backlinks Take care. steve

    • katnagel

      Hi, Steve.
      Thanks for your suggestion, but the link you provided goes to a link farm that sells backlinks. Using these services puts you at risk of being banned by the major search engines. There are ethical ways of increasing backlinks, such as providing excellent content on your site that people will recommend to their friends. If your content is useful, people will link to it from their own website or blog. Google’s Webmaster Guidelines has a good explanation of their policy on link farms, and approved methods of increasing your search engine standing. Please do yourself a favor and read it.

  4. Nancy

    Thanks for the share!

  5. Carlos Raniery

    Hey there, I need to ask you something. Is this a wordpress blog page? I will be wondering about switching my weblog from Blogger to wordpress, ya think that is feasible? Additionally did you create this specific template by yourself some how? Thank you for the assistance!

    • katnagel

      Yes, Carlos. I’ve had a Blogger blog in the past, as well as one on Typepad, but have now installed WordPress on my own domain and use it as a content management system for my website. It is certainly feasible to migrate a blog from Blogger to WordPress, either on your own domain or at There are plenty of free and low-cost themes available, or you can hire a designer to customize a theme for you. I designed my current theme, WorkOfArt, as a child theme for Shell-Lite by ThemeID.

  6. This website does not display correctly on my droid – you might want to try and repair that.

    • katnagel

      Sorry for the inconvenience. I’ll be working on a mobile-optimized version of the CSS after I move more of my existing content to the new design.

  7. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • katnagel

      I had a Movable Type blog on Liked it, but found WordPress easier to customize when I moved to a self-hosted blog. Haven’t had any experience with, though, so I’m afraid I can’t give you any advice on that. Good luck!

  8. Jasper Michaelson

    I enjoy your writing style genuinely loving this site.

  9. It’s not that I want to duplicate your internet site, but I really like the design. Could you tell me which theme are you using? Or was it tailor made?

    • katnagel

      Glad you like it!

      It’s a home grown theme, but based on elements from a couple of other themes I liked. The text-sliding-over-background technique I first saw in a static HTML site, and looked for a WP them that used it. Found a couple (Mountain Leaves and Sophistigrunge), and studied the PHP code until I figured out how it was done. I made both the banner and the background image, starting with a stock photo from for the banner (cropped and put on a red background)) and an interesting free wallpaper image for the full-page background (run through Photoshop’s Stained Glass filter).

  10. Beneficial info and excellent design you got here! I want to thank you for sharing your ideas and putting the time into the stuff you publish! Great work!

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