I work with individuals, organizations, and brands to convey their value and share their authentic story.

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When you’re close to that subject matter you’re an expert in, your new business, or your personal story, it can be difficult to get the distance you need to effectively communicate. I provide the big-picture strategy to get that critical distance, as well as on-the-ground details to convey the power of your work.

Content & Brand Strategy

For the past decade, I’ve worked with individuals, organizations, and startups to craft new websites, rebrand existing sites, and get clear on their content. Together, we’ll strategize around your story and essence of your work, and I’ll craft that into compelling language that speaks to your audience. My clients are a wide range of executive coaches, healers, acupuncturists, non-profits, and companies. (Check out some past web copy I’ve written here and here.)

Long-Form Projects & Books

I guide writers, thought leaders, and subject matter experts through the process of writing books, book proposals, or long-form projects such as a series of blog posts. My process is a highly-collaborative mix of of coaching and strategic editing that is tailored to each project. I bring a deep familiarity with the publishing industry and a network of designers, editors, and collaborators. (See past books I’ve worked on and learn more about my process here.)


Also, I like to start things. I’m the co-creator or co-founder of:

  • The 18 Somethings Project, a writing adventure to activate your creativity that has always been virtual.
  • Index/Fist, a creative collective that publishes handmade magazines.
  • Ashreinu, an independent spiritual community in St. Louis.


If you’re interested in working together, I’d love to hear from you. Reach out: hi@carokess.com.

Based on uncededed Ohlone land. She/her/hers.

Photo from Asylum Arts retreat-Stefan Cohen
Photo credit: Stefan Cohen. Photo credit (top): Ethan Goldwater.