Welcome! I’m Suzanne Bowness and I started CodeWord Commnciation in 2002 to provide writing and editing services to a range of clients looking for editorial-minded content, whether it be a website, report, article, blog, magazine, or other project.
I embraced the tagline “words first” editorial more recently, recognizing how those two little words capture my philosophy about creative projects. This solidified for me on a recent magazine project, when I realized my presence was an afterthought to a project where the creative was led by design. Don’t get me wrong, I love design and believe in the power of images, but my heart does sink a bit when I flip through a stunning publication and see words that are, well, less so. I decided that that would be a good moment to stand up for words, and ensure content is just as sharp as design for a stronger overall impact.
I’ve been a writer for 17 years: my author/journalist website is online at www.suzannebowness.com. I started my career at Saturday Night magazine as online editor, and started working independently when that beloved magazine folded. Since starting CodeWord, I’ve worked for clients in many sectors, including higher education, technology, business, and government/non-profit, and tackled projects of many sizes, including magazine editing, article writing, blog posts, brochure copywriting, annual report editing, news release writing, and web content. Formerly, website design was party of my business (hence the origins of my name code+word – clever?), so I am versed in SEO (search engine optimization) and write web content with keywords in mind. For larger projects, I pull together a team of professionals to handle it (years of networking means the email contact list is long and colleagues are at the ready).
My process on most projects begins with a conversation. I offer free consultations, and make the effort to get to know organizations and their challenges. I help to bring new ideas to your communications shop, sharing insights of what has worked for other clients, and, of course, editorial skills developed over writing and editing hundreds of projects. I’m not afraid to speak up when I think a project needs something extra, or brainstorm with clients on better ways to reach readers. Don’t hesitate to contact me about your next project!