Betty Sederquist has been publishing her feature magazine and newspaper articles and books since 1973. In addition she has taught college-level journalism at Cosumnes River College, El Dorado Center (now Folsom Lake College) in Placerville, California.
Freelance clients have included The Los Angeles Times, Sierra Heritage, Serrano (El Dorado Hills, CA) Motorland (now Via), Sacramento magazine, Bicycling, California Highway Patrolman, Steppin' Out, Westways and California Seasons. (Links contain samples of recent writing.) Since 2004 she has produced and edited a large color tabloid, the Coloma Lotus Guide. The 12- to 16-page annual publication highlights tourism in the Coloma Lotus Valley in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento, California.
Images of America: Coloma. Over a year in the making, this 127-page book of historical photos of the Gold Rush town of Coloma is scheduled for publication in August, 2012. Available for pre-order at Amazon.com (type "Coloma" and "Sederquist" into the search engine) and ArcadiaPublishing.com (type "Coloma" into the search engine)
A Handbook for Global Careers: An International Perspective for the Sacramento Region and Beyond. 2003. Written in conjunction with the Center for International Trade Development (CITD), this 376-page work-for-hire book was researched (with the help of several able interns), written and designed by Betty Sederquist. A series of profiles on individuals pursuing successful international careers supplement the how-to material. Many of her photographs illustrate the text, which addresses several audiences: Sacramento-area students in search of international study and career opportunities; mid-career professionals; and business people in search of international trade opportunities.
Sacramento Region Today/1993-1994. Writer/Editor/Photographer. This 68-page, four-color glossy annual relocation guide with a print run of 20,000 was co-sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Association of Realtors. Assigned stories to freelance writers, did all editing/rewriting; did most of the photography and oversaw production.
The Alaska Catalog. Writer/Editor (byline under former name of Johannsen). Published in June, 1977. This over-sized, 140-page book, modeled after The Whole Earth Catalog, sold 25,000 copies in one year, making a substantial profit for its investors. With designer/partner Clark Mishler, I organized the publishing company to produce the book and was wholly responsible for content.
Anchorage Visitors' Guide. Writer/Photo Editor (byline under former name of Johannsen). Published in 1979. Working on assignment from Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, did all photo research and writing for this low-budget, 64-page four-color book.
Alaska Farms and Gardens. Writer (byline under former name of Johannsen).Written in 1979, published in 1985. Again on assignment from Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, wrote a how-to book on how to raise fruits and vegetables in the North.
Facts About Alaska. Writer/Editor (byline under former name of Johannsen). Published in 1978. For this reference book, annually produced by Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, I doubled the size of the previous edition, researching and writing a reference book about 120 pages long.
Exploring Alaska's Mount McKinley National Park. Associate Editor. Published in 1976 by Alaska Travel Publications Inc. Handled research, photo selection and much of the writing on this completely revised second edition of a regional guidebook about Alaska's most popular national park. Length: approximately 300 pages.
Exploring Katmai National Monument. Assistant Editor (byline under former name of Johannsen). Published in 1975 by Alaska Travel Publications Inc. I was assigned by the publisher to salvage a poorly written first draft of this regional guidebook, about a national monument (now a national park) in western Alaska.
Exploring Alaska's Prince William Sound. Co-author. (byline under former name of Johannsen). Published in 1975 by Alaska Travel Publications Inc. This 300-page book represented an exhaustive pioneering research effort, as little had been previously published about this region east of Anchorage.
A few links that fellow writers might find interesting:
Librarians' Index to the Internet: Huge resources on just about anything
The English Server: Lots of public-domain books online and other literature-related resources
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations: A searchable database of the famous book
ISBN Home Page. If you're self-publishing, or you just want to know about the book distribution process, take a look at this all-important page
Resources for Writers and Teachers is just that, with links that go on forever...
University of California MELVYL search form: Access to the millions of documents available through the campuses of the University of California and the California State Library. This one's a real powerhouse for researchers.
Fiction Writing Articles on the Internet: Marketing, writing techniques and just plain comfort for writers.