About Blue Pencil Consulting
Kathleen M. Victory Hannisian, owner of Blue Pencil Consulting, offers clients over 30 years of experience as a writer and editor, and helps businesses and individuals create effective, polished communications. Clients say they enjoy working with Kate because of her editing wizardry, her keen attention to detail coupled with deep insights about the big picture, and her coaching ability to get people who believed they couldn’t write a book or an article to a place where they understand that they really can write.
Prior to starting her own business, Kate enjoyed a successful 17-year career as a journalist, writing and editing business-to-business and business-to-consumer newsletters on sustainable development and business issues, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and personal finance. She served as editor of Business and the Environment (Cutter Information Corp), Merger Management Report, Bankers Middle Market Lending Letter, and Donoghue’s MONEYLETTER. Kate was also a contributing editor for the Bowne Review for CFOs & Investment Bankers.
In addition to her work with clients, Kate is an affiliated faculty member at Emerson College in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department, where she has taught copyediting and book publishing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has taught workshops on business communication, social media, marketing, publicity, writing, and publishing for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Shorenstein Center, the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, North Shore Community College, the North Shore Business Forum, the Homebased Businesswomen’s Network, the Beverly Chamber of Commerce, and Boston Women Connect.
Kate is a member of Grub Street (www.grubstreet.org), the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce (http://greaterbeverlychamber.com/), the North Shore Business Forum (www.nsbforum.org), the North Shore Networking Association (https://www.facebook.com/northshorenetworking/timeline), and the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore (www.ceans.org). Kate also served as the Publicity Chair for the Homebased Businesswomen’s Network (www.h-b-n.org) and edited the group’s monthly email newsletter.
Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Speech Communications from Boston College.
Kate held her first “literary salon” before the age of two (see photo), and has been writing and editing professionally since her college days. She began writing poetry in grade school, then switched to writing imitations of Nancy Drew mysteries. A 17-year stint in journalism left no time for novel-writing, but once she switched to freelancing, she began again and now has three novels drafted and in various stages of revision. Kate tries to write straight historical novels, but they all end up veering into the supernatural…