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About Dave Bricker


grammarAn award-winning writer, author, editor, and consultant, I offer guidance with eloquent writing and smart publishing strategies. My practice revolves around, “helping remarkable people tell remarkable stories.”

on-benchAs a marketer and MFA graphic designer, I create powerful visual communications, engaging on-screen user experiences, and effective promotions. The lost art of traditional book design is among my creative specialties. My <PubML>® technology brings rich media eBooks to the open web, and empowers anyone to create beautiful eBooks with WordPress.

teachingA university teacher for 15 years, My programs and workshops include such topics as Write Right Now: Crafting Powerful Prose, Publish Your Book, All About EBooks, and Finding Your Story.

in-riggingWhile sailing thousands of solo miles and crossing the Atlantic in small boats, I developed my appreciation for storytelling. I help clients and audiences find and tell their stories to add power and magic to life and business.

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Books by Dave Bricker

The Story Story: A Voyage Through the Islands of Connections and Engagement for Writers, Speakers, Professionals, and Visionaries is a story about storytelling. Too many books have been written ABOUT storytelling. But if stories are so powerful, why not use a story to teach about stories? This is a non-fiction business book wrapped in a novel.


If you’re unsure whether to include a Preface, a Foreword, or a Prologue in your book, or don’t know what an Epigraph or a Colophon are, The Publisher’s Guide to Book Anatomy is for you.


The Writer’s Guide to Powerful Prose was created to teach you today what you can practice for the rest of your life. Read, learn, and grow. You’ll be a better writer by the time you finish this book.


On the surface, The Blue Monk is a memoir that recalls how I came to love sailing, joined a unique community of misunderstood people at Dinner Key Anchorage and sailed away to enjoy a life of carefree adventure. The book also provides an account of a special slice of Miami history that would otherwise remain unrecorded. But The Blue Monk is not really about me; who wants to read a book by an author who can write about himself for hundreds of pages? Blue Monk is a book about something much larger than myself. I am but the narrator. My experiences sailing alone on a small boat were sometimes terrifying and frequently beautiful. Often, they were an odd combination of both. The Blue Monk is the story of an encounter with the remarkable world that lies just beyond the horizon of what we believe is possible and deep within each of us.


Hanns is a restless engineer, photographer and film-maker ready for his next adventure. Tino is a brilliant painter and flamenco guitarist. Anna is an uninhibited dressmaker and chocolatier who delights in life’s absurdities. Antonio is an amateur bullfighter determined to prove himself in the ring.When inexplicable circumstances bring them together, they are catapulted off on a whimsical expedition to Southern Spain to create a documentary film and search for a magic guitar. Along with Kalimba; the son of an African witch doctor and a Christian missionary, the unlikely group journeys to music shops, island anchorages, gypsy camps, bull rings and bedrooms to discover the rules for breaking the rules.

Dave Bricker’s first novel, The Dance, is a joyful, sexy, humorous and provocative excursion that leaves few traditions unquestioned as its unusual cast of characters brazenly steals a peek under the skirts of life’s magic to revel in its mystery.


An epic sea story written by an experienced sailor, Waves is a colorful, authentic account of an extraordinary voyage.Hanns sails a 47′ cruising trimaran to the Caribbean through a realm of transcendent beauty. Trusting instinct and nature’s signs, he survives storms and reefs to find paradise threatened by the very people drawn to its magic; a poignant allegory for our times.


Dave Bricker’s third novel, Currents continues the remarkable voyages of Hanns as he sails the Caribbean, determined to enjoy life to the fullest.

Underwater volcanoes, a broken rudder, rainforest business ventures, a trip to New York in a leaky freighter and a ride with a jealous captain keep this vivid adventure moving as dark forces gather beyond the horizon to challenge Hanns to a deadly game.

Written by an experienced sailor, Currents is as much a story of the human spirit as an epic, authentic sailing adventure.


It has never been easier to publish and market your own books, but success depends on good writing, quality production and hard work.

The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing offers a solid overview of what’s involved in getting your book printed, distributed and promoted in paper and e-book formats.

(This book was published in 2010, and is out of date. See my blog for information on writing, publishing, and book design.)


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As a writer and storyteller, I didn’t really think I needed a book editor. Boy was I wrong! And what a gem I found in Dave Bricker! I never realized just how good my book would become until Dave put his magic spin on it. Not only did he work wonders with the writing and structure of the content, he did an excellent job on the layout. And on top of that, he designed my contextual models for worksheets and postcards to use in conjunction with my book in programs and workshops. He was easy to work with, and didn’t just meet my deadlines – he beat them. I can’t sing his praises enough, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for premium editing and graphic design services. Five stars.

—Kelly Swanson
Motivational Speaker, Comedian, Author of The Story Formula and Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale

Dave Bricker is a treasure! Brilliant, honorable, hard-working, and quick-witted, his artistic sensibilities and graphic expertise make him a force of nature for any professional speaker. Author, Graphic Artist, Musician, and Software guru, he is the cornerstone of all my editing, publishing, and marketing needs. I am blessed to say that we have become friends and writing partners with our book, The Ethical Speaker. Dave even created a song to compliment The Ethical Speaker course created for Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) applicants at the National speakers Association Influence 2016.

—Margarita Gurri, PhD, CSP

What is so important to me about Dave Bricker’s work is his ability to edit my words to sound so much better yet still keep my voice. He has such a talent for making the text pop off the page and draw the reader in immediately. I recommend him without reservation.

—Laurie Guest, Speaker

I had the privilege of meeting Dave at the National Speakers Association Annual Convention in 2015. I could not have fathomed then the relationship that was to come. Dave is now my editor, graphic designer, and friend. He has transformed my writing and teaches me more about the English language than years of expensive education. His creative mind opens my eyes to design that I otherwise could not see. I am fortunate to have him on my team.

—Caroline de Posada, Speaker

Dave recently designed an eye-catching website for my new program, The SET Principle, that has received lots of compliments. He is very creative, dependable, and easy to work with. I highly recommend Dave’s services!

—Marsha Freedman, Speaker

Dave was the erudite, accessible, and so human English professor that I never had.

The editing of my book was a true collaborative effort, and the re-design of the book cover was brilliant: I am so happy with the results.

I advanced my writing skills, and acquired a new friend!

—Robert M. Fisher, Author

Dave Bricker is a man of honor who has a deep passion for cutting edge excellence in his work. His commitment to creating our innovative Eco website, and to being a major part of the creative team for our powerful environmental music videos, is a reflection of his integrity and compassion. I am proud to call him a professional colleague, and more importantly, a friend.

—Lanny Smith, The Earthman Project

Dave Bricker is probably more knowledgeable about more subjects than anyone I’ve ever met. Combine that with an acute eye for design and a seemingly endless supply of energy and I count myself lucky to have had Dave as my thesis advisor for my MFA in Graphic Design. He’s a software guru who possesses an expert level understanding of design history, marketing, typography, communication, and digital publishing. He’s also a very humble, down to earth, and all-around inspirational guy to work with.

—Scott LeBlanc, MFA Graphic Designer

Dave’s work demonstrates the enviable ability to design not merely functional sites, but ones that tell compelling stories. Unlike so many others, the first thing he did was to read my books. It was immediately apparent he understood what I was about. We’ve been working together ever since.

—Richard Geller, Author, Poet, Instructional Designer

All the comments about my book have been extremely favorable: “What a great cover!” “Love the pictures!” “Who did the graphics?”

—Sid Mitchell, Author / Archivist

A good design, in addition to emotionally touching the audience, should be honest, transparent and effective. Dave is one of the most effective artists I know, as a musician, designer, writer and teacher. He helped me take design to the next level.”

—Jorge E. Sotolongo, MA Graphic Designer

Dave Bricker’s editing style strikes a unique balance between rigorous attention to detail and acute mindfulness of the larger forces at work in a piece of writing, such as narrative structure and the power of storytelling. His immense enthusiasm for the writing process and the possibilities inherent in the written word, his commitment to excellence and his extensive experience as an editor and graphic designer make him an exceptional editor.

—Liz Cunningham, Author

Why work with Dave Bricker?

While laboring through the final draft of our first co-written book, my wife and I decided to hire an editor to help us polish the work and make it more presentable to the public. We’re both experienced journalists and are therefore well aware that everyone needs an editor, and that no work is exempt from the need for a sharp editor’s eye and pen.

We searched around online, found a few people that seemed good fits for our book and our somewhat quirky personalities, then chose Dave.

What a smart decision.

Dave asked the tough questions that needed posing; suggested twists, additions and approaches we’d not thought of, and generally made us better writers in the process. Thanks to Dave, I’ve remembered writing tips long forgotten and have a bunch of new arrows to deploy from my writer’s quiver on future projects.

Dave made our book better, our writing clearer, more precise and accurate, and he even deftly navigated the linguistic landmines coaching my British wife and me on which spellings to use. It was clearly a labo(u)r of perspicacity, if not genuine concern.

He’s also a genuinely good guy, fun and smart. Hire him. We’re certainly glad we did.

—Frank Yetter No phone, no address check us out at themeanderthals.com

I asked Dave to design and publish a client’s book. Dave’s work was a revelation; his book design—his sense of what a page should be like, his typesetting and choice of font, his ornaments, and his cover—showed a remarkable sensitivity to my client’s work and was absolutely beautiful, to boot. He involved me as an editor every step of the way, letting me see what he had done and cheerfully making changes at my request. As well, he must have read the typeset copy a dozen times, searching for errors that I had missed. The end result was elegant without being showy, perfectly in tune with the book’s mood, and a joy both to hold and to read. My client was absolutely delighted, and so was I. I highly recommend Dave as a book designer and publisher. And he also writes a mean sentence.

—Steven Bauer, Writer/Editor at Hollow Tree Literary Services

Dave is an excellent trainer. While I was at KeyStone Learning Systems, Dave authored an ActionScript for Designers course for the company. Dave displayed a definite talent for writing and teaching. He went beyond the scope of just teaching “how-to-use” the program and into real world application.

—Lee Graham, eLearning Developer and Instructional Designer

I have worked with Spot Grafix and Dave Bricker for over five years on my two business websites and all my branding from business cards to info sheets to thank you cards. His solutions have been incredible and timely, and have helped my companies grow. I highly recommend his services.

—Neal Petersen, Keynote Speaker and Global Investor

Authors typically acknowledge various agents, editors, publicists, and publishers. In our case, abundant appreciation goes to one multi-talented individual who expertly navigated every phase of this book project: Dave Bricker. He invested passion in each detail of our publishing project, masterfully impacted our work, and performed artistry with our book design. He’s brilliant, precise, prompt, and reliable. We trusted Dave’s judgment on aspects of this project that were well beyond our expertise. He’s a praiseworthy partner whom we appreciate greatly and recommend highly.

—Barbie Taylor & George Walther, Authors

Dave Bricker is first of all an excellent author, editor, graphic designer and marvelous human being. His diligence, passion, talent, patience, and competence in his work leaves any beginning author like myself highly satisfied. Dave is not only a pleasure to work with, but his perfectionist technique is a marvelous asset that surpasses any author’s expectations. He not only edits, suggests, and corrects, but will give you a wise, honest opinion when asked. His designs are symbolic, classy and will portray your story with detail and taste. You will never find another Dave Bricker. And, you will miss him greatly when the book is published.

—Maria Laria, Author and Television Personality

I truly enjoyed working with Dave on the process of getting my novel White Mythology ready for print — he somehow transforms the plodding, meticulous job of generating and correcting the proof into a joyous interaction, a meeting of minds even. His no-nonsense approach is leavened with a dry sense of humour, and he is as easy-going as he is hard working. But if you are considering working with Dave, above all else hire him for his eye, for his aesthetic sensibility. His work on my cover floored me, and I will not work with any other interior designer than he.

—W.D. Clarke, Author

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