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 W h o   W e   A r e
Jonas Weisel & Associates is a writing and editing services business, based in Santa Rosa, California. The company is owned and operated by Jonas Weisel, and has the capability to subcontract work with other skilled writers for overflow writing, and with professional graphic artists for graphics production and layout.

My Background

I have more than 25 years experience writing marketing materials and technical communications in a variety of business settings—including corporate, agency, and independent contracting. In addition, I have ten years experience as an editor in the publishing industry.

Bolt Beranek & Newman

I began my career as a senior editor for Bolt Beranek & Newman (BBN), a leading consulting firm located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and specializing in acoustics and computer science. BBN was known as the “third university” of Cambridge, because so many students from Harvard and MIT went to work for the company after graduation. BBN designed the acoustic architecture for the top concert halls throughout the world. In addition, the company conducted advanced computer science research, including development of ARPANET, the first Internet network, in the late 1960s and the first email system in 1972. As a senior editor, I wrote, edited, and managed the production of marketing materials, technical reports, and government proposals.

California Book Publishing

For more than eight years, I worked as an independent contractor in the northern California publishing industry. In this capacity I edited and rewrote books for the top college textbook and trade publishing houses in the Bay Area—including Wadsworth, Addison Wesley, McGraw-Hill, and the University of California Press.

Wm. Nesbit & Associates

I served for 12 years as contract manager and eventually senior vice president for a 15-person marketing communications agency, Wm Nesbit & Associates (WN&A). There I was responsible for coordinating the production of a wide range of marketing publications—among them brochures, newsletters, annual reports, product sheets, magazine articles and web content. I was also responsible for developing new business, managing contracts, preparing budgets, and setting schedules.

Jonas Weisel & Associates

In 1999, I established my own writing and editing agency. The agency specializes in publication of marketing collateral in energy, medicine, and other high-tech fields, as well as in the winery industry. I am responsible for the majority of writing and editing, and I work with a network of skilled graphic designers and layout specialists in order to offer the full spectrum of publication services.

I was awarded the Artists Fellowship for Fiction, an annual award from the Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation, in 1977, and am currently writing my first novel.

Professional associations in which I am a member include: editcetera (a Bay Area collaborative of professional writers and editors), Bookbuilders (a national association of publishing professionals), and the Society for Technical Communication (a national association of technical writers).

I have a BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and an MA from the University of Leicester, Leicester, England.

Jonas Weisel & Associates
3932 Mayette Avenue   Santa Rosa, CA  95405
Phone: 707.575.9120   Fax: 707.575.9125
Email:  jonas@sonic.net