Steven Bauer, Writer/Editor at Hollow Tree Literary Services
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.
Frank and Gabi Yetter, Authors
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.
Dave asked the tough questions; suggested twists, additions and approaches we’d not thought of, and 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.
Margarita Gurri, PhD, CSP
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.
Crafting a persuasive business presentation is an art and a science. Dave’s understanding of both sides is extraordinary. If you have a professional communication opportunity, you need a story. If the stakes are high consult with Dave Bricker. I’m glad I did!
George Walther, CSP, CPAE and Barbie Taylor, Authors
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.
Scott LeBlanc, MFA Graphic Designer
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.
Lanny Smith, The Earthman Project
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.
Neal Petersen, Keynote Speaker and Global Investor
I have worked with Dave Bricker for over eight years. His solutions have been incredible and timely, and have helped my companies grow. I highly recommend his services.
Maria Laria, Author and Television Personality
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.
Laurie Guest, 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 drawing the reader in immediately. I recommend him without reservation.
Terrell Monger, Speaker and Pastor
I have never met someone so in touch with the heartbeat of people. He has an uncanny way of putting natural emotions into tangible words that people willingly receive. One conversation helped me define my vision and brand.
Caroline de Posada, 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.
Lee Graham, eLearning Developer and Instructional Design
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.
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.
Marsha Freedman, Speaker
Dave recently designed an eye-catching website for my new program that has received lots of compliments. He is very creative, dependable, and easy to work with. I highly recommend Dave’s services!
Keith Harmeyer, Business Speaker
Dave is highly capable in so many areas, it’s hard to know where to start. An excellent writer, Dave crafts language and stories in unique and compelling ways. He is an editor, designer, professional speaker and trainer who helps others achieve their communication and speaking goals. He’s a heck of a sailor, a pretty darned good jazz guitarist – and also just a smart, nice guy who engages with his colleagues and is always a giving part of the team. I’m privileged to know and work alongside Dave, and highly recommend him for, well, pretty much anything you need.
As a professional speaker, my success is directly impacted by the quality of speeches I give. I had not used a speaking coach before and realized that this was holding back my development. I decided to work with Dave and am elated that I did. Dave is a “hands-on” collaborative coach who delves into the details of your speech line by line. He immersed himself in each word, where to pause, what to emphasize, what gestures to make … everything! Dave helped me create a speech that was 5-10 times more impactful than before and a speech that is now fun for me to deliver. What stands out to me about Dave was his personal commitment to my success. His primary motive was not about making money. I did not feel like I was just a client who was paying him for services. I felt like I had an ally in my corner who was just as concerned about my results as I was. He was also a lot of fun to work with … the process felt less like work and more like play … this increased our creativity too. I HIGHLY recommend Dave to people who care about the impact you have when communicating. He will also help you make this process of growth and development fun!
Liz Cunningham, Author
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.
Robert M. Fisher, Author
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!
Richard Geller, Author
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.
Mace Horoff, Professional Speaker
Dave Bricker has a natural gift for creating compelling stories and helping others to do the same. Most speakers provide similar and appropriate feedback. Dave’s is different. He spots storylines that digress or are incomplete or incongruent. He points out opportunities in the story that could be leveraged for more impact. His abilities amazed me and the others in the room. He can take almost any story and make it relatable to a targeted audience so they believe they can overcome, achieve, or whatever the takeaway lesson is.
Sid Mitchell, Author
All the comments about my book have been extremely favorable: “What a great cover!” “Love the pictures!” “Who did the graphics?”
Jorge E. Sotolongo, Graphic Designer
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.”
Jonathan Wilson, 21st Century Stradivari
Working with Dave is a joy. He is very forward thinking, innovative, intuitive and even handles difficult situations (when they arise) with solution driven optimism and focus. Dave is a talented, upbeat, objective, and inspiring guy and I would not hesitate to recommend him for a wide variety of multimedia endeavors.
W.D. Clarke, Author
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.