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Jennifer Hazard hired at Islandport Press

10/01/2013

Freelance writer, popular blogger to work as assistant editor

Veteran freelance writer and popular family blogger Jennifer Hazard has joined Islandport Press as an assistant editor. She will work directly with authors on publicity and events and handle marketing and editorial projects with a special emphasis on increasing the company's presence and effectiveness on social media.

Hazard, who lives in Cumberland, joins the Maine-based book publishing company as it moves to increase the number of titles it releases each year and expands in advance of its 15th anniversary. The company recently moved to a new larger building that combines its editorial offices and warehouse in one location.

"We are thrilled to find someone with Jennifer's skills and range of experience to join our team," said Dean L. Lunt, Islandport Press publisher. "Jennifer brings excellent writing and editing skills as well as social media experience. She has helped create content and shape the messaging and look at some major companies that, like Islandport, work to develop a strong individual identity."

Hazard is the editor and founder of the blog, Cute Potato, which highlights family-friendly events, shops, and restaurants throughout Maine. Her success with Cute Potato has lead to appearances on Good Day Maine (Fox News 23) and 207 (WCSH-6).

At Islandport Press, one of Hazard's first major projects will be to help with the design and content creation of the company's new website, which will launch in November.

Hazard has previously developed content for Martha Stewart Living, Toys "R" Us, and most recently, L.L.Bean. In addition, her writing has appeared in The Food Network Magazine, Maine Magazine, and Vermont Life. She has also worked as a columnist for the Portland-based magazine, The Maine Switch, and the Portland Press Herald's parenting magazine, Raising Maine.

She received her B.A. in English from Providence College and an M.A. from William Paterson University's creative writing program. Hazard says,

"I'm thrilled to be a part of a local press, and I look forward to Islandport's continued growth and success."