Writer #13441
Bronx, NY
5 Star Rating
46 Love Lists
99 Clients
167,000 Words
Rachel is an indie game developer, writer, and consultant. An experienced entrepreneurship and general business writer, her consulting business is tailored to professional development for indie developers and other creative professionals. In addition to serving clients in need of professional development and work-life balance, Rachel also works with companies who wish to do business with game developers and professional sector workers who need assistance in acquiring and retaining game developer clients. She has helped tax offices, attorneys, and insurance brokers sell several thousand dollars worth of services through both her sales and writing skills.

Having formed the business curriculum at Playcrafting NYC, the tristate area's hub for education and business development for interactive entertainment professionals, Rachel teaches courses on general business, taxation, crowdfunding, and fanbase growth. Her Basics of Business course sold out on its first run, breaking 2014 sales records. Her game studio also Kickstarted six figures for an indie adventure game, so she is a frequently sought-out speaker on crowdfunding and a registered expert witness for Thomson Reuters in the fields of crowdfunding liability and tax law for game developers.

Rachel has written content for gaming industry rags, user acquisition firms, companies trying to do business with game developers, tax offices, lifestyle blogs, and much more. In addition to her work teaching at and writing content for Playcrafting as well as her own blog and newsletter plus private clients, she has the distinction of making the front page of noted industry rag Gamasutra virtually every time she submitted content.

Rachel is also a licensed tax professional (Enrolled Agent) and has a decade of tax practice experience ranging from retail tax preparation to white-shoe firm, and solo practice. She worked with Prometric and high-ranking IRS directors in developing the Enrolled Agent exam for three years running, determining minimum competency requirements for Enrolled Agents along with creating and editing exam content. She also worked with Pearson to develop educational tax law content for use in online adult education programs.

Upon leaving the tax associate track behind and wanting to help other game makers, she wrote the very first taxation guide tailored just for indie developers with full citations for tax and legal professional use, The Definitive Guide to Taxes For Indie Game Developers.

Her classes, writing, and books have received strong praise for explaining high-level tax and financial concepts in an accessible and often humorous matter that the audience relates to.

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Highlights

Endorsements
6
Orders
251
Last Login
12/5/16
Samples
11

Rachel P's Humor Industry Experience

6 Projects Completed

Rachel has worked on short humor writing projects including nostalgia pieces and personal essays. She has written for entertainment and gaming publications in addition to websites that offer commentary on hilarious pictures. She loves to make people laugh and put them at ease.

Industry Projects

  • Marketing20+
  • Business20+
  • Tax20+
  • Finance20+
  • Technology10+
  • Gaming10+
  • Self Help7
  • Humor6
  • Career4

Summary of Industry Experience

Marketing

Rachel has worked on a variety of marketing projects ranging from crowdfunding campaign management to email marketing copy. She is best-suited to content marketing, blogging, email copy and campaigns, and press releases. She also enjoys writing blogs and articles about traditional and digital marketing, particularly grassroots and guerrilla forms of marketing. Rachel's marketing expertise helped a client grow his email list by 150%, and helped another client raise six figures on Kickstarter.

Business

Rachel frequently writes about general business for private clients as well as her own blog, and has written content for several different business projects ranging from site copy and formal business correspondence to articles and blog posts about small business, entrepreneurship, management practices, taxes, and funding.

Tax

Contributor to Tax Pro Journal and private clients analyzing tax law, writing about tax law changes and administration, and tax research with authoritative citations. Rachel has written WriterAccess' guide on how to create content that both tax professionals and their clients care about, and she can write both for other tax professionals and audiences who have little or no understanding of taxation issues. Her most proficient tax law practice areas are in non-resident aliens and ITIN issues, small business and freelancer taxation, R&D, and worker classification issues and the sharing economy. Rachel wrote her master's thesis on worker misclassification suits and stakeholder theory.

Finance

Rachel is a licensed tax law specialist (Enrolled Agent) with two accounting degrees, she has written about personal finance topics for private clients. These topics include IRAs, taxes, investments, real estate, and insurance.

Technology

Rachel has written blog posts and articles for IT companies and creative agencies representing them, primarily about malware, cybersecurity, mobile vulnerability, and how IT departments can effectively communicate with management.

Gaming

Rachel is a well-known contributor to blogs and industry rags on both artistic and business aspects of making games for a living as an indie developer, particularly on the general business and taxation aspects. She has written for mobile acquisition firms, game developer collectives, and gaming websites. She can write for other game developers, the people wishing to do business with them, and gamers themselves.

Self Help

Rachel has written self-help and lifestyle blog posts and e-books primarily for entrepreneurs, game developers, creative professionals, career women, and people trying to start their lives over again. Her writing has been praised by both clients and readers for providing clarity and inspiration. In addition to her own blog, she has ghost-written self-help books and lifestyle articles for prominent game development publications.

Humor

Rachel has worked on short humor writing projects including nostalgia pieces and personal essays. She has written for entertainment and gaming publications in addition to websites that offer commentary on hilarious pictures. She loves to make people laugh and put them at ease.

Career

Rachel has written about career moves primarily in the gaming and financial industries for private clients, her own blog, and sponsored content. She focuses on freelancers, flex work, abrupt career changes, and finding alternative sources of income.

Product Projects

  • Blog Post100+
  • Newsletter Content6
  • Book3

Summary of Product Experience

Blog Post

Rachel has written business blog posts for her game development collective in addition to writing her own blog at Sonic Toad, drawing upon experience running a studio and seeking funding. She has both written and taught classes for them about funding for games, business models for game sales, crowdfunding, taxation, and other professional development aspects for indie developers.

Newsletter Content

Rachel knows what makes for engaging quality newsletter content. She was in charge of writing the newsletter when she worked at a white-shoe tax law firm and drastically increased their open and click-through rates. Rachel has also achieved an impressive 40% average open rate with her own mailing list so she knows what subject lines and headers you need to make people want to open up your emails. She can write targeted and segmented email content, blast emails, and assist you with a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter strategy.

Book

Rachel has ghost-written business and marketing books with her most recent project being a chapter based on an interview with an online reputation management expert.

She also self-published a 130-page Kindle book (about 250 in KENP) that is the very first taxation guide strictly for indie game developers: The Definitive Guide to Taxes for Indie Game Developers. This book delves into both the business environment and lifestyle of the average American game developer and goes beyond income tax fundamentals and deep dives into how funding methods for games are taxed, having international development team members, structuring companies, tax planning based on the typical development cycle of an indie developer, R&D incentives, and much more. It is the first book of its kind and contains over 10 pages of authoritative citations from the Internal Revenue Code, Revenue Rulings and Procedures, Treasury Regulations, Tax Court cases, and Supreme Court cases to benefit three different audiences: indie developers in need of audit defense material if they go the self-prepared route, indie developers sharing the book with their tax professional who may not understand the games industry, and tax professionals who would like to capitalize on the fast-growing game developer client base as many have not grasped the lifestyle and business environment of the average indie developer.

While this book is self-published, Rachel had it professionally edited by an editor with over 20 years of experience in legal and financial reference books and the cover art done by a games artist and illustrator.

Fully utilizing the Kindle system from the publisher's perspective is a whole other skill in itself she may be able to assist you or your client with and is available for consulting on this matter.

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