Andrew J. Sass
N.B., Most of the writing I have developed over the past few years has related to my career as a children’s book author. I have also laid out writing I produced for various tech companies for whom I worked on both a full-time and contract basis, linking to examples when available.
Thought Leadership Blog Post (writing sample – never published)
- The Shuttering of Inkyard Press is a Plot Twist—Not the Climax—in the Story of Children’s and YA Publishing
- TIME magazine: I’m a Nonbinary Author of Youth Literature. J.K. Rowling’s Comments on Gender Identity Reinforced My Commitment to Better Representation
- Hachette Book Group guest article: All paths to self-discovery are valid, however winding
- LGBTQReads guest post: Uncertainty as Opportunity: Why It’s Okay To Not Know Everything About Your Identity Right Away
- Jewish Book Council: Little Nods and Food For Thought: Integrating Jewish Characters and Judaism into Middle Grade Novels
- The Nerdy Book Club: Changing Landscapes and Shifting Friendships
- A Novel Mind: On The Challenge of Shifting Plans (Autism, Anxiety)
- School Library Journal: Worlds Apart: A. J. Sass on Researching the Barcelona Setting for Ellen Outside the Lines
- We Need Diverse Books: Balancing Authentic and Accessible Autism Representation
- From the Mixed Up Files: Celebrating—And Fighting For—Queer Joy (co-written with Nicole Melleby)
- School Library Journal: Playing to our Strengths—And Other Insights on Co-Authoring a Novel (co-written with Nicole Melleby)
How to articles
- Susan Dennard’s newsletter guest post: How They Write a Novel: Bonus Lesson with A.J. Sass
As an editor at Justia, I spearheaded the development of the LGBTQ+ Legal Resource Center, which included building an outline of relevant topics, researching and writing pages with engaging and understandable copy, and drafting a comprehensive and searchable Q&A of commonly asked questions.
At Justia, I also developed and created content for the company’s in-house employee and client-facing newsletters, spotlighting Justia employees and clients to create human interest pieces, highlighting new features and products Justia was launching, and providing resources of interest to our client base.
At Justia and Softonic, I managed social media networks, creating short- and longer-form copy to engage users and keep them up to date on relevant news, product launches, and company milestones.
Older blog posts
As a content editor at Softonic, I wrote blog posts on breaking news, game reviews, and software how-tos, in adherence with a content calendar on which I collaborated with the rest of my team. (N.B., these posts were written prior to my transition and appear under my former name.)