JODY DYER, Crippled Beagle Publishing
​I've loved writing since I was a child. In this 1990 photo my beloved crippled beagle Bell keeps me company as I daydream on paper. Each of us is imperfect. Bell had backward knees, but a calm disposition and sweet nature made her an all-time favorite pet. Each of us is imperfect, but each of us has a story to tell, whether it's a well-written essay, persuasive speech, eulogy, novel, adoption story, or first book. I welcome the opportunity to help you communicate your unique message in a powerful way.

​Contact me at or 865.414.4017.

I look forward to helping you tell your story.

Ghostwriter - editor - publisher

I find great joy in helping people of all ages capture in words what they want to communicate. ​Hire me to ghostwrite, freelance, edit, and/or publish:
  • Articles
  • Adoption and birth stories
  • Speeches
  • Marketing content
  • Press releases
  • Books
  • Eulogies
  • Curriculum

author - speaker

With my own work, I write and speak to enlighten, encourage, and entertain. In my speaking engagements, stories, blog, and books, I use laughter and compassion to help people "think outside the barn" and SEE MORE. When speaking, ​​I customize messages to match audience demographics and each organization's needs/purposes. I work with groups of all sizes including book clubs, church groups, civic clubs, high school classes, faculties, senior centers, small business owners, teacher in-service sessions, sororities, professional practices, corporations, and fundraising event audiences.  While many topics are of a serious nature, I'm a humorist at heart. No matter the topic, I work hard to bring insight and inspiration through candid talk and engaging anecdotes.

Past speaking topics:
Think outside the barn
Crossing the digital divide
Be a contributor, not a consumer
Everyone has something to teach others
Adoption is an attitude
"Wide" open adoption
Be specific in your support of others
No one should grieve alone
Infertility sucks
Walk a mile in her bra
Be the band, not the coach
Adventures in self-publishing
​Empathy and Profit
It doesn't cost a dime to be a gentleman

Tutor - fundraiser

TEACHER: As a certified teacher in multiple content areas, I welcome students of all ages who struggle with language arts and composition. Raised by a veteran English teacher, I value the improvement one-on-one help offers. I work with students all year. Allow me to help your child acquire confidence by refining his or her writing skills.
  • Essays
  • Summer reading book clubs for teens
  • Research papers: planning, pacing, outlines, content, grammar, mechanics
  • Speeches

​FUNDRAISER: As an entrepreneur, I combine my backgrounds in financial industry business management and public school education to help groups, clubs, and student bodies of all types and sizes raise money to support their missions through my Anthology Project. ​ Participants compose, proof, edit, and design their own creative work in the form of a printed anthology. Your group's participation can be as simple or complex as you like. I provide step-by-step instructions, consultation, editing, and publishing services from the introduction to the book launch celebration and sales process. Contact me at to bring this dynamic, exciting project to your group or school.

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to helping you.

​​"Thinking outside the barn." Photo courtesy of Dorothy Maxwell​

Contact me at or 865.414.4017.