Helping nonfiction authors write better books
I provide coaching and editing services for authors creating works in the following content areas: social sciences, music (jazz) studies, environment/nature, holistic health, green technology, and other progressive ideas.
My cross-industry, real-world experience includes editing and writing for national magazines, a technical book publisher, a higher-education consulting firm, a federal agency, a training company, and the avionics and IT systems sectors. My goal is to make the writing process productive yet fun and fulfilling.
How May I Help You?
Helping you create your best work—from start to finish or jumping in as needed. Identifying target audiences, developing outlines, reviewing chapters, mentoring, and more.
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A long and winding road, perhaps
B.A. in Economics
Turned down a scholarship to be a music major (bassoon). I still rue that decision, but life goes on. Majored in economics for a reason I cannot remember. Minored in English which was much more in my wheelhouse.
M.A. in English
After almost two years of selling auto insurance in an inbound call center I simply couldn't take it anymore. So I went back to school. My focus areas were sociolinguistics and American dialects, with independent studies in monosemy theory with Dr. Charles Ruhl. Had Ph.D. aspirations but my research interests were too wacky, I guess (discovering simple, abstract meanings of vowel-formant frequencies via extrapolated proto-language akin to IndoEuropean).
Co-founder and Multimedia Developer, Sage Island
After a few years in retail bookstore management, I moved into the burgeoning world of e-learning. First stop: a now-defunct company that developed training for the-pulp-and-paper industry (oh, the joys of the Flexo Folder Gluer machine!). After that, I helped start up Sage Island—then, a training and software development company for hospitals, hospice, and long-term care facilities; now, a web marketing outfit.
Program Development Specialist, NOAA
Seeking new challenges, I accepted a position with NOAA's Coastal Services Center as a one-person e-learning development team. Lots of smart, friendly, and dedicated folks there. I also taught web content design workshops across the country, assisted other instructors, and participated in a variety of software dev projects, conferences and events.
Senior Technical Writer, DataPath & Rockwell Collins
Family obligations and a desire to do something completely different led me to DataPath, a SATCOM software and hardware company (and defense contractor). Here I wrote and edited many technical manuals and spent my days working in a dedicated software development team—from the comfort of home. A bit of a strange phase for a peacenik environmentalist, I confess.
Rockwell Collins purchased DataPath and a bit later laid off 500 or so employees to make the books look a bit better. Shareholder value über alles! Thus, I picked up various freelance writing and editing gigs for roughly a year as I figured out the next phase. It was a blessing in disguise.
Developmental Editor, Manning Publications
This was my entry to the world of developmental editing, and a fine one at that. For roughly a year I helped software programmers become authors of high-quality books on a variety of computer-related subjects. I interacted with talented people, both at Manning and in the world of software development.
QA Analyst, Fire Engine RED
Fire Engine RED is a small but innovator provider of student search services for leading colleges and universities across the country. My QA role included a wide range of copy editing and QA reviews of emails, online forms and applications, and printer proofs—everything gone over with a fine-toothed comb at multiple stages of the development process.
Associate Editor, Madavor Media
This was an experience for which I'll forever be grateful. A guy who loves jazz and enjoys birding becomes the associate editor of JazzTimes and BirdWatching magazines, respected publications featuring content from the best writers in their fields.
Editing, Coaching, Writing
Looking forward to working with you!