Resume

POSITIONS HELD

Editorial Director / Creative Writer / Production Manager / Director of Marketing & Publicity

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

NONFICTION: Autobiography / Biography / Business / How To / Education / Health & Nutrition / Humor & Cartoon / New Age & Inspirational / Parenting / Psychology / Self-Help / Science & Environment / Sports & Fitness.

FICTION: Action & Adventure / Contemporary / Family Saga / Historical Narrative / Humor & Satire / Mystery / Sci-fi Thrillers / Suspense Dramas / Short Stories

EDITORIAL SKILLS

  • Assisting authors through all phases of the editorial process (including personal rewrites on major sections of text to strengthen material).
  • Reorganization of entire manuscripts for continuity and clarity.
  • Concise and unambiguous recommendations for rewrites.
  • Expedient guidelines for authors to improve their writing skills.
  • Effective techniques for: overcoming writer’s block / developing a unique and dynamic writing style.

POST PRODUCTION SKILLS

  • Planning all phases of marketing and P.R.
  • Write media copy and press releases.
  • Coordinate media campaigns.
  • Developing product spin-offs.

PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Possess a keen eye for style, spelling, grammar, consistency, and clarity.
  • Skilled in copy, substantive, and developmental editing.
  • Meticulous, analytical, with superior writing skills.
  • Organized, efficient, flexible, patient and diplomatic.
  • Skilled in prioritizing, cost control and time management.
  • Effective in personal and public relations, and delegation.
  • Comfortable working with people at all levels.
  • Sensitive to a writer’s problems.
  • Completely honest critique—not pacification.
  • Dedicated to producing timely results.

BOOK PRODUCTION SKILLS

  • Managing all book production facets (manuscript selection through delivery to press).
  • Innovative cover design & interior layouts.
  • Create art concepts for illustrators. * Coordinate all facets of book production to insure quality control.
  • Schedule and assign priorities for projects.
  • Lead and manage design and production teams.

PUBLISHED OR PRODUCED WORKS

  • Seven Humor books.
  • Five Self-Help books.
  • Eight spoken word audio cassettes.
  • Twenty-nine ghostwritten fiction & nonfiction works, including screenplays (titles unavailable per confidentiality agreements).
  • Misc. magazine articles, public speeches, promotional brochures, TV and theatrical sketches, professional stand-up comedy material, advertising copy and commercials.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts, English; Wayne State College and Nebraska University (1971).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Booksellers Association.
  • Publishers Marketing Association.
  • Scriptwriters Network.
  • Panelist with Southern California Writing Conferences.
  • Moderator & panelist with IWOSC (Independent Writers Of Southern California).
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