I won journalism awards in three different genres:
—Daily Newspaper, Best Daily Personality Profile, for my feature on poet Emily Dickinson.
—Magazine, Public Service/Consumer Advocacy, for my analysis of nonprofit CEO pay.
—Daily Newspaper, Business, Financial and Technological, for my story on Mail Boxes Etc.
My other career highlights include:
—A term as national vice president for the National Writers Union, a group devoted to protecting writers’ copyrights and promoting their careers. During my tenure the NWU won its precedent-setting lawsuit, Tasini versus New York Times, which bans illegal online use of published work.
—A three-year stint covering the media, writing and editing articles about censorship, diversity and the business of media, for a CBS-owned Web site.
—Four years reporting in Japan, covering culture and business.
—Two years as managing editor of a national computer magazine.
—Two years as technology reporter for a national newspaper.
—Oportunities to shoot and publish cover and inside photographs for magazines, as well as to direct magazine design and layout (as a part of reporting and editing duties).
—A fellowship awarded by the National Press Foundation in Washington, D.C., where I went to study business and economic reporting.
—An invitation to guest lecture at the University of New Mexico, on how to earn a living as a freelance writer and editor.
—Two invitations to guest lecture to the professional writing students at San Diego State University.
—An invitation to Germany to teach my copywrited seminar, "Riveting Writing," about clear and concise business writing.
—A successful freelance career with long lists of publications (see Bibliography) and corporate clients such as SAP, Qualcomm, Intel, Accenture and Siemens.
—Membership in highly regarded professional organizations including the Authors' Guild, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Press Club.
—Ongoing attendance at writing, technology and business conferences, both to report on them and to gain education.
—A week of in-depth study at the Fine Arts Workshop in Provincetown, Mass., as well as continuing education via various writers retreats and conferences around the country.
I started my career with an English degree from the University of New Mexico and a year of graduate study in literary criticism, tools which gave me a solid background in the classics and no useful professional knowledge whatsoever.
After realizing that nobody outside academia cared about “deconstructive theory,” I decided to stick to my plan to become a writer anyway. I vowed to tackle practical topics until I become seasoned enough to attempt “literature.” There were other pressing matters on my mind at the start of my career—making enough money to buy food, for instance.
For 15 years I slogged through a series of jobs as staff writer, writer, reporter, managing editor and editor. Finally I arrived at exactly where I'd always dreamed of being—alone in a room with two computers, three telephones and 10,000 books.
I am the co-author of a full-length book, author of five short books, and have published more than 1,000 articles in some 30 magazines and newspapers. I am a book editor, a magazine editor, a corporate editor and a literary journal editor. I have written on topics such as technology, business and economics, culture and media. To keep my mind fresh and my career moving forward, I developed specialties over the years in journalism, trade journalism, corporate writing and marketing writing.