Skilled editor and writer with 35 years experience collaborating with authors and publishers to create marketable, impactful books
As editor-in-chief of GRAND: The Lifestyle Magazine for Awesome Grandparents (a part-time, freelance position), my responsibilities included:
* Content management: editorial calendar; sourcing, acquiring, and curating contributed content; developing content in-house
* Sourcing and managing columnists
* Editing and proofreading
* Writing: celebrity profiles (cover stories) and departments
* Photo editor (multi-media): sourcing and acquisition of images as well as audio and video content
As the work-for-hire anthologist/editor of the national best-selling Cup of Comfort book series:
* Developed the book series in collaboration with the publisher
* Solicited and vetted more than 75,000 submissions
* Compiled and edited (developmental and line) 40 Cup of Comfort books -- 39 anthologies of personal essays and one annotated cookbook (recipes, stories, cooking tips, photographs)
* Copyedited those Christian volumes (5-6 books) that were compiled by other editors. I compiled and edited the last of the Christian volumes.
* Wrote the Cup of Comfort blog, bimonthly e-newsletter, and website landing pages and content
* Promoted the series via hundreds of media interviews and bookstore appearances
* Developmental, line, and copy editing: books (fiction and nonfiction) and magazines (consumer and trade)
* Book proposal development, including table of contents, chapter outline or summaries, sample chapters
* Work-for-hire author / co-author: nonfiction trade books and corporate legacy books
* Ghostwriting: nonfiction trade books, corporate legacy books, magazine articles, online content
* Anthologist: development, curation, editing: fiction and nonfiction
* Editorial management: books, magazines, digital media
* Copywriting: book promotion (cover, dust jacket, description, synopses, catalog), content marketing, corporate communications
Note: Prior to becoming a full-time independent editor and ghostwriter, I moonlit as a book editor for various trade publishers while holding staff positions as a magazine editor, technical writer, and copywriter.
As editor-in-chief of two award-winning consumer magazines—Biblio: Exploring the World of Books (monthly) and Mercator's World: The Magazine of Maps, Exploration, and Discovery (bimonthly)—my responsibilities included:
* Content acquisition, development, and management
* Art direction and management
* Maintained editorial and art/design budgets
* Managed all in-house editorial, design, and production staff
* Sourced freelance writers, illustrators, and photographers
* Editing and proofreading
* Occasionally wrote feature articles
* Collaborated with advertising, marketing, and circulation departments
* Created promotional material
* Represented magazines at trade shows and promotional events
Biblio was named #3 of the best new magazines of 1995, by New York Times' magazine editor.
Mercator's World recipient of Folio award for design excellence.
In this book, I outline a 4-Part approach to thinking smarter about growth as a CPG entrepreneur. It is based on years of anthropological research into how and why consumers pay for premium-priced CPG items and intensive 4P pattern analysis among an elite club of premium CPG brands that all reached $100M+ in less than a decade. Part 1. Designing to Command a PremiumThis is where many founders ... read more
Discover the targeted funding and resources available to support YOUR small business or ideaTarget Funding ensures that the struggle to obtain funds will never again come between you and your dreams.Too often, great business ideas fail to see the light of day because the entrepreneur doesn’t know how to secure the funding he or she needs. Until now. Target Funding proves you don’t need to be o... read more
With must-have updates, a new edition of the bestselling method that shows how anyone can turn their one simple idea into millions – without lifting a finger!Stephen Key is an award-winning inventor who has licensed more than 20 product ideas. In 2011, he shared the secrets to his success in the bestselling book One Simple Idea. Since that time, many changes have occurred in the entrepreneuria... read more
From award-winning entrepreneur, inventor, and business owner Stephen Key comes the highly anticipated follow-up to his bestseller One Simple IdeaHow many times have you seen a product and thought, I know how to make that better? Or not seen a product and thought, How is it that no one has invented this yet? And when haven’t you thought, I need to be my own boss?You’re thinking the right thing... read more
In this instructive and insightful memoir, Mary Ruth Velicki combines her background as a physical therapist with her personal story of healing through debilitating pelvic pain to provide concrete advice, hope, and inspiration to those who are suffering. The author starts out as a skeptical scientific-type, and readers accompany her as she works to heal and gradually discovers the body-mind-sp... read more
Healing with Awareness is for all who wish to increase their awareness of the body-mind-spirit connection and to use this connection to heal on all levels. Key characteristics of the healing process are presented using stories from Mary Ruth Velicki’s personal experience as well as from her work with clients who are actively working to heal in a holistic way. The book also includes activities ... read more
“We worked with Ron to implement the ReducedEffort® process and saw a 30% output improvement after just three days. The real bonus came with the unleashing of employee engagement.”— Nick Wilson, President of Morrison Container Handling Solutions; Past Chairman of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI); Packaging Hall of Fame inductee“I really don’t know if I can put a value on this... read more
In his book entitled Against The Grain, Graham Harris, describes how one day, dissatisfied with his lot as a factory print worker, he decided to change his life. Working from his garage in his free time, he invented and developed the Tri-Creaser, a device that has revolutionised the print industry. With honesty and self-deprecating humour, Harris recounts the many ups and downs of his journey ... read more
Greg J Lane, Lisa J Lane
21 Days to Wealth, Well-Being, and Abundance Now! is a practical guide that links smart money-management and healthful living for people who care as much as about their financial health as they do about their personal health. Written by seasoned financial advisors who have experienced first-hand the benefits of integrating sound financial management and healthy habits into their daily lives, t... read more
Nikki is a lovely young woman with sparkling blue eyes. She loves to dance and swim. She loves pizza and Coke, and hates eggs and cleaning her room. Nikki is also autistic. Written with unwavering positivity, candor, and courage, Through a Glass Brightly is an uplifting memoir about Molly Romano's adult autistic daughter. The book describes Nikki's experiences in school, in sports, and in vari... read more
All roads lead to enlightenment but the choice of which to travel is yours. From Sedona to Lourdes to Mecca, there are certain divinely blessed places that can inspire you to renew your sense of wonder, revitalize your spirit, and restore your faith. In this book, you'll explore the most illuminating sites around the world, including: The Taj Mahal in India, a stunning palace designed for mour... read more
You're getting divorced. You want out or he wants out, but either way you're tempted to bend over backward just to get it over with. The result: You get screwed. How screwed? Consider this: the average woman experiences a 45 percent drop in her standard of living after divorce; 45 percent of children living with a divorced mother live at or near the poverty line; only about 45 percent of custo... read more
Chaos erupts in a small town when a hidden missile base is suddenly discovered by a local doctor. A criminal mastermind is developing his own fleet of deadly laser-firing drones. An ISIS terrorist cell is building a secret missile base deep in rural North Carolina. A war on American soil seems imminent, and it’s up to Dr. Scott James to stop the carnage. He can’t do it without the help of Eliz... read more
ISIS terrorists are plotting to kill the Pope during his visit to America. The plan: Hijack a hospital ship in Haiti, convert it to a missile launcher, and cruise into Miami Harbor, unnoticed. Their only obstacle: Dr. Scott James is a volunteer on the ship, and he’s recruited a squad of Haitian zombies to stop the attack. But nothing adds up … until the last seven minutes. "The Zombie Game" ha... read more
Shooter is a visual portrait of war--the perseverance, heroism, and survival--narrated through stunning photographs and powerful essays from a female combat photographer.
This ingenious book uses the postures and movements of zoo animals to teach yoga movements to children. The first part of the book covers theoretical and practical information for parents and teachers working with yoga. Part two takes readers to every part of the zoo, from the insect and reptile houses to the ape cage and the oceanarium. Here youngsters come face to face with a tiger, look in ... read more
Whether you are already an entrepreneur or you are dreaming of being an entrepreneur, read this book now! "Glenn, stand in the heat--don't freak out!" This is the message that Glenn Carver very clearly heard from his conscience, God or someone in between on the morning of February 2, 2010. With a three-month-old, firstborn son at home and a bank account on vapors, he was under stress, anxious,... read more
Manisha Kshirsagar, Ana Cristina Magno
"Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook is an excellent addition to the library of any Ayurvedic student or practitioner, and is written in a clear style for beginners. It summarizes all of the basic Ayurvedic knowledge in beautiful charts that make finding the information for reference easy. Yoga, Jyotish and Vastu included in the same book expands the vedic resources for Ayurvedic students." -... read more
If you have ever been touched, or had your life changed, by a song, film, book or performance, you inherently understand the transformative power of the arts. In this new book based upon interviews conducted for the documentary film, Making Light in Terezin, Richard Krevolin reveals the true story of how, in WWII’s darkest days, prisoners in the Terezin ghetto (outside of Prague) made light an... read more
Richard Krevolin, Eliana Barbosa
What personal stories do you live by, and what internal scripts rule your life? What stories were you told as a child that still affect you? Which of these stories and scripts have helped you, and which are hindering you? Be the Hero of Your Story empowers you to re-imagine yourself as the protagonist, the hero, of your own life story—a story in which you are the author of your own destiny. Wi... read more
Larry Alper, Kimberly Williams, David Hyerle
'If our best thinking comes by making connections and building patterns, then what would these patterns look like, and what might they be based on'--ask the authors. Most importantly, how could they be used? Developing Connective Leadership shows you how Thinking Maps are an efficient and eloquent language that can be used to explore and reveal ideas, thought processes, and intentions. By crea... read more
Since ancient times, stories have abounded concerning the existence of ghost animals. From the Native American animal spirits, to the menacing demon dogs of medieval England, to present day encounters with animal apparitions, there can be little doubt that animals, like people, live after death and pass back and forth between this world and the next. In the realm of the paranormal, experiences... read more
Matthew P. Mayo, Jennifer Smith-Mayo
The state of Vermont is illustrated through gorgeous photographs and evocative essays, showcasing 50 iconic places, events, inventions, foods, and objects from the Green Mountain State.
The definitive collection of Texas's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for Texas residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Missouri Women celebrates the women who shaped the Show-Me State. Short, illuminating biographies and archival photographs and paintings tell the stories of women from across the state who served as teachers, writers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
In True Stories of Courage, you’ll find the heroines and heroes who have transformed the lives of everyone who knows them. These three stories will kindle your spirit and offer you hope whenever you need it. It’s nothing less than a supporting friend a powerful mentor in times of struggle—and triumph.
Mothers and daughters share more than just life, death and love; they exchange wisdom, advice and intimate secrets unlike that of any other relationship. The three stories in Mother/Daughter Stories You'll Love explore the strength and depth of women's unbreakable earliest bond. These stories rejoice in the complexity and kindness—as well as the struggles and triumphs that make the mother-daug... read more
"A mother's love endures through all." Washington Irving. Is your mom your best friend? Or your biggest fan? Your loyal confidante? No matter what she means to you, Mom is always the one you turn to when you need a shoulder to cry on, sound advice, and unconditional love. And there's no better way to pay tribute to the most exceptional woman in your life than with this touching and poignant co... read more
Presents a collection of inspirational stories that highlight canine love and devotion.
A diagnosis of a childÆs special need can be extremely difficult for parents. However, every day, these children accomplish small victories and make great strides that improve their own livesùand brighten their parentsÆ days. This collection brings to life fifty stories of parents who have struggled with a childÆs diagnosis only to embrace the differences that make their children that much mor... read more
As every writer knows, keeping the faith isn't always easy. On those days when you find yourself literally at a loss for words, you may long for a little writer's TLC. In A Cup of Comfort for Writers, you'll meet more than fifty writers who, just like you, have faced down that empty page and won! From a woman who enters an elite writing program at the age of forty, and proceeds to blow "the pr... read more
If stories are medicine, then this collection will help keep hopes up and spirits alive on the road to recovery. Readers will applaud the bravery of 50 exceptional survivors as they tell their unique experiences with breast cancer. Every breast cancer survivor has a different story, but they all have one thing in common: courage. From dealing with diagnosis to undergoing chemotherapy, facing h... read more
He gave you your eye color, your love of old movies, and the inspiration for countless inside jokes that only a father can appreciate. He's your Dad.A Cup of Comfort for Fathers celebrates the indescribable link between father and child through fifty stirring stories written by, for, and in tribute to dads.From a young father still figuring out his role in his new baby's life to an adult son r... read more
Describes how to make more than fifty dishes that look disgusting but taste delicious, in a book that includes crossword, connect-the-dots, and word search puzzles.
An insider's guide to the publishing industry covers the complete process from getting started to printed pages, with step-by-step guidelines on the different publishing markets, contract negotiation tips, developing a proposal, promoting one's work, and more, accompanied by an updated agent and publisher listing. Original. 35,000 first printing.
Hobby Farms Beef Cattle: Keeping a Small-Scale Herd for Pleasure and Profit, written by Ann Larkin Hansen, serves as an excellent introduction to raising cows for food or simply to graze while mowing and fertilizing the pasture. This colorful guide offers experienced hobby farmers and beginners all of the essential information necessary to purchase and maintain a small herd of beef cattle. Whi... read more
MATTERS of CONSEQUENCE is a comprehensive map of the human situation that explores what is really important in life, addresses our personal search for meaning and significance, and deals with humanity's future in a positive, solution-oriented way. It presents both a realistic vision of a better world and practical strategies for implementing that vision.
Tobe Melora Correal
In the realm of African spiritual pathways, no tradition is so widely embraced and practiced as the West African religion Orisa. Awakened by her own spiritual journey, Tobe Melora Correal, an initiated priestess in the Yoruba-Lukumi branch of Orisa, guides us along this blessed road. FINDING THE SOUL ON THE PATH OF ORISA provides a fresh look at these ancient teachings and emphasizes introspec... read more
Colleen Sell, Rosemary Roberts
You don't have to sit under a bodhi tree and meditate as the Buddha did to become enlightened. With this easy, engaging guide, you can start bringing more compassion, joy, serenity, and happiness into your life today, right from your own home. Not only will you learn the basic principles of this time-honored religious tradition, you'll enlighten your Self a little bit each day. Just follow the... read more
S. E. Schlosser, Paul G. Hoffman
Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in the Hoosier State. Whether read around the campfire on a dark and stormy night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to grandma's, this is a collection to treasure.
Organization. Time management. Study skills. These are the three critical skills students need to perform well in school. Most students lack at least one of these skills; many lack all three. Yet without a sound understanding of this all-important learning trifecta, students are likely to fail-over and over again. In this practical hands-on guide, Thinking Caps founder Alexandra Mayzler outlin... read more
Sheldon Z. Kramer
Hidden Faces Of The Soul combines the ancient teaching of the Kabbalah with modern psychology to give you powerful insights that will change your life! Using the timeless wisdom of the mystical teachings of the Kabbalah,you will learn to recognize the ten faces of the soul: unity, wisdom, understanding, love, strength, compassion, dominion, receptivity, stability, faith. You will find the insp... read more
You can never be too rich or too thin...or too happy, smart, young, sexy or stress-free. In this book, you'll find the daily tips, tricks, and tried-and-true tactics you need to be all these things—and more. Each day's entry offers advice for a different aspect of your life, such as:Monday: Only Use Cash or Checks to Make Sure You Save MoneyTuesday: Create a Happiness Blog to Record Life's Bes... read more
David E. Bank M.D., Estelle Sobel
Provides advice on how to achieve healthy skin, including information about laser surgery, acid peels, and plastic surgery.
H. Stephen Glenn, Jane Nelsen Ed.D.
No parent or educator can afford to ignore this groundbreaking work! Bestselling authors H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen have helped hundreds of thousands of parents raise capable, independent children with Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World. On its tenth anniversary, this parenting classic returns with fresh, up-to-date information to offer you inspiring and workable ide... read more
John K Waters
Offers an overview of Microsoft Word's features and functions, discussing document creation, editing and format, templates, graphics, and multimedia.
Donna Ellen Conrad
When a young girl noticesthat the grumpy-growly moodthat began in her family is spreading around the world like a bad cold, shevows to reverse it. See how a simple act of kindness, a hug, reverberates far and widethroughout our universe and brings joy and well-being to every living thing (and that includes trees and frogs and princesses and gods).
Puzzle enthusiasts of all ages will love this book! With 300 all-new easy crosswords from renowned puzzlemaster Charles Timmerman, this collection entertains gamers of all skill levels. Beginners will appreciate simpler clues and shorter answers, and even more advanced crossword fans will enjoy a light and easy puzzle once in a while.Like all word puzzles, these engaging, confidence-building c... read more
Each Cup of Comfort book features over 50 exceptional stories of ordinary people who have overcome great obstacles, persevered through thick and through thin, and found the power to control their own destinies. Readers will laugh and cry out loud as they share in the many moving experiences detailed within these pages.
Suzan Jackson, December 2019
James Richardson, October 2019
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Heart-centred editor working with independent writers/educators on psychology, life sciences and natural history. Over 30 years' experience.