I began my career as a traditional newspaper journalist, but over the years have adapted to changes in my profession, covering everything from religion to science and technology. For much of the past decade, I've focused on independently published books, both as executive editor of Foreword Reviews and at the Alliance of Independent Authors.
An expert in Jewish issues, I am the former managing editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and I've written extensively on the Holocaust, antisemitism, Jewish engagement, Jewish literature, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My work has appeared in JTA, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jerusalem Post, and many other publications.
I am also an experienced science and technology writer and editor. I helped launch a magazine covering nanotechnology. My work in nanotech was considered required reading among those who follow the societal implications of emerging technology. I specialize in making complex concepts understandable to a mainstream readership.
My journalism training has made me understand what a writer is trying to say and help them say it in as clear a way as possible. My book review experience has given me insight into what publishers, critics, and general readers look for in a manuscript. I work very closely with authors to make sure they are telling exactly the story they want to tell. I enjoy seeing their ideas and experience transform into a work ready for publication.
Vine Leaves Press
My novel, "Found and Lost: The Jake and Cait Story," is scheduled for release in 2025.
I work with authors to improve their books, helping them hone their ideas, and make sure their own voices are heard clearly. I've contracted with small publishers in addition to individual clients looking for help in making tough decisions on final drafts, using my experience as a journalist, book reviewer, and book review magazine editor. I enjoy working closely with authors, who often tell me that I truly understand their message and their voice.
Alliance of Independent Authors
I help provide tools for the growing numbers of independently published authors worldwide. I produce a weekly podcast for the Alliance and host my own weekly show, interviewing inspirational indie authors.
Supervised, assigned, and edited the work of more than 150 freelance reviewers, editors, and bloggers for monthly print magazine and daily website devoted to books from independent publishers, ranging from self-published work and small publishing houses to larger publishers and university presses. Established review and commentary style, tone, and voice. Public speaker and analyst on indie publishing. I hosted a monthly podcast, IndieVoices, in partnership with Interlochen Public Radio, in which I delivered commentaries and interviewed publishers and authors. Newsroom leader and mentor to editorial staff and freelance writers.
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