I am an editor with more than twenty-five years of experience in the book publishing industry. I have acquired, developed, and edited hundreds of books (all nonfiction), and I am a former editor of Writer's Market. I'm also a writer myself, with books published by Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Thomson. I enjoy the challenge of helping authors organize their ideas and their materials. I understand the mechanics of good writing, and I am passionate about matters of accuracy, clarity, concision, logic, and tone.
I provide writing and editing services to a wide variety of businesses. My work encompasses everything from web copy and product packaging to books, manuals, and book-jacket copy.
I also write books, feature articles, and essays. My most recent book, Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, was published by Simon and Schuster in October 2009.
I oversaw publication of books about music technology, the recording arts, and the music business. I established publishing plans, acquired and edited books myself, and managed freelance editors and authors. I was responsible for the publication of some thirty books each year. I was also very much involved in marketing and promotion efforts for all my titles.
Some highlights from my ten years with Writer's Digest Books:
-Edited two editions of Songwriter's Market, an annual reference book for songwriters
-Acquired, developed, and edited nonfiction books about songwriting, music, the music business, photography, writing, weddings, retirement, and more.
-Edited three editions of Writer's Market, the company's flagship reference product for freelance writers. I was also the supervising editor of three more editions of Writer's Market, and I supervised the editing of Novel + Short Story Writer's Market, Songwriter's Market, and Guide to Literary Agents.
- Directed the design and production of F+W Publications' first CD-ROM, Writer's Market: the Electronic Edition. I oversaw annual improvements in the product and coordinated the work of designers, artists, editors, writers, and programming consultants.
-Throughout my career at F+W, I was involved with marketing (jacket copy, catalog copy, and other promotional text) for all of the products with which I was associated.
What is creativity? Where does it come from? Whether it is defined as coming from God, the universe, or some collective font of eternal knowledge, most creative individuals acknowledge that at times their inspiration seems to emanate from a mysterious metaphysical source. Songs affect people's lives on a profound level, and songwriters are especially attuned to this. Author Dan Kimpel — who ha... read more
Digidesign's Official Pro Tools 101 Courseware takes a comprehensive approach to learning the fundamentals of Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE, or Pro Tools M-Powered systems. Now updated for Pro Tools 7.4 software, this new edition from the definitive authority on Pro Tools covers everything you need to know to complete a Pro Tools project. Learn to build sessions that include multitrack recordings... read more
Ready to unleash the awesome power of Ableton Live 7? As its name suggests, Ableton Live 7 was designed with the live performer in mind, but it goes well beyond that. You can integrate this live performance and studio software into your existing home or professional music studio to produce, compose, DJ, and much more. But how? "Ableton Live 7 Power!" is the key you need to revolutionize your s... read more
Welcome to Picture Yourself Playing Violin! This book and accompanying instructional DVD is the easiest way to learn the violin, because it begins at the basics with no prior musical knowledge assumed. This book/DVD package is truly intended for complete beginners--it guides you through your first steps of acquiring a violin, setting up the violin to practice, actually moving the bow and finge... read more
In her first two books, Sheila Davis classified the major song forms and enduring principles that have been honored for decades by America's foremost songwriters. Those books have become required reading in music courses from NYU to UCLA.In The Songwriters Idea Book, Davis goes one step further, giving you 40 strategies for designing distinctive songs. You'll break new ground in your own songw... read more
The standard reference lists four thousand buyers of books, articles, short stories, novels, plays, scripts, and greeting cards, including seven hundred new markets, along with lists of contests and awards and articles by professional writers.
The owners of the highly successful Words and Pictures photography business present a guide which explains everything photographers need to know to succeed in the profitable stock photography market. From what to shoot for stock to organizing an inventory of photos--it's all here in this extensive book, illustrated with dozens of examples of the authors' fabulous photographs.
JOHN LENNON'S LEGACY CONTINUES with Come Together: The Official John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Guide to Music and Video. This beautiful full-color book features interviews with music and songwriting tips from outstanding musicians including John Legend, The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, Macy Gray, The Eagles' Don Felder, and The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon. "Th... read more
Provides advice for improving songwriting technique, writing good lyrics, and avoiding musical errors, and discusses collaborating, creating demo tapes, and presenting songs to be recorded.
This book guides beginners step-by-step, through the fundamentals of home recording, using the computer as the recording medium. The emphasis is on practical instruction, delivered over the course of 30 lessons in easy-to-understand language and logical sequence and with real examples for the reader to try out. Essential technical knowledge and theory are introduced and explained along the way... read more
Your Ableton Live Studio gives you the information you need to set up your own home or project studio using Ableton Live as your digital audio workstation (DAW). You'll learn how to decide which system is best for you and learn to install, set up, and use Ableton Live software with your Mac or PC. Your Ableton Live Studio will help you decide what kind of studio you need, where to put it, how ... read more
Finale offers all the notation tools required to craft virtually any composition. Unfortunately, the imaginative ways these tools are used sometimes becomes an elaborate composition in itself! Composing with Finale shows you the essentials you'll need in order to make the most of this program's incredible power. Studying Finale from a compositional perspective eases the learning curve overall,... read more
Get ready to step into the mysterious world of the video game sound designer and composer. Creating Music and Sound for Games examines the responsibilities associated with each of these roles and offers tips and insight for breaking into the business. With focused sections for each of these important roles, this book offers an insider's look into how the sound designer and compositor fit into ... read more
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language tha... read more
You might be extremely knowledgeable about the software that you use, have a good understanding of your own genre, and even have a good basic understanding of music theory. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can write effective music tracks. You need another kind of knowledge as well - the knowledge of composition. This friendly guide explains the basics of composing songs and mu... read more
Currently with no other book on digital SLR photography, photo enthusiasts have had to rely on books that concentrate only on aspects of the technology that are peripherally related to picture-taking. This book uniquely concentrates on creative techniques for the digital SLR photographer. Photography with Digital SLR and "SLR-like" cameras isn't exactly like conventional film SLR photography; ... read more
Until now, there hasn't been a book or learning resource that aimed to teach audio newbies and musicians how to set up and mix a live audio event. For years, they have had to learn about live audio through a frustrating and time-consuming process of trial and error or by watching others. LIVE SOUND FUNDAMENTALS provides the "missing manual" to the art of live sound, covering the topic from a r... read more
Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degree of skill and expertise with the technology they use to produce their music, many mistakenly assume that this is all they need to produce q... read more
You don?t have to be a professional photographer or a graphics specialist to create amazing digital images! "Digital Photography Solutions" will show you how to do that and more. Whether you want to share family photos electronically or produce professional-looking product catalogs for your business, this is your start-to-finish guide to the world of digital photography. Grab your digital came... read more
With the advances in digital technology, musicians can now produce their own music. But the gear is only part of the equation when it comes to recording and mixing. The next part is finding a soundproof room that you can produce it in. Unfortunately, any old room in your house will not suffice for a quality recording. Without a decent room, you'll never be able to record a studio-quality recor... read more
Reason 4 Ignite! helps you get up to speed in Reason quickly by dropping you right into the action with the author’s guidance so that before you know it, you are really in the Reason groove! This book is not hard work. You will not find long lists of features and difficult theoretical explanations to wrap your head around. Instead, in each chapter you will immediately be led through relatively... read more
You've recently purchased Cubase. You're ready to set up your home recording studio and finally produce that album you've been talking about. Now what? Your Cubase Studio provides a complete guide to setting up your digital recording studio with Cubase so you can start recording music right away. It starts with a general introduction to Cubase and digital recording, optimizing your computer to... read more
This book will teach you the technical prowess you need to make solid recordings, as well as a range of tips and tricks to make your recordings stand out in the crowd. Many famous recordings, ones that sound excellent even by current standards, were made with simpler equipment than most modern home studios have available now. You can expect to glean ideas from classic recordings, understand mo... read more
This completely updated edition of the bestselling Mastering Engineer's Handbook provides a thorough exploration of the mastering process for virtually any kind of audio program, utilizing insights from the world's top mastering engineers. The book is a treasure-trove of knowledge, with an overview of the history, tools, and philosophy behind mastering as well as complete reference information... read more
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I try to help authors achieve the books they want by careful professional editing, looking at the details – and the bigger stuff if needed.
Indexer who compiles professional indexes. Can deliver embedded indexes in Word and InDesign as well.