I am an award-winning author, journalist, poet and book editor who has written eight books (as of April 2011), ghostwritten five books and edited nearly 100 others. More than 40 of my clients have landed publishing contracts and brought their books to market; ten others are in the middle of deal negotiations in Spring 2011. My books include “The Voice,” a novel that will be published in 2012; “The Write Time: 366 Exercises to Fulfill Your Writing Life,”; “Writes of Life: Using Personal Experiences In Everything You Write,” which won a 2007 Independent Publishers Book Award bronze medal; poetry-essay titles “The River-Fed Stone,” “Shades of Green” and “Coyotes In Broad Daylight;” (all available at amazon.com); and an e-book, “Snowflakes Of Yuletide”. I am the editor of The Hummingbird Review: America’s Newest Literary Anthology, and the author of the “Poetry Through The Ages” exhibit. In 2007, I had the privilege to be the co-editor of “Freedom of Vision,” a fantastic poetry and essay anthology featuring 130 works by current or former inmates, prison teachers and others.
I teach Creative Writing, and Social Media/Online Publishing at Ananda College of Living Wisdom in Nevada City, CA. I have taught writing workshops at conferences and events throughout the U.S. for 12 years.
Part of my work is to help authors develop and polish their books, find agents and publishers, and develop marketing and promotions programs that SELL their books. I edit books in all genres except horror, write book proposals and synopses, assist writers in seeking literary agent representation or to sell to publishing houses. I edit both for outside publishers and for individual authors, and serve as a writing coach. In 2011, we’ve also launched our e-book publishing and consultation services.
The Word Journeys Blog captures all aspects of the writing life, writing process and business side of writing. It is intended for writers of all abilities, editors, publishers and readers. Please feel free to share my blogs with everyone. Later in 2011, we will be publishing the first of our “Best of the Word Journeys Blogs” e-books.
When I’m not writing, or drumming up new poetic works, I like to garden organically, coach high school track and cross-country, play and write music, and run. I am training to run my fourth Boston Marathon in 2012. As with completing a book, it’s a remarkable feeling to cross that finish line!