I’ve been editing authors through more than three decades: stories, books, and articles, both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve published a novel, Viral Times. Manuscripts from my two forthcoming books, a historical novel and a memoir, have earned their way to Finalist shortlists in the Writer’s League of Texas. Four novelists have been traditionally published after working in my manuscript groups; one earned her way to the New York Times Bestseller List. The Workshop’s writers have won or been named Finalists in the Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest.
I volunteer at the Austin Bat Cave literacy program, tutoring in public schools. I served a three-year tour of duty in the US Army to pay for my college degree through the GI Bill. I’ve also cycled close to 30,000 miles over the last 15 years, starting with fundraising rides for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. Dozens of miles a week on a bike are good practice for finishing something long like books.
I’m the only editor and creative coach in Greater Austin who uses the Amherst Writer’s & Artists methods to nurture authors and polish their writing. Workshops are a specialty. I’ve been a panelist at the Writer’s League of Texas Third Thursday program, speaking on workshopping. I’m a Gold Level Community Sponsor of the League and have been a member since 1992.
My book coaching is based on creative coach training with Dr. Eric Maisel, a psychologist and author of 14 books on creativity. In developmental editing, authors create with my guidance to take a deep look into character development and storytelling, choices that build a sound book from the bottom up.
I call on my University of Texas journalism degree; studies in Iowa’s Summer Writing programs and workshopping at the Tin House summer seminars; instruction from Writer’s League of Texas writing professionals such as novelist Karen Stolz; as well as studies with plot master Donald Maass and writing guru Natalie Goldberg to help my writers from inspiration to publication.
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I’m a published author of the futuristic thriller Viral Times, a story of a viral pandemic and its impact on love. You can buy a copy from this website’s shop, Austin’s BookPeople and Malvern Books, or on Amazon.
Journalist from community newspapers to tech business news
Since 1981, I’ve worked as reporter and editor for publications, writing in features, news reporting, sports, and the arts, across three newspapers and in long-form journalism supplements. In 1995 I started The 3000 Newswire as the world’s only news resource for the HP 3000 business computer community. See my full editing and writing profile at LinkedIn. Connect with me, so we can partner up.