I became self-employed in 1996 after a long career as a top editor
and writer. I worked for newspapers, international magazines,
a book publisher and a city magazine, all in executive positions.
My last job was as editor-in-chief of Books That
Work, an interactive publishing company that created award-winning
3D home design CDs such as 3D Landscape and Visual Home. The Hearst
Corp. was a primary investor. One of the books I produced won a
National Literary Marketplace Award for Technical Achievement
and Innovation in Book Publishing.
While editor-in-chief of a city magazine, the magazine won several
awards, including a national award from the City and Regional
Magazine Association. While editor of an international magazine,
I grew circulation from 80,000 to 210,000 in three years by attracting
a larger audience. As executive editor of a second international
magazine, I helped grow circulation from 30,000 to 80,000 by repositioning
towards a more general business audience.
I have also worked in public relations. I was vice president of
Madison Fielding, a Los Angeles public relations firm specializing
in print publicity for its national clients, which included Re/Max
and Informix Software.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with honors from California
State University, Northridge; An AA Degree in Journalism with
honors from Langara College, Vancouver, Canada; and completed
a class on creating business plans at the UC Berkeley Haas School
For nine years I was a board member and former president of the
Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Teaching and guest speaking
An experienced speaker and instructor, I
have taught classes and led panels such as:
writing for publications
- "How to Use Blogging to Improve Your Writing,"
BlogHer 10, New York
- "How to Stay Ahead of the Curve," Experts Are In session, 2010 International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference, Portland, OR
- Panel on Non-Cookbook Food Writing, International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference, 2008
- "Food Writing for Food Lovers," 1-day class, Fairmont Hotel, Seattle, 2010
Legacies Panel: A Conversation with Chuck Williams and Friends
- "Get Your Book Idea off the Ground,"
The Writing Salon, San Francisco
- "How to Write a Book Proposal,"
The Writing Salon, Berkeley
- "How to Identify Audiences for
a New Publication,” The Folio:Show, a national magazine
show in New York and Los Angeles, 1996-2001
- "Feature Article Writing,"
for the San Francisco Professional Food Society Editors and
Writers Special Interest Group (SFPFS SIG)
- "Great Query Letters," for SFPFS SIG
- Two-day writing seminar for dean and
teachers of a private school.
I have been a published writer since 1975
and have written feature articles for: