Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, I became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996.
I coach writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs.
Authors I have coached have signed book deals with major publishers including Chronicle Books; Little, Brown; Ten Speed Press/Random House; Running Press, and Simon & Shuster. Their advances have reached six-figure deals. These authors have appeared on QVC, CNN, and other national media.
I edit and write manuscripts for book publishers, including Time Inc., Andrews-McMeel and Weldon Owen. Self-published authors have also hired me to edit their books, and I have helped writers through the publishing process.
Freelance writers I coach have been published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Serious Eats, NPR, and other national and international publications and websites.
I am the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More (Da Capo/Lifelong Books). The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in the USA in its category. I am also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas (DK Publishing) with chef Craig Priebe, writer of The Good Pantry (Oxmoor House), and co-author of the forthcoming United States of Pizza (Rizzoli) with Craig Priebe.
My blog covers food writing trends, issues, and technique. The New York Times, Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, have picked up my posts. I started the blog in 2009 as a way to update my book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.
I am a judge for the James Beard Foundation‘s annual cookbook awards, and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. I’ve also been a judge for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism.
As a freelance writer, I have written feature articles for a variety of publications, from local to international. In 2013 I was named the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the Stratford Chef’s School in Canada.
I am a speaker and teacher who travels around the world to teach and present.