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 with major publishers including Chronicle Books; Little, Brown; Ten Speed Press/Random House; Running Press, and Simon & Shuster. Book advances for my clients have been as high as $230,000 for a self-diagnostic cookbook. The stories of freelance writers I have coached have appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Serious Eats, NPR, and other national and international publications and websites.
I also edit cookbooks and ghost-write for publishers including Time Inc., Andrews-McMeel and Weldon Owen. Self-published authors hire me to edit their books, and even traditionally-published authors send me their manuscripts to spruce them up before submission.
I am the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More (Da Capo/Lifelong Books), now in its third edition. Will Write for Food has won three international awards for excellence. 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. The third edition won a Silver Nautilus award in the Creative Process category. College and university professors use it as a textbook across the US. See what others have said here.
I the co-author of two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe: The United States of Pizza (Rizzoli, 2015), which was recommended by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR as one of the best cookbooks of the year; and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas (DK Publishing, 2008). The United States of Pizza won a 2015 national award for cookbooks from IndieFab. I am the writer of The Good Pantry (Oxmoor House, 2015), with recipes from Cooking Light.
My blog is aimed at writers and covers trends, issues, and techniques. 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 (IACP) annual cookbook awards. I’ve also been a judge for the IACP Food Writing Awards, and was a finalist for an award in 2007.
As a freelance writer, I have written feature articles for a variety of publications, from local to international, including Lucky Peach and The Washington Post. My piece in Lucky Peach magazine, The Meaning of Mangoes, was the grand prize winner of M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing, Les Dames Escoffier, for 2016.
Based in Oakland, CA, USA, I am a speaker and teacher who travels around the world to teach and present, including in London, Dubai, Vancouver, Turkey and Australia.In 2013 I was named the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the Stratford Chef’s School in Canada, the country’s most prestigious cooking school. See my upcoming events here.
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