Portfolio

Writing is listed first. Click the links in this sentence to scroll to editing, inventing, or training.

(To restrict this portfolio to science, technology, and medicine, click here.)

Writing

I published my first article in a local newspaper when I was 14. It was about a solar eclipse. Although I intended to become an astronomer, I soon discovered that I enjoyed reading and writing about science more than doing it. As a writer, I eventually branched out into medicine, politics, business, crime, safety, drama, humor, and many other fields—as these examples show.

Web

Following are some of the hundreds of pieces Ive written for DietPower's website. I've also created many interactive features, some of them listed under “Inventing," below.

Magazine

Ghost

Ive authored many pieces for famous signers. They usually ask their writers to remain anonymous, but two of my clients have kindly made exceptions:

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Editing

Creating Magazines

Below are links to covers of some of the Readers Digests that I produced. During each stint as an issue editor (ten weeks, three times a year), I acted essentially as the magazines editor-in-chief, leading a 120-person editorial staff. I selected, top-edited, and titled all the articles, fillers, and department items; managed the 20 staffers who edited the articles (this was my permanent assignment); integrated legal and fact-checkers research into the final copy; approved all copy edits; chose the lead article and ordered the table of contents; signed off on all artwork, layouts, and covers; helped the marketing team write titles and decide artwork for the newsstand; suggested and participated in PR campaigns; and monitored the results of our monthly reader poll.

Creating Articles

Here are a few of the hundreds of magazine articles written by freelance or staff writers under my direction. In some cases the idea originated with me; in others, with the author. In all cases I provided story advice, markups of the authors drafts, and other editorial support.

Creating Departments

Editing Articles

Here are some of the articles that I chose for publication in my issues of Readers Digest. Although other editors created most of them, I titled, blurbed, and top-edited them, as well as overseeing production of their artwork and layout. Each article is selected to illustrate a different principle by which I work.

And here are a few that I helped to choose or edit for other issues of Readers Digest:

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Inventing

One of my missions is to make computers act as “intelligent agents,” finding and delivering personalized information to their users. Three examples:

Training

As an editor, a college teacher, and a consultant to corporations, Ive taught thousands of people how to make their writing more effective. Heres one of my most useful tools:

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