Writing-Related Employment

EDITOR / PUBLISHER: Twilight Tales, Inc, Chicago

Edited and/or published 26 anthologies & collections.

Handled own slush pile & wrote rejection letters with editorial comments

Guided authors through multi-draft story development

Wrote and issued contracts

Did copy-editing and page-proofing, and at times supervised team of volunteers  proofing

Contracted and supervised book designers

Developed and utilized list of book reviewers

Developed marketing and sales materials

Managed wholesale bookstore accounts.

See list of titles below under “Editing & Publishing.”1998-2007

CEO/BOARD CHAIRMAN: Twilight Tales, Inc. A non-profit organization,  Chicago

Founder and hands-on CEO of the organization that began as a weekly fiction reading series.

I started it as a solo-venture, and then built in many directions. I managed and trained a staff of volunteers that topped out at 22 people, with me directly working on or acting as the primary manager of the committee for:

Monthly author development seminars and workshops

Book and web publishing lines


Organizing and hosting reading tracks and sales events at national conventions and trade shows, including half a tent at six Printers Row Book Fairs, World Fantasy Conventions & World Horror Conventions.

Led the committee that secured non-profit and tax exempt status for the group.

Chaired monthly board meetings. 1993-2007

NEWSPAPER REPORTER/EDITOR (full-time paid internships)

Bee/Star & Ottumwa Courier newspapers in West Point, IA & Ottumwa, IA.

Worked full-time as the only editorial staff member of the Bee/Star, a small weekly newspaper; duties included all writing and editing, photography, darkroom production, and newspaper layout, May ’86-May ’87.

Worked as full-time reporter for the daily Ottumwa Courier, May ’87-Sept. ’87.