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.