Author, Beacon Publishing Group, October 2020
Latest work picked up by Beacon. Release expected October 8, 2021. Work is sequel to first mystery work.
Contributing Writer, Medium, September 2018-present
Write articles and essays on topics regarding spirituality, religion, history, positive thinking strategies, mental health, UK Politics, and general informative pieces on medical issues such as diabetes. Promote these pieces on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter Have grown followers with each piece, been curated, and increased the number of publications I write for.
Managing Editor, By Land, By Sea, January 2017-Dec 2020
By Land, By Sea is the national magazine for Clan Donald USA and is published biannually. I work with our graphic designer to choose the slants and themes for each issue then edit incoming pieces from contributors worldwide. I also write articles on Scottish history with a slant towards Clan Donald ties. Create brochures, handouts, information boards for clan tents to use at games and events. Insure deadlines are met, and find filler when needed.
Have grown readership by 47%. Improved visual quality and context of magazine while decreasing production costs.
Writer, Creative Writing Institute Newsletter, Richmond, VA 2011-January 2019
Wrote a monthly devotional column ( 350-500 word count ) and did a monthly trivia quiz for this organization’s newsletter. The themes, slants of each piece were left to my discretion. Posted pieces on Facebook and website also.
Increased my readers 62%.
Assignment/Senior Editor, CWI Newsletter, Richmond, VA 2012-August 2014
In this position, I selected the monthly theme, created the article ideas and slants, contacted people for newsletter interviews, issued assignments, and edited the pieces before sending them to our proofreader then to the publisher. CWI (Creative Writing Institute), is an online writing school where I also mentored and instructed new writers in the field of journalism. Used SEO Techniques to help place pieces high on Google searches. Improved newsletters, increased readers by 32%,
Videographer/Scriptwriter/Copywriter, Audio-Video Corporation, Menands, NY, 1986-1989
Wrote, shot, duplicated training videos for companies, ’feel good’ videos for stockholder meetings, educational videos. Wrote, shot commercials for company and accounts.Clients included GE, Union College, New York State Bar Association, New State Sanitation Department. Chose locations and designed sets for shots
News Reporter/Producer/Copywriter, WECT-TV6, WWJK-TV26, WMFD-AM, WHSL-FM, Wilmington, NC, 1983-1986
In television, as a news reporter covered assigned stories ranging from sports to breaking news. As the news producer put together the newscasts which were ranked 1 in the market. Did videography as needed, mainly on Friday nights for sports. Worked also in production, In radio, produced morning newscasts, covered local news when needed, and was part of the sports coverage team. AM radio market was older, more talk heavy so interviewing was done more in the studio with local personalities. FM radio younger market, less political news, more interest items, weather, and sports.
Produced the number 1 ranked newscast in that television market, produced number one ranked sports coverage in that radio market. Wrote, produced commercials for radio and television accounts.
Bachelor of Arts Degrees, Speech Communications, Public Relations, Broadcast Journalism,
University of North Carolina May 1986