I spent my twenties and thirties, and some (most) of my forties, editing books about how to do stuff. The books were, mostly, in the For Dummies series.
I edited books that showed how to drink the best wine in the right way, throw elaborate dinner parties for the perfect table (seats seven), and swing a golf club without looking like a capital-A Amateur. In my twenty-five years working as a book editor, I’ve edited and ghost-written roughly 200 how-to books about consumer and technology topics at the user and enterprise level.
Each project benefited from careful collaboration across our author and editorial teams, and I couldn’t be prouder of the end result.
I’m especially proud of the following books, which won or were nominated for various book awards. You can find descriptions and Amazon affiliate links for my most recent book projects on the Book Projects page of this website:
- I Found a Job! Career Advice from Job Hunters Who Landed on Their Feet, by Marcia Heroux Pounds (Jist Publishing), nominated for a Foreword Award
- Wine For Dummies (first edition), by Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), nominated for a James Beard book award
- Dummies 101: HTML, by Eric and Deborah Ray (John Wiley & Sons), recipient of a CPA Award
I’ve written for a variety of tech companies, including IBM, Avaya, and SMART Technologies. I’ve also written some trade books:
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Boosting Your Immunity, by Murdoc Khaleghi, MD, and Colleen Diamond (Penguin USA)
- Vampire: The Requiem For Dummies, by Justin Achilli, Ken Cliffe, and Colleen Totz Diamond (John Wiley & Sons)
I also did a three-year stint as senior and managing editor for the publishing division of a civil engineering software company. In three years, my small team produced three fully peer-reviewed, graphic-intensive, 800-page textbooks about hydraulics and hydrology, and one software guide.
- Floodplain Modeling Using HEC-RAS, by Gary Dyhouse (Haestad Methods)
- Advanced Water Distribution Modeling and Management, by Thomas M. Walski (Haestad Methods)
How to Connect With Me
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