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|The following is a partial list of
books that I have personally worked on that have been successfully published. You can order these books through
Amazon.com and see for yourself the quality of my work. I
have also provided some reviews from Amazon.com or other
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Willy Got His Wheels by Deborah Turner and Diana
Mohler. Illustrated by Rhonda McHugh. I worked a great
deal on this book and was involved on every level. I
worked with the story, the characters, improved the
voice, made suggestions for the artwork and subsequent
revisions, worked closely with the graphic designer to
layout the book, and was also involved in the printing
and blueline stages.
This book subsequently won the Children's Book of the Year for 1998 against stiff competition (over 100 competitors), including an entry from the American Humane Society.
|This book was very rewarding to work on.
It has touched a lot of people and children especially
seem to be touched by it. It's just one of those projects
that you feel lucky to have been involved with.
Here are some reviews on How Willy got his Wheels that were posted on Amazon.com:
Buzzy's Book for 04 / 08 / 98
(Buzzy's is an internet book reviewer)
A story of love & courage for
all ages, January 8, 2000
A touching story
of a little dog's courage., October 25, 1998
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|WWW, Shadow of the Chameleon was one of the first books that I worked on that made in the doors of a publisher and eventually into print. I was the copy editor and also performed some developmental editing on the final draft before being it went off to the publisher. It was rather exciting for a young editor to see something make it past the doors of a publisher, be accepted, and then make it into print. It's a charming story about a young boy, WWW, who wants to be a detective and is sure there is something peculiar going on in his apartment building.|
|A Review from Amazon.com:
August 28, 1999
|Fun Stuff to Do with Your Best Friend by Nancy Furstinger. This is my most recent book with Doral Publishing, and was a lot of fun to work on. It's a book about activities that kids can do with their dog. I did all of the interior layout and editing, including scanning the illustrations and touching them up. (Pencil illustrations, which these were, are dreadful to work with from a scanning point of view.) I also made suggestions regarding the content and flow of the various chapters, suggested new material for the author to write, and added bits as necessary, which was rare for this author.|
|Lend Me an Ear: The Temperament and Training of the Hearing Ear Dog is an entertaining but highly informative book about assistance dogs for the hearing impaired. I edited this book from raw manuscript, smoothed out the author's voice, scanned in and touched up nearly 100 photos, laid out the book, sent it off to the printer, and checked the bluelines.|
|Here are some reviews on Lend Me an
Ear that were posted on Amazon.com:
Perfect!, April 25, 2000
and valuable find, November 2, 1999
|Ready to Serve, Ready to Save - Strategies of Real-Life Rescue Missions was a hard edit. It was actually written by about two dozen authors, which I did my best to make all sound as though just one person had wrote it. There were also some very tricky photographs. One, I had to turn about 15 degrees, add a window pane, took a leg off of one dog, reversed it, and then put it on another dog (whose own leg was missing due to tilting the picture), added some rags, a table leg, and brought a face out of the shadows. The cool thing was that when I was done, you couldn't tell.|
|Some reviews for Ready to Serve
that were posted on Amazon.com:
The Pet Gazette Review
|The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen : A Definitive Study was a tough job. It seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong and with everyone involved in this project. The cover artist quit on the print broker halfway through the job, the next artist's computer caught a virus and she lost everything, the original editor was inexperienced, and layout was difficult due to the older pictures. But everyone gutted it through and this turned out to be a very well-received book. My level of involvement was to come behind the original editor, scan and touch up the pictures, perform the layout, and create an index.|
||Last Assignment by Steve Herman. Steve is an
American journalist living in Japan. He's written a novel
based loosely on his travels and personal experiences.
What started out as a project to give to friends and
relatives as Christmas presents has turned into a
fascinating and exciting read. The main character is
caught in a tryst with a Chinese woman and promptly
exiled from Communist China (yes, this sort of thing
really does happen). He believes he's been framed and
sets out to find who it was that did it. It's an
intriguing read that shows a lot of the Far East as the
main character travels from China to Japan to the U.S. to
Japan to the Philippines and other places.
This book is currently not available for sale. November, 2000.
characters and plots are fiction. But while no woman ever
stalked me from New York, I can confirm with enthusiasm
that Hermans report on the adventures of a foreign
correspondent in East Asia mirrors the true stuff. I was
a United Press International report, editor, and
executive in Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines,
Hong Kong, and New York from 1952 to 1985, and memories
of real people, scenes, and events flooded back while I
read Last Assignment.
Steven brings a unique
voice and his world-traveling experience to his writing,
having spent half his adult life in Asia.
|How Willy got his Wings by Deborah Turner and Diana Mohler is the continuing adventures of little Willy. It teaches children the importance of facing up to your fears and remembering that with a little belief, you can conquer anything.
||The Mud Princess by W.M. Thorsson is a
wonderful book for children (and adults!) of all ages. It
will show the importance of a person's inner self and
also accepting people for who they are. It is presented
in fairy tale style.
This book is currently not available for sale. Expected release date: Spring, 2004.
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