Writer and Editor
I’ve had a passion for writing ever since I sold my first articles while I was in college. I work quickly and accurately—one of my colleagues told me that people like reading my work, whether it’s an article or copy for a brochure. I’ve developed interviewing and photography skills to complement my writing. If you were to ask my former colleagues about me, they would say that I’m dependable and able to meet tight deadlines.
FREELANCE WRITER, Lincoln, Nebraska
March 1977 – Current
I write and edit copy on contract for a variety of clients. I’ve learned to write in many styles—newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, newsletters, books, and websites. My clients have ranged from Cliffs Notes (study guides) to Grassroots Nebraska (feature articles) to Media Publishing (books). I edited A Need To **** (Media Publishing, 1990), newscaster Mark Pettit’s best selling book about convicted killer John Joubert. I copy-edited many manuscripts for Cliffs Notes and wrote a Cliffs Notes on Willa Cather’s My Antonia. I contributed two articles per issue to Grassroots Nebraska. In addition I wrote brochure and newsletter copy for several businesses, edited several books, and was the photographer for a Nebraska Department on Aging project.
JOURNALIST, MBJ Publications, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
March 1994 – December 2003
MBJ Publications publishes two newspapers, the monthly Midlands Business Journal and the bimonthly Lincoln Business Journal. During my time with the company I wrote an average of 20 to 25 articles per month for a total of approximately 3 million words. I researched my articles by conducting telephone and in-person interviews. I also took photos for nearly all of my feature stories.
PUBLISHER, Kubicek & Associates, Lincoln, Nebraska
January 1988 – February 1994
I established and managed Kubicek & Associates, an internationally-known trade book publishing company. Two of the short stories from our first book—including a story I wrote—were nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and the book was used for several semesters in a University of Nebraska English course. Two of our books became small press best sellers, one achieved international notoriety, and another sold foreign rights to Mexico.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, Lincoln, Nebraska
1973 – 1977 B.A. in English (minor in social sciences)
NEBRASKA WRITER’S GUILD
1985 – Current Member (offices held: Auditor, Treasurer, President)