I was born in Indiana and grew up in Iowa, Kentucky, and Illinois. I earned degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of Illinois, and served in the army with the 8th Infantry Division in Germany during the height of the Cold War.
A mathematician and cartographer by training, I began my career with R.R. Donnelley Cartographic Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the time the largest custom mapping firm in the country. I’ve also been a chef, a jeweler, and an educator.
My most recent book is The First 100 Words: “The first 100 words of your manuscript are as important as all the words that follow. They comprise a first impression. They set the tone and introduce your writing style. If poorly chosen, they may be the only words an editor reads. The purpose of The First 100 Words is to share one editorial staff’s insights into that narrow literary domain, to chart the pitfalls and headlong plunges that inspire frontline readers to reject manuscripts, often without bothering to finish them.”
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