Writer, Editor, & Interculturalist
Where to start? Well, I’ve done about a dozen books & a slew of articles. While I’ve written scholarly works & textbooks, my main focus has come to be tradebooks — especially, popular nonfiction.
I’ve taught at Penn & Columbia, & 30 years at Rutgers. Plus 10 years as Editorial Director for a small publishing house in New York. I’ve also lived & worked, studied & traveled — in 9 or 10 countries around the world, including Saudi & Turkey; Ukraine & Switzerland; Afghanistan & Uzbekistan; India, China, & Indonesia.
Writings. For writings to share, I’ve included a chapter from my book The Wanderer: Travels & Adventures Beyond the Pale, with a cast of characters you won’t forget: The baby in the back seat (Marrakesh); Escape from Haifa; On the take in Tashkent; A Jewish-Christian-Muslim (Kabul;) Alfie Zander & the Red Army (Hainan). At the Lama’s table (Sikkim). Captain Werner & the Burning Grounds (Banaras). If you like to laugh — and want to learn a little more about the world — you’ll love The Wanderer; that I like to sum up in four words: profound & irreverent; outrageous & hilarious. Some, naughty. But all, very funny.
Your Writing. As for developing your writing, I’ve included several chapters from my book Technique in Nonfiction: The Tools of the Trade (2nd edition), that contains all the techniques a person needs, to write any kind of nonfiction: articles, textbooks, or popular books — science, history or travel; health or cooking, social or cultural issues. You name it.
For more than 20 years, I’ve edited articles for scholars who want
to publish their work in academic journals. My editing can help you
improve the quality of your work and the chance of it being accepted
for publication (Studies show that half of scholarly papers are rejected
because of poor writing).
As someone who has taught English around the world, I have also worked a great deal with people whose first language is not English. For this reason, I especially welcome inquiries from non-native-speakers of English.
I also help rewrite scholarly books as trade books: popular books on serious topics, that are written for the wider world. If you really want to connect with that wider world, this is one of the best ways to do it.
My rate for editing is $2.00 a page (with 1.5 line spacing). In addition to correcting things like grammar & punctuation, I focus on those concepts that make your writing easier to understand & remember, more convincing, and more interesting.
Here are three things that are worth spending some time really thinking about. The first is from French Novelist Stéphane Mallarmé: “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” The second, from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” And the last, by writer Joseph Cirignano. “Each of us is a book waiting to be written.”
So come, let’s make the journey...together