Director, Book of the Day .org
Publishers have remarkably low employee turnover. The job is just too interesting. The saying is: “Once you get ink on your fingers, you can’t get it off.”
I got “ink on my fingers” in 1983. I worked as a systems analyst for a large publisher (NFPA), establishing their SGML-based publishing system. So I could better understand what I was working on, they sent me to study briefly with a famous book designer (Joan Stolier, most well-known for Jonathan Livingston Seagull). Later I worked for a software company (PENTA) developing an artificial-intelligence system to compose and paginate books. I’ve worked as an editor, art director, designer, and publisher, and in some capacity on hundreds of books, from pulp fiction novels to the National Electrical Code.
I was editor of The American Reader, 1995-96.
I’m from North Carolina. I have three beautiful daughters, and four adorable grandkids. There’s usually a cat around somewhere.
Oh — and I like to make things with twist-ties.