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Paul S. Fein, Agawam MA; tel. & fax (413) 786-2034; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing Specialties: Sportswriting, with a special emphasis on tennis — its international players, events, issues, trends and history. Credits: My first book — Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies — was published by Brassey's, Inc. in April 2002; see www.tennisconfidential.com. It was recommended by Library Journal and Tennis Week, among other publications. My second book — You Can Quote Me on That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights, and Zingers with a foreword by Billie Jean King — was published by Potomac Books, Inc. (formerly Brassey's, Inc.) in March 2005; see more information and links to reviews at www.tennisquotes.com. My third book, Tennis Confidential II: More of Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies, was published in May 2008 by Potomac Books, Inc.; see more information and links to reviews at www.tennisconfidential.com. Tennis Confidential II was named one of ForeWord magazine's finalists for the 2008 Book of the Year Award. My articles have appeared in publications in 25 foreign countries and in general interest, sports and tennis magazines and newspapers in the U.S. Awards: I have received more than 30 writing awards, including 13 (two 1st Places and two 2nd Places) in the Writers-Editors Network International Writing Compeition, three during the 1990s from the prestigious Tennis Week magazine, plus a first prize and a second prize in the 1999 United States Tennis Writers Association writing contest in the Column category, a first prize in the 2000 USTWA writing contest in the Feature category, a first prize in the 2001 USTWA writing contest in the Enterprise/Hard News category, a first prize in the 2004 and 2005 USTWA writing contests in the Feature category, and a first prize in the Service Story category and second prizes in the Hard News/Enterprise category and the Feature Story category in the 2007 USTWA writing contest. The 2005 winning Feature Story was "Who is the Greatest Tennis Player Ever?" In the 2008 USTWA contest, I won First Prize in the "Service Story" Category for my article, "Ten Reasons Why Topspin Is Essential on Clay." It was my seventh First Prize award in the annual USTWA writing contest in the past nine years. In the same category, I also won Second Prize for my article, "The Art of Anticipation." It was my fourth Second Prize award in the USTWA contest. My articles received 1st Place (for "The Importance of Momentum in Tennis" on TennisOne.com) and 2nd Place (for "Defend and Conquer" in Australian Tennis Magazine) awards in the Service Story category in the 2010 USTWA writing contest. My article,"The Escape Artist,"was awarded 8th Place in the Magazine Feature Article category of the 81st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition (2012). I received 1st Place in the 2015 Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition in the "Previously Published Nonfiction" category for his essay titled "Beauty of Federer." I also received 3rd Place in the 2015 Carteret Writers Writing Competition in the "Nonfiction" category for his essay titled "Will Serena and Novak Capture the Holy Grail of Tennis." Kinds of articles: I write human interest features, interviews, event coverage, straight reportage, book and web site reviews, sports history, essays, "Juicy Quotes" and "Tennis Index" features, event previews and annual retrospectives, instruction, humor and cartoons. Memberships: AIPS, NSSA, USTWA, USPTA, NSWTA, LTA, SST, ITHF, USTA. Comments: Besides freelance writing assignments, I am available for press releases, proofreading, editing and newsletters. Writing samples are available upon request. I welcome your inquiries.
Kay Harwell Fernández, Ormond Beach FL; email@example.com. Writing Specialties: Travel, art & culture, retail, health/medical, dogs, profiles, food & wine, business, mature and upscale markets. Media Experience: Newspaper, magazine, newsletter, audio, corporate, brochures, ad agency, PR firm, Internet. Books: Contributor to National Geographic tabletop book "Sacred Places of a Lifetime"; contributor to "100 Years of Moving Pictures," published in both Europe and the US. Periodical Credits: AAA Living, Upscale Living, The Tennessean, Porthole, Gayot, Holiday Villas (UK), Elegant Wedding, Wine Enthusiast, Vacation Agent, Seabourn Club Herald, Cunard Passages, Holland America Compass, and The Travel Editor. Clients: Agencies; businesses. Awards: Writing awards from WEN/FFWA Annual Writing Competition; American Business Publishers Jesse Neal Award; and editor of two publications that received Florida Magazine Association awards. Comments: Journalism degree (graduated with high honors); more than 20 years' experience, including magazine editor for both trade and consumer publications; strengths – professional, ethical, flexible, can-do attitude; traveled throughout the US and to 44 countries. Memberships: FFWA, ASJA, IFWTWA, SATW.
Carol Fichtelman, St. Louis, Missouri
Non-Fiction Skills: Legal Editing, Legal Writing, Website Writing, University and Law School Consultant, Copy Editing, Proofreading
Non-Fiction Credits: ElderLaw Portfolio Series: Portfolios ##10, 12, 13,14, 20 (Update Contributor), #17 (Co-Contributor), #27 (Original Author), Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Publisher
Fiction Skills: Short Story Writer (Mainstream and Speculative/SciFi)
Fiction Writing Credits: "Grasmere Avenue," Dream Fantasy International, Volume 34, 2006/2007; "Dogtown, USA," Wisconsin Review, v. 43, #2 (Spring, 2009); "My Alpha and Omega," Liternational, Volume 1, Issue 2, Aug. 17, 2012, www.liternational.com/my-alpha-and-omega/; "It Never Rains in Dogtown," Center for Writing Excellence (C4WE), Sept. 2012 and published in Third Annual Fiction Anthology, (p.45) Center for Writing Excellence, 2013; "Girl in the Fast Lane," WritersType.com September 2012 Short Story Winner, www.writerstype.com/winners/2012/september/shortstory.asp or www.writerstype.com/winners.asp; "It Never Rains in Dogtown," Third Annual Fiction Anthology, Editor: Janie Sullivan, Director, C4WE; Center for Writing Excellence, Summer 2013 (ISBN: 978-1491091043) (Also available on Kindle)
Fiction Awards: Black Mountain Press Asheville Award Finalist, May 2013 Contest, "Girl in the Fast Lane: A Collection of Short Stories": http://theblackmountainpress.com/contests.html (Top Finalist out of Four Awardees, including the Winner); The 2012 Kristen Iversen & David Anthony Durham Award, Liternational: Literary Review International, www.liternational.com/finalists/, Honorable Mention for "My Alpha and Omega"; September 2012 Short Story Contest, WritersType.com, First Place for "Girl in the Fast Lane"; September 2012 Crime Fiction Contest, Center for Writing Excellence, Third Place for "It Never Rains in Dogtown"; 2012 Liternational Short Fiction Contest, Top Five Short Story, "My Alpha and Omega"; 2011 Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Contest, Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts; Short Story Finalist (20 finalist from pool of 450) for "Vicious Killer Poodles"; 2011 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Short Story Semi-Finalist for "Danger City" (story not published).
Comments: B.A. History; J.D.; Available to do editing, website work, freelancing from my home office
Penny Fletcher, Author, Editor & Publishing Liaison
After leaving Tennessee for Florida with $300, three kids and everything we owned in a rust-bucket Ford in the late 1970s, I held down jobs managing convenience stores and motel offices and driving a refrigerated box truck. Meanwhile, I was writing for True Story, True Romance, True Confessions, Today's Christian Woman, and Gulf Coast Fisherman. Eventually, my variety of clips earned me the position of reporter with Sunbelt Newspapers and in six years I headed a Sunbelt Bureau; hiring, firing, training, assigning copy and designing newspapers. After being bought by Media General Communications Corp., I wrote columns, news and features for many of the local Sunbelt papers as well as columns, features and news for The Tampa Tribune. I was also in charge of assigning and editing others' copy in Associated Press style. While there, I gleaned approximately 20 Press Awards, which are listed on my website.
Meanwhile, on the side, I was moonlighting for Amazon's first publishing division, BookSurge, where I became adept in Chicago style; writing the back jackets of books I edited as well as three forms of marketing copy. I was also developing an editing service of select clients of my own. That, plus classes occasionally given at a local seniors' college and through the Hillsborough County, Florida Library System brought me to the point of adding "Publishing Liaison" to my resume. This means I can not only do an intense edit of your work; but check for plot hole; dialogue; scene-setting; and strong characterization. All these services are a la carte on the site, which explains that I can either prepare your manuscript for submission to publishers or get it online for you, including obtaining the ISBN and cover art.
Besides about 12,000 newspaper and magazine bylines, I am also an author. My first book, If I Should Die Before I Wake, a nonfiction book about my escape from domestic abuse, was published in 1992 by Rainbow's End Publishing Company based in Baden, Pennsylvania. The publisher, Bettie Tucker, flew me to Pennsylvania from Florida to speak at a conference. Rainbow also sold my book to several colleges for women's studies before it went out of business.
In 2016, I self-published a suspense thriller on Amazon titled The Sumerian Secret, and believe it would sell to a motion picture company if contacts with the right people are made. At 78,000 words, its plot is "fact-based fiction" (readers say like the Da Vinci Code). Ronnie Monroe, an ace reporter who seeks solace in her work after the death of her twin brother, roots out hidden NASA files and photographs proving the truth in ancient texts that predate the Bible by thousands of years. Naturally, the government and prominent religious organizations fear exposing these truths and Ronnie finds herself the target of hacking, and finally a kidnap and assassination attempt. I have two videos from YouTube on my website showing the significance of these texts and you may view the book on Amazon.
I now have a new book titled Confidential Clientele that just finished its final edit by someone I worked with for 20 years at Media General News Corp. Inc. At 75,000 words, this book is also fact-based fiction gleaned from interviewing and writing about the homeless.
With more than 250 endorsements on Linked-In and all 5-Star work on Guru.com since 2011 and two Writer's Digest contest awards in fiction, I have edited about 400 books and currently write a monthly column on writing techniques for Authorlink.com.
Charles Justus Garard Jr. PhD, Doraville, GA; 404-681-1820; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://virgostone.wordpress.com; http://the-dark-journeys-trilogy.strikingly.com. Charles Justus Garard, Jr. has taught all levels of English courses at two universities, two private four-year liberal arts colleges, two community colleges, and for a private tutorial service on weekends for Asian students. From 1988 to 2004, he taught at Morris Brown College in Atlanta; from 2004 to June of 2006, he taught English in Anshan, China, at the Anshan University of Science and Technology. He has taught all levels of writing (honors, regular, advanced, and development sections), Creative Writing (both 100 and 400 levels), World Literature I and mythology (including honors and film sections), English Literature surveys I and II, and film courses. He received his Ph.D. in 1987 from Southern Illinois University by writing a dissertation on John Fowles. This was later published internationally as a book titled Point of View in Fiction and Film. He minored in American literature as well as cinema studies and studied screenwriting as his collateral field. He earned his MA in English from Southern Illinois University by writing a thesis on the mythology of Atlantis. In addition to teaching, he worked four years as a newspaper salesman and photographer, worked part-time as the editor of a small community newspaper for one year, and worked in the advertising layout departments of movie theatre circuits.In addition to writing the book on John Fowles and several articles, he has completed two mainstream novel manuscripts, a science-fiction novel about time-travel, a fourth novel dealing with Indonesian mythology, and has begun a fifth novel about his experiences in China. Throughout his career, he has helped writers at all levels revise and edit their materials, everything from brochures and speeches to newspaper and scholarly articles. He has taught the MLA style method but also has access to CMS, APA and AP manuals as well as numerous other fact-finding and background materials ranging from creative writing books to occult and supernatural reference works. He has been a member of the CNW since 1989 (professional member number 52552). Charles Justus Garard has articles posted at Ezine @rticles: Before the Malls Came: Showmanship for Small-town Movie Theatres and Who is Watching Whom? Point of View and Loss of Control in "It Came From Outer Space"
Suzann Bresler Goldstein is a memoirist, a freelance writer and a poet. She posts essays and poems to her blog www.unexpectedlives.com and has finished her memoir, WHY US? One Mother's Story (working title). She will soon be working on a book about children with cancer and blood disorders and their parents with her husband, Edwin Goldstein, and Dr. Peri Kamalakar, the director of three of THE VALERIE FUND Centers for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Suzann was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and attended Bridgeport's public schools and the University of Connecticut. She dropped out of the academic world at the end of her sophomore year and returned home, her scholarly interests overcome by the university's very active social life.
Six months later, Suzann moved to New York City with friends from college. While there she met, and following a brief dating period, married Ed, the love of her life. They soon became a full-fledged family by adding two children to their lives, Stacy in 1964 and Valerie in 1966.
In 1969, three-year-old Valerie was diagnosed with bone cancer. She died six years later in January 1976. One month later, in February 1976, Suzann and Ed established THE VALERIE FUND, www.thevaleriefund.org, in their daughter's memory. THE VALERIE FUND is an organization that supports comprehensive health care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Today there are seven THE VALERIE FUND Children's Centers located in major hospitals in New Jersey, New York City and the Philadelphia area. These Centers together form the largest network of hospital-based outpatient healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation. THE VALERIE FUND also supports Camp Happy Times, afree week-long summer camp for children with cancer.
In 1981, when Stacy was seventeen, a fresh interest in academics urged Suzann to add non-traditional student to her New Jersey schedule. She enrolled in Somerset County Community College, received her Associate of Arts degree with honors, transferred to Douglass College and in 1984, while in her junior year, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1985, she was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors.
Continuing her education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Suzann received her Master of Arts degree in sociology, then entered the Rutgers PhD program in medical sociology. In addition to the other busy parts of her life, Suzann worked in the sociology department as a research assistant and practiced as a medical sociologist outside the university.
Suzann left graduate school before completing the last of her doctoral course work in order to care for Stacy who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 at the age of twenty-five. Stacy died twelve years later in 2001.
The breast cancer center at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in collaboration with Suzann and Ed, was renamed in memory of Stacy, and is now called the STACY GOLDSTEIN BREAST CANCER CENTER at RCINJ, www.cinj.org/treatment/breast_oncology.html. The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and is dedicated to cancer research and the clinical care of patients with cancer. It is one of only 45 such cancer centers in the nation.
-In May 2015, Suzann was the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award from The State Federation of Women's Clubs.
-In October 2014, Suzann was inducted into The Douglass Society, an honor given by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College to those whose life's work embodies exceptional accomplishments and leadership.
-In mid June 2013, Suzann and Ed were awarded The Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis Jefferson Award for Public Service.
-In early June 2013, Suzann and Ed received the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award in Public Service In March 2012, Suzann was chosen as the Somerset County Woman of The Year for Public Service.
-In 2011, Suzann and Ed were awarded the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's University Medal of Excellence.
-In September 2010, Suzann was elected to the Foundation of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
-In 2003, Suzann was appointed to the New Jersey State Child Placement Review Board.
-In 1992, Suzann was appointed to the New Jersey State Department of Health Parental and Child Health Advisory Committee.
-In 1991, The New Jersey State Department of Health chose Suzann as the recipient for the Albert Harrison Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Services for Children With Special Health Needs.
-In 1984, Suzann received the Douglass College Student Cooperative Bookstore Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Major Field of Study.
William (Bill) A. Gralnick, Boca Raton FL; (561) 445-4338, (561) 488-3554; email@example.com. Writing Specialties: Opinion, lifestyle, humor, nostalgia, proofreading, editing. Media Experience: Newspaper, newsletter, speeches, white paper, research. Periodical Credits: Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, St. Petersburg Times, Anniston (Ala.) Star, USA Today, Jewish Journal, Southern Israelite, Miami Today, Nashville Tennessean, Florida Catholic, International Police Chaplains Journal. Comments: My style is readable, pithy, peppered with humor and irony where appropriate.
Persis ("Perky") Granger is a writer who divides her time between north-central Florida and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. It is the latter locale that provides the setting for Perky's YA historical novels, "Adirondack Gold" (Beaver Meadow Publishing, 2003) and "Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers" (Beaver Meadow Publishing 2008). Both novels tell the story of young Hollis Ingraham as he copes with difficult family problems and the trials of farm life in the late 1890s. A most sympathetic character, Hollis faces decisions that would test the judgment of any adult. Perky also co-authored and edited "Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace," (iUniverse Star, 2004), an anthology of writings by 10 women, each of whom tells of the emotional impact of coping with a parent's Alzheimer's journey. Granger has also been published in "Adirondack Life," "Adirondack Family," "Healing Springs," "Orlando Woman," "BackRoads" and other publications. She edits and helps write a magazine for the John Thurman Historical Society, a group in which she is active, and for them also created a script for a self-guided tour CD now on sale. Perky hosts two writers' retreats each year, The St. George Island (FL) Writers' Retreat for Women in November, and The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat near Lake George, NY. Both have limited space for participants. Inquiries about retreats or freelance work or author programs are always welcome. To learn more, visit www.PersisGranger.com or www.FictionAmongFriends.com.