From the natural world around us to the business world you’re part of every day, I deliver timely, accurate and relevant news articles. My speciality is business news, especially in west Michigan. I have nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer, as you’ll see from the diversity of articles on this site.
Research is: Finding facts, collecting the important information and putting it together in a way that makes sense to everyone – even people who don’t know anything about the topic. It may be unexciting for some, but I love searching for information.
When I’m not writing or reading, I’m working on games – games with dice, games with cards, games with miniatures, and many more. My games have fond audiences across the country and around the world. Keep checking back – I’m always updating and adding new games for everyone to enjoy.
I've been away from this blog for some time, working on other projects. One of them is working as an independent contractor in the life insurance/wealth management industry (again). This time around, though, I get to concentrated more on marketing and the classic "17 touches" (somewhere along theMore info »
Part of the responsibilities of a journalist, I think, is being aware of the world around you. For some, that means being a "news junkie," reading, listening and watching as much news as possible. In the contemporary world, I don't know if that's such a great idea. Every news source has its ownMore info »
I've been away from blogging for some time, but I hope to get back on track now. I've got a great way to start: a cover story for Encore Magazine, including me and my RPG materials in the cover photo. I've emailed the people I interviewed for the story and posted a notice on Facebook. It doesn'tMore info »
Finding contacts for news articles is the real challenge (it's not the writing, it's not the conceiving of a story idea). Start asking for ideas from everyone you know, especially if the editor doesn't give you any suggestions, or it's an enterprise story. People pass along emails and phoneMore info »
"Get it in writing." Probably the most important piece of business advice you'll ever hear. Make a list of all the requirements of a job, and all the things you're willing to do (and what you won't do). Put an exact dollar figure on paper, and an estimate for hours of work. Even a simple contract,More info »
I'm making small steps in my pursuit of a marketing position, working with someone I've already been working with (it really is who you know, not what you know — hence all my networking meetings). I have to figure out what I'm going to do in terms of hours and exact responsibilities, but theMore info »
That's right, a focus on marketing. That's what I'm working on now, a revitalized effort to get that part of my business up and going. At this point, I have a fairly good idea of what to concentrate on: Social media: A steady stream of posts to Facebook and LinkedIn, the client's chosen mediaMore info »
Part of writing articles for magazines is also taking part in the editorial phase. There's other parts to writing for newspapers and magazines: headlines, subheads and captions... and even photos. I've already mentioned the bio photos I've had taken; now I'm trying to coordinate a time to get aMore info »
Despite the advantages of electronic and Internet-based information, there's still something of value in paper trails. I received a letter from the De Groot Family Foundation for writing a grant to benefit Kalamazoo Animal Rescue, a letter on paper alongside a check. I'm glad they received theMore info »
Every so often, there's a need to update the ol' resume, even if you're not looking for a new job (necessarily). Whenever you accomplish something - in my case, a new article is published - put it on your resume. That way, search engines trolling the web for content will find you, and you'll beMore info »