I used to have a resume on here…but they’re so boring.
Instead, let me tell you how I became the freelance business book ghostwriter I am today.
Since 2021, I’ve focused on ghostwriting business books for innovative CEOs, consultants, investors, and experts. It’s definitely my favorite phase of a nonfiction writing career that dates back to the mid-1990s. My book ghostwriting combines my experience writing bylined books and ebooks–including two traditionally published print titles on startups and entrepreneurship–with extensive experience ghostwriting articles and other content for business leaders.
I’m that rare book ghostwriter for founders and CEOs who’s also been a business owner. So I get it.
I created two websites that help freelance writers earn more through free information, paid courses and community–the award-winning Make a Living Writing blog and the membership community Freelance Writers Den.
I wrote more than a dozen e-books that served as lead generation for these businesses, most recently The Recession-Proof Freelancer. After building the blog to nearly 1 million annual readers and the Den to 1,500 paid members, I sold my sites in 2021.
Since then, I’m back to my first love–helping fascinating people get their stories into an authority-building book that takes their career to a whole new level.
My So-Called Freelance Life
As a freelance writer, I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of terrific clients, from Forbes (both for the print magazine and a 3-year stint running a blog channel on entrepreneurship and franchising), Entrepreneur, Delta Sky (RIP!), and The Writer’s Market, to Costco, Deloitte, and American Express.
Before my most recent freelance phase that kicked off in ’05, I spent nearly 7 years as a staff writer at the Puget Sound Business Journal, covering business doings in our great city of Seattle. I wrote about retail, ecommerce, restaurant, nonprofits, legal, real estate, higher education and more. Interviewed Schultz, Nordstrom, Sinegal, Bezos, and many more.
We filed at least four stories a week, so let’s see…that’d be 1,200 articles, give or take. I worked for two great editors there, Rami Grunbaum and Don Nelson. Man, I learned a lot.
Before PSBJ, I spent five glamorous years covering home improvement retailing for the trade publication National Home Center News. I went on over 100 business trips, from New York to Anchorage. I learned how to sell merchandise at 100% markup and why we all buy what’s on the endcap, even if it’s not the best deal.
A Business Writer is Born
My journey out of songwriting–my first type of writing, from age 14–began when I won an essay contest in the L.A. Weekly. My ‘day job’ while I played clubs was legal secretary at MGM, the William Morris Agency, and other entertainment companies. The organizational skills I learned keeping lawyers’ contracts and deadlines straight serve me well today, in helping book authors keep their manuscript projects on track and moving forward.
I later wrote extensively for the L.A. Reader, and edited another alt paper, Random Lengths in San Pedro. I also produced, wrote, and served as on-air talent at Pacifica Radio Station KPFK Los Angeles 90.7 FM.
I attended UC Santa Barbara, and studied journalism through UCLA Extension. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but have lived in the Seattle area for 25 years now. I’ve learned how to say ‘Skagit,’ so I’m told I can say I belong here now.
When I’m not at my desk, you can find me walking the hills and lakeshore near my house, taking off with my husband in our RV, doing Israeli dance, playing mah jongg, or enjoying my garden.
My incredibly supportive husband is Larry Tice, and my kids Evan, Eylian, and Ariella all know more about technology than I do.