My Story

Three decades in the trenches of journalism. More than 1,000 articles in national magazines. Four books. Some television, some radio. Mainly, I’m a writer.

2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Silver Award

Stints as an editor—five years at the start of my career, eight years as editor of the Outside Buyer’s Guide (published by Outside magazine), occasional consultant on makeovers and launches. Editor at large of National Geographic Adventure for many years.

Four National Magazine Awards for General Excellence—Outside and National Geographic Adventure—during the years I wrote and edited for them.

Copywriter for agencies and commercial clients. Print ads, websites, sales letters, taglines, branding stuff.

The last few years: an intense apprenticeship in Internet marketing, studying with some of the best in that business.

Write Where the Money Is (book) and Surefire Writing (blog)—because I’m so often asked for guidance by other writers, and saw nowhere in print or online to send them. How do I put this politely? Most sites and books that purport to guide freelance writers are staffed by people who themselves have not freelanced successfully.

Thirty-Plus Years Distilled into Bullet Points

  • 2009 Travel Journalist of the Year Lowell Thomas Silver Award
  • Two-time Lowell Thomas Gold Award Winner for Travel Writing
  • Freelance writer since 1982
  • More than 1,000 articles in national magazines
  • Author of Write Where the Money Is
  • Editor at Large, National Geographic Adventure
  • Editor, Outside Magazine Buyer’s Guide
  • Correspondent, Outside magazine
  • Editor/Publisher, Sunglasses Buyers Guide
  • Grammar geek
  • Lover of the Outdoors
  • Adventure traveler
  • Cyclist
  • Poet
  • Husband
  • Brother
  • Uncle
  • Son
  • Blessed with hundreds of incredible friends