Nothing is more inspirational than a deadline.
From screenplays to technical white papers, general news
reporting to deep legislative-legal analysis, op-eds to
feature articles, press releases to personality profiles, copy
writing to copy editing, ghostwriting to my latest resume,
my career has been a peripatetic journey through many
genres, media and styles.
I was already an internationally published author when I
met Tom, but I am better writer now than before because
of his input. - Joseph Harrington, Eye of Evil (St. Martin’s Press),
Profiles in Murder (Dell), Justice Denied (Plenum), Death of an Angel
(Quantum), An Execution’s Odyssey (Pegasus Books)
Over the many years, with occasional day-job excursions into
social work and manual labor, I’ve discovered that I can write
(or edit) pretty much anything you need - even if I’ve never
done it before. Some of the best writing I’ve done has been
from cold assignments on subjects I didn’t know anything
about. Some of my other best writings have been the
culmination of years of deep research and primary source
As for editing, I can help you with your fiction or non-fiction
work - and guarantee it will be presented in compelling,
Tom is a wonderful editor and loves to seek out the human
interest element even in the most technical stories. He gives
terrific feedback and excels at follow-up and project
management. - Charmaine Cooper Hussain, Editor/Writer and AP Style
Trainer for Communicators
Just for street creds, I was almost kicked out of high school
for writing for an underground newspaper in Salina, Kansas -
but I managed to graduate with honors from UCLA with a BA
in Psychology and and MFA in TV/Film. And later on, I put in
another three semesters of postgraduate studies in creative
writing, computer science, and tennis at Sonoma State
University before I ran out of scholarship money.
Tom was so instrumental in presenting our new nonprofit
organization to our community. He created and
maintained a print, video and online timeline of our
accomplishments and progress. He was generous and
selfless in offering his expertise to help us in one of our
most challenging periods. – Donna Raibley, founder and executive
director (ret.), One Source – Empowering Caregivers
Over this long strange trip, I’ve worked at or for such
companies as The Burbank Studios, MGM, Paramount
Pictures, KXTV, Raytheon, Sacramento Business Journal, The
Bureau of National Affairs, Xilinx Inc., Innovative Integration,
Gold Country Media, Swift Communications, and Invisible
People, among many others.
Tom is a journalist very dedicated to his craft. He treats
his subjects with utmost respect, and works tirelessly to
give a balanced account to his readers. He is the writer
you would want by your side covering any story. - Akim
Aginsky, photojournalist, Fifthframe Photography
While there is a certain romance to the term “freelance
writer,” it doesn’t mean I work for free. I’m happy to consult
with you for free, but a deposit is always required for work
to begin. What I charge depends entirely on the gig. I offer
highly competitive market rates. Maybe you can get it
cheaper, but you can’t get it better. I don’t do quick and dirty
work, because good enough isn’t.
About the cat: The Cheshire Cat is my spirit guide. The
original artwork is stained glass made for me by Jane Roth
Costanzo, a talented artist and the mother of our son.
Whenever I see the sliver of the new or fading moon (the
cat’s teeth in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland), I am reminded
to lighten up and not take things so seriously, especially
About this website: Yes, this is a homemade website. It’s a
work in progress. So, yeah, it’s a little funky, but I’m not
selling my web design skills. I’m selling excellent content.
Besides, being different is my specialty.
You are here.
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