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 investigative reporting.
As for editing, I can help you with your fiction or non-fiction work - and guarantee it will be presented
in compelling, professional English.
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
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
As a columnist, Tom thinks and writes like a flamethrower - Don Rogers, Editor, The Aspen Times
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 project. I offer highly competitive market rates.I don’t do quick and dirty
work, because good enough isn’t.
About the cat: The Cheshire Cat is my spirit guide. Hover your mouse over him, he might have
something to say (maybe not on your cell phone).
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 waxing or waning moon (his teeth in Disney’s Alice
in Wonderland), I am reminded to lighten up and not take things so seriously, especially myself.
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Tom is kick-ass writer! I needed to tell the story of my father’s death. My notes were chaotic and
made no sense. Tom was sensitive to my feelings and remained objective. He carefully wrote the
story using my voice. I love the work he did. – Mario Chacon, San Diego