Journalism & Ghostwriting

Below are representative journalism articles, op/eds, blogs and other thought-leadership that I published under my own byline, or ghostwrote on behalf of senior executives, which ran in leading mainstream business or industry-related news outlets.

Op-Ed: How an antitrust trial could reshape the books we read — and who writes them

The outcome of an antitrust trial currently underway in Washington could reshape the kind of books Americans read — and who writes them.

Last November, the Department of Justice sued to stop the proposed merger of two of the country’s largest publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. At the time, U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland said: “If the world’s largest book publisher is permitted to acquire one of its biggest rivals, it will have unprecedented control over this important indus

Op/Ed: Why are there still 800,000 uninsured Arizonans when no- and low-cost options exist?

Why are there still 800,000 uninsured Arizonans when no- and low-cost options exist? Opinion: Why do so many in Arizona forgo health insurance when there are subsidies and discounts? Start by thinking about who is most at risk to be uninsured.

Despite Arizona’s strong economic growth, we rank among the worst states for the number of adults and children with health insurance.

The statistics don’t demonstrate the adverse effects of going without health coverage. Uninsured people are more likely

Some Thoughts on Cancel Culture

Proponents of cancel culture call for the rejection and vilification of any institutions, individuals, or facts that make them uncomfortable or conflict with their worldview. I find one recent example of this trend particularly troubling—an article published by the Conference on College Composition and Communication in which five college writing instructors demanded that university professors stop requiring African-American students to use standard English in the classroom because it is

Opinion | The Justice Department’s move to block a major publishing merger supports authors — and the marketplace of ideas

Since the 1970s, authors have watched with alarm as corporate consolidation reduced the number of major publishing houses. The 2013 merger between Penguin and Random House created the country’s largest publisher (outside of Amazon) and cut the number of big traditional publishers to five — the Big Five. The merger of Penguin Random House with Simon & Schuster, the country’s third-largest publisher, would have reduced this to the Big Four — leaving only two publishers controlling more than two-th

Five PR Tools Every Writer Should Know About

As the COVID-19 pandemic winds down and we start to resume our usual activities, now may be the ideal time to review your current book publicity capabilities and look for new opportunities to keep both your book and role as an author and thought leader front and center.

Aa thought leader essentially possesses expertise in one or more areas. For example, a poet heavily influenced by the works of Rita Dove or Nikki Giovanni can and should position themself as someone who can speak about Dove or G

The Benefits (and Limits) of Publishing with a University Press

If the "university press" moniker conjures the image of a stack of Ph.D. dissertations, the diversity of titles and well-known authors published under university press imprints should easily erase it: The Toni Morrison Book Club (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020); A Confederacy of Dunces (Louisiana State University Press, 1980); former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins' The Apple That Astonished Paris (University of Arkansas Press, 1988); and Karla FC Holloway's A Death in Harlem (Northwestern University Press, 2019), the first volume in a proposed #HarlemBooks fiction series.

The list runs on, offering a rich mix of history, fiction, poetry, science, mystery, and humor--some books you may have read long ago, others you've never heard of--selected by members of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), and not a dissertation or monograph in sight.
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