By profession I am a freelance writer and journalist.
At the end of the day when you add up my earnings the check comes from newspapers, magazines, and web publications that neatly fit into the "New Media" slot on the imaginary form we are filling out.
The following sections of this Services Page neatly describes what I do -- and what I no longer do in case you have used other services that I used to provide, and there is some confusion around what I might be induced into doing -- along with a general idea of how I must be compensated for those services.
I am fluent in the subject of the Internet, the Web, Computer Networks and Network Security, Video Games, Travel, and Feature Writing for newspapers, magazines, and the Web.
I generally accept freelance assignments for any of the above beats as well as others, if the assignment is one that I feel that I can contribute a valuable voice to. I am very keen these days on projects on the wine beat, spanning everything from researching vintages to travel pieces on specific vineyards to general interest and / or "edutainment" pieces on the wine beat (as that is the next beat I aim to enter).
The Beats I Write on . . .
Events I have covered and may accept paid and expensed assignments for include: Boston Wine Expo / CES (Vegas) / CES (New York) / China Joy Shanghai / Comic Con (Boston) / Comic Con (Denver) / Comic Con (New York) / Comic Con (San Diego / Detroit Auto Show / E3 / Eastern Winery Exposition / Fashion Week (New York) / FlightSimCon / Gamescom / Games Fleadh / Newport Wine Festival / New York International Auto Show / New York Wine Expo / Paris Games Week / PAX Australia / PAX (Seattle) / PAX East (Boston) / Tokyo Game Show / WineExpo Shanghai.
If you are an editor and you have an assignment that you think may be a fit please send an email to me at the address you will find on the Contact Section of the site.
Email is my preferred form of communication, so it may be very helpful for you to include basic information about the proposed piece or project, along with your contact information so that we can discuss it in detail.
* Please note that under video game walkthroughs and guides I prefer not to accept sports game assignments with the exception of auto racing games like the Forza series, which I do cover.
I no longer cover the Adult Entertainment Beat and will not consider either bylined or ghost projects or assignments on that beat.
blogging / guest blogging
A lot of freelance writers today blog -- and many of the successful ones get paid to do it. I also blog, but there is a key difference between my blogging and commercial blogging: I don't do it professionally and I am not very likely to accept an offer to blog for your site, paid or not.
While I appreciate being considered for every job, and I like to get paid for doing what I do best -- writing -- at the present time the only sort of paid blog work that I am likely to consider is strictly on the wine beat. If you have a project in mind that is firmly on the wine beat, please feel encouraged to contact me.
I no longer seek or accept web design projects.
referral type efforts
This is not a major element to my career or anything like that but, for example, some websites or services have referral programs or schemes that they use to get people like me who have something of an audience because of being a journalist to share them with friends or readers I may be able to influence. For example one of the pages below is for the audio book site and service Audible dot Com who I have been a customer of since day one and wholly and cheerfully endorse.
When a person uses one of the links on these pages - either to sign up for the free Audible Account or buy a book from Audible (via my link) - I get a credit for that. At least I think I do... I don't actually handle the money or credit end of things my wife does that but I do know that I regularly receive notices from Amazon about people following my links and Audible sends me messages on their site telling me I earned a free book this month so as far as I'm concerned it's all the same thing?
As a journalist I operate under an ethics policy and one of the important rules is full disclosure and transparency so I have to TELL you that this is what is happening. Otherwise that would be very unethical. So if you are following one of my shared messages about Audible and you use the linked item(s) on one of these pages to join Audible or buy an audio book there, you need to know that I will benefit in some small way, okay?
Pages of My Referral Links
rates and compensation
Generally I bill industry standard, though depending upon the project size or complexity pay rates and compensation will be determined on a case-by-case basis, typically applying the industry standard hourly rate for larger projects, while piece-work is priced by the piece for small-to-medium pieces, and by the word for larger pieces.
This all usually gets accomplished in the "talking about" phase of a work proposal.
The most reliable method for contacting me is via email. When contacting me you will be best served by using the addresses provided in the Contact Section of this website - as that is the Contact Information that is maintained and kept current and up-to-date.
Please note that I use an image of my business card to present my contact information so that my email address and phone number cannot be scanned by a web-crawler.
I find that nicely cuts down on the amount of spam email and telemarketer robo-calls I receive.
A Helpful Glossary of Terms
As there has been some confusion in the past regarding what specific words or phrases mean in journo-speak, I thought it would be an idea to provide you with some helpful definitions of what certain key and important phrases mean, so when I use them you will know precisely what I mean:
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