• "Made in the Shade"
    A package on Southern writers: profiles, interviews and an 11-state directory of writers you may never have heard of but are worth your time. Appeared in Creative Loafing chain.
  • "Mass Appeal"
    A day-in-the-life profile of a telegenic parish priest in Miami. Published in Catholic Digest, reprinted in the St. Petersburg Times
  • "The Liberation of Tam Minh Pham"
    How the first West Point graduate from South Vietnam disappears after the fall of Saigon, only to be rescued by his classmates two decades later. A cover story in The Washington Post Magazine


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bob Smietana

Last year I worked with British children's author GP Taylor on his autobiography. His initial sucess--a self published novel called Shadowmancer--came by word of mouth. He was a village priest in the UK at the time, and so knew a lot of people (like the Paul Revere example in Tipping Point), and so that helped. He also had a colorful life history--he'd been a punk and later a cop before becoming a priest--and so had lots of material to hook reporters with. And he got lucky--publishing his book after Harry Potter came out, so publishers were looking for the kind of book he wrote.

Chip Scanlan

Thanks, Bob.
for the reminder of the Revere example.
As for a checkered past, I'm reminded that when Nathan McCall, armed robber turned Wash Post reporter, published "Makes Me Want to Holler," I looked back at my own history and could only come up with "Makes me Want to Genuflect," the tale of an altar boy turned reporter.
It helps to have an unexpected hook.

Shelley and Roger

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