My words embrace a subject's or client's passions and strengths. They engage the reader to act positvely. I offer the best in editorial, PR and technical writing.This is the general website displaying a diversity of work. For other sites with specialized writings from food/drink and travel to grief survival, weddings, healthy and green living, click onto the individual links on the left hand column.Contact me at words4sail@gmail.com.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

What does a Freelance Writer do?

Often, I am asked to clean up, strengthen or simply "make better" someone else's words.

In many instances I am not credited, which is fine as I am ghost writing without the white sheet and eye holes.

Here is an example:

This was the client's copy and the photo shows my words.

JEFFREY‘S GARDEN IS AN OASIS IN THE semi-arid climate of SAN ANTONIO. Walking into his garden in the Northwest side of the city feels like being transported into a private oasis in the middle of some distant and exotic land.
I spent a few hours visiting his private retreat, who is divided in several type of gardens, learning what motivates someone like Jeff to create such a unique outdoor space.

Jeff has an amazing collection of travel guides, garden books and is very meticulous about documentating his visits to dozens of Botanical Gardens throughout the United States. I was really impressed with his passion for his gardening, his creativity and knowledge about plants. Jeff is proud to have visited more than 150 Botanical Gardens and public gardens in the nation! 48 of which have specifically been Japanese Gardens.

Smashed for Good


Once I interviewed a repairer of guitars, banjos and lutes who recalled an unusual job he had been given: During a heated argument, a wife picked up her husband’s beloved acoustical guitar to deliberately swing it down against a counter. Dozens of splintered wooden pieces, twisted strings, bent bridge pins and a mangled fretboard were delivered to the shop. 

Even with expert craftsmanship, repairing the instrument took several months. Upon completion the multiple cracks were filled in, but many still remained visible. What was most incredible about the restored guitar was not its altered appearance, but its new tone. It was sweeter and fuller than ever before

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Making Fear a Motivator

The person on the other end of the phone went strangely silent.
“Are you still there?” I asked.
Moments before, the young woman bubbled with enthusiasm at doing a 12-day tour. Her disheartened reply showed the swift evaporation of her eagerness.
What went wrong?

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gold Rush Transforms Gooch/Monroe Families

Not everyone who came out to the California Gold Rush was free to go where they wanted.

But soon the territory, flooded with Argonauts, became a state - a free state.

Lives changed.

I have a screen treatment for this exciting period of American History.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Col. Frederick A. Bee

Amazing fellow was Mr. Bee.

During my early research for a book I discovered he was born and raised in the same upstate New York village where I went to high school. 


Now I live less than 1/2-mile from his former Placerville,  California mansion.

Small world.

Enjoy reading about a true California pioneer.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Oatmeal Studios Greeting Cards

Just signed contract with Oatmeal Studios.

 They appreciate my sense of absurdity and have bought my greeting card copy.

 Details on when they will be available coming soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chicken Soul for the Soup/Volunteering and Giving Back is OUT NOW!

Thrilled to be a  part of this internationally-recognized publication.

A true sense of accomplishment happens when a box of books, containing your words, is delivered.

Within the past 14 months it has happened twice.

More to come.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Local Authors Hailed...and I am included.

Thanks to Style, a Northern California publication, for including my first book in an article on local authors.

Looks like the Sierra Nevada foothills provides plenty of inspiration for all sorts of genres.

Here is the FIVE-star review from the San Francisco Book Review .

Keep reading!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How El Dorado County's Wine Industry Died Again and Again

Drive the tree–canopied and twisting roads of El Dorado County’s foothills and it is easy to see the importance of the wine industry here.

Whether anchored on steep hillsides or on flatlands, vineyards from Mount Aukum and Fair Play to Pleasant Valley, Camino and beyond are plentiful. Oenophiles, and others, appreciate the varied varietals of locally fermented grape elixirs of over 70 wineries.

With the county’s historic relevance to the Gold Rush and early California statehood many assume some modern–day wineries have been in existence since the mid–19th century. The truth is none existed prior to the 1970s when disco ruled the airwaves.

Wine–making here has often been a roller coaster ride controlled mainly by Mother Nature, economic factors and government.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

My First Book

Who knew after 20 years of being a writer that starting a tour company would result in a book deal?

The History Press contacted me after their Northern California rep saw our advertisement for ghost tours. Their Haunted America series required a book pertaining to the California Gold Rush.

Situated in Placerville, the former "Hangtown" of the raucous gold discovery era it became a natural fit.

I am not a paranormal expert. Our tours, and now the book, heavily feature the historical aspect of the spirited past in the golden triad that also featured Coloma and Georgetown.

If you cannot buy it locally both Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other online outlets sell it.

Grab a copy and enjoy.