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writer, editor :
Skip Press
The Press Gang
Wearing Frank Capra's fishing coat at a garage sale - bought his ice bucket and folding writing table, too!

* 2020 - Ghostwrote memoir Superjew for highly-decorated Air Force hero, hired to write a college how-to book, hired to write story of major court case in the State of North Carolina, hired to write two screenplays, working on several of my own books for publication in 2021.

* 2019 - Prepared the 25th anniversary edition of How To Write What You Want & Sell What You Write and several other books of my own.

* 2018 - Left five-year corporate job and edited and ghost-wrote and edited books for others. Favorite consultation and editing job in 2018 was My Vietnam by Jack Billups, a touching and revelatory story from a former infantryman who wrote a book to explain his time in the war to his daughter, then visited the country with her.

* 2017 - Edited numerous books and wrote screenplays for clients while helping get the ebook of This Is My Song, the memoir of legendary singer Patti Page on the market via New Word City.

* 2016 - Consulted and edited A Mother's Heartbreak by Lori Hodgson, one of the major critics of $cientology. Edited a number of books including From The Great Wall to Wall Street by Wei Yen, a retired finance executive, and Fear Less, an amazing self-help first book by award-winning filmmaker Shawna Baca. I also spent much of 2016 filming a medical documentary with my Emmy-winning son.

• 2013 to 2015 - In 2013 wrote the biography of the CEO of a Fortune 200 company that changed the field of medicine worldwide in a huge way. Early 2014 created a 25th Anniversary special annual report for his company. 2015 I wrote a thriller novel for him about a battle with a major government institution.

• 2012, Edited and ghost wrote Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools For Putting Stress Behind You – For Good by Shawn Kilgarlin and Ron Kilgarlin. Published by their company April 2013.

• 2011 Ghost wrote Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting By Victor Cheng, Founder of The fifth printing of the third edition of my "How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write" from Sterling Publishing (Barnes & Noble) came out in July 2011 and sold out, as several editions have for 20 years. I wrote a book on Hollywood for Broadside Books (HarperCollins) and acquired and edited a series of ebooks for them. My Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Money with Craigslist debuted and remains the definitive book about the site. Made a profit despite fears that no one would buy a book about craigslist.

• 2009 Ghost-wrote This Is My Song, the memoir of legendary singer Patti Page (I was a "with"). Patti passed on January 1, 2013 and left great music and memories behind that thrilled generations. The third edition of my "Complete Idiots Guide to Screenwriting" also hit the stores in 2009 and continues to sell. The Russian edition is a staple at places like Mosfilm in Russia. The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing & Design, a book I edited and sold, went to #1 its category on and is now taught at major video game companies and universities such as USC and UCLA. It is considered the bible of that industry.

years experience: 40
rates: Fees start at $40/hour for editing, $60/hour writing. Evaluations of screenplays and books start at $199. See .
Writing, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book packaging, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Reference, Biography, Computers/technology, Mind/body/spirit, Travel, Lifestyle, Science, Screenwriting, Hollywood, Novels, Network marketing
References on request.
alpha books/Pearson
Barnes & Noble Books/Sterling Publishing
New Word City
Random House
Tenspeed Press
Superjew (editor)
From the Great Wall to Wall Street (editor)
Past Tense (ghostwriter)
Case Interview Secrets (ghostwriter)
Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Money with Craigslist
This Is My Song: A Memoir by Patti Page with Skip Press
Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Science (ghosted six chapters)
Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting (three editions & Russian translation)
Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing & Design (packager/editor)
How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write (three editions)
Ultimate Writer's Guide to Hollywood
Writer's Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors and Screenwriters' Agents (three editions)
Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting (three editions)
How To Write What You Want & Sell What You Write (three editions)
Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing & Design (editor)
This Is My Song: A Memoir
Ultimate Writer's Guide to Hollywood
Writer's Guide to Hollywood Directors, Producers, and Screenwriters Agents (three editions)
"You Solve It" young adult mystery novels (three titles)
Star Families Hollywood bio series (twelve titles)
Father Road - Lessons about fathering learned largely on road trips and various journeys with my two kids over 30 years.

The Alexander Cloud Series - Three young adult novels originally published in the mid-1990s that were optioned for film and television twice. All the stories are made current, with a fourth new novel that is the best story of them all and would make an excellent feature film.

• I wrote & sold anything that would pay the bills while supporting my proudest achievements, being a "Mr. Mom" dad to my kids, Haley and Holly, who are adults now and beginning their own careers.

• Silver Medal winner, NY International Film Festival

• Who's Who listings that look good on the wall but don't impress anyone that much

Bob Diforio
D4EO Literary Agency
?(203) 545-7180