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I am an independent journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have worked primarily in radio/Internet audio since 1999, but I am turning to Smashwords to put more of my journalism into print. This way a) the work I do that gets edited out for time in audio is not lost, b) I can publish what I want without concern over other publishers' exclusivity requirements, c) I can reach a wider audience than is available through most alternative, progressive or community news websites where I am likely to be found, and d) I can make some money.
I am still a contributor to WINGS - Women's International News Gathering Service (http://www.wings.org). On Radio4all.net (http://radio4all.net) you can find me under the names Broadcaster at-Large and R.I.S.E. Radio Internet Story Exchange. I occasionally write for Intrepid Report, formerly Online Journal (http://intrepidreport.com) and wrote once or twice a month for The Leftist Review (http://leftistreview.com) in 2913 until the summer of 2014. My one book in print is a volume of poetry called "Near the Ragged Edge of Earth". I will republish it here because someone apparently pirated it and made their own e-book out of it, although my name was kept as the author.I don't know what has been done to it.
After my e-pamphlet Eating Poison, I will be publishing a collection of my left wing commentary and two books of poetry (including Near the Ragged Edge of Earth.). I am raising money to have the space in my life to do a website, with some audio podcasts, on alternative economics. A new website will be launched for this in early 2015.
If you think e-books can save long-format reporting as newspapers and magazines shrink and die off, please support me and other journalists on Smashwords by buying our work. We hear a lot about novels being written as e-books and much less about non-fiction. But there is no reason why non-fiction can't be successful in this format.
I am new at this, so I encourage readers of Eating Poison to write me about they liked and didn't like about the reading experience, so that I can get a better idea of what you expect from e-books.
Smashwords' free ISBNs and free conversions into the various formats the various readers require, makes e-books and magazines viable options for the journalist. I wish all publishers would agree on a standard technical format.