Writer ~ Publisher ~ Sailor
With my son and colleague Bill Renehan. Photo from Providence Business News. Used by permission.
With my wife Christa at New Harbor, Block Island, 2012. Photo taken by a beautiful young French girl off one of the other yachts. Thus my especially strenuous smile.
15 minutes of fame.
I'm the founder and managing director of New Street Communications, LLC, a small publishing firm focused on digital, POD and audio editions. We have two subsidiary imprints: New Street Nautical Audio and Dark Hall Press.
This is the 35th year of my carrer in publishing, including seven years as Director of Computer Publishing Programs for MBCI/Macmillan Publishing (later called Newbridge Communications and now a part of the Bookspan/Book of the Month Club group of companies). Early in my career I did stints with Wiley, St. Martin's Press, and a few other establishments.
Subsequently, as an independent, I developed information products (mostly computer-related, but also in the realm of history and biography) for Springer-Verlag, Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, Random House, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Basic Books and many other imprints. You will find a complete bibliography here.
I've written more than 20 books published under my own name. I've also ghost-written and/or packaged a large number of titles, lectured at NYU's Stern School of Business (as well as other colleges and universities), and done extensive consulting for a variety of publishing concerns.
I've been active with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (former member of the board), the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other orgs. I am a founding/charter member of the Long Now Foundation. I've likewise done some non-profit boards (mostly related to environmental matters) in my adopted home state of Rhode Island.
Like two million other Americans, I suffer from bipolar disorder (aka, manic depression). Click here for a brief essay I've written on the subject. For the past several years I've been under treatment and stabilized courtesey some very expensive medications. I believe it is important for sufferers of manic depression and other mood disorders to be "out" and candid about their affliction, in order to eradicate the stigma that is so often and so inappropriately attached to these diseases.
Nut for sailing, especially classic wooden boats.
Terrain: I and my wife live in southern coastal Rhode Island, near Newport, where we've been since mid-1994 and where we raised our kids. Before that we were in the New York City metro area. I received my secondary education at the State University of New York, New Paltz, in the northern Hudson Valley, where I lived for quite a while (Woodstock area) and still have a great many friends. I was raised on Long Island.
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