CAREERS: My Big Break

The opportunity to research/write/compile and edit a book on

pitching legend Nolan Ryan was a milestone in my career. Today, as a

public relations professional, I am certain there is an advantage in

having published a decent book.

Before Nolan Ryan: The Authorized Pictorial History, I was working as a

copywriter at a small advertising agency. When we entered the world of

desktop publishing and then hardback books - being the writer on staff -

I was selected to spearhead our book project on Nolan.

To make the transition from the "bohemian" copywriter to Nolan's editor,

my first move was to cut off my ponytail before I travelled to Nolan's

home in Alvin, TX. From what I knew of the cowboy/pitcher, I thought

long hair could have been a communication obstacle.

As the book was being completed, my next role was to move over into a

public relations/publicist role to promote the book in advance. That was

my introduction to PR on a national scale, and I have been in PR ever

since - working on accounts ranging from Thai Airways to CompUSA.

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