About

I am Doug Toft, writer and development editor. I help people assemble original content from many sources—such as presentations and blog posts—into a seamless book manuscript.

With a published book, clients gain clarity, credibility, and content to present in a variety of ways that make money and make a difference.

As a “workbook doctor,” I craft texts with exercises, journal entries, and other interactive elements. These help readers move through a cycle of learning — from observation and reflection to planning and action. Books can offer powerful support for the process of behavior change.

The books that I write and edit might be shelved in the “how to,” psychology, business, self-help, or “mind-body-spirit” sections of a bookstore. The purpose is always to help readers create positive new results in their lives.

Experience and Education

I have an M.A. in instructional design and have been writing professionally since 1979. My experience includes work as a technical writer for Fredrickson Communications, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation, and the St. Paul Companies.

As a self-employed writer and development editor, I’ve worked with Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Company, Hazelden Publishing, Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth Group, and other organizations and individuals.

Sample Projects

Since 1989 I’ve been the contributing editor for the Master Student Series of books published by Cengage Learning. Becoming a Master Student by Dave Ellis is America’s best-selling college textbook, now in its 15th edition.

Other books in this series include Becoming a Master Student: Concise, From Master Student to Master Employee, Becoming a Master Student Athlete, Master Student Guide to Academic Success, and The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student.

Recently I created four Quick Guides that synthesize key insights from Hazelden publications about anger, anxiety, depression, and shame.

My books include:

  • Career Planning Supplement to Becoming a Master Student by Dave Ellis, Stan Lankowitz, Ed Stupka, and Doug Toft, Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
  • Helping Chronically Addicted Adolescents: Problems, Perspectives, and Strategies for Recovery by Cardwell C. Nuckols, A.G. Porcher III, and Doug Toft, McGraw-Hill, 1994.
  • The Caregiver’s Journey: When You Love Someone with AIDS by Mel Pohl, Deniston Kay, and Doug Toft, Harper San Francisco, 1991.
  • The Disease Concept of Alcoholism and Other Drug Addiction by Norman Miller and Doug ToftHazelden, 1990.
  • HIV: What You Need to Know by Dorothy Flynn and Doug Toft, Hazelden, 1989.