About Me

I research, write, and edit—period. My work days include large blocks of time without interruption. Let me channel that time into finishing your project. For more details about how we can work together, email me at doug.toft@gmail.com


My clients often want to publish “how to” books. These might be shelved in the psychology, business, self-help, or spirituality sections of a bookstore. In any case, our purpose is to help specific readers create specific results in their lives.

I especially enjoy “workbooks” with exercises, journal entries, and other interactive elements. These help readers move from personal reflection to planned action. Books offer powerful support for the process of behavior change.


Since 1990, I’ve been a contributing editor to the Master Student Series of books by Dave Ellis. Becoming a Master Student is America’s best-selling college textbook, now in its 15th edition.

I serve a similar role for other books in the Master Student Series, all published by Cengage Learning: 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.


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


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, Hazelden, 1990, which I co-authored with Dr. Norman Miller, sold over 80,000 copies.

HIV: What You Need to Know by Dorothy Flynn and Doug Toft, Hazelden, 1989.