me-croppedAuthors, speakers, and other idea entrepreneurs are brilliant people who often struggle with information fragmentation. Their content is spread all over the place — in blog posts, emails, social media, note-taking apps, PDFs, Office documents, and handwritten notes.

I help clients solve this problem  with insights from the new field of personal knowledge management. Our core tool is a commonplace book — a centralized collection of notes that’s curated for continuous learning and content creation.

As a writer and development editor, I help people assemble content from many sources into a seamless book manuscript. With a published book, my clients gain clarity, credibility, and content to monetize in a variety of ways.

I’m particularly interested in books for behavior change — a term that I prefer to “self-help.” 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.

My background and experience

I have an M.A. in instructional design and have been writing professionally since 1979. I’ve worked with Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Company, Hazelden Publishing, Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth Group, and other organizations and individuals.

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 16th 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.

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.