I’ve been around the block (in Manhattan and other places) quite a few times when it comes to publishing. But resumes can be deadly to read, so let me briefly (or maybe not so briefly) tell you about my career in a nutshell.
I was able to combine my love of interior design, which I studied at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology and journalism, which I studied at New York University. After stints working for various companies, including the sales promotion department of Maidenform (yes, I brought home lots of samples) and the cultural affairs department of the former Philip Morris (where I learned to appreciate museums and ballet), I decided it was finally time to find an editorial job. After a short stay at Working Woman Magazine (where I found out that I was a really lousy secretary), off to Fairchild Publications I went to work as an editor at Optical Index Magazine (where I learned a lot about grinding lenses).
I moved around there and found my way into what was once known as Home Fashions News, then on to HFD (Home Furnishings Daily) and never looked back once I began covering the world of interiors and home fashions. I still own sample bath towels from back then! I then zig-zagged my way into the editorial position of a lifetime at Interiors Magazine, where I traveled the world to cover trade shows and speak at events, and also wrote hundreds of articles on furniture and design. It was a whirlwind of eight blissful years before I left to write my first book, New Workplaces for New Workstyles, published by McGraw-Hill. At that point, my claim to fame was my expertise in home office design, alternative officing, and telecommuting and my second McGraw-Hill book, Practical Home Office Solutions. That landed me a senior editor position at Home Office Computing Magazine, an information-packed consumer publication that folded. Back I went into interior design, working for Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications where I edited a quarterly magazine for .5 million readers interested in mostly DIY design projects.
Without boring you with more of a list, I went on to write, edit, photo edit and contribute to a host of other publications and books for various publishers, including a stint as staff developmental editor at home design book publisher, The Taunton Press. The freelance life beckoned me again once I became a mom, and I’ve been busy with my independent writing/editing business working with publishing clients such as Wainscot Media, Globe-Pequot Press, Weldon Owen, AOL’s Shelterpop, StudioD and more. I also write Two Frugal Fairfielders Guide Kindle eBooks (about saving money on various lifestyle topics) under the Two Frugal Fairfielders’ site, a blog I co-founded in 2008.
Over the years, I’ve also been featured in dozens of national publications (Family Circle, This Old House, New York Times, for example) and been on numerous satellite media tours (promoting home office products), national television news (Bloomberg News, CNBC) and radio programs (NPR) to discuss lifestyle issues. I live with my lovely family in Fairfield, CT where I enjoy spending less money while living well…and while spending summers at the marina and on our boat anchored in Long Island Sound.
“I had the opportunity to work with Marilyn on several book projects over the past few years. She not only is extremely detailed and organized in her work flow, she is always a pleasure to work with.” Anna Adesanya, Photo Editor, Freelance worked directly with Marilyn at Globe Pequot Press
P.S. If you do want to see my latest resume/credentials, click here to download a PDF version.