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I’ve built a healthy career in communications starting as a freelance news reporter for the local newspaper and parenting magazine, and then as a news columnist. My journey took me into advertising, marketing and magazine publishing, and it included a quick detour into criminal justice where I wrote investigative reports for the Criminal and Supreme Courts in New York City.

I’ve served as an award-winning editor for a regional business journal and the editor of a lifestyle magazine.

As the director of editorial for a small book publisher, I’ve managed over 60 books from the manuscript stage to publication.

I have copy edited and developmentally edited a broad variety of genres including fiction (children’s, YA, fantasy, romance, mystery and crime) and non-fiction (law, sports, self-help, cooking, faith, history, business and entertainment).

I have also edited theses, dissertations, cover letters and executive job applications.

A four-time author, I’ve written fiction and non-fiction, primarily about jazz:

The Poconos in B Flat

Glissando: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz


Music in the Scriptures

I have also co-authored a book about the economic resurgence of a Midwest urban center with a commercial real estate developer.

I have been on numerous discussion panels and have presented on writer’s block, building an author platform and using social media.

Amazon author page: debbieburke_jazzauthor




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