I feel fortunate to have had two lives: one in the professional world, where I worked as a journalist and corporate communications writer; and the second as a college instructor, where I now pass along the knowledge I gained in my first career. This book is dedicated to the colleagues who have helped me along the way: the executives at the Los Angeles Daily News, with a special call-out to Debbie Gendel, my editor; my current co-workers at UCSB—you know who you are; and my always-available editor at BEP, Debbie DuFrene, a consummate professional.

I would also like to acknowledge the thousands of students I have taught. It is for you that I write these books. I hope they help you when you leave my classroom.

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