Brian O'Connell
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Greetings,

My name is Brian O’Connell and and I'm a Doylestown, Pennsylvania-based freelance writer with 12 years experience covering business news and trends, particularly in the financial, Internet and technology, and career management sectors. As a writer and author who¹s placed two business books in "The Book of the Month Club" and whose byline has appeared in dozens of top-tier publications, I'd like to present my credentials as a contributing writer for your organization.

Currently, I operate a freelance writing business, working on books,
corporate copy writing projects and magazine articles for a variety of clients. Bylines include Biopharm International, The Wall Street Journal, Computer User, Newsweek, CBS Sportsline, Men¹s Health, Philadelphia Magazine, USA Weekend, Smart Business, Bloomberg Wealth Advisor, CBS News Market Watch, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business 2.0, and many others. I also edit the "Pennsylvania Report" a political newsletter for government/lobbyist insiders, teach a freelance writing class at The Writers Room of Bucks County (PA) and I¹m a dues paying member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

I have authored 10 books, including two "Book of the Month Club" selections: The 401(k) Millionaire (Random House) and CNBC's Creating Wealth (John Wiley & Sons). My most recent book, Free Yourself From Student Loan Debt (Dearborn Press) was released in May, 2004. It already has been reviewed favorably by The New York Daily News and CBS News Marketwatch, among others.

In addition, I have appeared as an expert commentator on business issues on CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg and other broadcast media outlets. I have also written web content, speeches, press releases, white papers, scripts and other marketing and promotional copy for brand name companies like The Vanguard Group, Putnam Investments, Lexmark International, EMC Corp., Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, and many others.

My background on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in the 1980's and on the fixed income-trading desk of Delaware Funds as a bond trader also provides me with a unique slant on business and political issues. As senior editor at DEC Professional magazine and contributing writer at LAN Computing magazine from 1989-1994, I covered the high technology sector in-depth, writing numerous articles and attending many seminars, trade shows and product demonstrations devoted to the industry. I also wrote frequently and effectively on the standards, tools and platforms that laid the foundation for the growth of technology in the 21st century.

As a volunteer grade school newspaper editor for Kutz Elementary School in Doylestown, I work with students to produce The Kutz Chronicle, the school¹s quarterly news publication. In my capacity as a volunteer for the non-profit Writers Room of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I also conduct writing and editing seminars for members of the community, including many professionals looking to improve their writing skills.

Thanks in advance for considering me. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail (brian.oco@verizon.net) or (bwrite111@aol.com) or call (#267-880-3144).

Sincerely,
Brian J. O'Connell

BRIAN  O’CONNELL  RESUME


79 Radcliff Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901
(Phone): 267-880-3144
(Fax): 267-880-3281
(E-mail): brian.oco@verizon.net
Web Site: www.brianoc.com

Brian O'Connell
Principal: Deadlines Ink (Writing and Editing Service)

Partial Client List:


The Pennsylvania Report: Harrisburg, PA: Editor for statewide political newsletter

BioPharm International: New York, NY: Financial Columnist for widely read biopharm industry monthly magazine

Bally’s Total Fitness: New York, NY: Career management columnist for Bally’s magazine

The Wall Street Journal: New York City, NY: Contributor to WSJ’s “Career Journal”

Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia, PA: Contributing feature writer for metropolitan monthly

USA Weekend, Washington, DC: Columnist for Sunday newspaper magazine with 20 million subscribers

Newsweek Japan: Contributing "US Business Trends" writer for magazine's Pacific Rim edition

Traders Magazine, New York City: Contributing Editor for international financial trading and investment magazine

Business 2.0 Magazine, San Francisco, California: Contributing journalist for national e-technology magazine

Entrepreneur Magazine, Los Angeles, California: Contributing columnist to national business magazine

Better Homes and Gardens Family Money, Des Moines, Iowa: Personal financial columnist for popular consumer finance magazine

Dow Jones Investment Advisor, Shrewsbury, NJ: Reporter for national financial publication

Robb Report, Acton, MA: Personal financial columnist for international luxury lifestyle magazine

CBS News Market Watch: Contributing reporter to major business-oriented news wire service

The Boston Herald, Boston, MA: Business writer for major metropolitan news daily

Bank Technology News, New York City, NY: Reporter for bank/hi-tech monthly

CBS Sportsline, Cupertino, CA: Golf feature writer for Internet's leading golf site

Cognos Corporation, Ottawa, Canada: Ghostwriting book and feature articles for leading software networking company

CFO Magazine, Boston, MA: Contributing information technology writer for high-profile corporate financial magazine

Web Writing / Corporate Projects


Bank of America, San Francisco, CA: Wrote Web content for corporate trust portion of B of A Web site.

SEI Investments, Valley Forge, PA: Write quarterly performance reports and other investment copy for large mutual fund company.

Lightport.com, Tampa, FL: Wrote case studies, testimonials, and brochure copy for financial advisory Web site developer.

IBM Financial Advisors, Greenwich, CT: Write online newsletter called “Economic Soundings” for financial advisory firm on quarterly basis

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA: Wrote online trading copy for Fidelity brokerage Web site.

Miles Technology, Voorhees, NJ: Write case studies and collateral copy for New Jersey information systems provider.

Nathaniel Energy, Castle Rock, CO: Marketing/Web writer for renewable energy company.

Books:


“Free Yourself From Student Loan Debt”, Dearborn Press, 2004

“Build Your Own Mutual Fund”, Adams Media, 2004

“H&R Block Common Sense Guide to Tax Planning”, Random House, 2003

“The Career Survival Guide”, McGraw-Hill, 2002

“Investing in Separate Accounts”, McGraw-Hill, 2002

"CNBC Personal Financial Handbook", John Wiley, 2001

"B2B.com", Bob Adams Press, 2000

"Generation E: How Young Entrepreneurs Are Reshaping the Business Landscape", Entrepreneur Press, 1999

"The 401(k) Millionaire", Random House/Villard, 1998

"Personal Financial Planning Handbook" (ghostwritten w/byline), Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1994


Former Positions


Institutional Editor, Published Image, Boston, MA: May, 1994 - January, 1996: Wrote and edited investment newsletters, brochures, direct mail pieces, speeches and seminar materials for financial publisher. Co-managed staff of eight writers, three researchers, one copy editor, and one statistician.

Senior Writer, Financial Planning Information, Watertown, MA: August, 1993 to June, 1994: Wrote books, speeches, TV and radio scripts, and newspaper and magazine articles on full-time contract basis for Jonathan Pond, a highly visible financial planner who appears regularly on the NBC Today Show, CNBC, WBZ (Boston) TV, and in The Wall Street Journal and Worth Magazine.

Senior Writer/Editor, Cardinal Business Media, Lexington, MA: November, 1989 to September, 1993. Assigned stories and wrote columns and articles for two leading high-tech publications; DEC Professional Magazine and LAN Computing Magazine. Interviewed prominent figures such as Ross Perot, Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Microsoft CEO William Gates.

Bond Trader, Delaware Funds, Philadelphia, PA: April, 1987 to June, 1989.

Market Maker Assoc., Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Phila., PA: June, 1983 to April, 1987.

Education


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA - Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1983.