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Writing, Research, Publishing * Marketing * Additional Skills * Education


The short version: Iíve written and lectured on a wide range of subjects, including: how to publish Kindle ebooks; rare books in Spanish and Portuguese; About Us pages; art history, ancient through modern, particularly outdoor sculpture in New York City; how to be a better copywriter; American history; and veterinary science.

I also have experience in book production, design and layout, website design, image research, and marketing.

Writing & Research

  • Published Step-by-Step Kindle Publishing and offered a workshop on Kindle formatting (2012)
  • Published 6 Kindle books (ebooks) on art history (see Forgotten Delights Shop; 2012)
  • For an Android app version of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide, recorded 3.5 hours of audio, researched illustrations, and created mobile web pages. Release date is May 2013. (2011-2013)
  • At Richard C. Ramer Old & Rare Books, researched books, wrote descriptions, laid out catalogues in Pagemaker and InDesign, set up Filemaker databases to manage stock and inventory, designed and set up website with searchable inventory, wrote how-to manuals for all computer operations. Samples of descriptions are on (2010-present and 1984-2000)
  • Wrote a series of blog posts evaluating the About Us pages of businesses and institutions for (2010 to present)
  • Compiled the VersaQuill Copywriting Workbook, a series of worksheets, summaries, and checklists for writing persuasive copy, organized in practical, step-by-step form. (2010-2012)
  • Wikipedia entries: StudioEIS, Harry McPherson, Zenos Frudakis, Marian Calabro (2009-present)
  • Researcher and production manager (freelance) for an independent press at Duke University: researched images and permissions, wrote a historical survey, designed and laid out text and cover, saw book through press, assisted in website design, advised on marketing and sales. Book completed in 2.5 months. (2009)
  • Researched and wrote Internationalism, vol. 10 in Understanding American History, a series of texts on American foreign relations aimed at high-school students (2008-2009)
  • Transcribed hundreds of letters by Gypsy Rose Lee and family members for Karen Abbott when she was researching American Rose, a biography of Gypsy (2007)
  • Searched out hundreds of quotations and images relating to veterinary science for an exhibition at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (freelancing for American History Workshop, 2006)
  • Assistant Cataloguer of Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts, Beinecke Library, Yale University: wrote physical descriptions of manuscripts, transcribed text, identified the authors, etc. (part-time and summers while writing Ph.D. dissertation, 1981-1984)


Marketing & Publicity

  • Promoted two books on outdoor representational sculpture in New York (see Art History section below) by creating and maintaining the Forgotten Delights website and blog. Published notecards and other marketing materials on Cafepress. (2002-present)
  • Designed website and blog for a dental office


Additional Skills

  • Computers: Mac and PC; experienced with Microsoft Word, FileMaker Pro, FrontPage; some experience with Dreamweaver, Quark, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop Elements. Consultant for Filemaker database design and InDesign catalogue layouts.
  • Languages: Fluent reading ability in French, Spanish, and Portuguese; working reading knowledge of Latin, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek; smattering of German and Italian.
  • Photography: Took photos of sculpture for Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide, Forgotten Delights: The Producers,, the Upward Glance New York screensaver, and the Upward Glance Chicago screensaver
  • Teaching: Homeschooled child in history, geography, civics/politics, English language and literature, and the visual arts.



  • Ph.D. in Classics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Semple Fellow and Semple Traveling Fellow to Spain.
  • B.A. in Classics, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.


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Her writing is clever and clear, her business manner is professional and friendly, and her work is reliable and thorough. ...

Excellent writer, creative and versatile ... deals with deadlines very efficiently.

Her writing skills are excellent and her design always beautiful. ...

Iíve worked with several researchers, and Dianne was by far the most reliable, professional, savvy, and efficient.

The articles were informative, entertaining, well researched and professionally composed. Proofing and factual errors were non-existent. Ö

A web-savvy and entrepreneurial spirit married to a whip-smart writer/ researcher/ historian Ö She can take an idea and run with it ...



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