Karen Burns has been writing since—oh, for a long time.
Most recently she’s the author of “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use” (Running Press, 2009), an illustrated career-advice book based on the 59 jobs she’s worked in her lifetime.
Check out her site for info about the book. (FYI, she was fired from only one of the 59 jobs.)
Other publications include travel and cooking articles in various newspapers (Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic) and magazines. Writing-for-hire includes news releases, brochures, instructional manuals, videotape scripts, website content, employee handbooks, and speeches.
At one point in the 59 jobs, Burns wrote and produced a weekly newsletter for four long years, totaling 800 articles. The subject was gas turbine quality and reliability; if you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you have benefited from her work. You’re welcome.
For two and a half years, she wrote a weekly online column for U.S. News & World Report’s “On Careers” feature (see here).
Also, because she knows the difference between “that” and “which” (not to mention “affect” and “effect”) she occasionally takes on editing work.