Bill Donovan's
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PO Box 6735
Big Bear Lake CA 92315
(805) 212-0652 cell


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Print And Digital Writing and Editing Samples

Most Recent Book:
Writing, Copy Editing, Proofreading, Cover Design:

Be That One In A Hundred

This is a book I wrote, edited, and published on Amazon in October, 2017 in print and digital editions.

Its target market is aspiring screenwriters.  

A digital copy of the book (PDF or Kindle) can be provided to potential employers upon request.


  Freelance Writing Samples:

Sweating for Status illustration
"Sweating For Status"
Freelance Magazine Article

This was an article I wrote about why people work out, based on my observations and listening to people talk at an  excercise facility in the suburbs of Chicago.

I sold it to the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday Magazine.
"PCs in Group Practice"
Freelance Magazine Article

This article may seem quaint now, but in 1989, it was a look forward into the future of information technology in physicians' offices.

It was written for physicians who didn't use computers back then.  I wrote it for a trade magazine for physician group practices.

Most of its forecasting has come true.

PCs in Group Practice

  An Official Government Document:
General Statement --Superfund LegislationThe "Superfund" Report: Turning A Complex Subject Into A Cogent And Legally Persuasive Commentary

 In 1979-80, I worked on the U.S. Senate staff which wrote the Senate's version of the so- called "Superfund" law to deal with toxic chemical dumpsites and spills.  

The Senate version of the Superfund bill was called "The Environmental Emergency Response Act." 

A lengthy official Senate report accompanied the bill.  The first section of this report (the "General Statement") explained the rationale for the bill.  This General Statement began as a group effort.  Different staff members wrote pieces, which overlapped each other.

I was tasked with turning these pieces into a coherent whole, writing and editing the final, 23-page General Statement copied here.  
  Newspaper Periodical Sample:

ve Got To Flag A Helicopter!" News Feature

When I was a newspaper reporter, a relative of mine was a hurricane flood victim.  I drove to the flood area to pick him up.

 On the way back, he told this story.  

This is just a simple, short news feature, but I like the way the quotes tell it all.
we've got to flat a helicopter!
Business Journalism Award-Winning Articles

Between 1990 and 1998, the news team at the newsletter Inside Healthcare Computing won awards five times in the Newsletter Publishers Foundation Journalism Awards.  I wrote and edited the first three of these pieces, and co-wrote and copy-edited the final two.  The articles below are two of those five award-winners.
How to build a website
Business how-to feature article:
Your Own Website On $1.72 A Day
HTML Version

Today, this is a "so-what" story.

However, back in 1996, few people knew how to build a website.  Consultants were telling businesses that it would cost as much as six figures for a content site and seven figures for an e-commerce site.  

So I built a business site that was both, launched it in December 1996, and wrote an award-winning two-part series about it.
 Investigative reporting:
FDA Recalls Blood Bank Software

The leading blood bank software used by hospitals was subjected to a Food and Drug Administration recall.  I  broke the story on the defects of the software nearly two years before the recall. I wrote the 1993 story and edited and co-wrote the 1995 story on the recall.
 In-Depth Report On a Hot Topic In  Health Care Information Technology 

Computerized Physician Order Entry
 In Health Care Settings:

It is routine now for physicians in hospital settings and clinics to enter patient notes and orders in computer systems.   We easily forget that back in the 1990s and early 2000s, this was a hot and divisive topic.  

I wrote this report for hospital information technology executives.  It was researched by a three-person team.

computerized physician order entry report

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