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Tim Harper  

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Freelance Writer, Author,
Journalist, Writing Coach,
Editorial & Publishing Consultant,
Book Coach & Personal Historian
Folk dancers, giant snow sculptures in China
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Timothy Harper, whose 12 books include License to Steal and Moscow Madness, is an award-winning journalist and author who writes books and articles on many topics. His latest book is The Complete Idiot's Guide to the U.S. Constitution.

Tim has just started a new publishing venture at the
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, serving as editor of the new academic imprint, the CUNY Journalism Press. He is a visiting professor at the CUNY J-School, teaching the 6-hour core course The Craft of Journalism, serving as the school's writing coach and overseeing a popular workshop on longform nonfiction narrative.

He has also taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and NYU's Carter Institute for Journalism. One of Tim's classes recently won a national award for reporting on families. Check out the
announcement here or, better yet, their work at HomelessWithHomework.com

He serves as an editorial consultant and writing coach for individual authors and for corporate clients such as Intel, Alcoa, Time Inc., Newsweek, Pfizer, Reuters, British Telecom, Brooklyn Brewery, Brown Publishing, Robert Marston Associates, the Steamboat Foundation and a number of Wall Street institutions.

Tim also advises on how to get books written and published: biography, autobiography, corporate history, tribute books, novels. As a ghostwriter, book doctor, and publishing consultant, Tim has helped hundreds of first-time authors get their books in print, and he can serve as a book coach to help you write and publish your novel or your personal, family or business history. If you need a writer or ghostwriter or book doctor, if you need a collaborator for a "with" or "as told to" book, if you have a story to tell, or if you're looking for a speaker, please get in touch.

In the last few months he has helped clients and collaborators publish books with Random House, Oxford University Press, Jenkins Group and elsewhere. Recent projects with clients include books on international human rights, family law, the history of the Indus River Valley, a harrowing cross-country trip flying an antique biplane, linebacker leadership from a former Notre Dame player who went on to a marvelous business career, and the biography of a health-care tycoon who went on to become one of America's leading philanthropists and art patrons.

Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Getting Published for Fun, Profit and Academic Success, by Timothy Harper and his daughter Elizabeth Harper, is full of how-to, practical advice, with plenty of examples of how kids, including Lizzie, who is now an artist, got their writing into print. Order from Barnes & Noble or from Amazon.



Another father-daughter project: Tim and Lizzie spent three weeks in China (above). Click
here or at left for more on their adventures and misadventures. Click at left for more on the two-month cross-country (and back) trip Tim took with his son Jonny.

Doing Good: Inspirational Stories of Everyday Americans at Home and at Work, a collection of Tim's magazine stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make life better for their families, friends, colleagues and for themselves, was recently featured in an ad in the New York Times Book Review.
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Click here for magazine stories by Timothy Harper, including those below:

The Best Pickup Basketball Player in America in the Atlantic Monthly

Pandora's Music Box How the "music genome project" can help you find and enjoy music as never before

Brewing Your Own Beer, Resort Style Getting an assignment to go to a fabulous resort overlooking the Pacific and spend part of the weekend brewing beer and a lot more of the weekend drinking it? Hey, somebody's gotta do it.

The Whole 12 Meters is Tim's story on a dream come true for the occasional sailor: crewing in a race of classic 12-meter America's Cup yachts, including Stars & Stripes.

The New PE is Tim's story on how some schools are bucking the old "roll out the balls" approach to physical education.

E-parenting: The next best thing to being there describes how technology is allowing road-warrior parents to stay in touch with their wired-in families back at home.

Here are three personal essays Tim was asked to do for America West magazine: He Played in Peoria, about how the distances are not only in miles for many of us when we leave our hometowns -- or when we go back to visit. A View From the Bench: Some cope, some quit is Tim's latest on the troubles and travails of the aging would-be jock. The third essay, Letting Go, is about his daughter Lizzie's departure for college.

David Thompson was an extraordinary explorer, mountain man and map maker who made Lewis and Clark look like tourists. Action, adventure and he and his Cree wife were one of the great love stories of all time.  

Tim examined the soccer hotbed of McLean, Virginia. To see where you stand -- how much kids' sports is too much? -- from Sky, read Soccer-Crazy: Are kids playing too much soccer in Fairfax County, Virginia?

Juvenile E-linquents is Tim's look at the way kids are cheating, lying and stealing online -- downloading music, cutting and pasting articles, posting on blogs -- and what their parents can and should be doing about it.

Old Reliables: Chore is a remarkable volunteer program that sends out amateur handymen to do households repairs for the elderly and disabled. Average age of the volunteer handymen: 73.

Click here for more recent magazine stories by Tim.

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Tim is editor of the ASJA GUIDE TO FREELANCE WRITING: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels, which is in its fourth printing. The book, published by St. Martin's Press, includes chapters from two dozen of American's most successful independent journalists, all focusing on how to make money from freelance writing. Tim and his American Society of Journalists and Authors colleagues around the country are happy to speak at local libraries, bookstores, colleges or civic organizations on making a living as a freelance writer.

The book is in good book stores or at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  
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"Is There A Book In You?" How to go about writing a book and the alternatives for getting it published are among the various topics Tim can talk about if you need a lecturer or speaker.  Tim has lectured at a number of universities, the New York Public Library, the New York Stock Exchange Club, the New York Bar Association, and various service and civic groups and clubs. For more on getting published yourself -- faster, easier and less expensively than ever before -- get in touch.
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You can click on more stories and clips at left, but here are some quick links...


Tim's in-depth look at offshore investment fraud, including the berobed guru who offered meditation and financial advice -- security along with serenity -- and other colorful characters in these excerpts from TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

Tim's book about stockbrokers, LICENSE TO STEAL, winner of the Outstanding Book of the Year award from ASJA, climbed as high as No. 42 on the Amazon rankings. It is on its way out of print but can still be ordered at discounts through the links at
Tim's Books.













Tim Harper -- Writer, Author, Ghost Writer, Collaborator, Consultant, Coach -- can help you write your book and get it published.

Home Page  |  About Tim Harper  |  Writing, Consulting, Editorial Services  |  Frequent Questions  |  Contact Tim  |  Tim's Books  |  Recent magazine articles  |  Some more of Tim's articles on the Web  |  License to Steal Reviews  |  Steal a Look: Read the first chapter of License to Steal  |  Go Mad: Read the first chapter of Moscow Madness  |  Good Reading: Chapter 1 of Doing Good  |  Is Paul dead? The story behind the notorious rumor  |  Harbin in January  |  Harbin, cont.  |  Harbin Photos  |  Tim & Jonny Hit the Road  |  Trip Journal  |  Pictures from the Road  |  Your Comments?



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