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Hello Warren,

I am an expert as well.  This time I have a question.  I am a retired exec and have my own one-person (me) consulting firm. If you need some background you can find me on LinkedIn, look for Mark Eichinger.

I design, create and teach seminars on how to improve workplace culture (which deals with leadership, management skills and competencies, etc.). So I have a ton of experience, materials, and I am well read on the subject.  I am planning to write a book for publishing and would like to know your opinion on the best software to use to write... Word, Scrivner, Writers Block 4, etc. What ever the choice, it needs to be acceptable to publishers.

What do you think?

Thanks for taking the time and for being an Expert!

Mark

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Hi, Mark - Thank you for your inquiry.

I looked on LinkedIn, and there are several Mark Eichingers, including two in Jacksonville, N.C. I'm guessing that one of those is you, but please clarify. Even better, would you post a link to your LinkedIn profile, please? (BTW, please click here for my own LI profile.)

As an unpaid volunteer here, I have no incentives to take more time helping someone than is necessary. But I'm also a 'First-do-no-harm' kind of guy. Hope that makes sense. I also have two books in print myself, so I have some thoughts on this subject, esp. about how not to do it.

To be continued--soon, I trust.

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Warren D. Miller

Expertise

I believe I can answer nearly any question about business writing. That goes in spades if the target audience is a lay readership. I make my living writing and speaking. N.B.: I DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS MARKED 'PRIVATE' because I believe that knowledge should be shared, not hoarded. I also believe such questions are likely to be submitted by people trying to cheat. In addition, don't waste your time asking me to write something for you. You don't learn anything if I do that. I'm happy to critique something that YOU write, of course. That's the best way for you to learn how to write well.

Experience

My profession is business valuation, which means appraising businesses whose shares are not publicly traded. This requires in-depth knowledge about a number of disciplines, including economics, finance, strategic management, accounting, anthropology, statistics, and psychology. The left-brain part of me must conduct rigorous research and financial analysis. The right-brain side must then separate what matters from what doesn't and then explain it all in writing (and in everyday English) to people (usually business owners, but sometimes judges and juries) who do not have the expertise that I have been lucky enough to acquire over the years. I love what I do and consider myself fortunate to live in a country where I can do what I love doing and make a nice living doing it. I am glad to help with writing issues, but NOT, please, with any valuation, business consulting, or other non-writing questions.

Organizations
CFA Institute, American Society of Appraisers, Strategic Management Society, Academy of Management, Culver Legion, National Association of Scholars.

Publications
Besides two published books (search for "Warren D. Miller" on Amazon), I have written for the Harvard Business Review, American Fly Fisher, Business Valuation Review, CPA Expert, Academy of Management Executive, CFA Digest, Valuation Strategies, and others.

Education/Credentials
MBA - Oklahoma State U. (1991); BBA - U. of Oklahoma (1975); Chartered Financial Analyst designation (2006) Accredited Senior Appraiser (2006) Certified Public Accountant (1992)

Awards and Honors
Business Valuation Volunteer of the Year (2001) - American Institute of CPAs Winner - Oklahoma Humorous-Speaking Contest - Toastmasters International (1971)

Past/Present Clients
Confidential.

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