Whether she serves as ghostwriter, co-writer, writer or contributor, Dina is a go-to resource for book production, where she uses her writing, editing and managerial skills to produce quality books that are well organized and smartly written. As a book collaborator, she works hard to keep the author’s voice authentic and consistent while meeting a publisher’s text needs and time constraints. She has a knack for turning complex subjects and lengthy manuscripts into digestible and enjoyable copy. And, best of all, she works fast — without sacrificing quality. As Linda Hinton Brown and Norrinda Brown Hayat wrote in the Acknowledgments of The Brown Betty Cookbook: “[Dina] edited our personal remembrances with care and at lightning speed.”
Dina has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. She has written for many publications and websites, including Newsday, First for Women and CNNMoney.com. A fearless, seasoned general-assignment freelancer, Dina can tackle subjects with sensitivity, such as raising an emotionally healthy adopted child, or immerse herself in specialized fields, such as web analytics. Dina’s journalism career began in local news and wound its way through the trades, where she covered the home and design industries for six years. She has since served as a general-assignment freelance writer for a variety of consumer publications covering virtually any topic, including health and wellness, parenting and pregnancy, travel, bridal, the military, women’s issues and general business, and has conducted thousands of interviews — from CEOs to celebrities — over the course of her career. And because she currently serves as the Executive Editor of two military consumer magazines, Salute and Family, Dina knows the importance of deadlines and details and hangs around for revisions or fact-checks long after an article is completed. She also can handle a fast pace of multiple projects simultaneously.
Having edited more than a thousand articles over the years, Dina has developed a keen and confident eye when it comes to polishing writers’ text, whether for articles or books. Currently serving as the Executive Editor of Family and Salute magazines (Dina is also the founding editor of WHY magazine, which she sold in 2011), Dina has strong organizational and managerial skills and has experience working with a team of writers and making sure copy is clean and deadlines are met. As an editor, her style is not to be too heavy-handed — striving to retain the writer’s “voice,” even when she has to edit for space constraints — while correcting grammar, deleting redundancies and improving the overall clarity and organization of the text. She follows whatever style guide (usually AP style) of the publisher or magazine she is working with.
Starting with Steve Guttenberg, whom Dina interviewed when she was the editor of the Massapequa Post just out of college, Dina has interviewed a long list of celebrities over the years — Norman Reedus, James Gandolfini, Vince Vaughn, Martha Stewart, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, J. R. Martinez, Anthony Edwards, John Tesh, Bryan Adams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Paul Rodriguez, Gary Sinise, Colin Quinn, Mario Lopez, Angela Bassett, Carnie Wilson, Adam Carolla, Kevin Bacon, and many, many others. She’s chatted by phone, via email, and in person. She counts her interviews with James Gandolfini (humble), Dean Cain (personable), Larry the Cable Guy (laugh out loud funny), Michael Emerson (can still hear that distinctive voice…) and Paul Reiser (had to whack her cassette recorder to keep it running throughout the entire restaurant interview) as some of her most memorable.