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28A McBratneys Road

Dallington, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND

Phone: 64 3 980-7058

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Current Status:  US and UK citizen, currently self-employed and living in New Zealand.





October 1994 to Present: Proprietor, BJ Dooley Technical Information Services, Christchurch, New Zealand.  Independent market analysis, Information Technology (IT) research, and technical writing and for a wide variety of international and New Zealand clients. Products include technical journalism, technical reports, market and technology research, manuals, online documents, press releases, newsletters and multimedia.


                        Current titles with clients:  Strategy Consultant and Associate Research Analyst  at Saugatuck Technology; Senior Consultant at Cutter Consortium; Contributing Senior Analyst at The Clipper Group; Partner Advisor at Experton Group. 


January 1994 to January 1995: Partner, Whakapapa Software, Christchurch, New Zealand. Creating multimedia titles for US software company clients.  

 January 1993 to September 1994: Senior Technical Writer, Cardinal Professional Services (Aoraki Corp.) Christchurch, New Zealand. Creating manuals for the LINC mainframe database product. 


January 1991 to Present: Author. Wrote seven books for the US mass market: "Warriors for the Working Day" (US Civil War), "Learn Windows in a Day," "Desktop Publishing with WordPerfect for Windows," "Learn OS/2 in a Day," "The Complete Guide to Single Engine Cessnas" (with Joe Christy) and "Learn PowerPoint in a Day," “The Definitive Analysis of Broadband Wireless Networks: WiMax, WiFi, LTE, and 4G Infrastructure”


May 1989 to December 1992: Senior Product Information Analyst, Unisys Corp., Flemington, NJ. Responsible for creating manuals for SNA data communications software. Also created a public relations operation within the product information group for publishing articles in the press.


January 1988 to May 1989: Senior Technical Writer, Okidata, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Created manuals for printers, served as technical adviser on modem manuals, automated procedures, created scanned image database and scanner graphics conversion programs in Pascal. Created one manual entirely by desktop publishing; won STC award for a printer manual.


                        Software Developer (independent, part time). Created software as shareware and for a variety of companies with which I was employed.


September 1983 to January 1988: Senior Associate Editor, Datapro Research Corp., Delran, NJ (McGraw‑Hill). Primary editor of Datapro Management of Microcomputer Systems and Datapro Management of Office Automation binder reference services, consisting of reprints of technical and managerial articles plus original material.


                        Technical Consultant, Ketron Corp., Wayne, PA (part time). Rewrote mainframe database for Fujitsu software manuals translated literally from the Japanese. Task included checking technical accuracy and ensuring readability.


September 1980 to September 1983: Freelance Writer.  Business, trade, financial and technical journalism, promotional writing and preparation of educational materials. (Full‑time, profitable self‑employment.) Have now written over 2,000 articles for the business and trade press.


September 1977 to August 1980:  Managing Editor, In‑Plant Reproductions (North American Publishing Co., Philadelphia, PA). Writing, editing, copy preparation for this national magazine serving in‑house printing and communications managers.


                        Assistant Editor, Pickin' Magazine. Writing, copy preparation, editing and article selection for this national music magazine. Promotion in January 1980.


September 1976 to June 1977: Theatre Manager. Worcester Foothills Theatre Co. (Worcester, MA). Teacher, English Literature and Journalism, part‑time at Notre Dame Academy (Worcester, MA).






Education:   B.A. English, McGill University in Montreal, 1976, cum laude.  All-but-thesis at Annenberg School of Communications (University of Pennsylvania) for M.A. Communications (1983). Full‑time student (on scholarship) from September 1980 to May, 1982.   


Languages:  Foreign: Portuguese, some French. Programming: Basic, Pascal, Fortran, C; some C++, Visual Basic, Assembler.


Personal:     Have produced and hosted a regularly scheduled “talk show” radio program on poetry (5 years, WXPN‑FM, Philadelphia), owned a Cessna airplane and hold a private pilot's license, am a certified scuba diver. Write and perform folk songs as a hobby; some of which have been broadcast on the radio.


Awards:        Two achievement awards from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) for manuals and books.


Associations: Member of Faulkner editorial advisory board, advisory board member for the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology’s Graduate Diploma of Information Design, founder and past president, NZ Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Member of the Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand (TCANZ) and Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

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