Thousands of TeleRead posts bear Chris’s byline, going back to 2006. Juli and I agree that this promotion is long overdue. Chris has distinguished himself not only by the number of posts but also by their overall quality—reflecting both his writing skills and his passion for e-books. He began reading them in the 1990s, and sci-fi is his favorite genre.
While taking time out from TeleRead to write for my friend Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, Chris told how he caught the e-book bug. “I can no longer remember the exact circumstances, but I know that Salon Magazine’s 1998 article on the Palm Pilot impressed the heck out of me.
“Here was a little hand-held green glowy gizmo that could contain words. Lots and lots of words. And it wasn’t just a toy—an unnamed professional SF editor used it to help get work done. If it was good enough for him, why couldn’t it be good enough for me? It was a few months before I was able to get one of my very own, but very soon a Palm IIIe, whose memory chips could hold an unimaginably large 2 whole megabytes, was mine. (I’d already bought my first commercial e-book from Peanut Press: Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep, which occupied fully 2/5 of my Palm’s memory all by itself!).”
Meanwhile Juli, who designed Chris’s book cover, will continue writing and editing for TeleRead.
Among her loves are fiction-writing and how-to articles, but she has been busy acquiring a host of other skills in areas ranging from Search Engine Optimization to podcasting.
Like Chris, Juli is an old hand at e-books. “My first ‘e-reader; was a Handspring Visor Deluxe. I fell in love and never looked back. I read on my phone, on tablets and on E Ink readers…
“I graduated from the University of Kansas with a journalism degree, but life took me in various different directions. I’ve worked in corporate America, sold home improvement products and today run my own business in the Washington, D.C., area as a networking and social media coach.
“My approach to life and business revolves around building relationships, both in person and online. I use Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms to maintain the relationships I make in-person and to find new friends I’ve yet to meet ‘in real life.'”
On top of everything else, Juli is author of The Enthusiastic Networker, which “helps readers find their unique networking presence and voice.
“When I’m not networking, blogging or trying to find the mythical ‘work-life balance,’ I work on The Warlock Case Files, an urban fantasy series with a warlock who fights supernatural threats in Washington, D.C., with the aid of his vampire ally. Check out my Amazon author page to keep up with my Warlock series.”