About Me

Don Schmidt began his publishing career working for the NY Yellow pages (The Blue Books) directory publisher in the mid 1980s.   Over the course of a career that is approaching thirty years, Don has had stints at Macmillan, Springer-Verlag, McGraw-Hill, Perseus Books Group and Random House.

Don was formerly the Production Manager at ABC-CLIO, until 2013.  In 2011, Don oversaw the completion of The World History Encyclopedia, a 21-Volume set that was in development and production for almost 10 years. This was the largest single project in ABC-CLIO history.

Don completed his studies in the Pace University online Masters in Publishing Science Program (graduation was May, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City).  Don will be posting two to four times a week on a range of topics.  Check back often and follow along.

5 responses to “About Me

  1. Don,
    I would be thrilled if you could come to my cocktail party in Parker November 20 for my Metro State writing interns. They would love to talk to you about what you do. Email if you are interested.

  2. Deirdre O'Sullivan

    Hi Don, Deirdre O’Sullivan here. I knew Susan way back when she was still in high school; even then she was tall and gorgeous with the greatest smile. We hit it off instantly on meeting on our job at Winn Dixie. She was likable, always cheery and bright, as if the sun had somehow left the sky, and managed to insert itself within the core of her very being. I never saw her frown. If she was having a bad day you never knew it. Even before I knew my place in the Lord; there was a keen spiritual aura about her that made her anyone’s friend, regardless of race, creed, sex. Several times away from work, she met me and my then three year old son at the Silver dollar diner for burgers. As her goodness dictated, she was a front runner champion of some of my earliest writings, and would always critique my work as if she were certain a Nobel Prize was in my future! Susan was good. Without seeming blasphemous I would venture to say ‘next to Mary MOTHER OF JESUS good! I still have her prom picture, and the post card she sent me shortly after moving to Colorado. As I found, my efforts to reconnect with her after all these years was too little, too late. I was devastated to learn the news. When I think of her untimely demise the song ‘ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG’ comes to mind. If I could write an epitaph to my dear long lost friend, who was like a baby sister to me, I would say ‘I love you, Susan. Thank you so much for your voice. May you rest in peace. .

    • Thank you for your heartfelt recollections. It is very hard for me to realize she is gone. I made some big mistakes at the end, but the love I felt for her will always burn brightly.

      • Deirdre O'Sullivan

        Hi don, my reply was indeed an epitaph to a great gal who was legendary not in any celebrity sense, but in the supreme spiritual embodiment of Christ! We should all be that great, and yet most of us miss the mark! Thanks for the opportunity for me to pay tribute to my friend. I was so stunned by the news, it helped to give me a small modicum of closure!
        Thanks again and stay blessed!

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