You might already be familiar with my work if you’re from the Hudson Valley. My columns, articles and editing work appeared in the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY, for 26 years, until the newspaper and I parted company in 2008.
For those of you unfamiliar with my work, let me fill you in. For most of my years at the Record, I wrote a weekly opinion column and served as the paper’s health editor.
I also created the newspaper’s style book and became the paper’s go-to person on matters of grammar and usage. Such things as the correct use of the apostrophe are important to me, but alas … not everyone agrees that punctuation and spelling count. I continue the good fight.
My work at the Record earned 39 state and national writing awards, in categories that include commentary, health reporting, depth reporting, business reporting, editorial writing and features. My work has also appeared in publications ranging from the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Reader’s Digest to the Sporting News and Dog Fancy. The columns have been published in two books of collected work – The Best of Beth and Unleashed, the Dog Columns.
I’m also an adjunct associate professor of English at SUNY Orange where I teach a writing course or two each semester. Hence, my obsession with proper English usage. Most recently, I have begun editing work written by amateur writers who want to see their stories told in book form. We all have a story to tell. Sometimes we just need someone to say, “Let me help.”
Helping other writers is what I do.
A lifelong Orange County resident, I live in Goshen with my husband, Bob Quinn, an editor with Straus Newspapers. We have two sons, two dogs and four grandchildren.
I have been telling their stories most of my life. Now I’d like to help you tell yours. – Beth Quinn