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I have contributed many pieces to online publications like Match.com’s Happen magazine, and the SecondAct web magazine, which is an offshoot of Entrepreneur.com.

I have also written pieces for Spirituality & Health, the Huffington Post, VanityFair.com, Harper’s Bazaar, RollingStone.com, Salon.com, Ladies Home Journal, San Francisco Opera magazine, SF Magazine, 7x7, Harp, Women on the Web and more.

Among my recent or favorite pieces:
For Vanity Fair online: a piece from the Sundance Film Festival about the making of the movie “Howl,” with James Franco.

For Spirituality & Health, my piece on the soul-shaking discovery of my calling to help animals got more than a thousand shares and caused quite a stir. http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/purr-help-how-rescued-cat-opened-my-heart

I was honored to be asked by the Bay Citizen to write the appreciation of Warren Hellman following his death. It got more than 3,000 'recommends' and almost 400 tweets.

I have contributed both profiles and first-person essays to SecondAct.com.

My archives from HuffingtonPost can be found here. I particularly like the one I wrote in advance of Litquake 2010.

I’ve had a blast learning how to write screenplays by sitting at the knee of Ellen Sussman, who co-wrote with me the script to “Walking with the Emperor,” a fictionalized take on the life of San Francisco’s Gold Rush hero, Emperor Norton. I’ve also written two romantic comedies: “The Checklist,” which is a spin on my memoir “Naked on the Page.” And a new one, “Alimony Pictures,” a dark comedy satire of Hollywood.

I was privileged to help one of my favorite musicians bring his own memoir to fruition: Jay Farrar’s wonderful “Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs.” Book development was fantastic and I look forward to doing more of it.

I’ve also done ghostwriting – the first time for a client with a devastating story to tell and the desire to pen a memoir. Says my client: "Jane is an excellent ghost writer. I found her easy to work with, capable of integrating my ideas in to the project, and timely with deadlines. I definitely give her 5 stars!" —Angela B.

As a public speaker, I have done talks, moderated panels and done onstage Q&As at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival; Lit Camp; Book Expo America; Book Club Expo and a J Walter Thompson summit on Baby Boomers. I’ve also been a regular host at the A-List interview series at the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, and done interviews at Litquake, at the JCC in San Francisco and the JCC in Palo Alto, among other places.

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