One Secret for Advancing Your Career
As readers know, in order to create this e-zine, I spend 45 minutes to one hour a day, seven days a week, surfing the Internet and downloading news stories and feature articles for my private archive. It currently contains close to 40,000 entries in 154 major categories—indexed and cross-indexed.
In the four years I've been publishing, a number of readers have asked what software I use to create the archive. I tell them that I don't use software, and that I've created my own system.
As you can see from the “IN THE NEWS” e-mail, Stan Fineman would like to know how I do it.
So here goes.
I hope you find this helpful to your career.
A Personal Digression
My first job after the Army in 1960 was in the publicity department of Prentice-Hall’s trade book division in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. One of the authors assigned to me was thoroughgoing, professional, no-nonsense nonfiction writer Harry Kursh, who lived in a small town in Westchester County, N.Y.
Kursh wrote books on all kinds of subjects. Some titles: “The Franchise Boom,” “This is Alaska,” “Inside the U.S. Patent Office,” “How to Get Land from Uncle Sam” and “The United States Office of Education.” I asked Kursh how he knew so much about so many things.
“My files,” he said as a beatific expression crossed his face. He described how he subscribed to a slew of newspapers and magazines, spent many hours scanning them and cutting out articles that he thought would be useful, and then filing them. I was given to understand, that in his home, was a mass of filing cabinets. This was a tedious, labor-intensive, time-consuming and—after paying for all those subscriptions—expensive task.
I really admired the guy; he was a kind of journeyman Renaissance man who knew something about everything and could become an expert on anything in very little time. When a publisher called Kursh for a book or article, he could agree to it before knowing the subject.
Forty-five years later, I'm doing the same thing—only using the Internet. I can do in 20 minutes what Kursh spent hours doing. And instead of a basement full of file cabinets, the entire archive fits easily in my laptop and travels with me everywhere.