About

Michael J. McDermott has been writing professionally on financial, business and technology topics and creating high-quality custom content for more than 30 years. He is a member of Mensa – The International High IQ Society. His staff experience in the 1970s and 1980s includes:
  • Associate editor and managing editor at a variety of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich publications (Food & Beverage Packaging, Hotel/Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Industrial Education).
  • Managing editor, executive editor and editorial director at Racher Press, a New York City-based publisher of retail trade magazines (Mass Market Retailers, Chain Drug Review).
  • Co-founder, co-owner, editor and publication director of Franchise–The Business Magazine of Franchising.

A full-time freelance writer/editor and founder, president and owner of MJM Editorial Services, Inc., he is or has been a contributor to a wide variety of magazines, including:

The Advertiser, Adweek, Ambassador (the in-flight magazine of TWA), ANA Magazine, Autosound & Communications, Bank Systems + Technology, Brandweek, Business Horizons, Business Miami, Business Opportunities Handbook, Buyside, Catalog Handbook, Chief Executive, The Christian Science Monitor, Club Industry, Coast, Compass on Business, Consumer Electronics, Convenience Store People, Continental, Contract Professional, Crain’s New York Business, Crain’s Chicago Business, Creative Living, Directions, Entrepreneur, Fidelity, Fidelity Advisor, Fidelity Forum, Fidelity Stages, Financial Advisor, Financial Planning, Food & Beverage Marketing, Franchise Handbook, Futures, NTC Tomorrow, Home Office Computing, Inc., Journal of Business Strategy, Market Watch, Nest Egg, News Inc., Popular Mechanics, Prodigy’s Timely Topics, Professional Collector, Profiles, Reach Higher, Rehabilitation Today, Sports Illustrated, TaxView, Thrivent, UAW-GM People, Union Plus, World Executive’s Digest and Your Houston Business.

 He has also ghostwritten many articles for professional clients, ranging from the former commissioner of the Ohio Department of Environmental Protection to the chief executive officer of a major hotel chain. Those articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications under the client’s by-line. Other corporate work includes annual reports, white papers, case studies, web content, blog posts, articles, infographics and other custom content for ADP, Aflac, Appraisal Economics, Bank of America, AT&T, Bowne & Co., Carbonite, Comcast, Con Edison, DHL, Direct Energy, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Google, Hiscox, IBM, KeyBank, LogMeIn, Mercedes-Benz, National Financial Services, Nissan, Oracle, PaineWebber, Perquest, Pitney-Bowes, Principal Financial Group, Prudential, Reliant Energy, Sapient, Select Energy, Symantec, T-Mobile, Verizon, Wells Fargo and others.

His newsletter experience includes writing and editing entire newsletters and individual newsletter stories for clients such as: The Advertising Council, Aetna, AllEnergy, Coast Federal Bank, Comcast, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, Geller & Co., Giddings & Lewis, Goldman Sachs, International Masters Publishing (a financial advice publisher), InterPro, MGM Grand Detroit, NYNEX (now Verizon), OppenheimerFunds Inc., ProBusiness Services, Prudential Retirement Services, Select Energy, TD Ameritrade and others.

Michael J. McDermott was a featured columnist in Crain’s New York Business for six years and created its Small Business column, a feature that still runs in the weekly business publication. He regularly covered topics such as technology and key business sectors in New York City, including real estate, finance and insurance. He developed and wrote a regular column on retailing for Brandweek, a weekly business magazine covering the marketing industry. He also penned a regular column—Creative Business—on business ingenuity for Creative Living magazine for more than 15 years.