FROM EDITORS:

 You are a gem and I’m never letting you go.
Julia Summerfeld, editor, MSNBC.com

Diane, this was BRILLIANT! I totally love you writing these posts. You’re amazing!
— 
Linda Dahlstrom, editor, MSNBC.com

What a GREAT piece! You did a fantastic job, and it is really funny – and sad – both of which you managed to convey with great taste.
Suzanne Choney, editor, MSNBC.com

You are amazing with deadlines and clean well-written copy! No wonder we load you with all you can handle.
— Jane Weaver, editor, MSNBC.com

Diane, you make good writing look so effortless.
— Margot Weiss, editor, CNN.com

[Your column] arrived. It’s magnificent. It’s a really enjoyable, breezy read. Great job.
— John Levesque, editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Just a note to tell you what a huge fan of your work I am!  I loved today’s column.  Thanks for making the P-I better!  
– David McCumber, Managing Editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

 FROM READERS:

You are a truly funny and gifted writer and I’ve enjoyed your P-I columns.
Seattle P-I Single Shot reader

 I love your writing style and sense of humor. It’s one of the big reasons I buy the P-I over the Times.
Seattle P-I Single Shot reader

Kudos, Diane, for yet another intelligent and insightful article. I very much enjoy your writing.
— Seattle P-I Single Shot reader

 The Flex-Away Facial exerciser may not be any good, but Diane Mapes sure is.  She’s as funny as they come – a fantastic comedienne.
— MSNBC.com reader (“Does it Work? column)

 I laughed till I cried. What a wit Ms. Diane Mapes is. I wish more stand up comics were that good.
— MSNBC.com reader (“Does it Work? column)

This article … has given me the opportunity to accept [my bedwetting problem] and deal with it. Although the problem occurs only once or twice a year now, I have spent my entire life in constant fear of it happening … Just relating my experience here will help me immensely.  
— MSNBC.com reader (“Bedwetting blues” story)

 FROM STUDENTS:

Diane had an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge about publishing and marketing. She is/was unbelievably great. A very helpful class and she went the extra mile to make it useful and included written resource material. WONDERFUL!
— Student, How to Sell Your Work Without Selling Your Soul, Fall 2008

Diane was an amazing resource. I can’t believe how much info she packed into four hours. The handouts of proposals, resources, and marketing info were staggering – in a good way. Diane rocks!
— Student, How to Sell Your Work Without Selling Your Soul, Fall 2008

Tons of energy, very inspiring and more ideas than an MIT think tank.
— Student, How to Pitch-Slap an Editor, Summer 2009

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What’s the story?

Meet Diane Mapes, your friendly neighborhood freelance writer. My beats include health (with an emphasis on cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship) and lifestyle and singles issues, but I also love writing about history, natural history, pop culture and TV/film. On this site, you'll find links to stories, praise for my writing (*blush*) and the odd bit of social commentary about the single life. Also here, a few shameless plugs for my books (hint: see links below). Have fun, glad you're here and hope to hear from you soon.

Oh! And if you're looking for my breast cancer blog, go to Double_Whammied

Check out my books!

How to Date in a Post-Dating World A dating manual for the modern, mangled single.

Single State of the Union
Single women speak out on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

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