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Fry, Ronald W(illiam) 1949-

FRY, Ronald W(illiam) 1949-

PERSONAL: Born October 21, 1949, in Bethlehem (some sources cite Allentown), PA; son of William James (a financier) and Gloria H. (a teacher; maiden name, Boyko) Fry; married Gretchen A. Grunig, July 26, 1982. Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1972. Politics: Independent. Religion: Nichiren Shoshu (Buddhist).

ADDRESSES: Office—Career Press, Inc., P.O. Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417-0687.

CAREER: FM Affiliated Insurance Co., Providence, RI, underwriter, 1969; Oxford Personnel Agency, New York, NY, employment counselor, 1972; Simmons-Boardman Publishing Co., New York, NY, associate editor, 1973; full-time writer, 1972-76; International Telemarketing, Inc., Torrance, CA, sales representative, 1976, began as sales manager, became vice president for sales, 1977-78; Professional Arts, Los Angeles, CA, senior vice president and creative director, 1978-80; Gralla Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, advertising sales representative for Giftware Business, 1980-81, manager of advertising sales for Travel Agents Marketplace, 1981-83, director of sales for Premium Incentive Business, 1983; Endless Vacation Publishers, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, vice president and publisher, 1983-84; Career Press, Inc., Franklin Lakes, NJ, president, beginning 1984. Public speaker.

MEMBER: Authors Guild, Authors League of America, Magazine Writers of America, American Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America, Mensa, Princeton Club.

WRITINGS:

(With Alan LeMond) No Place to Hide: A Guide to Bugs, Wiretaps, Surveillance, and Other Privacy Invasions, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1975.

Your First Resume: The Essential, Comprehensive Guide for Anyone Entering or Reentering the Job Market, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2nd edition, 1989, 4th edition, 1996.

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1991.

Your First Interview: Everything You Need to Know to "Ace" the Interview Process and Get Your First Job, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1991, 4th edition published as Your First Interview: For Students and Anyone Preparing to Enter Today's Tough Job Market, 2002.

"Ace" Any Test, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1992, 3rd edition, 1996.

Improve Your Memory, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1992, 2nd edition, 1994.

How to Study, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 3rd edition, 1994, 4th edition, 1996.

Ask the Right Questions, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1994.

Your First Job: For College Students—and Anyone Preparing to Enter Today's Tough Job Market, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1993, 2nd edition, 1995.

Improve Your Reading, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2nd edition, 1994, 3rd edition, 1996.

Manage Your Time, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2nd edition, 1994.

Take Notes, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2nd edition, 1994.

Write Papers, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2nd edition, 1994.

Get Organized, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1996.

Improve Your Writing, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 4th edition, 2000.

Last-Minute Study Tips, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1996.

Use Your Computer, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1996.

101 Great Resumes: Winning Resumes for Any Situation, Any Job, Any Career, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1996, revised edition, 2002.

The Great Big Book of How to Study, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1999.

The Great Big Book of Personal Productivity, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1999.

Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2000.

Last-Minute Term Papers, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2002.

101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 2003.

Editor in chief, "Internships" series, Career Press (Franklin Lakes, NJ), 1988-91; affiliated with directories published by Career Press, including Magazine Publishing Career Directory, 1985, Advertising Career Directory, 1985-93, Book Publishing Career Directory, 1986-93, Public Relations Career Directory, 1985-93, Newspapers Career Directory, 1987-93, Marketing and Sales Career Directory, 1987-93, Radio and Television Career Directory, 1991-93, and Healthcare Career Directory, 1991. Author of consumer affairs column, Swank, 1973-74, and column on campus film, Film International, 1975. Contributor of articles, short stories, and reviews to national magazines, including True, Argosy, Cosmopolitan, Saga, Worldview, Photo News Features, Film International, Cavalier, Nostalgia Illustrated, and Gallery. Associate editor, Railway Age, 1973.

ADAPTATIONS: Some of Fry's books have been adapted as audio books such as "Ace" Any Test, How to Study, and Improve Your Memory.

SIDELIGHTS: Ronald Fry once told CA he planned to become an engineer until "I realized the laziest engineer put in three times as much time as the hardest working Liberal Arts candidate. I quickly switched to English, failed creative writing, and was told 'never, never NEVER to consider a career in writing.' Thankfully, I didn't listen to the troll's advice. I am, more than anything, interested in humanity, not so much in man's inhumanity to man as in man's common bond, common feeling, common desires. I hope, through my future work, to accelerate man's return to a basic humanistic concern for his fellow man. I also … want to write 'everything there is to write.' I might not make it, but getting there should be quite interesting!"

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

periodicals

American Reference Books Annual, 1989, review of "Internships" series, p. 128.

Booklist, September 1, 1991, review of Healthcare Career Directory, p. 43; September 1, 1991, review of Radio and Television Career Directory, p. 44; May 1, 1993, Caroline Paulison, review of Your First Job: For College Students—and Anyone Preparing to Enter Today's Tough Job Market, p. 1556.

Book Report, September, 1989, review of How to Study, p. 51; November, 1989, review of Your First Resume: The Essential, Comprehensive Guide for Anyone Entering or Reentering the Job Market, p. 51; January, 1992, review of How to Study, p. 42.

Children's Bookwatch, September, 1996, review of How to Study and Last-Minute Study Tips, p. 7.

Choice, December, 1988, review of "Internships" series, p. 635.

Curriculum Review, October, 1988, review of Your First Resume, p. 19.

HR, February, 2000, review of Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People, p. 154.

JQ: Journalism Quarterly, summer, 1986, review of Public Relations Career Directory, p. 427; fall, 1988, review of "Internships" series, Advertising Career Directory, Book Publishing Career Directory, Magazines Career Directory, Marketing and Sales Career Directory, Newspapers Career Directory, and Public Relations Career Directory, p. 792.

Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, January, 1989, review of Your First Resume, p. 41; September, 1989, review of How to Study, p. 33; September, 1991, review of Your First Interview: Everything You Need to Know to "Ace" the Interview Process and Get Your First Job, p. 43; September, 1994, review of "Ace" Any Test, How to Study, Improve Your Memory, Improve Your Reading, Manage Your Time, Take Notes, and Write Papers, p. 32; September, 1996, review of Get Organized, Last-Minute Study Tips, and Use Your Computer, p. 28.

Library Journal, June 15, 1989, review of How to Study, p. 67; November 15, 1990, review of Advertising Career Directory, Book Publishing Career Directory, Magazine Career Directory, Marketingand Sales Career Directory, Newspapers Career Directory, and Public Relations Career Directory, p. 64; May 15, 1991, review of Your First Interview, p. 98; March 15, 1992, Marilyn Rosenthal, review of 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions, p. 98.

Reference Book Review, 1990, review of Advertising Career Directory, Marketing and Sales Career Directory, and "Internship" series, p. 9.

RQ, spring, 1992, review of Radio and Television Career Directory, p. 425.

School Library Journal, September, 1991, review of Your First Interview, p. 297; October, 1996, Joan Soulliere, review of "Ace" Any Test and How to Study, p. 156.

Small Press, December, 1988, review of "Internships" series, p. 20.

Small Press Book Review, September, 1989, review of How to Study, p. 21.

West Coast Review of Books, Volume 14, number 5, 1989, review of How to Study, p. 56.*

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