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With Michael Van Ornum, author of Electronic Prescribing: A Safety and Implementation Guide


This week's guest turned workplace issues into a how-to book for healthcare professionals. His proposition was so compelling that he found a publisher instantly, but he soon discovered that getting his foot in the door was the easy part of getting published.

Michael Van Ornum RPh, RN, BCPS is the author of Electronic Prescribing: A Safety and Implementation Guide. He is a consulting clinical pharmacist for the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association where he spearheaded the implementation of electronic prescribing. He is the 2006 recipient of a Clinical Practitioner of the Year award from the New York Chapter of The American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Mr. Van Ornum lives in upstate New York with his wife and three children.

Please join Michael Van Ornum and host Paula B. as they explore:

  • Why it takes so long to write a book proposal
  • Why you should be very careful when listing potential reviewers of the book for your publisher
  • Why you should research the company's catalogue
  • How working without a contract can pay off (under certain circumstances)
  • Why agents don't handle professional books
  • How even when you know your business, you still have to prove yourself over and over.

After Michael's interview, Jeff DeRego explains why he's not thrilled with's latest move.

Interviewee: Michael Van Ornum
Host: Paula B.
Date: June 15, 2008
Running time: 1:11:19
File size: 34 megabytes
Rating: G

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