Archive for Journalist

Journalist and Neworld Review ‘A Man About Town’ Columnist Phillip William Sheppards Remarkable Journey As An Author


Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

Phillip Sheppard has something the old folks used to call “mojo.” For example, he landed on “Survivor,” the top rated reality show, just by rollerskating backwards down to the beach each day.

“As I was getting my workout one day, who but CBS Casting Director Lynn Spillmen from ‘Survivor’ spotted me,” Sheppard said. “And just like that, I was on the show, not just for one season, but was called back for a second season as well.”

He also landed his Associate Publisher position at Neworld Review in almost the same manner.

“Neworld Review reviewed a novel based on the character I created and later introduced on ‘Survivor’ named ‘The Specialist.’ The magazine gave the book a great review. I asked the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Fred Beauford, out for coffee in Santa Monica, near the beach, and boy did that change my life just as much as ‘Survivor’ did,” Sheppard said.

“Fred Beauford is an extraordinary human being. As we talked, I could not get over all of his many accomplishments, in addition to creating this marvelous magazine, which has won worldwide acclaim, and of which, by the way, award winning novelist Jane Smiley is our cover subject in the next issue,” he continued.

“Beauford has been a university professor, a magazine and book publisher, and he has written a ton of books, including the critically acclaimed ‘The Year Jerry Garcia Died,’ and the provocative ‘The Womanizer.’ It was hard to believe that this same guy was once kicked out of high school, after only one year.”    

Sheppard said that as they neared the finish of having coffee, Beauford suddenly turned to him and asked him if he would be interested in writing a column.

“What about?,” was his reply.

“Well, I see that you have a natural curiosity about other people. I mean, you let me go on and on. You are a born journalist. That’s what we are: listeners. I have an idea for a people and places column, which will focus on the arts. Would you be interested?,” Beauford asked.

For Sheppard, his mojo was working again, and his column is now one of the most popular items in the famous international literary/arts magazine.

“I owe Fred Beauford a lot,” he said, “just as I owe Jeff Probst, the executive producer who put me on ‘Survivor.’ Both Lynn and Jeff saw something special in me and I am very grateful for that.”

The Legend of Things Past In the year 2258, Donovan Knight, Army Specialist, lives in a world of significant scientific and technological advances. Global climate change is a thing of the past, extinct species have been resurrected, and the planet’s resources have been replenished… But Donovan doesn’t live in a perfect world: his grandfather, a scientific genius, suffers from a mysterious illness that keeps him permanently hospitalized, terrorist numbers have increased dramatically across the nation, and Donovan is sent on a mission to save the human race from a deadly biological attack— a mission that will force him to leave his family and from which he may never return.

For more information about the Neworld Review, go to http://www.neworldreview.com