About

Welcome to MazzInk Communications!

MazzInk is the online home of author and editor Samantha (Mazzotta) Bookman. Samantha has been writing in the home and garden, pet care, and technology fields for well over a decade and has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and creative writer.

She produces two nationally syndicated columns, Paws Corner and This Is A Hammer, advice columns published via King Features Weekly Service and reaching tens of thousands of readers nationwide through their community newspapers.

At MazzInk Communications, you’ll find all of her works and links to associated websites, including PawsCorner.com and ThisIsAHammer.com, in one place. MazzInk is also a place to find practical advice on freelance writing drawn from Samantha’s personal experience as a writer and as an editor who hires and manages freelancers.

Contact Samantha at sbookman@mazzink.com or write her at:

MazzInk Communications
167B Pleasant St.
Melrose, MA 02176

About Samantha

sam_bookman_profileSamantha Bookman is a professional writer and editor with nearly two decades of experience writing features, news, and industry-specific news analysis for business and general interest publications.

She has served as a managing editor for FierceMarkets, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher, for the past six years and is also the editor of FierceOnlineVideo. Her features and op-eds have appeared there and in sister publications FierceTelecom and FierceCable. Before coming to FierceMarkets, Samantha served as web editor at Horizon House, with oversight of the online editions of Telecommunications Magazine, one of the first trade publications in the telecom industry, and Microwave Journal, a monthly peer-reviewed publication for the microwave technology industry that has been in print for 57 years.

Samantha also writes under the name Samantha Mazzotta and her work can be found syndicated in more than 200 newspapers across the United States. She currently produces Paws Corner, a weekly pet care advice column, for King Features Weekly Syndicate. Past work includes weekly syndicated column This Is A Hammer, which ran in newspapers nationwide via KFWS for 15 years, and features written for Orlando Weekly, the Orlando Business Journal, and the Seminole Herald. She also spent four years as a contractor for the General Services Administration, overseeing development and publication of several daily newsletters emailed to federal employees at GSA-managed buildings across the New England region.

In addition to her syndicated efforts, Samantha provides extended coverage and information at two websites related to her columns, PawsCorner.com and ThisIsAHammer.com.

She provides advice and information on being a freelancer at her website, MazzInk.com.

Samantha is a 1995 graduate of the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., where she majored in English and minored in History, and a 1989 graduate of the Defense Information School, formerly located at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis (shout out to BJC 7-89).

Before earning her bachelor’s degree she traveled the world as a member of the Army Reserve’s 209th Broadcast Public Affairs Detachment. Samantha covered community-building ceremonies with local tribes high in Panama’s mountains for The Tropic Times and learned the ropes of local television news with the Southern Command Network. She filmed Patriot air defense batteries intercepting SCUD missiles above Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War and was a producer for Desert Update, a radio news program broadcast to Southwest Asia-based troops. She also trained at Armed Forces Network in Frankfurt, Germany. The intensive, hands-on experience created a solid foundation for her continuing career as a writer and editor as well as an ancillary education in wired and satellite communications technologies which, surprisingly, came to bear over a decade later when she began covering the telecom and microwave communications industries.

Currently, Samantha is based in Boston, Mass., where she spends her free time practicing and teaching martial arts, a hobby for which she has absolutely no natural talent but helps her work off the calories from weekend trips discovering new foods and craft beers around the region. She’s training for her first 5K race, motivated by her sister-in-law, an avid half-marathoner.