Scribble Talk

Showcasing stories of APMP veterans and the brightest bid & proposal minds in planet earth 

Today's Guest Is Rich Weinstein

Scribble Talk Episode 156 with Rich Weinstein

Rich Weinstein is the Senior Director of Proposals and Writing. He ensures ITegrity proposals have the highest chances of winning business for the company. As a college intern more than 30 years ago, Rich was a writer for NOAA. His first permanent job was proposal manager for an environmental-science Government contractor, immediately winning them their largest contract ever. Having a lifetime Percentage Win rate (PWIN) of more than 66%, Rich won task orders as small as $20K, single-award contracts from $1M to $1B, and Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) of $25B and more. Wins ranged across Government agencies, both military and civilian. He has technical experience working with IT networking, telecommunications, and big data Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) teams at Hughes Network Systems, Stratus Computer, Verizon, and Cisco. Prior to joining ITegrity in a permanent position, Rich has a Bachelors in Zoology / General Science from the University of Maryland. He taught freshman composition and grammar while working toward a Masters in English, also at Maryland.  

He suffers when he sees that his hometown, Miami, today experiences sunny day floods, with breaking septic tanks releasing human excrement into the water in the streets, schoolyards, and playgrounds. Miami is on porous limestone and cannot be saved. It will become another Atlantis. Rich moved to Albany, NY, when he was six. He built and played in snow forts that lasted from September to March. Now snow melts in a day. 

To research MOURNING DOVE, his climate novel, Rich connected on social media with 35,000 climate scientists, activists, and other climate professionals, and he communicates with many of them. He also has read more than 100 climate-change books, mostly about climate science. For marketing MOURNING DOVE, he has been on 5 podcasts, Rich will appear in a Netflix documentary, He has a blog with 10,000 hits, an author webpage with 100,000 hits, and 65,000 total social media connections/friends.   

He studied writing under the University of Maryland writer-in-residence J.R. Salamanca as he worked for a Masters in creative writing. He participated in The Vicious Circle, a brutal writer’s workshop, for many years. At the age of 22, He had a short novel of mine published by Ballantine Books, a subsidiary of Random House. For his day job, Rich writes proposals to convince the US Government that the contracting company he works for is better than all other contracting companies. Rich’s day-job Facebook page says, “I write proposals and I write fiction, but that’s redundant.” 

Hobbies and Interests: Rich is a novelist. He have just completed a novel inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s apocryphal quote to Harriett Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin: “So you’re the lady who started this great war.” Rich wrote his novel to start the great war to mitigate the upcoming climate disaster. 

Note: Rich came back to us with the name of the movies he couldn’t remember during the session. The funniest movie Rich has ever watched is Cat Ballou, with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.

In this episode we will discuss Rich’s

  • Life and Career
  • Beginning of life as a writer, his inspirations and first novella at the age of 21.
  • Teaching Composition and entry into proposal.
  • Experience in writing proposals in the 80s and evolution of the process.
  • New Novel ‘Mourning Dove’ and the inspiration behind it.
  • Perspective on the rising emergency due to Climate Change.
  • People influential in his life and career 
  • Advice to bid and proposal professionals with a dream of balancing passion and work.
  • Next Steps and 

Few fun Qs…. 

Get to know the human side of your proposal reader and established writer, Rich Weinstein.



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Scribble Talk Episode 156 with Rich Weinstein
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