Erik Sherman Erik Sherman is a highly regarded journalist in business, finance, and technology, writing for both general and expert audiences. He has been writing professionally for more than 40 years, is the author of more than 10,000 articles, and the author or co-author of 10 books. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.