It Never Hurts to Tell People What You Are Up To

Every once in a while – OK, more often than you’d think – being an extrovert pays dividends. That was the case in early December 2007, when I was introduced through a third party to Tracy Ertl, owner of TitleTown Publishing, while waiting through a fog delay at the...

It’s Like Eating an Elephant

No one tells you this in “author school,” but writing a manuscript is the easy part of the book business. That part you can control; it’s getting a publisher to think enough of your project to invest time and money in bringing it to reality that’s the challenge. Jerry...

A Journey into Author-dom

Despite the fact I’ve been a professional writer for 30 years, I never set out to be an author. My world was newspapers, magazines, corporate communications and video scripts – the type of projects in which someone with a limited attention span can find comfort. That...

My Involvement with Margaret’s Story

The true crime story that would become “Torture at the Back Forty” began the night after Christmas, 1983. Margaret Anderson was a divorced mother out on a date in Green Bay, Wisconsin, when she met her tragic and horrific end. Her story would dominate the local news...