Mentoring is a Good Way to Give Back

I can still remember the day, thirty years ago last week, when I was hired as a part-time member of the Green Bay Press-Gazette sports department. It was a month past my sixteenth birthday, and I was paid a whopping (for that time) $4.50 an hour to take phone calls...

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...

Brainstorming for a blog

You wouldn’t think coming up with an imaginative title for a blog would be that difficult of a task, but it was. In fact, I struggled so much with alliterations and other lame attempts to be catchy that I finally opened it up to an online brainstorming session. The...