I’m Not That Old…Really

I’m only 46 years old, yet it’s amazing the changes I’ve seen in technology with regard to the writing profession in my thirty years in the business. When I interviewed to be a member of the part-time sports department staff at the Green Bay Press-Gazette in 1979, I...

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 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...