Writer, wonderer, wanderer: Me in a nutshell
I create compelling fiction and non-fiction for a curious world.
If you’re new here: A writer and online editor since 2000, I’ve been a full-time self-employed writer and author since 2011. In addition to managing online content and marketing for various organizations, I write articles about food, craft beverages, business, and more for a range of print and online publications. I’m also the author of 4 travel fantasy books in my ongoing Rucksack Universe series. Outside of my home office, I live with my wife, son, daughter, and kitchen in Eugene, Oregon.
1 week on the Oregon Coast.
5 years worth of business planning.
That's where I was last week. As you can guess, it was quite a time.
I spent the end of October in Lincoln City, Oregon, at a writing and publishing Business Masterclass hosted by Dean Wesley Smith and his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Between them they've written hundreds of books across scores of genres (and you may recognize their names from books in Star Trek, Star Wars, and other franchises). Along with Mark Leslie LeFebvre of Kobo Writing Life, CEO Allyson Longuira of Dean and Kris' publishing house WMG Publishing, author Matt Buchman, and author and indie publishing expert Joanna Penn, they guided us through everything from how to negotiate foreign rights to how to handle estate planning.
It was an intense week of pure business (but I also managed to stay on top of my daily writing, over 1,000 words a day on a new Rucksack Universe novel called Cloud Fortress). Coming home, I haven't even started processing my notes yet. That's deliberate: their advice to the 40+ of us was to wait a couple of weeks, let everything sift and filter in the back of the mind, before making full-on business decisions.
If you want to see some photos from the week, you can find them on my Facebook Page:
Have a great weekend. I'll be back soon with some links on some recent articles on business, beer, and meat. As you do.
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I typically update what I’m doing NOW about once a month, more if merited. Most recent update: November 3, 2017.