Category Archives: books

I Got A Rock

My course materials came today. I’m taking an online class offered by BYU. That’s Brigham Young University for those of you outside the States. It’s Geology 101 and it is being conducted by a well thought of professor. 25 lessons … Continue reading

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Book Contract Signed — Now, to The Writing

I’ve just signed a contract with Adventure Publications (external link). They’re the leading guidebook publisher in the United States. The working title is “A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest.” Just what makes up the  Southwestern United … Continue reading

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Breaking News — I’ve Been Offered a Book Contract!

Details to follow. I am reviewing the contract offered and developing a list of questions. After the royalties are negotiated, I want to ask about working details. How the MS should be formatted, photograph requirements, map and diagram preparation and … Continue reading

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Is Your Idea Marketable?

A  good idea isn’t enough, it has to be marketable. Unless you are writing for pleasure, an idea must appeal to people who will pay you. This applies to magazine articles as well as books. Here’s a list of rejected book … Continue reading

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What Lies Beyond Understanding?

Are there some things that are simply unimaginable? Not in the religious or philosophical sense, but are there things in our physical world that simply defy understanding? I’ve been trying to recall what Aldous Huxley said about this. As I … Continue reading

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Why Freelance Magazine Article Writing Is Not a Paying Profession

Too many websites say there’s big money in freelancing articles. Too many sites lie. If  good money did exist these website operators would be writing the articles themselves, instead of trying to sell a system to somebody else. These sites … Continue reading

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Marketing Thoughts – An Argument Against Social Media

The best marketing for a writer is their own writing, showcased at an ad-free website kept current by frequent blogging. I don’t see any value in Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Maybe a LinkedIn presence if you want a social media … Continue reading

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