A FREE Book for Christmas!

By | December 25th, 2014|

Ho! Ho! Ho!...Celebrate Christmas with a FREE copy of "Buck the System: Stop Marking Time and Start Making Noise." Click the cover below to download your FREE ebook directly from Amazon. Please share this so nobody misses out and consider leaving a review on Amazon after you read the book. Merry Christmas to [...]

A Free Book on Veteran’s Day

By | November 10th, 2014|

UPDATED Thursday, November 13th: A remarkable 598 free copies of my book "Norwich Heroes" were downloaded in just 24 hours from Amazon on Veteran's Day. Thank you! I'm thrilled that so many people are interested in the gripping and inspirational battlefield stories from our exceptional Norwich grads. If you were [...]

How to Build a Following

By | October 7th, 2014|

True or False: After you publish your book you should work on building and nurturing a following. Answer: False. The time to start building your following is long before you publish the book (i.e. right now). If you endure the writer’s journey and then merely release your work to the world without first building a following, it’s likely that your work (no matter how good it is) will be met by the sound of crickets.

How to Publish a Book

By | October 2nd, 2014|

Let's assume you've already written your book and you’re ready to share it with the world. Now you have a couple of options. First, you could try to go the traditional route and take your book to one of the big publishing houses. Just keep in mind that those companies typically lose money on most of their books, break even on a few, and rely on the remaining few to hit grand slams and pay for their editors’ expense accounts and performance bonuses. Also keep in mind that they don’t actually like to talk to authors, so all business is conducted through literary agents so you’re going to need one.

Just Write the Book

By | August 31st, 2014|

How many times have you heard people say that they are going to write a book, are thinking about writing a book, or have a great idea for a book? And how many of those people end up actually writing the book? I’d say it’s about 3-5%, but that might [...]

A Word From the Dark Side

By | July 8th, 2014|

Bob (not his real name) is a successful entrepreneur in the tech industry and his company has over 300 employees. Overall, morale at the office is high and people genuinely seem happy to be there. Bob is well liked and respected by his people—the general consensus is that he takes good care of them. But if Bob’s employees could get an uncensored look at Bob’s thoughts on employees, they probably wouldn’t like what they see.

What’s a College Degree Worth These Days? (Part II)

By | May 15th, 2014|

I suppose it’s better to have a degree than not, but it’s clearly not the silver bullet it’s often made out to be. There are tons of unemployed people with undergraduate and graduate degrees. I know folks who meet that description and have been looking for work for years with no luck. Ironically, in some cases, the higher your formal level of education the more likely you are to be either unemployed or underemployed (i.e. too many PhDs and not enough full-time faculty positions). But each year more and more young people graduate from high school and ship off to college for all the wrong reasons.

What’s a College Degree Worth These Days? (Part I)

By | April 30th, 2014|

After my freshman year of college I joined the U.S. Army Reserve and went to boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia. My drill sergeant had the most bizarre accent that I still can’t place, and he was constantly misusing words in amusing ways. Kevlar became “kemlar.” Hand grenades became “han [...]

More Work, Same Pay

By | April 16th, 2014|

Sound familiar? I bet it does. It's a recurring theme that keeps popping up from my readers as more and more employers keep adding to their employees' workloads without any boost in compensation. Sometimes it's even worse - more work for LESS compensation. Why do employers do this? Because they [...]

Do You Have The Right Stuff?

By | April 14th, 2014|

Do you have everything you need to start your project or business? The playing field for creative enterprise has never been this level, and all we need to do is take full advantage of the available tools. If you have an internet connection and a webcam, you have pretty much everything you [...]