Saturday, April 1, 2017

Beta Readers Invited to “Test Drive” BUMBY & THE SILVER BEACH: AN ERNEST HEMINGWAY STORY (11,500 words)

Famous writer stars as lead character in historical fiction preview from author Ryan Petty. 






BUMBY & THE SILVER BEACH tells the story of Hemingway and his four-year old son... and a walk they take through the streets of Paris on October 20, 1927... to pay a social call on the owner of the famous Shakespeare & Company... in the children’s area of her bookstore.


It’s an ordinary day... that will frame these three lives... in ways you will not soon forget. 

Nor, as the story unfolds, will they....

BUMBY & THE SILVER BEACH consists of 11 short chapters plus an Afterword and a Note from the Author (about the surprising mix of truth and fiction in this story). 

Beta Readers will receive the fairly-polished 3rd draft manuscript with illustrations and a street map showing the Hemingways’ route through the glory days of post-World War I Paris. 

The manuscript is approximately 11,500 words — 1/4 the length of an average novel. 

HONEST FEEDBACK NEEDED BY APRIL 16.

To participate: 


Send an email with “BUMBY" in the subject line, to:


You will receive the manuscript in prompt reply.

Expectations of Beta Readers are flexible - provide feedback any way you like. (Tough love welcomed.)

Those participating will also receive notice when BUMBY & THE SILVER BEACH is published in its final form in May of this year.

Tell your friends.



[This offer expires April 12, 2017, or when over-subscribed.]

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Craft an Author Business Plan in Ten Easy Steps

I’ll be teaching a morning workshop (50 minutes) on this subject next Saturday, November 5th, at the Write in the Harbor  conference sponsored by Tacoma Community College. 


More info here.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What He Did in the War (World War II)

Ryan Petty


The other day I was in Tacoma early in the morning, and I stopped at a McDonalds (the one on W 6th). 

There were several old men in a coffee clutch and I got into a conversation with them. One of them was an old guy in a WWII Veteran ball cap. 

As I prepared to leave, I asked him about his service in order to thank him for it. 

I asked where he’d served.

In typical WWII fashion, he said only, “Europe.”

Then I asked him what he’d done,.

He said, “Omaha Beach.”

Saturday, June 25, 2016

BOSSY PANTS - An Experiment in Children’s Book Publishing Begins

By Ryan Petty


A Children’s Book Writer Comes Out of His Writerly Closet - But Writes with a Pseudonym - "Sage Merriman"


I’ve been writing children’s picture book manuscripts for the last twenty years and have finally decided to give it the attention it deserves.  


This may have been occasioned by receiving the word from our daughter that my wife, Melissa, and I will soon be grandparents. 


O frabjous day! Callooh! Calla!  


As to the pseudonym, I think it more a persona. I am happy to acknowledge it and the body of work that will be gradually revealed. I think it best though to use a pen name in order to create a brand to help readers distinguish my children’s book efforts from those of my non-fiction and future fiction for adults.