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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

#AmazonGiveaway: 3 copies of AUTHOR BUSINESS PLANS MADE EASY

Ryan Petty
Twitter: @RyanPetty
Google+: +Ryan Petty 

Just a quick note to say that I’m raffling off 3 copies of my how-to book:

Free to enter. Add a deep sense of strategy to your commitment to writing and publishing.

Details on the raffle are here @

Click through now to enter.

:o )

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Quotation from J. K. Rowling - From Her Book (Harvard Commencement Speech) VERY GOOD LIVES

Ryan Petty

There’s been a spate of commencement addresses, repackaged and sold as hardcover gift books. 

Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

The best of them are inspiring, as they should be. Certainly, this includes VERY GOOD LIVES: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination (Little, Brown and Company, 2015).

There are two things I got out of reading this repackaged speech: 

The biographical detail that, prior to writing HARRY POTTER, J. K. Rowling worked for Amnesty International at its London headquarters; and

The quotation you will find below.

Though the conceit that failure is a mile-marker on the road to success has become shopworn, it may have been less so in 2008, when J. K. Rowling stood before the assembled graduates of Harvard and said what she came to say.

In any event, it’s J. K. Rowling we’re talking about and she handles her subject as ably as you would expect - particularly the part about the importance of the imagination.

Which is where I found my favorite quote:

“Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places.”

J. K. Rowling has demonstrated her capacity to do this. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Thus Sayeth George Orwell, Part 1

Ryan Petty

George Orwell’s posthumous collection of essays, WHY I WRITE, is a marvel, published by Penguin Books in its Great Ideas series. 

Here’s a passage I marked from the title essay, along with others for return reading:

“It is easier - even quicker, once you have the habit - to say In my opinion it is a not unjustifiable assumption that than to say I think. If you use ready-made phrases, you not only don’t have to hunt about for words; you also don’t have to bother with the rhythms of your sentences, since these phrases are generally so arranged as to be more or less euphonious. When you are composing in a hurry - when you are dictating to a stenographer, for instance, or making a public speech - it is natural to fall into a pretentious, latinized style. Tags like a consideration which we should do well to bear in mind or a conclusion to which all of us would readily assent will save many a sentence from coming down with a bump. By using stale metaphors, similes and idioms, you save much mental effort, at the cost of leaving your meaning vague, not only for your reader but for yourself.”

-George Orwell

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Amazon Giveaway of My New eBook - 3 copies

Ryan Petty

WHICH BOOK TO WRITE NEXT is included in the Amazon Giveaway program to the tune of 3 copies. 

More information here. 

(It only takes a couple of clicks to win.)

WHICH BOOK TO WRITE NEXT - The Recurrent Decision that Makes or Breaks You in the Author Business (Book Announcement)

Ryan Petty

Happy to share the news that my new book (first mentioned in a 2/26 blog post on “Writing Two Books at a Time") is now available on Amazon.

Here’s the ebook cover:

More information about this title is available in a blog post published here

Or start reading the FREE e-Book sample by clicking the cover in the right hand column.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Writing Two Books at a Time - Part Two

Ryan Petty

Since my February 26 blog post began this series, I’ve finished one of my two projects. 

The book on the subject of “how to decide (among the many possibilities) which book to write next” is now in production and should be available as a Kindle eBook from Amazon by the end of this week.

But writers write... and I’m already back to writing two books at a time.

I continue to work on the memoir project AND I’m writing a children’s picture book. 

The thing to know about the children’s picture book is that it’s intended to be the first in a series. I’ve written synopses for the first several titles and continue to refine them, even as I’m writing the first manuscript.

In a sense then, you could say I’m working on more than two books simultaneously. The real number is somewhere between 5 and 8 (depending on what you count).

But this isn’t extraordinary in my judgment - not at all.

As I indicated in the first blog post on this subject, I believe the Hundred Acre Wood is full of authors writing more than one book at a time.


How about you: What two (or more) book projects are you currently writing?

Are you writing them in sequence (with each at a different stage)? Or in parallel?

Are they in the same genre? Or does one draw on another part of your brain or another source of energy?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Writing Two Books at a Time (1st in a Series)

I am currently writing two books at the same time.

The first is a fairly short e-Book intended for authors on the subject of how to decide (among the many possibilities) what book to write next.

And the second is a book of memoirs.

If I am writing two books at once, you can bet there are authors writing three or more.

And then there’s James Paterson. 

I decided to blog about this phenomenon today at greater length at AuthorBusinessCEO.

Out of curiosity....

Are you writing two or more books at once? 
If so, are you taking them in sequence? or working them simultaneously? 
Or staggering them in parallel? 
And does that change for you through the months of thought and craftsmanship involved?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Scenario Thinking for Authors, Publishers & Entrepreneurs - My New eBook Is Out (by Ryan Petty)

Ryan Petty

Just a note to say that February 14 (yes, Valentine’s Day), was the official launch date for SCENARIO THINKING FOR AUTHORS, PUBLISHERS & ENTREPRENEURS.

It’s been a little busy ever since. 

Details are in the formal announcement (including the Table of Contents) at


Download a FREE sample by clicking the image in the righthand column.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Announcing Self-Publishing Then & Now - A Series of Blog Posts on Transformational Change in Self-Publishing

Ryan Petty

Friends, just want to make you aware that I’m writing a series of blog posts on transformational change in self-publishing. The introduction to the series and its first 5 mini-essays are already available.

The series is published through my web site since its purposes and those of the web site are so closely aligned.

I’m also thinking about putting some of this material on Wattpad. If you have experience with Wattpad as a vehicle for publishing works-in-progress, please let me know what you think.

Announcing: 10 Steps in 10 Days to Craft an Author Business Plan -A Guide to Fast & Effective Development of Unique Business Strategies

Ryan Petty

Something Unusual: A Condensed Book with Significant Additional Content

The story on this book is that it condenses the new and expanded 2nd Edition of AUTHOR BUSINESS PLANS MADE EASY. But, recognizing why people read condensed books (because they are in a hurry -duh!), I asked this question:

What more could be provided to make the business planning process for authors as fast as effective as possible?

The rest of the story is in this blog post on the AuthorBusinessCEO web site where I’m owner, proprietor, general manager, author, editor, publisher, and yes, CEO.

:o )

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

After 3 months, 3 new chapters, 3 new appendices... Announcing the 2nd Edition of AUTHOR BUSINESS PLANS MADE EASY

By Ryan Petty

To be honest, editing for the 2nd Edition of AUTHOR BUSINESS PLANS MADE EASY turned into a bigger project than I had bargained for.

I thought I’d be done in 3 weeks.

What I discovered though was that I’d learned a lot - and the book publishing industry had changed a lot - in the year and a half since initial publication.

I had new ideas and more to say... and a few corrections... and some tightening to do... for a better book.

Not to repeat myself, I write further on this subject on my companion blog at