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Something About Me and My Book:
During the last twenty years I have written over 1,000 weekly columns, articles, and features on wine, food, travel, and outdoors for Murdoch, Harte Hanks, and Hearst newspapers. My features and contributions have appeared in national periodicals like Chef, Wine Spectator, Wine News, Wine Enthusiast, Field & Stream, and Food & Wine. I has published two short stories “The Decanter, A Christmas Story” and “Toby Tire and His Erratic Curve Ball”

My essays and observations on the publishing industry are posted on my Blog, "Read It and Weep,"

Visit for rights available for both fictin and nonfiction.

Franklin Scribes Publishers releases paperback edition of Vámonos! A Humorous Adventure Novel

Franklin Scribes Publishers released the paperback edition of Vámonos! In January. It is now available on all Internet booksellers including Amazon and Barnes & Nobles The Ebook edition is also available on Amazon Kindle, Ipad, Iphone, desktop and laptop computers, or Android device.

Check out the world according to Skeets and Jesse, and laugh your backside of as they ride the Harley-Davidson Morotcycles into the Mexican Desert on a journey of redemption.
Instead, a riotous romp follows from the Mexican border to the small town of Tolencita where the despot El Jefe jails them and threatens their lives.


As you ride along with Skeets and Jesse on this Don Quixote-esque adventure, you find (in spite of the playful tone and often thigh-slapping humor) mankind’s foibles arrayed, illegal immigration illuminated, greed uprooted and foiled, and political oppression confronted and vanquished – all without a single gunshot. Wonderful Josefina, the Mexican burro, also shows us if we are steadfast in our faith and stay the course, we can achieve our dreams, even though we might get diddled along the way.


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“Bill Stephen’s Vamonos! takes a wry and realistic look at human nature and the result is fun, lively, innovative, and highly entertaining. Instead of editorial comment on the character’s foibles, the…


Posted on April 24, 2012 at 2:32pm

The Democratization of Publishing

Writers are experiencing the democratization of publishing. Read here the exciting blog that set writers free at last.

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 2:27pm

"A Beary Merry Christmas"

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Posted on December 20, 2009 at 11:33am

New Approach to Fiction Manuscript Submissions

This series of articles on the blog "Read It and Weep:"

"Create a Market Survey for Your Fiction Manuscript"

"What You Should Know About the Amazon Sales Rank"

"Using the Amazon Sales Rank"

"Calculateing Book Sales From amazon's Sales Rank,"

you might find interesting and useful. They address the issue of

inculding a "Comparative Book Survey" and a "Market Survey" with… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2008 at 11:56am

Create a Market Survey For Your Fiction Submission

OK, here’s the problem. You are an unpublished author, and an editor has requested a complete manuscript of your novel. They read the manuscript, and they “just love it,” BUT they’re not sure of the market for the book. There is something a little quirky in the book that the editor likes because of its originality, but will it sell? So they take a pass rather than assume the risk on your work.

Why not head this problem off by including two additional items with the manuscript: a… Continue

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 8:12pm

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At 4:06am on July 13, 2009, Freya R said…
Hi Bill

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At 7:15pm on March 16, 2007, Bill Stephens said…
Shirley, My agent is actually pitching my second novel and two nonfiction projects while I'm using for added visibility. As far as chapter length I don't think there are any rules. Chapter 1 in Horizons Past was originally part of Chapter 2 with a *** time break, but my editor said to make it a separate Chapter. My only personal rule is that the first chapter should be long enough the reader must make an investment in the book that will encourage them to keep reading.
I appreciate your reading the book. there's a forum on that Blog wher you can comment and critique as you read. Bill
At 5:35pm on March 16, 2007, shirley dicks said…
Hi BIll, I just signed up for your blog so I could read some of the book. If you let people read it free, how can you sell it....just wondering.....Shirley

I read the first chapter. It was very short. I think my chapters are all twenty or more there any special page limits on chapters....

I'll keep on reading. Do you find by putting up a book on a blog it brings more people to your website....I don't see where too many have been to perhaps I'm not getting out there enough....
At 9:05am on March 15, 2007, Bill Stephens said…
Judi, I've applied to Hearst for a number of different projects, syndicates, you name it ove the years with similar results, but I did manage to keep a weekly column going with them for about 18 years. I would not want to be someone looking for a newspaper career during this period of the "Amazing Vanishing Newspaper. Thanks or your comment. Bill
At 11:39pm on March 14, 2007, Judi Lake said…
Hi Bill -- nice to meet you! Looking forward to reading your blog! Your bio made me laugh because years ago, when I was an absolute greenhorn with a horrible portfolio, I had applied to Hearst in Manhattan and the Creative Director who interviewed me very politely told me to go back home and get some experience... I was destroyed and cried all the way home but 2 years later I applied again and he hired me as a freelance editorial designer for magazines... small world huh?

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