Getting the “Rights” to My Manuscripts Back

Back in 2012 when I signed my first book contract, I thought I knew my way around intellectual property rights. By then, I’d spent 20+ years in the outsourcing industry either working as a consultant or for a service provider. When you get down to it, outsourcing...

Adding Humor Through Proverbs

Recently, an editor suggested I add more humor, even if it is slapstick, to help develop the characters. It’s an interesting thought and my immediate reaction was how? I’ve often said and written that when I am writing or doing a major edit, I become the character. In...

Talking Versus Action

One of my favorite sayings is “What you are doing, I can’t hear what you are saying…” In the business or human relationship context, the meaning is clear. What you do is more important than what you say. Not surprising, it also applies to writing books. Here’s how and...

Why Norwich University

Every so often, I get questions from the audience that surprise me. Two weeks ago, I was invited to speak at a local Rotary club to give what I call my “Grandpa, what did you do during the Vietnam War?” speech. Lead time on these events can be as short as a week or...