Don’t Be a Knucklehead

If you’re a writer (or want to be one) and you’re not always trying to learn, then you’re a knucklehead.

If you’re a writer who’s trying to learn and you aren’t reading two key websites, then you either haven’t found them yet (I’m taking care of that for you now, thank you) or… you’re a knucklehead.

There are other places to learn that I’ll point you to in the future, but the two single best ones are the websites for Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Dean’s series Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing amounts to a Master’s Degree in the industry.  Sample his post on Talent and I suspect you’ll be hooked.

Kris has been posting installments of her Freelancer’s Survival Guide for over a year now.  I have learned so much from it.  I suspect the guide has helped launch and save many careers.  Sample her latest post on Giving Up.

As I’ve noted in a previous post, I also attend as many Kris and Dean workshops as I can because there are some topics that demand intense, in-person coverage.  But you don’t have to travel to the Oregon coast to learn from these two astounding teachers.  All it takes is your Internet browser.

Don’t be a knucklehead.

About the Author: admin

David H. Hendrickson’s first novel, Cracking the Ice, was praised by Booklist as “a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil.” He has since published five additional novels, including Offside, which has been adopted for high school student required reading, and most recently, Offensive Foul.

He has also published Travis Roy: Quadriplegia and a Life of Purpose, and a book for writers, How to Get Your Book Into Schools and Double Your Income With Volume Sales.

His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Pulphouse, and numerous anthologies, including multiple issues of Fiction Fiver.

Hendrickson has published over fifteen hundred works of nonfiction, most recently his first book for writers, How to Get Your Book into Schools and Double Your Income with Volume Sales. He has been honored with the Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award and the Murray Kramer Scarlet Quill Award.


  1. Brad R. Torgersen

    Great new look you have here, Dave. And I agree, Kris and Dean are invaluable. I have been promoting their web blogs at every opportunity. Hopefully a few folks find them valuable. A lot of people will just shrug and continue to muddle along in the same fashion as they always have. A few who embrace learning and having ideas challenged, will read and hopefully apply new lessons learned.

  2. admin


    I only wish I’d found Kris and Dean years ago. But that’s water under the bridge. I’ve found them, am learning from them, and that’s making a gargantuan difference.

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