Author Archives: Shawn E. Bell

Question: When a writer presents their manuscript to an editor or a publisher, what prevents them from just stealing the work and publishing the book under their own names?

Answer: Professionalism. An editor or publisher will only ever get one chance to “steal” someone’s work. After that they’re out of business, sued into oblivion, and Chernobyl when it comes to ever being employable ever again. The only writer who is worried about an editor or publisher stealing their manuscript is the noob who doesn’t […]

Newly Renovated Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Big Sur Now Open!

California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League work tirelessly to reopen popular trail On June 21, 2008 a lightning strike ignited the Basin Complex Fire, a wildfire that swept through 162,818 acres near Big Sur, forcing evacuations, and burning most of the Ventana Wilderness area. The fire destroyed much of the Pfeiffer Big Sur […]

Camping and Hiking using CampingHiking.net

2020 was a difficult year for travelers, wanderers, adventurers, and explorers here in California. I did get out – sometimes with groups, sometimes furtively by myself – and was rewarded with solitude, silence, and freedom within the great cathedrals of nature that California offers from the deserts to the beaches, to the mountains and deep […]

Gavin Newsom’s Mediademic Causes California State Parks to Temporarily Close Campgrounds

In yet another attack on the freedom of Californians caused by Gavin Newsom’s incompetent management, lies, and fake “follow the science” nonsense, California State Parks has announced that they are closing state campsites “impacted by California’s Regional Stay at Home Order.” The governor, again confusing the issue further, has determined that artificial percentages (not colors)  […]

A Question About Self-Publishing

Question: If you publish your book only in electronic form, is it good or bad? Answer: If you indie-publish your work as an eBook, whether it’s “good” or “bad” will largely depend on the writing. If you market it properly, you’ll make some money.