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Making Money at Trade Shows

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Hovey at blade Show 2018

I have attended trade shows in China, Germany and for more than a decade have covered the Shot Show as a journalist. I have also been a paid exhibitor at the annual International Blade Show in Atlanta where I had a chance to sit on the other side of the table hawking my knives. On a smaller scale I have sold products at craft fairs at several locations in Georgia and more recently I exhibited at one of Eastman’s gun shows in Atlanta.

I have made money in several different ways from attending such events. My first exposures to trade shows was as a writer/journalist. At the Shot Show I visited the show to gather materials for my gun-related articles in the Gun Digest Annual and for my books. I also sold articles to editors of other magazines. People who cannot attend such events want to read about the newest…

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December 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

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Writing the Successful Gun-Hunt Story: Part 3. Photography

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Thanksgiving Deer with a 14-inch Ruger Old Army using the .45 Colt Taylor & Company’s Conversion Cylinder 

14-in .45 LC Ruger Old Army with deerThis “hero shot” is the best shot I have for a lead photo. The white reflections of the deer’s eyes are a result of this being a flash photo taken with my truck’s lights and a Cannon 35-mm Single Lens Reflex camera with a 200 mm lens. These days only digital images are accepted unless there are historical photos that are strongly related to the story that were on prints or published as black and white images. By comparison here is a shot that would not be acceptable as is because of the blood shown in the photo. It is accurate, shows the spot where the deer fell, but would never see print. Although I am putting the photos in this text to indicate how they might be used, they will be submitted…

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December 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

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Writing the Successful Gun-Hunt Story: Part 2. The Edit

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In Part I I wrote a long form version of a recent deer hunt with my custom Ruger Old Army percussion revolver where I killed a deer with my cast bullets and reloads using a Taylor and Co. conversion cylinder in .45 Colt.  This story has some commercial appeal because:  A. I am using a percussion pistol to shoot a powerful hunting load. B. The Ruger Old Army had a long production run and many Ruger collectors and users know of the pistol. C. I had some modifications made to the gun to allow it to mount a scope sight and also outfitted it with a 14-inch barrel. B. My handloads moved advanced the pistol’s capabilities to successfully use a powerful, but conservative, hunting load that functions well in my revolver.

The story as first written ran about 2,817 words which is suitable for a chapter in a book, but…

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December 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

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Writing the Successful Gun-Focused Hunting Story: Part I The Story

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As a person who has been writing and selling stories about guns and hunting since the 1970s, I would like to demonstrate how to craft a successful gun-focused hunting story.  In any hunting story the first thing that needs to be established is the focus of the story. Is it to be primarily about a firearm? Or is it to be about a person, place or variety of game. Any of these subject materials may be used, but before the story is even started its primary focus needs to be decided upon.

The second thing to be decided upon is who is telling the story? ls this to be a first-person story as in the typical “Me and Joe” story where you describe what you and your hunting buddy did on a given trip? Is it to be more about the gun and its statistical attributes that you have discovered…

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December 1, 2018 at 9:28 pm

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Use the Old Movie Serial Approach to Get Returning Traffic to Your YouTube Videos

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Ruger 14 (2)

This is a Ruger Old Army percussion revolver after it was modified by Master Gunsmith Dykes Reber. This work and the modification of the gun was the subject of one of the YouTubes in this series.

Those of us of a Certain Age remember the movie serial shorts that were usually part of a Saturday movie double feature schedule. These were typically westerns and always left the viewer with a cliff-hanger that would be resolved the next week only to be replaced by another, and so on for 10-weeks or so. This same approach was adopted by the later soap operas on TV, and is still being employed today to attract returning fans.

Ruger Old Army with some of its GA trophies

The Ruger Old Army and I had previous adventures such as taking a Georgia alligator with the gun as well as squirrels and deer, which likewise produced several videos.

As an outdoor writer it often takes me…

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November 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm

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Ford Ranger, Miami Book Fair, Food and Fun from Minnesota to Florida

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Mn Gov Hunt 2018Early November found me in Hinckley, Minnesota, attending the Governor’s Opener Deer hunt which was run out of the Grand Casino. After returning home for a week, my 2011 Ford Ranger Sports truck was off again for a 600 mile drive to the Miami Book Fair with an overnight stopover in Orlando to visit some cousins and drop off a knife that I refurbished for their dad.

As the book fair was a weekend event, this was a workday-school day event for my nephews, and our time together was limited. Being in every respect but blood an older uncle to these two, we had a lot of catching up to do. Michael, the dad, had worked through some life events which included a divorce.  He and his son Tate were staying in Michael’s parent’s house while his dad, Bob, was spending the summer at the family lake cabin in…

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November 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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Innovative Opportunities in the Restaurant and Food Service Business

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For any person potentially interested in opening a new restaurant or even a food cart, travel can expose you to new types of food service and restaurant possibilities. I have just returned from exhibiting my new book, Create Your Own Job Security: Plan to Start Your Own Business at Midlife, at the Miami Book Fair. While there I took the opportunity to visit and sample three quite different, but adjacent, restaurants less than a block from my hotel. These included a Cuban, Greek and Brazilian restaurant offering quite different meals at different price points.

Miami Seasoned beef in a fried plantan bowl

The Cuban restaurant, Havana, had a fusion of Cuban and Central American foods with the most elaborate dish being Tostones Rellenos Lomo Saltado which was a seasoned cut beef dish served in a fried plantain bowl. Four of these constituted a serving. I followed this up with a flaun with caramel sauce and Cuban Coffee.  They…

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November 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm

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