Brian Schwartz

Author ★ Speaker ★ Ukulele Teacher

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About myself and my philosophy

Since 2009, I have worked with over 500 authors. I served as the president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in 2012/2013, and am a member of the IBPA and SLO Nightwriters. I try to speak at a few writing conferences/year and I teach publishing at Cal Poly University in the Writing Program. Since 2014, I've been meeting bi-monthly with my critique group (we call ourselves Critiki).

Outside of work, my passions tend to center around Yoga, Ukulele, and Meditation. I call it my YUM fountain of youth!

I am extremely grateful to wake up everyday on the California central coast. While I never meet the majority of my clients face-to-face, I love the opportunity anytime I do.

I only recommend products I actually use. Often you'll get a discount through my referral link. While I may also get some compensation when you click, it's not the reason I am promoting them. I promote them because they've had a positive impact on my business.

Tools

Indispensable

Highly Valued

New tools & strategies I am testing

What am I currently writing?

Much of what you read on this site is what I'd call beta writing. Still in progress with some editing, rework and proofing to be done. It's a glimpse into the mid-point of my writing workflow - the phase between unfinished and finished, between unpolished and polished work. Your input is a valuable part of the iterative writing process I teach:

Prince is said to have thousands of unpublished songs, because they are what I would classify as his 'beta' work. I've read that he wrote a song/day. Is there any better way to hone your skills? I am sure some of those are so short they would hardly constitute a song and much of it was just practice. He was a creative genius. If his song writing technique is similar other songwriters, you will hear the influences of whatever he was listening to at the time he wrote the song. I would even speculate that a lot of his unfinished work that he never released is too close to the work of others. We ALL pull our ideas from somewhere. Perhaps it was from his own music, which makes me contemplate the idea that the more we create, the more we can pull from our own creations for inspiration.

Price was also highly protective of this 'unpublished' work, likely because we never wanted us to hear anything less than his best!

The backstory of Vincent van Gogh is similar. He painted over 2,000 paintings in just 10 years. And while hundreds went on to become invaluable works of art, many more would be considered 'practice.'

PubWriter provides writers with an ultimate canvas for unfinished work. It's my beta writing, and it's often influenced heavily by something I'm reading.

Structure

As I am in the midst of moving 100 or of my writings into a more public space, I'm finding the need to come up with a repeatable publishing process.

Common themes in my writing

Meditation is the opportunity to rediscover the peace within yourself.

People I admire (& who inspire me)

I will create a (dedication) page to elaborate how each of them inspire me!

Favorite musicians

Favorite authors

Books Published

Milestones

The events that shaped who I am?

One of my goals is to publish something every single day on this site. Check out the Table of Contents to see what I've published lately.

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