Friday, March 9, 2018

Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast - Managing Yourself

In the latest episode of Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast, Keating talks about managing your own career and writers being innovators. Please tune in.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast, Episode 8: Shakespeare - Author and Entrepreneur

Episode 8: Shakespeare - Author and Entrepreneur
Ray Keating notes that the first great author-entrepreneur was William Shakespeare. Given the fact that he also ranks as the greatest writer in history, perhaps it's worth taking a quick look at Shakespeare as author and entrepreneur.
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Recalling William F. Buckley's Charm and Generosity

by Ray Keating

When William F. Buckley, Jr. passed away ten years ago, I was a weekly columnist with Newsday. Here is the column I wrote at the time.

Photo Courtesy of National Review Online

Life offers good days and bad days. The key is to keep it all in proper perspective, and cherish the many gifts from God.
But that’s not always easy. Early last week, I had a couple of bad days. You know – expensive car woes, career challenges, and so on. Then I heard on Wednesday morning that William F. Buckley, Jr. had died. My own frustrations gave way to loss and sadness.
Much can and has been written in recent days about this witty, intellectual powerhouse who was central to the modern-day conservative movement. Buckley started National Review magazine, penned a syndicated newspaper column, wrote novels and nonfiction books, hosted a television show, tweaked liberals, and did much more in nearly six decades of public life.
Oh yes, and he played an important role in defeating communism by laying the intellectual groundwork for Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
In addition, Buckley sailed the seas, ran for mayor of New York City in 1965 on the Conservative Party line to the irritation of liberal Republican John Lindsay, and even was a CIA agent for a brief time. How cool is all of that?
And he did it with panache and obvious joy. Perhaps a small part of the reason I became a conservative was because of Bill Buckley. I wanted to have as much fun as that guy.
But two personal encounters with Buckley revealed his charm and generosity.
The first time was nearly 20 years ago. I just started writing a column for a very small, now-long-forgotten New York City newspaper. Buckley was doing a lunchtime book signing. So, I decided to ask this conservative luminary for advice. I slipped a few of my columns in an envelope, and when it was my turn in line, nervously handed Buckley the package, asking if he might take a look at my work. His face lit up with a smile, and he declared, “I most certainly will.”
A couple of weeks later, a letter arrived. Buckley graciously read through these early rough columns, and offered some helpful, but gentle critiques. He added that none of this should make me hesitate at the keyboard because I was making a positive contribution. That note of encouragement was invaluable.
During subsequent years, I joked with friends that my life would be complete if two things happened. Jack Nicklaus said “nice round” after playing 18 holes of golf, and Bill Buckley gave thumbs up to my writing.
Well, a couple of years ago, I again saw Buckley at a New York City gathering, and introduced myself. He responded with another smile and said: “Raymond Keating, I read your work.” Without thinking, in a kind of haze of disbelief, I responded: “Oh, come on.” But he reassured that was the case, and we enjoyed a nice conversation. (No word from Nicklaus as yet.)
Those moments with Buckley were good days for this conservative writer. They are memories to be cherished.
But many others have had similar experiences. For example, Matt Carolan, my onetime column partner in these pages, worked for Buckley at National Review. Last week, Matt noted many generous acts on Buckley’s part, and concluded: “Bill's Christian charity and welcoming spirit, whether that be directed to employees, strangers or even political and cultural opponents, were surely some of his greatest accomplishments.”
In my life and so many others, Bill Buckley was a gift. Last Wednesday was a bad day for those of us left on this celestial ball as we will miss William F. Buckley, Jr. But Buckley, I have no doubt, is now enjoying paradise, and paradise is all the more lively for his arrival.

Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs, Episode 8: Staying Honest with Jerry Bowyer

My guest in this episode is Jerry Bowyer, widely respected writer, editor, commentator, and economist. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about his views as an editor on writing and writers, the challenges for writers and commentators to stay true to their beliefs, and his views on assorted issues, such as entrepreneurship, the state of commentary today, as well as his own research and writing on a variety of biblical issues. Bowyer's message to writers of all kinds includes staying honest. Jerry is the chairman of Bowyer Research, editor of Townhall Finance and a contributor. His books include the "Bush Boom" and the "Free Market Capitalist's Survival Guide."
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Exciting New Reasons to Join the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship

Exciting New Reasons to Join the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship

First, the rewards have just been upgraded in a big way! Second, you will get the forthcoming new Pastor Stephen Grant novel, REAGAN COUNTRY, along with subsequent books, for free and two weeks before the rest of the planet.

Consider that if you join at the entry READER support level, you’ll get the following: You receive all new novels FREE and two weeks earlier than the rest of the world, and you get FREE exclusive, early reads of new Pastor Stephen Grant short stories throughout the year. In addition, your name included in a special "Thank You" section in forthcoming novels, and access to the private Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship Facebook page, which includes daily journal entries from Pastor Stephen Grant, insights from other characters, regular recipes from Grillin’ with the Monks, periodic videos and Q&A’s with Ray Keating, and more!

What about one level up at the Bronze Reader level? Well, you get everything noted above PLUS you receive two special gift boxes throughout the year with fun and exclusive Pastor Stephen Grant merchandise.

You can also join at the Silver, Gold and Ultimate Reader levels, with additional rewards, including having a character named after you or a loved one!

Why did we start a Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship? For a variety of reasons, but part of it has to do with helping to turn ideas about additional PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT novels, an assortment of short stories, and a spinoff series into reality. Please consider joining!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast Launched!

Free Enterprise in Three Minutes is a podcast meant to provide three-minute (give or take a few seconds) answers to important questions about free enterprise, the economy, business and related issues. Ray Keating is an economist, columnist, author and podcaster who cuts through the economic mumbo-jumbo, tosses aside the economic mistakes often made in the media and in political circles, and quickly gets at economic reality. Who says free enterprise and economics have to be mind-numbing? That's not the case with Free Enterprise in Three Minutes with Ray Keating.

The first episode? "Is Free Enterprise About Greed?"

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast, Episode 6: Embrace Your Audience

In this episode of Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast, Ray Keating talks about the need for writers to think about and identify who their audience is for both writing and marketing purposes. He argues that understanding your readers or market is necessary to be both a more disciplined and a more creative writer. And yes, discipline and creativity work together to improve one’s work as a writer.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast: Interview with the Small Business Advocate

A new episode of Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast is available for your listening pleasure. Gain insights on being an author and an entrepreneur from Jim Blasingame, the Small Business Advocate. Jim has been a leading voice for small business for more than 20 years, and he serves up some wisdom in this episode. Great conversation!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Episode #3: Partner with the Bug Guys

Episode #3: Partner with the Big Guys like Amazon and Facebook

Readers, authors and entrepreneurs shouldn't hate the "big guys," like and Facebook. Instead, readers, authors and entrepreneurs should learn to love the big guys as partners. Leverage their bigness to your own benefit as authors and entrepreneurs, and to the benefit of your readers.

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Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast #2: Interview with Disney Expert Lou Mongello

Ray Keating's Authors and Entrepreneurs Podcast - Episode #2

Get ready to be inspired in terms of your career and writing with Lou Mongello. Lou is an author, podcaster and social media expert; a leading authority on Disney; and a model of the author as entrepreneur. I had a great time interviewing Lou!

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