About Ron Seybold
I’ve been editing authors for more than three decades: books, stories, and articles, in fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. I’ve published a novel, Viral Times. Manuscripts from my two forthcoming books, a historical novel and a memoir, have earned their way to Finalist shortlists in the Writer’s League of Texas.
Four novelists have been traditionally published after working in my manuscript groups; one earned her way to the New York Times Bestseller List. The Workshop’s writers have won or been named Finalists in the Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest.
I volunteer at the Austin Bat Cave literacy program, tutoring in public schools. I served a three-year tour of duty in the US Army to pay for my college degree through the GI Bill. I’ve also cycled 30,000 miles over the last 15 years, starting with fundraising rides for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. Dozens of miles a week on a bike are good practice for finishing something long like books.
I’m the only editor and creative coach in Greater Austin who uses the Amherst Writer’s & Artists methods to nurture authors and polish their writing. Workshops are a specialty. I’ve been a panelist at the Writer’s League of Texas Third Thursday program, speaking on workshopping fundamentals. I’ve been a League member for more than 25 years as a volunteer, as conference faculty, as an editing resource, and as an author.
I’m a published author of the futuristic thriller Viral Times, the story of a viral pandemic in the near future, one that challenges how love can survive in a world where touch has become deadly. It’s available in print at Austin’s BookPeople and Malvern Books, as well as
To help writers from inspiration to publication, I call on my University of Texas journalism degree; studies in Iowa’s Summer Writing programs, and workshops at the Tin House summer seminars; coaching and instruction from Writer’s League of Texas professionals such as novelist Karen Stolz; training from the American Copy Editing Society; plus seminars with plot master Donald Maass and writing guru Natalie Goldberg.
I’m a certified Amherst Writers & Artists workshop leader and have trained other leaders. My book coaching is based on creative coach training with Dr. Eric Maisel, a psychologist and author of 14 books on creativity.
After a series of news reports on KUT in Austin, I’ve trained with Edge Studios to perform and produce audiobooks. It’s been a wonderful way to use my 25 years of stage acting as well as training in the University of Texas drama program.
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Journalist in newspapers and tech business
I’ve worked as a staff reporter and editor for five publications, writing features, reporting news, covering sports and reviewing the arts. I’ve managed a team of editors creating six technology publications. In 1995 I launched The 3000 Newswire as the leading news resource for the HP business computer community. My full editing and writing profile is at LinkedIn. Connect with me, so we can partner up.