William Robert Stanek's books have been written about and recommended by the YA librarian staff at VOYA, Publisher's Weekly, Parenting Magazine, the Journal of Electronic Defense, The Children's Bookshelf, Children's Writer, Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide, and other fine publications and periodicals. Over 20 million people have read his work, with translations and editions available in 150 countries worldwide.
His 250th book was published in 2020. In his long, distinguished career, his books have been distributed and published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, Pearson, Microsoft, O'Reilly, and others. He was also a columnist for PC Magazine and Dr. Dobbs. After high school, he joined the military to see the world and has lived in Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and many parts of the United States. He served two combat tours in the Gulf War as a combat flyer. Learn more at www.williamstanek.com, www.ruinmistmovie.com, and www.bugvillecritters.com. Find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WilliamStanekAuthor.
From his earliest days as a writer to the present, William Robert Stanek has been lending a helping hand to other writers. Over the years, he's helped many, many writers get their books and professional papers published. In 2007, he founded Go Indie, an organization dedicated to promoting independent publishers, authors, and booksellers, and over the past few years Go Indie has helped hundreds of indie authors. In March 2012, he launched Summer of Indie and dozens of indies joined the kickoff party that April. Beginning in June and continuing throughout the summer, Summer of Indie featured indie authors and their books. Nearly 100 indie authors were featured in all, along with their many, many books. Learn more at readindies.blogspot.com.
Like the little engine that could, his books are the little books that could. Year after year his books have had steadily increasing readership. Interest from movie production companies has come and gone. New editions and new books have been introduced. A graphic novel and comics were released. He works now and again on a script that may some day be the first Ruin Mist movie (or it may not). "Who knows for sure what the future may bring," he says.
He thought 2002 was a banner year when print sales soared beyond his wildest expectations and he was living with a smile on his face. He thought that year would never be topped, never be achieved again. Until he brought Ruin Mist to audio in 2005 and the books catapulted to #1 on Audible for FOURTEEN consecutive weeks and then stayed on the Kids & YA Top 10 for the next THREE YEARS.
When that massive run ended, he thought, "Oh man, this is the end of the ride, but what a ride it's been." Then sales rocketed again and he had his best few years ever as a writer. "That was nirvana. That was magical."
By 2011 he thought for sure the ride was over. That this was it for Ruin Mist, but it wasn't so for the 12 months from October 2011 to September 2012 brought more new readers to the world of Ruin Mist than any other 12-month period. Ever. "Who knew books published so many years ago could still have best years ahead of them," he says. "The point being, you never know. That first or next book you write may be the one. Then again it might not, but you never know until you put yourself out there."
About writing, William Robert Stanek says, "You know you're in the right place in life when you wake up every day with a smile on your face. You know you're in the right place as a writer when that smile is because you're eager to get to the keyboard, eager to get the thoughts racing through your mind down on paper."
"That eagerness to capture thoughts on paper has carried me through many days, many years, and many books. As a writer, that eagerness has made the blank page a friend rather than a foe. That blank page can be your friend too--if you let it. And if you let it, you can fill it with everything that's inside you, everything that you can wonder about, everything that you can dream about, and everything that you can imagine."
What Others Say About William?
Robert Stanek was like a father to some of us in the writing community, a
favorite uncle to others, and a valued mentor to a great, great many. So
many writers, hundreds really, owe their start in writing and careers to
this guy, and the same is true of thousands who work in Big Tech, on
web-based platforms or in web-based businesses. This guy taught them all how
to set up those very businesses. This guy who was larger than life. This guy
who was so down to earth. This guy who was so humble. This guy who so loved
life. This guy who so loved family. This guy who took care of everyone else.
This guy who gave and gave and gave over so many decades to so many and
never asked for anything in return.
was a King maker, unmade by the very things he helped establish. He put
upstart Amazon on the map by writing about the company to his audience of
millions from its earliest days. He transformed Microsoft Press from a
publishing company its readers swore published books in a foreign language
called Microsoftese into one praised for publishing books in plain
language—that plain language approach William himself created and that
praise itself was for William’s books. His words and style were so beloved
they eventually became the plain language style of Microsoft itself.
-Courtesy of the Writing Team at Read Indies, Cathy, Emily, David, Mary, Shannon, Sandra
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