ProductiveWriters.com is my main website, and it’s where I discuss tips for freelance writing for high-paying clients and determining what you want and managing your time well so you get it. I recently released my second e-book Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work.

I do a variety of writing projects for nonprofits and small and medium-sized businesses, and I continue to do freelance writing for college textbook publishers, primarily preparing supplements and ancillaries for college textbooks; instructor’s manuals, student study guides, test banks, lecture outlines are the most common examples.

I’ve also written an e-book that details exactly how I’ve made a successful career from this work: Writing College Textbook Supplements: The Definitive Guide to Winning High-Paying Assignments in the College Textbook Publishing Market, now in its second edition.

And I still love to hike in northern California. The Northern California Hiking Trails blog covers hikes and trails in northern California, with a special emphasis from Chico north, which is my home territory. I’ve written two hiking guides, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition, and 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions, revised edition.

I grew up in Redding, California, and I currently live near Mount Shasta in far northern California with my partner Stephanie Hoffman. We spend some of fall, winter, and spring house-sitting in the San Francisco Bay Area. I do tai chi nearly every day, and still hike frequently.

John Soares on a hot summer day in a Sacramento River tributary.

John Soares on a hot summer day in a Sacramento River tributary.

Stephanie Hoffman, super cutie and my life partner.

Stephanie Hoffman, super cutie and my life partner.