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Ray Wilson

Austin, Texas, United States

Email: rwilson@cognabooks.com

Home page: http://www.cognabooks.com/TheWriteStuff

My degrees: B.A., M.A., Ph. The "Ph" without a "D" is not a mistake. I dropped out after finishing all doctoral classwork in sociology. A letter from the Dean suggested I return and behave myself but, in my fifties and fed up with political correctness, that was not an option. So, no doctorate, but I sure did get a philosophy.

My life story is like that of Forrest Gump; I was in the right places at the right times to see history being made. Of course, Forrest actually effected that history and made better career choices -- apparantly being smarter than me. Still, I was there with front row seats and have a lot to write about.

I wrote "Bought, Not Sold", an expose on the real estate industry. I self-published it, not because publishers didn't like it, but because I didn't know how to get them to read it. It has sold in all fifty states and five countries, and in every month since 1998 on amazon.com; but it never made a bookshelf in any bookstore though bookstores frequently special order at the request of customers responding to "word of mouth" and solid endorsements from prestigious consumer advocates. That's a good indicator that I'm a good writer and a bad publisher.

I wrote 13 articles for the International Real Estate Digest (ired.com), and a mess of newspaper editorial page columns.

New book (2012), "The Rosary: Prayer for Thinking Christians" now available in both print and ebook versions. Publishers site with links to major booksellers: http://www.cognabooks.com/rosary/

A stage play is sitting on-line for someone to read at http://www.cognabooks.com/site/stage.html -- The Eyes of the Virgin -- about one man's discovery of the miracle of Guadalupe. There's a screen version too, the reason for which is perhaps a bigger mystery than the miracle.

Poetry too, if you can call it that. Here's one I wrote decades ago which Ogden Nash actually joked about stealing from me:
Dear, your something special,
of all the girls I've dated.
I've seen the doctor and suspect
you're mononucleated.

Not to worry.... there's no plans to make a living on my poetry.


Interests: sociology, organizations, government, politics, religion, criminal justice, public speaking, humor.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Nonfiction

  • BOUGHT, NOT SOLD: Single Agency, Buyers' Brokers, Flat Fees, and the Consumer Revolution in Real Estate
  • The Rosary: Prayer for Thinking Christians