About Me

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I’m John Soares and I’ve been a full-time freelance writer since 1994. I’m passionate about helping you and other freelance writers get more done for more money so you have more time for whatever jazzes you most about life.

I started writing in 1990, first for in the outdoors niche (two mainstream paperback books and over 100 articles, including pieces for Sunset and VIA) and later in my main niche: freelancing writing for college textbook publishers. Since 1992 I’ve completed over 200 education projects (lecture outlines, instructor’s manuals, study guides, test questions, and the like). Most of the work has been for large textbook publishers such as Cengage, Pearson Education, and McGraw-Hill in many diverse subjects: political science, history, geography, geology, oceanography, environmental science, biology, and business.  I love this writing niche: it allows me to both reinforce what I know and keep learning, and I get paid well to do it, typically $50 to $100 per hour. (Find out more in my e-book Writing College Textbook Supplements: The Definitive Guide to Winning High-Paying Assignments in the College Textbook Publishing Market, second edition.)

I’ve always been interested in how to make the most out of life. For me this means feeling as alive as possible and truly enjoying each moment. I first started studying personal development in my late teens, beginning with Dale Carnegie’s work. I truly got interested in the early 1990s, and since I have a science/academic bent, I focus on what scientific studies in psychology and other fields tell us about the human brain and human behavior, and expecially on what actually works to make our lives better.

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My formal education? I have a B. S. degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis (highest honors) and I earned a M. A. degree in political science from UC Davis. I’ve also taken coursework in history, geography, and earth sciences. Beyond that, I’m a life-long learner with a strong interest in many subjects, from astronomy to poetry. (See more about my education and publications here.)

My informal education? I lived abroad for two years in my early 20’s, including over a year hitch-hiking and vagabonding throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. I also spent three magical years on the island of Kauai. I learn a lot about myself and life by spending time in nature and hanging out with interesting people.

I live in Ashland, Oregon, just north of the California border. I hike as often as I can, and I do tai chi nearly every day.

John Soares relaxing in a creek near Mount Shasta in northern California.

John Soares relaxing in a creek near Mount Shasta in northern California.

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