Most writers come to their writing careers after doing a whole lot of something else first, and author Raymond L. Atkins was no exception to this time-honored path to publication. He has been a mechanic and a truck driver. He once burned dead chickens for a living. He has been a car salesman and a general manager. He has been a welder and a carpenter. He was once the night supervisor in a sawmill full of rowdy boys. For the last five years of his working career (before he hung it up to live the easy life of the professional writer), he was the maintenance superintendent in a large lumber mill. Now he writes books, and while he was learning the ropes for this new career, he made nearly every mistake that could be made. During this workshop, he will discuss the ins and outs of being a professional writer and talk about strategies and techniques that work as well as those that decidedly do not. Come spend some time with the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year as he holds forth on his experiences with the writing life.