Good Authors…

RodMaker is filled with articles submitted by authors with varying degrees of writing skill.  Nothing gets turned down due to bad writing, of course. The quality of the information being conveyed is the important thing and most any submission can be cleaned up and presented properly.  There are, however, several authors that continually impressed me not only with the information they share, but with how they share it. I envy their writing skills.

I’ve published a good many articles by Rich Forhan. Every single one has been concise and to the point. Most importantly, everything there was needed and anything needed was there. Rich has the ability to say more with fewer words than any other RodMaker author I’ve yet encountered.

Another stand out author has been Dr. William Hanneman.  Not only are his articles well written but he has a unique means of conveying even a complicated idea in very easy to understand terminology. There are no superfluous sentences in his articles – he gets the point across easily the first time, every time.

There are many other good writers whose articles have also appeared in RodMaker – I certainly don’t mean to leave anyone out. But these two have impressed me with each and every submission. They deserve a great deal of credit for the success of RodMaker over these many years.

Tom Kirkman



  1. PeterSprague on October 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    When I was writing for the Rodcrafters Journal there was a publishers note in EVERY issue that spelled out the submission guidelines. They were not difficult, you just sent it in and they took care of it, but at least we knew what was requested and how to go about getting an article in print. Have you ever thought about publishing an article submission guideline in Rodmaker???

  2. Tom on October 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The article submission guidelines for RodMaker Magazine have been in the masthead of every single issue ever published.

  3. WLeightner on October 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I agree on both those writers. Joe Emig and Bill Colby have been good too. What happened to Joe?

  4. Tom on October 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    RodMaker has featured many excellent writers. The two noted above simply stand out in my mind for their exceptional instructional styles.

    Bill still writes for us and attends the Expo every year. Joe sort of disappeared a few years back but hopefully he’s still alive and well. To this day I consider him one of the very top craftsmen that has ever participated in this craft.

  5. Marko on October 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Have not read anything from Rich in a while. Would like to see more from him in future issues. Thanks.

  6. Tom on October 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Then you’ll be happy to hear that Rich is planning a new series of articles for RodMaker beginning very soon.