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Bill and Sandra McGee are a husband/wife writing duo… and claim they seldom disagree.

They each have a favorite saying about writing:
Bill:To anyone who has ever considered writing, there is only one way—ass in seat.”

Sandra:The strongest drive is neither love nor hate; it is the urge to edit another’s copy.”

 

 

A few words about us…

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Award-winning author William L. McGee’s writing career has spanned six decades. He has written 22 books, nine of them with his co-author/wife Sandra V. McGee.

Award-winning author William L. McGee and his co-author/wife Sandra V. McGee are a husband/wife writing duo … and claim they seldom disagree.

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Award-winning author William L. McGee’s writing career has spanned six decades. He has written 22 books, nine of them with his co-author/wife Sandra V. McGee. Subjects include:  5 World War II military histories, 6 memoirs, and 11 broadcast sales guidebooks.

Awards and Recognition:
* 2018 Silver Medal Award, Military Writers Society of America: “THE SOLOMONS CAMPAIGNS, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville, Pacific War Turning Point”

* Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Annual Reading List for Logistics: “PACIFIC EXPRESS: The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II”

The McGees are members of Broadcast Legends, Military Writers Society of America (MWSA), Naval Order of the United States (NOUS), Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA), Western Writers of America (WWA), and National Association of Atomic Veterans.

Bill and Sandra, live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit WilliamMcGeeBooks.com.

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More about us…

William L. “Bill” McGee’s (1925– ) writing career has spanned six decades. He has written 22 books: 5 World War II military histories, 6 memoirs, and 11 broadcast sales guidebooks.

Bill was born in 1925 in Livingston, Montana, and raised in the small cattle town of Malta, on the Montana Hi-Line. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater 1942–1946. After the war, he returned to cowboyin’ 1947–1950. He worked as a horse wrangler in Yellowstone National Park, a trail and deer hunting guide at Lake Tahoe, and was the head dude wrangler on the Flying M.E., an exclusive Nevada dude and divorce ranch 21 miles south of Reno that catered to wealthy Eastern socialites and Hollywood celebrities, most seeking a six-week divorce.

In 1950, Bill turned in his Levis and boots for Brooks Brothers suits, and made a successful transition into the business world. In eight years, he rose to a top-level position as an executive in the worldwide import/export business. In 1958, he made the move into the broadcasting industry and enjoyed a successful 32-career.

In 1971, inspired by Henry J. Kaiser’s sayings “Find a need and fill it” and “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes,” Bill launched Broadcast Marketing Company (BMC), a nationwide retail sales training and development program designed specifically for the broadcast industry. He authored ten “how-to” broadcast sales guidebooks, plus the best-selling encyclopedic, “Changes, Challenges & Opportunities in the New Electronic Media”. He produced two sales presentation films for radio and television. Fourteen years later, BMC had 1,000+ radio and television station clients nationwide. In 1984, Bill sold BMC’s profitable subscription service, CO-OPPORTUNITIES, to a client group broadcaster and he retired comfortably at age 59.

However, retirement was not in the cards. Inspired by his insatiable interest in history, Bill researched and wrote ten more books, including the acclaimed Pacific war trilogy, Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in World War II. The third volume, Pacific Express, was selected by the Marine Corps Commandant as required reading on the subject of logistics for all officer and enlisted Marines.

Sandra V. McGee is a former publicist for the performing arts. She has co-authored nine books with her husband, including The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, which garnered critical praise from the Nevada Historical Society as “the best book yet about Nevada’s famous dude-divorce ranch business.” When not trying to edit her husband’s copy, Sandra’s passions are black-and-white movies from the 1930s and ’40s, and ballet.

The McGees are members of Broadcast Legends, Military Writers Society of America (MWSA), Naval Order of the United States (NOUS), Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA), Western Writers of America (WWA), and National Association of Atomic Veterans.

(Photo Joanne A. Calitri International)

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