AN AUTHOR'S STORY (THE SHORT VERSION)
Jack, My Faithful Assistant
Bill Hammons was born in Germany during the early Seventies to a career Army officer during his father's tour of duty there. He was raised in Odessa, Texas from the age of five, and graduated from Permian High School in 1993 (yes, that Permian High School). He then moved to Manhattan to attend college, and graduated from NYU in 1997 (where he was a member of the Beta Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon) with a degree in English and American Literature (not to mention a heck of a lot of student loans).
After a career in traditional book and magazine publishing (including seven years and seven days at Newsweek Magazine), Bill decided to ditch the skyscrapers of Manhattan for Colorado's Front Range, and turned his personal writing and running website into a commercial venture. After surveying the not-entirely-helpful lists of agents and editors elsewhere on the Web, he decided he could do better, and started Bill's List of Literary Agents and Their Authors’ Books as a service to help make sense of the hundreds of literary agents out there.
In November 2007, Bill Hammons declared for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District (centered on Boulder), as the first Unity Party of America Congressional candidate. He successfully petitioned onto the 2008 General Election ballot with 899 valid voter signatures, and appeared on television, on radio, and in dozens of newspaper articles (not to mention on several local city bus advertisements in Boulder and Broomfield counties). Bill received thousands of votes in that election, and the Unity Party is now officially recognized in the State of Colorado as a result of his candidacy and petition. To make the most of his unique and ongoing experience in politics, he started Bill Hammons' American Politics Guide in early 2009.
Bill also loves running (he created Bill's Boston Marathon Qualifiers Guide after seeing a need for a guide to marathons (sorted by name, month, US state, Canadian province, and other countries) which serious marathoners could run to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon). He also loves hiking in and around the world's greatest city of Boulder, Colorado when he's not sitting in front of the computer, futzing around on Facebook, and/or nursing his injuries.