Wm. Hovey Smith - Author of Backyard Deer Hunting
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Kirkus Book Review, Make Your Own Job: Anytime, Anywhere, At Any Age

 MAKE YOUR OWN JOB Wm. Hovey Smith Stratton Press (156 pp.) $7.99 paperback, $2.99 e-book ISBN: 978-1-64895-264-7 October 19, 2020 BOOK REVIEW

A guide for displaced or disgruntled employees focuses on the fundamentals of starting a business. The premise of entrepreneur/author Smith’s manual, a follow-up to his book Create Your Own Job Security (2018), is “that the best way for workers to insure their futures is to make their own jobs.” Beginning with an overview of today’s workplace in Chapter 1, Smith discusses older workers who are let go in favor of younger workers; the rise of the gig economy, in which he participated as a contract consultant; and the potential perils of automation. The author quickly transitions from this introductory content to the basics of establishing a business in Chapter 2. He first examines the “three stages” of forming and operating a business, “concept, people, and execution.” Smith suggests that “most people think too small” when starting a new business while cautioning “you have to be watchful about the next trend or market twists that might render your product or service obsolete.” The subsequent 14 chapters outline various elements of small-business management and execution, including the development of a concept, identification of an audience, types of businesses, funding, legal issues, business plans, names and branding, and more. Most chapters are brief, providing only perfunctory information, just enough to help an individual interested in self-employment launch a business. While some chapters cover a topic, such as patents, in adequate detail, others are quite abbreviated; for example, the chapters “Locating Your Business” and “Running Your Virtual Corporation” are a mere two and a half pages each. Still, the book covers a broad range of areas and offers some solid advice. A discussion of selling locally and regionally versus internationally should be useful for globally oriented entrepreneurs. The final chapter helpfully deals with some of the pluses and minuses of self-employment. Here, Smith addresses the psychological aspects of starting a business as well as the impact ownership can have on one’s physical health; the author shares some of his personal strategic wisdom for maintaining wellness. Smith’s uncluttered prose reflects his passion for small businesses.

A worthy rudimentary resource for business newbies. 

Cynthia Brian, Starstyle Be the Star You Are, Feb. 5, 2010

Dear Hovey,

Thank you so much for being a guest on my show, Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! You were amazing and offered such insights to our listeners. Your expertise in hunting and game cooking are so appreciated. This was a teriffic interview.

(The interview may be heard at http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshot.aspx?sid=764 ).


Jim Slinsky, Outdoor Talk Network, Oct. 20, 2009

 Thanks again for appearing on my show.

 You did an excellent job.

 You are a likable man.

 Good luck with your book.

 I hope we meet, someday.

 Best of luck in every way.


Steve Lightfoot, Texas Sporting Journal, Oct. 14, 2009

  "You have some amazing resources in your books. I will let you know when I have an opening in the magazine."

Brandon Butler, Midwest Sporting Journal, Sept. 24, 2009

  "One of the more practical deer hunting books to come along in quite some time."

Jerry Evans Safari Club International Radio

  Interview available on line at http://www.scifirstforhunters.ort/static/radio as episode 57.4.


Nancy Jo Adams, Women's Outdoor News, Sept. 8, 2009

 "Another chapter in Backyard Deer Hunting that will pique the interest of hunters, as well as the cook in the hunter's life, is dedicated to cooking, where you will find everything from lists of basic kitchen implements through desserts. This chapter is not only committed to deer dishes of every sort, it includes recipes for squirrel, rabbit, duck pheasant, turkey and even panfish. It also consist of some great recipes for vegetables, desserts and side dishes." (Nancy Jo tried some of my recipes and said that she liked the result.)


Bob Humphrey, Maine Outdoor Journal, Sept. 1, 2009

 "Backyard Deer Hunting is not just another time killer and space filler for the avid whitetail enthusiast. Far from it - it's a single reference that covers deer hunting A to Z, from the initial steps of taking a hunter safety course to ultimately putting meals on the family's dinner table." 

Kenneth L. Kiesler, August 3, 2009

"Backyard Deer Hunting is an extremely useful book for a beginning or experienced deer hunter. I am waiting closer to deer season to run a review. Good job!

A great book!"

"...unlike anything the likes of you have ever read."

                                    Kenneth Keiser, "I agree!"

Ken Perrott, Fredericksburg (VA) News, July 30, 2009

Wm. Hovey Smith's book, "Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound" is a soup to nuts primer designed to help people capitalize on burgeoning deer populations and feed a family for " pennies a pound" during these tough economic times.

In a lengthy article that follows, Perrott comments that the book is much more comprehensive than a traditional cookbook in also offering useful tips for novice and long-time hunters. He also comments favorably on the books "folksy" style, and states that it has valuable content for all wild-game cooks, regardless of previous experience.

From Julie on the Blog Fresh Basil, May 7, 2009

 An entry from William Hovey Smith takes us way beyond rice and beans with a recipe for Road Kill Deer Stew. Luckily for us, William (I go by Hovey) has a book coming out soon: Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting Deer to Dinner for Pennies per Pound! I think that I speak for everyone William: Thank you for this amazing gift to literature.