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Editorial Services

Jim Casada can offer a wide variety of editorial services that bring meticulous attention to detail as well as knowledge of the subject to the task. In addition to being an experienced, widely published writer, he has an impressive editorial background as well. He can provide a wide variety of editorial services including proofreading, copy editing, manuscript critiques, marketing and publishing advice, ghost writing, book contract evaluation, service as an intermediary in working with printers or layout/design specialists, and more. To discuss the services you might need, phone Jim at 803-329-4354 or contact him through this website.

Jim’s editorial background includes: Five years as Co-Editor of Turkey & Turkey Hunting magazine followed by serving as the publication’s Editor-at-Large, a position he currently holds; Editor-at-Large for Sporting Classics; masthead positions with many magazines over the years (these currently include Mossy Oak’s Hunting the Country, Tennessee Valley Outdoors, Predator Xtreme, and Sporting Clays); Editor of two ongoing book series (the Firearms Classics Series from Palladium Press and the Outdoor Tennessee Series from the University of Tennessee Press); Editor of a number of primers for Realtree Outdoors; researcher and ghost writer for NRA: An American Legend; member of Editorial Advisory committee for the Premier Collection (published by Premier Press, this was a series of reprints, with new Introductions, of great sporting books) and the African Collection (published by Briar Patch Press, this was a series of 24 reprints of great African hunting books); and contributor of forewords or introductions to more than 50 books.

Jim has been the editor and compiler of a number of well-respected anthologies including four collections of the work of Archibald Rutledge, The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor, The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark, The Best of Horatio Bigelow, a two-volume set of the writings of Fred Selous, and the award-winning Forgotten Tales and Vanished Trails (a collection of the lost outdoor writings of Theodore Roosevelt).

He has also handled all editorial duties for a number of books written by other authors. These include Wayne Bailey’s Wayne’s Turkey World: Sixty Years of Hunting, Michael Marks’ Neil Cost: Magic with Wood, David Hoffman’s The Great Buck Caper, Aaron Pass, Realtree’s Turkey Hunting Fieldbook, and others.

References or samples of Casada’s work are available on request.

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Over the years, Jim has taken thousands of outdoor photographs. On this page are just a few examples of his work.  If you are interested in purchasing any of these images or have a specific request, please contact Jim.

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Speaking Engagements

Jim Casada is a “recovering academic.” He has honed his speaking skills as a popular university professor and won numerous teaching awards. Casada bring storytelling skills to the classroom, and that is the approach he has always taken when speaking to groups with outdoor interests.

Over the years Jim has spoken to scores of sportsmen’s groups, Trout Unlimited Chapters, and deer hunting clubs. He has served as the featured speaker for the annual banquet of the famed Harrisburg (Pa.) Fly Fishers, presented seminars at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual convention, taught turkey hunting seminars for Classic Sports International, appeared at Glenn Helgeland’s Deer & Turkey Expos, and regularly teach weekend classes in the University of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Field School. Topics in the Field School include Fly Fishing in the Smokies, In the Footsteps of Horace Kephart, and Writing on Nature and the Outdoors. Casada is a fixture, drawing jam-packed rooms for his slide presentations, at the annual Fly Fishing Show in Charlotte, N.C.

Casada and his wife Ann also do an occasional cooking show. Along with preparing sample dishes, the couple shares tips and techniques on game cookery.

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Book Appraisal Service

As someone who buys and sells books on the outdoors on a regular basis and who has done so for many years, Jim offers a service for anyone who is interested in selling their library, getting it evaluated for tax purposes, making insurance plans, or the like. He can evaluate entire collections or single volumes on a fee basis that will be decided prior to any work being done.

For now, here are two free hints on the value of books: (1) Any book is worth what someone is willing to pay for it and (2) Most booksellers normally offer between 40 and 50 percent of the retail value of an out-of-print book. Keep in mind that they may hold it for years before selling it or indeed never sell the book. Similarly, most bookstores buy new books at 50 percent of the list price, with the discount being even greater for the big chains.

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Let Jim Help You
Find Books You Want

 Jim Casada has been a bibliophile (that's a $5 word for “book nut”) all his life. His mother was a small town librarian, and Jim has always been a voracious reader. His personal collection of 8,000+ volumes on hunting, fishing, and the outdoors sometimes threatens marital harmony. As a dedicated book collector, Casada has learned a great deal about the hoops you need to jump through in the search for out-of-print books. If you are looking for a particular book, various books by a particular author, or want some books in a particular subject field, he can help you.

Jim will try to locate a copy of the book you want (if he don’t have it in stock) and will quote you a price for the book while providing full details on the book’s condition. There’s no obligation on your part other than to say whether or not you want to buy the book at that price.

Another service Casada can offer is helping you build up a personal library, over time, in whatever subject area is of particular interest to you. This might be 19th century African hunting, the literature of sport in the South, classic grouse hunting books, or something else. Jim can help you in this way by offering books on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis and at a price limit for the time period that you set. Just let him know how to customize a program to fit your needs.

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