We climb mountains everyday. If you need the best guide up the face and down the fall line of your book, we know the terrain.

Welcome to Rugged Land Media.

“Web Stone has been a friend and criminal associate for some time. He had the good taste to be one of the first people in the universe to find me not entirely without prospects.”

“Over time, he has involved me in any number of crackpot hare-brained schemes — usually involving bent cops, disgraced ex-intelligence officers, people with funny accents, special forces muscle-heads (the type of people who are apparently ALWAYS calling Web up in the middle of the night and heavy breathing over the phone) and a seemingly endless procession of Harvard pencil-necks.”

“But he dresses well and is always hanging around with really cute chicks. Everything we ever did together was an entertaining, flattering, fun — and ultimately futile exercise in alcoholic excess. I hope this publishing scam works out for Web. The cocksucker owes me big time.” – Anthony Bourdain

Coming Soon



Vice cop, Eddie Fuentes, just got bounced from the Oakland PD, not an easy thing to do. For an encore, he’s headed home to Redwood County to clean up some affairs for his dope grower dad, who just went off a bridge.

The “affairs” start with a very sexy redhead by the name of Shanna Black. Shanna’s a drug lawyer in the cross-hairs of a DEA investigation. She thinks Eddie could be part of her exit strategy, if she can get him to sell a piece of land to a Wall Street tycoon looking to clearcut a stand of old growth redwood … without tipping off a major dope grower client who doesn’t like building roads. But before he can deal with that, Eddie’s got some problems of his own, like a professional killer with a dead brother and an unforgiving mom.

And, oh yeah, Eddie’s pool hustler pal, a Mynot Indian, working on a little tribal development project called the Redwood Casino.

Stir all this with a U.S. Attorney dying to improve her Wikipedia page, and what do you get? It could be the biggest asset seizure in U.S. drug enforcement history–but who’s seizing what from whom?

Lethal loggers, crooked cops, corporate connivers, adaptable environmentalists, the original Dr. Feelgood, and a Native American master of “media optics”– they all face off in Redwood County, where the biggest industry is definitely — SMOKE!

Listen to Podcast

Get Advance Reading Copy

Publication Date: 3/1/2016

Who We Are

I am Webster Stone, the founder and executive editor of Rugged Land Media.

I have created, developed, edited, and published numerous titles, includingNew York Times bestsellers.

My books have appeared on the front page of The New York Times, The Today Show, The Daily Show, and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.

I produce (and write) films for the studios (I am a member of the Writer’s Guild of America).  I have also written for The New York Times Magazine.

I supervise a team of writers and editors (all of whom have published major books and articles) based in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

What We Do

Rugged Land Media edits, writes, and agents fiction and nonfiction for clients.  We also publish, publicize, and market book titles.

Our Client List

Joe Ricketts

Penguin Random House

Simon & Schuster

Hachette Book Group

HarperCollins Publishers

Macmillan Publishers

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros.

Universal Pictures



NFL Publishing

Tiffany & Co.


The Cook Islands Government

We are happy to refer prospective clients to our current and/or former clients, all of whom we have been pleased to work with.



Editing: Includes reading material that material closely.    After that, we deliver a memo to you (called an “editorial letter” in publishing parlance) which breaks down the problems and issues throughout the material.

After you take another pass at the manuscript, we go through the process again.  This usually entails some phone calls and emails back and forth.

At the third draft we read through the material and simply “polish” it with “track changes” which you’re welcome to accept or not.

Working with us this way is like a master class in writing.


We will help write, either ghostwrite an entire book, part of a book, book proposals, or other material.

  • Film Scripts
  • Website Content (as well as design and development)
  • Speeches
  • Books (Nonfiction & Fiction)
  • Book Proposals
  • Traditional Publishing
  • Self-Publishing




We design book jackets and interiors.

We also design websites, whether for authors or other companies and products.

Our award winning designers work for all the major publishers and for various companies.

For book production, we use printers in the U.S. and China.


For select authors, Rugged Land represents and/or packages books to traditional publishers.

We have sold titles to all major publishers.


Rugged Land creates and manages publicity and marketing campaigns for traditional and self-published books.

Ready to get Started?

Your Name (required)


Phone Number


 Nonfiction Fiction Proposal Script Website Other

Choose a Category

Word Count

 Editing Writing Website Other

Describe your Project

Sample: If you have it, send us 1500 words

Films and Books we have produced

NY Times Bestsellers

Fiction & Non-Fiction




212. 941. 1200