A recognized authority on building and woodworking, Monte Burch has worked as a contractor, editor, freelance writer, photographer and former assistant editor of Workbench Magazine. He is the author of more than sixty books with over a million copies in print, including Monte Burch's Pole Building Projects, Building Small Barns, Sheds & Shelters, and 64 Yard & Garden Projects You Can Build Yourself, which has sold over 250,000 copies. He has also written How to Build Small Barns & Outbuildings, which was the first-place book winner in the 1993 Stanley National Home and Workshop Writers Association writing contest. Many of Monte's articles have been featured in various outdoor and how-to publications, and he is a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America, Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, Southeast Outdoor Writers Association, and National Association of Home and Workshop Writers. Together with his wife, Joan, Monte owns and operates a book publishing house called Outdoor World Press, Inc. He lives in Humansville, Missouri.