Tag Archives: self-publishing

Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards


deadline extended to April 30, 2012; 75+ categories; book must have been released on or before 3/11/2012; details HERE:


Cash award for self-published/indy books


Jan. 21, 2010 deadline; $1,500 cash prize; $45/book entry; various genre categories

info and entry here: http://www.HofferAward.com/

10 QUESTIONS FOR…Shonika Proctor, multi-genre author


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I am a Washington, DC based writer. I write freelance for local newspapers. I have published 3 books and recently created branded training curriculum for teen entrepreneurs.

 1. Tell us about your latest book.

Indeed that is a loaded question because avid writers often have multiple projects in the works.  I have 3 books in final production (back from editor in layout and 1 book I am writing.

    • And Zen Again, 52 Thought Provoking Affirmations for Adults in Rhyme just came back from the editor. I originally wanted to call it ‘The Seuss Shall Set You Free’ but it was too difficult to get permission to use Seuss in the name.  
    • Chocolate Moose It is a children’s book that I released in early 2000. Highly disappointed with the final production of the first book, I hired a new illustrator and expanded the storyline so it can be published in a hardback version.
    • Building Blocks of Wonder: This is actually a 60-page coloring book. It will be bundled in a kid’s club package for a high profile individual in Washington, DC. I wrote the storyline and also created the kids club package for them so that they can reach the youth market.

The book I am currently writing is called 365: Infinite Expedition. It will be a collection of 365 inspirational stories from teen CEO’s who share the obstacles they have overcome as a teen CEO. It will also feature 12 stories from high profile CEO’s who got the entrepreneurial bug in their teens. ‘365’ represent the days of the year. I am actually collecting 730 stories because I am doing a U.S. and International version. I have allotted 2 years for this project.

 2. How did you get started as a writer?

When I was 8 years old my 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Lamboly, told me that I did such a marvelous job on the creative writing exercises that she thought that when I grew up I would be an author. I had no idea what that meant. She told me to write everyday. Although I wrote in that journal for years, well into my teens and early 20’s I never considered writing as a profession. In the early 90’s in the process of being dumped I wrote a letter to the prospective dumper to ‘argue’ my side of the story.  After reading the letter he thought that I plagiarized it, lol. Then he said that I was definitely a keeper because I was masterful with words which he believed was an incredible gift and he thought that I should definitely pursue writing seriously and professionally. So I did.

 3. What does a typical day look like for you?

I can find inspiration in everyone and everything around me so I move with my internal compass. As I do not have children, I have lots of ‘open time’. At any given point in the day I might be motivated to go out and explore the city, catch up with a local friend, volunteer for a few hours or take a mini multi day trip to the beach.

 4. Describe your desk/workspace.

I live in a ‘small’ row house so you have to be really ‘creative’ with use of space. My office is at the top level of my house and essentially shares the ‘landing pad’ of the spiral staircase. The landing pad is a 10 x 10 glass floor with a small wooden extension and my desk fits perfectly on the wooden extension. The interior walls of my house are glass and the separating walls of my house are brick. There is a huge light tunnel on the roof. So it feels like you are outside. The ceilings are 13’ tall and natural light shines through the house from all directions so it is very inspirational for writing. As for my desk it is crammed with piles of things to do, huge notepads to write ideas, mini recorders and a cup of tea is always nearby. My favorite thing about my desk is my chair that is like a vintage wooden chair from probably the late 60’s or early 70’s with some really offbeat green color fabric and leather. It is a bit eccentric and quirky…kinda like me 🙂

 5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

My favorite book is Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Dr. Richard Carlson. It is my annual read and brings me so much personal and professional growth each year.

I also enjoy reading Dr. Seuss books. They are fast to read, have timely but timeless life lessons and always spark new ideas for me.

In terms of writing related books I tend to use reference books like The Writer’s Market or Grammar Girl’s tips and techniques on improving my writing. I am not sure how much it helps though as I write fast and usually don’t feel like going back through and checking behind myself because I just want to get stuff done and out of the way. So my editor always has a field day.

 6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

·      I have not owned a TV since 1990….yes, I realize that I have missed life changing television series like Friends, Seinfeld and Sex in the City.

·      I am an avid volunteer. My mother got me started in volunteering when I was 12 years old and these days I volunteer more than 25 hours a month. I attribute volunteering with many life changing experiences including finding my purpose. In 2008 I did something volunteer related every single week and so did my significant other even though our interests are completely different.

·      I do not have a sense of smell (never had one) and people always think that is the strangest thing ever. I am still trying to figure out what other sense improved since I am without that one ;- )

6. Favorite quote

“The Earth’s most precious natural resource is truly a rare find. As it changes by the second it is that of our time.”

I made up that quote because the time I spend with others and myself is extremely valued.

7. Best and worst part of being a writer

The best part about being a writer is your exact words can be shared over and over again and every person who reads them will experience and feel something different. It is also the best all natural therapy that no money can buy.

The worst part of being a writer is the more you write the more ideas you come up with. So then you start to feel frustrated that there will never be enough time to say everything that you really want to say.

 8. Advice for other writers

Think Elvis! Copyright and publish your work even if you don’t plan on marketing it. Print on demand and self-publishing have simplified the publishing process and removed the barriers to entry. You don’t need to expend all your resources and time trying to get a huge advance and earn millions of dollars from book sales. However, you do need to get credit for your intellectual property and your original creations. If you can make enough money to supplement your income then that’s an added bonus. You never know how in the future, perhaps long after you are gone that something you create will come into play and earn licensing fees or royalties for your children, grandchildren or a charitable cause you feel strongly about. www.createspace.com is a very inexpensive and relatively easy way to get your work published and out there.

9. Tell us a story about your writing experience. 

In 2005 completely by a very random set of circumstance I started volunteering with teen entrepreneurs. Three years later while still working with them, a book idea popped in my head. The book idea was on a holistic theme in entrepreneurship that I thought was badly needed but missing in the industry. So I sat down and wrote the entire book in 12 days (36,000 words, 143 pages and no writers block).

Where can people buy your books?

My books are available on Amazon.com

Teen Entrepreneur Success Secrets: The Essential Guide to Starting and Growing a Business

Double Click on This, Preschoolers and Computers: How to Go Beyond Sit and Giggle

My blog is www.renegadeceos.com

Twitter: @teenbizcoach


10 QUESTIONS FOR…David Hooper, radio host & “alternative” financial author


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David Hooper, radio host, marketing guru and author 

David Hooper is a marketing expert and talk radio host based in Nashville, TN.  He is the author is several books, the latest of which is “10-Day Money Makeover – Simple Steps to Create More Money and Financial Prosperity Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).”

1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is called “10-Day Money Makeover – Simple Steps to Create More Money and Financial Prosperity Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).”  I was inspired to write this book after working with some very successful people and noticing how they approached earning money. 

Working primarily in the music industry, I’ve seen a lot of “starving artist” types.  The difference between them and the people who are making a lot of money (or otherwise having success) is always much bigger than just the music they create.  Seeing that again and again took me down a path of writing about “wealth mindset” and this book is the fifth one I’ve done  on the subject.

2. How did you get started as a writer?

I started my company in 1995 and the writing I did at that time was primarily “business communication” such as press releases, promotions, advertising, and sales copy. 

Nashville has a huge publishing industry, mostly Bibles and religious material.  My uncle is a graphic designer and was doing a lot of art for books.  He invested in a short-run printing company can told me, “You should think about doing a book.”  So I did.  That was 2000 and the book was marketing advice for musicians.  It did well, so I kept at it.

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

There isn’t a typical day, but there are activities that I do on a consistent basis.  One of them is promotion and marketing.  Without those, you could have the best book in the world and it would never be read, because nobody would know about it.

I have a number of business ventures other than books, including hosting a weekly syndicated radio show.  To get everything done, you have to be organized, so I spend a lot of time doing that.  Not all my time, but more than most people.  Without a plan, there is no telling where you’ll end up.  So we plan out everything and have a “system” for tasks which happen with every project.

For example, each book we release needs certain things—editing, layout, cover design, etc.  I have a staff in place to help me with these things.  Same for the radio show—booking guests, production, editing, etc.  It would be impossible for me to do it all within the limited time we have.

Outsourcing tasks as well as great planning enable me to have plenty of free time, which I feel is an essential part of the business.  What I do requires creativity, so I do what I can to make sure I’m able to be creative when needed.  That means taking plenty of “downtime” for myself., often during the middle of the day. For example, I spent two hours at the gym today, between work projects.  Things like this help me to keep from getting burnt out.

4. Describe your desk/workspace.

I have two rooms in my home that are 100% dedicated to work.  One is a typical office room with a big desk, computer, phone, etc.  The other is a “planning room” with no electronics..  This is where I go to read information on new marketing strategies, plan my schedule, develop new products, and learn about how to create a better business.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

“1001 Ways to Market Your Books” by John Kremer

“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

I also suggest looking at any junk mail (email or postal) to get a feel for what gets people to take action.  This will help you to write in a way that gets people to take action.

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

My first recording session was when I was in elementary school. I sang on an album for kids.

I put out a comedy album in 1998.  I got a job as a phone psychic for Miss Cleo and pranked people who called me, pulling jokes and getting them to chant pop songs with me.  Strangely enough, that was my introduction to all the  “new age” stuff that I write serious books about now.

I subscribe to Cosmo, Glamour, Esquire, and Maxim because they help me write to average people.

7. Favorite quote

“Talk doesn’t cook rice.”  – Chinese Proverb

8. Best and worst part of being a writer

The coolest part is having a voice.

Not sure there is a “worst” part.  A lot of people I’ve talked to say marketing, but I’m a marketing guy, so I love that!

9. Advice for other writers

Get out and connect with people.  Ask questions and find out about how they live.  The more you know about people, the better you’ll write to them.

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience. 

I think this is the first time I’ve ever had writer’s block. 

Where can people buy your books?

You can get any of my books at Amazon. http://www.musicmarketing.com/ is my blog and has recordings of my radio show.

10 QUESTIONS FOR… Dan Poynter! (yep, THE Dan Poynter!)



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image007Dan Poynter is the author of 126 books including The Self-Publishing Manual. His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told in US News & World Report. Dan is the leading authority on book writing, publishing and promoting.

1. Tell us about your latest book.


Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2 describes how to take advantage of those changes. This Volume 2 is the sequel to The Self-Publishing Manual (Volume I), the most successful book ever written on the subject.

The book reveals how to use new techniques to write your book faster, new technology to publish it for less, new ways to distribute your book more economically, ways to have fun promoting it and how to profit from your investment by cutting out all of publishing’s’ gatekeepers in the middle.

You will discover how to use social media and social networking to gather information for your writing as well  as to alert people interested in your subject about your book.

The production section describes how to wring more value out of your Work with eBooks, audiobooks, LARGE PRINT books as well as regular softcover editions.

2. How did you get started as a writer?

Magazine articles. I was a parachute designer. The manuals we had were dated and poor. They were military texts left over from WWII. I began by writing a monthly column for Parachutist magazine. Those articles became the basis for The Parachute Manual, my first book.

In 1973, I became interested the new sport of hang gliding. Being book oriented by this time, I looked for a book and could not find one. Being a pilot and a skydiver, I knew what to do. It took me just 4 ½ months to research the subject, write the book, have it typeset and printed.

Sales took off like a homesick angel. A year later I was able to move back to California and buy a home overlooking the Pacific in Santa Barbara,

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

I usually look at the day from 35,000 feet. My book tours have me traveling more than 6,000 miles each week. On the average, I board a plane every 2.5 days. I travel from speech to speech.

One third of all book sales are made in the U.S. 47% are sold in the U.S., Canada and the UK. Some 65% of the books in the world are in English.

The rest of the world is waking up. All over the world, people are reading and writing. There is an insatiable demand for information on book writing and publishing. It is easy and fun to find audiences all over the world. See



In the past 2 years, I have flown around the world 11 times. In 2009, I have six round-the-world trips planned.


4. Describe your desk/workspace.

A different hotel room each day. Fortunately, writers can carry their tools with them. Today with computers and high-speed Internet access, writers can work from anywhere.

You have access to the world’s largest library (The Internet). You can contact colleagues for information via email and you can promote your book online.

I am answering this questionnaire from a hotel room in Reno while attending the International Parachute Symposium. My next stop will be the San Francisco Writers Conference.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

For an author, the favorite books are those that are sold.

I love it when people bring older copies of my books to seminars and speeches. It is like a family reunion; my children have returned. Many of them are dog-eared, yellow with highlighting and underlined.

It means people are not just buying your book, they are reading and following your advice.

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

1. I am a pilot and a skydiver. 1,208 jumps with all the licenses and ratings. Past president of the Parachute Industry Association and past chairman of the board o the US Parachute Association. And I’ve written 8 books on parachutes and skydiving.

2. Never married. (It is more generous to make several women happy than to make one woman miserable).

3. I am the only person on earth who enjoys airline travel. Everyone else hates the experience.

7. Favorite  quotation

“I never said writing your book would be easy. I only promise it will be worth it.”  –Dan Poynter

“I never met an author that was sorry he or she wrote their book, they are only sorry they did not write it sooner.”  –Sam Horn

8. Best and worst part of being a writer


People think you are smarter that you are.

Self-employment and readers who love you.


No days off?

9. Advice for other writers


Capture your research, thoughts and interpretations in your computer. You can use it later.

Do not start writing at the beginning. Computers allow us to start with that story or suddenly-inspired segment. Assemble all your written pieces later.

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience. 

Always take two sets of note for your speech.

I was scheduled to speak at an 11 AM breakout session after the 10 o’clock split-general session at the Maui Writers Conference. I took a seat in the empty last row so that I could listen to the 10 o’clock speaker and review my notes for my own presentation. Desiring a caffeine infusion, I reserved the seat by placing my notes in a conference program on the chair and slipped outside to the coffee service. When I returned, the program (and notes) were gone—and no one in the area had noticed them leave.

I informed Sam Horn, the mistress of ceremonies, and bolted over a quarter mile to my room on the other side of the Grand Wailea resort. My second set of notes would save the day but they did not include the marginal customizing notations I had added that morning.

At the end of the 10 o’clock session, Sam asked audience members to look for Dan Poynter’s notes in their paperwork. Then she went to the other split-general session next door and made a similar request but inadvertently substituted the name of another author/speaker Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior).

Meanwhile, with my heart pounding from the long sprint, I headed for the room where I was scheduled for my breakout session. As I set up for the presentation, a woman came in and plopped down in the front row. I greeted her and offered congratulations for coming early and getting a good seat. Resigned, she replied: “Well, I might as well come to hear what you have to say. Millman lost his notes.”

Never share your challenges with the audience. If your plane was late and you got just 2 hours of fitful sleep, keep it to yourself. You are a celebrity, you do not have the challenges of mere mortals. After all, you wrote the book.

And always take two sets of notes.

Where can people buy your books and learn more?

The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2

Available as an eBook in ten different formats. $7.97


Available as a printed book (pBook). $14.95

+1-800-ParaPub, +1-805-968-7277

(Even less expensive at Amazon.com)

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