Bud Bilanich – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice All In 140 Characters or Less (Volume 1) is my most recent book.

The book is what you might expect – 140 tweets about how to build the career success you want and deserve. It is based on my 35 years experience in the human development field – the last 22 as a career success coach and motivational speaker.

Tell us something about yourself.

I live in Denver with Cathy my wife. I’m a cancer survivor, a retired rugby player, an avid cyclist and a historical and crime fiction buff. I love movies and live theatre.

I have a BS from Penn State in Human Development; an MA from the University of Colorado in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and an EdD (Doctor of Education) from Harvard University.

I have been in business as a career success coach and motivational speaker since 1988. I have worked for three Fortune 500 companies and have consulted with many others.

I am interested in helping people create the successful lives and careers they want and deserve. I’ve written six other books on career and life success. “Success Tweets” is a compilation of the best advice in each of them, presented in simple, easy to understand and apply language.

I write a blog five days a week where I discuss career success issues. You can find it at www.BudBilanich.com.

I am giving away the eBook version of one of my latest books “Your Career Success GPS.” People can get it by going to www.CareerSuccessGPS.com and registering.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write this book because in my work as a career success coach, I’ve come to realize that many people don’t understand what it takes to build a successful life and career. I also realize that in today’s fast paced world, people want information in bit sized chunks. My other books are deeper treatments of the subject of career success. This book cuts to the heart of the matter. Anyone can read it in less than an hour.

How did you publish this book?

I self publish most of my books. That way I can control the content and pricing etc. I have published with Walk the Talk company, but I prefer to self publish. It’s faster, I make more money, and I don’t have to deal with the headaches that come with royalty publishing.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have always written. I was the editor of my high school yearbook and newspaper. I took a double major in Journalism at Penn State. I began writing books in 1994, when I wrote a book on Manufacturing Supervision – one of the least understood jobs in the world. I have written a total of 14 books – eight on career and life success, and the other six on leadership.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Committing to it. I have tried to help several colleagues write books and have had only one stick with it through to the end.

You have to believe that you have something worth saying, and you have to be willing to put in the time to say it.

How do you do research for your books?

My research comes from my 35 years experience in business. I draw on my vast experience to come up with the points I want to make, and then to make them.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes. You can get your ideas across in 140 characters or less – and it is more difficult to do so than it is to write a 200 page book. You have to be crystal clear in your thinking to write succinctly.

What are you reading now?

I just finished Walter Moseley’s latest. I’ve started on Henning Mankell’s latest. I keep Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” next to my bed and read about 20 pages every night. I should be finished by the end of the year. I have Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Lacuna” on my shelf waiting for some vacation time so I can savor it. I read several career advice blogs, Inc., Fast Company, Business Week, Time, Newsweek and the New York Times Book Review.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I’m a historical fiction and crime fiction reader. A couple of my favorite authors – Ed McBain and Robert Parker–have just passed away. I really enjoy Walter Moseley, Linda Fairstein, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, Bill Pronzini, Lee Child, John Sanford, Sue Grafton, Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller and a whole lot of others. I was a big fan of Tony Hillerman. I loved Studs Terkels’ oral histories.

I read a lot of business and career books. I like Patrick Lencioni, Ken Blanchard and Eric Harvey’s writing.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m finishing a book called “Common Sense Ideas for Building a Dream Team.” This one will be published by Walk the Talk Press in July 2010.

After that, I will be going back to writing about career success. Not sure what slant I’ll be taking though.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

On writing – Keep at it. Edit and rewrite. Make sure you have something to say.

On publishing – self publish. This will save you the heartache of getting rejected by 22 year old editorial assistants. It will give you control over your work. It will make you more money. And, writing the book is the easy part – promoting and marketing it takes way more time and energy.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Lot’s of things. I blog. I have a website, www.SuccessTweets.com. I am working with gift shop buyers as it is a good point of purchase book. I do tons of live radio and blog talk radio interviews. I give a high commission to Clickbank affiliates.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Go to www.BudBilanich.com; www.SuccessTweets.com; www.CareerSuccessGPS.com