Eric M. Nager – Checklist for Checkmate

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

Checklist for Checkmate: 15 Keys to Building a Successful Team (London: Impala Press). It’s about building a successful team or program using a scholastic chess team as the example. We took our team from scratch to winning a national championship in just five years. Along the way, we discovered some lessons that apply to team-building in general. The book shares those lessons along with ideas on how to maintain and sustain success for the long term.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in southern Alabama, near the Gulf Coast. I work as an Investment Advisor Representative with Southern Capital Services, a family-owned business in Daphne, Alabama. Educationally, I have an MBA from the University of South Alabama and a Masters in History from Harvard. I’m a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve. This is my first published book.

What inspired you to write this book?

The state of Alabama is not known for chess. We were the first scholastic team from the state to win a national title in chess, so I thought it was a story worth telling that also had wider application to other types of teams.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

It was rejected by a couple of domestic publishers so I found one overseas, referred by a friend.

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

I’ve always enjoyed writing creatively. I wrote “books” and “magazines” as far back as elementary school based on movies, TV shows, actual books and magazines, sometimes including my friends as characters.

What types of books do you like to read?

Business titles and military history.

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

Yes, it is a children’s book about adoption with the aim of helping parents of adopted children

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

Be persistent and patient. A good, well written concept will get published eventually. Break your writing into manageable chunks that can be pieced together. Don’t think you have to write an entire book at one sitting or you might not get started!

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The leader of a team or someone who aspires to lead a team. This includes current or prospective coaches, parents, pastors, business owners and executives, entrepreneurs, military officers, heads of civic groups or volunteer organizations, teachers, elected officials, etc. Also anyone who wants to see the United States be more competitive in math and science, such as engineers.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

It is available on Amazon.