Marna Friedman – The Small Business That Could

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

The Small Business That Could For Women

Listening to other people’s questions at networking events and meetings, a list of categories that seemed necessary for small businesses formed the outline for this book. A brief explanation of the topic and then some websites that could help were compiled to create The Small Business That Could. The book directs you to websites and other resources that may help you with what you need to know to move ahead with your business. Unlike other books, they also offer a space for you to write your user ID, password and notes for future reference on most pages.

Tell us something about yourself.

My first book, on event planning, was written as a tribute to my parents; especially my Dad who had just passed away. Writing the book helped me through the grieving process and inspired me to do more.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have been helping individuals and businesses improve their productivity her entire professional career. I have implemented numerous systems throughout several industries that have resulted in better efficiency and profitability. After years of working for non-profits, major corporations and other small businesses, I decided to write a book to help others navigate the information they needed for their businesses.

How did you choose the title?

Because small businesses are like the “Little Engine That Could”. They just need a little help.

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

After talking with a traditional publisher, I was frustrated by the length of time it would take to produce my book. So I decided to self publish and spent countless hours researching the process. Now I help others self-publish.

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

I didn’t. Being a writer was never on my radar. But it proved to be wonderful therapy and a great education.

Do you have any writing rituals?

No. But I am very organized and keep copious notes. So when I have enough, it becomes another book.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Sharing information and educating others is a wonderful thing.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?


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

I like to read almost anything. I don’t really have a favorite author.

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

No. I am more focused on helping others with their books right now.

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

Think about what you are writing. What do you want to achieve with your book?

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Someone thinking about starting their own business and needing help. They may not have much money or time, but need information quickly and do not know where to go to get it.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My books are available on Amazon.