This book is written to help the average person to take control of managing their personal finances. It is simple to read and has step-by-step examples of how to create a budget to how to manage your retirement funds. It includes a guide how on to save money and pay off credit card debt. It also includes a step–by-step approach on how wealthy people can accumulate money and retain it in the family.
What inspired you to write this book?
As a financial professional who speaks around the country, a number of individuals asked where they can go to learn how to improve their personal finances. As I tried to do the research, I realized that this information was not located in a specific place. That gave me the idea develop a guide that could be helpful in assisting a wide range of people on how to manage money – from those just starting to work to someone preparing for retirement.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of nine. I currently work for AXA Advisors, LLC as director of Financial Planning for the company’s South Florida Branch based in Miami. In this role I work with clients and their advisors – accountants and attorneys – to develop a financial plans that will help them work toward their financial goals. In many cases, the clients have an idea of what they want, but are not sure how to implement their plans. We use tools to guide and educate them
How did you publish this book?
I put together a team of individuals consisting of an attorney, an accountant, an author and a public relations firm, as well as two individuals who work in radio and television. Additionally, I had an editor and a graphic designer. The team collectively chose a publisher. This was a great approach for me. I find that it is best to get advice when you do something for the first time, particularly in an area where you have limited expertise.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I played the game by Sarano Kelley, “Win Your Life in 90 Days.” The game basically starts of with the questions – “If you were to die in 90 days, what are the things you would have regretted that you did not accomplish?” One of my challenges was to write a book during my 90-day game. During that time, I wrote the outline and put the structure in place to write the book. In my experience, the best way to start is to set a start date. Pick a date and then schedule time every day in your calendar to write at least a page per day. This process made it manageable while I also continued to balance family and work.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Making yourself write on the days when you don’t feel like doing it. If you are not able to complete a full page, try writing a half a page. Just stick with it and you will get it done.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
I used a software tool that allows you to speak words as the software types the information. This was a recommendation from my office manager and was a tremendous time saver.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I am doing book signings at different events as well as speaking engagements.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can learn more about me as a Financial Professional of AXA Advisors, LLC by calling me at my office at (305) 670-4679, on my cell phone at 1-877-877-1960, or you can visit my website: www.GeraldGrantJr.MyAXA-ADVISORS.com. You can obtain information about ordering my book at: www.GeraldGrantJr.com