What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
Jobpreneurship™ 101 – From College to Dream Jobs is the must read guide on how to get the job or develop the career that you want. This book explains what is going on in today’s marketplace, why old job search methods don’t work, and how to follow the road map to job and career success. Endorsements include companies, associations, and universities.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born in Florida but grew up in many states and worked globally. I have always been a high achiever. My career began in a Fortune 200 company where I was a global executive creating new paradigms and, now, as a serial CEO / entrepreneur.
I have always enjoyed figuring out how to do things the best way. Usually I just listen to large numbers of experts and connect the dots for what is the best of the best solutions and processes. Then, I enjoy teaching those principles to others so they can improve their work and their life.
My writing began four years ago when I saw friends struggling to find a job in today’s economy. My passion is to help anyone from high school to senior executive of all ages to maximize their success in getting jobs and developing their careers.
What inspired you to write this book?
My first book was written for executives. I realized that to help everyone, I needed to expand the book and target it for college, middle management, and executive levels.
How did you choose the title?
Jobpreneurship™ 101 communicates a number of concepts. First, like an entrepreneur, a jobpreneur is accountable and responsible for the results, or lack thereof, of their actions and willingness to invest in themselves. The jobpreneur must take ownership for own his/her career. Failure will happen but the jobpreneur will learn from failure and continue toward success. The number 101 refers to a college curriculum concept. This book is merely a “first year” foundation. I am already preparing for a series based upon the principles of Jobpreneurship™.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The first question was to either be published though traditional publishing houses, a smaller publisher, or to self-publish. For many reasons, I decided the best answer for my latest book was to self-publish. That meant learning all the steps, funding the process, and outsourcing areas such as artwork, design, printing, formats, etc. I overcame them one step and one day at a time.
For example, my book is available in paperback, ebook (PDF), ibook (epub), and later in audio. I have the Kindle format but have chosen not to use Amazon. Being my third book, these decisions were based upon prior lessons learned.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I have always had to write to be successful in business. For me, writing is a means to an end. I never planned to be an author. I wrote my first book to help others who then suggested that I publish the book.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I usually do not write until I am ready to spend the time thinking through what I want to say. Usually, I have strong opinions or experience that I want to share. Then I just write, revise, get input from peers, revise, get editorial input, and rewrite.
The initial writing of a book may only take two weeks. The final product is not ready for at least six months.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Since I write non-fiction, my names are either from quotes used with permission or a made up name for an example. I have no book long characters.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Writing is the easy part. Publishing is harder. Marketing and sales is the hardest part.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Being my third book, I already applied many lessons. This time my lessons were in tightening the job specifications and timelines for those who I hired. Frankly, that would help me and them.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy “good versus evil” action thrillers such as Clancy, Ludlum, and Cussler. They provide a fictional drama that allows my mind to escape from day to day issues and thoughts.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have three “next books” that I plan to write but have not penned any chapters yet. My current focus is on marketing my current book and company solutions that will enable us to help others far beyond the book to get a job and develop their careers.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Like any career change, you need patience, endurance, and persistency though the entire process. If you are not ready to commit, then you are not likely to be successful. You have to decide why you want to write a book. For me, my books are a means to help people.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
People who are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up but are now serious about wanting to get a job, change their careers, or develop their careers. Our concepts apply to all ages but increase in importance as one moves up the ladder or gets older.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?