My most recent book is How to Legally Steal Your Next Vehicle and Save $1000s: A Consumer Informational Guide to Effective Automobile Negotiations. The book is a consumer informational guide to help vehicle buying consumers become effective negotiators. It is designed to help them equalize the playing field when purchasing a vehicle.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am an auto industry insider and national negotiating expert. I have proven myself to be a champion of knowledge and consumer advocacy. I spent over 18 years in the new and pre-owned automotive business as a sales manager, finance manager, auto insurance agent, and dealer owner. I also owned a successful consumer, vehicle negotiating firm before converting his skills and knowledge to keeping the buying public informed and abreast of the changing auto industry.
What inspired you to write this book?
Consumers motivated me to write this book. I realized, while in the industry, that consumers did not have a clue as to the amount of money they were losing as a result of buying a depreciable item like a vehicle. I wanted them to have a fighting chance when they bought.
How did you choose the title?
I chose this title because it is an oxymoron but it’s appealing enough to catch the reader’s attention. It also empowers the reader to want to tackle the negotiation process and tackle the dealers head on.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
My biggest obstacle was trying to understand the world of publishing. I over came it by researching the internet and finding an agent who guided me in the right direction.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I desired to be an attorney as a child and fictional writing was always passion of mine. I took to it in grade school and worked to perfect it over the years.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I must have background noise in order for me to write. My mind is more active when it has alternate defined sounds in which to focus. I will play jazz or tune the TV to CNN and the writing flows.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yes I did. I learned the processes of publishing and that I am my biggest promoter.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would have started writing earlier and gotten published many years ago.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I like to read fictional pieces, self-improvement books, and inspirational books with a flavor to help others.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes I am. The book is titled For Our Eyes Only, The Things They Don’t Want Us To Know! The books will be another consumer advocacy based book that will highlight our financial lives and the ways we lives and conduct business.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Every writer has to take charge of their writing career and the way it is published as well as the marketing that comes along with it. I host a weekly online radio show titled, The Legally Steal Show on www.blogtalkradio.com/legallystealshow as a means to promote my book and build an audience for my second book.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader for my book is the individual who desires to saves money when they purchase as well as the individual who desires to negotiate for a better price.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can learn more about my book at www.legallysteal.info. Our blog, www.LegallySteal.blogspot.com is also a great place the read about the book. Of course, it can be purchased online or anywhere books are sold.