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Author Spotlight – Gary L. Smith

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Tell me a little about yourself and your background? 

 I come from a background of 30+ years of technical and business operations management.  I’ve run multi-location companies with up to $80M in sales and 250 employees.  I didn’t really get into education until I was in college.  I trained as an engineer and excelled at technical writing.

My writing style today is conversational.  My goal is to inspire future achievers by wrapping the elements of business success in stories that make it easy to remember and apply key principles.  I also use my technical writing skills to create easy, step by step systems for people to follow.

Which writers inspire you?  I have been inspired by writers and speakers like Zig Ziglar, Stephen Covey, Jim Rohn, and Tony Robbins.  I appreciate their styles and have learned a great deal from them.

What was your life like before becoming an author?

 I was a successful business owner.  I started writing blog posts and then moved into writing books.  I just completed my third publication.  My goal in all of my writing is to share my knowledge and experience with a broader audience.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I considered being an author for many years, but finally made the commitment in 2009.  I wrote blog posts for about 4 years and published my first two books in 2013, and another book in October of 2014.

Why do you write?

 I write to share my knowledge and experience and to help develop the next generation of personal and business leaders in the world.

So, what have you written? /*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest/

I have written two weekly blogs, one on personal development and one on business success, for the past five years.  I’ve also been a guest blogger on several websites, including YourPayHub.com.  I’ve published three books:

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The Customer Conundrum: 9 Crucial Steps for Winning Customers and Outsmarting Your Competition

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The Shepherd and the Princess: 7 Keys to Conquering the Goliaths in Your Life

 

Achieving Unusual Greatness: Timeless Lessons from the Trail Already Blazed

 Where people can buy or see them? 

 At my website

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How do you market your book?

 Through my website, via social media, and through trade shows

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? What do you do to get book reviews?

 I get books reviews by asking.  Initially, I offered a free copy of the book to anyone who would agree to write a review.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

Realize that it’s a lot of hard work.  Writing takes time, it takes focus, and it takes project management skills if you are going to produce a worthwhile product.

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  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?
  • Website: www.optechs.com
  • Blog: www.optechs.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/optechsonline
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/optechs
  • Lnkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/optechs
  • Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gary-L.-Smith/e/B00DAEG9TY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
  • Soundcloud.com: soundcloud.com/optechs

Author Spotlight with Gary L. Smith

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Getting to Know Author Gary L. Smith

1. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters? David would beplayed by Mark Wahlberg and Goliath by Andre’ the Giant.

2. How important are names to you in your books?  I don’t write fiction, so I use actual names.

3. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Raising three of the most amazing daughters in the world.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Happily retired and still writing.

5. Were you already a great writer? Have you always like to write? I think my writing style evolved over the years with a lot of assistance from my wife, who I affectionately call the “grammar nazi”.

6. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors? Start small and work your way up. Practice makes perfect.

7. If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living? Writing is a part of what I do as a consultant and coach.

8. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? Yes, I read and respond to reviews. I haven’t had a bad review yet.

9. What is your best marketing tip? Never give up. If you touch one life, it’s worth it.

10. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process? Marketing and self-promotion.

11. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it? Sex.

12. Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?) This was my first book, but I have written two more since then.

13. What are you working on now? What is your next project? I am not sure what my next project will be. I am considering writing a book on transformational leadership.

Shepherd Book

 

 Book Description

The Shepherd and the Princess is a book about learning to dream and then systematically removing the barriers standing between you and the life you’ve always wanted to create for yourself and your loved ones. This ancient story is full of true gems and “nuggets of gold” that will propel you toward the attainment of your deepest desires!

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The Shepherd and the Princess: 7 Keys to Conquering the Goliaths in Your Life
Achieving Unuasual Greatness: Timeless Lessons from the Trail Already Blazed
The Customer Conundrum: 9 Crucial Steps for Winning Customers and Outsmarting Your Competition

Get to Know Author Carlton Brown

Sun God Sacred Secrets:

The Archaeology, Art & Science of

Altered States of Consciousness

 

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About The Author

I pulled the pin! A person can only take so much crap; time to implement my hedging plan and become an author!

I was formerly the founding CEO of Immune Targeting Systems (ITS) Ltd (UK) and a driving innovator behind the company`s vaccine technology platform; enabling vaccine solutions for mutating viruses (Pandemic flu, Hepatitis-B, C & HIV/AIDS); having built the company from nothing to clinical proof of concept in five years and secured its investment/investors. At the beginning of 2012 I took a personal decision to put an end to the abusive relationship I had endured for five years. It was time to implement my exit & hedge plan; which best suited me and my contractual context. I recruited my replacement in early 2012 and at the end of March that year had a very frank discussion with someone in a position of power who frankly made me very unhappy, and I got things off my chest. This was done in the full knowledge that I would resign at the next Board meeting. That outcome of that last Board meeting permitted me to watch the summer solstice sunset the next night at the Isle of White Music festival watching the sun go down, knowing a new life chapter was about to begin. In the apparent self-destruct I implemented my risk-mitigation / hedge plan and became an author! 🙂

One week later I turned 47 (V47 degree solstice symbolism was an important sacred ritual secret discovery in my book), and knew I was going to live in Guatemala at Lake Atitlan, an important home to the ancient Mayan shamans and priesthoods, and start writing my book; Sun God Sacred Secrets! I was exalted with that decision; like at no other time in my life! If it was going to be the end of the world then I had a front row seat in good time; sitting right in front of one of the world’s largest volcano caldera lakes across from 4 huge volcano peaks! What I hadn`t counted on was going through a drowning process on the lake due to a diving accident down at 23 meters, on the very day of the autumn equinox! That drowning process took me to the beginning stage of a near-death experience; and fortunately they got me to the surface with a chest full of water, and my diaphragm nearly ripped off my rib cage! That opened a door to my inner world and kick-started this journey of spiritual and self-discovery, learning and growth which I am on right now. I started writing my book the very next day :)! The Mayan end of calendar on 21st December 2012, three months later, was my first time for accessing transcendental states of consciousness using the Ritual Meditation™ process, which I discovered from these ancient Sun god religions. In my core I know my life is being guided, and the roller coaster rides just bring me back to my life purpose! What a life so far – WOW!!! – Carlton Brown

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This secret provides a set of access codes to humankind´s fourth state of consciousness. Consummated through sacred ritual processes, you are able to access transcendental states of consciousness, commune directly with the immanent and transcendental source of life (your god), and transform your life. 

This thought-provoking book, with an investigative pulse, reveals unique archaeological discoveries shared by four different Sun god religions spanning five millennia of human history. Your curiosity will be piqued and you will assuredly learn much about pyramid archaeology, and the sciences and esoteric subjects involved in humans attaining altered states of consciousness. 

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