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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.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
  • 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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Best Selling Author of:
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