First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in Austin, Texas with my wife Barbara and we have three adult children, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I have many skills and have worked at many jobs including carpenter, contractor, woodworker, housing program administrator, IT manager, network administrator, writer, publisher, and web designer. I presently work full time as the IT Manager for a large hotel that is part of a worldwide group of hotels.
All my time not at my job is spent either remodeling my home or writing and publishing books. Writing is definitely my favorite activity but I also have to spend a lot of time marketing my books.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since the 70s when I was asked to write a book on housing rehabilitation programs by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. I wrote the book for them and from the recognition I received for that I established a small publishing company and published eight more books and a monthly newsletter.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
I can pretty much write anywhere but I love setting up my laptop in my living room in front of the fireplace even though I have a very comfortable workstation in my home office.
Why did you decide to write Self Publishing: Writing A Book and Publishing Books and Ebooks For Yourself and Others?
While learning how to self publish my books I read everything I could get. Much of it was really good information but it offered so many options and possibilities that it was confusing. I had to make a lot of choices and experiment to find the method best suited for me. I decided that new self publishers would like to have a guidebook that would give them one direct, repeatable path from writing the book through editing, design, layout, formatting, printing, worldwide fulfillment and I decided to write the book to serve that need.
Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do the editing myself and after three editings over a one month period I then use the paperrater web site to do a final edit. Then I have it proofread by a couple of people whom I respect to make certain there are no typos. Sometimes this final proofreading generates some great ideas and I use them also.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I really enjoy woodworking and much of my writing is on that topic. I work on my home and built all the cabinets and furniture and remodeled the entire house. Working with your hands like that is a great respite from sitting at a computer for hours.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot but mostly business and marketing books now. In that regard I like Joel D. Canfield, Patricia Fry, Sandra Beckwith, and many others too numerous to mention. When I take a break from business reading I like mystery thrillers and enjoy Dan Brown and Steve Barry.
What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
What makes your book different from the dozens of others on the subject of self publishing?
My book includes complete details, instructions, and screenshots for handling every aspect of writing and self publishing including planning, organizing, writing, editing, design, layout, formatting, cover creation, printing, and setting up worldwide fulfillment for a quality book. While there are certainly always options available, for the new self publisher my book provides a method that has been proven to work for over a dozen books. The title, Self Publishing: Writing A Book and Publishing Books and Ebooks For Yourself and Others, is an honest description of the content which is based entirely on my own first-hand experience.
My Review: December 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author A. William Benitez for giving me this book for an honest review. I have to say, this book is something you want to have to help you when you self publish. The author gives comprehensive guide and examples on how to self publish. There are also pictures to help you visualize. He also gives has found inexpensive to free software to help with your self publishing. I would most definitely use this book to guide me if I ever write a book.
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