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I've been a writer all my life and even more important, a reader. Like anything else it requires a lot of practice and a lot of observation and discipline. When I was younger I never considered myself disciplined. But then I got interested in playing original music, specifically punk and New Wave in the eighties and ended up joining a band. That's where I learned to work as a creative. We practiced 20-30 hours a week and eventually made records and toured as Hi-Techs and Personal Effects. Ironically, I learned the discipline required for writing by being in a band- you work everyday whether you're in the mood or not. After the band days I decide to try to write non-fiction books for a living. I learned how that works and ended up writing eight books during the nineties for mid-level publishers. Not exciting but good practice. Then the Internet came along and I became a digital marketing 'expert' and most of my work migrated to online. But I always wanted to write novels and wrote a few bad ones (unpublished). In early 2012 I had the glimmer of an idea, a story called The Rememberers, about how memory is so unreliable and what would happen if a special kind of creature came along that triggered long-forgotten memories, a rememberer. I started with the titles and an opening line and wrote every day, doing about 800 words, five days a week. The first draft was done nine months later and I began rewriting and getting first impressions from early readers. It was a fascinating experience. I published The Rememberers in October 2013 as an ebook for Kindle/Amazon. I hope you like it - and if you do, please consider writing a review. I am currently into my second novel called The Arrowsmith's Daughter which deals with street art, Buddhism and love (I know, kind of big subjects!). I'm having fun with it so far. I've also just published a new business book, written with Alex Zapesochny, called The Customer Discovery Matrix: A Concise Guide To Starting Anything. It is based on my experience teaching lean startup methods to software startups. We believe the process can work with any new endeavor, including creative, community and business projects.
This was a Christmas gift to my son, our family handyman who loves to dabble in wordworking. Family and friends have encouraged him to quit his job as an Engineer and do this full-time. He has accumulated an impressive collection of carpentry tools and books on "How to build....." (You name it and he has a book on how to build it.) Of all his books, this is the only one that provided him with a thorough insight of the business aspect of woodworking. He said this book is the only one that gave him the proper "business tools" to decide whether or not to make a career change. He hasn't made a career change yet, but reading this book has helped him understand the industry a lot better and what he will have to do to turn his hobby into a viable business to support his family.
I come from an art background, and I'm always a little worried about becoming the proverbial, "starving artist". This book provided me with a wealth of knowledge to get started on the right foot. I'm writing up my first year's business plan, creating a portfolio, and will begin marketing soon. This book is an excellent resource for anyone getting started.
I also bought this book with the idea of helping a friend with his efforts to launch his own woodworkign business. The book is well laid out and covers a lot of ground. I read it and passed it on to my friend, he has found it to be helpful along with the other books I bought for him!
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