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Author Interview with Brett Bird

Tell me a bit about yourself.... What genre/s do you write in? Self-Help/Personal Development.


How long have you been writing? About 2 years

Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took. I’ve published one book on Amazon, "Become Whole": A Simple Place to Maximize Your Potential & Tap into Your Inner Confidence”. I also have a website where I self-publish blog posts/articles.

Did you use an editor? If so, who? I use editors on Fiverr.

Did you use a book formatter and cover designer? Yes. I use Fiverr gigs for this.

Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you? I self-published on Amazon. I found the process to be very straightforward.


How do you market your work and promote your brand? I use social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. I also have a Goodreads account. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbecomewhole Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbliveyourbestlyfe/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20764634.BrettBird

What social media and writing platforms would you recommend? I would recommend WordPress for posGng new articles and content on an author page. I recommend Instagram due to the direct contact between content and your audience. You can post direct quotes from your work.

Do you use an agent? No.

Do you use paid advertising? If so, what? I use Amazon Ads to promote my book

Do you have a blog or website? Yes. You can find my website at https://brettbirdbiz.com/

What inspires you most to write? Presenting my insight into human nature to help others improve their lives.

What do you do to help with writer's block? I usually sit and write what comes to my mind. Once I start writing, it becomes easier to break through the barriers to the writing process.

How do you plan your writing and start? I sit down and start writing when I feel inspired.

Is writing your full-time job? If not, what else do you do? No. It’s something I’m passionate about, but I don’t write full time. I’m a freelance accountant/CPA


What are you working on at the moment?

My second book. The working title of that is, “The Value Paradox”.


What is your target audience?

People who are interested in a unique perspective on self-improvement.


How long does it take you to write a book?

It takes me about three months to complete my first draft. From there, it takes another 3 months to market, design the cover/trailers, edit, and perfect the book for release.


When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?

I had a lot of wonderful ideas and insights that I’ve learned the hard way through trial and error. Putting it all down on paper is a way to frame and organize my thoughts in a coherent way, and I enjoy the fact that other people can benefit from what I have to say.


What is your writing schedule look like?

I write when the mood strikes. I never try to force myself to write. I sit down to write at least twice a week.


What does your family think about your writing?

They are supportive of it.


What do you do when you are not writing?

Read other books in my genre, exercise, stay abreast of new accounting developments, connect with my audience.


Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

From my life experiences.


What do you think makes a good story?

Passion and a persuasive writing style.


If you would like to be interviewed on this blog, please email me at elisebrooke771@gmail.com

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1. Approach book bloggers and ask for reviews, give them a copy of your book

2. Collaborate with other authors in your genre and run a virtual book tour.

3. Run a contest, must like author page, and share, comment with their email to enter.

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4. Post in groups, show your value, don't just drop your link and run.

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8. Participate in chats and forums, respond to all comments and collaborate.

9. Attend events, market stalls, and network.

10. Submit your book for an award.

11. Press release

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13. Make promo packs for bloggers: containing, links, excerpts, FB shares, reviews send on request.

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