Today I’m catching up with Michael Marani, about his book ‘The Kindle Publish Launch Formula’.
Michael, can you start the interview by giving us a bit of a background about your book ‘The Kindle Publish Launch Formula’.
The Kindle Publish Launch Formula aims to help writers and aspiring writers who are looking to self publish their work. It offers instruction to help authors create an additional revenue stream while they also build an audience. When I first started I had no clue how to leverage my books to build credibility among a specific audience all while earning some extra money. Since then I’ve written multiple books and have fallen in love with the process.
How did the idea for your book begin?
My first book targeted readers who wanted to learn how to successfully sell on Amazon. I had no intention of writing more but I fell in love with writing. I now focus much of my efforts on writing and being an educator (when I’m not in dad mode). I have benefitted so much from writing I felt obligated to offer my instruction and experience for anybody who might be considering the self publishing route.
What type of educator are you, and how does it influence your writing?:
I am an educational administrator and it has a tremendous impact on my writing. First, it forces me to be very careful about what I put out there. In the make money online field it is very easy to look dishonest and sleazy. I want to make sure that every piece of content I create is genuinely valuable and authentic. If I don’t I’m not living up to my responsibility for being a role model for my staff and students. Secondly, being an educator has help give me the right set of tools to be able to break down very complicated processes into easy, manageable steps.
What kind of research did you undertake when you were writing this book?
Beyond my own experience, I reached out to other authors as well as listened to and read related podcasts and books, respectively. To be honest though, I do this anyways because I’m passionate about the topic. My blog www.maketimeforwriting.com talks about everything that comes with writing so I’m always open to learning more.
Since you had a solid background in this field, how long did it take for you to write this book?:
Approximately 4 months to finish the first draft.
What did you find the most rewarding thing about writing this book?:
Before the end of the first day of the launch The Kindle Publish Launch Formula made it to #1 in multiple categories and broke #50 overall in Amazon. That bewilders me when I think about how many ebooks are available on Amazon.
Wow, those are some impressive results. I really have to commend you on that. It must also be great validation for yourself to see that your formula really does work. After that level of success, you must have been spurred on to your next project. What are you working on next?
My next book is tentatively titled “From Idea to First Draft: How To Follow Through and Finish Your Book”. It will help people who struggle to write on a regular basis and therefore have a difficult time completing their book.
Good luck working through the challenge of supporting aspiring writers. There’s alot of people in that position who could really benefit from your work in that field. Now, I’d like to take a minute now to explore you as a reader. Who are your favourite authors, and do you believe that they have influenced your writing style?
I love Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Ferriss, Steve Scott, and Jim Rohn. All of these authors have had a pretty significant influence on me for different reasons. Tim Ferriss and Jim Rohn have inspired me take action on a daily basis, observe the results, and adjust as necessary. Steve Scott is the self publishing guru that I want to be. He has made a full time career out of it and he is an honest guy who is willing to anybody regardless of their self publishing skills (or lack thereof). Lastly, Gladwell is an amazing writer whose work consistently causes me to have a flexible perspective and open mind.
Those are some considerable names in the non-fiction world and I also love each of those authors. With an author list like that, what are you currently reading?
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Giving Tree.
Is there a book that you wish that you would have written?:
Nope! However, I think I’m going to break away from the instructional non-fiction category one day.
And finally, Do you have any philosophies that you live by? And what is your favourite quote.
Be patient. A little each day adds up to a lot. Work towards achieving goals and improving yourself, but focus on and make the choice to enjoy the present. The only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves.
And my favourite quote is “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
Thank you for your advice and time today Michael I appreciate it. I recommend that any writers check out your book to see if they take and apply your Kindle sales experience to their own works.
Want to find out more about Michael? Contact him at the following locations:Michael Marani