Here is an interview I did with George Angus, owner of Tumblemoose Writing Services and author of an ebook called, The Writing Experience.
What was your start with your writing?
I never even suspected that I had any interest or skill for writing. I hated high school english! In 1991 I wrote an article for my company newsletter about a medical device. The feedback was tremendous. I received compliments and requests for reprints of the article from several organizations around the US. That lead to numerous writing projects and articles in the trade journals and I’ve been writing off and on since.
Do you have a certain process with your writing? (ie, you write 2 hrs each day or Mon, Wed, and Friday for an hr)
Yikes. I wish I could say I had a sure-fire locked down method for writing, but I really don’t. I try to write something every day. I’m usually successful but sometimes life gets in the way – which is really no excuse at all.
Can you share your top picks of books on writing?
Absolutely, positively the very best book out there is On Writing by Stephen King. Love him or hate him, it’s hard to argue with his success or methods. That book was my inspiration to start writing on a full time basis.
I also like Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande. Oh my gosh, how could you NOT like a book with a title like that? She takes a fun poke at modern day grammar and it’s very refreshing and enlightening.
What is your favorite time to write?
It’s kind of funny, actually. I’m one of those disgusting morning people who like to get up at 5 or 6 every morning. I’ve always been the most productive during that time. When I went full time with my writing last year, that is how I started out, but these days, I do most of my writing in the late evening.
How long did it take you to write your ebook?
The book I have for sale at Smashwords is called The Writing Experience. I wrote it to inspire folks that have been thinking about writing to stop thinking about it and to start doing it. All in all, it took about two weeks to write and collate the material.
You chose to use Smashwords to publish your book, why?
I learned about Smashwords from a post by Maria Schneider over at Editor Unleashed. I went over to Smashwords and read everything I could on the site about how the site worked. I was sold. In my mind, it is the best place out there to publish an e-book. It’s free, my e-book is published in multiple formats, I keep 85% of the sale and give up no rights. There are a lot of features that make it easy to help market the book and thus far I’ve had what I consider to be great success using Smashwords.
What has been your experience with working with Smashwords?
My experience with Smashwords has been great. I’ve had no issues with downloads or with the use of the system. I have one e-book for sale, one that is “set your own price” and three e-books for free. All told, since April 1 I’ve had more than 500 copies of these e-books downloaded. Even the free ones that are downloaded are valuable to me because it is exposure I otherwise would not have received.
Do you have plans to write more e-books and/or books?
Without a doubt. I can’t imagine putting my e-books anywhere but Smashwords and I’ve got a couple in the works right now.
Please share with us about your company Tumblemoose Writing Services.
I started Tumblemoose Writing Services in August of 2008 to provide freelance writing services to folks. The blogging format was a logical choice and since then the blogging has been a primary driver of business. The contacts that I have made through Tumblemoose have ended up providing me with the most writing projects so far.
What are some of your favorite authors?
I tend to stick with mainstream fiction – Patterson, King and the like. With that said, most would consider my bookshelves to have an eclectic collection. If I’m intrigued by a title or book jacket, I’m likely to buy the book. I’m also pretty fond of classic literature.
Where can people pick up your ebook or book(s) for purchase?
At this point I don’t have any books in print. I know that will change for me one day and I’m anxious to see it happen. Until that time, all of my works will appear at Smashwords in ebook format. You can purchase your own copy of The Writing Experience here.