Devin has led an interesting life. He’s a very busy and active person and I was fortunate to be able to interview him. He’s been transformed and now works to tell other people about his experiences and how they can get more fulfillment out of life.
Although this interview will provide you with some good insights and information as to who he is, it doesn’t even touch the surface.
Therefore, I highly encourage you to connect with him on a variety of online locations. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. In addition, you can also check out his Amazon Author Profile and follow him to be alerted of new book releases.
What prompted you to become an author?
I had something to say. While I’d wanted to write a book since high school and had started with various levels of commitment several times, it wasn’t until I really had something to say that I finally wrote a book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
A Time to Kill, John Grisham
Life Itself, Roger Ebert
A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
I know that’s six but I couldn’t figure out which one to cut.
Who are your five favorite authors?
What inspires you to write about using money for good?
My motivation for writing about using money for good was my observation that it was difficult and that most people don’t do it as well as they’d want. That has grown into a desire to help people solve the world’s biggest problems.
I’m convinced we can do it, that it will be easier than we think if we only make good decisions as consumers, investors, and philanthropists.
What’s the story behind your first book?
This is painful. I wrote the book in 1998. I sent it to all five publishers that might have been interested (it was a niche book) and they all rejected it. In defiance, I decided to self-publish.
After a few months, however, I figured out it would take more effort than it would be worth. But I recognized that technology would change that. In 2012, 14 years later, I published it.
The biggest trick was keeping track of the manuscript for all those years.
Why did you become an indie author?
I’ve tried twice to have a publisher publish my books. I’ve regretted it both times. Not only is it unnecessarily humiliating, I find the process is so time-consuming and draining that I could write another book in the time it takes to get told no one wants my book.
Especially today, publishers expect authors to sell the book and authors can self-publish with no capital outlay.
What do publishers really offer us?
Do you have any advice for other indie authors? If so, what is it?
Write. Publish. Repeat.
What do your fans mean to you?
I really love my mother. She keeps all my books on the coffee table. She hasn’t read them but she’s a fan anyway.
What is your best, most effective, book marketing tactic?
My tip has worked well for me. Most people hate it. They hate it because they dream of becoming rich from selling books. The reality is, most of us will never make a living from our writing. I give my eBooks away.
Using this strategy, more than a million people have read my books. They often buy printed copies of my books after reading the ebooks so I still make a bit of money and I don’t spend a dime on marketing. Being read is more important than being rich.
What do you do when you aren’t working on books?
Most of my time and energy goes into writing articles for Forbes, producing my Your Mark on the World Show for YouTube and iTunes, preparing courses for GoodCrowd.school and speaking.
I’m always having fun, fulfilling my purpose and working to solve the world’s three big problems: poverty, disease, and climate change. Wish me luck!
As you can see, Devin is a very busy man who is determined to help others and make an impact on the world. I want to thank him for carving out the time to do this interview. I also want to thank the readers for reading it and, hopefully, clicking on a few links to learn more.
In addition, as a reward for reading through the entire interview, Devin has a special deal for you.
He’s worked hard on creating a course that shows people how to self-publish their own books without having to spend any money. What’s even cooler is that he’s giving anyone who read this interview 50% off!
Therefore, if you’re interested in learning how to self-publish your own book, take advantage of the discount by clicking on this link.
If you have any questions I’m sure Devin would be happy to help you out. Authors love hearing from their fans. Don’t be shy; follow his Amazon Author Profile and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.