Get to know author David Watson
For 20 years, David Watson has solved problems for companies and individual clients. He has a unique way of helping people look at their problems and, after time, his way of helping becomes the solution. Every problem is unique and so is the solution. Through his long career in customer services and care work, David has always focused on the individual person, bringing understanding to their issues and tailoring his approach. He believes everything in life is a form of customer service and is passionate about simple steps to help people and companies understand they are the key to the difference they wish to make.
David helps his clients to identify their integrity and the things that matter to them. And because he continually explores his curiosity for the world, he doesn’t shy away from writing books to make sense of the world and parts of life he doesn’t understand. Instead he explores the endless unknown, as that is where the questions are and the answers lie. David acknowledges his thought processes, accepts his spiritual view of life and realises sometimes there is a conflict and a bridge that needs to be built to move forward. Spiritualism, life and companies have to grow. We cannot stagnate and expect balance. If you have an itch to be doing something different, go and scratch it!
Ramona: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
David Watson: Truthfully, I don’t know. For me I think in terms of years because I work full time as well. Also, I blog, and have other projects on the go. Personally, I think it is up to the individual. How many hours do you want to commit to the task.
Ramona: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
David Watson: Absolutely. The only type of person you need to be is one who sits in front of their computer and types.
Ramona: How many books have you written so far?
David Watson: I’ve written several small books, one novel, and hundreds of blogs.
Ramona: Tell us more about your latest book – 22 Floors
David Watson: This is a relaunched book, because when I first wrote 22 Floors, I didn’t understand the importance of the finished article. We really do judge books by their covers.
I also wrote a self-help training programme, which next year will be released as an e-book. 22 Floors is about a person who commits suicide. This year I wrote “How to Train Your Pet Lizard” I guarantee anyone who reads it, and does the exercises will know what makes them happy and why it is important to them. I added this to 22 Floors as an epilogue at the back of the book.
Ramona: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
David Watson: I still write the same way. I just understand now how long it takes start to finish.
Ramona: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
David Watson: Re-writing. I never understood most completed books probably have four or five drafts. When I have a project on I am pretty good at sitting down and getting the writing done.
Ramona: In your opinion as an author, what’s the best way to market your books?
David Watson: I don’t know. Previously I have had success via Facebook groups, Twitter, getting in touch with reviewers and via my blog. This time I haven’t had the same response, but I’ve had good feedback from paid advertising. My advice to anyone would be do not limit yourself. Internet advertising can be quite cheap and set up in a short time. Plus, you get feedback and can target your adverts. However, this week I have probably contacted 60 people, and only had 2-3 replies from people. All have said they will review my book, but this takes their time and mine. It is difficult to stay positive, but in this sense time is free. People under estimate how much time you put into these projects.
Ramona: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
David Watson: None, I don’t do any research. My books are about spirituality, my interpretation on the meaning of life or coaching. When writing a small book like How to Train Your Pet Lizard, it’s factual, and I am writing about my knowledge through my work and skills.
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