Interview with Author Jon Robert Quinn
Jon Robert Quinn career started in music. He started building the Jon Robert Quinn brand when he was 17 years old. He was still living at home with a dream to become a famous guitar player. He started writing and producing music and releasing cassettes, then selling to the kids at school. It wasn’t until he was maybe 22 or 23 that he started taking his career serious.
When he was 25, he started building retail stores and trying to make a name for himself other ways because the music business wasn’t working out. He was still writing and releasing music, but it didn’t generate much revenue. He found himself at the tail end of the recession losing everything even his retail stores and wound up homeless. This is when his writing creativity really started.
When he was 32, he got his big break in entertainment building a new talk show for a local radio station. As years would pass, he would build more and more shows and found that radio as a medium was being trumped by podcasts. He was very successful building talk shows and with more and more people asking how he was doing this, it motivated him to write his latest book, The Million Dollar Podcast.
Ramona: Tell me more about your latest book
The Million Dollar Podcast is really just my story about what I did and how I did it. It gets into the sales side of the business because what people don’t realize is, you have to make money or you’ll go broke. Why is it that so many “radio hosts” have other jobs or full time jobs? It’s because they never figured out the money side of the radio business and yes, radio and podcasts are essentially the same thing if you understand the physics about how it all works.
Ramona: What was the most challenging aspect of writing?
I think for me the most challenging part about writing is the marketing side. Writing comes very easy to me, but getting the message out to the community or world is the most important part and the hardest part. What people don’t realize about writing is that it is too, a business and with business the most important part is the communication of the product. You can spend all day creating the perfect product but if you don’t communicate it or communicate it well, nobody will know how good it really is.
Ramona: What motivated you to become an author?
For years people have asked me the same questions over and over. How do I do this and how to do I do that. This really has been my motivation. The biggest downfall in business is not monetizing or systemizing your business. If I every time somebody asked me how I did something, I just stop and tell them how I do it, I would never have time to get anything done. By writing it into a book, I can now just send them a link, they buy the book, learn something, improve their business and I get a check in the mail. That is how modern business should be done.
Ramona: How many books have you written so far? List and name them all here
Think and Grow Wealth
The Cold Call King
Searching for Sara
Being Quinnessential: The Beginners Guide to Becoming a Gentleman
One Long Road: My Journey as a Musician and Recording Artist
Ramona: What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
If I would put two books down that really motivated or influenced me, I would have to Think and Grow Rich by Robert Kiyosaki or Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone.
Ramona: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Follow your heart. Write for passion. But when the writing stops, put of your business hat and start selling. Sell as many as fast as you can and don’t be afraid to spam the hell out of the right people. As they say, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If you’re not telling everybody, everywhere about your product, you’ll never sell it.
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