Interview with Patrick O'Connor

What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read what I call airplane books. Works of fiction that I can finish in 3-5 hours while traveling. The bulk of my business reading happens in bits and pieces during the work day so it's far less predictable.
Describe your desk
I refuse to use a desk. For me part of being an author and owning my own businesses is freedom so I work wherever I happen to sit down. My favorite work space is probably the kitchen table but the deck gets a good bit of use as well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote the book I needed. While in the process of starting a new business I realized that my efforts were being duplicated. I wasn't working in a logical, straightforward manner. At that moment I stopped everything and started this book. I needed a road map to help me navigate a journey I've taken many times in the past. My hope is that it will help others make the same journey.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The Smashwords platform is the best part of publishing. Working with them has allowed me to influence more people than I could have hoped.
What are you working on next?
My next book was in the works before I completed the last one! Since I'm using these as road maps for my own business ventures it seemed logical to write them in the order they're needed. In my case that means marketing is next. Community Marketing: 90 Days To Local Marketing Success is my current project.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Google Chromebook for everything. It's the lightest and fastest computer I've ever used.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing I'm usually working on one of my businesses. I've never been very good at having hobbies so I turn everything I enjoy into a business venture.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed because I'm excited to see what the day will bring! I really like being challenged and learning new things so I've never had a hard time getting up. I should be honest though and point out that I've purposely set my life up so that getting out of bed isn't mandatory. All of my work is virtual and it's not uncommon for me to wake up and get straight into the day.
What is your writing process?
Most of my life revolves around process and my writing is no different. I start with a general idea for what the book should be and then layout the chapters. It's sort of like building a skeleton. I can't really visualize the end result until I have the bones in place. Once that's done it's fairly easy to flesh out the ideas and research specifics.
How do you approach cover design?
I sub it out. Even though I consider myself artistic and I could design them it just seems like a time drain to me. I have the habit of falling in love with my own ideas so having someone else design the cover also gives me more ideas for the contents of the book. I'm always amazed at how different a graphic designers image or visualization of the title words is than my own.
Published 2015-01-03.
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Books by This Author

Business StartUp: Open Any Business in 10 Steps
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business & entrepreneurship, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
I wrote the book I needed. I am fantastic at ignoring my own advice and rules so I wrote this book as a road map for you and a reminder for me. Having spent years representing big brands and meeting with local offices to help them grow, I've heard hundreds of problems, issues and excuses, most of which are easily fixed. Business StartUp is a guide for getting your business up and running FAST.