Interview with Benjamín Buske

How do you approach cover design?
Honestly, I suck in cover design, hence I work with a professional from Mexico, who does that work for me. :)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Don't have any favorite books, but my favorite book groups are:

Star Trek Books
History Books
IT Technical Books and How To's
All kind of Novels
Encyclopedias
What do you read for pleasure?
Technical and IT books, mainly about programming and web design.
Also I do like to read Star Trek Fact Books, such as "The Technical Manual".
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad and Laptop is what I use, as well as my smartphone, when underway or in bed. :)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook, E-Mail and in my case distribution and publicity through Linux Distribution Manager.
Describe your desk
Messy, with two computers (one Desktop and a Laptop) and usually a lot of papers and sticky notes laying all over the place.. but in all the chaos there is some order. I usually know where my stuff is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Venezuela and Germany. I suppose the time I spent in Germany studying, helped me a lot in my abilities to write, since my first freelancer text broker pages have been in German and with the modern technology there, it was way easier for me to get my IT background and qualifications.
When did you first start writing?
In 2002 after some friend told me about textbroker pages, where one could write for money. At the same time I worked also as journalist and I did start writing forum and email RPGs at this time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Linux book for beginners, showing the new user around Linux, its flavors and how it works, to make transition and first steps as easy as possible.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashword offered me a chance to publish my books, without high costs or payments upfront. Given I live in Venezuela, this was a big advantage for me and definitely provided a way to have my work published wish pretty much any big online book dealer around.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to write... I love the quietness and the fact, that I am undisturbed and by myself, just with my ideas and my dedication to write.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot for me. After all clients and customers are those, who buy my books and hence their opinions and criticism is important for me.
What are you working on next?
A new Linux Book, going more into detail than the last one. While still being easy, it will be for users, who wish to get a deeper knowledge about Linux, then just the basics.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Get work done and enjoy the day with my family.
Published 2018-05-04.
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Books by This Author

A Beginners Guide to Linux
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 83,360. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Documentation & technical writing
A Beginners Guide to Linux is a book, dedicated to new Linux users or such persons, interested in the Operating System. The book shows and teaches in a funny and relaxed way, what Linux is and how it works, and how to fix common issues and problems, making even a completely new Linux user proficient enough, to perform every day operations and operate the computer on a daily base.