Interview with David Paul Albert

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through friend recommendations, although if I find an author I really enjoy I'll read just about everything they've published.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I was creative as a kid--lots of science fiction drawing and writing. I wrote a full-length novel when I was a teenager and just re-read it recently (I'm 43 now). It wasn't that horrible!
What is your writing process?
Research, research, research. I write non-fiction and believe you have to not only provide value to your reader in the form of actionable information, but need to get them excited about the topic and inspire them to go do something as a result. To me, it's about quality not quantity and that takes a considerable amount of planning and research.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I read a lot as a kid. My family didn't have a lot of money so instead of toys and other entertainment we had a lot of second-hand books. Books were an escape to other worlds. I didn't need fancy toys or money when I had a book and an imagination to go with it.
How do you approach cover design?
I worked as a graphic designer for many years so I have a decent aesthetic sense. Keep it simple, use one or two bold colors, typography and images and capture the readers attention. Make sure your cover looks great as a small thumbnail.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't know that I could choose five. It really depends on the stage of my life when they were read. I'm from Chicago and have a love affair with the Gilded Age, so Erik Larson's "Devil in the White City" was riveting. I'm a huge Bill Bryson fan and was introduced to him via "A Short History of Nearly Everything" which is amazing. Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" appealed to my fascination with food and is a great read.
What do you read for pleasure?
Not as much as I used to. I recently got a Kindle Paperwhite as a gift so I'm planning on shifting some of my free time back to reading for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My new Kindle Paperwhite!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Tapping In is my first book, so I haven't had much experience marketing it yet. However, I believe with any product 50% of your time is making it a reality, and 50% of your time is marketing and selling it. I plan to roll up my sleeves and hit it hard.
Describe your desk
Which one? I have a home office and an office office and the desks are complete opposites. At home I have a huge mission-style cherry wood desk with a welded metal base which dwarfs my office office desk, a dinky (but nice) desk that has literally no room to hold anything but a monitor, keyboard and my Macbook Air. I'm pretty comfortable in either space or in a tent lying on an air mattress typing away.
Published 2014-11-02.
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Books by This Author

Tapping In – 21 Strategies for Building Viral Mobile Apps People Will Love
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 23,230. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Internet / application development
Get your mobile app found, installed, loved and shared. Most apps fail. But contrary to common belief, it's not due to competition or bad ideas—apps fail because of poor user experience and lack of marketing. With 21 actionable strategies, Tapping In shows you how to edge out the competition, hook users with an amazing user experience, make your app habit-forming and spread via word of mouth.