Interview with Ivan Bayross

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend my time learning stuff that drives the Internet. I spend a lot of time reading all sorts of books on my iPad.

I enjoy fantasy / fiction. I've read all the Harry Potter series, in fact I own hard shell copies of all the Harry Potter books. I also own all the Harry Potter DVDs as well. I own all the - Percy Jackson - fantasy series Books and DVDs as well.

I love to take in a play at one of two places, either the NCPA ( National Center for Performing Arts ) or St. Andrews Auditorium. Both venues have excellent plays and world class sound systems. St. Andrews auditorium was wired by Roger Drego. Roger and I studied together in electronic college. Roger specialized in audio electronics then went on and made a real name for himself nationwide. I went on and did my radio officer's course and joined the Merchant Navy as a radio officer after I completed.

I sailed in the merchant navy as a radio officer for several years, then gave up the sea.

I returned to land as my parents had grown old and needed someone to be with them full time.

I've joined several - cooking - programs and I can cook as good as any woman can. Cooking is another thing I love to do.

I watch Hawaii Five O, The Practice, XIII, Supernatural, Oprah and a few other TV shows. I really enjoy this.

Sundays, is a family day, my wife Cynthia and I, and our daughter Chriselle if she is free, usually go out to either lunch or dinner.

Life as they say is - Good.
What is your writing process?
I decide on a subject that really interests me, something that I feel passionate about. Perhaps creating websites or E-Commerce sites using Joomla 3.X.

Then I sit down and figure out what a website owner would really need when constructing their website.

For example, their website or E-Commerce site would always have a gateway page, which site visitors would use to access all the other website assets / resources.

Then I'd figure out how Joomla 3.X empowers its user to create a really world class gateway page for their website,

I'd understand the work flow required, to craft a visually compelling, site visitor friendly gateway page, for the website using Joomla 3.X.

I jot the work flow down as a skeleton. Then using this skeleton, I patiently flesh out the work flow, step by step. I grab the Joomla 3.X screens displayed on my Browser and then use simple, grammatically correct English to explain what a user should do within the screen to achieve their gateway page.

Once done, I normally give this to a novice Joomla user with low to modest technical skills, and ask them to use the content I've developed to create their own website gateway page. I carefully note down all areas where they got stuck and where I had to intervene to get them past their block(s).

Then I go back to the content I created and carefully add the information that I may have taken for granted earlier when I created the chapter.

Then I pass this updated information back to the novice Joomla user, and I watch what happens. Normally, after one or two iterations tops, the content is good enough to empower a novice Joomla user to create their own gateway page successfully.

This is the approach that I normally apply to all the chapters of a book on Joomla 3.X.

At the end I carefully check for English Grammar and/or spelling mistakes and fix any that I may have not noticed earlier.

Then its proof reading time.

I send the manuscript I've created to a dedicated proof reader who goes through the material with a fine tooth comb and fixes any /all English Grammar and/or spelling mistakes that may be around. The proof reader also checks the sentence constructs to ensure that the sentences are written in an easy to understand manner.

Once the proof reader is done, its time to process the manuscript via the Smashwords meat grinder and release the manuscript into the wild.

This by and large is my writing process.
How do you approach cover design?
I actually have a very simple approach to cover design.

Since I'm writing technical books, I really want to try and create a simple visual brand in my cover design.

I plan to write and publish multiple technical books. I want to keep the book covers largely the same visually, just changing the book - Title - with little or no tweaks done to the actual cover visual.

Over time, when I have multiple books rotating in the E-Marketplace, I'm hoping I can get instant - brand / author - recall using this approach.

I hope this pays off for me. I really do.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Apple iPad II
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing more than 26 years ago, when I was given the responsibility of creating Oracle training material for an Oracle programming course.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I read quite a few Blogs where individuals have created sustained income streams for themselves via indie authoring. This income permits them to lead comfortable lives. This income permits them to do what they want to do rather than participate in a 10 to 05 grind.

To me this reason is powerful motivator.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me a single point of reference, from where I get my eBooks delivered to multiple eBook publishers, without the headache of maintaining multiple accounts across multiple eBook publishers.

As long as I can fulfill all the requirements of getting my book into the Smashwords premium catalogue my distribution worries are taken care of.

This permits me to focus on the - Quality - that Smashwords wants, which in turn has a huge positive impact on my book sales.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When purchasers come to my tutorial website and leave a message thanking me for the contents of the Book they purchased.

Often we get in to a delightful conversation. This is just one step away from the purchaser becoming my advocate.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a WordPress 3.X.X book. I think WordPress is an excellent CMS today. Its learning curve is not as steep as other CMS (like Joomla). There is nothing that you can do in Joomla or other CMS that you cannot do using WordPress today. There are excellent, multi page E-Commerce webiste, which link to multiple Payment gateways being created in WordPress daily.
What gets me out of bed each morning?
The fact that a new day has dawned, and I've another opportunity to work with various Opensource CMS or build another module for a PHP driven Internet application, gets me out of bed each day.

The smell of coffee brewing and a cheese omelet gently simmering in the frying pan is not so bad either.
Published 2014-06-09.
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