Interview with Melvin Wolgamott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan. Almost all families in the community were poor we didn't know it at the time because every one was in the same financial positions. As children dad would show us how to do things, sometimes as simple as hammering a nail. We fixed the car or lawn mower what ever needed fixed. As young adults we went to public high school, our school had shop classed mechanical and wood, this expanded my mechanical horizons. The shop classes had equipment I had never seen before, and my thirst for more knowledge began.
When did you first start writing?
Working as an engineer writing workers instructions and assembly manuals was always part of the job. Writing about something that interests me began when I suddenly found my self without work and near retirement. The winters are long in the Michigan snow belt My Girlfriend of 10 years is disabled and bound to a wheelchair. I became very bored and started writing an eBook spending time doing this makes days go by faster, especially in dead of winter.

I find eBooks rewarding and a great way to spend winter days.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made it very easy to become an author. I reviewed many of the other self publishing sites on the internet. Many had up front costs then took a cut of sales and authors receive very little of the sale. Smashwords also a better distribution network and an easy way to get an ISBN number. The dashboard is easy to navigate and see what is happening with views and downloads of your books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That other people want to read what I have to write about.
What is your writing process?
Make a table of contents with major titles to write about. Then start filling in the blank pages with the information I have or write about researched topics.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In high school literature class i read WE about a car and a family it was a very enjoyable read.
How do you approach cover design?
Most image programs will allow you to make a photo with graphics and text, I try to involve some subject matter in the the cover photo showing what is inside the book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop is e-reader of choice, if I'm very far away from home it is with me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have added my eBook has been added to my and my web site product list. Other than I depend on smashwords and internet for the marketing.
Describe your desk
My desk is a total mess and in shambles most of the time. My writing desk is a tray table in front of the couch, just large enough for my laptop and mouse no extra place for catalogs, papers or anything that causes distraction.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Desktop Manufacturing Use Machine Above This To Make Products
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / manufacturing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses
A look into the exciting world of Desktop Manufacturing. Uncover types of computer controlled equipment in the Digital manufacturing world. Achieve a better understanding of the equipment available today and in the near future. Quickly unleash powerful information in a convenient instant download and unlock the secrets of each type desktop manufacturing disciplines. Do you have what it takes?
CNC: How Hard Can it Be
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Manufacturing, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Robotics
This is becoming a favorite of all my products Information and step by step instructions plus information about tooling selection, Links to software that is free or low cost. Learn what spindle to use for your machine if you are building your own. Contains links and information about copyrights and who may own them. Get informed and know what to do when problems arise. Easy read and understand.