Interview with Manuel Mata

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was very little. I enjoyed writing short stories. However, I left writing for a long time when I grow up until 3 years ago when I wrote in a blog where I was paid to write posts on demand. Later I decided to open my own blog in wordpress and I started to write posts about self development.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was eager to share my work and become a writer with his book published. As it was so much difficult to get it soon for a novel author and tired of publishing events all were negative, not answers or problems, I decided to self-publish my book.
What's the story behind your book "Overcome your fears and reach your dreams"?
It was very difficult to find a publisher for "Overcome your fears and reach your dreams" because I was a new writer and traditional publishers prefer famous people or consolidated authors.

Furthermore, I had a conflict with one publisher that was interested in my book in Spanish because when I signed the contract, she did not want to start the edition and put many excuses to delay it.

She did not meet the deadline that she gave me to publish my book and at the end I had to look for myself a lawyer to cancel the contract.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing itself is a joy for me. I like writing very much. However, it is as well a lot of work and I spend many hours writing and editing. I also appreciate a lot each time I get feedback of my readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
Wow! They mean a lot! I appreciate them so much! They make possible that I continue my work with enthusiasm and make it worth all the work and difficulties in this career.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Thanks to Smashwords I've got my book on important libraries as Barnes&Noble, Sony, Kobo, etc. This is a success for every author, even more for a novel author who has just started his writing career. It's a chance to share my work with lot of people who visit these libraries.
Why do you write self help books?
Because I like a lot personal growth and I've read many self development books in order to be my best version. I've always wanted to improve myself and I like coaching and pshicology as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are a lot! For example: Jorge Bucay, Álex Rovira, Susan Jeffers, Louise L. Hay, Napoleon Hill, Wayne Dyer, etc. They are all authors of personal groth.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Precisely my dreams inspire me to get out of bead each day.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading self help books, personal groth books and coaching books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend my time with my couple, family and friends. I go to the gym, I like reading, listening to music, watching tv series, films, cinema, etc. It's a pleasure for me as well walking and going to the beach.
Do you have your book on any physical library?
Yes, I do. My book in Spanish is available on stock in many libraries of Barcelona and in some libraries of other spanish cities.
What are you working on next?
In fact I'm just working to publish the ebook of my second book in Spanish on Smashwords: "¡Reinvéntate! Guía para cambiar tu vida profesional". It will be available on Smashwords very soon!
Published 2013-08-26.
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Books by This Author

Diario de un infortunio. Una historia de amor gay en la enfermedad
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,970. Language: Spanish. Published: May 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Diario de un infortunio relata bajo la forma de diario las vivencias de un chico joven que de pronto se convierte en el cuidador principal de su pareja, al sufrir éste un ictus cerebral que lo lleva al coma. El libro cuenta una historia basada en hechos reales, y más allá del enfoque en la enfermedad, explica también una conmovedora historia de amor gay, por encima de las convenciones sociales.
Saca al coach que llevas dentro
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,390. Language: Spanish. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Saca al coach que llevas dentro es un manual para aprender Coaching y sacar tu Talento, que pone a la mano del lector una serie de recursos para saber todo sobre la profesión del Coaching, cómo ser coach, qué lo diferencia de otras disciplinas, qué beneficios aporta, qué habilidades y herramientas debe tener un coach, etc.
Diario de un infortunio
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,960. Language: Spanish. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Diario de un infortunio es el relato que el protagonista explica en primera persona a través de su diario personal, contando las vivencias que le suceden cuando su pareja, Dani, sufre de pronto un ictus cerebral y cae en coma. A partir de entonces comienza su historia como cuidador de su pareja, atravesando multitud de dificultades en el camino duro de esta nueva situación.
¡Reinventate! Guia para cambiar tu vida profesional
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,370. Language: Spanish. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Professional development
En un entorno de cambios, necesitamos reinventarnos, pero no es fácil porque tenemos que salir de nuestra "zona de confort". Solo así podremos descubrir lo que podemos llegar a ser en la vida y conocer una mejor versión de nosotros mismos. Si te encuentras sin rumbo en la vida, y deseas una vida profesional más positiva y plena, esta guía te facilita el cambio y potenciar tu carrera profesional
Overcome Your Fears And Reach Your Dreams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,900. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This book is intended to be an inspiration to us so that, far from giving up our life for not daring to face our own fears, we empower and advance steadily and positively towards achieving our vital goals. The book refers to numerous authors and works of self-help and personal growth, to illustrate concepts regarding coping with fears, increase self-confidence and take the reins of our lives.