Interview with Pierre Du Plessis

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The great success I had with the study techniques I had developed in the past, inspired me to share it with other young persons in the world. What better way is there than a book?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By making my work available all over the net on other web sites.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am not a fiction writer, so I usually concentrate on technical things like hobbies and crafts, but I am also a study freak and have written many training manuals on different management and leadership topics. My joy is helping people through my writing work and manuals.
What do your fans mean to you?
One happy fan gives me great pleasure. Each person happy enough to be associated with me will surely encourage new visitors, more buyers and readers and growth in fans.
What are you working on next?
I am busy with a video series on Performance Management and writing a training manual on Lean Manufacturing.
Who are your favorite singers?
My favorite songs mostly come from days gone by.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
New goals for the day, which I already thought about and planned out the previous night
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually alternate between writing for an hour and relaxing with another activity for about a half hour. It also gives one a chance to reflect on possible improvements of the writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I used to read fiction in my young days, but now I mostly read about things to broaden my knowledge on technical matters and business leadership. I discover what I am looking for through searches on the net.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, it must have been in primary school and it must have been in an essay round about 1953.
What is your writing process?
If you first get the table of contents right, the rest usually follows automatically, on condition you have already gone through all the input information you want to use.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
For me it was Tarzan and the apes protecting others.
How do you approach cover design?
I get the images from free resources and then use it with my own PC software.
What do you read for pleasure?
Apart from learning new things on technical issues, business leadership and training I relax most with adventure stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Adobe Acrobat Reader offers big size views, which helps for persons with eyesight problems.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
1. Wide distribution through internet e-book sellers
2. Make other books available for free and advertising inside those books with links to your other books' order pages.
Describe your desk
Full of PC's, printers, scanners and music gadgets.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I mostly grew up in rural areas inside military camps surrounded by many farms. Our plot inside military camps offered us the opportunity to cultivate a small portion of land and to keep chickens, cows, sheep and horses. To this day I also have a keen interest in farming. I guess the experiences from these times could possibly be helpful in dreaming up stories for writing fiction, if I can find the time and creativity.
When did you first start writing?
When I realized I am sitting on an explosive study technique round about 2009.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Previously I mostly wrote training manuals. The latest is study techniques.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anyone writing adventure fiction.
What is my deepest wish?
I sincerely hope my writing information can benefit readers to a better future.
Published 2015-01-23.
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Books by This Author

Understanding Human Behaviour in The Workplace
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Human resource management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management and human resources
A better understanding of what makes people tick at work, can lead to the application of improved treatment tactics of employees, to inspire the best productive and creative contributions from them, for increased organisation benefits and profits.
Strategic Planning as Analysis and Improvement Process for All Types of Organisations
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Strategic planning, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Organizational development
Strategic planning is a review and planning process that is undertaken to make thoughtful decisions about an organization’s future in order to ensure its success.
Model for Running a Business in The Corporate World – Blueprint for Chief Executives, Senior Managers and Managers
Price: $47.00 USD. Words: 22,620. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management science, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Organizational development
Are you ready to draw up this plan? The plan must not only provide successful turnaround strategies for the organisation. It must also provide a sustainable impression on human talent in the organisation and a lasting impact on what is defined as successful organisational culture, for years to come. What will your advice be?
Team Leadership Principles and Traits to Fulfil Team Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
Price: $27.00 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
As one cannot escape interaction with colleagues, subordinates and superiors, one’s abilities in human relations are crucial for career success, as achievement of team goals depends on the cooperation and efforts of team members.
The Essentials for Perpetual Job Promotion - Blueprint for All Career Paths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Mentoring & coaching
What plans can one make and what actions can one take not to be overlooked at the next opportunity for job promotion or job placement?
How To Attain High Scores In Tests And Examinations At High School, College And University
Price: $27.99 USD. Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study skills, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Education
This is a study guide to make life easier for scholars and students. Any student will be able to lift career sights higher with the techniques described in this one-of-a-kind study guide. It is the starting point for any future career and recommended for students from grade ten, up to post-graduate student status and beyond. It helps to decrease study workload and increase brain retention of facts