Interview with Ronald Schlager

What's the story behind your latest book?
In our communications technology world there are so many acronyms. It is hard to remember different terms. Many people use such abbreviations without knowing the real words behind. I wanted to bring light into the darkness and collected many abbreviations.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The main reason is that I am able to help a lot of people to be successful in their job or their life. To reach a greater audience than during a classroom seminar gives me the opportunity to identify the demand of persons all over the world, learn to understand their problems and trying to help them independently. I am used to work independent as trainer and consultant in the fields of communications technologies. Everything I do is vendor independent. I like to live mobile and independent. To write a book is very exciting and a very creative process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To think of my readers, their demands and how I can help them. Searching for new technologies, collect and sort information, getting in touch with local or international vendors and preparing the information for the reader´s advantage is very satisfying.
What are you working on next?
There are so many topics I want to cover. Normally it depends on the actual demand of readers and the market developments. Maybe something about security or mobility.
Who are your favorite authors?
In terms of computer literature I have a few classical authors like Andrew S. Tanenbaum. The documents I read for business are mainly standards of different standardization bodies like Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
My personal favorite authors are e.g. Hermann Hesse, Henry D. Thoreau, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, José Saramago
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my interesting job, the next challenges waiting for me, my long list of unpublished books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read books and go outside for a walk up the hills around us. In our neighborhood are cycle path networks to very interesting destinations like the Wachau in Lower Austria where on can spend a lot of time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but I have to belie your expectations. I don´t write stories. I write technical books. Now, the first book ever I published was about a communications model defined by a standardization organization in the late 1970th (the Open Systems Interconnection Basic Reference Model).

Before I started as indie author Í wrote seminar handouts about many different topics. Since last year I publish these handouts as books for a larger audience.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was a book about snowmen who wanted to live like human beings. They tried to enter a house. As they came inside, they started to melt. The lesson learnd: never demand to live the life of someone else, live your own life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My personal Computer and my Smartphone recently.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My own Web page, search engines and paid ads.
Published 2014-03-04.
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Konferenzsysteme
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Das OSI-Modell - einfach beschrieben
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IPv4 and IPv6 Addresses - An Introduction
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Auswahl von Enterprise-VoIP-Systemen
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Einsparungspotentiale der IP-Telefonie
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Corporate Telephony Strategies for Enterprise Customers and Organizations
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Einfache Sicherheit für Smartphones und Tablets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,200. Language: German. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Security
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