Interview with Bobby Everett Smith

Published 2015-07-08.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To see my books, I browse on Smashwords,

To see books from other authors I use Kindle and to find specific books and authors I am looking for. I like to spend a part of every day reading both fiction and non-fiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a short story about my summer at the University of Colorado in 1954. I had to go there to make up a couple of courses that I failed at Rice in order to graduate with my class and get my commission in the Navy. Colorado U has a lot of pretty girls from Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado which made for a fun summer, the best summer I ever had. You will like reading this story and a couple of others in Flying Under the Radar. Check it out at this link:
What is your writing process?
I have just finished a course by James Patterson about how to write. I use his process pretty much. Find an idea, write an outline, develop the characters, tell the story, edit, and repeat the edit again. I try to write at least two hours every day and usually do that. It's important to me to start writing in the morning before I start email and other distracting activities. Then, I publish on Smashwords and try to get someone to buy it. You can check out the 7 books I have written this year on at
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One story I read in college was actually written in French and I had to translate it. It was about a man and his beloved son. Some bad guys came through their farm, and the son told the police who were chasing them about them. Dad found out and could not tolerate son being a snitch. He took him out behind the barn and shot him. That was a powerful story which I read in 1956 and if you recognize the story and I am telling it wrong, let me know. My senior memory is at work frequently this day and age.
How do you approach cover design?
I use a professional designer who is an expert with Photoshop. She is very talented, teaches Photoshop full time and does these covers for me in her spare time. I am more than satisfied with her work. You can find these types of designers at or
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like Larry McMurtry books which are frequently about the city I grew up in--Wichita Falls, Texas and its neighbor, Archer City. He also went to Rice and we were in the same creative writing class a couple of years apart. I like Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane's Depressed and others.

I like Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sun Also Rises, and the Grapes of Wrath. I think Atlas Shrugged is brilliantly written by Ann Rand but I don't like her philosophy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction, Larry McMurtry as just mentioned. I have spent a good bit of time in the last few years trying to learn how to trade stocks and options. It's been difficult to monetize the knowledge I have gained. Other how to books about gemology, project management, and technical IT books are on my shelves.
What is your e-reading device of choice? is my choice. I have published 7 books in 6 months that range in size from 20 to 80 pages. Mark Coker, CEO, has done a great job of providing marketing support and explaining ebook distributions. I highly recommend Smashwords. Let me be honest, though, I haven't sold anything yet. So that's my next challenge. I have set a goal to be a smashwords best seller or maybe even a New York Times bestseller. I have a long way to go and at age 81, my biology clock is ticking so I need to start getting some success with my marketing in the near future.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Like I mentioned in the last question, I have published 7 books on Smashwords this year, but I have not sold any yet. My only sales have been to myself and from a close friend. I have two websites, a blog site, an auto responder, Smashwords, Shopify, and several other tools. I use Facebook company page, LinkedIn, Tweeter and Google.I have used Blue Host,, network solutions and Turn 2 for hosting. I read a lot from Steve Chou, Tom Carsons Knowles, and several other successful ebook writers. I am affiliate marketing with Bob Bly, a copy writer and have taken courses from James Patterson, Stephen King, and Copy Writing Artists. If anything, I have too much marketing going on. I am currently following Smashwords Marketing 41 tips and working on a blog about prioritizing the 41 tips and getting some results from them. (They are free. Go to and download the Marketing Tips ebook there. )
Describe your desk
I use a laptop in the center with printer and router on the right. A house phone in front of me is complemented by my IPhone. My desk is pretty well organized and I keep it cleaned off occasionally. Current files are stored in a multi-file divider. A picture of my grandkids as teen agers and daughter monitors my daily activities.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a native Texan, Wichita Falls north of Dallas about a hundred miles. I am still close with many of my high school friends, at least those still alive. Many of them have passed away already. About ten years ago, 5 or 6 of us started email communications. Since then a couple have died and a couple of us still keep up the writing. It's good to hear from them. One is retired and at 81 plays tennis and plays the guitar a lot. Another has a business which he operates from Los Angeles and two others are lawyers in Texas. They are still active in their practices. My high school days have influenced a lot of my recent writings as I described how I learned about the NROTC which funded my college and launched me into a fantastic career as a Naval Aviator. I also have described in fiction about my first girl friend and my efforts to get her in bed.
When did you first start writing?
Creative writing at Rice in the 50's but have only recently dedicated myself to writing, self-publishing and marketing my own books. Writing is fun for me and it's not hard these days which I call retirement for me to get started and to whip out a couple of thousand words. Sometimes in the past, I have found it difficult to read my own writing but now, I really enjoy reading over and over again the fiction books I have been writing. I don't have any feedback though so I am not sure how you might think of my writing. I would love to hear from you. Check out The Man in White or Blue February (to be published next week on Smashwords) or the Freebie, Write, Publish, and Market ebooks. Also don't miss the July summer special 50% discount. .
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