Interview with Spencer Coffman

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in elementary school. We often had to complete short stories and assignments. I always enjoyed writing these little stories but never enjoyed the fact that I felt like I "had" to do it. As I grew up, I continued writing - all for school. During college, I had to write several paged papers. Practically one every week.

I was naturally a pretty good writer and all of the practice helped. Eventually, I had to write a report on a scientific experiment I conducted for my undergraduate psychology major. This was the first time I wrote something with the intention of publishing it.

Once that article was published something major happened. I experienced a thrill and sense of satisfaction that can't really be explained. This drove me to continue writing and not simply writing but writing with the intent to publish. I was motivated to share the things I had learned with others and this motivation still fuels my writing today.
What's the story behind your first book?
A Guide To Deception was the first book I wrote. It started out as a project for my senior course in psychology. After recently publishing my experiment, I wanted to publish this as well. I contacted several journals but since I didn't conduct any data analysis no one would publish it. At that point, I started contacting other outlets. Places like magazines, bulletins, et cetera.

Eventually, the Reader's Digest agreed to publish it as a series of articles over a six month period. I re-wrote the paper and sectioned it off to accommodate their formatting requests. Unfortunately, space was continually limited and they didn't publish it. After that, I contacted the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and worked out a potential deal with them. I informed them of the previous Reader's Digest agreement and they thought it would be a good idea to publish one article a month for six months as well. Time went on, and nothing happened.

After a couple years of trying and trying to get it published, I finally decided to convert it into a book and publish it myself. The six articles became six chapters and all I had to do was write some extra material to tie everything together. After six months the book was published and in print!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection.

After working hard to get my content published in "traditional" places and realizing that they never had the time to publish unsolicited manuscripts I turned to self-publication.

Eventually, I wrote another book that I really was excited about. I decided that it would be best to have it published by a "traditional" publisher. I spent months contacting literary agents and publishers trying to get my manuscript published. After over two-hundred rejections and non-responses, I started looking at named publishers. Many of them were fee-for-service.

They wanted me to pay them to have my book published with their name. I decided this would be a good idea because I thought it would help the odds of making my book a success. Unfortunately, things didn't work out that way. Instead of selling more copies I sold less.

Therefore, I went back to self-publishing and now publish everything through many different indie channels. In my opinion, it is the best way to publish. You have complete control over distribution and pricing. Not only that, but it is very inexpensive!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is the result. I love it when people write a review or post a comment telling me that what I wrote helped them with something. When that happens, it is my greatest joy.

This is exactly why I write. I hope to help other people accomplish and learn things at a much quicker rate than if they tried it on their own. Every time someone enjoys my writing or benefits from something, I consider it to be a great success!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Without them, I'd be nothing. If fans don't read my writing and learn from what I've experienced then no one will.

I write everything for my fans. I write for anyone and everyone.

Readers don't have to be my fans. As long as they learn something or can accomplish something then that is great! I sincerely hope that they will continue to follow my writing and read my works. However, whether or not they do is up to them.

I'm always learning to do things for my fans and help them in any way I can. I love it when they comment on my Steemit posts or YouTube videos and I always try to reply as soon as possible.
What do you work on other than books?
I'm always working on something. Sometimes it may be too much. However, the main things that I work on are YouTube videos, blog posts, and podcasts.

I create YouTube videos to help educate people about many different online things. Plugin and software reviews along with social media how to's and online hints and tips are the main focus. I've also created some videos dedicated entirely to Steemit, which is an online blogging platform where you can earn money for writing content.

I write blog posts to share free information with my fans and anyone who wants to read them. My hope is that people enjoy and learn from them. In addition, I also hope they'll help drive traffic and establish credibility for my books.

I create podcasts to reach an audience that print doesn't reach. It's a lot of work and editing but I think people will learn a lot from them. In addition, I believe it will help establish some credibility and awareness for my books.
Who are your favorite authors?
Like many authors, reading is something I love and I did a lot more of it before I started writing.

I really enjoy fiction books. I've always liked Gary Paulsen's Hatchet and the Brain books. In addition, Will Weaver's Memory Boy is one of my favorites. The Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket are really good. The Jason Bourne novels are also books that I greatly enjoyed.

However, perhaps my favorite books of all time are the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir A Conan Doyle. I love them and the style of writing is like nothing else available. The Great Brain books by John D Fitzgerald are also amazing.

Regarding non-fiction, the Bible is my favorite. I like the Uncle Eric Books by Richard J Maybury. They are invaluable and I have learned so much from them. I firmly believe everyone should read those books. I also enjoy reading books about body language and deception. Psychology textbooks and philosophy books are also very interesting to me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, at some point I have to get up to use the bathroom.

Haha, for real though, I think it is mostly the fact that I have started so many tasks and I have a determination to see them through. I have to write more books. I have to write blog posts, make videos, record podcast episodes, et cetera. I feel like there is so much information that I have and want to share that if I don't do it, literally no one else will. It's stuff that only I know. Of course, other people know it but everyone has their own way of sharing information. I want to share mine. That's why I get out of bed each day. My hope is that people will benefit from the information that I share.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a simple one. Basically, I sit down and start writing. I've never been a fan of detailed outlining. I've always believed that if you are going to take the time to write an outline why not simply write the content. Of course, at times, it helps to write down some topic headings so you know what to write about next. Other than that, my process is to sit down and start writing.

Put in the time, write a paragraph at a time and sit back between each paragraph to stretch and gather my thoughts. The longer I can stay leaning forward and at the desk the more I can write. Once you start taking breaks the writing process is significantly hindered.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is a huge process. It is probably the most important part of book marketing. No matter what people think, a book is always judged by its cover. If people don't like the cover then they won't buy the book. It's as simple as that.

That being said, when designing a cover. I always try to make the cover fit the book. I think about how I can best represent the contents of the book with an image or series of images. Then I design the cover. I want it to be simple so that people will remember it. I also want it to be detailed enough so they will be interested in it.

There's so much more to think about. The best thing to do would probably be to hire a professional. However, you have to be able to afford that. With time, practice, and research, my covers will keep getting better and better. And if I have to change them, I will.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
You can never have only five favorite books. Many of my favorites are contained within a series. Therefore, here are my five favorite book series.

The Bible
Sherlock Holmes
The Great Brain
The Uncle Eric Books
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer reading things on my iPhone. That's mostly because I don't have any other devices. Still, the great thing about iPhones is that you can read PDF, Mobi, Epub and more!
Published 2018-02-17.
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365 Days of Devotion For Everyone
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Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig deep into the lessons that the Bible has to offer. This study will show you God’s Word in a whole new light. It is 365 days of pure devotion to God for everyone, that means men, women, and children. In less than ten minutes a day, you will read 200 thought-provoking words about topics that you’ve heard about, but never thoroughly examined.
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Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 22,390. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / internet marketing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales
"Discover How To Build Your Business From The Ground Up" Becoming an affiliate marketer is pretty easy. However, being a successful affiliate marketer takes hard work and perseverance. You need to know what you are doing and make sure that what you are doing is going to be effective.
Deception Tips: 101 Cues To Detecting Deception Revised And Expanded
Pre-release—available November 5, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Social psychology, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Learn how to read people and spot liars with the Deception Tips Revised And Expanded eBook! You will see each deception tip followed by a detailed explanation of the signs that go into each tip so you will be able to detect deception like never before!
Money God’s Way: Rich or Poor It’s Up To You
Price: Free! Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Devotional
Money is the second most discussed topic in the Bible. Therefore, it must be important. You need to know how to handle money the way God wants you to handle money. Money can accomplish a lot of good or a lot of evil depending on who has it. Therefore, work hard to learn what God wants you to do with your money.
The Twelve Apostles: The World’s Most Known-About Christians
Price: Free! Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
The twelve apostles were some of the greatest Christians that ever walked the earth. They are the most known-about Christians in the world. Unfortunately, they are known-about, not known. Dedicate the time to learn about and understand these great men. Allow their stories to change and improve your lives today!
The Best Methods To Rapidly Grow Your Facebook Page
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Get ready to grow your Facebook page! With this great guide you will learn how to get more likes on your Facebook page. Of course, this is only the beginning so be sure to take a look at More Facebook Everything by Spencer Coffman as well!
Find Us On Pinterest: 5 Steps To Creating An Effective Pinterest Presence
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 19,580. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Social networking, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / internet marketing
This step-by-step Pinterest training system is going to take you by the hand and show you how to skyrocket your online presence in the shortest time ever! There are 5 great steps that wil show you exactly what you need to do to build a solid Pinterest presence to gain more followers and sales.
Deception Tips: 101 Cues To Detecting Deception
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions, Nonfiction » Psychology » Interpersonal relations
The study of body language is taking the world by storm. Learn how to spot lies and understand lying behavior by studying 101 deception tips. This book was brought about due to the amazing popularity of the Deception Tips blog and A Guide To Deception. Grab a copy of this great book today and have all of your deception detecting tips in one place!
Two Sets Of Ten: A Closer Look At The Ten Commandments
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
Do you know the Ten Commandments? Can you name half of them? This study will show you the Ten Commandments in a whole new light. So take the first step in walking a more holy life. This book won't cost you anything so you have nothing to lose. Simply dedicate ten minutes a day for two weeks to enhancing your relationship with the Lord. Download Two Sets of Ten Today!
A Quick Guide To Affiliate Marketing
Price: Free! Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / internet marketing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales
Affiliate marketing is a vast industry. You have an infinate potential to earn money if you know what you are doing. Take a look at this quick guide to affiliate marketing so you will be better equipped to succeed in the affiliate marketing world.
9 Things To Do Before During And After Work
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Download the 9 things to do before, during, and after work so you can increase your satisfaction and productivity. However, this is only a small list so be sure to take a look at the book Work Less Live More by Spencer Coffman for more productivity tips!
Top 10 Resources To Simplify Your Life
Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Get your life in order and start using the tools that were made to help you do so! These top 10 resources will help you simplify your life so you will be more efficient and productive. Of course, this is only a top 10 list so you'll have to check out Relax And Unwind by Spencer Coffman for more great details!
The End-Times Prophecy: A Biblical Study Of What's To Come
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
Learn about the end-times prophecy revealed in the books of Daniel and Revelation. You will see how the end-times are predicted to play out and learn of the signs revealed in the Bible. Read the 14 lessons in this book and then do some digging on your own to really get into the prophecy. Bring it with you to a group study and start a discussion. Do whatever you can to learn and share this study.
YouTube Takeover - How You Can Grow Your YouTube Channel Into A Regular Income
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Zippo Advertisement Analysis
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2017. Categories: Essay » Business, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
In this short eBook, you will take a look at two great Zippo advertisements and form your own opinion about the messages they are trying to convey. Then you will read what Spencer Coffman has to say about them in his detailed analysis. This is an excellent and entertaining little eBook. Pick up your copy right away!
More Facebook Everything - Likes, Shares, Comments, Friends, Followers, And More!
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A Guide To Deception
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 14,860. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales and Marketing
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Work Less Live More - 101 Productivity Tips For Getting Things Done So You Can Live Free
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