Robert Gatewood interview with David Alan Binder

posted Feb 17, 2016, 6:24 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:31 AM ]

Robert Gatewood interview with David Alan Binder

 A Partial Bio from his website:         “In spite of his notoriety as an accomplished marketer, his primary motivation continued to be the desire to level the marketing playing field for disadvantaged businesses. This passion was eventually shared with an equally strong desire to level the playing field for disadvantaged consumers, who Robert felt were often ill-prepared for the very tactics he imparted upon his clients. He reconciled these seemingly conflicting applications by adopting a strict, self-imposed code of marketing ethics, and by refusing to assist certain types of organizations and tactics.

 According to Robert, "It's not within my power to determine who will win the battle of wills between buyers and sellers. It is only my desire that the playing field is somewhat level."

 To ensure his message is available to all, Robert lectures at Washington DC-area colleges and speaks at organizational events.”



1.     Where are you currently living?

Maryland (Outside of DC)



2.     Where would you like to live?




3.     Why did you start writing?  

A form of outward expression.



4.     What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

There is a book in everyone. Selling books may not be the primary objective.



5.     What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?  

Humor, play on words, historical context



6.     Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

Self-published, more control of the process (if you know what you are doing)



7.     Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?  

More credibility with print books.



8.     How did you acquire an agent?



9.     Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Life experiences, challenges

10.                        Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers?

The hardest part is getting started. Jump that hurdle by starting with something you’ve already written, i.e. essay, thesis, term paper, blog posts, etc.  Also, check to see if the Internet domain (title of your book) is available in the .com. If not, consider a new name; otherwise you’ll be sending all your web traffic to someone else.

11.                        What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?  

You can’t do your own proofing.

12.                        How many books have you written?   



13.                        Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer

Write about yourself, even if the audience doesn’t realize it’s about you. That way you’ll never run out of content.



14.                        We’ve heard that it is good to provide twists in a good story.  How do you do this?

Save some of the next steps in a logical progression for the end. Take it out of order.


15.                        What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

Controversial title



16.                        What are some ways in which you promote your work?  

Radio, website, networking events, social media



17.                         What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing) and why?

Write first, come up with the title later. A title can be somewhat inhibiting.



18.                        What would you like carved onto your tombstone?  Or what saying or mantra do you live by?

Exceed expectations!



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