Steven Porter interview with David Alan Binder

posted Feb 14, 2020, 9:08 AM by David Alan Binder

Steven Porter interview with David Alan Binder



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About Steven from his website:  (From the depth of information on his career and his achievements, this person knows what they are talking about and it behooves us to dig deeper.)


SCARED TO DEATH... DO IT ANYWAY -- a self-help memoir (co-authored with Brian Beneduce) -- 2016
a short story, Attleboro Sun-Chronicle, 2015
THE LITTLE BLACK BAUBLE -- a children's CD by Ken McKenna (voice-over / narrator) -- 2015
an essay, Newport Life Magazine, 2015
-- a novel (ISBN: 1-47835-480-1), 2012
THE KANC -- a short story, 2012
CONFESSIONS OF THE MEEK & THE VALIANT -- a novel (ISBN: 1-46354-200-3), 2011



• Founded small publishing house to help independent authors navigate the confusing and rapidly changing world of self-publishing. Released first two imprinted titles in March 2014. Twenty-eight titles in print by fall 2015.

Founder & President
• President and founder of RI's largest and fastest-growing non-profit (501c3) literary arts organizaion boasting over 200 published authors among its membership.

SPIMAC, LLC, Harmony, RI, 1999-present
Founder & President

• Established advertising, marketing and promotions company in 1999 to serve the needs of small business, nonprofits, entrepreneurs and other entities underserved by traditional marketing business services. Impressive client list includes: ZipRecruiter, Big Brothers Big Sisters,,, Digital Ink Design Studios, Capital Video Corporation, Buena Vista Home Video, Gabriel's Wing Foundation, Leon's & Stitches Metropolitan Bistro, Josef Creations, and many others.

LAURIAT'S BOOKSTORES, INC., Canton, MA, 1989-1999
Director of Advertising & Public Relations

• Managed all advertising ($3 million budget) in over 75 newspapers and 30 radio stations for 176 retail bookstores throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including the Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington markets.
• Coordinated award-winning corporate charitable efforts, highlighted by nationally recognized "Share the World of Books" campaign with the Boston Globe that collected over 20,000 books for needy children.
• Booked, planned, promoted, managed and implemented celebrity author appearances. Wrote and distributed corporate press releases to media and publishing community. Served as company spokesman to national news media.

Founder & President, The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA), 2011 to present
Self-Publishing Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Rhode Island, 2013 to present
Member, Rhode Island Romance Writers (RIRW), 2011 to present
Member, Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE), 2012 to present
Member, Independent Book Publishers Association of America (IBPA), 2013 to present
Author-Member, New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), 2011 to present
Editor, Newsource, Wakefield, RI, 1987-1988
Editor, The Great Swamp Gazette -- Literary Magazine, University of Rhode Island, 1986-1987



  1. Where are you currently living?

    I live in the mill village of Harmony, RI and work from our family-owned bookstore and publishing office in downtown Pawtucket, RI.


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

    Too many writers don’t understand or appreciate the business side of writing, bookselling and publishing. There are many misconceptions that leads to a lot of unnecessary disappointment.


  3. What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

    I plot my short stories and novels in Microsoft Excel.


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

    I started out self-publishing, then my wife Dawn and I opened our own publishing company – Stillwater River Publications. To date we have published over 275 books for authors from all over the U.S, and even a few overseas. We are a hybrid publisher that embraces each writer’s independence and helps them achieve their own personal writing and publishing goals.


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

    The publishing industry completely misunderstood the e-book market. It wasn’t a new market at all. It was the same customer who was buying the print books. And then as the e-book retailers and big publishers colluded and the prices went through the roof, buyers just went back to their print book roots. It amazes me how the whole industry fumbled the industry’s biggest cash cow since Gutenberg.


  6. Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?

    Understand the market. Research what agents and publishers are specifically looking for. Network. Writing a great book is not good enough. If you want it traditionally published, it must have great marketability. Why would a publisher invest in some unknown author without the guarantee of some sort of sales? Publishing is not a charity.


  7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned with your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

    It took me 20 years to write my first novel, “Confessions of the Meek and the Valiant.” Once I realized I was capable, as a writer, of finishing long form work, a door opened for me. I guess I never believed I could do it.

  8. How many books have you written?

    I have written three books and ghost-written at least a dozen more. I am working on four different books simultaneously right now.


  9. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be so specific that this most likely will not have been seen elsewhere)?

    Tell the story.


  10. Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?

    The most important sentence in a chapter isn’t the first, but the last. It’s the sentence that makes the reader move on to the next chapter. Don’t give your reader an excuse to put the book down.

  11. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

    Smart marketing. Know your genre. Know what your reader wants to read.


  12. What is one unusual way in which you promote your work?

    I once put a 2-foot by 2-foot QR code on a signpost at the end of my driveway with no explanation. It was fun watching cars pull up all day with cell phones sticking out the window.


  13.  What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?

    I should have started writing at a much earlier age. I gave away too many years.



    Confessions of the Meek & the Valiant
    Scared to Death… Do It Anyway


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