Germany Kent is the bestselling and award–winning author of “You Are What You Tweet,” and “The Hope Handbook Series.” She has had a successful career as an entertainment journalist, producer, model, and commercial actress. She has been named one of the Top 100 people to follow on Twitter and ranked as a Top 100 social media marketing influencer. She’s also a dynamic public speaker and in-demand coach and consultant. She volunteers a great deal of her time and energy to charity, and is a noted philanthropist.
What inspires you to write?
Life and the world around me. I find interesting take-a-ways and inspiration from many sources. I find it to be deeply satisfying, enriching and quite relaxing. When I was younger I loved writing poetry and making up news stories so I guess it's something very deeply rooted in me that I carry from childhood. I keep a notepad in my SUV, scratch paper throughout the house, a journal bedside and always sit on ready to record notes when the inspiration hits. I have always loved writing. It was my first love.
Tell us about your writing process.
Write often – literally every day. Practice writing articles, letters, short stories, poems and notes. This will help you to practice punctuation, grammar and will greatly help you to hone your writing style. Reading often will also help you to get better at the best flow for your writing. Find the nuggets in all of the scribbling. The early stages are crucial because it is a hard chore to figure out what material to keep and what to leave out. You will have so much information that you want to use, but you just simply can't use every thought. Truly, it is like finding a needle in a haystack to make your final cuts. Selecting the most pertinent material is a craft that has to be honed. Then I go through and condense, edit and tweak. I like to put the writing down for a bit and do something else and then revisit it. Often I find that once my mind is clear, I am able to see things more vividly and make updates and corrections accordingly. I do a lot of research, and become familiar with what is already available on the market to readers. You always want to offer a new perspective because having a different vibe will help to set your publication apart from others. Like anything worthwhile, it will take patience, refining and sacrifice. Put in the work. Most of all, don’t rush. Do several drafts, and edit with great enthusiasm. Do not consider the hard work you put into the book as a chore – nurture it as if it were a baby, because it is "your baby!"
Who are your favorite authors?
I've enjoyed reading books by money guru Suze Orman. I have owned "The Courage To Be Rich," "The Laws of Money," "Women and Money," and "The Road To Wealth." I have since donated all of them so that others could have a chance to learn nuggets from the books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with a local small publishing house. I felt confident that they could service my needs. Plus, I know the owner who has tremendous faith in me. I’ve been very fortunate in getting my books published. They are available throughout the world via Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishers who compete in the electronic book market are very smart. Though there are some people who are always going to want to have their book delivered to their doorstep so they can hold a physical book, there are some who want it "right now" and are able to read on their electronic device immediately. Having several platforms where the book is available helps to keep publishers and their authors in a competitive position.
I also believe book publishing will be around as long as Hollywood is around. Books will never lose their charm. And with so many books being adapted to screenplays for the big screen I believe the future of book publishing is solid.
What genres do you write?
non-fiction, business, self-help, spirituality, body/mind/spirit, psychology, technology
What formats are your books in?
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