For more than twenty years, Victor Boc has been teaching the strategies in his bestselling book, “How to Solve All Your Money Problems Forever.” Through articles, seminars and speaking engagements, he has helped thousands of individuals, from all walks of life, achieve financial success.
Victor is also a top-rated radio personality, having hosted programs in cities like Cleveland, Boston, San Francisco, and Portland, as well as a national show in 81 cities across the United States on the Talk America Radio Network. His awards include a place among “The Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America” and Associated Press Awards for “Best Commentary” and “Best Talk Host.”
Victor is also a world-class professional poker player, winning numerous tournaments and competing in the World Series of Poker as far back as 1981. And he is a highly-respected business instructor, operating his own successful business for more than twenty-five years. Victor does not let financial concerns dictate how he spends his time. His life stands as a testament to the method he teaches.
What inspires you to write?
Communication. Through effective communication, all things are possible. People need not fight; they can arrive at mutual understanding and connect on a meaningful level. Nations need not war; they can work together for the good of all. Sounds idealistic perhaps, but such is the potential of communication.
One of my favorite quotes (which I created) is: “To say that you don’t like someone is to say that you haven’t been paying attention.” Such is the challenge of communication, to string together words to allow Person A to understand Person B. The challenge is mighty. And I love challenges.
Tell us about your writing process.
Obsession is one of the greatest blessings a human being can experience… total immersion in a project, to the exclusion of all else. What a luxury! That describes my ideal writing process: shut out the world (at least as much as possible), and charge into the glorious task of crafting ideas. Some authors preach the value of setting aside a set number of hours each day to write. Not me. For me, writing is an all-or-nothing proposition. I either do it–totally–or I don’t. No excuses. No half-measures. But that’s just me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style,” Section 17: “Omit needless words.” That says it all. Do that, and your writing will sing and dance. Whatever idea you are trying to convey, whatever content you want to jump from the page into the consciousness of others, will blast through the clutter far more effectively unencumbered by worthless thoughts, which dilute its essence.
IMHO, this one dictate is more important to the ultimate goal of writing than all else, including style, formatting, marketing and a million lesser considerations. Omitting needless words represents the difference between writing that is very earth-shaking and writing that is earth-shaking! “Very,” ugh!
For example, in the question above asked of authors, the word “other” should be tossed in the trash. As you read that question, feel the let-down in energy as you lumber over that word. Feel it? No good. Kill that miserable word! Strunk and White would be proud of you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
How could I not? I had something to say. It needed to be said, and I was nominated by the universe to say it. End of story.
Since there were no publishing options open to me at the time, I published it myself and marketed it mail-order. It sold 200,000 copies that way. Later, Penguin Putnam (a division of The Berkley Publishing Group) picked up the book, and poof, suddenly I’m a published author. Whoop-de-doo!
I made my decision to publish because there was no other decision I could possibly make. I’m not trying to be evasive with this question, but that’s the honest answer. And there is nothing more to say about that.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is bright. Blindingly bright! The Internet (Amazon, specifically) has changed the world as we know it. And we’re never going back.
Compared to years past, today’s publishing landscape is far more conducive to the dissemination of ideas. And those ideas are far more accessible to the mass of humanity. That is cause for celebration.
The industry will find a way to distribute all wealth generated by the new paradigm. I have faith. New ground is yet to be explored, but it will be. And the publishing world will be healthy as a result. That is the promise of the future.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Non-Fiction / Self-Help
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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