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Interview with Tobin Crenshaw

Tell us a bit about your latest book?
 
My new book, The Life That Is Really Life, is about having authentic spirituality. I have combined sacred texts, success and leadership principles along with some of the best tools for emotional and spiritual growth to share how anyone can live a life of fulfillment. Socrates said that learning is remembering, and I believe we learn best by stories so I have included some of the most inspirational stories of change and growth I have come across.
 
Who did you publish with and why?
 
I chose Create Space, a sister company of Amazon. I found that their services were exceptional when it came to quality, online exposure and including author input throughout the process.
 
 
What is your typical writing schedule like?
 
I generally write one to two hours in the morning. Throughout the day I am always on the lookout for something that I might include in my writing, be it from another book or from something interesting I witnessed while walking in the park. I always have a pen and paper ready to jot down notes so I remember what I wanted to include in my articles later.
 
Do you have any tips for new writers just getting started in their careers?
 
My advice for new writers is to “ask.” If you don’t ask you never know what doors might open. For instance, I asked a local newspaper about doing a spirituality column, and at first the editor was resistant to the idea of receiving articles from someone not on staff. However, I was given a chance and the editor liked what I wrote and I was able to have several pieces of my work published.
 
How do you market your book?
 
I have my own website, www.twominutesermon.com, and I write two to three articles a week for Examiner which gives me good exposure. I have sent several review copies to various magazines and radio stations, but have had the best success by contacting local editors. I was also fortunate to do a television interview on Cornerstone.
 
Where can people find out more about you and your work?
 
My website has an extensive amount of material I have written, including a link to all my articles. My book is on Amazon, and there is more information about the book on my homepage as well.

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