Michael Martel was barely eighteen when he walked into the Army recruiter’s office in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He told him he wanted to see the world. He satisfied Michael’s wish and sent him to Berlin, Germany where he had a great time in the “Divided City.” There began his love of travel. All together he spent a total of thirteen years living in Germany, traveling around Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His Army career spanned just over twenty years. spending time as an infantryman, paratrooper and Green Beret.
After the Army he moved onto technology. He worked as a computer security expert keeping extremely sensitive information safe from hackers. He earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Information Technology and Business Management along the way.
Michael was recognized for his leadership, knowledge and ability to work with people. Very soon, he was moved into the executive ranks and led large business divisions.
Always on the lookout for a challenge, He discovered he had a gift for coaching. From the experiences, both in the military and in corporate world he has a lot to give back. His real world leadership experience combined with his technical education and skill give him an unique ability to work with other leaders to help them achieve success.
Throughout his life, he has done the hard stuff, experienced what works, and has the skills to get the job done, whatever it is.
Michael’s latest book is Get Er Done.
This is my first book. It has been really fun creating it from just an idea to a finished book.
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I went self-published, actually because a friend of mine was self publishing and I followed his lead.
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
From start to finish, it was about four months, ten weeks writing the book, six weeks with the editing and publishing.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
It was an absolutely great feeling to be able hold something I created in my hands. I took my family out to dinner as a celebration.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
The first promotion was a Facebook post, which got a relatively high amount of traffic.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
I have discovered that this is a direction I want my life to take. I have more books inside of me and plan to continue to write and publish books.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
I discovered that local bookstores are not very open to working with a new author. Found the big chains are actually more open to working with new authors.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
The most rewarding aspect for me is a sense of accomplishment and the idea that my books are helping people.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Just starting writing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it going.