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Time to FOCUS

My publisher told me today that the time was here for me to focus on my website and my blog.  I was not even sure I had a blog, but I was told I needed to let my readers feel a bit more at home with me – to know what I had been doing and was about to do.

Book inventory

It was suggested that now that I had thirteen titles published, I needed to let people know what I had done.  I needed to reach more people, more who might conceivably like what I had to say or enjoy how I said it.

But I am of the opinion that my writing is crap.  I was assured that Poe, Clemens, Hemmingway – in fact all the great writers, felt that same way about my work.  I love to write.  I hate to proofread and edit.  I hate to keep re-reading the same old thing.  When I am told to go back and re-read, I like to say, “Sorry, it’s already shipped!”  I am told it does rhyme with that, but, still, go back and re-read.

I was told to try to make two or three entries a week at least to the blog.  I would rather eat a bug. I was told that the 90-day cliff at Amazon is now more like a 30-day cliff, so I needed to crank up my production as well as polish the product.  Sounds like fun.

So how did we get here?

I wrote in high school.  I enjoyed it.  For the last few decades, however, I have found myself in the real estate industry and enjoying that too.  A couple of years ago I decided I would put some of my real estate concepts in writing for my customers.  That was popular.  Someone suggested I compile these items into a book.

More than 90% of the people in the United States, if asked, will tell you that they have always wanted to write a book someday.  I realized I was just a handful of steps away from making that happen for myself.  I also realized that, in some way, a book might help my credibility in the field.  One book was born and soon became two books and then more.

The whole process of producing the written word became a passion for me.  I started experimenting with writing book on topics other than real estate.  The more I learned, the more I discovered I had left to learn, but I was hooked.  I had, unbeknownst to me, turned to a new chapter of my own book.

As I said, in this new venture we have 13 titles.  The real estate books are written under the name of Don Martin, some of the others, a couple different names.  All of them, I feel need more work, and some may be rearranged and released as a series, but, so far, they are all non-fiction.  And yes, I am working on several new non-fiction books currently, but now there looms a new dot on the horizon- yes, it’s …

Fiction – straight ahead and a little to the side

Some people say this is where the fun is.  I have visited but never stayed.  A good part of my earlier life has involved friends of mine that some people regarded as imaginary.  But they have always been loyal to me, and always given me relatively good guidance with only one or two notable exceptions.

So, yes, we may stray into fiction, some short stories, some collections, maybe novels.  Of course there will still be non-fiction and still real-estate, but as this new chapter begins for me, I hope I find some people enjoy what I do.  It would certainly be a blessing to me if a LOT of people enjoy it and even invest a little of their money in my writings.  I will do whatever I can to get good enough at what I do to earn and deserve your investment.  And, yes, I am having a BLAST!

What I am… What I do

These are questions I still try to answer even at this point in my life.  What am I, and what do I do?  People, including me, often confuse the two and blur the boundaries.  Sometimes I can do more than one thing at a time, but always, I am all I am.  Sometimes when I am doing one thing, it is impossible to do one of the other things I do.

This is where my life gets complicated.  I am a real estate guy all the time.  But I only DO real estate things 70 or 75 hours a week.  I am a writer all the time, but I only DO writing about 1200 to 3000 words a day.  I’m a musician around the clock, but I don’t ALWAYS have a song in my heart.  I hope you see where I am going with this.

Lately I have decided that, in addition to what I DO, I could multiply my results.  I could also write about those things (and even other things) and help people to DO for themselves.  I could teach, speak, and coach, but right now I could write!

This website, DonMartinBooks.com is about my writing, not the things I write ABOUT.  It’s about what I AM, not what I DO.  I would be most grateful if you, as a reader, “fan”, or soon-to-be-reader. would join in my update group.  I will never share your email address with anyone else.  The private items I send you will have to do with my books, new releases, etc ONLY.  Even though some of my books are about real estate, I will NOT be sending you notices of new listings or open houses.  I would love to get your ideas and feedback on my books and projects.  I intend to answer every email you send me.

The first book, The New Real Estate is doing well, and the new one, Guerilla Real Estate will hopefully be out in June.  I have plans to get the first book out on Kindle by July, and about four more published in 2014.  So hang on, I think there is some excitement on the way.  I thank you for your time, and I really would like it if you would subscribe down at the bottom of the page.

-Don

Still keepin’ it current!

Just like that…

I have started this website, still knowing little or nothing about what I am doing, but still unafraid to give it a shot.  I am trying to encourage people to check out my books, some finished and some in progress.  They are about real estate, sales,  Christianity in sales, and some are just essays on my observations of life in general.

Therefore most of these blog entries will be about real estate, sales,  Christianity in sales, and some will be just essays on my observations of life in general.