The Craft of Writing: Interview with Michael Wallace (Part II)


David Gaughran

Wolves_ebook smallerToday I have Part II of my interview with Michael Wallace – an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing in January 2011.

If you missed Part I yesterday, that’s here and make sure to read that first.

In this second installment, Michael talks about the kind of marketing that has worked for him, his advice for newer self-publishers, and his take on the 10,000 hours theory as it applies to the craft of writing.

We talked about author platform, but that’s only one aspect of marketing. While you don’t spend a huge amount of time blogging, or on Twitter or whatever, you do take an active role in promoting your books. What has been the most effective method, for you, in terms of reaching readers and growing your audience?

The two big things an author needs to do is to expand visibility and to…

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Once i was convinced that moving in with the person you wanna marry is actually natural. Since you’ll be spending the whole eternity with that one person, ne?

Guess im easily confronted by the fact that i don’t really last in a relationship, well, compared to my friends who can last years. Always thinking of settling, that’s me. Whenever im interested in a guy i felt the urge to know more of course, but i rarely get so involved so i always got nowhere.

And so this guy preached,

“So I thought, bakit kailangan ng practice mode? Ibig sabihin, pag sumablay kami, split na kami? Live like a couple minus the commitment? Pa’no pag nawala na yung magic? Goodbye na?

Kung kasal na, kasal na. Wala nang practice. I think that’s the real cowardice. Yung i-try muna natin kung it will work kasi takot! kayo na baka hindi maging successful ang outcome. Saan na napunta ang excitement ng buhay? Kaya nga kayo in-love, para sabay kayong humarap sa totoong buhay, sa hirap at ginahawa, di ba? Hindi yung pagpapraktisan muna ninyo para siguradong ginhawa lang.”

if you don’t have the balls, then don’t think of marriage.


First of all, marriage is built with trust. Honestly, love as i believed must survive the trial of time and distance. Though its love that was said to be the main reason of the union. You are going to trust each and every part of you to someone, your hopes and dreams, present and future, your soul and beliefs. You’ll entrust them to keep you comfortable with your own flaws and imperfectness, the defects you have, and in your weakness, you trust them to provide you the strength.

You see, moving together isn’t really a must. it is nothing but a mere excuse to enjoy a company, to cuddle, to have someone at the moment. There’s the blithe reality of not wanting to be together. Unsteady ans unsure. it is a declarative indirect statement that i’m looking for your flaws and we shall correct it or else we won’t be going anywhere.



Marriage is not just sacred, it is a dream. i hold great expectations of tomorrow and it always involve the dream of togetherness. I believe that i’m one miserable individual. For i carry lust after the one i like. No good in keeping words, i’m someone who will make you trust me and then it will be decided that i shall break your heart.

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8/28/2013 10:29pm

TODAY, we went in the Cultural Center. Not really excited about it,
(1) its a seminar,
(2) we dont have anything to do afterwards
(3) you won’t be there,

You have to be mentioned last, though truly you’re the only reason why i have no interest in going.
You’re a better speaker.
You value your listener, their time, and you’re really passionate in your talks. I suppose you’ll be studying your talk objectively and subjectively.

What will be interesting and knowledgeable to hear at the same time?

TODAY, I emerged myself to listening quite enthusiastically to people who others find interesting, successful, and confident. Guess what, you alone would have made that four-hour seminar better.