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7 Questions With an Author: Kimanzi Constable

Kimanzi Constable – author, speaker, globetrotter – this photo was snapped on a recent flight to India

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here.

Kimanzi Constable is the author of The Difference Between Living and Existing.

He is an international speaker and consultant who has logged nearly 50,000 travel miles since June of this year.

Kimanzi’s mission is to help people stop settling, stop making excuses, so that they can live the life of their dreams. He writes frequently at his web site Tales of Work and you can follow him on Twitter.

Here are 7 Questions With Kimanzi Constable:

1. Tell us about your book?
The Difference Between Living and Existing is a plan to change your life without ruining it. It’s the game plan I’m using to make changes in my life that I’ve been putting off for far to long. The thing that we know but fail to admit is that life is short and we’re not guaranteed a tomorrow. At the end of your life you’re not going to remember all the stuff you bought but all of your amazing experiences. The driving question behind this book is, “Why do we waste so much time on things that don ‘t really matter?”

2. What led you to write it?
I had made a few changes in my life only to revert backwards. I was tired of starting and quiting, starting and failing. My father died and I realized I hadn’t accomplished much of what I wanted to do in my life. I started making changes, as I thought about the strategy of how to actually do this stuff, the book was born. It’s my step-by-step guide to make changes that stick and lead to a life of no regret.

3. Who is a writer that inspires you and why?
I love books and many writers, you’re painting me into a corner with this one :) I would have to say that Dan Miller (48 Days To The Work You Love) is the author who has inspired me the most. His book gave me the courage and took away the excuses I made to finally chase my dreams.

4. What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this book?
I had initially self-published my first two books and I knew that the books would live or die based off of how they were marketed. The actually writing came naturally because I absolutely love to write and the concepts had been in my head for twelve years.

5. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
WRITE YOUR BOOK! Us writers always talk about the book we’re going to write, yet never take action. When you do start writing, be thinking about how you’re going to market your book, the sooner people know it’s coming – the better the book will do.

6. Where do you get your ideas?
I write about things going on in my life. I write about what I know. I write to help people avoid all the mistakes I made on the journey toward chasing my dreams.

7. Anything that you’d like readers to know that I haven’t asked?
Writers always wonder about self-publishing or traditional publishing, my thoughts are to do both. I have sold over 65,000 copies of my two books and probably would make more money staying self-published. I signed with a major publisher because they have distribution connections and reach that I don’t have. If it turns out to be a bad experience, then I’ll go back to self-publishing. You don’t have to chose between the two models – do both. Crush it with self-publishing and the publishers will come to you.


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  1. You just continue to rock it, Kimanzi! I appreciate your take on self-publishing vs the traditional model.

  2. Kimanzi, great ideas & experience shared. Thanks for that! I especially liked the point you made about “self-publishing vs. going with a publisher” — “do both” so true.

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