Death is not the greatest loss in life, the greatest loss is what dies within us while we live – Norman cousins.
Tom Ufert, a native of Louisiana, now resides in Texas. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author for his second book On The Roll Again, his first book, Adversity Builds Character received high acclaim with numerous 5 Star reviews, as has his newest release Political Craps. In fact all three books and several of his essay booklets have garnered distinction as Amazon’s Top 20 Best Sellers. Perhaps Mr. Ufert’s greatest claim to fame is that every book he sells contributes directly to charity through his charitable book entity Stand Strong For Others.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Tom Ufert author of Adversity Builds Character, On The Roll Again, Political Craps and several other booklets/essays.
Adversity builds character is yet another inspirational light and a pearl of wisdom crafted elegantly by Author: Tom Ufert, where he insights his own personal experiences encapsulated in pyres of sufferings, depressions, trials and tribulations. Tom Ufert reveals his journey unleashing the warrior within him,
and very proud to be the :
Titan Inkorp 2015 Non-fiction Author of the Year (1st recipient) award winner.
He looks forward in each of his adversities that he faces as a challenge!
His work charts vivid, though painful descriptions reflecting back signs of determination and courage that lights hopes to many.
I’m glad Tom to have you with us today: Welcome to A living series talk.
Thank you! Inderjit for your kind welcome, and I’m very pleased to be here as well.
Pleasure! Tom, let’s begin as I’ve already mentioned few words in our introductory segment about you but our readers would be profound and are always curious to know more about their authors, so please tell about yourself?
Thank you Inderjit for this opportunity. Furthermore I’m deeply grateful for your friendship and support over the last couple of years.
Well, I’m a 50 yr. old award winning Amazon Best Selling Author. I’ve successfully survived 24 years with 3 life altering disabilities: Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an incomplete spinal fracture and HIV. All 3 were contracted w/in three months in 1992. As you can tell from my bio I’m also a 30+ year political activist that has worked on Capitol Hill, staffed or volunteered on 11 political campaigns, was a White House Fellow Nomine, a Rotary International Graduate Fellow at Australian National University and received my double BA in History/Political Science from Centenary College of Louisiana. Many people may not realize that I’ve also survived and overcome alcohol/drug/sex addictions, been “adopted” and dealt with my own mother’s battle with MS-her attempted suicide and tragic death as a victim from a mercy killing/suicide at the hands of a dear friend.
To say the least, my life has not been easy. However, I feel blessed and am deeply grateful for the life I’ve lived. My experiences have taught me that the human spirit is unconquerable and can serve as an uplifting inspiration to others. Despite life’s adversities that we all experience as part of the human condition living a meaningful life of purpose is what helps us aspire to be more than we ever dreamed possible. Furthermore, giving back to our fellow man and communities is the surest remedy to one’s own trials & tribulations.
I’m so excited to talk more with someone like you who has engulfed varied seasons of life- experiences to share with us and that would be inspiration to many,
from a youth who survived successfully 24 years with 3 life altering disabilities but actively participated and campaigns for election plus writes, blogs, host radio shows. I mean it is amazingly incredible yet challenging. A great inspiring journey indeed!
So, what have you written?
I’ve written 3 books: Adversity Builds Character 1st & 2nd Editions, On The Roll Again & Political Craps. As well I’ve written several politically themed essays/booklets: A Call to Action, The World According to Tom Ufert, Hear from Tom Ufert-A Statesman You Can Trust, We the People Are Coming, & Tom’s Take. Finally I wrote America Now a political manifesto for the 2016 Independent U.S. Presidential write-in NOTU2016 Campaign.
I am also a regular columnist at Divine Magazine, Novel Reads, and guest columnist at Regional Politics & Independent Voter Network Newsletter. I’ve have been a featured guest on numerous blogs, radio shows & host my own weekly radio program, TOM’S TAKE, on the Alternative Public Radio International (APRI) Broadcasting Network. I’m very proud to be the Titan Inkorp 2015 Non-fiction Author of the Year (1st recipient) award winner. As well all 3 of my books have been Amazon Top 10 or 20 Sellers and On The Roll Again was an Amazon Best Seller.
Now as readers will notice most of my published works and regular periodical submissions focus on political ideas. However, though I am a “political animal,” politics is not all that I’m about. I am very motivated to give back to my community and profession by being a very involved advocate for charitable, LGBTQ and literary causes. My own publicist has cautioned me for being so open and accessible. I’m constantly helping out fellow authors and needy causes with my experienced advice and reaching out to my plethora of notable contacts on their behalf. I can’t help it-so many people have helped me, I consider it a moral imperative to pay it forward!
Wow! That sounds great and interesting! Indeed gratitude is the best way to repay back to what life has offered us!
Well, again I do agree yes, your work, your efforts, your cause does speak loud and clear and I’m sure it have reached wide across the community and they get benefit from this inspiring walks of your life.
Please share with our readers what are your future projects?
Presently I’ve put my professional literary career on hold due to my “historic” Independent write-in U.S. Presidential campaign. However, future books are already planned. A follow up book to Adversity Builds Character has already been initiated. After my presidential campaign experience I think an informative book of insight & revelation about the whole political process as a candidate would be useful to the American people. There will also be a follow up to Political Craps focusing on international affairs, diplomacy and geo-political strategic security. My writing goals are still to inspire others, but perhaps now I’m focused on stressing the importance of individuals reversing social trends of apathy and antipathy. Our adversities and life experiences must be galvanized into meaningful social outreach for the sake of all humanity.
Thank you Tom for sharing. All the very best for your future projects Tom. I wish abundance of success. And we all know beyond publishing lies the reality of book marketing.
What are your views on social media for marketing and indexing your books? Does it help boost up the sales?
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
Yeah, I found and have stuck with a highly motivated talented publicist. Trust me its money well worth spending. Let a professional do all the drudgery and time consuming work so you can focus on more writing, interviews, blogging etc.
Apart from that I think book video trailers are EXCELLENT. My 1st one won 2nd place in an international competition (http://bit.ly/ABCThanksgivingvideo). However, I highly recommend spending the money to have them done professionally.
Also Book giveaway this technique has become so commonplace that it’s kind of lost its effectiveness. In recent years I’ve fallen back on the age old adage “You get what you pay for.” If the book is worth buying, why give it away for free? Now this marketing rule isn’t set in stone however. Authors might gain initial recognition with a short term “give away” to boost interest but be damned sure you’re going to receive some all-important readers’ reviews in return.
Thank you Tom for the valuable insight and tips!
Talking about the importance of balanced process between writing and lifestyle, it is evident that we all need to create a quiet room within our mind that can serve as relaxing chamber and which acts as a decompressing unit to our fast life. How do you relax? Any special destress technique as writing involves a lot of sitting.
When I write, I turn on my music playlist, turn off the phone, ignore social media and close my office door. For me I need to be uninterrupted and void of meaningless distraction. This requires discipline, following a flexible schedule and a stern but reverent demeanor towards friends, family, pets and contacts. When my office door is closed DON’T DISTURB ME! There’s even a sign on my door that says EXACTLY that. Frequent breaks are required to give your heart & mind time to vegetate. Furthermore, be fully prepared to write whenever the muse or inspiration hits…at 3 A.M. or right in the middle of a conversation. When in the middle of a project I keep a notebook handy to immediately jot down those lightning bolt ideas that strike instantaneously and without warning.
As for the destress techniques, since I’ve been wheelchair bound for the last 24 years, I sit all the time. Going outside to relax in nature or lying down on my bed often helps clear the mind & body of stress. A daily exercise regimen also helps break up the sedentary drudgery or dull the intermittent effects of writer’s block.
You’re a great inspiration for us;
That’s wonderful Tom, you’ve incorporated in balanced lifestyle that is so much necessary for today’s life!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
There are over 600,000 books printed every year. With the explosion of the internet, social media and a plethora of Indie publishing outlets the market is flooded. Aspiring authors must be patient & diligent. To date I’ve spent more money than I’ve made from my book sales. I’ve said it once if I’ve said it a thousand times. If you think writing your book is hard, wait until you have to begin marketing it! The distinction is this: do you really love writing and do you love the craft more than making money? In today’s literary world, if you’re writing only to make money, good luck but don’t hold your breath! Write because you love it and because you have burning desire to use the written word to make the world a better place. One final piece of advice: NEVER FORGET THAT YOUR NAME IS YOUR BRAND! Followers, fans, literary colleagues, friends, media sources, publishers, promoters, etc…are fickle. If you build a reputation for trustworthiness, reliability, personal rapport and interaction it will be remembered. However, never forget that trust is easily lost and long hard to rebuild. It’s earned and highly valued. Never take it for granted or recklessly betray it. You’ll spend a lifetime’s career trying to rebuild it!
Thanks again for your tips and advice Tom. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
They can check out my Amazon author’s page, Facebook Author’s page, my website or read the numerous postings about me at Readers Db, Novel Reads, and check out my many video trailers on YouTube or just Google my name. Writers today will soon discover that taking 1-2 years building an extensive social media platform makes the difference between obscurity and recognition.
Amazon Author Page:
Book Links: ( American, UK, etc.) Books are listed on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Kindle, Google, Goodreads, Books-A-Million, Powell’s Books, etc…just enter the name Tom Ufert
That’s interesting indeed I can see lots of info indexed here, I’m sure readers are going to make most of it. Can you give us the Sneak peek to ,
Adversity Builds Character 1st & 2nd Editions:
CHAPTER 1 “CRASH!” pages 3-4
Those few days of hopeless depression, lying alone in my “restricted” private hospital room forced me to completely reevaluate my life and its direction, or the lack thereof. Deeply repressed memories of my past and serious questions about the real causes of my present predicament made clear that my future revolved around a single decision – give up and die, or fight like hell to rewrite my destiny. Past accomplishments and successes meant nothing now. They were but small tokens of a self-deluded egotistical impression of my own self-importance. The true character of a man’s life is not his possessions or meaningless accolades, but rather the blessings he brings to other people’s lives through his deeds and actions. Honesty, integrity and respect are personal attributes bestowed on one’s character through a life well lived and earned from others – not achieved by self-appointment! This was a lesson in life that I learned only through adversity!
Anything else that you would like to add and share with our readers.
My weekly radio show, TOM’S TAKE, can be found at http://www.apribroadcasting.org/tom-ufert-live.html. I am also a special guest on Asia’s #1 Radio Talk Show “Carry On Harry” out of Singapore – Landing Page for Political Craps (http://www.carryonharry.com/political-craps.php)
My monthly column at Divine Magazine entitled POLITICS TODAY can be found at http://divinemagazine.net/category/divine-world-of-politics/ as well as the occasional guest column at Regional Politics and Novel Reads. Finally, I am a public speaker available to any and all groups for presentations on “Adversity Does Build Character,” “Politics Affects You,” “Why I’m Running for President in 2016,” “America Now: A Renewed Vision of Peace, Prosperity & Progress for the 21st Century,” “Addiction, Disability and Acceptance,” “To America’s Youth-Yearn to Learn Rather Than Yearn To Earn!”
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule and be a part of:
-A living series talk.
Thank you once again for joining us today, Tom.
Thank You My Dear Friend for this incredible opportunity. I have many friends in India and on the Asian sub-continent. I am always deeply grateful for every chance to reach new readers/listeners there. Appearing here on your blog has provided me another outlet to inspire others towards meaningful lives of purpose. THANK YOU KAUR INDERJIT SO VERY MUCH!
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