Meet Joe Paretta

It’s been a while since we featured a nonfiction writer in these here parts… Joe Paretta, this week’s featured debut author, has taught at the college level since 1996 and also tutored for 20 years. He and his wife Jessica purchased a home in the Pocono Mountains after divesting themselves of their own credit card debt. This is the first of several books Joe plans to write.

Name: Joe Paretta

Name of book: Master The Card: Say Goodbye to Credit Card Debt…Forever!

Book genre: Business/Finance/Self-Help

Date Published: December 2010

Publisher: Balboa Press, a division of Hay House (self-published)

What is your day job? Professor of English & Composition, Lafayette and Moravian colleges.

What is your book about? The first half of the book presents a step-by-step process for getting out of credit card debt. It emphasizes the need to face that one is in debt and offers strategies including how to negotiate with creditors. The second half illustrates how life improves as debt is paid off.  Instead of sending money to credit card companies, people can give (money, talent, time) to charity. They can also focus on improving their lives with regard to career, family, realizing dreams, etc.

What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book? Getting started and overcoming procrastination.

What motivates you to write? Knowing that I have something valuable to share.

Did you experience writer’s block? Not writer’s block – more like procrastination, which I overcame by deciding to sit down and start writing and disciplining myself to keep going.

How long did it take you to write this book? Six months.

What is the biggest misconception about writing a book? That it is always tedious. In fact, it can be fun as the book takes shape.

What was your favorite aspect of the writing process for this book? Momentum picked up once I started the process.

What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? Social media, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, AllVoices, and radio and newspaper articles. My advice to writers regarding promotion is to just do it!

Oprah has famously said that there is no such thing as luck, without preparation and a moment of opportunity. Would you agree or disagree with regard to your own success as a writer?  I agree completely!


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