eBook Review Gal recently had the opportunity to interview new non-fiction author Abe Voegtle about his new book release “The Renter’s Bible”. Abe had a lot to say about his book, his writing process and his marketing methods.
Please tell us about your book:
When I describe my book, I like to start by saying that when you buy a car, even if it is used, you usually get an owner’s manual with it. It tells you about the features and functions, and what to do if a problem arises. In the world of renting apartments, this is not the case. You will receive a list of rules to follow and a copy of your lease. After that, you’re sort of on your own. So I set out to create an owner’s manual for apartment living. It is, however, more than that, since I also include suggestions on how to find a great apartment, ways to save money and avoid specific fees, and the best practices for interacting with management. It may seem short at 108 pages, but it’s packed with valuable information for the renter. I did include some real-life examples of situations that went wrong, and how they could have been avoided. It’s available right now on Amazon, Goodreads, and my own website for 9.99.
What made you decide to write The Renter’s Bible?
In my time working in property management, I saw a lot of frustration and anger being experienced on both sides. Almost every day, I had residents stop me to ask what they should do in a particular situation. Instinctively, I knew that the property owners were failing to inform their customers on how to have a great rental experience. The information in The Renter’s Bible can give you that great experience, if you choose to follow it. This book was an opportunity for me to share my knowledge on a larger scale. During the writing process, I began to realize that I was also building a “bridge” of communication between the landlord and the renter.
What do you hope readers will gain from reading your book?
I laid the book out into three distinct sections that make up what I call, “the renter’s life cycle”, which is, “Looking, Living, and Leaving”. Every renter is in one stage of the cycle. In the first section, I cover how to find a great apartment. If done properly, we can decrease the amount of problems the renter will experience. Since the world is not perfect, there will be issues from time to time. Enter the next section, where I explain how to get problems handled effectively, and break down all the physical components of the apartment. When it’s time to move out, I show you how to exit gracefully and avoid many of those nasty move-out charges. The Renter’s Bible is intended to be a reference manual that you can access any time you have an issue with your apartment so you can get your problem solved and move on to better things!
Do you have any other books in the works?
I do have another book idea at this time. However, it is a much bigger project, which will require extensive research and collaboration with experts in a different industry. If this book is successful enough to fund that project, I would definitely go forward with it. For now, I’m focused on The Renter’s Bible.
How can readers connect with you?
With social media, I’ve decided not to spread myself too thin. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest seemed to be the best choices for promotion and product awareness. I recently decided to upload to Amazon as well. Readers can find me on Twitter (@therentersbible) and Facebook (therentersbible).
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about writing a book?
My mistake as a first-time author was not having a marketing plan before finishing the book. This should probably happen concurrently as you are writing your book – especially being self published, unknown, and going up against a sea of new eBook authors. In many respects, marketing your own product is more difficult than the actual writing. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there. For all authors, I would recommend looking into text-to-speech software. Using Dragon software allowed me to assemble all my thoughts on each topic in an uninhibited manner. This made it much easier to go back and do rewrites and editing. Cheers!