The other day I spotted a tweet about a new author, Munir Bello, who is working his socks off to promote his book. It’s brilliant how he is making use of social media to get his name and his book out there. And it’s working. At time of writing, The Break Up Recipe has 100 customer reviews on Amazon – none of them less than 4 stars! This is enough for me to read anything, quite frankly, and it is a privilege to share a quick interview with him here on Blokes.
Please tell us who you are and what you do?
You have worked incredibly hard and effectively to publicise your book – have you considered writing some guidelines for other new authors?
I have considered writing guidelines but to be honest, what I find is that not many people do listen when you tell them about the process behind trying to get yourself out there. Majority of people are more interested in how many I’ve sold or how much money I’ve made. For anyone who does want to promote themselves effectively there are two things you must do to have any hope of getting where you want to. 1) Grow thick skin. You’ll need it when you get criticism about your product, you’ll also need it when everyone tries to advise you on what they think you should do. 2) Work hard. You must be relentless in your efforts and never stop working. You’ll always have a new prospective audience.
What books do you think every man should read?
Hard to say but if every man wants to understand women better it certainly helps to watch things like, Sex And The City (Love that show!) and the like. I’m not naive enough to think that it speaks for all women or represents their views but if there is anything with a huge female following, it certainly is worth exploring. Even better, it’s better to listen to what the woman in your life has to say.
How does your current girlfriend feel about the inspiration for your first novel?
The common assumption is that my ex is the main inspiration for this novel when her influence is minimal. My current girlfriends feelings on the matter is and I quote, “I’m happy it ended obviously, because now I have you”. On the main inspiration for writing my novel which is, a fear of failure, she’s cool with that because she knows that if we have kids i’ll make sure their fed and clothed, well at least fed anyway. Not too worried about the clothes in the first few months, nappies will do. For such little people they really do shit a lot.
And I have to mention “that” cover – was that really to entice the female readers?
It was a mixture of that as well as having something that would have an impact and leave a strong first impression. It was also cheaper to use my naked body than someone else’s (Oh my God I sound like a pimp).
What can we expect from you in the future (and when)?
I am in the process of writing the second book which I hope to get out by the end of this year and am also in the process of filming an amazing dating show in London. setting people up is so much fun and I have so much fun doing it. It’ll air at the end of the summer or when I feel it’s where I want it to be.
And what question do you wish someone would ask you?
Oooohh, eeeeerrrrmmm, It’d have to be, “Here’s a book deal and you get to have control of all areas, how does that sound to you?”
We’ll be reviewing the book very soon…