Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and seventy-fourth is of non-fiction author and interviewee Anderson Maestri. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Anderson Maestri is an educator, public speaker, minister and writer, who has published 4 of his works, and refers to himself as a fortuitous writer. With a Masters in Education and 20 years in various fields (athletic, educational, and ministerial work), his professional experiences revolve mainly around the education and instruction field; however, Anderson shares a background in Marketing and Coaching. He brings to his writing a great portion of his personal life. His Brazilian upbringing and multicultural knowledge adds exciting insights to his work and his public speaking engagements.
As a slow reader all through school, he never imagined becoming a published author. However, his college years changed things. First, English composition classes, then other subjects requiring research and papers to be presented, developed into an unexpected result.
Anderson combined two of his college papers, translated them into Portuguese, and published his first book “Bilingual Parenting and the Preacher’s First Ministry.” Both subjects related to family, and the book was printed one page in English and one in Portuguese. That initial edition would be revised and republished 10 years later.
Each work has a special story behind it, hence Mr. Maestri labeling himself a fortuitous writer. He did not set out to be an author, but the desire to share his thoughts and a few words of encouragement from friends and family would propel his final decision to put pen to paper (finger to keyboard these days). The right circumstances allowed Anderson to transform the information and experience he gained through the years into various paperback works. Now he intends to go from fortuitous to intentional author, as he continues to develop and publish new materials.
And now from the author himself:
If you had asked me during my college years about my plans to publish a book, I would have laughed and dismissed any chance of that ever happening. My first book was driven by a senior class project. The teacher required students to complete a service project. I had written two papers on the subject of family, so not knowing where this thought came from, I approached the teacher and asked “If I print these as a book, and give them away for free, would you count it as a service project?” The teacher said yes, so I found a printing company, paid out of my own pocket, published and distributed my first book for free.
It was thrilling to learn how to publish a book from scratch. It was even more thrilling to open the box with the fresh printed books. Finally, it was very rewarding to hear the feedback, and to hear about the good that my words were doing. It wasn’t about the writing as much as it was about sharing my thoughts.
Since I was born and raised a Brazilian, English was not my first language. In fact, I learned it as anyone learning a second language would. Therefore, when I started writing, I decided to embrace my bilingual roots, and try not to eliminate some of the quirks that come out of it. It drives my wife crazy when she proofs some of my writing.
When I wrote my second work “Neither Heads nor Tails”, I was simply venting in writing some of my frustrations with various extremes I was dealing with in my professional life. After much writing, I realized that I had enough written to print it as a book. My third work “Sunday Knowledge” was a compilation of my weekly bulletin articles. I write brief thoughts and devotionals for our congregation, and after years of writing those, I decided to compile them.
Now I am working on Sunday Knowledge 2, which should be finished some time in 2013. When I became comfortable with my self-publishing tools, I decided to revisit my Bilingual Parenting work. I added a few insights, as I transitioned from child raised bilingually to a father raising his son bilingually.
Towards the end of 2012, I released my latest work “Coaching Futsal.” This is a book for coaches and players of this sport that shaped Brazilian Football and my childhood. It is a very specific niche, but it has been out selling all my other works.
I am in the final stages of writing a new book composed of lessons for small/family businesses. This one derives from my years in the marketing field working under my father’s tutelage. It is a very personal work with great insights about small businesses. Since I do all my page editing and artwork, once the material is written, it may take a little while to reach the press, but it will be worth the wait.
My new challenge is to get the word out, and promote each of my works. Recently, I started pursuing speaking engagements in order to promote my books. As many self-published authors can attest, it can be taxing to divide our time between writing, publishing, and promoting our work. So opportunities like this one provided by Morgen are truly appreciated.
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