Interview with Hunter Riley III, author of “Stack Silver Get Gold”

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?

At first I thought I could get by doing everything myself but then I finally admitted I’m not a prolific editor or proofreader and I should probably suck it up and let an expert do it. Hiring an expert editor and proofreader will probably save you some bad Amazon reviews too.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last? 

Oh yes. But I don’t know if it was writers block or just a form of writers laziness or writers procrastination. Its never lasted long.

Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?

To overcome writers block, I would just make myself write something. Anything. For one week in a row. So each day, I would have to write for a minimum of five minutes. Some days I ended up doing 5 minutes and some days I ended up doing 50 minutes. But after doing that for a week straight, the ideas and direction of the book just start appearing out of nowhere again.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I write everything out on a yellow legal pad. I really haven’t learned how to use Word yet. It annoys me. Although I am experimenting with a new online writing system called “Novlr”.

Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?

Just start. Schedule writing time every day or every other day even if its for only 5 minutes. Then do it.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

My books are dedicated to the little guy. The guy or girl who isn’t an “insider”. I like to use the art of “time collapsing”. Giving people the knowledge it would have taken a decade to learn in just the time it takes to read the book.

Do you blog?

Oh yes. I definitely blog as frequently as possible because it keeps you up to date on whatever your topic is and it also establishes your website as an authority website in your niche. This means that more people are going to find you online and ultimately buy your books. You’ll see that over time, your website/blog starts to show up in the search engines for your niche.

How long do you take to write a book?

I wrote the first version of Stack Silver Get Gold in a weekend. I banged it out as fast as I could. I did nothing but eat, sleep and write for three days. However the book I’m currently working on is taking forever hahaha. But its my fault. If I really wanted to finish it fast, I could.

Do you have a library at home?

Since I read a book a week, I have a pretty big library at home. Its filled with books on health, psychology and marketing with a select few of my favorite fiction books thrown in as well.

How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

Its made it much easier for everyone, authors and readers. Readers can carry a library in their pocket and authors don’t need a traditional publisher.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?

I can “write” anywhere. One of my new favorite ways is when I’m driving. I use the voice recorder or a dictation app on my iphone.

What is your book about?

My book teaches people how to buy gold and silver safely. I also go into almost every other aspect of gold and silver investing. I basically condense everything I’ve learned as an expert gold and silver investor for almost 15 years down into a little over 100 pages.

How did it feel when your first book got published?

It was cool. You realize that its possible to take an idea in your head and actually turn it into something you can touch and sell that will be valuable to other people.

What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?

Make it a habit. Every day, every other day. Whatever. Just start writing. Even if its only for 4 minutes a session.

Have you ever marketed your own books yourself?

Self marketing is required. I do a little marketing every day. Make it a habit. Marketing results in more sales.

Do you believe attractive book covers help in its sales?

Oh yes they do. Its a good idea to test your covers to see which version sells better because you will most likely see a difference. A good way to test covers is to do a pay per click campaign on Google or Facebook advertising your book using the same copy, ad information and targeting but changing the covers on the ads. You’ll find out which cover is the best pretty accurately in my experience.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

The little guy. The outsider. The underdog.

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? 

The most important thing in the book is that everyone should buy and hold a little gold and silver. Chance favors the prepared mind and real gold and silver bullion is the ultimate insurance policy in case anything ever does happen because the government prints too much money. Of course, if nothing terrible ever happens, the price of gold and silver is also cyclical so if its down now, it will be up again in the future.

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