Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am Steve "SJ" Scott. I write books.
I have been doing it now for nearly 6 years now. Nonfiction writing & blogging is the best career I have had in my life. I love it.
In the past 6 years I have written 39 books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness. It is a completely rewritten version of my top selling book of all time, of the same name, that I wrote four years ago.
Since I wrote the original Habit Stacking book 4 years ago, it has sold around 75,000 copies.
Sales were great, but I wasn't happy with the book. I felt I barely touched on the core concept of the book and that, given the chance, I could greatly improve on the original book.
So 4 months of writing later, I have 3 times the content from the original book in what is hopefully a book that is also a greatly improved and completely rewritten Habit Stacking.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have lots of writing habits. I am very habit oriented in the things I do.
The "best" habit I have is probably pretty common though. I always write at the same time: first thing in the morning. I set aside 2-3 uninterrupted hours for writing. Once done with that, I go about all the other details of my career.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King, David Gemmell and George RR Martin as fiction authors whose style I love.
Roy Baumister and Charles Duhigg for the style of nonfiction author I want to become.
What are you working on now?
Marketing Habit Stacking while doing initial research and outline for my next book, which will be something about ending procrastination.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Start a list.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Why don't you put your blog posts on Amazon.
6 years ago Amazon allowed re-purposed content to be published. So my first "books" were slighlty re-written blog posts.
That type of content would (rightfully) be blasted by amazon these days, but those old blog posts got my foot in the door and got me started. I don't know that I would have taken a shot on making my own books without that proof of potential success.
What are you reading now?
Non-fiction " You're a bada**" By Jen Sincero
Fiction: Sins of Empire by Brian Mcclellan
What’s next for you as a writer?
I write non-fiction fairly successfully, but at some point I would like to try fiction. Probably sci-fi /fantasy. My guilty pleasure reading.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Fiction: Replay by Ken Grimwood /
Non-fiction: Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg