About Kevin Lockett:
Kevin Lockett is a social media strategist in Akron, Ohio, where he also hosts and produces the Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, where he interviews techies, authors and pop culture influences like renowned ballerina, Misty Copeland and Time Magazine’s Joel Stein. In 2015, Mr. Lockett launched “Code Akron” to connect urban youth to coding and the business side of technology. A pop culture junkie and former DJ, it is not unusually for Kevin to watch Arrow, Charlie Rose and General Hospital, while prepping for his next podcast interview or researching for his next book.
What inspires you to write?
I was born to create. Before I started writing my book, I was was very heavy into my Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast and before that I was into creating videos and blogging. I have a creativity hole that needs to be filled.I am usually inspired by what I see and read. If I come across an interesting book in a bookstore, I will contact the author for my podcast. If I read a cool article in tech, I will save the link and maybe use it for my book or blog. I am 24/7 media junkie who loves to put my spin on pop culture. I couldn’t imagine being anything else.
Tell us about your writing process.
The process is no process. I have notes a white board. I have notes in notebooks. I have notes on napkins. What usually happens is that I have a burst of information. I could writing in my notebook at 3 AM or typing on my 2008 laptop until Panera Bread closes, but I have a burst of thoughts, then its over. I can’t push it, then when my stream of creativity happens, I just let it flow. This doesn’t work for everybody. Some people are discipline to write at a certain time everyday. I’m not like that, I just have to roll when the inspiration comes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Decide what the focus of your book would be and just write. Most of my text was written last year, but it didn’t feel like a real book to me, until I put it away and came back to it almost a year later. I didn’t feel like I had enough information that spoke to me last year. This year I do. I would also say set a deadline. If I didn’t set a deadline, I would still be rewriting my book, but I set a hard deadline and I stuck to it. It was hard to do, but I had to focus on a date to be finished.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I interviewed Joe Pulizzi from Content Marketing Institute for my “Digital Life with Kevin Lockett” podcast and I asked him what was a great way to brand myself and he told me to write a book. When he said that he meant and hardcover or paperback, but I wanted to try my hand in writing a book of any kind, so I went the ebook route. I was heavily influenced by another podcast interview, Damon Brown’s ebook our virtual Shadows,” which was full of accessible information and links. I wanted my book to have that same feel of being informative, but interactive, where you can click on a link and read an article, watch a video or listen to podcast and then come back to my text.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Like vinyl, I think print will make a come back. Will there be more people downloading books? Of course, but nothing beats the feel of paper in your hands, reading a book in a park on a warm summer day.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: business, marketing, social media
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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