About JB Smiley Jr.:
Mr. JB Smiley Jr, an attorney by profession, was born and raised in Memphis, TN. As a student-athlete at Bolton High School, Mr. Smiley excelled in the classroom and on the basketball court. While earning numerous athletic awards, he simultaneously mentored young students and was an exemplar role model.
After high school, Mr. Smiley attended Tennessee Technological University “TTU” and the University of Pikeville “UPike”. He went on to play professional show basketball and semi-professional basketball. During this time, his passion for helping others blossomed. He used his experiences to encourage and motivate others. It was during an unpaid internship at the Hewlett Law Firm where his enthusiasm for helping others and the rights of his fellow man began to merge. Subsequently, he went on to attend law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. While in law school, Smiley received multiple awards and honors.
Mr. Smiley’s message is one that resonates with us all. He believes we are all born with everything we need to be successful. He has been a featured speaker on numerous occasions, in different settings and capacities. He is a licensed attorney in Tennessee and Arkansas.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write? The answer is simple—negativity. It is so pervasive in our society. You see it whenever you watch the news or get on social media. You hear it at work and you hear it in social settings. It takes a toll on the individuals subjected to it. However, each and every one of us has the power to overcome. I want to motivate and inspire those people who feel limited or weighed down by the negative things they see or experience. I want to encourage them to continue pursuing their goals regardless of their circumstances.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process begins with speaking engagements and the feedback I receive from them. Subsequent to that, I begin to jot down the different topics that will be discussed within my book. Then, I narrow down the topics into chapters and organize them in a way that makes sense. Next, I begin to write down everything that comes to mind as it relates to each chapter. Finally, I go back and edit and add substance to each chapter. I repeat the last step several times until I believe the book is ready to be editted by someone other than me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my book after discussing the cost of going with a traditional publisher in addittion to wanting full autonomy over the marketting process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that book publishing will be in a state similar to this for a very long time. Some authors wil prefer a traditional publisher and others will continue to self-publish. It is really all about preference.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Self-help, Motivational, Personal Development, Nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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