When I moved to Japan in 2000, I had only had one girlfriend in my life and I was totally clueless about women and dating. I thought that when I moved to Japan, girls would throw themselves at me. My first year was very…humbling. I had little success to show for my efforts What’s more, all these guys who claimed to be having so much success were usually settling for girls that local Japanese didn’t want to touch.
And even with my admittedly low standards at the time, I wasn’t happy with my situation at all. Every day I passed by hundreds of beautiful girls that I didn’t have a chance with and I knew it. I wanted to do better.
Over the years, I surrounded myself with guys like me who were striving to better their lives by bettering themselves. By 2006, I felt I finally had the kind of dating life I wanted. One of my friends from New York City came to visit me and my crew and while he was there, he was really impressed with the lifestyles we had built. He suggested we start teaching other guys how to live the kind of awesome dating lives we were living in Asia.
In 2007 we started PickUp Asia’s coaching programs. Since then we’ve taught hundreds of guys in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.
I’ve helped all sorts of guys in that time. My oldest client was 62, and my youngest was 15. I’ve helped guys who killed it with women in their own country but floundered once they moved to Asia. I’ve helped guys who were never good with women at all. Some of those guys had had only one girlfriend in their lives, while others were virgins until they were 29–I helped them cure that awful affliction before they turned 30!
It’s been super satisfying and a whole lot of fun too.
What inspires you to write?
I have clients all over Asia who come to me with questions by e-mail. or through the innumerable messaging apps. A lot of it is the same questions. So, writing gives me a way to get to all of them and it allows them to learn what to do before they get into the situation rather than finding out that they should have known it before.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write a lot so it’s pretty straight forward for me. Usually something I read or experience intersects with a question from a client and I have to write it to give them a complete answer.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have a big idea to share, then definitely start to build a following as quickly as possible. The book can come later once people are thirsty to hear more from you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My clients are normally outside of easy delivery range, since they are mostly spread throughout Asia so it made sense to publish it digitally and I’ve loved my Amazon kindle every since I got it 4 years ago because it allowed me to continue my very mobile lifestyle without having to make decisions about which books to carry with me.
As such, Amazon was the obvious choice.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that it’s going to be almost impossible to make a living from book publishing without a strong following and without some direct interaction with the book buyers on the writers part. I still think there’s plenty of money in it, but not from the book itself. It will be from people wanting to get closer to the author.
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
non-fiction, dating advice, men’s
What formats are your books in?
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