As part of the Self-Publishing Africa initiative, today at It’s My Footprint (IMFP) we are joined by John Museredzo (JM), a relationship expert with a bias towards the youth and family relationships, an author, a motivational speaker, a pastor, a life coach, a business consultant and blogger.
(IMFP): Welcome John, and thank you for spending time with us at It’s My Footprint.
(JM): Thank you very much and it is my pleasure to be on this platform.
(IMFP): Can you start by giving our followers a brief background of yourself?
(JM) my name is John Museredzo. I am an international motivational and conference speaker, life coach, author and consultant. I am also a pastor with Forward In Faith Ministries International; teaching Kingdom principles so that people can discover and fulfill their God-given purposes. My interactive speaking and coaching style is uniquely motivational and educational. As a conflict resolution expert I brings expedient solutions to complex people, groups and team problems. I provide people with a mindset, skills, and tools to think strategically and work collaboratively to solve problems and create opportunities in life. I have experience in lecturing and seminar presentations in NGOs, private companies, churches and Christian organizations, schools, colleges and universities on Leadership, Administration, Spiritual Maturity, Relationships and Marriage, Professional and Personal Development. I am an author of many books and articles including: The Dream in the Wilderness, In Pursuit Of The Calling, Youth, Relationships and Marriage and Destined For High Achievements.
(IMFP): What a rich back ground. Where do you get your ideas from?
(JM) My writings are inspirational and thought provoking. All of them touch life issues from a particular dimension. Writing is natural to me. I strongly believe that my ideas are from God. I also get ideas from my experiences in life and other people’s experiences. I take lessons from what life offers to us every day. I take writing as a calling not as a hobby.
(IMFP): Why do you write?
(JM): I write to inform, inspire, motivate and challenge people to discover and fulfill their God given purposes.
(IMFP): What do you find most appealing about your chosen genre?
(JM): True motivation, to me touches the soul and the spirit man. When these are in right shape then humanity can experience the success needed.
(IMFP): How do you deal with bad reviews, rejection and criticism?
(JM): I take these as a learning curve. Many people take criticism with a negative eye when they should actual take this in a positive way for the betterment of their works. After all reviews, rejection and criticism are opinions of some sort, meant to perfect your work.
(IMFP): John, you surely have developed in your writing. What are you busy with now in terms of writing?
(JM): I am doing books on Leadership, Character Development and Personal Development. These are tools for this generation and are packaged with a lot of wisdom.
(IMFP): What do you find difficult about book writing?
(JM): Writing needs a lot of concentration and imagination. Trying to be perfect is also one challenge I have encountered. In my first days of writing I have faced a lot of discouragements but I have managed to overcome that one.
(IMFP): What is your opinion on self-publishing vs traditional publishing?
(JM): Self-publishing has the advantage that the control and success of your book is in your hands. In this information and technology age; internet marketing, e-Book publishing and social networking sites have helped self-published authors get their books in front of potential readers and book buyers. Self-publishing is also cheaper in many ways. Personally traditional publishing is costly for nothing. However I have a caution for all who would go for self-publishing. Do not rush to publish your work when you are not yet ready. You need a professional editor, proof reader, layout and cover designer. Just because you are self-publishing does not call for shoddy work.
(IMFP): What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
(JM): Writing needs a lot of persistence, commitment and dedication. When an idea has come, quickly capture it before it is gone. There is also need to balance between writing as a calling and writing as a business. In writing you will face a lot of discouragements but continue writing.
(IMFP): If you could go back in time 3 years, what would you advise yourself?
(JM): I would have capitalized on the technology era. Internet has helped me in my writing in terms of advertising and distribution of my work
(IMFP): Who are your favourite authors and why?
(JM): My favourite authors are Brian Tracy and the late Myles Munroe. Their books are loaded with wisdom needed for life.
(IMFP): Do you do book reviews?
(JM) It would be my pleasure to do books reviews. The person would just have to send the soft copy and hard copy for me to do the review.
(IMFP): How do you interact with other authors? Are you a member of any author club?
(JM) I have done collaboration for a book with about 14 other authors called Success Within Reach. I have also done author coaching for free. As an Author I participate frequently on Author groups and platforms on facebook, tweeter, blogs and online magazines.
(IMFP): Which books can you recommend to a friend?
(JM): All books by Myles Munroe and Brian Tracy.
(IMFP): Let’s talk about John the man! Give us a bit of your social and family life.
(JM): John Museredzo a family man born in a family of 5 boys and 3 girls. I am married to Barbra and we are blessed with 3 children (2 boys and one girl.) I love gardening and also doing adventure trips.
(IMFP): Any final word for your followers?
(JM): I want to encourage my followers to keep supporting my work. Your feedback is very much appreciated. You are great people.
(IMFP): Many thanks for this interview, John. Good luck with your writing.
(JM): Be blessed for the opportunity you afforded me.
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