Advice from IR Approved Author Michael Colburn: “Start early to market, without sacrificing writing time.”

Invent, Innovate & Prosper: A Step-By-Step Guide To Successful Inventing received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Michael Colburn.

What is the name of the book?

Invent, Innovate & Prosper: A Step-By-Step Guide To Successful Inventing

What’s the book’s first line?

(From the Introduction) “Inventions don’t just happen in the minds of geniuses or the gifted; anyone who creates a unique solution to a problem can be an inventor.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

Invent, Innovate & Prosper is about a guide for readers to turn problems and ideas into useful and valuable inventions.  It is comprehensive from creating ideas thinking like an inventor and progressing through prototyping, protecting and commercializing. It is supported with examples of multiple inventions and profiles of successful inventors.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

When I sold my manufacturing business, built on one of my patents to found a company Ideas Well Done to focus exclusively on inventing products I had to develop a teaching process to train talented employees how to use their talents for creating inventions. I did this by studying invention and inventors throughout history.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

This book is for the people I run into all the time that when I say I’m an inventor tell my about this ideas they had but didn’t know what to do with it. It is also for young engineers, designers and makers who want to know how to use their talents to truly invent and make money through starting a business, licensing or partnering with companies.

When did you first decide to become an author?

When I made a list of life goals at age 14. I became a writer at age 72

Is this the first book you’ve written?


What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I sold Ideas Well Done to retire and write as my retirement business.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

3-5 hours daily.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best is independence the hardest is going through the process of learning all the steps in the marketing and promotion process.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Start early to market, without sacrificing writing time.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling? 


Is there something in particular that motivates you?

Having a worthwhile creative outlet

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

David McCullough.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

The Devil in the White City.


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