Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Doctor and Business Development/Contracts Management Executive, Raymond A. Hopkins, DBA, is the author of several articles in refereed marketing/international marketing journals. He completed additional graduate work in law, international business, and US government contracts. He was awarded the Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Paper Award, and has delivered graduate and undergraduate college courses in marketing, management and international business. He has purchased aircraft parts and structures from South Korea and Japan, and negotiated the execution and administration of contracts for the sale of aircraft, upgrades, structures and parts to the US government and customers in Southeast Asia (Japan, South Korea), South America (Colombia) and Europe (Denmark, United Kingdom). He is a first time author of his book, “Grow Your Global Markets.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Grow Your Global Markets” was inspired by my marketing dissertation, work experience in global defense contracting and the MBA courses I have taught in international business, marketing and management
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not having communicated with other authors, I can not say my writing habits are unusual. I do research material before committing myself to print and refining my initial drafts.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
No specific authors or books that I can think of. I want to blaze my own trail.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
From my vantage point, my personal website, http://www.raymondhopkins.net as I am able to post a blog to Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook. Book listings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and my publisher website, Apress Media/Springer.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Research, write and rewrite to your satisfaction.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Persevere and never, ever give up regardless of the task you set before yourself.
What are you reading now?
Actually, I am reading the news of current events and global business news/events as they relate to book content.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am developing a second edition of “Grow Your Global Markets” as I reconsider the content of the first edition.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Holy Bible, Christian prayer books, and those by David McCullough.