In today’s self-published author interview, we talk to Chris Wager, author of “101 Helpful Painting Hints” available on jexbo at Here’s what Chris had to say about creating his self-published book:

Tell us about your self-published book.

My title, “101 Helpful Painting Hints,” is in a question and answer format in order to make it easy for everyone to get the information they need quickly about their projects.

It covers 101 basic questions do-it-yourselfers have about preparing and painting on their homes. And to help them decide if painting is right for them. Also included is information for those wishing to hire a contractor but don’t know where to start.

It also includes information about what to expect and advice on how to get the work done right and on time. “101 Helpful Painting Hints” is designed to be a “go-to-guide” again and again as folks tackle different projects around their home.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I choose to self-publish because it allowed me total literary freedom to include the information I felt important to make the title a true value.

What was your biggest challenge to overcome in self-publishing your book?

My biggest challenge was deciding the structure of the content to present it in a manner with the reader in mind.

What has been the best part about self-publishing your book?

The best part has been providing a title that has met my expectations of meeting the needs of the first-time, do-it-yourselfers with real and useful information.

What advice do you have for other potential writers and self-published authors?

My advice would be to work hard, and listen to folks like Jill Exler and Melanie Rembrandt who provide information to self-published authors via jexbo.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to add, don’t judge the success of a title in dollars and cents. Rather, judge in the fact that you, the writer, had the courage and self-determination to blaze your own path.

Thanks for your great words of inspiration Chris! Are you in the process of writing your self-published book? If you have questions about selling books online and self-publishing, please contact us here or at I’d love to hear from you!