Alright, so I met this intelligent man when he reached out me on Bookstagram about reading his book Teaching Kids to Buy Stocks, which I must admit took me a little longer to get to than I planned on. I was intrigued by the title almost instantly, and I honestly couldn't believe what all I learned from it. (You can find the review on here!) So of course I wanted to learn more about the man who took time out of his normally busy schedule teaching others about finance to write a very necessary book. I am thankful that he agreed, and had a sweet wife that helped make sure it got done! Let's dive in and take a glimpse into this strategic mind.
A: My name is J. J. Wenrich, and I live in San Clemente, CA.
Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company?
A: I’m an Indie Author.
Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I only have one book, and it is non-fiction. I don’t know if I’ll ever write another book, but it will probably be non-fiction. That being said, I do have a ½ written manuscript for a youth novella, but not sure if it will ever get done or not…
A: I wanted to get my message out, and felt like a book would be the best medium to start the process.
A: Although I did take a year to focus primarily on publishing and marketing my book, I also have my own small business as an investment advisor (WenrichWealth.com).
A: I spent 10 months from first word to first full draft. I spent another 6 months revising the draft with the help of suggestions from my editor and beta-readers.
Q: Are you a reader yourself?
A: I am not.
Personally, I am on Twitter (@jjwenrich2), Instagram (@sanclementejayhawk), LinkedIn (@JJWenrich), Facebook (JJ Wenrich). (I honestly thought I had too much social media pages lol. I should have asked how he manages it all!)
Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: Honestly, my kids aren’t sure whether it’s cool, crazy, or just embarrassing (I have three teens). My wife has been my biggest fan and supporter. My sister, brother, mom and dad have been my other biggest fans and supporters. It’s been very humbling how supportive everyone has been to me!
A: The company I used to work for didn’t want me to publish a book while working there… I had a pretty lucrative and respected position with a major investment company, and when I told them my plans they were not supportive. Without ever reading a word of my manuscript, they denied my request to write the book and build a financial education platform. They said it would be too hard for them to manage from a compliance standpoint. (Registered investment companys and advisors have pretty intense regulatory requirements, of which each company and attorney interprets differently).
I decided that “if you don’t support me – then I don’t want to work for you”. I shocked a lot of people and quit that job, not really knowing what my next path would entail, but trusting that I would figure it out eventually.
Fast forward 18 months, and I’m glad that I made the decision I made. I’m proud of the platform I’m building around my book, and I really enjoy working with my clients of Wenrich Wealth.