Each book I write is an entirely different process. For my last book project, I found myself shuttling about the world, tracking down sources on Pacific Islands or in thickly forested northlands. In a way I’m embarrassed to admit this, but for After the Fall: Opportunities and Strategies for Real Estate Investing in the Coming Decade, I never left my office. Off the top of my head, I can’t recall one interview that was face-to-face, and there were many, many interviews done for this book.
This is where longevity pays off. I knew so many players in the real estate and mortgage industries, having written on the subjects for over two decades, that many sources, when asked if they would like to be interviewed over the telephone for this book project, immediately answered yes. For the sources I didn’t know, it took a round or two of e-mail correspondence to convince them I was a legitimate writer with a legitimate project. I suppose if they were distrustful, they could have always googled my name to find out my background.
As it turned out, I could count the number of sources on one hand who turned me down. Either they all trusted me or they all had good Internet research skills.
Anyway, a lot of very smart people helped me to write this book, and I wish to acknowledge their help. As always, if I missed mentioning a source, it wasn’t on purpose as my intention is to thank each and every one for sharing knowledge, experience, and market insights.
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