A. William Benitez

A William Benitez, Biographical Information From age twelve, I spent summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings. I contracted my first home at age nineteen and built my home by age twenty. F... read more
A William Benitez, Biographical Information
From age twelve, I spent summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings. I contracted my first home at age nineteen and built my home by age twenty. For over 30 years, I operated one-person businesses, including a woodworking business, for over 20 years.
Twelve years of my life were spent working for the local government administering federally assisted housing programs. I started as an inspector with a three-month assignment and was Director of Community Improvement with 78 employees when I resigned to do writing and consulting. Because of my extensive experience in housing rehabilitation, I was invited to testify on housing issues before the Housing Subcommittee of the United States Congress.
Writing, Publishing and Consulting
Rehab Notes Library was my publishing company, and we published a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England. I also did consulting and public speaking for agencies and organizations in cities across the country. Because of my efforts, several community housing programs developed valuable partnerships with local banks to multiply their federal funding.
It was during this period that the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials published my first book. After that, I wrote and published eight more guidebooks about housing rehabilitation. I did this until 1980, when the housing assistance programs were cut, and government agencies stopped hiring housing consultants. After that, I took advantage of my construction experience and started a woodworking business.
Over Twenty Years of Woodworking
For over twenty years, first in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas, I built hundreds of small and large projects for individuals, companies, churches, and government agencies. During these years, I began writing about my experiences.
I published a book and project newsletters on woodworking and performed power tool demonstrations for the Skil Power Tool Company. After many years of self-employment, I encapsulated my experience in THE SELF EMPLOYMENT SURVIVAL MANUAL: How to Start and Operate a One-Person Business Successfully.
I then switched to writing and publishing many other ebooks, paperbacks and hardcovers, including the following that I wrote.
1.   Woodworking Simplified: Book 1: Your How To Guide For Making Beautiful and Functional Projects
2.   Buiscuit Joiner: A Woodworker’s How-To Guide to Biscuit Joinery.
3.   Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce.
4.   Copyright Simplified: A How-To Guide For Self Publishers.
5.   Woodworking Business: Start Quickly and Operate Successfully: An Expert Reveals The Keys To Succeeding In The Woodworking Business.
6.   The Handyman’s Guide To Profit: Using Your Skills To Make Money In Any Economy.
7.   Woodworking Business 101: A Basic Business Guide For Woodworkers.
8.   Self Publishing: How To Publish Your First Book or eBook Step by Step.
9.   Independent Publishing of eBooks.
10.       How To Self Publish Books To Sell Or Generate Leads.
11.        Self Publishing Simplified: A Simple, Proven Method For Writing and Self Publishing Your Book.
My latest woodworking book in paperback is a complete guidebook covering all aspects of starting and operating a financially successful woodworking business. This book is entitled Woodworking Business: Start Quickly And Operate Successfully.
Computer Experience
My computer experience dates back over twenty-five years. After a couple of unpleasant experiences with on-site technical support, I began working on my own computers. Since then, I have taken many courses on computer repairing, upgrading, troubleshooting and building. I have also taken courses on networking and compiled an extensive library on these subjects. I upgraded and built many computers and gained A+ Certification and my MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer).
I had started as a woodworker with the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas and later, after my computer studies, I became the IT Manager for the hotel and maintained that job until I retired in 2016.
More Writing, Publishing and Consulting
I published four books that my wife Barbara wrote and over a hundred books for other authors in Austin and across the country. I still help authors to get their books published.
I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas in 1986, where I now live with my wife, Barbara Frances. We have two adult children and four grandchildren.

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