Reprint of the Disilgold
“Legend of the Month" Interview
with Vicky Therese Davis, William R. Patterson, and D. Marques Patton
Vicky Therese Davis, William R. Patterson, and D. Marques Patton (“DPP”) are leading sales and strategic business consultants and co-authors of the acclaimed business and personal finance National Bestseller, The Baron Son: Vade Mecum 7. Their work has been translated around the world and is praised by top business leaders and financial advisors and is also a featured selection in the Forbes Book Club. Vicky Davis is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Indulgence Jewelry Corp. William R. Patterson is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Warcoffer Capital Group, LLC. D. Marques Patton is Co-founder and President of The Warcoffer Capital group, LLC.
Disilgold: What is your latest book about?
DPP: The Baron Son is an allegorical tale designed as an ethical road map to wealth, power, and success. It is the story of a young boy who loses everything and through struggle finds the secret to become the richest, most powerful person the world has ever known. Each chapter of the book details how the most prominent individuals establish and maintain their positions.
Disilgold: How long did it take you to complete your book?
DPP: It took nearly five years and a lot of phone calls, utilizing the art of negotiation with each other, the publishing company, and everyone else on the path to seeing our vision realized.
Disilgold: What were the happiest moments you have experienced while writing your latest book?
DPP: We’re all great friends, so for us, everyday was an adventure. The happiest moments came in knowing that we were putting our hearts into something we felt was truly special and that we trusted would change the lives of millions of people around the world.
Disilgold: Describe your writing style?
DPP: We combine elements found in business, personal finance, philosophy, psychology, and self-improvement, which critics say has made the book successful at standing out against the backdrop of motivational books available today. We wrote the book with a layered approach, so it is never the same no matter how many times you read it. It is also designed so that you can turn to any page in the book and find something of value. If fact, we even do a pick-a-page challenge at our personal finance and entrepreneurship workshops to get people excited about the book and to show and prove its life-changing principles. It is kind of our little magic trick.
Disilgold: How did you develop your writing style?
DPP: Well the writing style is really just a reflection of us, our thinking patterns and how we approach challenges, as well as our common experiences in business and in life. Our writing style not only reflects the universal values and principles for the attainment of individual success, but those which will also uplift humanity as a whole.
Disilgold: Do you have a favorite author of all time or someone who inspired you to achieve your goals as a writer?
DPP: Being entrepreneurs first, we were influenced most by some of the great business leaders. You know the Barons: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Warren Buffet, Sam Walton, Bill Gates, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, and Bob Johnson. They were/are all people who were able to change industry and the way we live our lives.
Disilgold: Where do you see yourself as writers ten years from now?
DPP: We should be close to finishing our 7-part series of Baron books, then perhaps launching another series, writing more screenplays, or helping other writers develop and market their work.
Disilgold: What marketing tips can you provide to new authors?
DPP: Cost-effectively marketing your book is often times just as hard, if not harder, than writing it. Marketing Baron P.T. Barnum said "Without publicity a terrible thing happens...nothing!" It is the same with your book. The idea of “if I write a great book, it will sell itself” is absurd. If you can afford it, hire an outside PR team. It’s worth it because it frees up your time to do other important things. A good PR team will also have relationships that can make things happen for you a lot quicker. We would also encourage new authors to take advantage of every marketing opportunity regardless of how small. You have short window of opportunity to make your book successful, so utilize it to the fullest. Lastly, look for creative ways to market your book and for other author, product, or service tie-ins. It is this type of “Allied Effort” approach that we highlight as a “Supreme Principle” in The Baron Son that ultimately creates greater value everyone.
Disilgold: What other projects are you working on?
DPP: Right now, we are negotiating the rights to our screenplay, CUFFLINKS ®, a financial drama. We’re also in the process of writing the next installment in The Baron Series™ which will be geared toward women. We’d love to do some collaborative works like The Baron Son Meets the One Minute Manager, The Baron Son Meets the Fool, Rich Dad, Machiavelli, etcetera.
Disilgold: What are your top ten favorite books right now?
DPP: Think & Grow Rich and The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie; Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki; The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clayson, Entrepreneuring by Steven Brandt; Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun by Reginald Lewis; The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz; The E-Myth by Michael Gerber.
Disilgold: When do you write and for how long?
DPP: We write anytime, even in the middle of night, but always at least one page a day. Good or bad, that’s the rule.
Disilgold: Do you have a favorite location for writing?
DPP: For us, it is more about inspiration. If a situation presents a certain insight, we always have something with us be it a tape recorder, note pad, or cell phone etc. to record the thought.
Disilgold: What method did you use to write or organize your book?
DPP: The book is organized around 11 “Supreme Priniciples” for personal and business achievement with stories wrapped inside of other stories to illustrate and inculcate various points. Each chapter ends with a summary of the major ideas covered.
Disilgold: What three words best describe your writing style?
DPP: Visionary, inspiring, and truthful
Disilgold: What other hobbies do you pursue when you aren't writing?
VTD: Traveling and creating new lines for my jewelry company, Indulgence
WRP: Mentoring and collecting art
DMP: Playing chess and practicing Gracie Jiu–Jitsu
Disilgold: Are there any hidden jewels or talents that you possess that many of your readers may not know?
DPP: Of course, but you’ll have to read The Baron Son to get a glimpse into those. (laughs)
Disilgold: Where can folks buy your latest book?
DPP: The Baron Son: Vade Mecum 7 is available from our website, www.BaronSeries.com, and wherever books are sold. Your readers should also know, we’ve teamed up with friends Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, David Bach of Finish Rich and over 20 other renowned experts and international bestselling authors to give away more than $3,631 in free success gifts with our National Bestselling book, The Baron Son, when purchased through our website.
Disilgold: Where can folks meet you?
DPP: We’re always on the road either in the U.S. or abroad. We keep a detailed itinerary on the BaronSeries.com website and of course we encourage our readers and students to continue to send in their positive feedback and success stories. They are a pleasure to read and we love sharing them with others.
Disilgold: What have been some of your toughest obstacles as writers?
DPP: Getting people to comprehend our vision and support it.
Disilgold: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to do this interview.
DPP: It was our pleasure, anytime.