About The Author
Welcome to my “Author’s” website. As an introduction, I am Eric Otis Simmons and I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the age of 13, my Mother, who raised me as a single parent from the time I was three, and I moved to Montgomery, Alabama. I went on to graduate from Auburn University where I finished in the Top 10% of my class (B.S. Business Administration, Marketing minor) and was a Varsity Basketball letterman. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife, Cynthia, for 40 years and we have three young adults (Derek, Dominique, and Kevin). My wife and I reside in north metro Atlanta.
After College, I spent a just over 3 decades in Corporate America in various Sales/Sales Management roles with Fortune 500 employers IBM, AT&T, GE, MCI and W.W. Grainger. My domestic business travels took me to 37 states, and my international business travels took me to Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong where I was successful in closing sales of $500,000, $1 million, and $25 million respectively. Several years ago, after early retirement, I became a Certified Wix Webmaster and started my own Company, ESE, Inc. (www.eseinc1.com) which designs websites for High School Student-Athletes to help them get "Noticed" by College Coaches via an Internet presence.
For at least 15 years, people kept telling me I should write a book about my life. Apparently, they found the numerous stories and experiences of mine interesting. So, after years of procrastination, I finally sat down and wrote my Memoir, Not Far From The Tree which I self-published and released on March 7, 2017. My goals for the book were twofold. 1. I wanted to provide my children with information about our Family legacy, as a "leave behind" for them and future generations of our Family, and give my children a further insight into their Dad and what makes him tick. 2. I sought to inspire young Black men and women who like me may have been raised by a single parent. I wanted them to see someone who has walked in their shoes and who had gone on to achieve the "unthinkable."
My Memoir continues to do well and is currently in 69 Libraries, 7 of which are amongst the 100 largest in the U.S. Recently, the New York Public Library's renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture added my Memoir to its prestigious Collection.
After I released Not Far From The Tree, a number of people asked me, "How did you self-publish a book?" Ultimately, I decided to write a book on self-publishing whereby I would share the many lessons I had learned with others. #HTSP - How to Self-Publish is a 78-page primer which contains virtually every step I went through to successfully self-publish my Memoir and is designed to get the reader up to speed more quickly than it took me my first time around.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my website and that you will find Not Far From The Tree and #HTSP - How to Self-Publish to be both motivational and inspiring.