avatar for Bill Benitez

Bill Benitez

Bill Benitez

From age twelve I spent my 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 own home by age twenty.

I’ve operated one-person businesses for more than 30 years. Twelve years of my life were spent working for local government managing federally-funded housing programs. I started as an inspector with a three month assignment and left as Director of Community Improvement with 78 employees twelve years later to do writing and consulting.

Writing, Publishing and Consulting
I established Rehab Notes Library, a publishing company that published a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England and nine books on housing related topics before the advent of POD. I also did consulting and public speaking on housing related topics for agencies and organizations in cities across the country.

After 1980 when most federal funding was pulled from housing activities, I took advantage of my construction and business experience and started a handyman and woodworking business.

Over Twenty-Five Years of Woodworking
For over twenty-five years, first in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas, I built hundreds of small and large cabinet and furniture projects for individuals, companies and government agencies. During these years I began writing books about my experiences.

Positive Publishing
My company, Positive Imaging, LLC at http://positive-imaging.com, does what I call positive publishing for my books and the books of other authors. To date I've published over forty print and ebooks and presently have several books in various levels of completion.

This year I began creating products for self publishers including the Easy Kindle Formatting Kit at http://easykindleformattingkit.com and Easy Kindle Covers at http://easykindlecover.com. I plan to create more products based on my first-hand experience publishing books and ebooks.

Computer Experience
My computer experience dates back over twenty years and began in response to poor technical support for our computer. I used home study to acquire A+ and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certifications. I worked for the Hyatt Regency in Austin, TX as the IT Manager and retired after 20 years in January of 2016.

During 2014 I stepped out of the business and woodworking genres to write a book on relationship. It was something I had thought about for years and had always feared doing. "Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and Divorce," was difficult but fun to write and, to my surprise, received great reviews. Details available at http://notesonrelationship.com.

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas where I now live with my wife Barbara Frances who wrote the novel Like I Used To Dance at http://likeiusedtodance.com.