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Meet Author Amanda E. Howard

Hello! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Amanda E. Howard

Amanda E. Howard is the granddaughter of a Naturopathic doctor as well as a dancer, dance teacher, and former dance studio owner. At age 18, she opened her first dance studio, Praise Him with a Dance, where she taught ballet, pointe, and tap. In 2017, Amanda became a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Health Specialist and has started up her most recent business, La Belle Vie Fitness. Amanda works with athletes and dancers who wish to maintain and build strong, healthy bodies on and off season. She specializes in teaching prevention methods for injuries and illness by instructing clients how to maintain strength and endurance.

Book sample:  A Dancer’s Diary

Genre: Health/Fitness/Self-Help

Synopsis:  A Dancer’s Diary has taken years to research as I wanted it to be very unique from all of the other health-related dance books that are for sale. Instead of focusing on just one topic, I have decided to use my experience as a dancer and dance teacher to write about everything a dancer needs to know. This includes prevention and care of injuries, maintaining a healthy weight without falling into an eating disorder, how to make their own “spa” products at home, fun recipes, stretches, and beautifully illustrated journal pages.

Each dancer deserves a chance to reach their highest goals and potential. Injury and illness can hinder performance, making it difficult to reach these goals. Prevention is the most important aspect of maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. The first step is learning how to avoid injury and illness. Once you have established that, it will be much easier for you to achieve your goals and enjoy dancing. With this book, dancers will miss less classes throughout the dance year, leaving more time to excel and grow as a dancer. They will also have fun with the extra chapters on how to take care of your hair, feet, and skin, try their hand at homemade “spa” products, and learn easy ways to stay cool under pressure.

Why do you write? I write to inspire people and bring a little beauty into their lives. That is my ultimate goal; to show others the beautiful in the world.

When did you decide to become a writer? It was when I was 16 that writing really became a huge part of my life. That was also when I decided to take anatomy and physiology classes and that kind of sparked the interest to start writing health and fitness tips for girls my age, especially dancers. I’ve always love the research part of my writing. I also love the fact that I can write about what I already know instead of making something up as I go.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? A Dancer’s Diary has taken about 4-5 years to complete and that is because I kept putting it off. I think if I had stuck to it, I could have had it done within a year. Other books that I am currently working on are taking a much shorter amount of time.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I saw that my fellow dance-classmates were getting sick constantly and were getting injuries from either dance or another sport they were in. Because of my background in health, I wanted to share everything I had learned instead of keeping all the information to myself. My passion is working with athletes; helping them prevent and repair injuries. This book was the perfect way to get that passion started.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? This whole experience has been eye opening because I never knew how much creativity had to go into a self-help/health book. I’ve had to really push myself outside of my comfort zone with marketing, designing, writing, and even photography.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? It depends on my mood. I like listening to movie scores, it really helps me focus. Sometimes I like to listen to classical and sometimes I like 70s, 80s, and 90s hits. Netflix is my downfall sometimes. I like to watch movies while I write, even though it’s probably not a great idea.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I work pretty erratically and that seems to work for me. I love seeing where my ideas will take me. When I was writing A Dancer’s Diary, I worked on whatever chapter suited me that day. Whenever I did research, I would write things down in a Word document, on sticky notes, and even collect magazine pages and keep them in a pile until I needed them.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? Currently I am giving my sister a chance to work on her designing/drawing skill by creating beautiful illustrations and the book cover. I am very excited about how it all looks so far!

What is the hardest thing about writing? The endless research and writing and being persistent and positive through it all. There were times that I felt that A Dancer’s Dairy would never get finished, or that there was too much information, or not enough. You just have to stay positive and be persistent and consistent with your work.

What is your next project? My next project is an injury prevention and recovery book. I am finding that there is a huge need for this type of book, so I figure I might as well go for it.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Only God can change the heart of a person. There is so much suffering and hurt in this world and it makes me sad. I believe that it is my job as a believer to share love and hope. My writing (both A Dancer’s Diary and my blog) and teaching is my way of sharing that love and inspiration. Changing the world comes one step at a time, this is my step.

Who inspires your writing? My mom and grandmother inspire me. I also feel that God has given me a great love of learning, so ultimately it is my Heavenly Father who inspires my work.

What are some of your favorite books and why? I love to read! Thus, I love many different books. I would say that my top 5 favorite books are Jane Eyre, Ben Hur, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Anne of Green Gables, and The Three Musketeers. They are all adventurous novels in their own sense and some even have a little mystery. I’ve always loved historical books and books that were based in simpler times (Anne of Green Gables). They are just fun to read and they transport you to another time and another world.

What do your readers mean to you? I love every one of my readers! They mean the world to me. I look forward to my book signings and blog tour so I can meet some of these beautiful people.

Is there anything else you would like to add? A Dancer’s Diary is not just for dancers. I wrote it for anyone who wants to become more flexible, maintain/lose weight, stay strong throughout the year, conquer an eating disorder, build a strong immune system, and learn how to shop organically without breaking the bank. There are also fun chapters that make the book interesting and enjoyable, including the beautifully illustrated journal pages.

Thank you for reading!

Many thanks Amanda! For more about Amanda, her work, and to get your copy, follow the links below:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest / Instagram

Meet Author Kira Klenke

Hello, my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Kira Klenke

Kira Klenke is German, living in Germany. She is a mathematician who worked as a professor of statistics for more than twenty years. She has gained a reputation for teaching statistics to people who thought it absolutely impossible that they could learn so successfully – and even with joy – and a second vocation as a coach has grown out of her teaching duties at university.

Nowadays she supports people in letting go of old and obsolete life patterns and unlocking their full potential. Her certification as NLP trainer and her many qualifications in the realm of spirituality enable her to work holistically in these endeavors.

Having sought a deeper meaning in life even as a child, she has been actively involved in free writing, energy work and

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shamanism since 1984. She has visited power places all over the world, encountering forces that lead to the root of all things, the Source.

What is the current book you are promoting?  The Miracle Problem Solver: Using crystals and the power of Sedona to transform your life. (Earthdancer Books, Sept. 2016)

A spiritual self-help book

The Miracle Problem Solver provides the key to solving every problematic situation in your life, quite literally with a stone’s throw. For those familiar with systemic constellation work or crystal grids, some elements in Kira’s work will seem like old friends, but prior knowledge of the method is not required. This book is for all those wanting to connect to universal wisdom and heal their lives in a few simple steps.

Kira received this method directly from the ‘source’ during a meditation on one of the most powerful places on this earth, the Bell Rock in Sedona (Arizona). The name used throughout her work (the ‘SOURCE’ method) is therefore both a perfect fit and an acronym for its essence: Sedona Stone Oracle Unity-Recreating Constellation Experience.

  • An ingenious, simple method
  • The perfect answer for those seeking a new kind of constellation work
  • Everything falls into place by itself
  • All you need is a handful of crystals or small stones

Where do your ideas come from?  To be honest, I do not know for sure. There are these lucky moments when the muse appears. Fact is however, that she never shows up, when I am tightly involved with everyday duties. Usually, she catches me on vacation and often outside in nature.

Then, after she has reached me, she usually supplies me with all the additional information I need to complete and finish the book via so-called coincidences (like articles, books, films or stimulating conversations).

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  My rational mind would prefer to work with an outline. He would like a fixed concept to hold onto. However, fortunately, while I am writing, mostly my texts lead me up their own ways. Often I sit down to fix a particular thought and afterwards I’m amazed at the fact that I wrote something different.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend?  I’d like to recommend the books by Tom Bird, like his “You Can… Write Your Book In A Weekend” or “Write Right from God: You, Words, Writing And Your Divine Purpose”. Tom Bird (meanwhile I have also attended two of his weekend seminars, which were a revelation for me) shook my paradigm that writing a book might take me years and that it also takes a long time to shape and arrange a book-text in a way that it is interesting and digestible for others. Using his method, I experience that I can absolutely trust my intuition. And, that when I am strictly and consequently following my inner impulses, I can indeed write (the first draft of) a book within days. In my opinion and experience this writing method is perplexingly easy and at the same time difficult to follow (because here the rational mind comes to its limit).

What is the hardest thing about writing?  For me the hardest is to give up mental control and to trust in my intuition, to follow the path that my inner wisdom is guiding me. I do not succeed with this every time I write, but when I do, writing is pure joy. And for me it is a challenge to sit down again and again and regularly.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Hardest was for me was having the discipline to work on my first draft (which was written in only a few days) repeatedly and regularly in order to shape it into a smooth and reader friendly final version.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  If YOU are dreaming of becoming an author and if that dream has been with you for quite a while, years perhaps or may be even decades, then give book writing a try! Make space for your creativity and inner voice to speak. Take off a week or two at a lovely place in nature. If that does not appeal to you, try sitting in a library or a café. However, you have to devote time and make a commitment to your dream! Then, write as much as possible and continue despite of all doubts of your rational mind.

Writing a book is more like a marathon then just a stroll. In addition, in most cases there are definitely better ways to become rich and famous. However, when you love reading and writing, you will find such a joy, once you are in the flow, in flow of writing, in the flow of creativity, in the flow of play and marvelling like a child. Afterwards, if you choose so, you will find a way to get your work published. This is easier than ever nowadays.

What do your readers mean to you?  My readers are the source of my inspiration. My readers are THE reason to sit down and finish a book. Their feedback and their sharing of the experiences they had while reading my books has helped me to grow and to learn and to go on with writing.

You mentioned you’re writing a new Book. How about a teaser? Writing and the art of writing is my passion. As a published author and with over 30 years of writing experience I have learned a lot I would like to share with writing beginners or with anyone who wishes to bring his or her writing experience to a deeper (or higher?) level. Writing can be (like) magic! It touches and transforms the author as well as the reader. Writing can be so healing and it gives peace of mind. It is clearing our minds, uncovering and unfolding dreams and the paths how to make them come true. Writing you can do and test out anything: You can fly to far-off galaxies. You become a famous rock star or a courageous hero. You can talk with animals or your ancestors and live virtually whatever makes your heart sing. In my next book, I will reveal the magic of writing to anyone who dreams of writing marvelous texts that frees and gladdens the writer as well as the (potential) readers.

There ya have it folks! For more about Kira, her work, and getting your copy, follow the links below:

Website1 / Website2 / Goodreads / Pinterest / Amazon / BookTrailer / YouTube1 / YouTube2 / YouTube3

Meet Author Ruth S. Hamilton

Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Ruth S. Hamilton

Ruth S. Hamilton was born in Swansea, Wales and emigrated to South Africa as a child, where she still lives.

She is the author of “Beautiful – Simple, everyday advice for improving your self-esteem and living the life you deserve” – now available for upload on Amazon.

A social crusader and single parent to a teenage daughter, she founded The Pretty Awesome Project in 2013, an initiative designed to raise awareness about healthy self-esteem among teenage girls and young women. Writing ‘Beautiful’ was an extension of this project, and a way for Ruth to achieve a long-standing dream… to write a book.

Enjoy this book sample: 

Title: Beautiful – Simple, everyday advice for improving your self-esteem and living the life you deserve

Genre:  Personal Growth/Self Help

Synopsis:

“I’m not thin enough”.

“I’m not pretty enough”.

“I’m not clever enough.”

“I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH.”
How many times have you said these words?

Right now, every decision you make (or don’t make) is driven by your level of self-esteem.  Self-esteem effects how you think and behave and determines how you react to different situations.  More importantly, it influences your general feeling of fulfillment and happiness, and what you feel able to accomplish.

Are you truly happy with who you are?  Do you love the body you’re in, flaws and all?

Do you value yourself enough to make the best possible choices for yourself so that you can achieve your full potential? If not, you need to act now!

This book is a mini-course in healthy self-esteem. From understanding how self-esteem is formed to simple techniques you can implement in a daily basis; this guide will show you how to improve your levels of self-worth so that you can begin to really enjoy the fabulous life you were destined to live.

Why do you write? I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. I see pictures in words and scenes in sentences. I love the cadence of language, the power it has, its ability to touch a heart, change opinions and move one’s soul. So for me, writing is “thinking in ink”, a playground where my ideas, opinions and thoughts get let out to play. When I write I am free; I can let out those phrases and feelings that flitter around my head like butterflies. I can voice my opinions, share what I’ve learnt, and give my imagination the power to fly. It’s like having a conversation with an old friend.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I was always an avid reader, still am.  I think that becoming a writer was a natural progression, not really a conscious choice.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  ‘Beautiful’ took me 3 months full time to write, but it was percolating for a long time before that.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? The women I met through my organization The Pretty Awesome Project kept telling me I should share my story so that more people could benefit from it. It got to a stage where the need to write it all down became less of a whisper and more of a shout.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I have a full -time job and run The Pretty Awesome Project too, so my time can be limited.  This year, I’ve committed to writing for an hour a day at least.  You’d be amazed at how the word count accumulates over time.  It does take discipline though.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I usually write in silence, but when I need added inspiration or if I’m battling writer’s block, then I listen to Josh Groban. There’s something about his music that inspires beautiful prose and makes me want to paint word pictures all over the page. He’s definitely my muse, although I sobbed my way through his concert.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I had a definite outline for Beautiful, because I had several things I wanted to say and I wanted to be sure not to leave them out.  I used this for the first draft, but shuffled things around a bit and added and subtracted a lot during the rewrite phase. When I start writing my novel, I think I’ll do a bit of both.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  I hunted around for a long time for a cover designer, but was getting really horrendous quotes and sub-standard draft ideas.  Then I stumbled upon Canva.com and I haven’t looked back.  I now use it for just about everything.  It’s quick, easy to use and cost-effective, and I can see what the finished version will look like before I download it.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  As a writer, your task is to create an alternative place that the reader can escape to.  An author is not only a clever wordsmith with a love for the written word, but a thorough researcher, an organised and disciplined planner and a brilliant marketer.  However, there are three skills that I believe every writer MUST possess, which I call the CSI of Writing:

CURIOSITY, STUBBORNNESS and IMAGINATION

Don’t let anyone tell you that writing is too hard, or that you’ll battle to get published, or that you don’t have what it takes.  For every story, there is a reader who needs to hear it, so have a little faith and keep going.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  For me it’s when the words don’t flow or when I battle to express a feeling adequately.  I think being disciplined is vitally important.  There are times when I don’t feel like writing, or when I’ve already procrastinated too much, and then I know I need to sit down, make like Nike and Just Do It, or my idea will remain a forgotten few paragraphs tucked away on my hard drive.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  I’m not much of a TV person, I prefer reading a book, but there are three movies that moved me for different reasons: Dead Poets Society, A Winter’s Tale and The Legend of 1900.   These are movies I constantly revisit whenever I’m feeling down or uninspired.

What is the current book you are promoting?  I’m currently marketing ‘Beautiful’ and I’m quickly learning that non-fiction, particularly ‘self-help’ is a whole different animal.  Some days I’m convinced that marketing fiction must be way easier.  However, I’m confident that the book will reach the readers who will benefit from it most, and that’s exactly why I wrote it.

What is your next project? I’ve started writing a follow up to Beautiful – a self-esteem book for teen girls.  Once that’s been published, it will be time to write a great, sweeping, moving novel of great importance! J

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?  I would banish low self-esteem completely.  Low self-esteem is at the root of just about every social problem, so can you imagine what the world could be like if every person believed themselves worthy of great things, and had the faith and courage to achieve their full potential?

Who inspires your writing? Everyday people inspire me, especially those who have overcome life’s challenges against incredible odds.  I like the quiet hero’s, the one’s the media forgot, people whose circumstances caused them to experience a revelation about themselves and those who still persevere regardless of how much the Universe throws at them.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like?   I actually did do this about a year or so after I’d written it.  That’s what led to me doing a complete rewrite. I wouldn’t change it now though.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?  Write the first draft for yourself and yourself only.  Because no-one gets to see what you’ve written, you can use this draft to get your passion on the page.

What are some of your favorite books and why?  I read a wide range of genres, but I have a special place in my heart for the epic ones, where you get to follow the characters from childhood right through to the end of their lives.  

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? Self-publishing was the right fit for me and my book and I’m so glad I took that route.  I have learnt so much about the industry and the whole publishing world as a result. I think I shied away from traditional publishing because my knowledge on how it works is so limited, and it felt as if I’d be handing over all the decisions regarding my book to people I didn’t have a relationship with.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  I haven’t found this to be true, no.  In fact, I think that because so many people are starting to read on electronic devices, it’s the way of the future.

There ya have it folks! For more about Ruth, her work, and to get your copy follow the links below:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram

Meet Author Rachael L. Thompson

Howdy, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Rachael L. Thompson

Rachael is an author and founder of Mind Body & Spirit Entrepreneur LLC. Two years ago she quit her 9-5 job to discover and pursue her life purpose. Through this process she became a writer, opened two online businesses, and currently develops meditations and online courses, all to help others discover and pursue a meaningful and balanced life. “I spent far too many years following the path I thought I was supposed to take. I dealt with overwhelming anxiety, fearing that I would never find something that truly made me happy. Through trial and error, introspection, and overcoming a lot of mental barriers I discovered my path. I now want to take what I learned to help others do the same.”

Book sample: Mindful Mornings: Daily Meditations and Reflections to Start Your Day Off Right

Self-Help Genre

Mornings are said to be the most powerful part of the day. They are a fresh start, a new beginning, the sunrise to limitless possibilities. Most, however, spend their mornings in a stressed, tired, and rushed state. When one begins the day in such a manner, it becomes impossible to regain any sense of peace or happiness as the day progresses. It is time to take control of your mornings. Take a few moments for yourself to reflect and meditate on what truly matters in life. Carry these reflections with you throughout your day and watch as your internal and external worlds shift.

This book provides reflections and activities that will slowly and effectively transform your life. Reflections based in fields of philosophy, psychology, and both Eastern and Western spirituality provide a holistic view of well-being and self-development. Read a new reflection each morning or choose to focus on one category for an extended period, allowing yourself to master the concept. Although the reflections are based in theory, the author provides meditation and reflection activities to incorporate the theories easily into your everyday life. Make the commitment to do so, and watch your life change.

Why do you write?  Because I want people to stop only living for the weekends, vacations, or the holidays. I want to help people find work that is meaningful to them and develop tools to create peace and happiness, even when faced with obstacles. Writing is the easiest way to get my message to those who will benefit from it. I continue to look to others for help and support in my own journey and want to give back. I was in a dark place and through years of work, have emerged. It is possible. Many simply did not understand why, at 30 years old, with a Master’s degree and a decent job, I would choose to start over, but they do not have to understand. My readers face the same challenges. They face judgement, scrutiny, and doubt. I am here to provide support and advice to overcome these challenges, and I have the hope that everyone who reads my books are able to eventually live a happy and meaningful life.

When did you decide to become a writer?  It was about 2 years ago. I was doing dishes, binge watching YouTube videos, when a video came on about writing and publishing books.  I have always loved to write.  As I sat down and watched the video and I was filled with excitement.  I then searched for more free information online.  I found Facebook groups where I learned from others doing this.  I purchased several courses before beginning on this adventure.  Everything about it just felt right.  I can now help others, use my formal background and education in Psychology, all my experience in starting and running a business, and do something I felt passionate about.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  It varies, but it is always longer than I expect. Typically it takes several weeks of writing, then a 2-3 day break, another week of editing and re-writing, before I send it to my editor/proofreader.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  As others may relate, I have an ebb and flow in my energy levels and creativity throughout the day. I find mornings, and surprisingly early evenings to be key times to write so I structure my days around that.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  Immeasurably! I was always creative as a child, but as I grew into an adult, my only creative outlets were the occasional redecorating of a room or planning the intermittent bachelorette party or bridal shower. And mostly, I just ‘Pinned’ ideas I planned to do and never took action on. This was a rut that unknowingly caused a lot of unhappiness. After I quit the 9-5 grind, it took a while to spark my creativity, but after I began writing, it was as if I unlocked the flood gates. This creativity carried over to all parts of my life and my mind is filled now with creative ideas, instead the restless, negative thoughts that once consumed it.

What have you written?  All of my books are geared towards readers who want to transform their lives, either through changing their mindsets, overcoming obstacles, discovering their life purpose, developing positive daily habits, and/or focusing on business or career development.

My books include:

Live Life On Purpose: Discover What You Were Born To Do

Are you looking to find the answer to the age-old question “What the hell should I do with my life”? Do you want to find work that simply makes you happy? Are you sick of dreading each day and only living for the weekends? If your current job situation does not bring you happiness but you do not know how to fix it, this book will help answer all of your questions. It will not, however, answer these questions in a typical fashion. It is not going to give you a personality test or an aptitude assessment. You’re not going to find a list of career or business options that you could try. This book dives much deeper than other typical career or business books you will find. The theory behind this book is that one must unlearn everything he or she has been taught before being able to authentically explore the best business or career choice.

Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness in a World of Chaos: Mindful Techniques to Live in the Moment, Find Peace in the Present, and Enjoy a Life Free of Stress and Anxiety

Who Will Benefit from this Book?

Anyone dealing with daily stress, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed can greatly benefit from applying the simple techniques discussed in this book. If you have tried unsuccessfully to manage these feelings in the past or if this is your first time seeking advice, you will gain new insights into what makes you feel stressed and how to manage these feelings.

How This Book is Different than Most

Unlike many books on mindfulness, this one does not go over simple facts and theories. It does not give you ideals that seem impossible to implement in your busy life. It, instead, breaks down theories using simple language, provides examples to illustrate what mindfulness looks like in real situations and gives you concrete action steps to try out what you learned.

What You Can Expect

By the time you have finished this book you will know: what mindfulness is and how you can apply this knowledge today, quick and simple meditation techniques, common causes of stress and anxiety and how to combat these using mindfulness, techniques to prevent feelings of regret, and an overall plan to begin making changes for a happier life.

How to Start a Business: Everything You Need to Know to Start a Successful Business Today

(Online Business, Small Business, Work from Home, Retail Business, Entrepreneurship)

3 Books in 1: Including Seeds of an Entrepreneur, Startup Essentials and Just Right (Discover the Best Business for You). Here’s what you will learn:

-Mindset and habits needed to become a successful entrepreneur

-Step-by-step guide to start a successful business

-Everything you need to know to find your perfect business idea

If you want more out of life but are unsure of the next steps, you are tired of working a 9-5 job with little room for advancement, want more freedom, want more money, want to discover what you are passionate about or if you want to learn how to turn your passions into a successful business this book will help you.

Power Affirmations for Wealth and Success :Positive Affirmations to Reprogram Your Subconscious, Manifest Your Dreams and Change Your Life!

FREE BOOK!!!

This Book is Not your Average List of Affirmations.

Affirmations can be an extremely effective tool to reprogram your subconscious and eliminate any blocks that are holding you back from the life you desire. Affirmations are simple but they are not easy and many resources fail to explain how to use them effectively. This book is not your average list of affirmations. It gives you the science behind affirmations and important considerations before you try them out. It provides a guide to develop your own personalized affirmations that will reprogram your mind so you begin to naturally think and act in ways that lead directly to your ideal life. Do not waste another minute living a life that is not filled with the wealth and success you deserve. Take this first step to your new life today!

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Do it! Stop thinking you will one day and sit down today and write something. You do not have to turn it into a book or publish it, but with practice you gain confidence to eventually turn your works into published masterpieces. Also, we live in an exciting time when anyone can write and self-publish their own book. You do not need a publisher to get started. There is absolutely no reason not to write. I have gotten so many compliments about how awesome it is that I write or how brave I am for doing so. I am in no way different than anyone else who aspires to write. It did take some bravery, but anyone can do it. You just have to start.

My advice for anyone who wants to self-publish is to also take a course or do some research. It is a fairly simple process, but does require a learning curve. I suggest learning from others who were successful and modeling your approach after them.

What is your next project?  I plan to shift my focus in the near future and write a set of books geared towards college students and early twenty-somethings. I believe our education system has been misguiding people for years and a four-year degree no longer enables a person to pursue a high-paying, ‘dream’ job. I want to help young adults develop a proper mindset and skills to take back control of their futures. I passionately believe there needs to be a shift in our society and I want to help lead the way.

Tell us something unique about you.  I love all types of animals and am obsessed with my two fur-babies, Terrie the Rat Terrier, and Gus Gus (named after the Cinderella character), the Min Pin. I am also a lover of Halloween and anything scary and am currently in the process of planning my Halloween wedding!

There ya have it folks! For more about Rachael and her work follow the links below:

Website / Blog / YouTube / Pinterest / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads / Amazon

Meet Author Raúl Sánchez Gilo

Hello my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author Raúl Sánchez Gilo

An Spanish engineer, traveler, salesman, chess player and writer. And not necessarily in that order. Thanks to his long experience in exporting to more than 60 countries, throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Eastern Europe, the author now shares the secrets to success in sales in his first book: “Sell More and Better, Eternal Sales Techniques beyond the internet”. An original storytelling and a must-read literary experience for the thousands of salesmen, entrepreneurs, marketing and sales professionals, sales managers, traders, exporters, business owners and students, among others. The author is passionate about traveling, writing, chess, gardening, dogs, and more than anything, his love to his wife.

Enjoy this sample: Sell More and Better, Eternal Sales Techniques beyond Internet

Genre:

Business & Economics, Self-help & How to

Synopsis:

An original sales book that will change the way you think about selling. Learn about the main selling techniques, suitable for new in sales and sales professionals needing a refresher.

An entertaining storytelling about the art of selling. Beyond internet, the new technologies, neuromarketing and a thousand other things, there are eternal sales techniques that will always be valid.

Anyone in sales will find inspiration and motivation in this unique literary experience that provides the keys to excellent sales results.  A sales book that will help you to better understanding your product, your customer and yourself as salesman.

After the success of the original edition (star rating 4.8), it is finally available the English version.

Among many other topics, we will speak about:

  • What means to sell and be a professional salesman.
  • Customer needs, motivations and expectations.
  • Our main weaknesses and strengths.
  • How to sell a product and the need of selling ideas.
  • How to deal with the quality, the brand and personal branding.
  • How to target each stage of the product life cycle.
  • How to better know our customer and identify potential clients.
  • How to better manage our effort and time.
  • The sales formula to optimize customer satisfaction.
  • Discover the real balance among salespeople, customers and products.
  • The final formula to get customer loyalty.

Addressed to:

  • For beginners in sales
  • For anyone looking to increase their sales knowledge
  • Recommended even to experienced salesmen
  • Recommended for sales training and sales coaching.

 

If you sell a lot, do not have a look. Otherwise this sales book is a must read for you.

Excellent, surprising, original … and true. Discover the Eternal Sales Techniques…

During April 9 to April 16, 2017 Raúl is offering Sell More and Better at 50% discounted price. Be sure to stop by and grab your copy.

Why do you write?  I have traveled in many countries, and from all of them I have learned much. I have got a long experience in exporting technical products to more than 60 countries, throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Eastern Europe, and now I am glad to share what has been very useful to me throughout my career, knowing what has really worked, and what has not. I also think writing is a kind of therapy, helps you gather and organize your thoughts, especially those which were without the necessary structure, and through this process you can understand, learn and even re-learn, but in a much clearer way.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I started last year, but somehow I have been writing the whole life, in one form or another. It was not a conscious decision. One day you start to write, and then the story takes you. There is no choice but to finish it!

What have you written?  Well, I have just started, and for now it’s my first book: “Sell More and Better, Eternal Sales Techniques beyond the internet” A mix of fiction and non-fiction, starting with the universal principles of selling, to finally unveil the valuable formula to retain customers and exceed their needs.  I first wrote the Spanish version, and after that I translated it into English. That was a great challenge, because without realizing I had introduced many idioms and Spanish slang in the initial book, which made it difficult to find the best translation into English, and even I was forced to change some things but keeping the same sense.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  It is always good to have an initial script, but then the story, the concepts, and the characters are dictating the final path, which is always different than the plot you initially thought!

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  I designed the cover of this book with the help of my wife, but I have to say that it is a conceptual cover. The reader will be able to understand the meaning of the cover at the end of the book. It is a cover that leads you to think and draw your own conclusions, which is one of the objectives of the book.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?  I think the best is a mailing list, but it takes time to build! The main problem is to find the time. Time is gold nowadays…

Which writers inspire you?  The Greek classics. I recommend everyone to read them. They are eternal and will always be current.

What is your next project?  This book is the first volume of a series to which I have called “Salesman’s thoughts”, so that the next project is to write the following volume on similar topics.

There ya have it folks! For more about Raúl follow the links below:

Website / Goodreads / Pinterest / Amazon / BookTrailer / GoogleEnglish / GoogleSpanish

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