Reviewer Michelle Kaye Malsbury:
Michelle was born in Champaign, IL. Currently, she resides in Asheville, NC
and is in her second year of doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale with specialization/concentration in
conflict resolution and peace studies. She has over six hundred
articles published on the web and one book published thus far with
many more in the wings. Hobbies include; reading, writing, music, and
playing with her Australian Cattle Dog, Abu.
Gisela opens with how much “the box” has changed. When people tell you to think outside of the box Gisela says what they do not tell you is “…that all of the boxes are getting bigger and that it’s much harder to think of ideas outside your specific box.”. (2017, p.11) Furthermore, “…to succeed, authors need to “create a funnel”.
“There are two ways to go about things in life. You can focus on the problems…or focus on the opportunities.” (2017, p.19) Advice is to “Stay clear of the “Negative Funnel”.” (p.21) “…every successful effort will nurture your inner spirit because success drives success.” This cannot be stated enough in my opinion.
Goodreads is one writer site that Gisela likes and tells authors exactly how to use it to maximize their efforts to sell books. Facebook is another required social media website that authors need to have a presence on. Hausmann has added tips for your success on these sites, as well as, what you can do online and live to generate book sales.
Next, Gisela talks about the various pitches; seasonal, television, holidays or events. There is keen insight into what works best and how to go about getting that attention. Then, how to work with magazines and where to find free public relations or guest blogging spots as an author. She also says that it is important to “monitor your books media coverage”. (2017, p.72)
This book is literally jam packed with advice and exact roadmaps about how to go about every facet of getting your book in front of the most potential readers to generate books sales. Gisela has covered about every angle that I could possibly consider and then some. So if you want to sell your book this is a bedside book that is a must read. I enjoyed it and believe that it can, and will, help authors, new and old, to create more success.