I am pleased to introduce Bonnie Snyder to our group of authors. Bonnie has a background in counseling and coaching. Currently she is a life coach who, through her business, Diamond Pathways, helps people develop the tools to create a more balanced lifestyle. She often works with women striving to manage family, work and personal issues. In her book, Angel Violet’s Magic Wings, Bonnie has created a safe place where children and their caregivers can identify the patterns and beliefs that keep them stuck in unhappy, unhealthy situations; tap into their self-healing abilities; and move forward. Bonnie is based in Tampa, Florida.
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Contact Bonnie Snyder at www.AngelVioletsMagicWings.com.
Her book is available on Amazon: Tinyurl.com/AmazonAngelViolet
Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?
Bonnie: I believe our Children Are Our Legacy for a Different and Better Planet. I had a deep desire to use my gifts in a way that allowed parents and children to cope in an often stressful and scary world. I created a children’s book and parent guide to support both children and parents in being able to communicate their feelings while respecting others and yet preserving their own “sparkles” (gifts and strengths) in the process.
RARA: What titles have you published to date?
Bonnie: This is the first book I have written as a solo author and my first children’s book. I am a contributing author in an anthology titled Live Every Day Motivated, Successful and Happy.
RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?
Bonnie: I am just beginning to market but the best results have come from using social media and my network. I reached out to everyone I know telling them about the book while it was in development and now since it has been published. I had “tester” families read the book and give me feedback. These were not all people I knew, so the families became ambassadors for the book. Those families have shared the book with the schools their children attend thus expanding my circle of influence. I am also connecting with blogs and organizations that are my target audience asking them to review the book or if I can be a guest author on a blog. I have set up a small advisory board of my target market parents on a private Facebook group. These women make suggestions of sites and organizations that they believe would be interested in the book. This is a win/win as the resources are also beneficial to them. I talk to everyone about my book because you never know who may be interested or could connect me to group that might find my book beneficial. Interest may be sparked when I least expect it. I am connecting with other authors of children’s books and we are sharing and promoting the others’ books, as well.
RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?
Bonnie: Yes, one of the most helpful books is Real Authors, Real Answers by Jill Mettendorf because the authors have tried the strategies they share. I also like BookBaby.com, MIRA Digital Publishing, and Ebookhttp://ebookarchitects.com. I found everyone to be very helpful at these three sites.
RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?
Bonnie: The digital part was the most challenging because the book is a fully illustrated color children’s book. I wish I had known previously the process of what happens to the images when converted to digital and the nuances required for the different digital readers.
RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?
Bonnie: It is important to understand the digital formats if you are publishing in that realm. Children’s books or books with a lot of illustrations are going to look different on each reader. I found the best way for my digital products to show up the way they were designed was using ebooksarchitects.com so they could individualize the book to fit the Kindle and MOBI files as well as do a fixed layout for iBook. Trust your heart that what you are doing is important if you love doing it then share it.
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