Indie Interview: Geetanjali Mukherjee

Indie Interview: Geetanjali Mukherjee

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A few months ago I had the big pleasure to read and review Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades by Geetanjali Mukherjee (Review). As a student myself I was excited especially about the “How to Beat Procrastination” part, and of course about all the newest tecniques applied to neuroscience to reduce stress and reach your full potential.

Ms. Mukherjee is a young self-published author, with six books published and a very promising career. For the…….

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The Indie Corner: How To Approach Book Bloggers

The Indie Corner: How To Approach Book Bloggers

 

APPROACH BOOK BLOGGERS

 

Getting a review for your book is one of the most effective ways of publicizing your work and yourself. Because of their “editorial content” book reviews are even more believable than classic “advertising”.

Nonetheless, most book reviewers are reluctant to review books from self publishers and Indies because of the prejudice that all self-published books are ill-conceived and poorly produced. Unfortunately this is not always far from the truth. (Next on The Indie Corner)

Joanna Penn –New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as owner of thecreativepenn.com– brilliantly sums up in just a few words the entire concept of book marketing.  In her Successful self-publishing. How to self publish and market your book Ms. Penn says: “Writing is about you. Publishing is about the book. Marketing is about the reader“. Marketing means connecting with a bigger network of people; building an author platform, using social media and book bloggers will give you a big help promoting your work, but you need to be savvy about how to create interest. Here some tips and tricks on how to approach book bloggers as an Indie.

  • BE SMART

Be smart and do your homeworks! Do not send a review request without doing your research online first. Take time to browse the website and read reviews, spend a few minutes to make a personal connection. Don’t forget to check the policy page, if you ask a question easily answered on the review request policy page, you’ll create the impression that you are lazy or that you don’t care enough.

Learn about the reviewer, look for serious and professional reviewers and query those you think would be a good match for your book- don’t just query the ones with big followings.  Remember: Quality rather than Quantity.

  • BE PROFESSIONAL

Email etiquette is a must.. Your email alias, your subject line and your content all have to be clear and appear appropriate to your recipient. Failure to do this can get your email ignored and/or deleted as junk or spam. Using “Howdy“, “Cheerio” and “See ya ’round” are an excellent way never to be taken seriously or viewed as professional.

Linking is essential, if you know how to make a good use of it. Always link to your contacts (blog, website, socials), remember to link the words that describe the topic and avoid those long strings. (Author’s Page rather than http://www.etcetc.com/author/page/1234)

  • BE EFFICIENT

Once you are certain you have a top-notch product you should be proud to send it to reviewers. A well structured email can get you faster responses : a blurb of the book and a short bio are essentials, keep it simple and avoid super long emails. A good way to incorporate all the infos the book blogger might use (book cover, synopsis, author’s bio, etc) is to work on a tip sheet or a press kit . (Next on The Indie Corner)

If you want a sustainable career as an author you will need to build your own email list of bloggers/readers who like your books. Taking the time to build your own network of trusty reviewers will pay off in term of book exposure. Plus you will have your personal cheer squad!

  • BE POLITE

Always ask if the blogger would consider reading and reviewing your book, beware the “attachment madness” and do not attach it right away. It’s a bit presumptuous and most book bloggers see that as a rude imposition.

A lot of bloggers consider demands quite annoying too. “Post your review here, here and here” can sound a bit pushy, and for many is a big show-stopper. Once again, be sure to read the request policy page where usually those infos are (or should be) provided.

Same with time frame. I am not offended by a time frame, as long as it is reasonable. A good/professional book blogger should always provide -if not the exact date when the post will be up, at least a waiting list. Always keep track of all your queries, and make sure that  bloggers who agree to write and post a review actually do that. Pure and simple work ethic.

It is really that simple; be smart, professional, efficient and always polite! The book bloggers community is a great resource, choose wisely and build worthy connections.

If you are either a writer or a book blogger, I would love to hear your thoughts down in the comments.


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Books of the Week

Books of the Week

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Happy Independence Day WeekEnd!! I love the fourth of July… delicious barbecues, friends and a good book, of course! Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, play it safe and enjoy the fourth! … Here’s my best books of the week.

Ready for college? I have the perfect College Starter Kit ready for you, the best books that will help you managing your finances, writing the perfect paper and becoming the best student ever.

Did it ever cross your mind to fake your death? Too much work -if you ask me, and Playing Dead  will show you how this is easier said than done. #NotAGoodIdea

Speaking of hashtags, Babe Walker vs Suburbia in American Babe. Funny, irreverent and absolutely enjoyable.

That’s not how we do it here and a mob of meerkats will teach you about management and leadership. Not just a fable, but an inspiring lesson for every entrepreneur out there.

The Indie Corner is officially open! Interviews, tips and tricks and much more.. for indie authors! Join us! #indiecorner

Social media addicts in search for inspiration try this:  Post this book and explore your inner artist with creative prompts to doodle, color, collage, pictures. And don’t forget to #PostThisBook!

This is all for now! Enjoy your day, have fun and celebrate the fourth! Happy reading!!

The Indie Corner

The Indie Corner

The Indie Corner

 

 Welcome to The Indie Corner!

As you may know, The Serial Reader (aka me) is open to receiving Advance Reading Copies and Review Copies of books. Soon after I’ve been listed on The Indie View, I got a huge amount of authors reaching me out asking for a shout-out on major platforms as Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter and every other “book-friendly” websites. As a matter of fact, I am overwhelmed with requests!

To be testimony of such creativity is definitely the best part of being a book blogger! If you are an Indie author, just let me congratulate you! I admire your talent and courage to go after your dream to become a writer!

Now, what’s The Indie Corner?

The indie Corner is a new section here on The Serial Reader where everyone can learn from each other and share their own experience in the publishing world. There will be interviews, tips and tricks and everything else you might want to know about being an independent writer.

I am not a professional reviewer. I am an avid reader and a newbie blogger. I love working with Indie authors, share my thoughts and help them promoting their work in the most effective way, and it is my sincere desire that The Indie Corner can serve as a catalyst to meaningful discussions about the perks of being a writer.

As always, feel free to comment and share your thoughts….and if you are an Indie author I really hope to see you around!

Welcome to The Indie Corner!

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How A Mob of Meerkats Will Teach You About Management and Leadership

How A Mob of Meerkats Will Teach You About Management and Leadership

That’s Not How We Do It Here! A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall -and Can Rise Again, by John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber

Step back Tony Robbins, move over Deepack Chopra..here come the Meerkats to teach us about discipline, planning  and efficiency.

I am firmly convinced that animals are the best teachers. In fact, we’ve learned adapting from mice (Who Moved My Cheese, by Kenneth Blanchard), resilience from penguins (Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditionsby John Kotter and Holger Rathgeberand now.. the meerkats are here to share tips and tricks about management.

You know, thmeerkats_crowd_set_on_danger_51545_1280x1024.jpgose squirrel-size fuzzy, little animals who live in the deserts and grasslands of the southern tip of Africa.

Cute in their bushy, brown-striped fur, meerkats live in groups as large as 40, and everyone in the mob participates in gathering food, keeping a look out for predators, and taking care of the babies.

John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber use a simple fable about these bushy, animals to help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities.cover90684-medium.png

Once upon a time a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in southern Africa. After years of steady growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan’s resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the har­mony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, and sugges­tions from frontline workers face a soul-crushing response: “That’s not how we do it here!”

So Nadia, a bright and adventurous meerkat, hits the road in search of new ideas to help her trou­bled clan. She discovers a much smaller group that operates very differently, with much more teamwork and agility. These meerkats have developed innova­tive solutions to find food and evade the vultures. But not everything in this small clan is as perfect as it seems at first. 

That’s Not How We Do It Here! distills decades of experience and research to understand how organization rise, why they often eventually struggle and how and why they can rise again. This is not just a nice fable, but a real-life lesson that will teach you how to create an environment of openness to new and innovative ideas.


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

Who Moved My Cheese (Book) – (eBook)

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Book) – (eBook)

Going to College? Here’s the Starter Kit

Going to College? Here’s the Starter Kit

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High school: been there, done that! Now you’re ready for College!

Today I want to share with you my starter kit, just the best books (and a few other online resources) that you could use during your college years.

How to Graduate Debt Free, by Kristina Ellis

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Going to college can be a huge financial commitment. Kristina Ellis -author of Confessions of a Scholarship Winner will share the best strategies to pay for college and  #notgoingbroke!

Pre-college actions, financial aids, scholarships, the best schools and majors that pay off, and  everything else you need to know to make your college experience worth it.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Anyone Can Get An A+. How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades, by Geetanjali Mukherjee

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Anyone Can Get An A+ is a down-to-earth, honest guide for students on how to maximize their learning and get good grades.

Based on research on principles of psychology and neuroscience,  Anyone Can Get An A+ will teach you:

  • how to prepare for exams
  • how to overcome procrastination and use your time wisely
  • how to write a paper painlessly
  • how to organize your time and study schedule

and many other useful tips and techniques.

Geetanjali Mukherjee is not selling you the magic pill, but strategies that work!

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, by Kate L. Turabian

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Writing your first college paper can turn into a nerve wracking experience, but there are some key skills that will facilitate the process. This book is a must-have!

Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers is organized into three sections that lead students through the process of developing and revising a paper. Part 1, “Writing Your Paper,” guides students through the research process with discussions of choosing and developing a topic, validating sources, planning arguments, writing drafts, avoiding plagiarism, and presenting evidence in tables and figures.  Part 2, “Citing Sources,” begins with a succinct introduction to why citation is important and includes sections on the three major styles students might encounter in their work.  Part 3, “Style,” covers all matters of style important to writers of college papers, from punctuation to spelling to presenting titles, names, and numbers.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Campus Politics. What Everyone Needs To Know by Konathan Zimmerman

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Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences. Such a wave of protests hasn’t been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations of the 1960s.

In Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jonathan Zimmerman breaks down the dynamics of what is actually driving this recent wave of discontent. After setting recent events in the context of the last half-century of free speech campus movements, Zimmerman looks at the political beliefs of the US professorate and students. He follows this with chapters on political correctness; debates over the contested curriculum; admissions, faculty hires, and affirmative action; policing students; academic freedom and censorship; in loco parentis administration; and the psychology behind demands for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces.” He concludes with the question of how to best balance the goals of social and racial justice with the commitment to free speech.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book)


The Roommate Book, by Becky Simpson

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Author/illustrator and expert roommate Becky Simpson uses her optimism and sense of humor to highlight the advantages of having a roommate and how best to enjoy these shared years of modular furniture, crockpot meals, and binge-watching Netflix. For high school graduates going off to college and new adults leaving college, this book is essential.

The Roommate Book is all about celebrating this short season of life. It’s the time between parental curfews and settling down with a significant other. It is for the single and proud, silly and crafty, witty and thrifty. It’s a non-serious look at how to live with a friend (or total stranger). Nuggets of wisdom are included, but so are comical pie charts, hypotheticals, illustrations, and brief essays. This book invites passersby to thumb through and stay a while.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Blogs You Should Follow

I also want to share with you some of my absolutely favourite blogs for college students:

  • Broke Millennialsstarted by Erin, who found herself in this situation at 25 after she graduated from college.  Now, she is learning how to be financially literate and is sharing what she learned with others.  The great thing about her site is that she tells funny stories and is pretty sneaky about getting financial lessons in.
  • Making Sense of Centsfounded by Michelle, who shares her story about graduating with almost $40,000 in student loan debt, and then side hustling her way to paying it off. Her story is incredibly inspiring, both on where she has been with her finances, as well as what she is doing today to support herself.
  • TeensGotCentscreated by Eva Baker to inspire other teens to make savvy financial choices early on in life, and that being smart about your money can be fun as well. On her site, you will find resources for high school students and college bound teens – from saving for college, to finding volunteer work to beef up your college applications, to fun ways to save money.

 

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Attending College is a terrific opportunity! Learn as much as you can, build good contacts and enjoy!

Are You A Self-Help Addict?

Are You A Self-Help Addict?

Don’t Get A Job, Live Your Dream, by Scott Haug

Did you know that the self-help represents a $11 billion per year industry in the U.S. alone?

Surprised? Well, don’t be! Self-improvement is the goal of everyone in some ways, we all strive to make tomorrow a little bit better than today; we want to be more productive, more focused, we want the perfect life/job/partner and we are not ashamed of spending up to $500 million  on personal development products every year.

Motivational speakers, inspirational websites, personal coaching, books and seminars.. everything you want. Or need.

I will never get tired of self-help books, I love reading them and becoming inspired by other people stories. Don’t Get a Job, Live Your Dream by Scott Haug is the latest addition to my collection.41d49rY+4BL.jpg

At age 22 Scott -fresh out of college and with a new job- felt trapped. A good job and the new acquired inpependency could’t relieve the huge discomfort he felt everyday after work. No matter how he tried, still the unpleasant feeling made him unhappy. So, one day he decided to quit his job, he found himself a new one and he was finally ready and confident for a fresh start. But after moving his life across the country and settling in a new location, he got a call..the new job was cancelled for budget reasons.

Well, if this is not a major set-back then I don’t know what it is! The impressive thing was Scott’s reaction, he quickly regain his composure and start figuring out the next step. And this book is about how he made it happen.

Don’t Get a Job, Live Your Dream contains 7 important reasons that will help convince you to live the life you truly want to live. Each chapter explains some strategies and useful tips for changing your life:

  1. Be an Inspiration
  2. Create Extraordinary
  3. Live a Life of Meaning
  4. Eliminate Future Regrets
  5. Exercise your Right to be Free
  6. Use the Last of the Human Freedoms
  7. Act on the Only Chance You Have

 

What sold me Scott’s book was its different approach. For once a self-help book which is not promoting to be aggressive, but more self-conscious, understanding that we all have fears, but we also have the courage and the power to overcome them.

If you feel stuck or trapped in a life that doesn’t belongs to you, just step back and listen to your heart…we already have all the answers we need.

 


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (eBook)

Study Struggle: Strategies That Work

Study Struggle: Strategies That Work

Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades, by Geetanjali Mukherjee

Anyone Can Get An A+ is a down-to-earth, honest guide for students on how to maximize their learniStudy Book (9)ng and get good grades.

We heard that already, haven’t we?

The Self-Help industry annually outpours tons of books with title such this, and promises that who follows the prescribed steps will become a straight As student in no time.

We all know that’s not entirely true. Sef-help must take some of the blame for fostering the illusion that academic success comes  easy. Let’s get down to earth folks.. studying in not easy, but difficult. Discipline and perseverance are qualities that need constant practice.. sometimes you feel frustrated and tell yourself things like “I can’ do that” or “I am too stupid to learn“.

This book is different. And I’ll tell you why: it’s honest.

Based on research on principles of psychology and neuroscience,  Anyone Can Get An A+ will teach you:

  • how to prepare for exams
  • how to overcome procrastination and use your time wisely
  • how to write a paper painlessly
  • how to organize your time and study schedule

and many other useful tips and techniques.

Geetanjali Mukherjee is not selling you the magic pill, but strategies that work!

 


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

Grit Will Make You a Winner

Grit Will Make You a Winner

Grit. The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

Everyone is striving for success. We want the best. We want it all: top education, good job, family, friends and lots of money. We have goals. But, unfortunately, being goals oriented and ambitiousUnknown-1 doesn’t equip us to deal with the reality that sometimes -despite one’s efforts- things don’t work out as planned.

Suddenly we are stuck, lost. We try, but we fail. What happens is that we have to make a choice: keep going or just quit.

In this must-read book, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to invest days/weeks/years in challenging practice. To be gritty is fall down seven times, and rise eight.

This book has been about the unique power of grit, because what we accomplish in life mostly depends on our passion and perseverance. Grit will make you a winner.


Get your copy now. On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

College Education: Is It Still Worth It?

College Education: Is It Still Worth It?

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We are talking about education at the Serial Readers Book Club on Goodreads.

While reading Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa I questioned myself if society and parents around the world aren’t making a huge mistake by encouraging every student to get a college education.

Young people -fresh out of college or not- are actually struggling to adapt to a certain kind of economy that isn’t ready (or doesn’t want to) include them at this time.

Are colleges really preparing you for the job market? are they providing you the skills you need to succeed in the workforce? Or are they just burying you with huge debt?

According to Richard Vedder -economist from Ohio University- “only five of the top 25 fastest growing occupations over the next 10 years require any sort of college degree“.

There must be something wrong in the system! Does our education system need to be reformed? Or is it fine the way it is?