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Self-publishing ‘Live Your Dreams: Be You’ journey: how I made my book a bestseller Amazon, Book Reviews & Book Marketing

Live Your Dreams: Be You by Neeti Nigam Keswani | Book Reviews

In the past, self-publishing was seen as a last resort for authors who couldn’t find a traditional publisher. But today, self-publishing is a popular and viable option for many writers. Thanks to advances in technology, self-publishing is now cheaper and easier than ever before.

And with more platforms available for self-published writers to sell their books, there’s no need to rely on brick-and-mortar stores. Self-publishing also gives authors more control over their work, from the cover design to the marketing strategy.

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As a result, self-publishing is an attractive option for both new and experienced authors. Whether you’re looking to create a niche market for your book or simply want to retain creative control, self-publishing may be the right choice for you.

Book marketing can be a great way to get your book noticed by potential readers. There are a variety of ways to self publish, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

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Are you settling for a PayCheck, when what you really want is a life??? Is the price of freedom – a lack of true achievement and life of busy work? What if life presents you a chance, a chance to follow your dreams? Will you be bold enough to take it? Do you BELIEVE in your dreams? These are the questions Rhea is asking herself as she is swooshing through the lanes of life. Most people dream of having a story that Bollywood movies are made up of. How about actually living one?  Opposites attract and repel in this tale of love, inspiration, and dreams.

 The beautiful, adventurous Rhea and the ambitious, intellectual Sahil are drawn to each other but require some pivotal times and a whirlwind of emotions to understand each other and their dreams. This book dribs the guilt and compassionately addresses the personal and practical concerns that you and I go through in our daily life.  

It takes you through a journey, a journey within, and answers those questions that only you know subconsciously. 

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One popular option is to use a self-publishing platform like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing or Amazon kdp and Smashwords. These platforms allow you to upload your book and make it available for sale on their site.

Another option is to print your book yourself using a service like CreateSpace or Lulu. This can be a more expensive option, but it gives you more control over the quality of your book.

Whichever method you choose, self publishing can be a great way to get your work out there.

Hi, I am Neeti Keswani, Founder of Plush Ink and Author of the Bestselling Book ‘Live Your Dreams’.

Today I am sharing an excerpt from an interview with ThinkerViews, an internationally acclaimed Book Reviews Blog, to let you know that self-publishing your book and book marketing with an obviously amazing storyline can make you a Bestseller Author.

Book Reviews by Thinker Views

Excerpt:

Ever since the book has been published, I have been on an emotional rollercoaster. It has been an exhilarating experience…very liberating. I say that because Live Your Dreams has indeed made me live my dreams. I always wanted to pen down this inspirational story that every woman could relate to but being able to become an Amazon Bestseller within a month, just means that the book is resonating well with the souls of many and I am so pleased!

When I am not writing, then I love reading books, listening to soulful music, dance and traveling to wonderful destinations.

As you have mentioned it is very clear that this book is not your autobiography and is completely a work of fiction. How much of the same can be related with Neeti?

This book is a figment of my imagination and creative instincts. I have tried to put words to many emotions and feelings that a woman may go through…at various stages in her life be it college-going, married women or career-minded women with kids.

Yet people, who know me personally, can find reflections of me and my thought process when Rhea Jaiswal (main protagonist) goes through varied transformations in her life.

We all get inspired by the people, places, and incidents happening around us. Writers take a lot of inspiration from these realities and then mix it with fantasies. 

While writing mythology there is not much scope, however, a lot of imagination has to be weaved in the story. Can you share any of the real incidents which helped you in this book.

This book is an ode to inspiration and following your passions no matter where you are, whatever stage in life.
For me, inspiration happens in a flick of a second, especially when I am outdoors. Majority of this book has been penned in the cafes of London. There are bits and bobs in the book talking about the exquisite weather, and fashion streets of London as Rhea explores and meets her creative side…

Then, there is one particular scene where Rhea is doing an exquisite sketch in a park and the editor of Invogue happens to see her craft the masterpiece. So, that bit…I got inspired when I was in Bryant park, Manhattan…it’s a quaint park surrounded by beautiful buildings…big brands…just the vibrancy of the people around at lunch hour got me inspired. Rhea in this scene captures vibrancy of fashion hues on four girls. When I was in this park, fashion was spelt across women, casually soaking in the sun and enjoying their time in the park.

As an Author, I just have to witness the scene once, and in the spur of the moment, when I am writing, I tend to give it the shape that I want to.

As you share your time between two mega cities of the world, can you share, how your experiences with different places, cultures and people helped you to write this book?

I love traveling, especially exploring new cities and cultures. This might be quite evident to you after reading Live Your Dreams Book. I have been deeply influenced by the working culture in Gurgaon and London, and somewhere it has reflected in my writings. Apart from the work culture, the general thought process and local events have helped mold the story that I wanted to create.

London has been the melting pot of various cultures and now Gurgaon is increasingly becoming one. I think my global stance on various subjects (and reflected in this book)- is mainly attributed to the travels and living in these two beautiful cities.

Can you tell us more about your writing regime? Are you a method writer or an impulsive one?

I guess I am a bit of both. I tend to write when I am truly inspired by a subject. But once the subject has taken form in my mind, then I consistently develop a regime of writing every single day for whatever time slotted for that piece…Or until a certain deadline is met.

Can you tell which part(s) / scene(s) in the book you enjoyed writing the most / like the most in this book?

There are so many pieces in the book that I have absolutely devoured while penning them down. To count a few:

The introduction: which starts with a narrative and takes the reader into Rhea’s dream.
And then how she gets jolted out of her dream and goes on living a mundane life, yet keeping her aspirations intact.

Himalayan Adventure: Not only my book readers and fans, but me myself have loved this section of the book that connects you with the supreme. The adventures that unfold for Rhea and Sahil, the Mentor who guides Rhea in simple ways and the travel in the unknown terrains of Himalayas…all were mesmerizing.

Rhea’s yoga on the hill section: Although it is very subtle, there has been a message on fitness. The way Rhea does yoga, her flexibility, focus and will to do yoga on a dangerous piece of rock has been quite intriguing for me as I wrote.

Rhea’s commitment to values: In the early part of the book, Rhea goes through struggles to marry the love of her life and yet manages to keep her family bond and values high. The way I wanted to create this scene was quite delicate and I guess the experience was enthralling.

Rhea’s tryst with her passions and pursuit of fashion as an art: This is the section which is most enjoyed by all my book readers and I thoroughly enjoyed the way chapters formed within my mind. In my growing up years, I often took refuge in penning my thoughts and I guess I reflected that same passion as Rhea designed in her green diary.

Summary:

The book is a gem to read, simple yet inspirational. It talks about motivation, love, morals, and other positive attributes nicely. If you love to watch family movies set up in a realistic environment and read inspirational stories, this book is something you should go for.

 Excerpt is taken from Thinkviews Blogger's review of Live Your Dreams Book

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Episode preview

The book “Live Your Dreams” tells a story in a simple and linear manner. It is about a young girl who has completed her study and like any other aspiring middle-class child who envisioned his/her better future doing a job… Read more here

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Her parents are considering that it is the right time for her marriage, so the proposals are forwarded to her in an almost regular manner. Though being educated parents themselves, neither her father nor her mother forced her to get married in hustle and bustle. She is performing well in her job and she eventually conquers the milestones of success, one after the another.

She had a possession, her green diary. And, she has a hobby. She loves to draw lines to turn them into a good dress. The sense of fashion is natural to her and her imagination is remarkable as mentioned in “Live your dreams”. Whenever there is an annual day in the office or an event at a friend’s place, she was the one who decides the theme and provides dress designs.

No, she is not feeling any conflict between her job and her hobby. She enjoys doing her job and her work was bringing some remarkable results for the company. That’s how the book “Live your dreams” was going.

She had support in the form of the family, she got support from the office also, she has a friend named Priya, her sister is more than a friend to her, one of her superior admires her work and is almost like a brother to her and she is in love with a genuine, humble, talented and equally hardworking fellow. So, life is all fine for her. Is she missing anything? Will she get married to her soulmate? Will there be any complications? Why the book name suggests “live your dream” – is there a void anywhere for the female protagonist?

Well, you need to read the book to know more.

Views and Reviews about “Live your dreams”:

Frankly speaking, I’ve picked the book “Live your dreams” without much expectations from the same. The reading experience, on the contrary, was really amazing. It is a story that goes in a linear manner. Of course, it has ups and downs, but it is a smooth ride.

After a long time, I came to read a story that is set up in modern times and having characters that are modern, and yet it shows the real middle-class family. We mostly see that the rich families in the book and some imaginative backdrops and things, which are good at the fantasy level, but we are unable to connect with it. At the same time, we often see typical melodrama when it comes to the story set up in a middle-class environment. The book “live your dreams” has realistic characters. Their dreams and aspirations, their way of living, their morals and ethics, their consideration for family values, their support to each other, and the success they achieve (which they deserve, not accidental) are explored pretty well.

If you get to know about the author’s life, you may come to the conclusion that this is her biography or something inspired by it. Well, the author herself makes it clear that the book is a work of fiction and is not her life story. Of course, some of the incidents could have been inspired by what she had experienced, heard, read about, and imagined of course.

The author’s idea about gender equality and women’s empowerment is very right. We see that many authors, makers of films and tv serials, etc. represent the wrong concept for these attributes in their work. Using abusive language, cuss words, and talking about adultery at a length have nothing to do with these attributes, but we see it is represented through them. Neeti, in this book “Live your dreams”, has avoided using any such things in the book, and the writing doesn’t include a single sentence which you can consider in the “adult-only” zone. This is a big achievement.

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Neeti is good at writing about real emotions, for example:

Although, I may have grown up somewhere in their heart I am still their little girl and they want to be sure I am doing all right.

Yes, for all the parents, their children will always remain so. Their way of loving and caring will never let the children grown in the parent’s mind. And, that is the beauty of the parent-child relationship. At a certain age, especially when people get older and lose their parents, they feel a void. So, as the author says in the book, we must understand the importance of family in a sooner-the-better manner. This is another important message conveyed through this book “Live your dreams”.

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Sometimes, we just tend to take our families for granted forgetting that these little moments spent with them will be the ones which we cherish for life.

Neeti talks and points out about love in “Live your dreams” in simple words which makes an impact:

It seems time passes so much faster when I am with him.

When our conversation starts, moments turn into hours without any of us noticing.

I like the following lines about the relationships and family:

And then my thoughts go on Priya and Randeep. I am so blessed to have such friends… I could open up with them without the judgements. I could just be myself.

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Randeep is just the cool brother I never really had but I still have in him… a gem of friend.

There are some philosophical and motivational lines in the book like:

As they say, it is easy to fight but very hard to make anyone understand your point of view.

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With increasing responsibility comes increasing accountability and that means growth and feeling of satisfaction.

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You know, words can kill like scalpel or heal like medicine.

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Go with the flow. Do not fight the current. Because if you try to fight the current, chances are you might exhaust yourself and drown. So, my simple advice is, go with the flow And believe you are well protected.

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Identity and striving for a goal both are important. But never at your own cost. Never let the little voice in you fade away. Listen to it often and take its advice.

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Set your priorities right and then live from the values set out. And don’t do something because he wants or she wants or what will they think. Do what you want.

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It feels good to be supported. But first we have to learn to support our feelings and values. So today I decide I am going to take the step.

So, as you can see, the book- “live your dreams” is good in terms of literary qualities also.

The characters grow gradually and remain as they are. There is no unwanted melodrama. There are various points in this book “live your dreams” where the author could have infused it, but she decided not to. The way the bond of love is explored in the book is really remarkable. The characters support each other and that is what the friends and family are for, to support and to be supported. ” Live your dreams” conveys the message of positivity. And, as we see so many negative things are happening around, a moderate dose of positivity is required. If you want to summarize the message of the book it could be:

Enjoy the life as it goes. Enjoy the stopover that may come in future. Stop being unhappy about where you are and where you want to be. It is the interim time that the journey is all about… make it fun,make it exciting. Your adventures, your paths are what will make your destination worthwhile. Never ever forget to Live your dreams

Coming back to Book Marketing

If you’re self-publishing a book, you’ll need to get the word out there yourself. One way to do this is by utilizing book marketing strategies. There are a number of book marketing strategies that you can use to reach your target audience. Here are some:

  1. One effective book marketing strategy is to create a website or blog dedicated to your book. You can use this platform to share information about your book, post excerpts, and provide links for readers to purchase your book.

2. Additionally, social media can be a powerful tool for book marketing. Be sure to create a hashtag for your book and promote it across all of your social media channels.

3. You can also partner with other authors or bloggers in order to gain exposure for your book.

4. Social media – post about your book on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and use relevant hashtags to reach a larger audience

As an author, one of the best ways to reach a larger audience is to utilize social media. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram provide a way to connect with potential readers from all over the world.

By posting about your book on these sites and using relevant hashtags, you can significantly increase your visibility.

Additionally, social media provides an opportunity to interact directly with your audience. You can answer questions, offer insights into your creative process, and build relationships with potential readers. When used effectively, social media can be a powerful tool for authors.

Book reviews – ask friends and family members to write book reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, and offer to do the same for them

As an avid reader, I am always on the lookout for new books to add to my collection. However, with so many titles available, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth reading. That’s where book reviews come in. By reading reviews written by other readers, I can get a sense of what a book is about and whether it is worth my time.

Of course, not all reviews are created equal. Some people are more critical than others, and some reviewers may have different tastes than I do. That’s why I always take a look at several reviews before making a decision about a book. And when I find a book that I really enjoy, I make sure to write a review myself so that others can benefit from my recommendations.

If you love to read as much as I do, then I encourage you to ask your friends and family members for their book recommendations. And don’t forget to offer to write a review for them in return!

Guest blogging – write guest blog posts for other websites related to books or writing, and include a link to your own website or Amazon page

As a book lover, one of the best things you can do to promote your own website or blog is to write guest posts for other sites related to books or writing. This not only helps to get your name out there, but it also allows you to share your love of books with a wider audience.

And of course, you can always include a link back to your own site or Amazon page in your bio. Guest blogging is a great way to connect with other book lovers and build up a following for your own site. So if you’re looking for a way to reach more readers, why not give it a try?

Advertising – place ads for your book in online or print publications that target readers interested in books

When it comes to promoting your book, advertising is a great way to reach new readers. By placing ads in online or print publications that target readers interested in books, you can increase the visibility of your book and reach a new audience.

In addition, advertising can help to build buzz around your book and generate word-of-mouth promotion. While advertising can be expensive, it can be a highly effective way to reach new readers and boost sales.

Book trailer

The book trailer is a great way to get people interested in the book and inspired. It’s also a great way to show your personality as an author. What better way to sell books than by inspiring others? If you are looking for more ways to market your books, consider using video. It’s a powerful medium that can help you connect with readers on an emotional level and inspire them to take action. Are you ready to live your dreams? Check out our bestselling book trailer and start reading the inspirational books that will change your life!

By utilizing these book marketing strategies, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your target audience and achieving success as a self-published author. With a little effort, you can use these social media tips to reach a larger audience and sell more books. Have you tried any of these techniques? What has worked best for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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