Hurray! my second book It’s Not the Cookie It’s the Bag is finished.
After months of hard work its finally here. The book I started writing during last year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is now available for sale. Now, I move on to the equally hard work of promoting the book. But before I do that I do want to take a few minutes and just enjoy the moment.
For right now I want to remind myself how special it is that I completed my second novel. For a guy who never thought he would write a book this is a pleasant surprise to me. Even more surprising is that I have found I enjoy writing so much. I enjoy it to the point that I think I already have the title for my next book.
Thanking My Team
And I want to thank two very special ladies without whom this book wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as it is. I did all the writing, but as a totally blind computer user; I have no way of knowing if my submission will be visually appealing. And when selling anything online you really have to grab people’s attention quickly.
First I want to thank Lorraine Reguly of www.wordingwell.com
She is not only a talented editor and writer in her own right, she is also a great friend. She worked hard on turning my words into a more coherent book. She tamed my manuscript into a real live honest to goodness book that would look right at home on any book store or library shelf.
She also worked with the creator of the cover art to get the image just right. And this is no mean feat because she was working with a client who couldn’t give her direct feedback on the various cover ideas.
She also did the formatting and submitting to Selz, Amazon, and Create Space. And for those of you who haven’t experienced this process each website has a different submission process with very different submission guide lines.
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And I need to thank Brenda from www.coversbydesign.net
She cheerfully made the seemingly endless changes that were needed to get the image just right.
And then she adjusted the image for submission to the different sites. And she also had to adjust the image for create space a few times to be in sync with changes to the length of the document we were submitting.
Celebrating My Way
You know I believe in celebrating every success. I wish I could tell you I threw a big crazy party, but that isn’t my style. But maybe I will go a little wild when I get the first printed copy in my hands.
I told my friends and family that I finished my second book. I went on social media and shared the news there too. I sent out an email to my mailing list.
Last saturday morning I sat on my bed in my pajamas and ate a bowl of cereal while watching cartoons on boom-a-rang. It wasn’t Cap’n Crunch or Lucky Charms, but it was pretty good.
And before starting work on this post I enjoyed a really good cup of coffee while listening to some of my favorite old time radio shows on my sirius xm radio.
Now, it’s time to get to work. It’s time to write this post, ask for book reviews, and send pitch emails to hosts of podcasts, radio shows, and TV programs. With your help I know that this book can help lots of people live more productive happier lives and allow me to add best selling author to my list of credits.
To make it easier for you to help me Lorraine has created this book promotion section.
Promo Info for It’s Not the Cookie, It’s the Bag
Book Blurb for It’s Not the Cookie, It’s the Bag: An Easy-to-Follow Guide for Weight Loss Success
Everyone knows that changing your lifestyle is not easy.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or trying to keep it off, you need an action plan you can follow. The thing is… it doesn’t have to be hard. It can be fun, simple, and easy!
In It’s Not the Cookie, It’s the Bag, blind man Maxwell Ivey Jr shares the ups and downs of his weight loss — and weight maintenance — journey to good health. He also reveals the exact methods he uses in his day-to-day life to achieve and maintain his phenomenal success.
Going from 512 pounds to a 250-pound, lean, mean machine in just two years, Max tells you how YOU can replicate his success and become the person you want to be… the person you were meant to be… the person you deserve to be… one small step at a time.
So what are you waiting for?
Get started today!
Use Max’s methods to become healthy and happy for the rest of your life!
After all, if a blind man can do this, why can’t you?
Book Excerpt #1:
In this book, I will share the secrets of my weight loss. I will teach you how you can achieve the same results I did. I will be brutally honest with you about everything, too. The best part? You do not have to have gastric surgery in order to see results!
Book Excerpt #2
Atrue story that Max shares in his book about his dedication and commitment to getting healthy.
This leads me to a great story I want to share with you.
When I was first starting on my road to better health, I didn’t have any exercise equipment.
I was still traveling with my uncle’s carnival, part-time. One night, we were at a Christmas Lights festival in Lake Jackson, Texas, and my nephew, Seth, went to a church rummage sale that was part of the festival.
I don’t know if he bought it for me or for himself or just because it was something he could afford, but he bought an exercise bike for five bucks.
It was one of those old-style, torturer models with the small hard seat that very few people can ride without using a towel or a pillow on it. (I know you’ve seen them! Some of you have probably even used one!)
Well, Seth brought it home and set it outside our house on the sidewalk that runs between our house and the garage.
I live near Houston, Texas, so we don’t generally have harsh winters. However, where the bike was situated was where the wind would blow right at you.
I used that awful bike in that cold and wind. I rode it in the hot summer sun. I rode it during the day, and when the mosquitoes were biting at night.
I never missed a day.
Purchase Links for It’s Not the Cookie, It’s the Bag
(Note that I will receive a higher royalty amount if you purchase the book through Selz as they pay 95% to the author. Amazon and CreateSpace pay much less than this!)
And this doesn’t mean you can’t buy it on Selz and still visit Amazon to post a five star review. 😉 To help with that here is the link to my Amazon author profile page.
If you live in the U S or Canada, you can order an autographed copy for $49.95.
If you live elsewhere, then please email me for a quote.
I should mention that there is no way for me to autograph the copy on the Create Space website. This means I have to order the book sent to me and then mail it out to you after I have signed it. That means in addition to having to get someone to help me with the processing I have to pay shipping twice.
I’m not complaining, just thought you were entitled to know about the process.
How You Can Help
I do need your help to make this second book an even bigger success than the first. And here are some ways you can do that.
Buy It For Yourself
Naturally, if you need to lose weight and get healthier, then you could of course buy a copy. In addition to suggestions about diet and exercise there are also chapters on meditation, affirmations, building your support system, and staying positive. These chapters would apply even if you are already physically healthy.
Give It As A Gift
If you know someone who has tried unsuccessfully to lose weight and keep it off; then you could purchase a copy for that friend or family member. But if you do that it might be better to have it sent to you and then offer to let the friend or family member read it now that you ar through with it.
Having been the fat person I can understand the hurt feelings that can come from when someone buys you a diet book or exercise equipment as a present. So my suggestion above would make it more likely that they see the offer positively.
Review It On Your Blog
If you have a blog focused on fitness, good health, weight loss, or the mind body spirit approach to a successful life; then I would appreciate your reviewing the book on your site. Naturally, I will provide you with a review copy of the book. I will also send you the cover art as well as my before and after photos so you can include them in your post.
I would be happy to answer questions if you feel they will help the post. I want this to be a good thing for both of us.
If you have a podcast, radio show, or a show on youtube or network television; I would love to be interviewed about the book and my life in general. I am a very open, honest, authentic, interview. No subject is off limits. I love having a friendly, thoughtful, wide ranging conversation that gives me the opportunity to inspire and motivate your audience.
To make it easier on the host I will not only send you my current book but I will also send you my first one Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light, a Blind Man’s Inspirational Guide to Success.
I’m making that offer because my life lends itself to appearances on a wide variety of shows. I can talk just as easily about starting up a business and creating a blog as I can about modern meditation and how I lost the weight and how I am keeping it off. And every appearance is an opportunity to share my story, build my brand, and promote my work.
And I have been encouraged by the fact that several show hosts have already asked me back for a second interview to discuss the new book and what I’ve been doing since I was on their show.
Share On Social Media
If you don’t have a blog, podcast, or radio or TV show; you can still help. I know you have friends and family. You have social media network communities. So, you could help by sharing the links above with the people you know.
You can also help by continuing to support and encourage me online. That is a very valuable service you do for me all the time.
And if you don’t want to buy the book for yourself or someone you know; and you aren’t able to support by blogging or sharing the links online; then you could always help out by making a contribution to my work.
It won’t be tax deductible, but it will be greatly appreciated and help me to continue sharing my message of taking action and not letting excuses keep you from accomplishing your dreams, achieving your goals, and becoming the person you were meant to be.
If you have any questions about any of this, then just write and ask. I love meeting new people and making new friends. You never know where these new friendships will lead you. And you don’t have to have a reason to say hello.
I like to say that if you want to know anything about Max, JUST ASk
And I do hope you know just how much I appreciate your continued love, attention, and support. I know you have lots of demands on your time and have many choices for how you get your information, entertainment, and inspiration. I’m really honored that you choose to spend some time with me and on me. I really couldn’t do this without you.
Until next time thanks so much and take care out there, Max