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#TuesdayBookBlog Two short books for authors by Gisela Hausmann (@Naked_Determina) worth their weight in gold #Amwriting #Bookreviews

Hi all:

Although I tend to write more about other people’s books than about my own, I know you know I’m an author (or at least some of you know). I have the best of intentions and always want to learn what to do to sell more books, but I normally get sidetracked and end up reading about something else. But when I came across those two books (there are more in the series), they had the advantage of being short, and although I know not everybody will like the writer’s style, I did, so here are the reviews and a bit about the author.

First, the author:

Author Gisela Hausman
Author Gisela Hausman

About the author:

Her motto:
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”-Napoleon Hill

Gisela Hausmann is an email evangelist, a PR coach, a communication expert and a life skills artist.

Born to be an adventurer, she also co-piloted single-engine planes, produced movies, and worked in the industries of education, construction, and international transportation. Gisela’s friends and fans know her as a woman who goes out to seek the unusual and rare adventure.

A unique mixture of wild risk-taker and careful planner, Gisela globe-trotted almost 100,000 kilometers on three continents, including to the locations of her favorite books: Doctor Zhivago’s Russia, Heinrich Harrer’s Tibet, and Genghis Khan’s Mongolia.

She is also the winner of the
2016 Sparky Award “Best Subject Line” (industry award)
2017 Finalist IAN Book of the Year Awards
2016 Honorary Mention Readers Favorite Awards
2016 International Book Awards Finalist
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
2015 Kindle Book Awards Finalist
2014 Gold Readers’ Favorite Award
2013 Bronze eLit Awards

Gisela Hausmann graduated with a master’s degree in Film & Mass Media from the University of Vienna. She now lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She tweets at @Naked_Determina

And, the books:

The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody Is Telling You by Gisela Hausmann
The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody Is Telling You by Gisela Hausmann

The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody Is Telling You by Gisela Hausmann

In times of hyped promises, many marketing organizations don’t tell “everything,” especially in the self-publishing industry.
In this short book, Gisela Hausmann, a 29-year industry veteran, author of the naked (no-fluff) book series, and Amazon top reviewer reveals 53 rarely published facts that will help indie authors to avoid costly mistakes and market their books cheaper and more effectively.

•Basic Warnings
•Editing & Covers
•About Influencers
•Book Promotions on Social Media Platforms
•Book Reviews
•Communicating with Influencers
•Book Marketing
•What’s Overrated and What’s Underrated

My review:

Considering I am an author, I don’t read enough books about how to sell books or marketing (I read articles and blog posts about writing, but not many books) and although I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, I had decided to try and at least read ‘some’ books on the industry, especially because I have quite a few already waiting to be read.

Very recently, in one of the regular newsletters I get offering book promotions (I’m always intrigued to see what is being promoted, and one never knows when we’ll discover the next big thing), I came across this book. I could not resist but had to check the Look Inside feature, and I liked the style. I also liked the fact that it is very short and it could be read during a short break and as it was cheap… well, there was not much to lose.

This book might be too direct for authors who have just started, as some of the things the author assumes we all know, novel authors might not know yet, but for most of the rest, I think it can help clarify things.

Hausmann takes no prisoners, and you might or might not like her style and approach (she says things as she sees them. That does not mean they are necessarily right, as different people look for different things and have different experiences…) but if you would prefer to cut to the chase, her book might be the one for you. It might give you permission to do things you’ve been thinking about for a while but nobody had dared come out with them straight, or you might agree to disagree, but I’m sure if you’re an author, it will give you pause, and it won’t waste too much of your time.

As the book is very short, I cannot share much of it. She does talk about blogging and says there is no much point in rehashing the usual content or in spending time reading posts that say the same you’ve read thousands of times before. Here is what she recommends:

Stop following and listening to people who whine.

Follow all bloggers who offer data, facts, and real insights about book marketing. (Hint: Look for numbers.)

As I said, this is not a book for everybody, but I recommend all authors with little time but interested on reading something about the industry to check it and see if they connect with the author’s style. She made me think and nod quite a few times.


The Little Blue Book for Authors: 101 Clues to Get More Out of Facebook by Gisela Hausmann
The Little Blue Book for Authors: 101 Clues to Get More Out of Facebook by Gisela Hausmann

The Little Blue Book for Authors: 101 Clues to Get More Out of Facebook by Gisela Hausmann

Tens of thousands of authors network on Facebook. Most of them complain that many of their friends and fans don’t see their postings.

Gisela Hausmann, author of the naked, no-fluff book series for authors reveals 101 Clues to get more out of Facebook.

My review:

I’m an author and after reading another one of Hausmann’s books The Little Blue Book for Authors: 53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody Is Telling You I was curious to read more of her advice (especially as her book are so short and easy to fit into anybody’s reading schedule).

I admit that I can’t keep up with the changes on Facebook. I’m not sure I ever got a handle on it, to begin with. I avoided it before I started publishing, and now, although I have a personal and an author page, I tend to use it mostly to connect with readers and other authors (yes, and friends) through messenger. It’s also useful to know when people’s birthdays are, and I share my reviews there, but I’ve never been savvy as to how to use it to sell anything…

Hausmann’s book is not a book about Facebook advertising. It is mostly about what you see on Facebook, how you can influence what you and others see on Facebook, and the way to ensure that your posts have the best chance to be seen (be warned, that chance is very small). She warns us about our online activity (it does define us and it’s forever there, especially if other people like or share our content, as we might be able to delete something from our site but not from other people’s sites. Recently, an author asked me to remove his old picture from one of my old review posts and I did, but I thought it was a useless exercise and wondered how he expected to trace everybody who might have been in contact with his page at the time), reminds us that Facebook is not a non-profit organization, and tells us that if we want it to work for us, we must align ourselves with its goals (not the other way round, because it won’t happen. No point in moaning about it. Facebook is not there to help us).

This book is written in the author’s direct style, and I’d advise anybody thinking about buying the book to check the Look Inside feature before buying it. I suspect it is a bit of a marmite kind of book: some people will love it and others loathe it. Personally, it made me think and made me consider my strategy, and I’d recommend it to authors who like her style and are looking for brief and easy to follow advice.

I leave you with one of her gems (and it is a profoundly personal book, so it will not work for everybody):

No, I do not believe that creating a perfect landing page, posting the usual content, and buying Facebook ads leads to success for indie authors.


Thanks to the author, thanks to all of you for reading and remember to like, share, comment, click, and REVIEW!

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Multiauthor event in Facebook A TIME FOR GIVING, Thanksgiving, audiobooks and much, much more. Thanks to @UviPoznansky and all the fabulous writers

Hi all:

You might remember I mentioned working with other authors and sharing events with them and all the advantages of doing that in a post I shared in Literary Word Interviews (just click if you missed it). Well, here we are. Fantastic author Uvi Poznansky has organised an event on Facebook where we introduce our audiobooks and even give them away. It runs from the 20th to the 22nd of this month.

A time for giving
A time for giving, Audiobook Facebook event

I’ve probably already invited you to the event, but just in case, it’s here.

Here are all the audiobooks available:


For more details, you can check this post.

Here are all the authors.


You can check a bit more information here.

To gather some support I started a campaign in HeadTalker, so if you can join it shares the message on the chosen date (the 20th in this case. It works a bit like Thunderclap, but you can have a campaign with only 25 people supporting you so it’s a bit more flexible). Here is the campaign, just in case. (And don’t worry. The App doesn’t post anything other than that message or changes anything in your social media account).

I’m offering two of my audios. I thought I’d share some fragments of one of them, today and some of the other one Friday.

First, I Love Your Cupcakes
sweet culinary romance.

I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook
I Love Your Cupcakes Audiobook narrated by Gwyn Olson

I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Gwyn Olson

Dulce, Adelfa and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends and share some “interesting” family connections. All the men Dulce meets only want to talk about her cakes and she’s tired of it. Her friend Adelfa, although she’s a Chemistry Professor, can’t manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the TV studio of the program “Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?” they’d find sexual harassment, cheats, fights and also love? Recipes included (only for cakes, not love!)

Glyn Olson and Red Rose Studio have done a fantastic job bringing my novel to life. You’ll be able to smell the cakes, laugh with their adventures, and fall in love…                            Amazon                   Apple i-Tunes 

If you’ve never tried Audible before, this is a great promotion.

You can listen to a sample directly in Sound Cloud:

If you prefer to watch the You Tube video:

And here a few fragments that relate to the theme of the event, gifts and giving.

In the first one, the two friends, Dulce and Adelfa, are setting up their cupcakes shop/bookshop/gift shop and everything else, and they’ve managed to gather a lot of support from within the community.

“We have plenty of organising to get through but you are busy enough. I’ll see if I can get somebody to help us with the cakes once the supplies are here. By the way, Alf, the mayor’s office has sent us an e-mail offering us an old bus. I don’t know what state it will be in but we thought we could have the children’s reading group there, and if it is road-safe and mobile we could take it to different places and give it a bit of exposure. I wasn’t sure if you’d want to have a look…”

“A bus? Of course! I’d love to! Why don’t you send me the e-mail? I’ll ask them to bring it here. Unless we can drive it, then I’d bring it myself. The fire-engine should be safe for visits soon. Ah, and my Dad is coming later to check all the safety measures. We should be more than ready for Wednesday.”

The good news is that the bus in question is an old school bus. Later on in the book, when the bus goes into retirement, they get an even more interesting addition to their float (but I’m not telling you!).

In the second fragment, the friends, who are taking part in a baking contest on the TV, are talking to the two members of another team, about their interesting family relations, and how keeping receipts can get you into trouble sometimes.

“What I don’t understand is… how did Sebastian, I mean Storm, find out that you existed?” Trisha asked.

“It’s an interesting part of the story. Our Dad was always, and I imagine still is, although I’m not in touch with him, very peculiar about keeping receipts, bills and paperwork for everything he got. He came back from some trip and brought Storm a computer game as a gift. Storm already had the same game and asked him for the receipt to be able to exchange it, as he’d bought it in one of the shops of a big chain. Our father gave it to him. Most fathers would have thrown it away and that would have been the end of the story, but not our Dad. When Storm checked he realised that he’d bought other things in the same shop that he’d never given him, and he didn’t know of any other children his age that he would buy presents for. He felt intrigued and made enquiries at the shop with some excuse. They replied that they had sent the other games to the address he had given them. He asked for confirmation to check that they had been sent to the correct place, and bingo! It was our address. Storm has always been very good with computers and handling data and he traced even the marriage certificate back. Then he realised what was going on. Knowing his mother, he decided it would be better to come and tell us himself. His mother travelled so much that he took a chance during one of her trips and instead of going to stay with a friend, he came by…And the rest, as they say, is history” Adelfa concluded, throwing the rest of her ice-cream into a bin.

“Wow! What a story! And Storm must be a remarkable guy!” Candy exclaimed.

The third fragment shares the moment when Rock, a man who works at the studio, brings Dulce a present. He is a very special guy, and so is his gift.


“Come in. I was about to send you a message. I lost track of you and didn’t know where you’d gone.”

“I wanted to finish something I was working on…Here.” He gave her a red velvet box.

“For me?”

“Yes…Open it…”

It was a necklace. A fairly special necklace. It had what looked like an antique key, with the top in the shape of a heart, enamelled in red, in wrought iron, hanging from a very fine and thin strip of copper netting that served as a chain. It was beautiful and unique.

“It represents the key to my heart,” Rock told her. “I hope you like it. Lance suggested flowers and chocolates but…”

“You’re definitely right. I love it! Thanks, Rock.”

She kissed him on the cheek first but then they progressed to kissing in the mouth several times.

Thanks to Uvi for organising this great event, thanks to all of you for reading, and please, do come and join in if you can! And of course, share, like, comment, and CLICK!

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