We recently launched publishinghouse.us to explain what we refer to as a non-traditional publishing house. We hope that the site will educate visitors about the differences of traditional publishing houses vs. non-traditional publishing houses.
We recently interviewed our own Suneel Dhand, M.D., the author of High Percentage Wellness Steps: Natural, Proven, Everyday Steps to Improve Your Health & Well-being (available as paperback & Kindle editions) and the forthcoming title Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha. The interview is as follows. Enjoy!
1. What made you decide to write High Percentage Wellness Steps?
As a doctor, I feel that the medical profession does not spend nearly enough time focusing on the fundamental principles of health and well-being. At a time when we are privileged to have access to so many new miraculous treatments and cures, simple preventative medicine is still always the best option whenever possible. I wanted to write a book that emphasized the power of natural lifestyle steps in bringing about huge improvements to our overall level of wellness.
2. Why did you decide to self-publish instead of go the traditional route?
Modern technology is changing the publishing world completely, and the divide between the two is becoming increasingly blurred. Traditional publishing is much more time consuming, with less control over your work. Self-publishing is quite the opposite.
3. Could you tell us more about the charities you’re helping with this book?
I am donating profits to a number of health related causes, involving humanitarian relief, medical research and other special projects for those suffering from terrible illness. These include the Red Cross, Make a Wish Foundation, and organizations devoted to cancer, cardiovascular and neurological research.
4. Do you plan on writing any other health & wellness books in the future?
Yes, most certainly. There are so many important topics in this area, and I have other ideas that I would like to start working on soon.
5. Tells us a bit about your new fiction book that is soon to be released…
The book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha, combines aspects of Eastern philosophy with the spirit of the American Revolution. Being from an Indian background, I would hear stories growing up about India’s freedom struggle. While living in Massachusetts, I discovered more about the events leading up to the Revolution. I drew instant parallels between the two historical moments, and that same universal desire for liberty. Then there’s Thomas Jefferson, a true American legend who was an extraordinary man in lots of different ways. The rest…well…you will have to read the book to find out!
6. What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book — and most enjoyable?
I would say that the challenging part is making sure you have enough interesting subject matter to keep the reader interested, especially with non-fiction. The most enjoyable part is being able to creatively bring your ideas to reality.
7. Have you always wanted to write books?
Yes, ever since I was a young boy I have always enjoyed books and writing. My mom and dad have kept all of my childhood writing in boxes in the attic, and we often look over them with amusement when I visit home.
8. Do you have a favorite writing spot? If so, tell us about it…
I write in a number of different places, including many tea and coffee shops. My favorite though has to be Boston Public Library—a magnificent and inspiring building.
9. Do you listen to music while you write or do you prefer complete silence?
I prefer silence, with perhaps a little gentle background noise.
10. What is your favorite book of all time?
It would have to be between Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
PRAISE FOR HIGH PERCENTAGE WELLNESS STEPS!
This is such a comprehensive guide to natural health and healing. It is a must read for anyone tired of the same old medical answers and wanting to begin to take control of their own body and health. Give it a try and see results!
This book is well written, and I enjoyed reading it. The book is divided into an organized fashion to help the reader sorting out how to initiate a healthy way of living. I like the author’s humor and that he shares his own personal experience of what has worked for him…. a nice personal touch!!! In addition, the topics are backed with extensive researches, which I valued, because I believe in evidence-based practices, since I am in the health care profession myself. In some chapters/sections, the introductions comprise of interesting added twists with current, and historical events. Furthermore, the book also encompasses both western and eastern philosophies. It’s an easy book to read and a must-read book for anyone who is interested in taking the first step to wellness.
Launched a self publishing company site about a month ago. That’s all for now. :)
HAMPTON, NH, December 01, 2011 — MindStir Media, custom self-publishing company, has proudly assisted author Donna Raye in publishing Edison the Firefly and His Buddy Bell (Multilingual Edition), book one in the Edison the Firefly series. This multilingual edition, ISBN 978-0-9819648-9-8, offers English, Spanish, and Portuguese in the same book. Future installments in the Edison the Firefly series will also be published as multilingual editions.
"It’s a beautiful children’s book that parents and educators can use to teach children about science and diverse languages," said J. J. Hebert, owner of MindStir Media, the book’s publisher.
Joyce Carlson, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Show Designer, praised the book as “a delightful adventure of both fact and fiction surely to captivate readers of all ages …This story was not only fun to read but educational as well.”
From the back cover:
Edison the Firefly, an inventor sure to capture the hearts and minds of his readers, creatively presents science to children through exciting experiments and adventures. Edison’s unique friend Bell, also an inventor, breathes extra life into Edison’s fictional world, where kids everywhere will learn to love science. This multilingual edition contains English as its primary language, with Spanish and Portuguese translations throughout to introduce readers to different languages.
Edison the Firefly and His Buddy Bell (Multilingual Edition), 30-page paperback, is available in full-color for a retail price of $9.99 via Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers.
About Donna Raye:
Donna Raye currently lives in Central Florida, where she writes full-time. She’s best known for her Sands of Sanibel Series. Forthcoming books include the Faith A Leapin’ Series. Faith A Leapin’, book one, is scheduled to be released by late December 2011. For more information about Donna Raye, please check out her website at http://www.donnaraye.com.
About MindStir Media:
Self-publishing company MindStir Media specializes in self-publishing, distributing, and marketing paperbacks, e-books and audiobooks. MindStir provides custom book design, professional editorial and marketing services. Website: http://www.mindstirmedia.com
Delighted here at MindStir Media, custom self publishing company, to announce that Paula Wiseman’s Contingency is back on the Amazon.com bestseller lists … again. Contingency has spent time as a bestseller since it was published back in December 2010. Congrats!
MindStir Media author Will Montgomery shared a really entertaining blog post yesterday in which he offers a little time travel “exercise.” Check it out. Definitely one of Will’s best entries…
MindStir Media author Paula Wiseman’s CONTINGENCY has been awarded the 2011 Gold Medal Award in Christian Fiction by READERS FAVORITE. Congrats, Paula!