Interview with Rick Gelanos author of Please Help Me Lift Something Heavy, Thank You!

Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Dr. Rick Gelinas, Winter Haven, Florida, USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
title: Please Help Me Lift Something Heavy. Thank You!
Subtitle: True Stories To Amuse And Inspire You. And Maybe Bring A Joyous Tear Or Two.
Publisher: self-published by the author using the name Ophir Publishing Company.

Tell us about yourself:
A retired psychotherapist, age 76, I love to sell. My hobbies, besides writing books, are painting and building furniture & cabinets out of old freight pallets.

When was the book released?:
Released to reviewers in October of 2011 and will be officially published in February of 2012.

Give us an overview of your book.
While entertaining the reader, I wish to impress the reality that it’s okay to ask for help and it’s great to give help. I‘d also like to encourage the reader to laugh at themselves so as to make life easier and fuller.

What inspired you to write this book?
A lifetime of helping and being helped—more than once with my life in the balance. I’m also inspired by learning from my own foolish mistakes and by the wisdom inspired by songster Jimmy Buffet when he tells us “…if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” I was inspired to write this book by learning, and still trying to learn, the simple need to LIGHTEN UP!

How is your book different from other books in this genre?
These 33 short stories, a 350-page autobiography covering 76 years of a man’s life , are a frank revelation of a lifetime, including a rambunctious boy’s idiocies that all readers thus far say are often hilarious, as reported to date in six 5-star reviews on Amazon.com .

Where can people buy your book?
I prefer that people buy this $14.95 book today at http://www.helpmelift.net , and soon for $5.99 as a Kindle e-book at that same website. The book is also available at Amazon.com, of course.

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
I’m working now on a historical adventure titled Eli’s Nest that starts during the Spanish Inquisition in 1750 when 13-year old Eli flees the murderous soldiers of Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II Of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. The story reveals the life of Eli, first an orphaned refugee in France and living as a teenage cabinet maker, a skill he acquired from his murdered father before him, and then as an emissary of France’s King Louis XV and King Charles III of Spain for the negotiations of the Treaty of Fontainbleau. The story brings us to 1904 when the 95-year old Eli IV, immigrant to Canada at age 20 in 1829, dies joyously under unique circumstances. We will publish it in 2013 or sooner.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
You can do it for fun, you can do it for money, but do it from the heart.

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:
Self-published

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Haven’t had any that are spectacular. I hold small local booksignings. I’m also learning how to promote the book through social networking and on the internet.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
Recommended by Midwest Book Reviews on their website, and we’re hoping to be mutually beneficial if Allbooks Reviews will promote us in their various ways and we will promote them on our websites, http://www.helpmelift.net and http://www.booksforboots.org.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
Yes, this low cost was a pleasant surprise. All possible manner of out-of-the-box and over-the-top book publicity, including publicity methods way beyond the bookstore who, according to Dan Poynter with whom I agree, is the worst place to sell a book.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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