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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Interview with Darlene Josaphe, author of The Self Help Solutions Series



Darlene-Josaphe-Picture-150x150ABOUT DARLENE JOSAPHE

Darlene Josaphe helps women manage stress successfully with resources that educate, combined with personal support. Her website, Natural Stress Relief Tips For Women, is an exclusive website for women that provides self-improvement articles, stress reduction resources, and transformational tools to women who want to improve their lives and achieve their life goals.
Natural stress relief tips for women is a site about turning your life from OK to extraordinary by reducing the stress, anxieties, and tensions that rob you of the peace of mind and happiness you deserve. If your life feels like a constant pressure cooker, you’re not alone. Women today are under a lot of pressure.
Knowledge is power, and our self-help ebooks for women will empower you to cope with the stresses in your life and achieve your life goals, whether it is happiness, good health, loving relationships, financial freedom, fulfillment … or all of the above.
To see all that Darlene offers, including a chance to learn more about natural stress relief techniques and tips you can use right now and high-performance strategies that you can use immediately to improve your life, simply take our FREE Stress-busting eCourse and learn how to turn your stress into success!
To find out more, please visit her at http://www.natural-stress-relief-tips-for-women.com

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Darlene.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A:  I love helping women find practical, healthy, beneficial ways to cope with stress, and I also enjoy gardening, aromatherapy, watching re-runs of Golden Girls and Disney Classics such as Beauty & The beast, Princess and the Frog, and Lion King! I’ve been writing for about three years.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: Women everywhere are experiencing severe amounts of stress in all aspects of their lives, on the job and at home.  I see it all around me every day and I know from personal experience that coping with stress is a difficult prospect. Unfortunately many turn to "solutions" that often do little to improve things and may even make their situation worse - drinking too much, using narcotics, giving in to fits of anger; these things only hurt you and those around you and rarely do anything to actually address the situation that is causing stress.
I discovered from my own personal experience that there are many positive and beneficial things that can be done to address stressful situations, naturally. First of all, facing the situation and doing what you can to change it is vitally important, even if it means making long-term plans, long-term goals, and long-term lifestyle changes.  That’s why I decided to write about natural methods of stress relief, identify and expose the core causes and detrimental effects of stress for women, and share the high-performance strategies and techniques that women can use immediately to improve their lives.  Natural methods that work to relieve stress effectively and naturally.


Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: Finding the time to do it, from start to finish!  Life is busy and demanding, and we rush about from one obligation to the next, and some folks even rush from one crisis to the next.  Writing requires time and dedication, which are often in short supply and can be challenging, but not impossible.  Your passion and inspiration to reach out and help others with your message is a major driving force and motivation to stay focused, and helps you set priorities where necessary to get your writing done, from start to finish!  If the motivation is strong enough, you find a way to overcome any challenge.


Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A:  I do not have a press kit at the moment, but I will be developing one and adding it to my blog soon.  I do have a Stress Management Club where I offer exclusive tips, exclusive resources, as well as freebies and book discounts. The link to the stress management club is: http://www.natural-stress-relief-women.com/stressmanagementfanclub    
Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: I am scheduled to participate in a Time & Stress Management Workshop on February 19 and 20th, 2013.  The workshop is spread over two (2) morning sessions and is geared at helping working women improve work-life balance by exploring effective time and stress management techniques & strategies.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I do not have an agent, but I do have a social media manager who is in charge of managing my social medial promotions.  I feel that it is necessary to have a professional social media expert in charge of my social media promotions and have therefore retained Personalized Marketing, Inc (http://www.personalizedmarketingcorp.com) to manage my social media platforms. 

I also retained a virtual book tour manager, who is organizing virtual blog book tours for the books with a chance to win a FREE Kindle.  You can find the details of my virtual book tour here: 

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A:  Yes.  I retained a marketing company to prepare and submit a series of press releases to show case the books.  This was done on carefully selected dates in November and December 2012. 
The media blitz included 2 separate campaigns –

1.     One for all 10 books in order to focus on promotion of the tangible series.
2.     The other involved offering the holiday stress book  and resolutions book as a freebie, and then use it to send a cascade of sales to the other books. 


Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Additional books are planned for the future, but for now, the series is complete with 10 books in the Self-Help Stress Solutions Book Series.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, Darlene.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A:  Absolutely! 

My books are available for purchase via amazon.com. My Amazon author page contains all the relevant purchase details, just visit the link below:


I also have book trailers and helpful stress relief videos that can be found on my YouTube channel below:


In addition, I have a collection of book review lenses and other stress relief lenses on Squidoo.  You can find me on Squidoo at the link below:



Finally, I am on all the major social media networks; you can find me at the links below:
I invite all your readers to grab our FREE report on Self-Help Stress Solutions for Women here:
http://natural-stress-relief-women.com/stressmanagementfanclub/   


ABOUT SELF HELP STRESS SOLUTIONS

Now there’s a way to get rid of the harmful effects of stress on your body and spirit. Our Self-Help Stress Solution Series tells you how aromatherapy, walking, nutrition, time management, money management, gardening, camping, and many other natural self-help methods, can be the cure you’re looking for.
Imagine! No more anti-depressant pills that trigger weight gains and have you walking around like a zombie.
No more lying awake at night while stressful issues with family, job or relationships roll around in your head.
No more neck and body aches when you wake up in the morning from the stressful state you were in when you went to bed.
No more coping with the side-effects of depression that stress can cause.
How Can Our Self-Help Stress Relief Series Help Get Rid of Stress?
It’s not magic – nor is it a big secret! The calming effects of aromatherapy, when combined with other stress-relief techniques, can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul and literally lift away the stresses of the day. Eating healthy foods and engaging in a healthy lifestyle can fortify your body to fight off stress successfully. Developing the happy of taking a brisk walk a few times each week, strengthens your body as well as helps you sleep better at night, which are all essential factors in overcoming stress. Spending time outdoors gardening or camping works wonders for body, mind and spirit.
This Self-Help Stress Solutions Series will blow you away with information that you might not have known about relieving stress in your life.
Learn how to develop a life plan for stress relief.
The “Self Help Stress Solutions” Book Series will teach you how to systematically reduce or rid yourself of stress symptoms that permeate your life. This is imperative for your well-being. Health concerns are nothing new, and many develop a diet and exercise plan to deal with them.
Many don’t realize that developing a life plan for stress relief can also make your mind and body healthy. You may even lose weight when you learn how to manage stress because you’re not eating mindlessly or comforting yourself with food.
One Thing I Know For Sure…
…is that every woman wants to reduce stress in her life, but isn’t sure how.
Most are definitely not aware that there are techniques, including aromatherapy, proper nutrition, walking, gardening,, camping, time and money management, that can help in a purely delightful way.

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