Join Kathy Balland, author of the self-help book, Lose the Diet: Transform Your Body by Connecting with Your Soul (Blissful Publications), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in July and August on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
ABOUT THE AUTHORKathy Balland, an expert in the mind-body-soul connection, teaches people how to tap into their own inner power for success. Clinically certified in hypnotherapy, her publications and seminars provide deep insights into the true causes and their remedies that prevent people from achieving their goals. Balland is a graduate of the University of Phoenix and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.
She is clinically certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners and certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy. As president of Blissful Publications and author of “Lose the Diet: Transform Your Body by Connecting with Your Soul,” Balland provides information to enrich and empower people to achieve happiness and success.
ABOUT THE BOOKYou’ll discover your power to achieve and maintain a healthy weight naturally without diets. Food deprivation is uncomfortable and ultimately causes weight gain. Instead, enjoy the good health and joy that you deserve. Lose the Diet shows you how.
• Drop the diets and the weight in a healthy and natural way.
• Find out why deprivation doesn’t work.
• Learn about the mind-body-soul connection’s effect on weight.
• Discover that happiness leads to a healthy weight rather than the other way around.
• Insightful tools and information that help you to find balance — from the inside out!
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
A: I came up with the idea after having experienced yo-yo dieting over the years, and then subsequently studying mind-body wellness, which further helped me to understand the real answers to permanent weight management.
I then wanted to reach out to others with the information because obesity has become a crisis in the US. More than one third of US adults – over 72 million people in addition to 16% of US children are obese. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1980 obesity rates for adults have doubled and rates for children have tripled. And obesity has led to other health issues. Even though we know everything there is to know about calories, carbs, fats, proteins and how much we “should” weigh, the problem keeps getting worse. I wanted to talk about why that is, and what we can do about it.
Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
A: I guess it was building for a long time, and then suddenly I realized that I needed to put all of the information together in one book.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: I wanted a title that people would find if they are looking for diet and weight loss books. Lose the Diet was the perfect combination, because that is part of the message: Diets do not work. (It is now my trademark.) This is a healthier, happier and more effective way to lose weight.
Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?
A: I never looked for an agent or a publisher. I wanted to maintain control of the book myself. I wanted to be able to put it out in E-Books or whatever format I choose, and at whatever cost I choose. I can actually make it more affordable by publishing it myself. That is why I formed Blissful Publications, which is from the Joseph Campbell quote: “Follow your bliss, and the world will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
Q: Who reads your work in progress?
A: My editor was Carolyn Porter.
Q: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
A: I worked with several people on the book, and particularly enjoyed working with cover designer George Foster. He does a great job.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
A: Nine months.
Q: How long did it take from start to publication?
A: It took approximately a year and a half.
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
A: Write what you are passionate about. In other words, don’t force yourself to write about something just because you think you should. Follow your “bliss” and it will flow much easier, because it is what is in your heart.
Thank you, Kathy for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
Thank you very much. It’s been a pleasure.
Kathy Balland’s LOSE THE DIET VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on July 6th and end on August 28th. You can visit Kathy’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the months of July and August to find out more about this great book and talented author!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.