Welcome back to Author’s Digest. Earlier this week, we introduced Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner, self-published author of Way to Go. The book, based on Dr. Gaertner’s decades of education experience, details methods for positive communication between teachers and parents–methods that provides benefits throughout the school year.
The first part of our interview can be read here. And now, more from Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner.
Dr. Gaertner, what is the one message you would like to convey to readers about your book?
I would love it if readers would take the book, implement the strategy, and see for themselves what a difference positive communication can make. It takes work (and can generate more work) but it’s worth it! Our data proves that when parents are satisfied with the communication with their teacher, they’re satisfied with the school in general.
What was your favorite part of self-publishing?
My favorite part of the self-publishing experience was seeing my book cover for the first time! I was reduced to tears to see it actually come to a reality.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
You will never be an author if you never write a book–so get writing!
What’s your next writing project?
My next writing project will most likely be the second edition of the book, with updates and new data–things we have learned and honed to become even better at what we do as educational professionals.
Are there any marketing events or promotions planned for your book?
I’ve been so blessed the first round–with radio talk shows, television coverage and writing magazine articles, I don’t know what more I could be doing (other than a second round of the same with the next edition.)
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the marketing services–the professionals at AuthorHouse did a fantastic, top-of-the-line promotion of the book. To our knowledge, we have schools all over the country (and, thanks to online books, all over the world) implementing the strategies from the book. Hooray for teachers who go the extra mile and to parents who care enough to share their hearts!!!!
Have a great weekend, and stop by Author’s Digest again soon!