Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with Maria Hill, author of 'The Emerging Sensitive'

Maria Hill is the founder of HSP Health and Sensitive Evolution. She is a lifelong explorer of the sensitive experience and the challenges of bridging the difference between sensitive and non-sensitive people. Her interest in wisdom traditions, and new developments in the understanding of patterns of human behavior and living provides a unique perspective about the value of the sensitive trait and the needs of highly sensitive people.

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About the Book:

Having only been given a name for their unique nature a few decades ago, highly sensitive people, or HSPs, are finally able to identify their traits and connect with one another in new and beneficial ways. In her book, The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World, Maria Hill illuminates the path to self exploration and discovery for HSPs. Drawing on work of HSP expert Dr. Elaine Aron’s “DOES” model, Hill paints a vivid picture of the world as seen through the eyes of a highly sensitive person. She traces the roots of HSPs back to the earliest civilizations by following the evolutional framework of Spiral Dynamics as laid out by Don Beck and Chris Cowan. In doing so, she reveals the shifting roles of highly sensitive people in societies throughout the ages and exploring what the future holds as the culture shifts to a more HSP-friendly stage. Along the journey, Hill provides key insights and tools like the Whole Self framework of Bill Plotkin for highly sensitive people to take control of their lives and embrace their sensitive natures. With the guidance and resources contained within this book, HSPs can begin to discover and nurture their true potential.
Praise for The Emerging Sensitive:

“The Emerging Sensitive is an essential resource in supporting highly sensitive people in showing up in relevant ways, and not at a cost to them. The culture we live in has created many challenges to sensitivity and those who are more highly sensitive. Connection has created pain and therefore avoidance for many highly sensitive people. The cost to being present has been the sensitive self. But, it is changing. It needs to change further. I believe our culture will change the more highly sensitive people can join in and offer themselves genuinely, without compromise. I believe strongly in changing the way we all use sensitivity, and this book is a solid contribution to that effort. It is full of great resources to help a spectrum of highly sensitive people in finding their place and bring their gifts to light.”

--Ane Axford, Sensitive Leadership

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  • The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thanks for joining us at our virtual book club, Maria! Before you started writing your book, THE EMERGING SENSITIVE, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

The research for the book had been done much earlier than the writing of the book. I have been exploring evolutional psychology and the emerging commons movement for a few decades so the book merged from my research into long-term interests.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I opted to self publish because it is faster to get a book out into the world that way.

If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself?  Can you tell us what that was like?

I hired Bookbaby and am glad that I did. I had several editors help me with content and proofreading and then Bookbaby did the interior formatting and cover. I am very pleased with the result. They are very professional and reasonably priced. I think their service is wonderful for a first time author since there is so much that you cannot know the first time you publish a book.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

I looked at what others in my niche were charging and selected what I thought was a reasonable price.

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

I selected Bookbaby because they offered a comprehensive publishing and distribution package.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

I chose January because the beginning of the year is considered to be a good time for self-help books.

How did you choose your cover?

I chose several images that I sent to Bookbaby and they developed the cover from the images. I think they did an excellent job.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I actually do both. I write a chapter and then go back and then write some more and then review it. I like to make sure that each paragraph, chapter and section leads well into the next section. I then go back after I have completed the work to see how it reads and look for places where I think the writing can be improved. After several reviews, I have a content editor add their perspective and then proofreading before submission.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book? 

I have not but will definitely consider it for my next one!

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I think it is a great idea especially for your first book. It helps people to get to know your work faster.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?
·        have the work edited
·        develop an online platform
·        create a plan to market your work.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?
·        raise awareness through guest blog posts about the book
·        create interesting ways to sell your book. ex: combine with other books in a special package
·        create other products related to it like courses

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

·        I offered people on my list the opportunity to review it for Amazon so that there are already a lot of reviews there.
·        I obtained reviews from Reader’s Favorite
·        I sponsored a “Get Out The Word” contest
·        I hired AuthorBuzz to make libraries and booksellers aware of my book
·        I have a large website including social media set up to share information about the book.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

I am planning to do a lot of guest posting for starters to raise awareness about the book and I plan to contact people and organizations referenced to see if they would raise awareness in their newsletters.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

One person in her review said that the book showed her a totally new perspective on sensitivity and that she had not been aware that something was missing! Many HSPs are missing perspective, an understanding of the opportunities that are emerging and how they can participate in the world. I hope they discover the answers they need through The Emerging Sensitive. One person said she now feels much more comfortable putting herself out there in the world and I hope that all readers discover that feeling for themselves through The Emerging Sensitive book.

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