Deloris Cook is a certified life coach, employment specialist, motivational speaker, actor, and author with over fifteen years of experience. Her mission is to help others identify and overcome the fears that have paralyzed them from succeeding in new ventures or jobs, especially when there is fear of the unknown and public criticism or humiliation. Deloris had to remove her own fears and blocks so she could go from being fearful to fearless.
Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about?
This book, Identifying And Overcoming Fear So That You Can Get The Job You Have Always Wanted, is full of practical ideas, methods and techniques that will help individuals gain the tools and self-confidence necessary to find a job and enjoy a better quality of life. It has a timeless appeal to anyone who feels that they are not living up to their full potentials.
The readers learn how to take charge of their lives and go after the job they have always wanted. They learn the action to take in order to change their lives and not be spectators watching their lives pass by. I know, because for years I was a spectator. I would immerse myself in all kinds of self-improvement and personal development resources and convince myself that they would change my life. I eventually changed my mind-set and made a conscious decision to change my life by taking action and not just dreaming about it. I recognized that fear was standing in my way.
I shall never forget one person in particular who wanted to interview for a job that he knew he was qualified for and felt he could do the job with ease, but fear of interviewing held him back. One of his fears included believing that his English wasn’t good enough to pass the interview. He didn’t realize there are other elements of a good interview. I suggested to him to believe in himself enough to look directly at the interviewer and say, “I can do this job” and to let his body language do the rest of the talking. He got the job!
How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?
I felt the fastest and easiest way to get my first book published was to do it myself. No, I did not try to get it published traditionally.
What self-publishing service did you use? Happy with the service?
I used AuthorHouse. They were competitively priced and cooperative. So far, I’m rather pleased with their services.
What avenues have you taken to market the book? Have you gotten reviews, interviews, TV, print media coverage?
My book was reviewed by SPR (Self Publishing Review). I have a website and a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, other media networks and word-of-mouth.
What drove you to write this particular book?
I was really excited about the changes in my life and wanted to share my knowledge and expertise with others who are ready to face their fears and change their lives so they could go after the job they have always wanted. This book is designed in a way to appeal to all.
Is the book in any one particular genre? Is it a genre that’s familiar to you?
This book will appeal to anyone who is looking for ways to help overcome fear so they can move forward.
Who are your greatest writing influences?
Writers full of ideas that activate the mind and touch the heart. Writers with work that could be used as textbooks.
What’s your writing regimen? Any tips for keeping focused?
I blocked out a few hours a day to write, mostly at night. My grandfather was my spiritual guide. Whenever I felt stuck or unmotivated, his spirit was there to guide me.
Would you self-publish again?
Yes, I already have ideas for a second and third book. But next time, I’m going to set up my own self-publishing business. I have learned so much about this process.
Any final words of advice for those looking to self-publish?
Yes, do it. Tell your story.