Thursday, October 8, 2015

MindStir Media’s Gregory P. Brown MD Becomes a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

If you've followed this MindStir Media blog, you'll have noticed that I don't often post press releases here. Most of my posts relate to MindStir Media publishing in some way, but I usually use this space for self-publishing, book marketing and writing tips. But I'm going to make an exception: I'm really proud of Gregory Brown, MD for his diet and health book, New Mind, New Body, which became a bestseller a couple months ago. Below is the press release that we sent out:

New Mind, New Body: The Inner Makeover for a New You, written by MindStir Media author Gregory P. Brown MD, launched last month and achieved a #1 spot on two bestseller lists. The paperback version of his book recently enjoyed the #1 position on the Hypnosis for Diets category, while the Kindle ebook resided at the top of the Hypnosis Psychology & Counseling category. The Kindle ebook also landed in the #4 spot for the Mind-Body Connection category.

New Mind, New Body: The Inner Makeover for a New You has already received praise from readers. One reader raved: “Finally, a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants creative authority for both inner well-being and the transformation of the physical body!”

Medical professionals have also weighed in, including Alison Netski, MD, the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada School of Medicine: “Dr. Brown invites us to take a new approach in the journey of weight loss.  This book acts as a guide through a very real self-inventory in addition to providing practical strategies with the goal of providing long term success.”

From the back cover: So you want to lose weight, too? Transform your mind, body, and life with this comprehensive toolkit and easy to use step by step guide, which takes you through a personal self-assessment process unique to you; offers you a clear, concise, and complete system for positive self-development; and helps you change your relationship with food by starting from within. Psychiatrists can struggle with life problems, just like you. After years of going through different diets, Dr. Greg Brown recognized that to really change his body, he needed to change his mindset. He succeeded in making fundamental and permanent changes in his own life without sacrificing anything of the lifestyle he wanted to enjoy. He shared his program, The EATT Plan, with friends and family and now offers it to you. Dr. Greg's insights and experiences from his personal journey to health are paired with a fun and engaging set of tools that support any chosen diet plan.

New Mind, New Body: The Inner Makeover for a New You is available at, and other fine retailers worldwide. Wholesale orders can be placed through Ingram. The paperback book retails for $14.99. The ebook is priced at $6.99.

About Gregory P. Brown MD:
A board certified practicing psychiatrist with a subspecialty in forensic psychiatry, his sustaining interest is in people's amazing capacity for personal growth and change. He received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas, did his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Philadelphia and his fellowship at the University of Rochester. He presently holds positions with the University of Nevada School of Medicine as both an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Training in addition to his own medico-legal private practice. For more information, visit his official website at

About the book publisher, MindStir Media:
MindStir Media LLC offers comprehensive self-publishing services such as custom cover design; interior layout; ISBN assignment; printing; ebook conversion; distribution; and marketing assistance. MindStir Media also provides one-on-one coaching from bestselling author J.J. Hebert, making its book publishing services completely unique and “Mind-Stirringly Easy,” as the company puts it. To learn more about publishing a book with MindStir Media, visit or call 800-767-0531.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MindStir Media gives a list of 5 self-publishing mistakes to avoid

I wrote an article for the MindStir Media blog entitled "5 Rarely Discussed Self-Publishing Mistakes: What NOT To Do". The post has become very popular, having been shared/liked on Facebook over 1,500 times and re-tweeted nearly 200 times. The post covers topics such as book pricing; brick-and-mortar book sales; online marketing; editing and more...

Not to toot my own horn, but I really believe the post is a must-read for anyone who plans to enter the world of self-publishing. For most, the post will be refreshing and offer new info not seen before. For some others, especially those who have been around self-publishing for a while, the points in the article might not be new but can simply act as reinforcement. Hey, everyone needs a reminder every now and again, right?

Without further adieu, click here to see the full article.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

MindStir Media presents a helpful self-publishing checklist

I recently wrote a really helpful self-publishing checklist and published it on the MindStir Media blog site. The checklist offers twenty important items you'll need when self-publishing your book. Some of those twenty checklist items include:

  • Information on how to handle editing
  • Info and helpful advice for book cover design
  • Copyright registration guidance
  • A link to a very valuable book marketing guide that supplies authors with 75 marketing strategies and tips
To read and study the entire self-publishing checklist that I published via MindStir Media, please go to:

Friday, February 13, 2015

MindStir Media Provides 75 Book Marketing Tips & Strategies

I wrote a really helpful blog post entitled "75 Book Marketing Tips for Authors". The post is highly actionable and contains a TON of info. I cover social media, email marketing, SEO and more in the post and hope that authors (and aspiring authors) find it useful.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MindStir Media Offers 50+ Writing Resources & 10 Self-Publishing Tips

MindStir Media, the publishing company I own, is currently offering some valuable resources: 50+ writing resources and 10 self-publishing tips. You can get free access to those resources and tips by clicking here. I personally created the self-publishing tips and also curated the writing resources, organizing and updating them.

The 50+ writing resources include:
  • Articles on writing
  • Videos from famous authors
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Books
  • And more
The self-publishing tips focus on:
  • The definition of success in self-publishing
  • The importance of editing
  • Cover design
  • And more

Monday, October 27, 2014

MindStir Media Books

Today a prospective client asked where he could find some of the books MindStir Media has published. This reminded me that perhaps it's time to publish a post on this subject... We've published many, many books in numerous genres and, if you're interested, you can see some of those books at Amazon and Now, those sites won't show all of our published books because we do help some authors and other companies publish under their own names, but a simple search at Amazon for "Mindstir Media" will return plenty of results. To make it easy, I'm adding a couple links below:

--MindStir Media books at Amazon
--MindStir Media books at B&N

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What To Look For In Self-Publishing Packages

There are many self-publishing companies out there and most of them include self-publishing packages of some sort. Unfortunately, some packages are really low-quality. Authors think they're getting a great deal with those cheap packages but those packages will actually harm a book's chance at success in the long run because they're using cheap template-based cover and interior designs, making the book look amateurish. If you don't have at least $1000 to $1500, you probably shouldn't be self-publishing in the first place. I know that might sound radical but the truth is this: It takes money to produce a high-quality book.

So here's what you should look for in self-publishing packages -- the packages that could actually help you produce a high-quality book that people want to buy:

  • The best self-publishing package will most definitely include a custom book cover design. This means no templates are used in the design. The design is unique and eye-catching. 
  • A great package will also include a custom interior layout. Basically, the interior will be hand-formatted, focusing on hyphenation, chapter headers, scene breaks, etc. The interior's font should also match the font(s) used on the cover design. 
  • Editing is an essential too! I've never seen a manuscript that doesn't require some level of editing. Even the most seasoned writers (e.g. J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, Stephen King) rely on professional editors to polish their manuscripts. The public should never see a first draft!
  • Your book publishing package must have distribution as well, and not just availability on Sure, Amazon is the #1 online retailer in the world, but there are thousands of other retailers and booksellers in the world. Purchase a self-publishing package that offers worldwide distribution, preferably through a legit wholesale distributor such as Ingram.
  • Ongoing support needs to be provided. You should be able to pick up the phone and get through to an actual living, breathing person. And that person should understand publishing and be able to answer your questions throughout the publishing process. Make sure you don't end up working with a self-publishing company that only works through email. There aren't many things more frustrating than working with a company that hides behind generic email messages when you're simply trying to get clear answers to your questions.
  • Marketing assistance ought to be included. The best self-publishing companies will at least market your book through social media and their own bookstore. 
  • Fair and affordable book printing prices are key. Do your research before buying a package. Try your best to understand how much you'll be paying for each copy of your book when you buy direct from the publisher.