Think self-published books are strictly the realm of fictional novels, or biographies? Think again. The self-help market is estimated to be over $10 billion dollars in the United States, with approximately $550 million of those dollars coming from self-help book sales. Ignoring a market that large was not something that Rossana Snee was prone to do, so she she self-published her book, "The Healing Alphabet" in 2017, and she hasn't looked back. She has a masters in psychology, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Thanks for stopping by today Rossana.
My pleasure Chris.
There are a lot of self-help books out there, what prompted you to write The Healing Alphabet, and why do you think it stands apart?
The concept for the book came to me early one morning shortly after having woken up. I was in that in-between state of sleep and wakefulness. Suddenly, letters started appearing in my mind. With the letters came words. I knew it was going to be a book. I told my husband and we started talking book titles. Soon after, I started writing the first (of many) drafts.
What I feel sets The Healing Alphabet apart from the rest of the pack was best stated by Squire Rushnell, author of When God Winks. He read a draft back when I was pitching it and wrote a wonderful review saying, “This is kitchen table wisdom at its best….positive and uplifting. Its advice is timely and timeless.”
How long did it take you to write it?
It took me months to write it. It took me even longer to edit it and eventually have ready for publishing. The MS made many rounds, from agents to the attic, to agents again. At one point, it was in the attic for years while I worked on a novel.
Were you ever intimidated by the process of writing it?
No. I am a writer. I love the whole process. It’s a passion for me. I knew it would be a journey--one I was willing to take, and still I’m on.
What has the response been so far?
The response has been very positive. People have told me that they love the easy-to-read format, the words of wisdom, the anecdotes, and the easy-to-apply exercises at the end of each chapter.
Were you glad that you chose the self-publishing route, and why?
Yes, I am. I feel I have more control over my book. Marketing the book, I admit is quite challenging, but I believe I made the right choice. I am able to sell the book wherever I want to, and if I want to order more copies is as easy as your ABCs. Had to get that in there. Also, it’s a lot less expensive. A friend of mine went with a publisher and had to pay $20 for each of the books she ordered. I pay a little over $2.00.
Will there be a sequel or companion piece to The Healing Alphabet?
Yes, I am currently working on The Healing Alphabet II, 26 Empowering Ways to Strengthen Your Relationships.
Any other writing projects in the works?
Yes, my Young Adult novel, Papi Pablo Por Favor is currently being edited. It was a fun book to write and one about which I’m very passionate.
What is one of the things you love most about writing?
In fiction, I love creating characters, having them do and say things I never would. I love the freedom of controlling my characters, and letting them control me. Sometimes I think I know where the story is going, and then my character surprises me and does something entirely different. In non-fiction, I love the power that words have to transform a person’s life; to help them take steps they thought they never could.
What is your favorite non-fiction book?
That’s tough! I have so many. But at the top of my is are: The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer, The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, and A course in Miracles Made Easy, by Alan Cohen.
In fiction, Phantom by Susan Kay, Vertigo by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, All Out of Pretty, by Ingrid Palmer, and last but not least, Beautiful Disaster, by Laura Spinella.
You can purchase a print or ebook copy of The Healing Alphabet by clicking on the image above.
Rossana has a website: https://www.rossanasnee.com/
Her blog is: https://www.rossanasnee.com/blog
Her Facebook page is: askjoshsmom