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Kelley Pryor Amrein is a writer and EFT practitioner. Kelley first discovered Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in 2007. She used EFT personally and with her family before becoming certified as an AAMET Level Two practitioner in 2014. As a coach, Kelley has witnessed the power of EFT to release negative emotions, relieve stress, and lessen physical pain. As the parent of college students, Kelley believes that Tapped Out is a much-needed resource on college campuses, where stress levels are on the rise. The book provides students with a life-long tool, allowing them to easily alleviate stress and enjoy a healthy and successful life.

You can find Kelley on Amazon at amazon.com/author/kelleyamrein and amazon.com/author/kdpryor.

You can connect with Kelley at http://www.EFTBooksForYou.com, http://www.KDPryor.com, and http://www.SpiritGuidedJourneys.com.

Becki Stevens is an AAMET certified Advanced EFT Practitioner. For the past two years she has owned a successful EFT practice in southern New Hampshire. She works with people of all ages, including college students, to ease their physical and emotional distress. Becki focuses on how a person’s emotions can sabotage their success. Becki believes that Tapped Out For College Students is an empowering introduction to EFT for college students, giving them a tool they can use throughout their lives to relieve stress and foster healthy relationships, creativity, and overall health.

You can find Becki at http://www.EFTBooksforYou.com and at www.RebeccaStevensCoaching.com.

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About the Book:

Title: TAPPED OUT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: STRESS RELIEF USING EFT
Author: Kelley Pryor Amrein & Becki Stevens
Publisher: Creative Spirit Books
Pages: 236
Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help/Stress-Relief

Book Blurb:

You’re in college and college is stressful. Your stress impacts every facet of life, from classes to grades to work commitments. Even your physical health can be affected. Studies show that college students like you now face more stress than ever, leaving you with less time for relaxation and self-care. When you’re already overburdened, the idea of finding a way to relieve stress sounds like one more way to add extra stress to your life. But, what if you can relieve the stress of college in minutes? What if homework didn’t have to be so hard, and you did have time for school and fun? Tapped Out For College Students: Stress Relief Using EFT, is a guidebook that empowers college students like you, allowing you to reduce your level of stress and opening the door to success in college and in life.

In Tapped Out, college students are introduced to our unique BESD (Because, Emotions, Sensations, and Distress) system, which easily guides them through the tapping process. Once you’ve defined your personal BESD related to a specific issue, you can easily translate this into a tapping session. The book is full of tapping scripts relating to the most common stress-inducing issues you face in college. Students can tap through the scripts as they are written, or they can personalize them, using the responses they develop using the BESD system.

The Table of Contents is the perfect starting place, allowing students to pinpoint their issue and flip to the appropriate section of the book. Some of the topics covered in the book include time management, homework, exams, relationships, money, health, and preparing for the real world following college.

Students no longer have to be stressed throughout their college career. With Tapped Out as a companion, college students can face the college landscape calmly. This unique book, intended to be used as and when needed, empowers students to control their reactions and respond to each situation successfully. College is stressful. Tapped Out for College Students can help.

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Kelley and Becki.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Hi. We’re very happy to be here at Beyond the Books and we’re excited to share about our book, Tapped Out For College Students: Stress Relief Using EFT (Tapped Out).

This is Becki’s first time publishing a book. Together, we’re working on two companion books to Tapped Out. We’ve really enjoyed the process of working together on our book. Kelley has published two Young Adult novels under her pen name, KD Pryor and is working on her third novel, a women’s fiction.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

As a team, we decided early in our process to self-publish. We used the services of JetLaunch, LLC to get the book formatted and uploaded to Amazon. We decided to self-publish Tapped Out for College Students because we wanted to get the book into the world before students begin to head back to classes in the fall.

Kelley’s YA fiction books were published by a small press publisher who guided her through the process and handled the technical end of things. She enjoyed working with her publisher on a one-on-one basis and she was happy to have the books released quickly.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Once we signed the contract with JetLaunch, LLC to get the book formatted and the print and digital versions uploaded, the process took off. We signed the contracts at the end of 2016 and the book came out in February of 2017. We’re pleased to say that everything, from writing to publication, went smoothly and quickly. We had the book completed and into the world in a year from the date we started the project.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Publishing Tapped Out was a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, we weren’t together when the book came out. But we were together when we got the first proof copies of the book. It was like Christmas morning when we ripped open the box and held the book for the first time. Then, we started editing.

Releasing the book was one of the most exciting and satisfying experiences for both of us and it was especially wonderful because it was the first book for Becki. We are happy with our accomplishment and are looking forward to releasing the next book in 2017.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

A week prior to the release of Tapped Out, we contacted friends and contacts on our business lists to let them know that the book was being released soon. We offered them a chance to get the book free for two days. We combined this offer with promotional bookings to get the word out about the book.

We have continued to promote the book both online and in person. We’ve been lucky that Becki has had some great contacts which have led to both a radio and a television interview where we were able to discuss Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), or Tapping, and how we use EFT in our book. We’re thrilled to be here, at Beyond the Books, as part of our Pump Up Your Book tour, to let your readers know about our book.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

As co-authors, we refined our writing process as we wrote Tapped Out For College Students.

For Kelley, writing is her passion, and any time spent writing is a fulfilling learning experience. She finds that she needs creative time alone to delve deeply into the characters that populate her fiction. Writing a non-fiction is very different and writing a book with another person presents different challenges and joys. You cannot be as solitary when co-authoring a book, and that takes getting used to. That being said, Kelley enjoyed the creative give-and-take she shared with Becki during the writing process. She loved seeing how the book changed and grew as they both added new thoughts to the manuscript. She is certain that the book would not be what it is without the input from both of them, and she appreciates Becki, her wisdom, and all the fun they had. Because they definitely did laugh a lot during the writing process and beyond.

Becki had never really considered writing before working with Kelley.  As they went through the book development and writing process, Becki learned so much about what goes into writing a nonfiction book.  If it weren’t for Kelley, Becki wouldn’t have known where to start, and probably wouldn’t have ever written a book!  As a team, they were able to brainstorm, bounce ideas off each other and edit for each other.  Becki has realized that she has helpful knowledge to share with people.  Now, she feels like she has book topic ideas popping into her head all the time!  She is looking forward to continuing to work with Kelley and write more books in the Tapped Out series.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

Writing is the easy part of this industry. During the writing process, there may be days when the words feel stuck and they can’t flow, there can be resistance to the process, and there can be hold-ups while waiting for research to be completed or for input from one another, as in our case as a co-author team. But, in the end, the writing is the fun part, because you can see your accomplishment, hold it in your hands, share it with everyone you know.

Thanks to the advent of so many publishing options, it’s easier than ever to get a book into the world. One of the most important aspects of publishing that we both recognize is how vital a good editor is to the process. We each vowed to ensure that our book was clean and error free and, to that end, we hired an editor and enlisted the help of several readers, who pointed our mistakes, gave great feedback, and helped make our book very accessible and reader friendly.

Marketing is the difficult part of the publishing industry, for self-published and traditionally published authors alike. With so many possibilities and marketing options, it can be daunting to know which avenue to pursue and where to spend those marketing dollars. We both continue to study and learn as much as we can about marketing. We determined that a Virtual Book Tour was going to be a vital part of our efforts, and we’re glad to be on tour with Pump Up Your Book, appearing here, at Beyond the Books.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Being published authors of a non-fiction, self-help book aimed at helping college students alleviate stress is very rewarding. We really believe in the book we’ve written and in the process of EFT or Tapping. We’re committed to helping stressed students and stressed people everywhere learn about Tapping, an empowering method to release stress and negative emotions.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

The most important thing for writers to remember is to write. It’s easy to dream about completing your book. It is much more difficult to actually do it. But, the reward is in the doing. Throw away any excuses and make writing a commitment and a good habit. And good luck in all of your efforts.

 

 

 

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