If you're going to start, start right. I don't know who said that, nor if anyone actually did, but it's great advice. And it leads me nicely onto another quotation, which you may recognise if you've read my book 'Instant Wisdom: 10 Easy Ways to Get Smart Fast'.

“Socrates was famous for a few things: sporting an astonishingly curly beard, rarely bothering with footwear, pondering, and stopping total strangers in the street to quiz them on their beliefs.” 

This quotation was selected by Publishers Weekly for their monthly best 'first lines' feature, where they give a nod to creative indie authors' book beginnings.

It's an honour to have my line chosen by the top international book trade magazine, which has been running since 1872. Mind you, Socrates was around before paper was even invented.

I'd not heard of the 'First Lines' competition until recently, but I understand why it's a "thing". Every book has to capture your attention quickly in today's marketplace. Potential readers don't have much free time.

Thanks to Amazon's "Look Inside" feature, browsers can check out the first few pages to see whether or not they should bother investing time and money in a book.

I'm sure we can all recall a few of our favourite first lines. Mine include:

"All this happened, more or less."

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

"It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

George Orwell, 1984

"First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys."

Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

"The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new."

Samuel Beckett, Murphy

My favourite first lines all score points for subversive humour, originality, and piquing interest.

If you'd like to read the other five first lines that were featured, along with mine, pick up a copy of Publishers Weekly dated 28 October 2019. You can get Instant Wisdom on Amazon or order it from all good bookstores.

If there was a free indie review service where the reviewer offered to buy your book from Amazon, review it fairly, then broadcast the results to hundreds of thousands of book-hungry followers, with absolutely no catch, would you submit?

I did. That’s how I got my latest 5-star review for ‘Instant Wisdom: 10 Easy Ways to Get Smart Fast’. To celebrate, I’m going to share with you the awesome free service I used.

Indie authors often struggle to get quality reviews, especially if their books are not well-known enough to get organic traction. While I am known for my books on addiction recovery, the Wiseism series I am writing is brand new.

So you can imagine how happy I was to find an award-winning review service catering to indie authors whose books have fewer than 15 Amazon reviews.

Indies Helping Indies Book Review Project (IHIBRP) is run by author JB Richards, or Jeannie, as I have come to know this rather wonderful human. She set up the project to give back to the indie community after the support she received for her novels and short stories.

Jeannie has won multiple awards for both her writing and her positive work promoting other independent authors. She’s won the prestigious Golden Quill and the Inspiring Muse Award, among many others.

If your book is accepted into IHIBRP, Jeannie will buy your book, personally read it, and post her review on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, Facebook, and Twitter. All you have to do is submit your book.

There must be a catch, right? Um, no. This is precisely how I got my review and can proudly share my IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read Award Badge. All I had to do was write the best book I could, follow the guidelines and submit my book at the right time.

I hope it goes without saying that you should only submit quality work. Not all books will get a great review. IHIBRP is wonderful, but not magic. You will receive a genuine review by a human being.

Now onto why I wanted to write an article about IHIBRP and Jeannie. Although it’s lovely to be able to post another “I got a 5-star review” article, I wanted to take Jeannie’s lead and pay it both back and forward by sharing this valuable service with the indie community.

My whole experience with Jeannie and IHIBRP has been fantastic. I want other indie authors to benefit and I also want to show my gratitude to Jeannie herself.

Here is a little of what IHIBRP had to say about my book: “Time and again, Burgess hits the mark through her keen observations and amusing interpretations in demonstrating how failure can be turned into success.”

If you want to read the full review for ‘Instant Wisdom’, do so here. If you want to submit your book to IHIBRP, the guidelines are here. Please follow the rules. There is a real (and lovely) human on the end of them.

If you get a glowing review, share about IHIBRP. This service only exists due to positive people like Jeannie in the indie community wanting to help others. Be one of those positive people too.

 

I have been incredibly lucky to receive some amazing reviews for my latest book "Instant Wisdom". And here we go again! This time I am utterly honoured to receive a 5-star review from Readers' Favorite, one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet.

Readers' Favorite have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

So, here follows their press release about my book. (And special thanks to Jack Magnus for reviewing the book.)

 

Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome

Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction - Self Help book "Instant Wisdom" by Beth Burgess, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0957321732.

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite5-star books

"Instant Wisdom: 10 Easy Ways To Get Smart Fast is a nonfiction self-help book written by Beth Burgess, a therapist, coach, and author. She’s also the founder of Wiseism.com, a site designed to assist people who want to enrich their lives through amping up their own natural smarts. As a new adult, Burgess had to cope with a crippling anxiety disorder she developed in her mid-teens. Self-medicating with alcohol and the resulting poor decisions she was making along the way made life even more difficult. Then she resolved to change things, to begin using her native intelligence to make changes, to solve problems rather than find ways around them. Her research drove her to learn about other cultures and philosophies, to find techniques that may seem marvelous and fantastic -- except they actually do work.

This is a well-written and insightful look at things people can do right now to make their brains work for them. The author’s down-to-earth approach is a welcome change from those books which promise you riches beyond compare through directed meditation and money mantras. As a long-term bodybuilder and weight trainer, I was already quite familiar with the concept of visualization in turning the most challenging lifts into movements that are easily accomplished. Burgess explains the basis behind this phenomena and goes on to produce backed studies that show how even the simple act of visualizing an exercise can actually result in improved fitness in the involved area. While not a replacement for that jog in the park or those 40 laps in the pool, the idea that seeing and visualizing those activities can make a positive effect on your health was fascinating indeed. With each page of this perceptive, frank and illuminating book, I did become quite a bit wiser and more aware of how much more there is to know. Instant Wisdom: 10 Easy Ways To Get Smart Fast is most highly recommended."

You can learn more about Beth Burgess and "Instant Wisdom" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/instant-wisdom where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

Readers' Favorite LLC 
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202 
800-RF-REVIEW 
https://readersfavorite.com

 

The Happy Addict made it to the Best Drug Addiction Books of All Time

 

I'm delighted to announce that my book, "The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction", has just won an award!

It was named one of BookAuthority's Best Drug Addiction Books of All Time.best-drug-addiction-books

Books by Russell Brand, Noah Levine, Dr Gabor Mate, James Frey, Carlton Erickson Ph.D and Mackenzie Phillips joined mine on the list of the 42 Best Drug Addiction Books of All Time, so I'm in pretty good company!

And it's not one of those "fake awards" that you pay to enter or receive your award. I didn't even know I'd won until I was notified.

BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, based on dozens of different signals, including public mentions, recommendations, ratings, sentiment, popularity and sales history. The website has been featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc.

People who recommended books for the list included Demi Lovato and James Altucher.

It really is humbling to get this kind of recognition. After all, I'm just a recovering alcoholic who wanted to help others find a recovery as happy as mine has been.

 

But it's also an honour to know that my book has touched and helped so many people.Happy Addict_front_cover

If you've ever bought, recommended or rated The Happy Addict, then you are a huge part of this wonderful achievement, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.

If you haven't yet read The Happy Addict, you can order it from most bookstores or buy it online at your favourite online bookstore, including Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

As always, big love, and a huge thank you!

Beth :)

 

What if you could become even happier and more successful in all areas of your life? Wouldn't that be great?

Most people bumble along in life, doing the same old things, thinking the same old ways and just kind of get by. And that's OK if you're content with that kind of life.

But rates of depression, stress and poor mental health are increasing every year across the globe, so I'm assuming that more and more people are no longer happy living that way.

So, if you want a better life, better relationships, less stress and more happiness, then I have a solution for you. It's free and You can find out what it is by watching this short video.

Then you can look like this less often:  

 

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And look like this more often  :

 

 

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What's Beth Up To?

  • 1 Nov 2019
    If you're going to start, start right. I don't know who said that, nor if anyone actually did, but it's great advice. And it leads me nicely onto another quotation, which you may recognise if...
  • 24 Oct 2019
    If there was a free indie review service where the reviewer offered to buy your book from Amazon, review it fairly, then broadcast the results to hundreds of thousands of book-hungry...
  • 25 May 2019
      I have been incredibly lucky to receive some amazing reviews for my latest book "Instant Wisdom". And here we go again! This time I am utterly honoured to receive a 5-star review from Readers'...
  • 21 Oct 2018
      The Happy Addict made it to the Best Drug Addiction Books of All Time   I'm delighted to announce that my book, "The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction", has...
  • 19 Jul 2018
    What if you could become even happier and more successful in all areas of your life? Wouldn't that be great? Most people bumble along in life, doing the same old things, thinking the same old...

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