Jordan Maylea Ramirez lives with her husband Robert in Lubbock, Texas with their 3 dogs and two horses. Because both her parents have always been self-employed, she had an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age and began her first business at the age of 17. It was at that time that she first became fascinated with the subject of personal development and the impact a personal education can have on a person’s life. She grew up riding horses and competing in Dressage shows all across Texas and New Mexico. The sport continues to be one of the primary passions in her life and if she is not working or spending time with her family you can usually find her at the barn. Jordan has two younger siblings, Clayton and Paige, whom she is very close to, and she greatly enjoys spending time with her family. She and Robert enjoy entertaining friends at their home (especially during football season – Go Red Raiders!) and they love to travel the world and experience new countries and cultures together.
Her latest book is Lifetime of Achievement.
Thank you for this interview, Jordan. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Writing has always been something I’ve been passionate about. I spent a lot of time writing poems and short stories as a kid… I guess I have always been a little bit of a nerd! When I really started taking my writing seriously though was about five years ago, when I started publishing articles on personal development and goal setting.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
It’s a simple book designed to give the reader the tools they need to accomplish any goal in any area of their life. There are so many great books out there on goal setting, the information can be somewhat overwhelming. My aim was to cut out all the extra stuff and make the process not only easy to read, but easy to implement.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I believe there are too many people out there not living up to their potential. As humans, we are all capable of so much more than what we ever actually accomplish. If my book can help just one person achieve just one dream, I have done my job!
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Honestly, it was believing that my material was going to be helpful enough. I’m sure this is true for most authors… we are our own worst critic! Once several people had read the book and couldn’t stop talking about how great the content was, I was finally able to say to myself, “Hey, you actually did it!”
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I chose to start my own publishing house, Ramider Publishing. I guess that makes me self-published!
Was it the right choice for you?
Absolutely! I chose the self-publishing route because the most important thing to me was seeing my book in print and getting it into as many hands as possible as quickly as possible. As a self-published author, I have complete control over every step of my book’s marketing. It’s been a very empowering experience!
How are you promoting your book thus far?
My largest promotional platform so far has been through a virtual book tour. I also made it a point to send a copy (with a handwritten note) to every successful person I know in the personal development industry. Aside from that I have been doing basic promoting through social media and my blog.
How is that going for you?
It’s been a great experience so far! Since the bulk of my marketing has been through the web, I’ve been able to reach people from all over the place. It’s a lot of fun seeing the orders come in from different states all around the country.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Putting the word out there through social media to people who are willing to go on and “share” it with their own networks. I love the idea of the seven degrees of separation – the key is to get the word out to the point that it moves outside your own sphere of influence and into the influence of others.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I am also a home-business success coach. I help others achieve their goals by partnering with me in my primary company, which is an online service that allows people to express gratitude through greeting cards and gifts.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there with people who’s sphere of influence is larger than yours. Think of the most successful person you know, and send them a copy of your book. If they like it, you never know what could happen!
What’s next for you?
I plan to continue working with my primary company and helping others become successful through that avenue. As far as writing goes, my goal is to continue to expand and add valuable content to my blog in order to reach as many people as possible. I’m sure in the future I will also write another book… it was too much fun not to do it again!
Thank you for this interview, Jordan. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Absolutely! My blog address is www.JordanMaylea.com