Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MindStir Media Reviews Directory

Updated 2/4/2015

Here's a long, yet non-exhaustive directory of self publishing reviews from MindStir Media authors. Most of the reviews were published at the MindStir Media website. Recently, MindStir has had the pleasure of receiving some fantastic video reviews, through which MindStir authors praised MindStir. Those video reviews -- the links -- are included below, along with the regular text-based reviews...

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ebook Publishing - MindStir Media

Proud to announce here at MindStir Media that we offer ebook publishing via our ebook publishing package. The ebook package includes ebook conversion for Kindle, Nook, iPad etc. as well as an ISBN, worldwide distribution, 100% royalties and more! (Follow MindStir Media on Google+) Top Self Publishing Company

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Top 50 Writing Quotes

I put together a list of 50 quotes on writing and posted them on the How to Publish Books blog.  People -- other writers, especially -- seem to love the list. Here's an excerpt....

As a writer, I've always been interested in quotes about writing. They help to remind me that I'm not alone in writing. The writing journey is, for the most part, a solitary trek, so many of these quotes have really offered me comfort and some laughs throughout the years. I've even shared some of these quotes with my authors at MindStir Media book publishers. Here are the top 50 quotes on writing (in my opinion). While they are technically in "no particular order," I believe they all belong somewhere on this list. Enjoy!
  1. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typwriter and bleed.” –Ernest Hemingway
  2. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” –Maya Angelou
  3. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” –Madeleine L’Engle
  4. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” –Stephen King
  5. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” –Stephen King
  6. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison
  7. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” –Lloyd Alexander
  8. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” –Robert Frost
  9. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” –Isaac Asimov
  10. “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” –Neil Gaiman
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National Novel Writing Month

Paula Wiseman, a bestselling author at MindStir Media book publishing company, posted another blog recently -- this time focusing on National Novel Writing Month (i.e. November). An excerpt below:

We are mid-way through National Novel Writing Month (“NaNoWriMo”). It’s an annual thirty-day frenzy in which writers of all types undertake the challenge to complete one 50,000-word novel. Outliners, plotters and seat-of-your-pantsers all give their internal editor a bus ticket for the month and just write. I am 28,000 words into my NaNoWriMo book (slightly ahead of schedule, averaging about 2,000 words a day). Last year I was editing a book and opted not to participate, and I kind of missed it. Here’s why: 

  • Creating new stuff is the best part of writing. It’s fresh, exciting, full of energy and possibilities.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Interview: MindStir Media author Toni Tuso Faber

Toni Tuso Faber approached MindStir Media in 2012 about her children's book series, The Poodle Tales. Since then, nearly a dozen books in the series have been produced. Toni also launched a fantastic interactive website at; built up an amazing poodle-loving community of over 12,000 people on Facebook; and has attracted hundreds of Poodle Club members (sign up to get free stuff!). She even created other fun stuff like the Catch A Poodle game and an online coloring & activity book, among other things. I'm so honored to be a part of The Poodle Tales and I'm looking forward to continuing to help Toni with children's book publishing and children's book illustrations and more. Without further ado, here's an interview I recently conducted with Toni Tuso Faber:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Writing a book is like creating a sculpture, when you feel an urge, you pursue it. In my case, I never actually realized I wanted to be a writer. One day I was just inspired!

How long does it take you to write a book? There are no time limits as far as writing a book, as writing a book is a very personal endeavor. The questions are many. Is it a novel, is it poetry, is it simple children's verse, or perhaps a complex review of one’s life issues? Hmm, difficult to answer; however, I believe the answer is, whatever it takes to make it great! It could take a month, a year, or even a lifetime … as long as it is good!

What is your work schedule like when you're writing? My work schedule always revolves around the quantity of jobs I need to accomplish. I am most frequently up and functioning before 3:00 am. This seems to be my personal best creative time. I devote as much time as I can to The Poodle Tales project in these early hours, with consideration to the remaining days activities. Because I write in rhyme, no matter where I am or what I am in the midst of, I always carry a pad and pen to note my thoughts. On a lucky day, I have the luxury of a solid uninterrupted day that can be devoted to my favorite project, The Poodle Tales. It's rare but great when it occurs!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? My quirk is to place a simple positive life lesson in each book using rhyme, while avoiding negativity and violence. Also, I trust that our children of today are much smarter than I was as a child and based on that, I purposely include a few new or difficult words in each book. I think it's great for the child to ask (for example), "Mommy, what is a whim?"

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? My ideas are based on my experience with Standard Poodles. Their actions, capabilities, and antics are my inspiration. I do, however, fact check all details that I am not totally familiar with. For instance, the proper dance steps in a ballet…

When did you write your first book and how old were you? Unless you include a picture book on birds at 6 years of age, or personal memoirs, my first was written 16 months ago. Prior to that I was always on the publishing side of the game.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? I keep very busy! I build homes, design clothing, and manage our tenant inhabited real estate. I am a gourmet chef, so I enjoy my kitchen time. That being said, my passion is my poodles. I love training them, and interacting with them as well as aiding in the rescue of all dogs that are less fortunate. Last year alone, we were lucky to have been able to assist in the rescue of over 30 endangered dogs. I realize that number is not huge considering the multitude of abused animals, but it's a start!

What does your family think of your writing? My family are my greatest supporters! Everyone knows how I love animals and children, so I think they assume it's a natural.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? How difficult it is to gain recognition.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I have written 25 books. My favorite is a story based on fact, but well embellished, about my white standard London. It is titled "London Returns To California". It deals with his heroic early life and a voyage back to the human he loves. It will be available next year!

Do you have any suggestions for other children's book authors? Write from your heart, research all details, when you feel you are at an impasse, take a break and bring your pen! Above all, choose a children's book publisher who is knowledgeable, reliable and supportive in all ways of your project. I selected MindStir Media based on these facts, and I’m so thankful I did.

What do you think makes a good story? So many items can make a good story, but personally I believe in funny, heartwarming, and positive.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? Every girl born in the 50's wanted to be Barbie, and I was no exception! I did, however, manage to become a Miss. California, drive the car of my dreams, own a Standard Poodle, live in my Barbie dream home, have many Barbie business successes, including a Barbie wardrobe to die for … and then, of course, and most importantly, I married my Ken Doll!!!! I do not, however, dress in pink. Hmm, I think I'm a lucky Barbie! Top Self Publishing Company

Saturday, November 16, 2013

MindStir Media Reviews (Video) - Kelly Lindsay, author of Tribal Telepathy

MindStir Media author Kelly Lindsay recently posted a wonderful review for MindStir Media on YouTube. The full video is below. In the review she focuses primarily on MindStir's professionalism and exceptional customer service. She also mentions just how easy MindStir Media made the book publishing process. Get the author's book on

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Sampling of MindStir Media Books

From time to time potential MindStir Media authors ask to see some of the books published by MindStir Media. I usually point them to the MindStir Media bookstore which includes some featured titles. But there's also a nice sampling of MindStir books on and Barnes & Noble. The lists on those retail websites certainly aren't exhaustive, but they give a nice glimpse of some of the books I've helped publish via MindStir Media book publishing company. Without further ado, here's some MindStir Media books on and MindStir Media books at Barnes & Noble. Just in case  you were curious!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

IT Professional Shares Expertise In New Book Easy Steps to Excel 2010

PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 13, 2013 - PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Paula L. Smith recently released a new book in her Easy Steps Learning Series: Easy Steps to Excel 2010. The 290-page book is loaded with screenshots and tips to enable the learning of complex tasks and fluid data representation like never before.

The purpose of the book is to provide easy steps, interactive practical exercises, and review questions and answers to learn Microsoft Excel 2010. This book also meets all the objectives of the Excel 2010 certification exam, and encourages individuals in the STEM initiative of Technology. Paula Smith is an expert who meets you at the level of your experience, unlocking limitless possibilities with Easy Steps to Excel 2010.

“While making the shift in my career, I noticed people wanted to improve their skill sets just like me. I began to train, develop curriculum, and use my experience to help others,” said Smith, who is a certified Microsoft Office Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Smith, who earned a B.A. from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and is currently graduating with a Master of Arts in Theology from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, holds numerous Microsoft certifications, has served as a technologist on the Microsoft Partner Research Panel, Constant Contact SmallBiz Panel, Microsoft Office Community, and as a beta tester for many Microsoft products.

Smith is CEO of Providing Leading Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that uses IT economics to help businesses increase performance and optimize processes. She is committed to meeting client needs, and helps companies increase overall productivity through automated leading solutions. It is also a premier company that specializes in Microsoft© Technology Solutions, Leadership and Professional training, and Curriculum Development for a global society.

Easy Steps Learning Series: Easy Steps to Excel 2010 is available at, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers for $19.99 (retail).

About the Author

Paula has worked in the information technology industry for over 25 years, and has over 10 years instructional training and curriculum design experience. Paula is the CEO of Providing Leading Solutions, LLC, author of the Easy Steps Learning Series®, PMO Project Manager, Microsoft Partner, Train-The-Trainer Certification, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Office Master Instructor, Microsoft Office Master, Microsoft Office Expert, and Microsoft Office Specialist. Please visit the official Easy Steps Learning Series website at

She is a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Panel, Microsoft Office Community, Microsoft Office Live Small Business, Project Management Institute, Enterprise Project Management, and Microsoft Project User Groups

About the Publisher

MindStir Media is a full-service book publishing company that offers Mind-Stirringly Easy Book Publishing ™. MindStir’s publishing services include mentoring from a bestselling author; custom book design; royalties up to 100%; book publishing in paperback, hardcover, and ebook; book distribution and marketing. Visit the book publisher's website at

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MindStir Media Reviews - Cameron Conaway, Award-Winning Author

“I came to J.J. Hebert and MindStir Media with a complex and stressful situation regarding the publication of my book. With confidence and consistency, J.J. helped navigate me through what options I may have both within and outside of his company. He did this all well before I made a commitment or payment to him. … J.J.’s willingness to genuinely help, and the promptness with which he did (he often responded regardless of what hour I sent him an email, and this says something considering I am living in Thailand) allowed me to see that he is a good man who puts his morals before his business. As an online college professor, I can attest to the importance of “virtual visibility” and I can say that J.J. was always visible and always responsive in every step of the book publishing process … I’ve experienced his tenacity and work ethic, his open-mindedness and empathy. I entered the self-publishing game scared and critical, but through my experience with J.J. and MindStir Media I was able to expand my perspective and develop a newfound appreciation for the field … I highly recommend J.J. Hebert and the team at MindStir Media for anybody who has a story to tell.” Cameron Conaway, award-winning poet (Cameron is the Executive Editor at The Good Men Project; a former MMA fighter; and a contributor at The Huffington Post)

MindStir Media Reviews - David Lance Dean

“I have recently published a title with Mindstir Media book publishers. It is a Christian oriented book on biblical prophesy — These Prophets and the Revelation. My experience with J.J. Hebert and the Mindstir staff has been excellent. They did an outstanding job on the cover design and interior layout. I have just recently finished a second manuscript and we are about to move forward with the new one. I am looking forward to working with them again and the promotion of both titles expecting everything will continue to be encouraging and helpful. Thanks so much for a good job well done.” –David Lance Dean, author of These Prophets and the Revelation 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

MindStir Media Reviews - Joy Stinson

MindStir Media author Joy Stinson recently appeared on Destination America TV's "When Ghosts Attack" and she was kind enough to give us a review as well:

“I was totally ignorant about the publishing industry, therefore, I researched many companies before choosing book publishing company MindStir Media. I felt comfortable discussing my plans and intentions regarding my controversial true story of spiritual warfare with J.J. Hebert [president of MindStir Media]. He gave sound and honest advice. J.J., as well as the editor, was more than patient with my lack of computer skills, as it took several attempts to email the draft to MindStir … MindStir remained calm and produced a professional end product. I would recommend MindStir to any new author because I couldn’t have done this without their support and assistance.” –Joy Stinson, author of Out of the Darkness

What running has taught me about writing

Paula Wiseman, bestselling MindStir Media author, posted another guest blog over at the MindStir Media blog and this time gave us a list of the top 5 writing lessons she's learned from running. You'll be surprised by how relevant the post is!

Oh, and in case you didn't know: MindStir Media is all over social media. See MindStir Media on Pinterest and MindStir Media on Twitter. Even check out MindStir Media on Linkedin.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dylan Anders Porter Releases Unique Romance Book


PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 29, 2013 - PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Change, penned by a 21-year-old Dylan Anders Porter, is a romance story that follows the life of character Pete Hudson through his own perspective. The novel includes friendship, betrayal, mystery, violence, sadness, happiness, sex, love, and change. Throughout Pete’s life his relationships with the characters of the story change, such as his relationship with his parents, his friends, and his female counterparts. The characters themselves change. Some things don’t change. Pete discovers the obsession that love can bring and takes on the challenge of his changing environment.

"I wrote this novel with the goal of entertaining young as well as older adults," said Dylan Anders Porter, "while considering all kinds of people with different tastes for literature and other forms of storytelling. Adult themes are used to establish an enjoyable read that will bring you to the end before you.."

The book consists of 250 pages and is available in both paperback and ebook formats from and

About the author:

Dylan Anders Porter, the author of Change, was born in 1991 and grew up in the city of Mill Valley. Mr. Porter wrote Change as a twenty-one-year-old college student, enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He can be found at

About MindStir Media book publishers:

MindStir Media is a full-service book publishing company that offers Mind-Stirringly Easy Book Publishing ™. MindStir’s publishing services include mentoring from a bestselling author; custom book design; royalties up to 100%; publishing in paperback, hardcover, and ebook; book distribution and marketing. Visit the book publisher's website at

Math Wiz Writes Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Rescue Your Math Student Now


PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 29, 2013 - PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Rescue Your Math Student Now was penned by "Math Methods Wiz" -- the pseudonym of a real-life math tutor -- in order to help parents and teachers in assisting their children in math.

From the back cover: PARENTS: Are you in search of a math guide to help your child: achieve better grades; know how to study math; and build confidence in their math abilities? This is it! TEACHERS: Do you want to improve your methodology, by learning from successes and errors of other educators? Learn how to motivate students and to handle discipline. Here it is! I have been an active mathematics person into my sixth decade. I have been keyed into math as: a student, a teacher, a tutor, a parent, and a school board member. As a teacher, I emulated the great teaching role models that I viewed from my perspective as a top-notch math scholar. This guide may be your "missing link" to greatness for your students!

Math Methods Wiz had this to say, "I sincerely hope your child will become the “REAL WINNER” from me sharing my experiences in “Rescue Your Math Student Now“. I trust you will take these examples to lead your child in the direction of a successful life. As for teachers reading this book, my ambition for you is you have found bits and pieces to make you the best teacher you can possibly be, which will hopefully multiply your love of teaching..."

The book is a quick read at only 106 pages and is priced competitively. It is available at, and other fine retailers worldwide.

About MindStir Media book publishers:

MindStir Media is a full-service book publishing company that offers Mind-Stirringly Easy Book Publishing ™. MindStir’s publishing services include mentoring from a bestselling author; custom book design; royalties up to 100%; publishing in paperback, hardcover, and ebook; book distribution and marketing. Visit the book publisher's website at

Maureen O'Shea's Bitter Sweet Revenge Published, Receives Positive Reviews

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Bitter Sweet Revenge by Maureen O'Shea is about Carly Mitchell and what follows after she arrives home to find her parents brutally murdered. Evidence found at the scene gives lead detective Robert O'Brien reason to believe she is next. Despite the warnings given to Carly and her determination not to follow the rules, she was attacked and left for dead. Detective O'Brien intervenes and moves her to a secure location where she will be guarded twenty-four-seven by semiretired Navy SEAL Kyle O'Brien, Roberts' brother. While under his protection a hot and heavy romance develops. When the two left the security of Kyle's estate for the reading of her father's will Carly was kidnapped and taken to Mexico. Who kidnapped her? Was it her father's trusting friend and business partner or someone else? Can Kyle and his Navy SEAL team rescue the woman he loves and bring her captives to justice?

Bitter Sweet Revenge has received many positive reviews. Its overall rating on is just shy of 4 out 5 stars, making it a successful book. The author plans to write and publish more books tied to this first one.
Bitter Sweet Revenge is available in paperback and ebook formats. Copies can be purchased at, Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers worldwide.

About the author:

Kelly Maureen O’Shea Fink, aka Maureen O’Shea, was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She is blessed with a loving husband for thirty-six years, two sons and a granddaughter. When she is not busy at her full-time job as a Registered Nurse, she is reading novels. O'Shea shared her novel, Bitter Sweet Revenge, with some family members and friends and was given the encouragement to take it one step further. Bitter Sweet Revenge is her debut novel.

About MindStir Media book publishers:

MindStir Media is a full-service book publishing company that offers Mind-Stirringly Easy Book Publishing ™. MindStir’s publishing services include mentoring from a bestselling author; custom book design; royalties up to 100%; publishing in paperback, hardcover, and ebook; book distribution and marketing. Visit the book publisher's website at

Monday, October 28, 2013

MindStir Media Reviews - Toni Tuso Faber

Toni Tuso Faber, author of the Poodle Tales children's book series, had this to say about MindStir Media: "J.J. Hebert [president of MindStir Media] is nothing short of a genius in the publishing world! He has been supportive, informative and creative on the Poodle Tales project. We are thrilled to have him at our helm."

Toni has published 9 Poodle Tales books with MindStir Media to date. We are working to publish her 10th book in the series in November, with 3 more on the way in early 2014. The Poodle Tales will ultimately consist of 24 books.

(Toni Tuso Faber's MindStir Media review was originally posted at

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Reminder: MindStir Media Author To Appear on Discovery's Destination America Network

Just wanted to remind everyone that MindStir Media author Joy Stinson will be on Destination America TV (a Discovery network) on 10/27 at 10pm ET.

Here's an excerpt from a press release that describes her story:

In her 116-page book “Out of the Darkness,” Joy Stinson gives an account of the two-year spiritual battle that took place in rural Louisiana after an overnight stay at an infamous haunted plantation.

“I felt led by God to write Out of the Darkness ( while I was still drowning in my personal nightmare of fear and doubt,” said the author. “I struggled continuously to maintain my sanity amidst the chaos that was churning viciously within the former protective walls of my home.

(read the rest of the MindStir Media book press release)

Book Publishing Shouldn't Be Difficult

I blogged over at the other day and talked about book publishing -- surprise, surprise! -- and the fact that new writers tend to make the publishing process more difficult than it needs to be. If you're a new writer, you might want to check it out ... or pass it along if you know a new writer.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Writing Lessons from Downton Abbey - From MindStir Media Author Paula Wiseman

Book publisher MindStir Media author Paula Wiseman contributed to the MindStir blog earlier today with her post "Writing Lessons from Downton Abbey". Check it out. And no, you don't have to be a Downton Abbey fan to get something out of the post.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Children's book illustrations and their importance

The How To Publish Books blog has some helpful info for children's book authors... To put it simply, it's very important to hire a professional illustrator to create the illustrations for your kids book... Read more about the importance of pro children's book illustrators ....

Friday, October 11, 2013

MindStir Media Author Talks About Success

Paula Wiseman, MindStir Media author, has been blogging for us for a while now and she has some great insights to share. For instance, earlier this month Paula shared her take on success. It's worth a read. Check it out on the MindStir Media blog.

MindStir Media On Google+

MindStir Media is now active on Google+. Please follow MindStir Media -- we'll be updating our G+ page with inspirational content, book publishing info and more. See you there!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

MindStir Media Author's Book Supports Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation

Fred G. Weiss will be launching (via book publisher MindStir Media) Magnanimous Monkey and Gerald Giraffe later this month. Profits will go to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation for Parkinson's research.

About the book: A monkey named Magnanimous gives free advice to a young giraffe who gets in trouble and learns that free advice is worth what you paid for it. (8.5x11" Hardcover, ISBN 9780989882057, $18.99 retail)

About the author: Fred Weiss has been telling his children and grand children Magnanimous Monkey stories for over 40 years. With the encouragement of his wife Amy and his children, he is publishing the first of his Magnanimous Monkey stories. Now living in Delray Beach, Florida -- one of the epicenters of "grandparenthood," he remains active in business and charity and works hard at not giving "magnanimous advice" on how to raise children. Top Self Publishing Company

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

MindStir Media Author Joy Stinson Will Appear on the Discovery-owned Destination America TV

MindStir Media's Joy Stinson, author of Out of the Darkness, will appear on Destination America network's When Ghosts Attack in the episode entitled Deliver Us from Evil Spirits. The episode will air on Destination America (a Discovery-owned network) on October 27, 2013 at 10pm ET as part of the "Halloween Episode" for the TV series.

Mrs. Stinson's book has done quite well thus far, especially at It has garnered rave reviews from female and male readers alike. From the back cover: OUT OF THE DARKNESS gives an account of the two year spiritual battle that took place in rural south Louisiana after an overnight stay at an infamous haunted plantation. Ignorant regarding how to handle the escalating situation, the author came dangerously close to death trying to protect her three young daughters from tormenting demonic spirits. The story takes an unexpected turn, which forces the author to reveal a deep hidden secret that forced her to face her own demons from the past. As her faith in God was restored, her family slowly emerged from the nightmare and found redemption.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MindStir Media Reviews - Karen Peters leaves a review for MindStir Media

“As a first time author I knew in my heart I had a good story to tell but soon found out how hard it was to get published. I had written an illustrated children’s book about horses for my oldest granddaughter when she was born. I gave up until I came across MindStir Media. J.J. talked me through the process and it was so simple. I had illustrations with my story but they were far from professional and only suggestions. Their illustrator Kathy and I spent a lot of time talking about my characters, their personality’s, and the details of the horses. Kathy was awesome and I was thrilled the first time I saw her illustrations; they were just as I had imagined them. MindStir Media has done a great job putting together my book and I am very pleased with their help and professional service. I now have not only a beautiful book for my grandchildren, but it will also be marketed and shared with others.” –Karen Peters, author of If I Only Had A Horse

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MindStir Media Continues to Grow During Tough Economic Times

While many book publishers and businesses in the U.S. are seeing a decline in revenue and profits, MindStir Media is enjoying healthy growth.

Sept. 20, 2013 / PRNewswire-iReach/ -- When J. J. Hebert founded MindStir Media in 2009, the U.S. economy was most definitely still in a recession. Some argue that the Great Recession is still affecting U.S. businesses today, especially those with significant overhead. And with Obamacare taking effect in less than a month, Mr. Hebert counts himself fortunate that MindStir Media will be virtually unaffected.
"From the start, I knew that MindStir would have to do something creative in its operations in order to become profitable and remain profitable," said J. J. Hebert. "My company isn't a traditional book publishing company; we're more of a self-publishing company. My business offers authors what I call 'Mind-Stirringly Easy Book Publishing' for a fee."
MindStir handles the book design, printing, ebook conversion, distribution and essentially all other aspects of book publishing for the author.
"Of course, there a quite a few companies out there offering full-service book publishing services," Mr. Hebert continued, "but the biggest thing that sets MindStir apart from the rest is that my authors work directly with a bestselling author – me – and I offer ongoing mentoring."
The mentorship offered to authors isn't the only part of the company that stands out. MindStir has also embraced social media, search engine marketing and other Internet marketing strategies, along with hiring vetted contractors and virtual assistants, keeping overhead extremely low.
"We have over 40,000 highly targeted fans and followers between Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest," Hebert added. "Social media is a game-changer and I owe much of MindStir's success to the communities we've created on those social media platforms, among others. We're able to touch a lot of lives with inspirational content through social media and gain a lot of clients at the same time… Because MindStir uses professional contractors and virtual assistants instead of dozens of employees, I'm able to offer competitive pricing and enjoy healthy growth as well…"
MindStir has enjoyed over 100% in revenue growth each year since 2009. In 2012, MindStir saw over 200% revenue growth year-over-year. Mr. Hebert is projecting similar growth in the coming years.
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About MindStir Media: 
MindStir Media is a full-service self-publishing company that offers Mind-Stirringly Easy Book Publishing ™. MindStir's publishing services include mentoring from a bestselling author; custom book design; royalties up to 100%; publishing in paperback, hardcover, and ebook; book distribution and marketing. Visit the publisher's website at

MindStir Media press release sourced from PR Newswire. Also published on & New Jersey online.

MindStir Media - CrunchBase

MindStir Media has been added to the Crunchbase database. Crunchbase "is a free database of technology companies, people, and investors..." The mission of Crunchbase "is to make information about the start up world available to everyone..." Check out the MindStir Media listing on Crunchbase.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MindStir Media Customer Review - Author N.E. Brown

“I searched the internet for over a month looking for the right publisher for my book. I received calls from Asia to Puerto Rico and then I found MindStir Media. After your personal phone call, I knew I would be better served by a smaller more independent publisher than one that outsources to other countries. I must admit I was skeptical after I read what you said your company would do if I purchased the gold package. But….you delivered. I’m excited to now be a published author and have fulfilled my lifelong dream thanks to you and your talented group of editors, graphic artists, etc. I look forward to getting my other books published and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Having a professional team behind me sure makes it easier and allows me more time to write. Thank you.” –N.E. Brown, co-author of Galveston: 1900: Indignities: Book One, The Arrival

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MindStir Media Customer Review - William May, Author and Retired Police Chief

William May came to me in 2012 with his manuscript, Once Upon a Crisis. He had published his first book with another self-publishing company in the past and wasn't really pleased with the results. This time he published via book publisher MindStir Media and was so pleased by the experience, he decided to provide this rave review:

“For me, writing the book — Once Upon a Crisis — was the easy part. Choosing the right publisher was far more difficult. I was fortunate that I chose MindStir Media to publish [this] second book. The printing process in today’s world of self publishing is pretty straight forward, but what has significantly changed within the past eighteen months is how a book becomes known in the marketplace. You can write the best book ever but if your audience doesn’t find your book among the thousands that are out there, it won’t sell. MindStir uses social media marketing technology and techniques to help you achieve success. The short of all this is you engage your readers so they seek out your book. The market place has changed considerably, and fortunately for me, I chose a publisher that has changed with it. The best decision I made about writing Once Upon a Crisis was choosing MindStir Media to publish it. My only regret is that I didn’t publish my first book with them.”

Mr. May's book has done very well, especially on where he has accumulated 19 reviews with a 4.9 out of 5.0 overall rating. Once Upon a Crisis also received a favorable review from The Midwest Book Review, which praised the book as "a vital read on PTSD, Once Upon a Crisis brings light to very important topics, highly recommended." William has been featured on Fitchburg Access Television; WBZ radio talk show "NightSide"; WPCR 91.7FM out of Port Clinton, OH; WPKZ radio talk show "The Daily Pulse"; and will even be facilitating a class entitled "So You Want to Write a Book" via Fitchburg State University's ALFA Program. Top Self Publishing Company

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

MindStir Media Customer Review (VIDEO) - Dr. Marina Kostina, Bestselling Author of The Golden Climate in Distance Learning

“I’m here to thank MindStir Media for their exceptional service… Thank you so very much. I’m so excited… J.J. [Hebert], thank you so very much for being incredibly transparent, honest, professional, punctual. You responded to our emails within 24 hours… You gave us complete personal attention…”

MindStir Media Customer Review (VIDEO) - Clyde Heath, Author

“MindStir Media is a self-publishing company and I found it to be the best solution for my needs… J.J. [Hebert, owner of MindStir Media] was professional. He was a mentor right from the get go and he had the tools and resources and professionalism and experience to help me get my book on the market… I would recommend MindStir Media for your publishing needs…” -Clyde Heath, author of Kids Have Ups and Downs Too!

MindStir Media Customer Review - Suneel Dhand, M.D., Author of High Percentage Wellness Steps and Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha

Suneel Dhand, M.D. approached me a couple years ago with his first book, High Percentage Wellness Steps, and through MindStir Media I ended up publishing the title in May 2011. It's a very unique wellness book in that it's easy to read and provides everyday steps and compelling scientific evidence for incorporating them into your routine. Suneel was so pleased with his experience with MindStir Media that he decided to publish his second book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha, with MindStir Media as well. The historical fiction book cleverly connects Thomas Jefferson with Buddha and shows how Buddha impacted (fictionally) Thomas Jefferson.

Here's what Suneel Dhand, M.D. had to say about MindStir Media:

“A first-class experience. Having decided not to go the “traditional” publishing route or wanting one of the bigger cookie cutter companies, I was not disappointed. J.J. Hebert and his team at MindStir were outstanding throughout the entire process. The one-to-one service is excellent, with rapid responses to any questions or requests. It was obvious from the beginning that as a writer himself, J.J. truly cares about your project, and it was great to be able to communicate with him directly at any time. I would certainly recommend MindStir to anyone who wants a professional, high-quality and friendly publishing experience.” Top Self Publishing Company

MindStir Media Teamed Up With Cameron Conaway To Publish "Caged," An Award-Winning Memoir

I was honored to help Cameron Conaway publish his memoir Caged, which went on to win several literary awards. Cameron decided to publish under his own imprint "Threed" (i.e. publishing company name) through MindStir Media. MindStir Media handled the behind-the-scenes book publishing work, including file work, printing, distribution, etc. 

Awards for Caged:
  • 2012 Reader Views Literary Award for Best Book, Mid-Atlantic
  • Silver Medal, 2011 eLit Award for Essay/Creative Nonfiction
  • Bronze Medal, IPPY's 2012 Best Regional Nonfiction, Mid-Atlantic
Cameron and I keep in touch. He's a genuinely good man. Seriously, check out his blog to see what he's up to: He supports and/or contributes to the CNN Freedom Project, Lance Armstrong Foundation, MTV EXIT, Amnesty International, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, American Red Cross and more. He also contributes to The Good Men Project, where he interviewed me last year

Learn more about Cameron at

So what does he have to say about MindStir Media? "Not to sound like an advertisement, but MindStir Media is crazy awesome." (April 8, 2012 - Google+) ... 

Also, on April 6, 2012 - Google+: "Thanks to MindStir Media, Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Reader Views, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock,, J. J. Hebert, Lisa Hickey, Dinty W Moore, The Huffington Post and the many others who helped me or otherwise gave me the confidence needed to make the book a success."

MindStir Media Customer Review - Paula Wiseman, Bestselling Author

I've had the opportunity to work with Paula Wiseman on six of her books, five of which have already been published via book publishing company MindStir Media. The sixth book will be released later this year. All five of her books published with MindStir Media are bestsellers. Contingency, her first book, was an Indie Excellence Winner. Paula was even on Lifetime TV's The Balancing Act. Here's what she had to say about MindStir:

“After publishing three books with MindStir, there was never any question I’d call on them for my second series. Not only did they offer great service, and expert guidance before the release, but J.J. Hebert and his team were there after publication, helping me with critical details like timing the release for maximum impact, sharing tips on building a fan base, and giving advice on gaining exposure for my books. With MindStir, I got more than a publisher. I got a partner.” 

Her books in the MindStir Media bookstore:

Her appearance on Lifetime TV's The Balancing Act:
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