I am Vassia Sarri and I live in Greece. I am married, I have two little boys and since 2007 I work from home. I am a Book Coach, a Self-Publishing consultant and a Visual Communications Expert (Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Web Developer + Video Producer, Director & Editor).
I started working as a coach in 2008 after participating on Life Coaching seminars in London. I was working as a Graphic Designer and Web developer in the corporate world from 1996 till 2006 with clients such as IBM, Sony Ericsson, etc. I have been teaching Web development and Graphic Design as a Tutor at Greek Universities, I have illustrated numerous of books while working from home and I have received 4 international awards as a film director, Graphic Designer and multimedia developer.
But most importantly, I have written + published + promoted my own 4 Non-Fiction Self-Development eBooks.
Two of them are already translated from Greek to English and can be purchased through the internet: “Divine Wants you to Live in Prosperity” and “Joyful Wealthy Mother”. Each one of my books was written in less than a month, although during the time I was working on them, I was also building my home based business, I was raising my two very young kids, I was doing all the housecleaning alone, I was taking care of my husband who had a serious knee operation and needed a lot of support physically and emotionally and I was working part time teaching at the university. That was indeed a very heavy program, and if I didn’t follow my own system I would have never managed to get through, not only because it was tough, but also because I happen to have Dyslexia as well – and according to the professors, I am not supposed to be able to write a single phrase properly… But let’s take everything from the very beginning.
My dream to become an author and how I overcame my writing “Disability”
When I was very young, about four or five years old, I knew exactly what I wanted to become when I would grow up: “a Divine Preacher, an Inventor and… a Writer!” My ideas sounded very reasonable to me and although I had never written anything, I knew that I would write wonderfully. I was visualizing people reading my books, probably I would write about God (to also fulfill the preaching part of my dream) and they would be inspired by my words and writings… unfortunately, my school teachers didn’t have the same idea with me. They told to my parents that I had a big problem and I should be treated for “Dyslexia”. They said, I wrote the letters upside down, and my brain would never help me spell properly even my own name. So, they never sat down to read my essays – they were just checking with red marker my spelling mistakes and giving me “minus D” grades… Finally, my parents got a “Government – hospital – official – whatever” paper that confirmed I was disabled to write, so that my teachers would treat me kindly and with understanding…
Thus, I quit my “becoming a writer” dream for a while and started painting. I was good at it and I was enjoying it a lot. People loved my illustrations and they didn’t put much attention to my writing disability… but when I was 17 years old, I felt again the need to sit down and write. I had a film script in my head and I wanted to turn it into a comic book or an animation. But if I wanted to do such thing, I should first write it down on paper. I didn’t know how to write properly; writing with a pen and with the typical “school style” was confusing and difficult. I had so great ideas in my mind, but when I grabbed the pen, all the ideas would vanish. I would get frustrated, thinking “Is my first paragraph properly written? Does it describe what the rest text will be about? How do I start the second paragraph, are my phrases grammatically and syntactically correct?” When I was speaking, I had no problem with my communication. I would speak fluently, as if I were born to become a public speaker, but when I tried to write… all the blocks I ever had would come into the surface and force me to quit.
The good thing about me is that I never take for granted the “Authorities’” and “Professional’s” dogmas. Nope! Why should I? I had so great ideas within my soul; I knew I could express them; I just had to find a way convenient to my own style. So, I thought, if I can’t write properly with a pen, I could try to type. Typing with the one finger is the most time consuming task in the world, so, I learned to typewrite blindly. That was it. I realized that I could type the idea at the moment it would pop in my head. I could type faster than I spoke, so I started typing, and the things I finally wrote were magnificent. I call them magnificent, comparing them with my school writings and essays; I don’t pretend I am Paulo Coelho… although with a lot of practice, one day I might become an author of such status. So, this was the beginning for me, to start writing my ideas, my feelings, everything that came from my heart. Still, though, I had no idea that after some years I would write and publish entire books. I had long forgotten about my childhood’s dream.
The fruition of my first book
Time and years passed fast. I became a successful Graphic and Web designer, I also studied M.A. in Film & TV production, I started studying Life Coaching and I was creating short films for hobby.
The turning point in my life came during my first pregnancy. I had many complications and I had to stay still in bed for six whole months! My doctor didn’t even let me sit on a chair. I kept in contact with my associates and clients as a web developer, through the internet and on the phone. I was doing my work by having my laptop on a breakfast table, while lying in bed. In addition to this, I started cooperating with freelancers, and I would pay them for filming and photographing on my behalf. So, the Job was done, my personal business started rolling, and the baby was born in perfect health! Everything went well. Actually, much better than I could ever imagine… I believe that I’ve been very lucky since I was able to raise my two children on my own. I have many friends and relatives, who left their children in daycare centers before their sixth month! Those parents didn’t see the first steps of their children nor did they hear their first words. They didn’t mean to let that happen, they hated it, but they were desperate, as they falsely believed that they had no other choice…
… and this made me so frustrated, I felt I had to tell about my own experience:
To let people know that there is a choice!
They can raise their own kids while working from home.
I felt it as an urging need to spread the word and speak out loud
this – so hopeful and loving – message!
So, by blind-typing as if I were speaking out loud, I finished the entire book within less than two weeks. The book was good, direct, well written and properly structured. I was impressed and I thought it was worthy to be published. I gave it to a friend who was working in a publishing house and she gave it to the people who were responsible for the publications. She told me: “This book is very feminine and they are not looking for something like that for now, but they told me they would love to read more books of yours, because you obviously have great talent in writing”.
Let me say this once more: “They would love to read more of my books because I obviously have great talent in writing”??? I have a talent in writing? Who Me – the “Little-Dyslexic-ADD-Disabled” Vassia? Oh, if only my old school teachers could hear these words…
How I became a Self-Publishing Expert
Anyway, I really wanted to publish my book, and I addressed my manuscript to many different publishing houses. I met the publishers and most of them wanted to work with me because as they said, they loved my work… but what I found out about traditional publishing was not really nice… I would actually describe it quite nasty: They wanted to edit my own wording in a way that it distorted my ideas and values, they wanted me to get only 15% of the earnings – if and when – the money was collected from the book sellers and they wanted me to do all the promotion with my own personal effort and money. So, why should I get only 15% of the earnings – out of so much personal work and effort? They assumed that they would earn 85% of my own book for doing what? Adding their publishing house logo on my book? And expecting that because of this they would have the rights of my book for the rest of my life? No, I didn’t like this deal. So, I decided to leave it. But I was lucky enough to receive in my email an e-invitation for a self-publishing authors’ tele-summit. It was hosted by Kristine Closer and Lynn Klippel. It was just AUSOME! It introduced me to a world I never expected that there existed: a marvelous, miraculous world full of hope, where every single in-spired person could succeed, not because they accepted the “market’s demands” but because they worked cleverly, efficiently and focused through the internet and armored with their own personal value.
After this new amazing apocalypse, I did a huge research trying to learn everything I could about self-publications and online promotion: I read dozens of books, I enrolled in online seminars – both free and paid, I bought home study courses, I participated to all the tele-summits I could find about self-publishing and online promotion and I got coached by well-known marketing mentors.
Finally, I did publish all my eBooks, I did promote them and sold them without having to print a single copy, I gained great experience and I met wonderful in-spired people during this journey. I also learned advanced strategies and techniques about Self-Development-business promotion, such as: how to create my own programs, coaching courses, home study courses, how to promote them, how to work with affiliate professionals, how to reach for JV partnerships etc.
On 2013 a member of a Facebook group expressed some interest in writing a book and I sent her a personal message: I wrote her what she should do in order to get her own book done within less than a month. I explained to her my own system, which I can guarantee, it works and brings results to everyone. She was inspired by the ease of my system, and then she said something I will never forget: “I so much want to write… oh, all those dreams of mine…” Oh all of those dreams of mine… I felt like a lightening stroke me! I love so much anything that has to do with Self-Development. I adore all those Healers, Therapists and Coaches who take time to share their expertise with all of us and help us progress in our lives, in our relationships and in our businesses… I really love them! I feel so grateful to them… They have helped me because they managed to reach me personally through their book. Indeed, just one single book of theirs could be enough to change my life for the better. And they haven’t helped only me; they have managed to change hundreds, if not thousands of lives, from all around the world. So, when I heard this phrase “Oh, all those Dreams of mine” I realized that I would never have achieved my own dreams if I hadn’t been inspired by the teachings within those books.
I would have never achieved my own dreams if I hadn’t been
inspired by the
teachings within those books.
How many more life inspiring teachings could have been
written by people who
falsely believe that writing a book is overwhelming and difficult?
Now I help those in-spired people spread their word to the world!
- I know so well how to write a book in less than a month – even though I do suffer from Dyslexia and ADD/ADHD! My system is not a treatment for such disorders, of course, and it applies to everyone – disabled or not, but the disability is underlined for emphasis in the ease of the process.
- I can help people get total clarity in their goals and needs. I am already a Life Coach, with many happy clients who have achieved a lot more than what they expected before our coaching sessions.
- I defiantly am the go to person when it comes to Graphics, Illustration, Web design and book interior: I have been working successfully as a graphic designer for more than 15 years, thus, I can provide to my Book-Creation clients a complete program with all the graphics included.
- And I have all the knowledge that is needed when it comes to the Self-Publishing and online promotion era.
Fast-forward to a wonderful present:
Your own Self-Help Book Written + Published + Promoted within less than a month.
And now we come to the present.
Choosing to work with Self-development professionals, such as Therapists, Healers and Coaches have been the best choice I have ever made. People who finally Write + Publish + Promote their own books gain enormous feelings of fulfillment, self-worth and success. Not only do they establish Authority in their market and bring more clients into their business, but also (and most importantly) they gift light in the hearts of the ones who need to hear their Divine-Inspired wisdom. For the first time in the history of humankind, each single in-spired person has the opportunity to spread their ideas without the need of “in-between” interferes, without struggle and with no risk at all. This is why NOW is the best time for all of us to Write + Publish + Promote our own books and promote our expertise through them!
So, if you want to write a book, but you think it is difficult to get clear on what exactly you should write about, how you should structure it, how to focus and get it done, how to publish it and how to finally promote it…