In Part Two of our interview, iUniverse author Kristen Lee Costa — Dr. Kris — tells us more about RESET and her publishing experience.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Burnout is no joke. I’ve seen people fall ill and even die because of stress. I’ve also towed the line myself on more than one occasion. Prevention is less costly than repair, yet we often wait until the last minute to cry uncle and make adjustments. Sometimes we spend more time taking care of our lawns, pets, car and others than we do ourselves. We are capable of making changes, but if we neglect ourselves entirely and don’t have a thoughtful plan that takes into account our own needs, circumstances and preferences, we may find ourselves overloaded and depleted. We all need our own version of a reset button to help us through dicey moments and work towards well-being. Human progress is always possible, especially when we are actively engaged in self-care and improvement.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Yes, I am immersed in looking at the escalating levels of burnout across the US and the globe. I am preparing to tell the stories of many who have been held hostage by stress, anxiety and depression. Many people still think that mental health issues are an individual or family problem– when in fact, they impact our entire society. The costs of stress and stress-related illness are something to pay attention to. Education is needed so that we can all be more proactive in taking care of ourselves and one another.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Since RESET came out, I have hit the ground running, so it’s a good thing I have my own plan of staying grounded and healthy handy! I am energized by the amazing people I am meeting, who share their stories of resilience with me, and remind me how much we need to link arms in this important conversation. I’ll end May at the Indie Book Awards in New York, since RESET was named the winner of the Motivational Book of 2015 and a Finalist in the Self-Help and Health and Wellness categories. I also plan to make a stop at Book Expo America while I am there. In June, I will continue my work in the Boston area, where I am using RESET in my classroom at Northeastern University and working with various organizations to provide burnout prevention support. In July, I will be touring in Dallas, Texas, and later in the month heading to Vancouver to present my work at the Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. Later in the summer, I will be heading to the Azores, Portugal to meet some great folks who are striving towards greater well-being. My seatbelt is fastened and my sneakers are on!
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
Like any writer, it’s easy to get stuck along the way. The staff at iUniverse have been consummate professionals from day one. From the early-phase check-in calls that helped me stay motivated and on-task, to the final moments of production, I have benefited tremendously from the wealth of knowledge and resources offered. The kindness, expertise and consistency of each person I have worked with have been welcome gifts and allowed me to stay in my lane and remain focused on my goals as an author.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Stay with it! Like any worth wild investment, writing (and publishing) demand a great deal of attention, finesse and persistence. There will be inevitable challenges. Instead of becoming frustrated, take the adrenaline this generates to construct small, attainable goals. Stay positive and build a community of people who care about you and your work. Words are powerful, and help our readers in ways beyond our imagination. Your voice matters. Keep going!
Many thanks to Dr. Kris for her inspiring article!