I recently received this review of my book. I wanted to share it and answer her back point by point. Her review is in italics and my responses are preceded by the large R.
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Honestly, I find your approach and style refreshing and fun. You put a lot of your character and personal experience in it, which I value. Thank you.
RWell thank you. I try to let the personality shine through my work. I will say that my writing style has evolved considerably since I wrote Sales Li(f)e.
I like the angle of looking at sales principles practically, breaking it down. Not yet in sales, reflecting on the book encouraged more self-awareness in my everyday interactions and motivations. I appreciate the book for that also.
RThat was the main point of the book. I wanted to show people that there is a reason those sleazy sales tricks work and that you can gain a lot of power from learning how to use them in your every day life.
The main reason I probably wouldn’t recommend the book is not because it’s not good. It’s just not something I would rave about to friends, however helpful I’ve found it. It is quite a long read which lacks examples. The ones you include are useful and you use them well (comic effect in places) but I would have liked to have seen more “evidence” in your exampling of the intersection of sales and leading a fuller life. I thought for a book of 135 pages you could strengthen it with more examples.
RI completely understand. There is a reason I am giving this book away and that is because it is more of a manifesto than anything else. I had just quit my job in sales and dumped my thoughts on to paper as best I knew how at the time. I am currently working on another book that takes the book further and gives more real life examples of how sales and life are interconnected. It will be shorter, more interesting and almost all story.
Just another point: I thought your choice of quotes were awesome (inspiration!) but they somehow overshadowed your content in places also. Keep them in though. Just maybe think of using highlighting text tools to embolden what YOU are saying…?
RThanks for the input. I will keep that in mind for the next book.
By the way your article on Medium rocks. One of the most useful articles I’ve read in 2014! I have and will continue to recommend that!
Thank you for your real-ness and generosity.
I wish you the best
RWell thank you. I appreciate the love and I still read that article regularly myself to keep me on my game. Thanks for such a detailed review and for taking the time to read and share your thoughts.