Author and real estate agent Jason Gelios discusses his new book, Overcoming the Power of Average, which teaches readers how they can transform their lives for the better.
Tell Jason Gelios Who You Are:
I am a leading real estate agent for the southeast Michigan market, the author of two books, Think Like a Realtor and Beating The Force Of Average, and a global Media expert real estate expert. I am also a proud husband and father of two wonderful children. I mind spending countless hours in the college library studying Hardy Boys books. I loved the time I spent reading these stories and the feeling of living in a completely different world. You could say I’ve always loved books and the knowledge they impart. I love studying what other communities have to say, so in most cases I stick to non-fiction. When it come time to write one, I was impatient to create any from the heart and to be proud of.
When did you want to write a book?
All my life I thought it would be satisfying to be a writer. I’m a fan of study and what books have to offer, still, it wasn’t until 2018 that I introduced working on my first book, Think Like a Realtor. At the time, I was looking for any value to offer to those I came into contact with or wanted to work with, as well as other people who might benefit from my wisdom. This idea gained impetus when I introduced researching how to make a book. This prompted me to continue to start and realize the project.
When did you decide to start writing?
My formal writing business started in 2018 with my first book Think Like a Realtor; A short book on buying and selling residential property from a real estate agent’s perspective. This book was created as a useful resource for anyone looking to buy or sell real estate. The idea came to me when I was looking for a way to stand out from the crowd. Having a passion for printed books, I thought it would be a great idea to create a book that would be well received and to give out business cards.
How tall did it take you for your main book, from the primary idea to publication?
My first book took me about two years from writing my thoughts to designing and completing the book. This book took longer as I learned the process and wise what to do in terms of graph, formatting, and publishing. I saved a lot of periods by using my print graph experience to create my book graph. Although I had a hard time wondering if I liked the design I came up with. Not to notice that I worked on it outside of my inartificial working hours. There was trial and error by the way, but it better prepared me to write my second book.
How long did it take for your latest book to go from idea to publication?
My second book on punches, The Beating The Force Of Average, took about a year to complete. though this book is richer and has more pages than my maiden book, I went into this projection with more expertise as a writer. It took about a year from the idea to implementation. My second book is more of a passion project that I wanted to share with the masses, so I worked on it in my free time while pursuing my other endeavors. Most of the period was spent on content and building sure everything I wanted to part was in my first draft.
Focus on the latest version. What prompted you to scribe “Beating The Force Of Average”?
One of the reasons I wrote this book, Overcoming the Power of Mediocrity, is to share what I’ve learned throughout my career, from a struggling worker to a successful professional. I’ve been wise so much on my march to success and felt the need to pay others the hope they need to change their lives for the better. You could say this book is my heart project. Even if a person makes a positive change in their life by reading this book, I consider it a success.
What were your biggest challenges writing “Beating The Force Of Average”?
The biggest challenge in writing the second book was reformatting the text to fit the size of the book I’m making. Even when I was searching what the gutter or spine should be for the under of the book, I found that my text was too close to the under fold when I looked at the author’s copy. This made study difficult as the book had to be unveiled too wide. fixing this, I had to rise the margin and reformat all of my text, late my process. It was very frustrating at the time, but I focused on my end goal and earn it, resulting in a very satisfying final copy.
How was your research process for “Beating The Force Of Average”?
Most of my research consisted of polishing the information I shared and making sure everything was where it needed to be and nothing important was left out. More research was done to find inspiration for the overall design of my book, inside and out. I think the battle phase is very great, so I put hours into this portion of making the book.
How did you structure Beating The Force Of Average?
After creating my first book, I’ve learned a few ways that will make it easier to start my second book effectively. One tip I wise is to write each topic I wanted to cover on individual index cards and form them so they fit well in the book. This allowed me to shake each topic until I was content with the structure of my book. After complimentary this step, I delved into each topic and worked on it individually. This has helped me because my attention is drawn in many different directions. I recommend it to anyone who wants to focus on their book idea.
Did you have help editing and how long did Beating The Force Of Average take?
Once I was sure my draft was ready for proofreading, I had a professional review of the draft to make sure everything was punctuated correctly and spelled correctly. This was too much help as my proofreader also revealed using various words to carry a point of view. I consider it imperative that the book be reviewed by an expert before it becomes a final version. I think the proposed changes have made my books even more readable.
What is the premier piece of writing advice you would give that stimulates you to write a book?
The best advice I can give aspiring writers is to get the thoughts out of their heads and do a rough draft, whether it’s creating a digital file or writing words on paper, Write everything down without worrying about punctuation or organization. Not only will this spur you to keep going, but it save you that you’ve started the method. When I had the notion of writing my maiden book, I used a tone app to take my idea and push them into words. If a notion or idea crosses my mind, I pick up my phone and start dictating everything into the app. Next, I organized that idea and words into sections for an outline.
Can you tell me which books you would like to write in the future?
While I don’t have anything concrete for a third book, I do intend to publish several e-books in 2023 that will provide useful advice on buying and selling real estate.
And finally, are you proud of your result? It was worth it?
Estate put time and effort into both of my books, I can really say it was very satisfying. When you push your heart into the generation of a book, the most satisfying thing is seeing the end product. It’s also apt to hear words of inspiration from others who find your book. Many people love the printed book and are happy to meet a local author who helped make the book. While the method of entering a book can be daunting at times, it’s nice to see the complete book in your hands. It’s worth making a book in the long run, and I intend to do it then.
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