You came from Romania to live in Greece. Can you tell us a little about why you moved and how you've acclimatized?
I moved to Greece six years ago for personal reasons. I can’t say I've acclimatized; the Greek language is difficult and without being able to communicate it is hard to make contact and become a part of the community.
Were you educated in Romania? What is your career background?
Yes, I have a degree in economics. I lived in Romania for forty years and did all sorts of jobs. In the last one, I was an accountant in a Turkish furniture company for seven years.
What languages do you know?
I speak Romanian, or more accurately, I did speak it, and now I use English. I know a few words of Greek, Turkish, French and German.
What made you decide to start the blog, and when did you launch it?
I was always an avid reader and the blog is my door to the world. I launched it in September this year, after my husband published his latest book. While I was doing some publicity for him I thought it might not be a bad idea to start a blog and help other independent writers promote their books. I know that my posts aren't perfect and my English is not very good, but I hope that readers will remember the books and the writers and not my spelling mistakes. I like to talk, I like to be sociable and the blog gives me a chance to do this. I have come across some wonderful writers from around the world and when they tell me that their sales improved or they’ve been contacted by a magazine, a radio station or a bookseller, this keeps me going; it gives me the sense of a job well done.
You say in the About section of your blog that you are just a "beginner." What do you mean by that? A beginner at what exactly?
I am a beginner in book marketing and advertising. Although I studied marketing as part of my university degree, what I am doing now is a new subject for me. Along the way I have learned a lot of things, and am still learning; I am far from being an expert. This is why I say I am just a beginner.
How did you go about locating your first authors?
The first contacts were made through the internet, from social media accounts. In fact, all my contacts are online, apart from my husband, of course. I am now in contact with authors in the US, Canada, the UK and Israel.
I will take the opportunity here to say a big Thank You to each and every one of you for giving me the chance to do what I enjoy, and for their trust and friendship.
You have several links to articles and books about different kinds of bullying. Is that a subject that is close to your heart?
It is a subject that everyone should be aware of; just empathy, nothing else.
At the moment you are offering free promotion for authors, which is nice to know. But you say in the New Year you want to charge for some services. What services will remain free and what services will authors have to pay for?
I like what I’m doing and I will keep doing it. Like everyone else, if you enjoy what you are doing and you can make some money out of it – that is an ideal situation. Economic circumstances in Greece being what they are make it impossible for me to find a job; in addition, there is the language problem and our location. So I'm trying to transform a passion into a small job. I won't call it a small business at this stage.
You can find details of my services at http://about.me/AuthorsPR and on my website, http://authorspr.tripod.com/our-offer.html, including those that will remain free; there are also samples of my work.
To be honest, I don’t really know how to say NO and probably I will never refuse a writer. It is a question of what and how much I will do free of charge, and it also depends on how worried I am about our next meal.
Thank you, Beryl, for having me as a guest on your website.