Interview with Yvan Kaprielian

Author of  You Are a DIAMOND:

Seeing your life like a diamond

Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?

Born and raised in France, move to the US at the age of 14. First 20 years after the moved, I lived in NJ and 2 years in AZ. Resided 15 years in NYC.

If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?

My parents were seeking a better future for our family, we had family in NJ that seemed a logical step for them to take.

What made you decide to write and publish your first book?

Shortly after I started studying diamonds, I realized that I became passionate and borderline obsessed with diamonds. Actually, I was obsessed! That’s all I could think of. You’ll read down below in other paragraphs, because of my limited English speaking abilities, I created a reference guide in a 3 ring binder, with pictures and diagrams and charts to help me sell diamonds, because it was easier for me to use pictures and diagrams. As I learned more, I added to these binders to assist me in my sales presentations. That led me to ask myself the question, “Why am I so obsessed with diamonds?” My diamond grading skills had become extremely sharp and accurate. So I asked another question: “Could there be more to diamonds than just engagement rings and anniversary and birthday gifts?” The answers didn’t come right away. My father and I transformed our business from retails to manufacturing and started to deal directly with other professionals. My reference guide ended up on a shelf for years, until one day the answers started coming to me. The only place I was used to record my diamond knowledge was in that reference guide. So I went back to it and wrote everything down. But I was curious, I wanted to know more, so I asked myself more and more questions as I was going deeper and deeper in my curiosity. When I realized that a diamond was actually just like a human being, I knew I had to start sharing this with the world. But how? There was so much content in my reference guide that I transformed it into a book. That’s how it started.

How would you describe your books to first time readers?

If someone is interested in learning more about themselves and be in control of their life, then they should read it. To be clear, I’m NOT a guru who will tell the reader what’s right or what’s wrong with their life or how to live it, not at all! But the content of the book will help them understand how they function inside, in respect to his or her life and start making changes according to how they see fit. The goal of reading this book is take the initial steps of freeing the reader from the binds of ego mind, take responsibility of the choices made and not be a victim of the consequences.

Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?

If someone is interested in learning more about themselves and be in control of their life. A reader who is interested in looking at life from a different angle, a different perspective. By the same token, if someone only wants to learn about diamonds and don’t care about personal development, they’ll find it just as interesting. Although that would be a waste of time.

What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?

The process of writing this book actually enticed me to create a series of three books. As my realizations were becoming very intense and deep, I also realized that I have been at this for years and years and it might be too intense for a new reader and I could lose them quickly in the reading. So I thought I would write the first book as an “introduction” to personal understanding, enhance the subtitle “Scratching the Surface”, using this shiny object everyone as heard of and loves as an entry point into the mind of the reader. And I wrote it in a form of conversation with the reader, keeping it simple and entertaining with some humor, just like I did when I was 17. It worked then and there’s no reason why it wouldn’t now!

If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?

Don’t over think it, just write and have fun doing it.

How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?

I would like to reach as many people as possible. However, my ideal is to reach the people whom are ready to open their eyes and start to understand themselves.

What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?

Besides reorganizing so many times the content of the book to be as clear and congruent and easily understood as possible, hands down the biggest challenges and frustrations came from dealing with publishing companies and the people involved. To tie this with your above question regarding surprising things I’ve learned during this process, is that the publishing industry seems to love to take advantage of new authors. Writing this book was a dream of mine and two previous companies took tens of thousands of dollars from me and then disappeared. This book was originally completed in 2016 and was first out in 2017. I’ve filled out very similar questionnaires with both publishers but nothing ever was followed up or completed. I’m trusting GoToPublish to get this job done as promised. So far so good!! Thank you!

What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?

A-This book is about diamonds and humans, I would say my biggest strength is that I have worked with diamonds my entire life and continue to this day. As opposed to most authors of “self-help” books or references made to diamonds, I actually know what I’m talking about. I’ve created real parallel between diamonds and human beings from personal experiences and validated them as true and accurate.

(b) It’s been brought to my attention over the last 30 years that I do possess excellent communication skills (c) which is due mostly to the fact that English is my third language. Let me elaborate; (a) I’ve taught myself how to grade diamonds right after graduating High School. As I described in my book, because I’ve developed the ability to understand a very complex subject, like diamond grading, combined my limited English at the age of 17, I was able to communicate with my clients with a speaking vocabulary and ability of 8-year-old. That made it super easy for people to understand diamonds. Since then, I’ve sharpened my skills tremendously but still keeping the same simplicity.

What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?

A. I tend to over think a subject I work on and end up spending more time than necessary which leads to doubting if I should have in a chapter or not.

B.I tend to be impatient with the publishing process

C.I suck at actual marketing!!

When do you think you will write your next book?

It’s in the process, but to be realistic, could be another year.

Are you self published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?

Went with Balboa Press first time, they sucked and ripped me off. Went with Litfire Publishing, they cut from the same cloth. I don’t know these companies are hybrid.


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