Testimonials

In early Fall, 2015, I completed a memoir detailing my experiences working as a Case Officer in the CIA.  I was very fortunate when Susan Schwartzman, who came recommended by two author/friends of mine, agreed to be my Publicist.  At the very beginning of the relationship, I learned that Susan’s husband Gilbert K. Zachary has his own marketing company, Pro Book Marketing.  I immediately contacted Mr. Zachary to determine if he would consider marketing my book.  I could not have been more fortunate.  Having both these professionals working to publicize and market my book resulted in a very successful campaign.  As I began my book tour, which took me to a number of states for radio appearances and television interviews, Pro Book Marketing was tackling the internet and social media.  Its a great feeling when you see your book being promoted on all the prolific social media book sites.  My contract included the creation of an impressive media kit, which included an appropriately-focused, well-crafted biography, a pitch letter, talking points, press release, and photos.  It seemed that every time I visited Twitter, I would see my memoir being highlighted on more sites than I can remember.  Pro Book Marketing did exactly what was promised- my book flooded the appropriate book selling social media sites, and my sales reflected this effort.  Everyday I would have reminders that Gilbert was working on my behalf, reaching out to the audience that I couldn’t necessarily reach through the radio and television interviews.  For persons who appreciate a very professional approach with a detailed explanation of what to expect, I would highly recommend Pro Book Marketing.  You will not find a more reasonably-priced company that offers this kind of service.  In today’s world of evolving methods of communication, authors cannot ignore the importance of creating a presence, a footprint if you will, in social media.  Pro Book Marketing created that footprint for me, and they will do the same for you.  Tackling Twitter, Facebook, and numerous internet websites that review and promote new books is absolutely essential for any author who wishes to sell more than a handful of books.  This was my initial foray into the world of book writing, and it wasn’t always a pleasant experience.  But working with Zachary, and at the same time enjoying a tremendously success book tour arranged by Susan Schwartzman, played an invaluable role in making my book a success (i.e., selling books!).
—Erick Burkhardt, Retired CIA Case Officer and author of Mukhabarat, Baby!: My Life as a Wartime Spy for the CIA

 

“I have worked with Mr. Zachary now for a year. When I first contacted him I was a self-published author. He helped me revise my website to a much more professional product and also assisted with social media outreach and interaction with book reviewers and bloggers. Mr. Zachary has continued for over a year in a constant fashion even long after we reached an agreement and he had received his pay. So many people do not produce what they have promised but he has done everything he said he would do and more. I have since been picked up by a publisher and I’ve continues to use Mr. Zachary for the re-publication of my last book. I endorse his services entirely and would encourage others who are interested in taking their marketing and sales to the next level to work with him.”

—James Shipman, Attorney-at-Law

The world of publishing and marketing your book is a frightening proposition. Our book manager advised us to find a Publicist. Thankfully, my co-author J.R. and I discovered GK Zachary of Pro Book Marketing. GK has been our guiding light. He has encouraged, supported and taught us how to market the Paige Maddison Series, and notified us of key events to attend. GK informed us of an inaugural book fair held in Toronto that we had not heard of!  J.R. and I would have missed many of the opportunities we’ve had in promoting our series if it hadn’t been for GK Zachary. He has a gift for connecting authors with the right event,or right blogger at the right time. GK also re-designed our website and instructed us on how to effectively promote our series on social media. Our series is doing well and we have GK Zachary to thank immensely! GK you are an exceptional Publicist.

—Lee Bice-Matheson & J.R. Matheson
Co-Authors of Destiny’s Gate, Paige Maddison Series

“I presented GK Zachary with a dilemma: Design a website with alternating photos on the Home page, a Photo Gallery of 74 photos, a Contest page with ability to obtain the names and some info about contestants, a Blog, a Media page to which we can add uploads of radio broadcasts and videos.

Gilbert came up with a beautiful design. When we found that the hosting company did not provide for quick enough access to the website and going from one page to another, he found a web host who could accommodate a website with our needs. Gilbert is easy to work with, helped create copy that clearly showed the joys of reading my book Avalanche and Gorilla Jim about adventures and laughs as two guys hike the mountainous Appalachian Trail.I welcome you to visit and see for yourself at this website at www.albertdragon.com

—Al Dragon, Attorney-at-Law.

“Gilbert designed a great website for me at a price that was very reasonable. He also wrote me fantastic copy and to top it off wrote an eye-grabbing cover letter for me for free! All the while he has answered with patience and humor the many questions I bombarded him. My highest recommendations!”

—Dr. Vincent D’Amore, MD, FACEP

“Simply the best book copywriter in the business.”

—Susan Schwartzman, Susan Schwartzman Public Relations

“Gilbert is a true professional. He knows the business. He has referred me to opportunities that I never expected.”

—Ann Macey, author of Ann’s Table for Two: Quick & Easy Two-Serving Recipes, and host of TV cooking show, Mass Appeal
www.annstablefortwo.com

“Gilbert’s editing work was precise and elegant, with a high degree of communication, flexibility and willingness to help me create what I wanted. He made the process easy.”

—Diane Ingram, PCC, Speaker, Life Coach, and Author of Listen to Your Heart: A Guide to Living Life on Purpose

www.dianeingram.com

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a great job. We’re very impressed with your work. Your copy and advice has always worked for us—and you always deliver more than what you promise. I will be calling you in the future.”

—Susan Pelechaty, Vice President, Center For Integrated Holistic Medicine