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  • Self-publishing, marketing and networking for spiritual metaphysical book authors
    But even more of an issue is that they control both the content and style of the finished product What is finally published may not be anywhere near what you intended Another way for you to get published is to hire an agent that will circumnavigate all of the pitfalls in finding an established publisher Unfortunately this will reduce your profits by including their fees Even more unfortunate is regarding spirituality book publishing Of the hundreds of book agents less than five or so specifically focus in this niche And getting them to take on your book can still be difficult if they re already handling a high profile author They just don t have the time for a new client A third way for your book to get published is through what used to be called vanity presses These are small independent publishers who will publish any book as long as the author pays all costs plus their fees In essence they handle all the details in taking your manuscript and producing a finished printed book Even though they promote marketing services for your book the majority of time you are the salesman and only you Finally you can commit to self publishing During the last 10 years self published books have gained more acceptance in the marketplace because the distribution channels know the efforts and costs it takes to self publish As time goes on and publishing moves toward self pump and self pay the line between self publishing and so called vanity presses will disappear To be successful in either case you need to become not only a good writer but also a good salesman Another dynamic change in publishing is what is called print on demand In the past all books where printed in press runs

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  • Self-publishing, marketing and networking for spiritual metaphysical book authors
    for stimulation engaging or vicarious experience Within the spirituality book arena we authors also need to be careful in what energy expresses through our writing It needs to be consistent with the mission of our book Simply intellectual writing is inconsistent in describing mystical experiences Writing from the head will create a very different book than writing from the heart Beyond style book presentation is one of the most important pitfalls to avoid The publishing industry has some very archaic ideas about book presentation Many publishers will not accept a manuscript unless it conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style Even though things are changing we need to be very discriminating with each aspect of our book presentation This includes the font style and size we use page format and spacing even the dimensions of the final published book and the cover design and copy For my books on spirituality I threw out the Chicago Manual of Style and chose each aspect of presentation according to my key criteria that each paragraph and page is easy to view and read and appealed to one s feelings and intuitive nature e g short separated paragraphs with a more flowing and larger sized font Frankly the most important part of book presentation is the title and subtitle front and back covers and the table of contents It seems obvious that we need a catching or engaging title and subtitle So simply put a lot of thought into it regarding your target audience Beyond this use a truism that applies both to your resume for business and your book for presentation The potential reader will spend less than 10 seconds determining whether your book is worthy of interest To understand this principle go to your bookshelf and do that with a number of

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  • Self-publishing, marketing and networking for spiritual metaphysical book authors
    genre A better way to start is to pay for a book review so that you do have a review of your book Both Kirkus Discoveries and ForeWordreviews com will provide them In our spirituality and metaphysical genre Metaphysical Reviews by Richard Fuller can be a powerful review source As things are changing don t forget to Google to find additional sources Next do your research to determine which would be the best publications for your book to get reviewed in Then focus on each one separately and uniquely to maximize your opportunity for recognition If you plan to use significant advertising in their publication for further recognition of your book be sure to let them know And remember this is not a short term focus but a long term strategy It may take 1 to 2 years to get your book into a future issue The same time you ve created this long term strategy regarding publications now focus on the key book award programs that recognize your book genre In general book publishing there are dozens and dozens of book award programs throughout the country Unfortunately the major book publishers always tend to dominate the awards And this is no exception for books on spirituality and metaphysics If you have the time and money go ahead and submit your book to every single award program possible A better use of your time and money is to focus on key award programs based on your book genre and self publishing if that s your publishing method In spirituality and metaphysics a few good ones include The National Best Books Awards USA Book News Best Books and the Independent Publisher Book Awards Something to remember is that you need to submit your book within about a year of your publication

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  • Self-publishing, marketing and networking for spiritual metaphysical book authors
    distributor to the book publisher As a self published author it is your decision on which and how many distributors to use For books on spirituality and metaphysics the reality is that one distributor New Leaf Distributing supplies 80 of the market Regarding books on religion DeVorss Co is a key player New Leaf Distributing does not do consignment to bookstores So once a bookstore buys your book you get your royalty For a distributor to take your book you must demonstrate why it is in their best interest and what you re going to do to market the book yourself So even in picking a distributor you must become a marketeer Fortunately most distributors have various programs that you can pay for to better promote your book Examples include catalogs flyers magazines and trade shows which contact thousands of target retailers and consumers For myself who writes and self publishes books on spirituality and metaphysics I learned through experience that the sharpshooter approach is better than the shotgun approach Getting in with the large nonspecific book distributors yielded no results Focusing on New Leaf Distributing became a successful distribution channel Another key principle in marketing needs to become your overriding focus for success Successful marketing is making a consistent series of multiple contacts or touches with your target audience This means that when you choose to advertise success usually come with a series of ads over a period of time Utilizing a one time program may work but it needs to be part of an overall strategy that touches your target audience over and over again It is exactly on this principle that I chose with my wife s generous donation of time and effort to develop a database of metaphysical bookstores throughout the country Then with a sophisticated

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  • Becoming Recognizable to Your Target Audienceorking for spiritual metaphysical book authors
    the more you can be referencing others the less you ll seem like a typical used car salesman mostly baloney and little meat Besides referencing your book review editors or magazine reviews etc think about the recognizable names within your book genre and try to get some reference quotes from them For example I sent a review copy of my first book out to 45 still living of the myriad of experts I quoted in my book I specifically thanked them for their work and asked them for their impressions and feedback based on review of my book not necessarily having read the book If you have enough time available you could also do a series of follow ups that can help reinforce your sincere desire for feedback In my case I received a note or letter back from 15 of those I sent the book to Now hopefully armed with some very juicy quotes plan out and execute an advertising campaign and even media campaign that can keep bringing you up with new and fresh reasons why everyone should buy your book Besides this good way of getting your name and selling points of your book out this is the beginning of also fulfilling the key principle of making you stand out to others in your genre So next compile all the publications that your target audience tends to read if you have not done it already for book reviews Then not only review them for advertising opportunities but submission of a book excerpt or article to further get your name in front of your audience And remember as it was with book reviews in publications this will also require multiple touches and much failure until you break through Within the spirituality genre it is easy to see how every book written by Eckhart Tolle Louise Hay Wayne Dyer Ken Wilber etc are being continually highlighted within magazines What s required here is a lot of persistence and ingenuity Unfortunately many of the publications within the spirituality genre will not accept article submissions unless solicited So make sure you do your homework and target only those that do accept article submissions There are various other avenues to market yourself and your books to bookstores or directly to your target audience These include Expos trade shows conferences meetings and book shows The time and effort to do this on your own can be daunting and risky For myself I spent two years targeting all of the above including developing an exhibit booth for events I became a featured speaker at two Expos one national conference and a regional seminar My book was involved in multiple book shows I found the book shows to be a total failure My greatest success was specific national conferences and seminars where I was featured I sold more books at a two day conference than I did in 3 to 4 months through my distributor Key Benefits Pre Publishing Services Publishing Services Marketing Costs Images

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  • Self-publishing, marketing and networking for spiritual metaphysical book authors
    Pitfalls in Self Publishing Key Benefits Pre Publishing Services Publishing Services Marketing Costs Images on this page provided by Two Moon Artistry Self Publishing is a Business Appropriate Publishing Method Style and Presentation Get Your Book Recognized Early Taylor Your

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  • Archives/Journey Through Spirit Matter
    fully describe the realities and experiential levels described within various fields of study both Western and Eastern This 20 article series takes us on a poignant imaginative journey of these realities Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us Images on this page provided by Jenny McCarthy Our articles are available for reproduction for all members Please give credit to the author

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  • What Goes Around Comes Around
    children the way our parents treated us we should expect them to react to us the same way we reacted to our parents If we treat others the way we wish to be treated love will attract to us those who will respond similarly Just as important in what goes around comes around is our attitude and orientation Energy follows thought and emotion just as much as our physical behaviors It is not just what you think that is who you are but also how you feel becomes who you are If one s family life is filled with criticism selfish expectations and or a myriad of other forms of mental and emotional suffering each person in the family will sooner or later express the same suffering most probably as they create their own family life later on The power of contrary attitude and behavior to the suffering in our environment is how we change what goes around in order to change what comes back around If your vocation is to serve others in some way the attitude and orientation by which you approach your service comes back to you similarly If you dislike your job or believe it s beneath you you will more and more encounter the same attitude and orientation from those you seek service from in life How many of us have encountered this in the company we work for The owner s attitude and orientation sooner or later is demonstrated first by those in management and then the whole company in general This is why the first principle in business consulting is that to find the source of key business problems look to the owner s attitude orientation and behaviors The culture of the business is always what s coming back around from the owners and employees going around Spiritualizing Exercises So much of who we become is directly affected by our conditioning from family community and society This conditioning is constantly going around and therefore continually coming around It is up to us to change the tide and flow in order to increase our spirituality Simply this is the point of turning the other cheek At the same time we each need to examine and change how we live by our conditioning Thereby we can purposely change what we are adding to what is going around Let s begin with our relationships Define what it means for you to have a loving supportive partner or family life as part of your spirituality Try to make your characteristics as specific as possible One good example is my partner gives me the freedom to pursue my spiritual growth as I need to Another could be my family provides me enough periodic solitude for my meditative and self reflective practices Now examine your own attitudes and behaviors toward your partner and family Do you provide them the same freedom within their lives that you seek What family life characteristics do they seek you to give them And

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