Are You an Aspiring Author? You Need Followers!

From the time I walked in the door to start my first guided past life regression, I knew I wanted to write a book about these experiences from one soul’s perspective. I passionately wanted to write a book about my healing experiences through past life regression. The title is: Life is Just Another Class – One Soul’s Journey through Past Life Regression by Karen Kubicko. My book is an account of sixteen of my past lives and the emotional, spiritual and physical healing that has positively influenced my present lifetime. I am writing it to help others feel comfortable remembering their own past lives.

A fellow blogger asked how followers help get a new author’s book published. Here is my answer Alethea. (Find her at http://nottomatoes.wordpress.com/.) She wrote a book she would like to publish too.

What a beautiful morning with the sun barely peeking through

A year ago, I did not have any social media (except for Facebook – which I barely used at the time). I am trying to follow my intuition, so when I came across a conference by the Hay House, I signed up.

I attended the Hay House Conference called Speak Write Promote September 9-11, 2011. (I got to meet Louise Hay!!! Very cool!) This publisher basically said that an aspiring author needs to have an excellent platform (ie. have a huge following). They gave everyone a manual and talked about important points for each outlet. One week after the conference, I started learning how to use all the popular social media. I have slowly added a few more since.

Attending this conference was also a contest to get a book published, etc. They gave us info on how to write a great book proposal. Plus to enter, you had to do a YouTube video (they want to see you speak). I did not win the contest, but I did win personally – it was a great learning experience. Doing a book proposal was like a dissertation. Entering that contest was a great way to get the job done.

The bonus was this – a few months later, I gave my book proposal to just one literary agent who really loved it and my book! (Doing a happy dance) (Great story on how I found her and met her – I will save that for another time! ♥) She spoke to some publishers, but at the time, I did not have much of a following. The publishers told her that they would love to print the book, but I would need to have thousands of followers. A month later, I found (thank you law of attraction) and started a class that teaches holistic entrepreneurs how to become more visible in the marketplace. I am still learning more each day.

I am doing something right; if I add up all the beautiful people who follow me in some form or fashion – I have gone from 802 on 9-13-2012 to 878 on 9-26-2012! In addition, I also have 911 views from 47 different countries for this blog. (Wait. Does that count as thousands? Well, it is almost 2000.)

In addition to that, I have been teaching classes, etc. about past life. I just started teaching a heart chakra meditation class that I re-learned (I taught it 1000’s of years ago) from a past life. That is a lot of fun for me too! I am excited for this weekend – I have a table at a local holistic fair at a place I will be teaching classes soon. I keep having visions of me speaking on stage to a very large group of people, so I joined a speakers group (Toastmasters) to help hone my speaking skills. I help others remember their past lives as well. It is so rewarding to see others heal.

I have to add that I did look into self-publishing my book. But, there again, you are the one who is publishing it, so you also have to be the one to publicize it = the platform = the followers. So, it is the same. Plus, there is a difference in how non-fiction and fiction books are viewed by publishers as well as how they generally get publicized. Non-fiction books can stay on a shelf a long time, like a reference manual. But, fiction books are harder to sell, unless there is a lot of word of mouth (like Shades of Grey and Harry Potter). A memoir, while being a non-fiction book, sells more like a fiction book.

The whole journey to get to this point has been a lot of fun. That is what life is all about!

I appreciate and love each new person who follows me … they are one person closer to the number of followers I need to be published.

Thank you for being one of them!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alethea Kehas
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 09:18:42

    Wow, Thank you so much Karen! Sending you much love and blessings for your journey. You are well on the way to getting published. I love learning about my past lives and healing them along the way. What a journey we are all on!

    Reply

  2. Karen Kubicko
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 13:49:54

    Alethea ~ Thank you for letting me be your inspiration! http://nottomatoes.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/i-was-a-gypsy/

    Reply

  3. snapgrowlJeanette
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 10:33:02

    Nice blog and thank you for posting it on my query letters via LinkedIn. I like what you’ve said.

    Reply

  4. katwalk65
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 16:39:43

    Reblogged this on We have no Secrets.

    Reply

  5. Karen Kubicko
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 17:11:56

    Katwalk ~ Thank you for the reblog! ♥♥♥♥♥

    Reply

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