Friday, August 1, 2008

Preparing for the Future

As the time approaches that my book will be published, I realize that my life and my world is evolving into a new reality. I'm reading books to help me learn how to publicize my book and preparing to go on tour next year around the country. I've realized that I am starting yet another career and it's time to learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry. I am loving it and very excited about it all.

Today, I worked on my Author's Questionnaire. The information within this questionnaire is the foundational tool for marketing my book for my publishing house. It's common that a publishing house will want this information so the publicist, once they are assigned to me, had the basics on what my book is about, who will want to read it and how it's different from other books on the same subject. It also lays the groundwork for my marketing plan. It was very enlightening to put this all together today. I've sent it off to my acquisitions editor so I will know what needs to be corrected and tweaked.

By the way, my book is about the intentional creation of reality, how to use crystals, aromatherapy and space clearing with instructions to facilitate chakra balancing, crystal alignments and spiritual healing sessions. That's it in a nutshell. I can't wait to see it all put together. It will have color photos, positive affirmations for each gemstone, information on the activation of the grids of light and my memories of Atlantis.

It's hard to say what the final title will be. I've been brainstorming on that lately. I'll be working with my editor on that and I know it will be fabulous. I'm trying to envision the cover. My publisher is Llewellyn Worldwide. I am so pleased to be published by them. They've been around for more than 100 years! Llewellyn has published books on metaphysics, astrology, magic, spirituality, alternative healing, and associated new age topics.

I've started compiling endorsements from authors I've known for years. Almost everyone that I've asked has agreed to write a promotional blurb for my book. I am so grateful for that. And, many of them I've known for many years and have helped them promote their books and their work through The Crystal Garden. I guess it's time for the good dharma to return to me. How nice!

Well, stay tuned. It's all very exciting as I find my way into the world of being an author!

3 comments:

Andrea de Michaelis said...

Margaret, how exciting to read your blog and catch up on your doings - I can't wait until the book comes out!

Larke Jewell said...

Margaret,
Wonderful, wonderful...now with the blog I can feel somewhat like I am there in Sunny South FL, walking around the store and smelling the wonderful smells and talking to Sha-nay.
I can't wait to by the book, I will feel at home again...NC has nothing like the Crystal Garden, at least in the areas I live. So I miss it so much, maybe online classes will be your next step...that way I can still feel connected and not so lost here in NC!

Larke Jewell said...

Margaret,
Wonderful, wonderful...now with the blog I can feel somewhat like I am there in Sunny South FL, walking around the store and smelling the wonderful smells and talking to Sha-nay.
I can't wait to buy the book, I will feel at home again...NC has nothing like the Crystal Garden, at least in the areas I live. So I miss it so much, maybe online classes will be your next step...that way I can still feel connected and not so lost here in NC!
Sending lots of love, light and well being..
Larissa and Raina Jewell