From time to time in this space, Balboa Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. These are the words of Ashley Dawn, author of: The Soul Speaks, A Light Workers Journey Of Everyday Miracles. For more information about Ashley, check out her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information on self-publishing your book with Balboa Press.
It all started with a click of the mouse!
Although, I know some writers may struggle with getting their ideas down on paper (or into a computer nowadays) this was not the case for me. Writing was easy, the struggle was finding what to do next. I was a little overwhelmed with questions like “How do I find the right publisher? How do I find an editor? Will they try to ‘change’ my book somehow”? And of course, “How much will this all cost”?
I had done some research on the differences between self- publishing and a traditional publishing company but this only left me with more questions. So what do all of us, the spiritually awakened people, do when we can’t find the answers we seek? We meditate and ask our guides for assistance, of course! So that’s just what I did. I asked for help in finding the right information and for the right people to cross my path at the right time; those who would understand what I needed and understand why I am so passionate about writing this book.
After a few meditation sessions I thought it would be helpful to take a closer look at some of my favorite books and who they were published by. After surrounding myself with what I consider some of the most powerfully positive books of our time, I began to see an interesting pattern. I quickly jumped on the computer to look up the publishing company Hay House, one of the largest and most successful book publishing companies for spiritual, positive messages. While on the Hay House website, it took no time at all for me to find information about their sister company Balboa Press, a self-publishing company. I must have clicked every button possible reading every word carefully, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. This very easy to understand website had so much information. It answered all of my questions and it seemed to have something for everyone, regardless genre or budget. After weighing my options, I choose the right package for my project and made the first phone call to Balboa Press. They have been helpful and supportive the entire way, making this once overwhelming process a very streamlined and enjoyable one.
Balboa Press understood my need and desire to share my journey with others. They were able to help me to fulfill a pivotal part of my life’s purpose. I have always known that a part of my purpose is to help others. And now, I have been given the opportunity for my voice to be heard by people who needed the message.
I was appreciative that even through the editing process they never tried to ‘change’ my ideas or writing. When changes needed to be made they simply made a suggestion and let me decide what was best for me and always respected my vision. They even have an extremely helpful Author Learning Center, where other authors could ask questions, discuss ideas or provide a little encouragement for each other. To me, this is a brilliant idea for those of us who need a little support when trying something new and unfamiliar. I can honestly say every person I interacted with, from the very first phone call, was professional, organized and communicative. They helped guide me every step of the way and now I can proudly say I am a published author, in the Mind Body Spirit section and to me, this is a beautiful thing!
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