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12 months, 12 books, 12 workshops, 6 Bestsellers, 1 Book Journey Mentor

This year has been a phenomenal year for us. And it all started with a simple dream. I had a dream of creating a platform where our powerful stories and messages could be heard. I had a dream of working with aspiring authors who want to see their ideas through to fruition. I had a dream of using our powerful stories, experiences and journeys to empower others and the dream has now begun!

 

What I want to stress to you is that no dream is ever attainable by man or woman alone. A dream is only as big as the team one chooses to surround themselves by; this includes your support system as well as the physical team you choose to hire within your business.

 

Conscious Dreams’ foundation is passion fused with the belief that we are living in a world where so many of our stories are silenced by gatekeepers who are looking for the next “best thing.” Self-publishing, however, is an honourable way to get started. In fact, 58% of ebooks are written by self-published authors. What sets us apart from the rest? We care about your journey and our aim is to empower you through helping you to understand the self-publishing process and create a vision for your book that doesn’t just end with publishing. Your book should always be seen as a passport to somewhere else so the clearer you are on your vision, the more successful your book will be. We help you to create that vision and stay in control of your book sales or royalties. We don’t act as a middle wo/man.

Successes!

 

Reinvent You!

Since we launched in May, we have run two six-week workshops for women who are serious about getting published.  Since our first six-week workshop in Oct-Nov, The Power of Your Story one of our attendees and mentees, Divorce Recovery Coach, Zina Arinze, (AKA Reinvention Queen!) went on to publish her book, “Reinvent You! How to Move From “We” to “Me” After Divorce” and went on to reach No8 on the International Bestseller List in the Divorce category! Reinvent You! is a testimony to Zina’s own story of overcoming a painful divorce and relationship and offers real insight and practical advice for recent divorcees in such a warm and friendly manner. We helped Zina to set up her own publishing brand, “Believe and Live Again” so that all her forthcoming books can now be published under her own brand! Congratulations Zina!

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Poetic Surds

Sat 14th January was a very special day indeed for our youngest author, Micah Dolphy. Micah came to Conscious Dreams Publishing- after I visited her school and was blown away by her poetry- with a dream and a vision. She simply told me, “I am ready to publish my book.” She had written over 100 poems in honour of her late father who always used to encouraged her to read and write her poems. Her book Poetic Surds, is a collection of poems that address issues such as, mental health, being “different,” grief, loss, nature, self-worth and spirituality. Micah is wise beyond her years and testament to the fact that you can never be too old or too young to stand in your purpose and live your dreams. Not only did Micah become a published author on her father’s birthday, but she became an International Bestseller. No 1 in Women’s Fiction and No 2 in Women’s Poetry as well as making the front cover of The South London Press! Congratulations Micah!

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Zoetic Soul

 Zoetic Soul, written by Psychic Medium Jan Mayfield, is a very interesting read indeed. This book took slightly longer to birth but came out just when the time was right! Zoetic Soul gives the reader real insight into Jan’s live as a psychic medium. Jan Mayfield channels the energies and voices of souls who have evolved and transcribes them. Read the dialogue of the souls who pass on valuable messages and worldly predictions. Regardless of belief of faith, there is no doubt that there are some powerful messages all of humanity can take heed from and apply to their lives in order to live in a more harmonious and enriching world.  Jan was on the Bestselling List for over 1 month in 3 of her categories and was the first Author from Conscious Dreams Publishing to be featured on Amazon’s Hot New Releases! Congratulations Jan!

 

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Full collection of books published and/or mentored by Conscious Dreams Publishing include

reinvent you                           101

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tears                              words

                            Poetic Surds by [Dolphy, Micah]

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Crazy Not to Dream                 PTFP

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Jnaien Cummings Everything     Conscious Dreams Publishing

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MR WRONG WORKBOOK           

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If you would like to be Conscious Dreams’ next published author or attend any of our workshops, do get in touch with us at info@consciousdreamspublishing.com
I am also offering free 30min phone consultations to discuss your book and help you gain clarity with your vision and direction. Book here: www.tinyurl.consciousdreams30mins
Have an awesome day and remember no dream us ever too big to achieve!
Daniella Blechner
AKA Your Book Journey Mentor
“Be the author of your own destiny!”

National Diversity Award!!

DANNII am honoured to have been nominated for Entrepreneur of Excellence at The National Diversity Awards. If you like the work Conscious Dreams Publishing has been doing and finding our content of worth and value, please vote!

This year has been a busy year for us since I relaunched CDP last May. I started with a dream. That dream was to provide a platform for as many women (mostly) as possible yo have their voices and stories heard and transformed into books of significance and value. Why? Because there are TOO MANY stories out there unwritten, unvoiced and unheard and it is my belief these powerful stories and messages are not only unique but ones that could greatly impact and transform the lives of others.

If you like what we do and want to see more, click below and vote.

VOTE HERE!

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NDA.jpgThe National Diversity Awards 

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

The concept for the National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identified an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK.

If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer, it is now – opportunities are thin, and deprived communities need motivation and inspiration.

These awards are for people who inspire other individuals through their work, through their commitment to helping others, through their infectious personalities and through adversity.

VOTE HERE!

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I am so humbled and touched by the votes and endorsements so far but more than that, they serve as a strong and powerful reminder as to why I do what  I do and when things get tough, as it does in  the entrepreneurial world, I look at these to remember who and what I am here to do.  What do you dream of?

If you see the worth and value Conscious Dreams Publishing brings to others, please take that time to vote so we can reach even more people

VOTE HERE!

Votes and Endorsements – 54 vote(s) 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – “Daniella is a superb businesswoman. Over the last year especially, her publishing coaching business, Conscious Dreams, has gone from strength to strength. She encourages, inspires, and is a champion of all her mentees. She works tirelessly to push the brand and take it to new heights. She herself is a bestselling author and I was fortunate enough to work with her during the process of putting together and publishing my debut collection of poetry. Daniella is all about uplifting the voices of women and helping them to tell their stories. “

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Danni is a true entrepreneur who retains a passion to help others whilst maintaining excellence!”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Daniella sets standards we all aspire to. She elevates, motivates and her bubbly manner makes her a great character. A tenacious and savvy business woman running in her own lane.”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner is the first professional book publisher who gave me professional consultation regarding my book project. With her professional & personal approach, understanding her role & responsibility. I honestly felt quality within her customer service. I am an aspiring Author with the vision of an independent feature film. The support from Daniella & her organisation, has brought my goals & actions into fruition* since 2016. I love & cherish her as a professional & wish this business all the very best in prosperity. Good luck to her & her team.”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Daniella’s passion to support others is evident in all that she does, her commitment and care and desire to want to see others share their dreams is apparent in the organised workshops and her moral support throughout the whole journey. She gives of herself 100%.”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “I’ve never met Danni in person but she has still had a profound impact in my life. Her unwavering entrepreneurial spirit is beyond inspiring and I love that she’s dedicated to helping people along the way.”

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “I am Voting for Daniella Blechner because I believe that through her company Conscious Dreams Publishing, she has done a great job of inspiring would-be writers to take the leap into publishing their books.”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “I know Daniella has long and hard for all that she has achieved. Strong and determined in the face of adversity. Having the self-belief and fortitude to self-publish and using that experience to inspire and mentor many budding authors to have the confidence to see their own work come to fruition!”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “I am currently enrolled in Daniella’s ‘Power of your Story’ course and therefore have had the pleasure of meeting and working with her each week. I would nominate Daniella based on her story of being self -made and dedicated in excellence and writing from such a young age. I would also nominate Daniella because her workshops, publishing brand and books are evidence of her excellence and she has a beautiful way of drawing out the excellence in others and their stories. Within the media and our publishing world there is an under-representation of certain minority groups. Daniella has an excellent way of engaging with these groups and her courses and publishing company are very inclusive and keen to empower writers as well as minority writers so that our voices and stories are echoed in everyday literature. I have a disability myself, yet Daniella has been very supportive on my book journey and the way she delivers her programmes and mentoring is so different from anything I have ever seen or experienced. They are holistic hearty and empowering and I fear if I had not met Daniella I wouldn’t believe my story would ever have a platform .” Michelle

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “Fantastic lady, helped me a lot with my book righting and business. Courses are arranged at the highest standards and after support in great. I think she should win because she has achieved so much and helped so many others.”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “Danni is a genuine and honest person who shows character and integrity. She is concerned about helping others in their journey and she does it with sincerity and passion. She is a good example for many young women and buffing authors.”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “Daniella is DRIVEN! She is so passionate about women expressing their truth and by doing so help others to change their lives. She also changes the lives of her clients when they go through her programme to put those stories in a book and raise their profile to become an author, an authority on their truth. Daniella is also a published author herself, which she has self-published and can now help other women do the same. For someone so young she has the maturity and grit of a seasoned sage. I love her energy and determination to get her own message out that we are all special and deserve to have a platform to be heard because we are amazing. “

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – “She is awesome!”

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – “Driven, hard – working, productive”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “Danni is so hard working and innovative. She is consistent and her enthusiasm is contagious. “

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “She’s dedicated to using her talents to enable others. That’s truly inspirational.”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “I think she’s a great motivator and deserves to win”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “Excellent delivery to her services. An individual with a heart and soul. Caring and supportive.”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner and Conscious Dreams Publishing is the real deal offering budding authors guidance, actionable real strategies, and confidence for the book writing, publishing and marketing journey. Having sat under her mentorship, I can attest that my understanding of my own book journey really skyrocketed from zero to becoming not just a best selling author but also a publishing brand in my own right. Her commitment to detail and excellence really shines through as does her infectious passion for books and working with authors to draw their message out. Daniella definitely deserves to win this amazing award and has my vote.”

 

Monday, March 13, 2017 – “Daniella has done a great job at supporting new and budding writers. I am happy to nominate her for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award.”

 

Friday, March 10, 2017 – “I Believe that Conscious Dreams Daniella Blechner deserve this Award, for helping others reach their potential through writing.”

 

Friday, March 10, 2017 – “Great author and publisher. Friendly and knowledgeable. Has a heart to help people get to where they want to be through her coaching. I highly recommend for this award. “

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “I have nominated Danni the founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing because she is making a big difference to a lot of women’s lives. Danni is not about just making money but about helping new authors make their dreams come true and realising there full potential. I feel Blessed to know her and work with her.”

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Very helpful and useful workshop”

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Danni is not only a wonderful woman, she is very inspiring and loves helping others. Her strength and all that she does is encouraging to others who would like to succeed too. I hope Danni wins as she is the best candidate for this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “A caring, talented and forward thinking young woman. She is an amazing author, publisher and events organizer. She has a heart for the community. She deserves to be acknowledged and rewarded for all her hard work. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner is a positive role model, who is driven, and focused. She is a bestselling author and a Book Journey Mentor, very passionate about her goals and influences others to gain success. A strong and inspiring woman who is the founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing and should be commended for the work she has delivered through this company. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “She is offering a great service to people who want to get their stories to the masses. She delivers great content and is willing to help and go that extra mile. She also does things for charity too so gives back to those less fortunate. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Danni has worked hard to provide a platform for women to share their stories. She has gone on to inspire and empower many authors to tell their story that will leave a legacy for the next generation. She is passionate, dedicated and always looking to grow so that the authors get the best. She deserves this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Well deserved! Daniella’s determination and entrepreneurship is second to none, she is highly productive, personable and professional. A strong nominee! “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner is very hard working person and very dedicated to what she is doing. Conscious Dreams Publishing deserves this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has inspired many of us to get our stories out there and to fulfill our dreams of becoming quality authors. Really glad that she’s been nominated.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “I have followed Daniella’s journey and I am completely inspired by her.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “A dynamic individual who enables women to tell their story by having their own published book. Professional and patient and well versed in providing compassionate support and allowing others to tap into their creativity.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Provides helpful and useful support to everyone and still manages to make the time to see each person individually. She has refueled my passion for writing by getting me to consider alternatives. Her workshops give people the opportunity to network and to date we are connected. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has taken risks and also set back, but kept on preserving, shown excellent communication and helping others and making her mentees grow and flourish themselves, not only that but also help the community and even the world be a better place. As I have had the pleasure of working with Daniella, on her short film ‘Hair We Are’ doing the animation scene as well as illustrating for her book ‘Mr. Wrong’. As an illustrator and animator, I can say it’s been a pleasure and am part of the Conscious Dream team. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Danni is a champion for voices which otherwise might not be heard. She works tirelessly to promote the work of people she feels need to have a platform in society. She is articulate, passionate and inspiring and these are just some of the valid reasons she richly deserves this award. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Danni is a totally inspirational person who helps people from all backgrounds, ages and races to get their books published and their messages out to the world. She motivates and empowers people to write and she supports and helps people who lack confidence and need that guiding hand to enable them to achieve things they did not think were possible alone. She really deserves this award and national recognition. She has also created a wonderful community through her regular workshop The Power of Your Story and she is inclusive, generous and gives valuable help to people on social media as well. Thank you @WendyBookCoach.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Has made an amazing contribution “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has made her dream come true and I am very proud to have witnessed it unfold! She is truly passionate about what she does and I believe deserves this award for her dedication and hard work to that went into her company. I have personally experienced the fruits of this company and can testify that Daniella doesn’t just “talk the talk” she has and continue to “walk the walk”. Daniella is a worthy nominee but would be the perfect winning for this award! “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella is my mentor and my inspiration. I love her style of writing and I love the way she encourages everyone to believe, know and understand that they can achieve anything they want in life. Danni keeps it real. Nothing is sugar coated. Danni works hard and shares her knowledge, wisdom, and advice so freely and openly. Danielle does so much to help and support others, she truly deserves this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has a work ethic that is enviable, the determination she has shown in publishing her own book while overcoming personal obstacles makes her an inspiration to so many others. She has helped countless people to overcome their own demons by reinforcing the message of positivity in their own lives.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Attended the course and it has set me on the road to writing my book. From the first session, she got me to focus on my who and my what which has made my book have an earnest drive of its own. As well as providing a great course she also gas continued to motivate and support through a WhatsApp group, post course webinar catch-up. Daniella is truly awesome.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Self-publishing with Daniella’s company allowed me to become their youngest bestselling author on the date I published. As my mentor Daniella allowed me to create my vision trusting that we had enough time which we did. Daniella has been thoughtful and bared in mind that as a 15-year old I am preparing for my GCSEs throughout this journey. Lastly, she boosts my confidence by continuously supporting me by sharing posts and encouraging my ideas we even donated to a charity for a sentimental purpose!”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniela has to be one of the most kindest, thoughtful human beings I have ever met, she really is as passionate about helping people succeed. I attended her power of your story workshop and was so impressed with her skill and enthusiasm. She had pushed me and encouraged me to share my story and believed in me. Without Daniela I wouldn’t be publishing my book and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today because she does see the potential in people and she brings that out in people, so thank you, Daniela, most definitely this award goes to you!”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Daniella works tirelessly to provide aspiring authors to publish their books. She makes what seems like impossible become possible, encouraging her audience to follow her 7 steps to publishing and the other services she has available. I have done my research and I believe that nobody offers what Daniella does in the way she does it. Most importantly, she has integrity and this shows in all aspects of her business and personal brand.”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner has helped me to publish my book. She is an accomplished author, Book Mentor. Daniella is passionate about what she does and happy to assist and encourage women to publish their stories. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Daniella is a loyal, focused and committed to the success of her clients. She’s a portfolio woman one who has so much to give upon so many levels. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “She has helped me with a direction to writing out my manuscript with a clear deadline and structure. A well-deserved candidate. Daniella Blechner.”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Danni is a true inspiration leading from the front. She has built a success with her self-publishing company and now inspires other to achieve the same success. Through her work coaching, mentoring connecting people she is driving others young and old to realise their dreams of seeing their work in print. She is a really amazing individual. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “I love her work and what she does with authors, helping them to publish their books in style and on time. She helps them become no 1 bestseller eve on launch day which is amazing. She works with honesty and integrity. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “This amazing woman has shown how to be a true entrepreneur growing from strength whilst helping others. The content she shares os commendable and she is outstanding to me more importantly for the pace at which she has grown.”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “I believe Daniella is an inspiration to those who have a dream and a vision to show their creativity but have been afraid to do so. She has fired me up to take my dream to the next level and look forward to attending her workshop and living out that vision”

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – “Daniella has followed her passion and living her purpose by inspiring and empowering young women and girls to be the greatest version of themselves. Daniella has mentored and helped so many authors to get their stories out there and self-publish their books. So inspiring!!!”

 

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5 Ways to Promote Your Books #aski2m

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  • How can you tell more people about your role as an author or your book?
  • What do you need to do to get noticed as an author?
  • How can you encourage book sales – without being a pushy sales person?

 

Having a book can certainly raise your profile, however, you need to know HOW promotion of your book can support this and build your personal brand as an author too.

 

There are many ways that you can promote your book and this article will look at 5 of these. Now, assuming that you already have your book written up, edited and cover designed etc., you’ve possibly already been advised of the basics – what I call Text Book marketing! So beyond, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, let’s look at some ideas which will help you to build awareness of your book and in turn, raise your profile and help generate even more PR and book sales!

 

Start using Video

You can use YouTube, Instagram Stories and Facebook Lives (as examples) of platforms. You may want to do a reading a week, which was what one of my clients did ahead of her book launch.

  • Consider ideas for your video
  • Think about who will watch your video, what will be of interest to them
  • Content may include reference to your book (page readings, videos to promote why you wrote the book, themes in your book, chapters etc.)
  • Once your video is created, consider how you can promote your video across multiple platforms.

 

Use Email

Do you have an existing email list? Can you contact them? Do you have people who have shown interest and signed up for details of your next book (or first book?) Pre warn them that the book is coming.

 

Online is a cost-effective tactic and in most cases, although you are using you or your staff time, you only need to have access to wifi. Get onto Mailchimp or Dotmailer or Constant Contact. They will be able to set you up nicely and get your emails underway!

 

A few tips for you on online/email:

  • Work on building your list, clean it up if you haven’t in a while
  • Recruit new mailing list members, suggest they sign up for your book updates/ launch info
  • Decide on frequency of emails and stick to that
  • Think about what you will include in your emails
  • Include a call to action of Buy Now button (even for pre-orders) to get people hooked before your book is even ready
  • Include social sharing icons on your emails, so people can share your email with friends and family

Email is cheap to execute and also useful for monitoring. Remember you can use email to monitor who opens your email and who clicks Buy Now too.

 

Organise your web page or website

You will probably want a website for yourself as a brand, to promote your book. This is most likely if you don’t already have a product or service.

 

If you don’t have a website, consider the platforms to host your content online. Aside from having a Facebook Business page or YouTube channel, landing pages also work really well for capturing leads – so – for example –  you may offer a downloadable chapter of your book or your complete book in eBook format. The landing page is basically a webpage where people can exchange their email for that chapter or eBook. This landing page (or web page) can then be promoted across your communication channels, via your email mailing list, journalists, potential customers etc. Key here is design of your landing page and also how you promote it. Targeting is important in marketing.

 

Use the right social media channels

Get onto social media but before you set up profiles think about which social media platforms you want to use and why. Decide on what channels work best for your potential customer. Be where your potential customers are and where you are most comfortable; you don’t need to be on all of the social networks! Whether you are already on social media or not, here are some important points to consider:

  • Your ‘About page’ or ‘Bio’ should be consistent
  • Check who you are following and who is following you. Connect with the right people
  • Use a photo of yourself for the actual profile photo and then consider using your book cover (or a related image) for the cover photos/headers
  • Provide a contact info (of your agent if you have one and/or publishing house)
  • Include details related to how to order your book, on your About Pages
  • If you have a really long web link, shorten it using Bit.ly
  • Remember to consistent when you post, or schedule posts using Buffer and Hootsuite. Read my article on scheduling here

11 Reasons to Start Scheduling Social Media

 

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Events and exhibitions

Beyond asking friends and family to write reviews, consider engaging with press, writing press releases and hosting/exhibiting at exhibitions.

 

Have you thought about what publicity you could attract from the characters or themes in your book? What about the events you could participate in, or put on to build awareness of your book?

  • Host a launch event
  • Coordinate a few book readings at several locations
  • Organise a private event for journalists and bloggers.

 

Finally, consider submitting your book to a few free sites too (check if submission guidelines may apply):

Author Marketing Club

I hope these 5 tips are useful with promoting your book, remember to allocate your time and resources and monitor success of your activities. If you need any more tips email aski2m@insight2marketing.com

 

Vee Roberts

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Vee Roberts is a multi-award winning Brand and Marketing Coach, Trainer and Consultant. She is a mum of four, who decided to take a leap – after being made redundant – to start her own business several years ago. And she has never looked back. Prior to becoming her own boss, she had worked for over 15+ years as a Senior Marketer and Team Leader, within public, private and third sectors, for companies which included BT and NHS.

Having successfully escaped the Corporate world to become her own boss, Vee now uses her 4 years of studying and 19+ years of ‘hands on’ experience in marketing planning, coordination and delivery, to educate and empower other business owners – with great success. Her clients come from a range of sectors including Commercial, Not-for-profit, Healthcare, Arts & Entertainment, Fashion, Hair & Beauty, Education and Tourism.

Her passion and proven success is in increasing sales, leads and visibility, as a direct result of effective integrated marketing campaigns. She enables businesses to refocus their marketing efforts in a way that will save both time and money. Many of the businesses she works with have seen a drastic improvement in their bottom line and also reported improved perception, better customer retention and increased sales.

Vee is all about serving people and amongst her 6 awards received to date, she has received 2 awards from the Global Entrepreneurship Campaign because of her commitment and contribution to other business owners. She gets her buzz seeing businesses flourish and this is why she launched InspireUrBiz™ networking and workshop events in 2014 – with a focus on personal and business development.

With her wealth of knowledge in branding, marketing and social media, Vee is often invited to speak at conferences and events. Her next big project will be announced soon!

What is a Book Journey Mentor and Why Have One?

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If you are reading this, I imagine you are a writer or an aspiring author.  I imagine you have a story inside; one that is powerful and impactful. Alternatively, perhaps you have a message that will assist others in their journey. Perhaps you have your message written on scraps of paper or the beginnings of a manuscript typed up on your PC or mac waiting to be completed. Maybe you have your entire manuscript completed but hidden away from the world collecting dust. Unread. Stuck. Uncertain.

Why many stop at 1st Draft?

According to the Huffington Post, 84% of people want to publish a book. Out of that 84%, only 5% go on to fulfill their dream. That is 79% of stories untold, messages, and voices unheard. Ones that could have transformed one life, two lives, a collection of lives or maybe even the planet.  Our belief at Conscious…

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The Power of Your Story Workshop!

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Do you want to publish a book but don’t know how?

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Youngest Conscious Dreams Publishing Author Becomes Bestseller!

I met Micah Dolphy in June a Role Model from Urban Synergy told me he had met two amazing poets who wanted to become authors. I arranged to visit both Micah and another student Destiny and was absolutely blown away by their poetry and passion to become authors. I answered their questions and told them about my journey to becoming an author. I wondered if I would hear from either of them again as I had invited them to a few events. I hoped I would.

Two months later, I got a message from Micah saying, “I’m ready to publish my book!” She said that she had written over 100 poems in honour of her father who passed away two years ago. She wanted to publish her book, “Poetic Surds” on his birthday. Her father was the inspiration behind her writing as he loved reading, he always encouraged her to  write and read her poems.

I began mentoring this amazing, talented young lady and assisting her along her book journey and it has been  a real delight and honour to watch her grow, develop, learn and exercise her own voice and power as a young woman. Her book, “Poetic Surds” was published on Sat 14th Jan on her father’s birthday and not only did she become a published author on this day but a Bestselling Number 2 in Women’s Fiction and Number 1 in Women’s Poetry! At 15 years old, Micah Dolphy is now a Bestselling Author!

Not only that, Micah had her first public speaking engagement at an event called, Women Be hosted by fellow Author and Speaker Michelle Watson. The poise, grace and eloquence in which she spoke exuded a calm confidence that is to be admired by many. Through adversity, this amazing young woman has embraced her dream and  remains humble with it. Micah is testament and living proof that we are never too young or too old to live our dreams and if we believe enough and work hard enough, we  too, can serve as an inspiration to others.

“Poetic Surds” is a collection of poems that feature topics such as mental health, perspectives, being different, grief, loss, self-worth, female empowerment, nature and spirituality. She is passionate about helping people to understand the misunderstood and changing people’s misconceptions about mental illness and challenges people to accept and embrace those whose viewpoints deviate from the “norm” and urges us to be comfortable with who we truly are.

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Extraordinary Woman: Jan Mayfield

Conscious Dreams Publishing is excited to announce that our latest author, Jan Mayfield has finally published her debut book, Zoetic Soul. When Jan first approached me with her book, I was excited as I just knew it was going to be a gem. The process was seemingly smooth through the editing process, but for some reason, the road became slightly bumpy due to technical difficulties. My motto is nothing worth having comes easy, so it is apt that today 27th January, Jan Mayfield not only published her book but racked up so many pre orders she hit The Top TEN Bestseller Lists in 3 different categories and No1, No5 and No10!

 

 Zoetic Soul tracks Jan’s incredible work as a Psychic, Medium but, more than that, carries powerful messages that will impact all of humanity. Life is an experience and a journey to be lived. Death is a transition into back to what we truly are. This book is more than an eye opener, it allows you to experience life and all its intricacies differently. Zoetic Soul makes you question: Who are we really? What is our Soul’s purpose? How can I accept the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ in all things and be utterly appreciative of all?

Jan Mayfield

janJan Mayfield, born the black sheep of the family, always seemed to be the butt of peoples’ jokes. Although she laughed out loud, inside she wanted to die, hide- away and cry until one day she realised that she wasn’t crazy, she was a gifted Psychic, Healer and Medium

Before coming to the understanding of what she was here to do, Jan conformed undertaking many jobs from a hairdresser to a teacher in Adult Education and finally onto a Management post. However, no matter how hard she tried she never quite felt she fitted in anywhere in life.

Transformation began for Jan, after having been involved in a car accident leaving her severely debilitated for over a year. This was integral to her switching direction to pursue her passion allowing her to close the door on her teaching/ management profession and embark on her Soul’s purpose.

Over two decades later, she is a successful international direct voice of spirits, (Psychic/Medium) Author and Intuitive Business and Personal Coaching Consultant. Primarily she is Jan.

Determination, rebuilt her life again. This time she realised that it was HER LIFE, the life with the lady and the hundreds of spirits who work with her.

Determination, self-belief, knowing, trust and rewriting the life that she had been conditioned to live brought her to this point. Now, she lives with no regrets.

 

You have a natural talent for writing, have you always wanted to write? When did you recognise this talent?

I do not consider myself to have a talent… it all crept up on me really. English was never a good subject at school! About 4 years ago, I was drawn to write different courses in the work that I do now, and in a previous “job” I wrote working manuals. Writing was not for someone like me and when I was younger I rarely read books.

The catalyst for writing this book was my grandma’s transition.

You are a Psychic, Medium and Healer. Can you tell us what that means and when did you first discover your gifts?

A psychic means that I can see into the future. Medium, means that I can connect to those souls who have passed over and relay their words. A healer is someone who allows universal energy force to flow through their hands to someone or something else with the intention to heal… I can show you how to do it!

I really don’t like to think that I have gifts, I have worked very hard to do the work I do and have gone through many coming out times!

I remember seeing an old lady in my bedroom at a very young age. Throughout my life, I knew I was different and could see, hear and feel things that others couldn’t.

Did you embrace your gifts as a child or try to hide them. Why/why not?

I did not try and hide them but they were always discouraged. My mother would say I was sleep dreaming or daydreaming when I tried to talk about what was happening around me!

You describe yourself as “the black sheep” of the family. Tell us a bit about this and what advice do you have for other “black sheep?”

Misunderstood! The one that was different, I knew I was. For most of my family to call me this seemed not too bad, to begin with, but after a while, it was not so funny. As I was growing up with a strict father, I was the daughter who went against the rules of the house. It meant also that I was ridiculed and never respected as a person. Many hurtful words were said to me; they did not see how hurtful it was. All that time ago you would take what adults said to you because you respected them as parents/adults. I remember always feeling trapped.

What would I say to people now who are called black sheep…? BREAK FREE! It is not you, it is their perception and lack of knowledge that they deem to call you a name and give you that label… embrace it.

You have a very special relationship with your Grannie Mary. Tell us about that.

I love and loved her more than anyone in my whole life as I was growing up I loved to stay at her house, she would say the right things to me that were not out of pity but out of knowing how I felt. She lived in a simple way. It was love!

Zoetic Soul is an absolute treat of a book. What inspired you to write it?

The love of my work gave me the tools to be able to write it. Zoetic Soul was never a book I thought about writing. As with life, it all seemed to piece together.

Zoetic Soul not only highlights your journey as a Psychic Medium but is series of tranced messages. How do you connect to Spirit is this a skill anyone can have?

As this is very natural for me and used on different levels throughout my working and living day, I often forget that other people don’t do this.

At a very basic level for you to understand, I would take myself into meditation and just work my way deeper with thought and breathing techniques, until there are no thoughts. That is how I trance the voices. Yes, I believe anyone can do this. Mine is learnt over many years and practiced daily.

What has been the most powerful experience to date?

I cannot answer this as I have had so many powerful, mystical and miraculous things happen along my journey. There is not one. Maybe this is my next book!

In your view, is death just the beginning or a continuation of a journey?

For me, it is a continuation. It is life. Life is eternal.

Chapter 4, Suicide Passings is extremely insightful. What message do you have for people whose loved ones have passed as a result of suicide?

The message here is very clear. It was the person’s way to pass; it was their predestined path. To those left on earth, I would say, the sooner you embrace this and connect to the passed soul, if this is something you do, then you will sense the energy of that passing. This way is so much more fulfilling and beautiful. This way also helps with the grieving process and give you peace in the knowing they are where they are supposed to be.

Is everything preordained and what role does free-will play?

I believe that your life is a series of learning experiences. I presume you mean life on earth? In each learning experience, you have choices and I believe this is free will, your free will is choice around the experience set out in your life.

Let’s talk about your book journey. How easy/hard was it to write the book and why?

To write the book was not so difficult, to believe that I was writing a book took a lot of getting used to. This part I would say was easy in the way that all the chapters flowed but were not necessarily written in the order they are published. At the beginning of a chapter, I knew what would be in it and it was afterwards that I ordered them. Each chapter being contained and then towards the end of the book I could see how they flowed, the jigsaw pieces were put together!

What was the most challenging part of your journey?

I say this with a smile on my face… the typesetting was the most challenging… my background is IT, Desktop publishing, and Teaching Microsoft office… so I knew exactly what I wanted, how it should flow, font etc etc. To be told that things I wanted could not be done, really irritated me because I knew technically they could, at some points I even doubted myself and began to look at other published books. This time was very challenging. One other challenging area, I suppose was working with my concentration. I have Fibromyalgia and although I manage it well and live with it. At times my concentration is short lived!

What was the most rewarding?

Typing the dialogues and reliving the voices was very rewarding. I listened to each one at least three times which made me feel very connected to that soul. I still have tears when I read certain sections of Zoetic Soul. As my book is now published, one major rewarding time as to be seeing my book creep up in rank, in the sales on Amazon. Actually, it Whizzed! Within 24hrs Zoetic Soul was ranked number ONE in one of my categories.

What do you like best about your book and why?

I really had to think about this question. I like the whole book.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors who want to write and publish their book but are afraid of what people may think?

To be brave and do what you feel is right for you. Never be afraid of what someone may think of what you do. There will always be people who will be negative and positive in all areas of life. Be true to yourself and what you believe in.

Many of us want to discover our Soul’s purpose, how best can we do that?

Learn to love yourself and believe in who you are and what you do. Find and acknowledge the thing you are most passionate about and make that your living. This will then evolve and develop automatically. You only need to find the starting point. You will soon realise you are living your soul’s purpose when you stop wondering what it is. The closer you become to realising this, the more your life will just fall into place.

What key messages would you like to share with our readers about how to live a more fulfilled life on this planet?

YOU and only YOU are here to learn through experience. Everyone else is here to learn through theirs. Recognise, Release and move on quickly from situations once your lesson is learned. See the beauty within all living things and walk in nature often, to feed your soul.

What would you like to be remembered for?

To be remembered as someone who enables others to see their true potential would be wonderful.

What’s next for Jan?

I feel I have two-three more books rising.

I will deliver some workshops for those who are ready to initiate changes in their lives.

To allow change to happen around me and see what is given to me.

 

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Extraordinary Female Authors: Marcelle Roujade

Meet Marcelle Roujade, Conscious Dreams Publishing’s latest author. Her book BlackBoy Can’t Fly? is a mother’s story of the extraordinary lengths she would go to to nurture, nourish and make her son’s dream of becoming a pilot possible against all odds. Congratulations Marcelle!

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Marcelle Roujade was born in Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. After coming to England in the 1980s to study English for six months, Marcelle met a man and fell in love within a week of her arrival. Little did she know, he was her future husband. She has been living in Ladbroke Grove ever since and is now the mother is two amazing children. She has a career in the aviation industry and hopes her story will encourage young people to go into aviation no matter the setback.

 Black Boy Can’t Fly? is based on real life experiences she went through with her son who decided to follow in her footsteps and embrace a career within the field of aviation.

This is an inspiring adventure of a boy’s determination to fulfil his dream and become a commercial pilot. Marcelle believes that with the right tools, knowledge and support, no matter our start, we can achieve anything our heart desires.

What inspired you to write Black Boy Can’tFly?

It is a bit of a story about my son. From the age of 7, he wanted to be a commercial pilot. I have an aviation background; I used to work for an airline. I have two children. They used to travel with me quite a lot and one day they were invited to what was called the Cockpit (now it is the flying desk) when he returned to his seat he said to me: “ when I grow up I want to fly airplane”

 

How important it is as parents for us to nurture our children’s dreams?

It is very important- I am from Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. My parents always encouraged us to follow our dreams, to follow our heart’s desires. They never crushed our dreams, never cut us down. In one respect this is what I wanted to instore in my children.
Who I am to kill his dream. Who I am to say No. I just wanted to help him to assist his dream.

 

What is the significance behind the title Black Boy Can’t Fly

Original the working title was Above and Beyond the Grove. I have a mentor  suggested we change.  It also comes from a story my son told me about this environment in which he studied. They called him “Sundown”. Sundown is the only back pilot in the film with Tom Cruise.

 

What racial prejudices did both yourself and your son face when embarking on this dream?

Being in an environment that is predominantly white, it is very difficult to walk and work. It is very subtle. Even when he studied something it was challenging.  Just remember the dream- the purpose.

 

What were the biggest obstacles you faced helping him to realise this dream and how did you overcome them?

It was a long process.   The most challenging thing was the financial investment.  Not forgetting that there was a little sister.  I was lucky my family rallied around us to see a dream come true.

 

Let’s talk about your self-publishing journey. You came to Conscious Dreams Publishing having already written your MS and you came to us to have your edition updated. What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?
The most rewarding thing is well you say: that’s it all done. The most challenging is finding someone that would believe in what you just wrote and take it further.
Once you get someone on board with it, that where the challenge starts. It is like having a baby and to see someone take it from you can be hard.  It is a matter of working together Book Journey Mentor/editor/author. To establish trust.

 

Most difficult part of the writing process?

It is the relationship built- It is when the editor understood the authors’ journey.

 

Tell us about your journey with CDP. What did you enjoy the most and what did you find challenging?

A book opens doors; it is a gift. It allows me to have a platform to speak and to assist parents. A book is a book introduction. It is like a business card.It was important for me to have it published and my journey with Conscious Dreams Publishing was an exchange between an editor and an author.  The most challenging part sometimes was to write or re-write some parts until both parties were happy.  Danni understood where I was coming from and the message I wanted to put across.

 

What advice would you offer to budding authors out there who want to self-publish?

I am the proof of it today. Go for it. It is your story and it might help someone to overcome something.

 

Final message/words of wisdom for viewers

If you have a story to tell go ahead and do it.

 

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Extraordinary Woman: Annika Spalding

 annika1Annika Spalding is a writer; a Birmingham-born survivor of childhood and adulthood domestic violence, a former Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid employee, an activist, a single mother with a dream and a woman who is passionate about inspiring women to pursue their dreams.

She currently has four books, mainly written about women overcoming adversity, which are available on Amazon, and an empowering free ebook via her website. She holds events for authors, has released a video on Youtube for her most powerful poem yet: I Am A Woman, hosts online networking hour #HelpAQueenOut on Twitter and is in the process of writing her fifth book.

You are the author of 4 books when you were young did you imagine yourself as an author?

Yes! I was interested in stories from a very young age. Reading was my escape, it kept my imagination alive and I aspired to recreate the magic I often found in the stories I read.

What inspires you to write and what key messages to you want to give your audience?

I write because it is the best way I can express myself. I write with an audience in mind now, but it was never my intention. I write because it feels good to release an emotion, an idea, a story or to shed light on something I’m experiencing at the time. The wonderful thing is that so many people connect with my words and their feedback inspires me to continue.

I am mostly inspired by women, not so much glamour, make-up and beauty, but the hardships, the struggles and the challenges they face. I feel it is my responsibility to share elements of truth in my fiction so that the reader can feel connected to my story.

My audience is a mixture of people who connect with my work, people who are inspired by my personal journey and both. To all of them, I want to illustrate how impossible is a mind trap, and with perseverance and self-belief we can overcome anything.

Shattered Dreams is your very first book. What inspired you to write it?

I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and that experience has never left me. Being an adult, I began working as a support worker in that area and it gave me an insight I never had as a child, understandably. Shattered Dreams began as a short story, simply a woman looking at herself in the mirror and ready to give up. I loved this as a short story, it was so sad but also very real. I reread it over time and decided that I didn’t want my main character, Kimberly, to give up. I wanted to see what would happen if she left her abuser, so I began to type and I let her lead the way.

How easy or hard was it to get that relationship between a survivor of domestic abuse and her husband?

When I wrote this story, I didn’t think about it in this way. What was important was that I got it right, I wanted to give an accurate representation of what it means to experience domestic violence and the aftermaths. I didn’t want a survivor in my audience to read my book and think I didn’t know what I was talking about. I wanted to do my audience, survivors included, justice.

Having worked for my local Women’s Aid supporting women affected by domestic violence, delivering training and awareness raising workshops to professionals, and having taken a personal interest over the years, I feel I am able to write about this subject with great confidence.

I grew up watching my mum be abused in different ways, I know what that looks like. I have had a family member experience the same, and have felt helpless when I didn’t know about it until a long time after. I know what that feels like. I have had friends who return to abusive partners and shun us all for him, despite our advice and support, I know what that feels like. I have also experienced an unhealthy relationship so through Kimberly I was able to share parts of myself. Really, to write about this accurately is to write what I know.

What advice would you give to women (or men) who find themselves in an abusive relationship?

Women who find themselves in an abusive relationship, this is what you need to do:

You will leave when you are ready to leave. Only you know when this is.

Even if you are not ready to leave now, please speak to somebody about what help you can get if you did. I think we put so much pressure on women to leave but that is so hard to do when you’re already terrified and don’t know what your options are.

Keep a carrier bag of clothes, important documents and emergency cash at a friend’s or relatives in case you need to leave home in a hurry.

Don’t stay put for the kids. Believe it or not, children know and understand more than what you realise. They are impacted by this as much as you are. Children carry the effects of domestic violence into adulthood and that is when it begins to manifest. A home should be a happy and safe place to be, and you can do that for them.

Don’t blame yourself. You don’t deserve this. Please speak to someone, even if it is just to share the load for a minute. You don’t have to deal with this alone.

Fiction isn’t always easy to get right- especially when dealing with sensitive issues such as Domestic Violence- but you craft your characters and plot so well you cannot help but turn the page. What’s your secret?

Haha! This is an interesting question, I haven’t thought about it in that way. My secret is simply to tell it as it is. I present make-believe as fact and it works! There’s no magic involved with Shattered Dreams, no fantasy worlds or fairy godmothers or glass slippers, it’s a fictional story based on real-life issues that many of us will face in our lifetimes. It allows the reader to explore the reality behind the safety net that fiction brings with it. It’s not intended to entertain, it’s intended to inform

How does writing your first book compare with where you are now in your writing journey?

My first book is a great book but not at all my best work. Absolutely not. There are probably spelling and grammatical errors, as well as the structure and layout, which makes me cringe. But it is important nonetheless because nobody starts out as an expert. I hope those who follow my writing journey will see the growth with each piece of work I put out there.

When I wrote Shattered Dreams, I had a rough plan but I mostly just made it up as I wrote. Now, I have a plan and I stick to it. My writing has developed massively and you’ll see that in my next book.

What are the biggest lessons you’ve learnt along your book journey?

The biggest lessons I’ve learned about my book journey? Gosh, where do I start?

Persevere, even when the will to write has left you. If I am committed to writing a book, I will find the time to write it.

Develop your writing and a thick skin. The feedback has mostly been positive but there’s always one negative comment that will eat at you. It doesn’t bother me now because I know my strengths and I am working on my weaknesses. I won’t get better in my writing if everyone tells me how great it is, constructive criticism is appreciated and helps me identify areas I may need to improve on.

It doesn’t stop at the book. What I mean by that is, writing a book doesn’t have to be just that. Books don’t do well if you just leave them to gather dust on the shelf. You have to be committed to promoting it, making sure people don’t forget about the magic you have created and reaffirming to yourself that you did indeed create this piece of art. Be proud of what you wrote, don’t shy away from it. There is a book in everyone, we all have a story to share but we don’t all sit down to write it so that in itself is a huge achievement.

What advice would you give to writers who have an idea for a book but are holding back from writing or publishing?

Don’t turn into a pensioner with regrets. Writing a book is cementing your legacy. Don’t write with fear of criticism or rejection, write the book you’ve always wanted to read. Write for you. And once you’ve done that? Decide if the world is worthy of an invitation to your world.

In short: just write.

What do you think makes a great book? Give us 5 tips.

An opening chapter that commands attention. If you can hook me with the first paragraph, even the first sentence, I know the book is going to be a great read.

Content that draws the reader in, not giving too much away at the beginning but enough to keep them reading to the end.

In any book, evidence of research and this demonstrated throughout. Gives the author credibility.

A book that is clear in the blurb so I know what to expect if I choose to read it.

I love exercises in personal development books, and extracts from other books by the author at the end of fiction books. It just adds to the reading experience.

If you were to be known for a famous quote what would it be?

You are worth your effort.

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Extraordinary Woman: Joy Kukatula

Welcome to this week’s Extraordinary Woman: Joy Kukatula, speaker, gospel singer/songwriter and author of ‘Honeymoon with Your King’ and W.R.I.T.E member. Hear what she has to say about what it takes to have a fulfilling relationship, starting with Self and take note of her valuable tips she learnt along her self-publishing journey.

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jnk2Joy Kukatula is a speaker, gospel singer, song writer and an author.

In 2014 she created a blog called Another Touch Now. The idea was born out of this desperation to see women emerging and moving in the fullness of their potential by coming out of their comfort zone and by using their gift, talents and abilities to affect the world around them.

She recently took another step of faith and started this new venture of becoming an author/book writer with her first but not last book ‘Honeymoon with My King’ which invites the readers to deal with the issues of their soul in order to live life in all its fullness.

Her next book project is about working on how to effectively guaranty a good and healthy transfer of sound  and moral value from parents to children of this generation.

She holds a degree in International and monetary Economics and a qualification in Association of Accounting Technician (AAT)

She currently lives in Coventry, UK with her husband and two children.

 

 

If you could describe your purpose in life in 2 lines what would it be?

Prompting and inspiring women to see the tremendous potential they carry within their soul and to use it to cause a positive change around them.

 

What inspired you to right Honeymoon with my King?

My inspiration to write this beautiful book came from a personal experience that caused pain and hurt, deep down in my soul. I had to confront self and by the grace of God let go of the pain in order to receive healing for my broken heart, pick myself up and carry on my journey of life with a fresh and new mindset.

Who is your ideal reader?

The one who is in search of love and is experiencing a kind of emptiness on the inside or a lack of meaning and purpose.

The one who is struggling to love and forgive self or others for one reason or another.

The one who has been knocked down and broken by the challenges of life and who is searching for a way to make it and win again in spite of failure.

These are the category of readers who will definitely find answers and relief for their souls through the pages of ‘Honeymoon with my King’.

 

What key message do you want your readers to get from your book and why?

It is so clear and so simple:

Life happens first on the inside before it gets manifested on the outside; we first have to deal with the hidden issues, those only known to ourselves on the inside in order to enjoy a good quality of life.

We get and attract what we are in our soul therefore fixing our soul should be our priority and a Honeymoon with our king is our opportunity to just do that.

The reason is that many people avoid looking within themselves to confront the many issues they struggle with. They conveniently brush things under the carpet and are under the illusion they would carry on their life just fine not realising that what they refuse to deal with today will definitely become a stumbling block to their fulfilment tomorrow.

 

What was the most challenging part of your book journey?

Since this is my first book, the most challenging part was to conquer my fear, doubt and uncertainty that I also could do it. Most of the time we look out to others and doubt our own abilities. We wonder whether we are ‘enough’ to take on new project and come out of our comfort zone.

Throughout the writing process I had to constantly encourage myself and destroy every form of doubt and intimidating thoughts from my mind and stay focussed on the message I wanted to pass on.

Many times I felt like giving up but I got to a point where I knew my message and contribution were greater than any fear or doubt.

 

What three key lessons have you through your writing and publishing journey and what would you change?

For a writing and publishing journey or any other journey, communication is the number one key. We must be open to seek the appropriate support from the right direction, from those who have had a similar kind of experience and have succeeded in it.

Plan your book’s structure – The way I do it is to visualise the end result or message in my mind and work from it to divide my book in parts and chapters with the main ideas.

Plan your time – Give yourself reasonable deadlines and target and stick to them as much as possible. I must admit this one is challenging especially with work and family commitment but it is feasible and I am a living witness.

What I would change is definitely getting the help from the right direction especially for the publishing side to avoid headache and frustration.

In your opinion, what makes an effective relationship?

The practice of good communication is the key.

We must be mindful of how we make the other person feel with the way we interact with them and we must learn to value them.

 

What advice would you give to a woman who is in an unhappy relationship and can’t seem to get out?

Unhappiness is a sign of lack of fulfilment. Relationship are meant to improve people as we know that two are better than one. If a relationship is not bringing happiness my advice to any woman would be to:

  • Study self and see if she needs emotional healing from any negative experience maybe from past relationship and get help.
  • Examine the purpose of the relationship. We know that two can walk together unless they agree. They have to have a common vision and speak the same language to get there.

When a woman loves herself and values her person she must make sure she chooses the people she allows in her life as they can either build her or break her, her dream and future.

Sometimes separation can be the best option if the relationship is toxic.

What defining moments in your life shaped who you are?

It must be when I consciously gave my life to Christ and had that personal encounter from within. I began to learn the word of God and learn who I really was. I began to explore the beauty and amazing treasures I had always carried within but had never been aware of. At this moment I knew I was beautiful inside out and no one could ever take this away from me.

The way I saw myself changed. I started to value who I was and carry myself with dignity.

This was without the shadow of a doubt the beginning of my walk toward greatness.

Who inspires you and why?

Many characters in the bible inspire me but King David is an exceptional one because he had to conquer rejection and limitations from his own family and community.

By holding an intimate relationship with his creator he knew he had a great future and became unstoppable in his mind first.

What happened next was an illustration of what took place inside him.

 

Tell us about Another Touch Now?

Another Touch Now (ATN) is a ministry whose aim is to help women to come out of their shadowlands by expressing the gifting and potentials embedded in them in order to be everything they were designed to be.

The goal is to inspire, empower and motivate women to be bold and free to express themselves and help them understand their Uniqueness and true Identity so they can fulfil their purpose in life.

The vision was born when I realised that many of us stay captive of our fear and of the system and we wait for the approval of others in order to fully express who we are.

Through ATN I would like women to impact their surrounding with their uniqueness and their touch in whatever area of their expertise, talents, abilities and giftings.

In the coming year we are planning to hold talkshow and offer a platform to many to share about their story of success to encourage others with how they have turned an idea or dream to reality.

What advice would you give someone who felt like giving up on their hopes and dreams?

Lift up your eyes and see the light at the end of the tunnel. The whole game is played in your mind. It is where you win or lose.

Pick yourself up, look for someone who has been in the same difficulty you are in now and let him encourage you with his testimony and advice.

Keep and positive attitude.

 

What quote would you like to be remembered for?

Life is beautiful when we choose to see it as such.

 

Website: www.joykukatula.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoyNgombeKukatula/

 

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