Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?
Nikki Leigh invited me to share my promotional experience with others with my answer to the question: Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?
Your Name: Alysa Braceau, Dreamshield
1. Where you are from and where are you now?
I am from the Netherlands (Europe) and Haarlem is were I live (a few miles from Amsterdam).
2. How did you get started writing?
That was about ten years ago. It started when I friend of mine, who was a journalist, suggested I write my personal account and send it to magazine after a spiritual oriented workshop. So, I did and it turned out well. After that, I started writing as a freelancer for various magazines about spiritual, new age workshops and courses
3. What do you do when you are not writing?
I do a combination of different things. I’m working at a publishing company and I have a healing practice. In addition, I am very happy being the mother of an energetic and swirling 6-year old daughter. Accompanied by great friends, I have never a dull moment.
4. What would readers like to know about you?
They will like to know that I can travel with my dream body… and that readers can learn this skill also…
5. What inspired your first book?
Meeting a “man of Knowledge’ who taught me the art of mastering conscious dreaming and to be able to share this knowledge inspired me to write my book.
6. How many books have you written?
I have written one book: The Sorcerer’s Dream
7. What are the titles of your books and what genres are they?
The Sorcerer’s Dream: Dreaming and Spiritual Adventure in a New Millenium
8. Why are you specially qualified to write about this topic?
I mastered the art of conscious dreaming in the past years and I was an apprentice of the Indian ‘Man of Knowledge’ Running Deer.
9. How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track when you’re writing a book?
Oh, that was never a problem. I am not a fiction novelist but write about a certain topic I was taught about. It felt like an encouraging energy at my back was helping to bring this writing project to the finish.
10. Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?
For the love and for freedom!
11. What are some unique methods of marketing you have used? Which were the most successful?
I published my book in the Netherlands first and the most successful thing I did there was writing articles about my (dream) work to be published in magazines.
12. Do you sell through a website? If so, what’s the address? If not, why not?
I have a website: http://www.dreamshield.nl
13. Where can people order your books?
Booklocker – http://www.booklocker.com/books/4654.html
14. What format are your books – e-book, print, audio etc?
Print (paperback) and e-book
15. Will you write more books?
Oh yes, at least two or more…
16. What do you have in the works now?
My book is about my initiation into the sorcerer’s world and mastering conscious dreaming. It is an exciting spiritual adventure that takes you into the magic realms of the unknown. You can read it and learn more about:
Mastering conscious dreaming, dreaming practices, traveling to the unknown, dreaming and the meaning of sexual energy, the healing of your inner child and the way to reach the totality of the Self by facing and releasing your emotional, physical and spiritual blocks.
17. What does the future hold for you and your books?
I hope many enthusiastic readers and fellow travelers to explore the boundless unknown of dreaming and creativity.
18. What was the most successful thing you did to promote your books?
When my book came out in the Netherlands I went to a spiritual fair where I start signing books. While I was there, I met a book promoter and publisher who offered me the opportunity to write a weekly column in his magazine and free promotion by making a workshop video and an interview on internet tv.
19. What was the least successful thing you did to promote your books?
The least successful, was an advertisement in a spiritual orientated newspaper. The advertisement came out very bad (unclear) and the owner of the magazine wasn’t willing to refund my money or replace my ad.
20. What makes this book special to you?
I love to write about the art of conscious dreaming and to share this knowledge with others. In addition, I had the chance to write it the way I thought it would be best, despite the fact that the content might not be very mainstream.
21. What sort of comments have you gotten about the content of the book?
What I hear is that people start dreaming while reading my book as if they travel along with my experiences and they enjoy that a lot. People find it to be a challenging, confrontational and exciting trip.
22. What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?
People must read it because this makes you more aware of yourself and your surroundings. You can come to the point where you realize that conscious dreaming feels as real as living in the everyday reality. Mastering conscious dreaming can bring you to the point where you discover that you are the creator of your own reality in a more conscious way.
23. What people NEED to read this book and WHY?
People that are at a point where they want to explore more about themselves, their needs and to find out that they want to have more influence over their lives. They come to understand they want to live more consciously and use their gifts to live a (more) happy and self-fulfilling life.
24. What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?
In fact every moment of pleasure, relaxation and/or rest (stepping out of the structure of daily life) sparks my creativity. So, that’s why I build in those moments a few times a week by taking a walk in the dunes or yoga. I’m open to all impressions that come to me and welcome them as gifts.
25. What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?
I love to entrust experiences and thoughts to paper and the opportunity to share it with others.
26. Tell me about the most unusual things you have done to promote any books?
Knocking on the door of book stores in Amsterdam and offering them my book, a flyer and a poster and tell them more about my book. Most of them were pretty enthusiastic about this action.
27. If a potential reader thinks that your book wouldn’t interest them, what would you say to convince them to buy? I’m thinking something better than “Its the greatest book ever.” Give me something more specific 🙂
I would say: My book is not only about dreaming, its about adventure, love, exploring the unknown. Besides that, this book makes you laugh. I fell in love deeply with my teacher and made a fool out of myself. Most people in my place would know right away that it would be impossible with a naqual. By the way wouldn’t you like to know more about the connection between dreaming and increasing your sexual energy?
28. Why does the topic of your book interest you? Why would it interest potential readers? Give us a hook to reel in new readers.
I tried to examine my dreams when I was young and it felt very natural to be curious about what these dreams were telling me. I found out that by writing them down, I started to understand my dreams and I could remember them better. I noticed they developed in conscious dreaming (dreaming while being aware that you are dreaming) and I enjoyed that a lot, it encouraged me to go on.
Why would it interest potential readers? Well, cconscious dreaming is big fun because it gives you a great feeling. If you dream consciously, you have control over events. Or, you have the realization that you can control the situation. There will be a day that you can instruct yourself to dream about something; to fly like a bird or to meet a deceased loved one. So, why not give it a try. (In my book you will find all the dreaming practices by which you can achieve conscious dreaming in about 4 weeks).
You can come to the realization that conscious dreaming gives you the same feeling as living in the everyday reality, that makes you think and want to explore more about the two realities.
Source of this interview: http://promo101interviews.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/promotional-interview-alysa-braceau/
The Sorcerer’s dream, an initiation into the sorcerer’s world and mastering conscious dreaming. Buy it at:
The book can also be ordered on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Dream-Dreamshield-Alysa-Braceau/dp/1609101561 and everywhere they sell books
Website Dreamshield: http://www.dreamshield.nl