iUniverse continues its discussion with self-help author and psychic medium Joy Brisbane, who talks about the message behind her book, Walking with Spirit.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Our tough experiences are our major lessons in life that help us to find our inner strength, our deep awareness of self, our individuality and the power of our soul. We have a choice – to go on standing in the darkness of negative thoughts and feelings, or to step into the light and magic of our soul’s journey within this human experience. No one else can do that for us. We, and only we, are the creators of our lives. The choice is ours – give our power away to the dark night or reclaim that power and step back into the light.
It is my dearest wish that in reading Walking with Spirit people will begin to find their way through the confusion and pain, seek out the beauty of their own inner light and embrace life again.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
My third book, Spirit Speaks – a medium’s conversations with the realm of spirit, is already completed. Eventually I will seek to have it published through iUniverse.
In Spirit Speaks I share stories from my individual clients, from workshops that I have facilitated and from phone calls. This book allows the reader to see the benefits of someone combining their gifts as a psychic medium and counsellor. All names have been changed to respect the privacy of my clients. The forward to Spirit Speaks is written by Steven Farmer PhD, USA.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Walking with Spirit has been marketed widely through all media. It is currently in the hands of a publicist who is achieving a lot of success. Recently an article on Walking with Spirit made the Daily Mail online. From that article I have just signed a contract with another magazine, Take 5.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience, overall and with iUniverse?
Overall, the most precious moment was having the proof copy of the book in my hands, knowing that all the hard work, all of my commitment to my fellow people around the world was here in my hands. It was alive and ready to reach out to those who need it.
With iUniverse, for the most part I felt heard. There were moments when I had to stand my ground, but overall the experience was a smooth process and I am grateful to them for having found me Katie, my publicist.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never lose the vision for your book. Believe in your book. Work hard toward creating that vision. Don’t be precious about your book – be prepared to make changes to it. If you want it to succeed, then listen to the editors, the professional people who know what works and what doesn’t work. When your manuscript is criticized, don’t take it as a personal affront but see the criticism for what it is – the need to change something to make your book even better than what it already is. Don’t give up when it doesn’t happen immediately. I have been writing for 48 years and only now is it all happening for me. If you have something to say, something to share, then hang on to your dream and keep on improving your writing skills until that dream becomes a reality.