March has been a very busy month for me. It is usually a busy life for me but I have been particularly busy this month.
We held a three day healing festival in Port Macquarie for my students, I conducted three reiki classes and did the usual clinic, weekly radio hosting of my program on www.newsforthesoul.com called Connect To Creator, and wrote a lot of material for my new partnership business Scale It Up Now.
I thought about the juggle of the active mind. I have a very active mind! Sometimes it won’t be quiet at all and sometimes it is serene. Yes I think if you could picture my mind you could picture a juggler with a series of balls, deciding which ones to allocate a topic or task you and then rotating them with skill.
I have a skillful mind. I have an amazing soul that tirelessly works and invents for the greater good. I have a human body which sometimes wonders what the heck I am doing?
Do you have that problem? A mind full of tricks and inventions and a body with a finite energy source. I look after myself and rest too. Don’t get me wrong, I am no machine of work. I am however actively engaged in life. I sing in a barbershop quartet, I am rehearsing in a musical for a broadway production, I am writing courses, material , hypnosis scripts,, books and music. I even wrote a song this month and recorded it.
No I am not superhuman, stupidly driven or mad. I am living the way I live. I am guaging my surroundings, my life and my intentions, my soul purpose and finding ways to fulfil them. Yes I do meditate and sit quietly. Sometimes I vegetate in front of the TV. I do all sorts of things to assist my peace. I walk in nature and I swim in my pool. I laugh a lot and I experiment with silly things that take my fancy.
A snapshot of the month of March has its own inclusions. I bought new makeup called Yunique which I decided is marvellous. It didn’t cause me excema on my eyelid. Something eyeshadows can do. Therefore I give it a plus.
My youngest son wrote new music on the piano. My other son showed me photos of his holiday with partner and son on facebook and I saw him loving fatherhood. My middle son is building my new website and is often emailing me so we are getting lots of chats in. My daughter is busy with six children so we don’t talk as often as could be perhaps, but I love seeing photos of the kids and the odd skype session. Sometimes I pine for them and days when they were growing up that I saw more of them. I did a bit of that in March. Where did I get the time to combine all these things? Sometimes in my dreams!
Life is full of dreams, abundances, joys and fortunate events. Life is especially full of these when you receive messages from friends, clients and family that say nice things about your efforts.
Abundance is life and where there is empowerment there is no fear.
I wish you abundance.
Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND
|Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.
The Aussies are Coming!!!!!!!! And much more.
Here is something very special. A once in a lifetime exclusive Vancouver Healing Event, presented by Katherine Bright ND and Kim Bright accompanied by a selection of the Theta Resonance At All Levels network of healers from around the world. You can enrol and pre-purchase on your early bird registration on this link now.
More information: Experience an afternoon of healing, light-work, music, FUN, awesome connection and time spent with the specialist Theta Resonance At All Levels network of healers and light workers who have travelled from Australia, UK and USA to be here.
Experience the Connect To Creator process and learn to connect to your higher self and Source to do healing. Experience guided meditation and one on one interaction in an intimate setting with these two internationally renowned spiritual healers, alternative therapists and life coaches.
Katherine is a renowned musician and author who can weave a wonderful event with joy, fun and laughter. Be part of a once-off special treat. Live coverage by Nicole Whitney on www.newsforthesoul.com for this event.
Public welcome. Come and say hello personally; Be part of the group and find your inner well-being in a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
Tickets will sell out fast so please be quick to reserve your place in this one in a lifetime event.
And for those in the network of healers and for those wishing to be, and wanting to have more in-depth connection with us here is further information on how you can join in with the exclusive group. As we have people coming in from UK, USA and Australia already, you are most welcome. PLEASE NOTE: ENTRY TO THIS IS NETWORK TOUR IS LIMITED AND HEAVILY DISCOUNTED SO PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY TO BE ABLE TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS PART OF THE TOUR. ONLY EIGHT PLACES LEFT.
Details of how you can join in are on this link below with the text written below for those of you who want quick access to the information specifically.
INTERNATIONAL EVENT, VANCOUVER CANADA
OPEN Public Festival Event, This event will be attended and covered for radio by Nicole Whitney, www.newsforthesoul.com in Vancouver
DATE: 30 June 2017, 1-5pm Unity Centre, Vancouver, Ticket Price $50 AUD including refreshments.
Our group of Theta Resonance At All Levels participants will attend. Join us for a festival of Connection to Creator, Meditation, Music and fun! MEET THE AUSSIES ET ALL!
We have students from our network travelling from around the world to attend.This next section comprises an exlusive component for our Theta Resonance At All Levels workshop students, or those who have completed the Connect To Creator online course or personal mentoring directly with Katherine Bright ONLY. If you wish to participate in this section, please enroll and complete the Connect To Creator online course as shown here – www.connecttocreator.com
EXCLUSIVE EVENTS over the next few days will be:
Exclusive Working Party of Theta Resonance At All Levels students travelling over from Australia, USA and UK so far!. We are having a party!!!!!!
30 June 2017, Evening Star Show at the Planetarium, Space Centre, Vancouver. Experience the dome theatre experience and visit the stars!
We will be visiting Stanley Park. Vancouver. Katherine and Kim Bright will be personally guiding a small groupd to a special part of Standley Park and guiding you through a connection and meditation experience with the trees and land devas,
There will be a Guided Indigenous Canadian Indian cultural experience in Stanley Park. and much more on your own spiritual development to be had in this amazing forest and part of the world. Enjoy your own free time to explore and holiday in Vancouver after our events complete. This is your chance for an amazing spiritual experience with like-minded souls.
Oh the fun! Network of students invited by enrolment directly with Katherine Bright only. Numbers are limited. Please email me directly if you are interested.
Cost: This has been kept to a minimum and will be $1100AUD including GST and includes your festival ticket, refreshments at the venue and ticket entry to Space Centre and Stanley Park events. NB Deposits to secure your place should be forwarded asap to Katherine please as numbers will need to be accounted for exactly including pre-purchase of tickets etc.
NB Your are responsible for all yourself, your own personal costs, including airfares and accommodation etc. This is not a guided tour. It is a series of events held by Katherine and Kim Bright in Vancouver. No responsibility is taken or accepted in any way by Katherine and Kim Bright for your personal journey apart from providing you with a beautiful set of experiences during scheduled events.
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be included in the exclusive tour component.
Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND
|Copyright © 2017 Katherine Bright Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.
So you have written a book, or are thinking about it and you want to get published. I have been through this process a few different ways and it can be a frustrating mine-field or a pleasure depending on your experience.
My experience has been multi-faceted shall we say. I am going to include a great link to help you recognise scammers in the industry which I wish I had read before I published my books as it would have shown me some big red flags to avoid as a novice.
I have successful books which I have marketed myself and which people love and that is great, but the process of publishing is a choice and can be a heart-break. One of the pitfalls can be if you choose to self-publish, and who to choose.
I cannot personally recommend the one I first chose which was Balboa Press due the cost, stressful experiences and lack of service and follow-up I experienced in the time I dealt with them. There were so many instances where they made errors that I would need pages to document them. These were financial errors, clerical errors, messages not passed on etc etc. They charged me hefty fees for packages which I found later were really a lot better looking on paper than for what I felt I received in actuality. There were many add on costs for further services offered, inefficient and error-prolific services and these would add up to thousands of American Dollars routinely if you chose to take them up.
There were difficulties being in Australia and having a timezone issue to the USA plus staff who appeared to not be as knowledgeable in practice as stated in the spiel. Not I believe the team of experts you thought you would be linked to shall we say. Also there were often only two staff available on their overnight shift which made communication a nightmare sometimes.
Balboa Press are in fact linked to Author Solutions and they suggest to you in their marketing material that they are Hay House, but in fact are a subsidiary and not the same. Hay House will not take on new author manuscripts, and use Balboa Press as a sourcing house which is where they make the connection. However there will never be more than one or two of the thousands of authors self published works with Balboa Press per year that they will look at via this pathway. Balboa Press also use Lightning Source Printers in Australia to print their books to whom you can go directly if you choose and self-publish, had I realised. I found that out along the way by default not by communication. Balboa Press also take a pre-determined percentage of any sales you make before you receive anything, and this is on top of your pre-payment already given to them for their publishing package services. It is easy to be behind and find your book costs you money and it isn’t the dream income stream you had hoped for. Again, it is all in your own effort for marketing which determines sales, not their help unless you wish to invest hundreds or thousands more to use that avenue within their organisation. I was offered one package which would have cost me well over $20,000 which included advertising in the Skymall Magazine on airplanes. Mmmmm …. Would you read those when you are on a plane? That is a personal choice but many don’t really look at them so you have to take a chance on that prospect being successful. The price was for a tiny ad that was very unappealing with basically your book cover on it which is located amongst a selection of other authors’ books, but it would stay there for a period of months? To recoup that investment back it would take you a very long time at about $2 or so sales income to you per book sold. So when you see a book price you have to realise how much the publisher takes in the cut before the author receives any income. It can be more cost effective to bulk-print your books and sell them yourself, or to do an ebook yourself.
It is wise to consider and to not fall into the publicity trap of glossy offers is my personal opinion, although they may be reputable and have the marketing machine to boot, they are not all they promise in practicality in my opinion. This is only my review of my experience however and all people will have their own experience. You can always google them and see other reviews present there also. Some of those are similar to my own experience.
I can only speak of my own opinions and wish you well if you choose to go this way. I can recommend publishing yourself on Createspace and Kindle on Amazon as this is a free, self-publishing service which you can use publish your own manuscript and to market yourself.
The key to all processes of book sales etc is the work you put in to a good manuscript, cover and reviews, book manufacturing quality, marketing. Lets face it if you are going to publish why pay up front first and then realise you have thousands of potential dollars outlay still tacked on at the end, including the fact you are going to be expected to actively market yourself anyway? Know your target audience and write something you are proud of, then publish it reputably, be prepared for hard work and market it. Get it out there!
Today I found a great article blog post by Dave Bricker. so I am going to provide it to you here. It gives you very constructive advice about recognising pathways to publish so you don’t get scammed. I hope it helps you if you are writing some great material and you wish to get it out there.
Rarely do I republish a blog post, but I just got another email from a writer who didn’t do his homework.
Many self-publishers start their book projects with unrealistic expectations and misunderstandings about how publishing works. A huge industry has arisen to prey on writers who are unsure of the path. This article explains the basics of how publishing scams work and how writers can avoid them.
Publishers must learn the risks inherent to their business. If you fantasize you’ll earn your investment back as soon as you get on Oprah’s show, it’s not the supply chain’s job to pressure-test your assumptions.
“If I’m painter and you want purple zebra stripes on your pink house, someone’s going to take your money; it might as well be me.”
Though that kind of business practice isn’t strictly unethical, it overlooks the fact that the most important thing publishing service providers can sell is guidance. Too many author service companies take advantage of the fact that it really is your responsibility to know what you’re getting into.
To understand where the bait-and-switch usually happens in publishing scams, it’s essential to understand how the bookseller’s economic pie gets sliced.
Publishing: Editorial and Production Costs
Production costs are an essential aspect of bringing a well-made book to market. Every writer pays for quality in the short run or for shortcuts in the long run. Every publisher must pay for ink and paper, and (I hope) for editing and design. Editors and designers are part of the essential supply chain that results in ready-to-retail books. The professionals who make their living providing printing, cover design, editing, typesetting, and binding can quite reasonably be expected to earn a profit.
If these costs aren’t clearly stated, don’t pretend your “publisher” has some magical ability to “make them go away.” Anyone claiming to be your publisher—even a legitimate operator—expects to pay these bills. Knowing where that money comes from is important.
Publishing: Distribution and Sales Costs
Additional costs include shipping, distribution, and seller commissions (which usually run half of cover price). These costs occur after your book is made available to the public and an order is placed.
Do you know what it costs to sell one copy of your book? Do the math. Subtract your editorial and production costs from what you have left after the seller’s commission is paid. If you don’t know what it costs to print, ship, and sell a book, you are not in control of your publishing business.
The Publisher’s Cut
If you received an advance payment against royalties on your book, you most likely have a traditional publisher backing you. Publishers are investors who buy and sell intellectual property for profit. Your publisher thinks your book will sell and has paid for editing, design, marketing, printing, and distribution on top of your advance. Consider what an enormous risk that is if you’re an unknown author. Your publisher is gambling on making enough profit on book sales to cover your production costs and your advance—before they see a dime. It’s no wonder publishing contracts are so difficult to come by. Publishers certainly care that your book is good, but they mostly care whether your book will sell.
Many a traditionally published author has wondered why nothing came in after the initial advance. “I thought I was going to make $2 per book. I know you’ve sold books; where’s my money?” Very often, the book has sold but it hasn’t sold enough copies to cover the publisher’s investment.Your publisher is in business, too. After investing in you, they expect to recover their outlay before they skip merrily down the profit sharing road with you.
If you’re selling books in traditional bookstores, returned books can bury you. If you distribute 3000 books and sell 1000, you can still lose money when you have to pay for 2000 unsold books to be returned or destroyed (tragic but cheaper than shipping them back and figuring out what to do with them). Read more about returns here.
How Publishing Scams Work
Vanity publishing scams usually target first-time publishers. Most have a rough draft manuscript ready and have begun to ask questions about how to publish. They need editing, typesetting, design, and distribution. A web search soon brings them to xUniverseHouse who offers one-stop shopping for all the needed services and a distribution package. They offer a platinum plan, a gold plan, a silver plan, and a tin plan with services that fit any budget. You get to keep your copyright so the deal is “risk free.” When Penguin calls offering a big contract, you won’t be locked in to your deal with xUniverseHouse.
Most authors have heard all the bad doo doo about self-publishing. They want a “real” publisher and xUniverseHouse offers to assume that role. xUniverseHouse inflates the retail price and skims the cream back off every sale as a “publisher’s” royalty. Here’s where the red bullshit indicator light on your dashboard should be flashing. XUniverseHouse hasn’t invested a dime in your book. Why should it earn a royalty from it? If anything, xUniverseHouse has put you at a disadvantage by increasing your retail price (and by putting their kiss-of-death logo on your book’s spine). This is why “self-publishing companies” are oxymoronic: you’re either self-publishing or someone is publishing you. Paying someone to be your publisher is like hiring someone to take a vacation for you so you can stay home and work.
Here we find a useful definition for the term, “publisher.” A publisher is an entity that invests in and assumes the risks for producing and distributing a piece of media.
Escaping the Trap
So maybe you “published” with xUniverseHouse before you read this article or had someone point out the typos in your book. Maybe you got an informed critique of the cover art and found out it’s formulaic or cliché. Probably, the work done by xUniverseHouse isn’t horrible; it just never got past “pretty good.” Maybe your book’s just too expensive?
No big deal. The contract says you can get out at any time. But the small print says the cover art and the typesetting and other digital assets belong to xUniverseHouse. As the publisher of record, xUniverseHouse also owns the ISBN number on your book. You can end your contract but you’ll have to start over with a Word document and find your own sources for design and distribution. After spending a lot of money, you’re back at square one.
You can republish but you’ll also have to compete with cheap, “used” copies of your original xUniverseHouse edition on Amazon.
And if you agreed to distribute 100 books to xUniverseHouse’s list of “qualified reviewers,” you can count on seeing dozens of fifty-cent “like new” copies of your book on eBay
If a publisher wants to negotiate a deal where it splits the production costs with the author and then splits the royalties, co-publishing might qualify as one of the non-traditional publishing models that isn’t a scam, but I found a tiny handful of operators who appeared to be playing that game straight.
When entering into such a “partnership,” make sure that all the costs—production, distribution, and selling—are fully disclosed. Your publishing partner may be able to invest sweat equity or access outsourced services at a reduced cost, but you should understand the value of those services.
Install some quality control measures. What recourse do you have if you find typos in your book that your publisher’s editor missed? Do you retain the right to approve the cover design?
Don’t fly your publishing plane with the visor down. Writing is an art but publishing is a business. If you intend to share your work, run some numbers and take control.
Start with a hypothetical cover price. Price is driven by the market, not by your costs. If other books in your genre sell for $20, you need to find a way to profitably bring your book to market for $20.
Subtract 50% for the seller commission (Lightning Source allows you to set seller commissions as low as 20% but don’t expect brick-and-mortar bookstores or non-traditional retailers to play along).
Do you know the cost to print, ship, and distribute a book? Reputable publishing services provide a cost calculator or at least a solid estimate.
Someone spent money on editing, cover design, and typesetting. If that someone is you, add up those costs and then amortize them over 100 books, 1000 books, 5000 books, etc. How many books do you have to sell before the production costs are paid and you can start taking a profit? You can’t know how many books you’ll sell but figure out where the break-even point is. If you have a traditional publisher, find out how many books the publisher needs to sell before the “production debt” is paid. This debt includes any advances against royalties paid to you when the deal was signed.
And though you may have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing your book, if you’re seriously in the publishing business, you’ll want to see your writing hours paid for. You put 1000 hours or more into writing your manuscript but you’re the last link in the income chain. Know how many books you need to sell to start taking royalties and then know how many books you need to receive royalties for to compensate your publishing company’s “in-house writing staff.”
It’s easy to see why so many writers don’t pay attention to these details. Publishing cost analysis can be discouraging. Everyone downstream of the publisher generally risks nothing yet makes a bigger cut. Looking at books from a numbers perspective, could you find a worse retail product?
All the same, people like you are out there writing and marketing good books for profit. Though the odds are against them, some find receptive audiences. A few find fame and fortune, either through careful planning or dumb luck (or a bit of both).
Publishing: Doing it Right
I’ve said it many times on this blog and I’ll say it again: Do your homework! If you have published a book but don’t know the publishing food chain basics described in this article, you’re swimming in shark-infested waters. This ain’t rocket surgery. Read up on the biz for a few hours.
Phony publishing companies aren’t risk-takers. They provide budget editorial and design services and then mark them up for a profit. You get less and pay the same prices you would pay a professional. Vanity publishers don’t get you bookstore distribution. Usually, the smokescreen is that they’ll get listed with Amazon.com and all the major bookstores. And after you’ve paid them to broker production services, you get to pay them a “publisher’s royalty” on every book you sell.
True self-publishers understand the risks and adjust their expectations accordingly. They invest in professional editors, typesetters, and designers and hold their contractors to the highest standards. They work with printers and distributors who offer straight talk about costs and profits, and they make their own decisions about prices, seller commissions, and return policies. Some make peanuts on book sales but are able to use the fact that they “wrote the book on the subject” to bring in consulting or contract work.
Make objective, fact-based decisions. Smart publishers aren’t concerned about what the rumor mill has to say about self-publishing or traditional publishing on today’s forum discussions. Self-publishing is ideal for certain authors in certain circumstances and traditional publishing is ideal for others. Prejudice, gossip, and ignorance contribute nothing to sound business choices. Choose your route carefully.
Above all, remember that you, your ideas, your time, and your work are valuable. Assume full control over all these assets before handing them over to any third party. Anyone sharing your publishing pie must absorb cost or mitigate risk if they are to be of any value to you.
Thousands of writers are snookered by publishing scams every year, mostly because they’re afraid and they want an “expert” to handle everything. If you use a traditional publisher, hire a lawyer to review your contract; it’s a small price to pay for protection when dealing with a big company. Otherwise, heed the old adage: if you want a job done right…
I hope you enjoyed todays newsletter and that you feel more empowered in your author journey.
Here is a link to my books: http://katherinebrightaustralia.com/books-2/
For some of the tools I offer to help you on your life journey click the link below.
NB All my books, music and hypnosis mp3s are now available on itunes also. See the homepage of my website for more information http://www.katherinebrightaustralia.com
Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND
|Copyright © 2016 Katherine Bright Lightworkers International, All rights reserved.
I am excited to welcome you to my weekly newsletter.
Each newsletter will contain information about what is happening in the general world of spirit and healing, plus information about local events and facts in my world.
Last weekend I held a three day “Muscular Synergy” workshop located at Port Macquarie NSW Australia, in my modality Theta Resonance At All Levels. To say it is an awesome hands-on treatment you can give and receive is an understatement. It is life and soul/body/mind changing and very holistic. Why? Creator and I developed this modality combining my 30 years experience as a practitioner with the most unbelievable universal wisdom and body knowledge you can only get from Creator. It does so much balancing on the energetic levels plus the whole beingness including your body, magnetic polarity and your body/soul matrix. How? Here is an excerpt from my manual.
Copyright Katherine Bright 2009,
“Muscular Synergy” facilitates the principals that the body is a complex organism comprising a fully-functional electromagnetic matrix which interlocks the polarity & muscular systems in conjunction with the nervous system & muscular-skeletal alignments.
All body systems therefore have an inter-relationship through not only the spinal energetics but also the cerebral cortex & the cognisance of the electromagnetic connections through to the consciousness of the fluid auric fields.
We are a complex internode of electromagnetic charged particles comprising a computer interface from brain to biological function points.
In Muscular Synergy™, in connection with Creator, through holding physical points on the client’s body after facilitating our attunement, we are able to adjust the polarity as well as the physiology and mental emotional interface via this complex matrix.
Set positions will be held on the body whilst in connection to Creator, the attunement is engaged within your own body as if you become a channel in the physical in order to prompt the appropriate frequency through your hands which will engage all matrix positions, facilitating balance & alignment to the organism.
9 set positions will encompass all that is required in order to balance the body’s electromagnetic systems & polarity, as well as the peace and comfort of the sense of wholeness within the being & body.
Polarity encompasses the adjustment of the magnetic poles which exist within the body’s fields.
All 9 positions when used in conjunction on the human’s body will facilitate complete muscular release of withheld emotional blockage safely.
Catharsis will not occur as in the process of electrical charge, the fibres of the muscle form an instant re-evaluative process with the instruction to immediately assume integrity. The practitioner will only be able to engage this matrix once learning the original instruction techniques incorporating the Connection to Creator process taught in Theta Resonance At All Levels modality exclusively.”
So if you are in the market for a fantastic treatment please contact us or for a list of qualified practitioners who may live close to you. At the moment there are practitioners in Melbourne, Bundaberg, Brisbane and Port Macquarie who are up to date with this modality due to the recent refresher workshop I have just held. I will refer you to Kim, Jo, Jane, Kathryn, Kelie, Chris or Hannele if appropriate in these areas.
Here is a testimonial.
I have spent several days completing your Muscular Synergy Course and I have found it to be extremely interesting, helpful and healing on so many levels. After completing the training I had the pleasure of being able to experience a full treatment on myself from one of the other practitioners (which was amazing). Muscular Synergy is a treatment like no other as it heals, balances and grounds the body and clears the mind. It is a very gentle treatment which enables you to release any stress and allows your energy to flow smoothly.
Muscular Synergy is an amazing modality for people of all ages from babies to the elderly.
Thank you Katherine once again for teaching us this modality which will help so many clients.”
Port Macquarie NSW
Till next week, love and light
Katherine Bright ND