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These are the words of Julia Scalise, doctor of Naturology, Holistic Health Consultant, and Best-Selling Author of Balboa Press book “Do One Thing Feel Better\Live Better.” Julia answered the call to write her book and self-publish with Balboa Press. To learn more about her story visit her website and Facebook. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information. 

My Inspiration

Over the years that I’ve worked with clients, I’ve often heard and received requests from them to write a book. They wished to have a consolidation of bits of advice, and words of wisdom on health and well-being to help them remember information discussed during our consultations and to also share that information with their family and friends. So, on July 2nd, 2013 I awoke with an inspiration and a format in mind to do exactly that. Over the next 3 weeks, I focused and wrote, and by July 24th had my first draft of my manuscript, and went on to publication through Balboa Press by February of the following year.

The 3 Biggest Benefits of Publishing

1) Sharing my message: I was able to share my message with a much larger audience than would have been possible in only one-on-one personal consultations with clients. In addition to information reaching many, my message has been shared globally as well as locally. Helping others is and always will be a core of what is of value to me in my life.

2) Connecting with like-minded individuals: Because of increased visibility in being a published author with a message, I was able to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same aspirations to help others. It enabled me to virtually and physically connect with a group of individuals who are also working in their unique disciplines to be of service to humanity. In addition, several of the professional connections have led to personal friendships whose value to me is priceless.

3) Being seen as an expert in your industry: No matter your profession, in this day and age, competition is always there. To be seen as an expert, being a published author, especially a bestselling author, will only be an asset to the growth of your business. Having published a best-selling book, I have been invited to be a contributing writer to websites, quoted in various articles, and have been interviewed for various internet TV, radio shows, and podcasts. I know none of this would have happened had I not published a book.

There are many more benefits that can come to anyone who writes and publishes a book. But if the information shared isn’t of benefit, or the story isn’t of interest to anyone, then the time and effort of your work are futile. That is why it is important to anyone to consult with publishing experts for value, content, and worth of the work you put out there.

Working with Balboa Press

Although I had written the book and felt the information was share-worthy, I had no idea how to go about the process of book publishing. Balboa Press was recommended to me during a writing seminar I invested in and the rest is history. Partnering with a publisher like Balboa Press and utilizing their expertise in the industry can only enhance the chances of your book being the best possible and reaching a greater audience. There is so much I didn’t know that went into book publication and I know for a fact that without their guidance, professional editing, formatting, and marketing help, my book, and business accomplishments would not have achieved the success they have.

I encourage all to “write that book” and then get the professional help necessary to make your message or story the best it can be and most importantly, heard.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of Sharon Halliday, Balboa Press author of “Messages from the Heart”. Sharon answered the call to write her book and self-publish with Balboa Press. To learn more about her story visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information. 

Why Do You Write?

Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, you are baring your soul. By default, you’re opening yourself up to judgment and criticism. But the flipside of this is you are giving yourself a chance to fulfill a dream and succeed. And succeed not just in the way of book sales…that’s nice, but the real mark of achievement is when someone approaches you to say your book, maybe just a sentence, changed their life. That’s a special kind of success. When your words have the potential to move someone, empower them, ignite them to take action or change their life–that’s what drives me now to evolve as a writer. I write for myself first because I have to (after all it’s cheap therapy!), I write for service second, because I know someone out there is feeling the same way I do. I am reminded of John F. Demartini’s quote from The Riches Within, which I use to open my book, Messages from the Heart: “What a gift it is to receive one simple idea that can transform your life forever!”

 Pursue Your Dreams

Fellow Australian author Kurek Ashley refers to Grand Dream Goals. Apart from publishing more books, mine is to help others pursue their dreams of becoming published. If you’ve had a desire to be a published author for a long time and that dream comes true, like it did for me, that feeling is indescribable. Which is ironic for a writer! Don’t hold back, stare down your fears and think about how you’d feel if you didn’t get to achieve this–use that as your inspiration to make it happen. The time is now. As I posted on my website, “To anyone who is considering writing a book, the first thing I would say is, it’s not for the faint-hearted. The second thing I would say is go for it!”

 Find the Courage

Ernest Hemingway said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I wonder what Hemingway would think of the development of the computer for writers. He would probably say, “It just allows you to bleed out more quickly!” Writing takes courage. Writing and vulnerability are common bedfellows. Yet, to aspiring authors I say: If the words have come to you then it is for good reason. Vanquish the doubt and release your inner writer warrior. At first it may be a whisper, but eventually, it will become a roar!

In Messages from the Heart: 39 Answers to Your Life Questions, “Ask Sharon” included weekly hot tips for lifestyle improvement. So, here are my hot tips to help you on your writing journey.

·         Make peace with the fact that the likelihood of getting large blocks of time to write large blocks of text is between slim and zero. Tidbits of writing can create a masterpiece.

·         A writing style is like a diet–everything in moderation. A cleverly used em dash, suspension point, or alliteration can take the rhythm of a sentence to a whole other level…just don’t overindulge.

·         Rejection. It’s something we all have to learn to deal with at some stage in life, but for writers, it’s a prerequisite for the journey.

·         When you’re in the flow and you’re feeling enthused, eager and exhilarated about writing, you’ve just got to go for it. That’s pure, unadulterated content (unless you’re E.L. James) coming up from deep within your soul.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of Natalie Glynn, Balboa Press author of “The Bohemian Science of Too”. Natalie answered the call to write her book and self-publish with Balboa Press. To learn more about her story visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information. 

Figuring out the Process

As a writer, or specialist of sorts, looking to transition to a first-time published author you understand you have a message to contribute. The nuances of motivation aside, the intellectual process is the same: words on paper create pages that create a manuscript that gets tweaked (sometimes a few times) and, for the brave and disciplined, becomes a book through publishing. I can’t tell you how many times I picked up, fumbled, and put down that process because I had a different, infinitely more romantic version of how the process was supposed to play out in my head. I realized I had to shift my focus from the emotional daydream of holding my book in my hands to becoming the writer who created the work while navigating a 9 to 5 for some time, marriage, pregnancy, and then motherhood. I spent many years observing others publish but would leave corporate to become an author in eleven months.

A Different Approach

For me, writing a book looked nothing like Hemingway in a café. It looked like speaking into my smartphone to transcribe my words into content text while food shopping or en route to meetings to edit at a later time. It evolved into using transcription software to multitask in the home. It looked like Google searches to find better ways to move a large volume of ideas or words for quick reorganization. It looked like reference materials and notebooks piled on my desk and notes I transferred from my phone to my laptop desktop that, at times, were messy. It looked like an hour, even 15 minutes, here or there with constant interruptions for months that included organizing, reorganizing, checking reminders, rescheduling, and occasionally typing and deleting the same sentence ten times through four drafts.

It’s OK to be less than thrilled with your first draft and even step back to find your direction, but keep going. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Do the work and polish it into something of value. I wrote and published a book in less than a year. I couldn’t be more proud of the result. If I had stopped the first, second, or even third draft I would not be in a position to do what I dreamed of doing since I was a child, author a book.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of Peg Gould, Balboa Press author of “Hound Dog Blues“ Peg answered the call to write her book and self-publish with Balboa Press. To learn more about their story visit their website. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information. 

How Self-Publishing Changed My Life

Self-publishing even a small book is a big proposition. It changes your life, but often in subtle ways. My 2016 book “Hound Dog Blues,” examines an intricate grief — losing pets.

Our bloodhound mix Duke is the central figure. The book recounts the year between his terminal diagnosis and installation of a memorial plaque. It recounts our other dog’s subsequent depression and our premature adoption of a muscled white boxer mix quite afraid of her own shadow.

Why a book about Duke?

This hulking sloppy dog had a comic presence that turned adults into children. We’d talked about publishing a children’s book. We took pictures of everything else, it seems, but him devouring oblong frozen popsicles we squeezed at the end for him, like working a toothpaste tube. Even back then, we had a pen-name title in mind: “Pete, the popsicle-eating dog.”

But cancer parted us quite abruptly. The two years or more involved in creating “Hound Dog Blues,” from conceptualization to signings, reflected maturing awareness of Darwinian factors facing pets and people alike. The impetus for the book was agreeing to write a chapter in another collaboration, “The Art of Connecting With Nature.” The idea was to help readers incorporate nature into their days; the project proposed a matrix of concerns to vet author contributions, including spiritual and community-mindedness.

As life often has it, the practice of paying closer attention during our daily jaunts to our local dog park brought me to a more intense observation and appreciation of that moment in time. And that progression is here to stay.

Hound Dog Blues

“Hound Dog Blues,” emerged in August 2016. By that Christmas, Mac, one of the two dogs that had made these memorable trips with us, was, like Duke, diagnosed with cancer and had mercifully been put down. The cancer deaths of neighborhood dogs continued to mount.

But since my quest at heart was emotional rather than scientific, I talked with my sisters about our earliest pets. This alone brought intimacy and appreciation for how we took different lessons from our roots. That’s a theme I wish to revisit. I also realized I could have been content observing animal behavior in nature for a living.

Communication is an ongoing challenge in the self-publishing world. As a career journalist. I was used to shouting across the universal desk when a change needed to be made and made right. When the author is not on-site, forms with intricate listings take the place of direct communication — that plus e-mails and voicemails. It can be painstaking at times to nail down a single sentence.

And truly, without marketing, a book’s quiet release to public scrutiny is not unlike a tree falling in the forest, with the requisite inquiry about whether the event makes any real difference without drumrolls. New authors might expect a flurry of activity after a book comes out, but it can take time. Journalists are used to this, and now I understand better why actors may not see their films for years after release. After filming ends, they have moved on.

Sometimes the silence can be a minefield, so it helps to have a life outside of writing. Some people you might expect to pour over your book hardly give it a glance; the occasional stranger is bowled over. A noted author addressed this space, so I know it’s not me alone. Asked on a plane “Is that your book?” he realized the woman a few seats over meant ownership, not authorship. Ha! Egoists beware.

How My Book Came Together

“Hound Dog Blues” wasn’t started as a memoir, not really. The personal connections were sparked chapter to chapter. The title was changed from “Doggone Duke” — too clunky — while the covers, thanks to Duke, came together smoothly. The “impermanence” theme was clarified afterward, at a meeting with monks who were creating, then destroying sand paintings.

This little tale of joy and bereavement still seems to draw readers more interested in dogs than human death, and that is perhaps a marketing glitch. These small realizations surface and swirl around the drain in the author’s brain, shreds of insight, from time to time. But the book is out, and that matters. It’s time to mine other significant veins for gold.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of Kaye Pope, Balboa Press author of “Pope’s Passion“ Kaye and Owen answered the call to write their book and self-publish with Balboa Press. To learn more about their story visit their website and Facebook page. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information. 

About the Authors

Owen Pope grew up in the small New Zealand farming community of Haldane, situated at the far end of the South Island, but he didn’t immediately throw himself into farming.

Instead, he tried a variety of jobs and married young, ignoring those who told him he was making a mistake. He had three children before divorcing and ending up in a bitter custody dispute.

Everything changed when he met a schoolteacher named Kaye, who he asked to marry him after knowing her a week. In 1987, they became the proud owners of a block of land in the Moutere, which had a small patch of raspberries.

The couple thought they could make money from a raspberry crop, but that wasn’t easy. They discovered that they could add value to their crop by making jam, and began selling their Anathoth brand of jams at a brisk pace.

Soon, other farmers joined their effort, and the couple found themselves at the top of one of New Zealand’s most successful businesses.

Preserving Our History

Our business was taken over by investors in 2003 and a new story was being told. The history of how we started the Anathoth business was lost. I wanted our story told as part of our family history for our children and our grandchildren. I also wanted to encourage and inspire others, especially farmers. We wanted to help people who might want to start their own business by processing their products further. I needed to document the struggles we had financially to survive on our raspberry garden until our jam business became successful and provided us with a good living. When other farmers came to us with similar problems we could help them out. I saw a need for the values of our generation to be made known.

Inspiring Others

In our retirement, my husband and I started a new jam business and became active participants in our local community. We sell our jam at the local markets. I wanted to inspire other retirees to have a go at something and become part of their community.

When the time came to put my very rough ramblings into a disciplined writing format my husband researched on the internet for a company that would assist us to self-publish. He saw Balboa Press as the ideal company to do this. Self-publishing was difficult at first but once I decided to enjoy the assistance from Balboa, it started to become a reality. My book would be published!

Owen and I were pleased with the assistance and the result of our book. We are now looking forward to self-publishing a sequel to our first book.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of Liz Samoska, Balboa Press author of “Missing Pieces.” Liz answered the call to write her book and self-publish with Balboa Press. To learn more about Liz visit her Facebook page. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information.

Living my Publishing Dream

Accomplishing a dream is the greatest feeling in the world. The dream to write a book was planted deep in my soul when I was a freshman in high school. And even though it took forty years to finally happen, it has been the most exciting experience of my life.

One of my greatest passions is to inspire everyone to become all that God created them to be. With so much hate and negativity in the world today, I choose to encourage people. I want to give them hope for a positive future. That’s exactly what my book, Missing Pieces, does.

Writing my book came rather easily for me. It was in June of 2014 when I first put pen to paper (yes, I wrote the entire book out longhand). I loved thumbing through countless old and new books for references, reading inspirational websites by other authors, and studying the Bible for pertinent Scriptures. I wasn’t in a hurry and loved telling everyone I was “writing a book”, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of putting the chapters together. Finally, I had a completed manuscript in my hands that I was proud of. But now what?

Publishing with Balboa Press

I had in front of me 19,386 words of encouragement, inspiration, and hope. After a very strategic telephone “interview” process with several different self-publishing companies, I decided to sign on with Balboa Press in June of 2016. From the very first phone call, I felt comfortable with the people at Balboa. I knew in my heart I made the right decision to partner with them. With the Embark Package, I had unlimited telephone access to real, caring people, and any time I started to feel nervous, the Balboa staff quickly calmed my fears. I trusted them completely.

My “team” at Balboa helped me design the cover and interior layout of the book. I explained my vision, and they made it a reality. We went over the proofs, made changes together, set the pricing, and in less than twelve weeks my book was available for sale on Amazon. The Kindle version followed shortly afterward.

Holding my Book for the First Time

I cried when the first shipment of books arrived on my doorstep. As I held the book–MY BOOK–in my hands, I felt such a proud sense of accomplishment. I DID IT! I wrote and published a book! My lifelong dream was fulfilled. It was an amazing journey, and Balboa Press made it memorable and enjoyable.

The Balboa staff continues to encourage me. Since publication I’ve created a website, printed business cards, attended writing and self-publishing conferences, and most of all-cashed my first royalty check! I’m currently working on my second book, and when it’s time to publish I’ll be sure to give Balboa Press a call. Thank you, Balboa Press, for helping me turn my dream into a reality.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by emailing blog@balboapress.com or the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of John H Bidwell, Balboa Press author of “ Fusheeswa.”  John answered the call to write his book and self-publish with Balboa Press. For more information on John please visit his website, Facebook, and Twitter. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information.

Finding Your Story

If anyone told me even eight months ago that by this time of the year I would be a published author with a beautiful book available all over the world it would not have been possible for me to believe. I may not be a typical case, but I share this in hopes to show dreams can come true even for those afraid to dream.

I have always loved writing poetry, but I have never had an interest in writing a book or having one published. However, during the latter part of 2007 and into 2008 an idea haunted me for a dramatic ending to a story. It involved learning, only at the very end, that the main characters were actually a cancer survivor and his nurse. It would be a stunning surprise bringing new and deep feeling for the characters.

Just that idea for an ending kept haunting me. It was a strange impulse which wouldn’t go away. I finally surrendered to this inspirational drive and decided to start writing. As the story came to me the nature of the characters as a cancer survivor and his nurse were revealed in the first chapter. “My” surprise ending would never happen, but magic I never imagined did happen. I wrote the book over the course of that year, 2008.

Following Your Dream

Once my book, Fusheeswa, was finished- the drive of that inspiration was satisfied. I felt my work was over. I did think it might make a nice book, but how to ever get it published was so beyond me I put it out of my mind. But, just as the inspiration had taken me over in 2008, some amazing voice seemed to tell me this year that I had to get it published. The book starts with the main character having a stunning dream. A soulmate appears asking him to find her. The task in every conceivable way appears impossible, but love drives him to have to try.

 Publishing with Balboa Press

Publishing seemed an impossible dream suddenly imposed upon me by some means I can’t explain. How could I possibly do that? If there is a dream, there is a way. My fondness for Hay House led me to Balboa Press. Looking over the Balboa Press website, I knew I had my answer. I still had much trepidation, but everyone at Balboa was there to make this a dream come true. That’s what they do.

Every question I had was answered with a phone call where friendly people showed me the way. Some things such as the book covers brought me much concern. There was cover art available and I poured over all the options for days. That, of all things, became a stumbling block to me for a while.

However, I remembered a trip I took in 2013 where I took some photos of what I thought matched the story. The idea of book covers one day did briefly tease me. I found the file with those photos and it was like finding gold. It was wonderful to have so many options, but also be able to use my own photos. I suggest that everyone be open to inspiration and to be assured, if it strikes, to trust your instincts and trust Balboa Press.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by emailing blog@balboapress.com or the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.

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These are the words of  Matt Jardine, Balboa Press author of “The Hardest Path”. Matt answered the call to write his book and self-publish with Balboa Press. For more information on Matt, check out his website, Facebook Page and Twitter. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information.

Make Time to Tell Your Story

We all have a story to tell, a book straining to get out, yet many are still living with their metaphorical ‘best song’ still trapped inside. If you are anything like me, the idea of writing a book while juggling myriad day-to-day activities is overwhelming.

Children to feed, shopping, partners to please, food to prepare, clothes to wash, cleaning to do, work deadlines to make. It is almost out of the question to add something else to your to-do-list. But I tell you, from experience, it can be done, and I’m going to show you how.

Deep Work

Allow me to borrow the title of Cal Newport’s book ‘Deep Work,’ and the overarching theme contained within to show how we might juggle our lives and writing our masterpiece.

Deep work is the type characterized by one hundred percent commitment, focus and undistracted attention. Its undiluted essence allows the worker to tap deep and often latent, natural mental and human resources that lead to insightful, inspired and high-level results. Deep work is not necessarily lengthy- arguably it is impossible to maintain this level of deep concentration for too long. However,  it is this short, consistent and committed effort that’ll allow us to start, middle and finish our book project.

Let’s see how this might work amidst our hectic lives. With this new tactic of deep work, we don’t need to find hours upon hours of extra time that, realistically, we’ll never uncover.

Instead, we need to communicate to our families and loved ones the importance of the book project we are desperate to fulfill. We ask for their blessing to honor a sensible schedule (I suggest 3 one hour sessions a week as a minimum).

Dedication Pays Off

Ask to be wholly and entirely left alone to work your craft for these limited hours. In return, you agree, in the other hours, to fully commit on their needs in a display of mutual give and take- breathing in and breathing out, the essence of a healthy life.

In time you will become accomplished in the art of deep work, and you will reap its rewards. Not only will you watch your word count pile up into sentences, paragraphs, chapters and finished books. You will also observe the awards of your careful attention sowed upon others in your life.

They will welcome the undistracted attention, the undiluted love, and deeply felt communication. And who knows, inspired by you- a new shining beacon of mindful focus and deep work- one of your loved ones may come to you one day for your blessing and help in writing their own story, book, and a symphony of syllables.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so through the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space

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These are the words of  Matt Jardine, Balboa Press author of “The Hardest Path”. Matt answered the call to write his book and self-publish with Balboa Press. For more information on Matt, check out his website, Facebook Page and Twitter. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information.

Make Time to Tell Your Story

We all have a story to tell, a book straining to get out, yet many are still living with their metaphorical ‘best song’ still trapped inside. If you are anything like me, the idea of writing a book while juggling myriad day-to-day activities is overwhelming.

Children to feed, shopping, partners to please, food to prepare, clothes to wash, cleaning to do, work deadlines to make. It is almost out of the question to add something else to your to-do-list. But I tell you, from experience, it can be done, and I’m going to show you how.

Deep Work

Allow me to borrow the title of Cal Newport’s book ‘Deep Work,’ and the overarching theme contained within to show how we might juggle our lives and writing our masterpiece.

Deep work is the type characterized by one hundred percent commitment, focus and undistracted attention. Its undiluted essence allows the worker to tap deep and often latent, natural mental and human resources that lead to insightful, inspired and high-level results. Deep work is not necessarily lengthy- arguably it is impossible to maintain this level of deep concentration for too long. However,  it is this short, consistent and committed effort that’ll allow us to start, middle and finish our book project.

Let’s see how this might work amidst our hectic lives. With this new tactic of deep work, we don’t need to find hours upon hours of extra time that, realistically, we’ll never uncover.

Instead, we need to communicate to our families and loved ones the importance of the book project we are desperate to fulfill. We ask for their blessing to honor a sensible schedule (I suggest 3 one hour sessions a week as a minimum).

Dedication Pays Off

Ask to be wholly and entirely left alone to work your craft for these limited hours. In return, you agree, in the other hours, to fully commit on their needs in a display of mutual give and take- breathing in and breathing out, the essence of a healthy life.

In time you will become accomplished in the art of deep work, and you will reap its rewards. Not only will you watch your word count pile up into sentences, paragraphs, chapters and finished books. You will also observe the awards of your careful attention sowed upon others in your life.

They will welcome the undistracted attention, the undiluted love, and deeply felt communication. And who knows, inspired by you- a new shining beacon of mindful focus and deep work- one of your loved ones may come to you one day for your blessing and help in writing their own story, book, and a symphony of syllables.

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so through the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space

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These are the words of Andrew Dean, Balboa Press author of “Moving Light – Meditation Journeys.” Andrew answered the call to write his book and self-publish with Balboa Press. If you’d like to learn more about Andrew you can visit his website. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information.

Finding Your Inner Truth

As a doctor, I never expected to write a meditation book, let alone to have it published. “Moving Light – Meditation Journeys” is the result of this process. Balboa Press has enabled both of these goals to become reality. If I can do it, you can too.

What I have come to realize is that one’s own inner truth has value and needs to be shared with others, who may find it useful as they move through their own life journey.

It’s funny how consuming a book can become, a bit like an unseen friend who is trying to become visible. At first, I felt uncomfortable writing my ideas down. It was as if I was preaching to people about meditation. I doubted myself and considered abandoning the process of writing. I was encouraged by friends and family. And the book itself started to develop a personality of its own as if it was actually saying: “Write me! This could be important to someone. If you don’t write me, someone may miss out on the help that this book could provide in their life.”

My Publishing Journey

Having a graphic designer put together the images which formed a central theme to the book helped enormously – it resulted in a sudden increase in momentum for the project. The graphic designer was my daughter, which is great too!

Writing a book is a lot of work, but it is so worthwhile. Balboa Press is a great company to deal with. The process was explained patiently to me at each stage and sometimes explained again, as I began to explore what for me is a very unfamiliar environment, the world of self-publishing of one’s first book. I would certainly consider Balboa Press for my next book.

The Table of Contents has been written for the second book? That is a story for another day! Good luck on your own publishing journey!

Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by emailing blog@balboapress.com or the submission form on the Guidelines page. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space. 

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