About Deborah Lloyd:
Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Deborah is a co-author for Reiki 101: 101 Answers to Your Reiki Questions. She is a regular contributor to the website Reiki Rays.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration is the possibility for helping others to find healing, in all aspects of their lives. Every person has some area that requires healing – whether it is in their physical health, from abuse or conflictual relationships, mental health issues, or in the spiritual arena.
Tell us about your writing process.
The first thing I do is to relax and meditate. This calmness aids in “finding the flow” of writing; it is somewhat like freewriting journaling. I permit my thoughts to come into my mind, and my fingers fly across the keyboard. Then, I re-read what I wrote, and the editing begins! It is not unusual for me to edit an article 4 or 5 times; I lost count how many times I edited chapters for my book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write. Read, read, read. I believe reading is a very important element of becoming a professional writer. Every time I read a book, article or blog, I learn something new.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The best piece of advice I received – and then followed – was to look at all the publisher’s names on the books I owned, in the same genre. I then went onto each publisher’s website and read the submission guidelines. The publisher that I work with had criteria appealing to me – willingness to work with first-time authors; standard contracts and no negotiations; no agents; fast turnaround time. This publisher also encourages communication between the authors; many new friends to share the up’s and down’s of marketing our books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think book publishing will continue on, but it will look very different in the future. There will be more electronic books, social media marketing, and options we can probably not yet predict! Although traditional book publishing may decrease, the number of readers, and the amounts they are reading, are increasing.
What genres do you write?: Energy healing; spirituality
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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