About Megan Erin Galloway:
Megan is a 70-year-old survivor of child abuse, and had her first and only book published in January 2018. Megan’s “credentials” for writing a book are 63 years of pain, fear, depression, and anxiety – and an incredible seven years of growth, expansion, happiness, and joy. She shares her journey through child abuse with others who experience feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, so they don't have to search as long as she did to find the needed hope and help.
Megan is a Reiki Master, has a certificate in Mental Health First Aid, and is a member of the Hands On Trade Association, the Center for Reiki Research, and the Reiki Healing Association. She was a guest speaker on the Feb. 14, 2018, National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse radio program, and is the Oregon Ambassador for NAASCA. Megan is currently organizing a Northwest U.S. tour of her workshop, Living a Joyous Life, for Fall 2018.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration was to write a book to be of help to other child abuse survivors who are looking for ways out of the darkness and oppression of past traumas.
Tell us about your writing process.
“Unorthodox” would probably be a good word for my writing process. I don’t have a schedule – I’m “retired” and I’ve had enough of rigid schedules when I was working. I write when I feel like writing. Journaling every morning is my favorite type of writing, because I can write about anything, there’s no pressure, and it doesn’t have to be read by anyone.
What advice would you give other writers?
If a book is too intimidating, start by journaling – on any topic. Get the flow of words going, play with words and phrases, and express yourself freely. Not all of the journaling will turn into a book, but you are letting your voice shout out. Soon, your journaling may result in sequential thoughts that beg to be written as a blog and/or published as a book. Every person is unique and each of us has a story to share with others. You will find your story, eager to be expressed.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As an unknown first author, I chose the self-publishing route. After comparing a number of self-publishing options, I selected Balboa Press for three main reasons: (1) the price was reasonable for the number of services provided in the book publishing package I chose; (2) there were many services that I expected to find only with full publishers; and (3) Balboa Press is affiliated with Hay House Press, which publishes a number of the types of books that I have been reading and within which my book fell. I am very pleased with the services, professionalism, and quality of Balboa Press.
My advice to new authors is to first compare the benefits and drawbacks of publishing vs. self-publishing – including costs (you will usually need a literary agent to approach a publisher), copyright ownership (do you retain or does the publisher?), and other factors of specific concern to you – for example, level of control, deadlines, services provided, etc.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe book publishing is opening up to allow practically everyone to have the opportunity to write and publish a book. Every person is unique and every person has a story to share. Book publishing is within reach of more people now than ever before. Expressing oneself through a book is no longer the privilege of a chosen few.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Nonfiction, Memoirs, Self-Help, Spiritual, Metaphysical
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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