About Nur Akman:
As a child, Nur was seeing the future and had past life memories. In her dreams, she was transitioning between lifetimes, transcending dimensions and interacting with alien mentors. Unfortunately, she had nobody to share and explore her experiences with during the pre-Internet era of limited networking and research capabilities. Therefore, her early attempts to make sense of what she was experiencing were confined to studying books on astrology, palmistry, numerology and the history of ancient Egypt.
Despite the obstacles, in the year 2002 she began her intense study in the field of past lives, inspired by the abundance of knowledge on the subject found in the New York City libraries, bookstores and internet. In 2012, having moved to Los Angeles, she started receiving visions and downloads about God and creation.
In 2016, she decided to abandon all her spiritual interests and moved back to New York City to start her life from scratch. The visions and downloads followed her but she was determined to do nothing about them. In 2020, early summer, she got the call. She tried to ignore it but the urge to reembark on her spiritual journey was irresistible. With the help of professionals, she had advanced her introspection through the Akashic Record and galactic astrology readings, karma clearings, and past life regression hypnosis. Consequently, one of her life goals has been identified as bringing people previously unknown information on how the reality works.
As to her day job, she is currently working as a senior computer programmer analyst in one of the corporations.
What inspires you to write?
I had enough material to write by visions, downloads, one quantum hypnosis session and some drawings. It was time to share this knowledge with everybody. So, I thought writing a book was the best solution.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
One of my favorite authors is Ashayana Deane. I can't wait to see her next book, waiting for years. Dolores Cannon is also my long time favorite. I'm still reading her books. RA material series, I'll start reading the 3rd book soon.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I was receiving the information, I had never thought they would turn to a book. I was just taking notes and drawing what I saw not to forget. Then, all the information for my book was ready and it was time. I just needed to categorize them. So, first I wrote the chapter names, then I put the related information under them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Me as an accidental writer, has a book which moved up to number 1 at Amazon in Top 100 free books in different categories, then number 1 in bestseller hot new release list, even in Canada! I had no pre-order stage, no reviews, no family/friend support except my love, no social media followers, no my own website and not many promotions’ website support. So, I think I can say few words for this question if it helps anybody. First, there are millions of books on the market, and many million books are coming. But there is only one You, nobody can write in the way you write and what you write. If you want to write, then do it, feel it, enjoy it, see it as a new excitement in your life. Sometimes pages, sometimes just notes, whatever is naturally comes to you, do it that way. Be yourself. What I did is, when my first draft was completed, I read for few times. Then I stopped for about 4 days. I didn’t touch it, I didn’t think about it. My life is already hectic anyway. Then, I read it again with a fresh mind. Giving a break was very helpful. I think too much zoom in makes us blind. Meanwhile I inserted the drawings. It was time to ask professional help. I found reedsy.com and an amazing copy writer. She said this book may benefit a developmental editor. So, I hired one at reedsy.com. I added more info for clarifications. Then, back to the copy editor. Meanwhile I hired a book cover designer at reedsy.com. As you can imagine they are booked already, very busy. So, it took some time for them to work on my book. While they were working, I made some research on the internet to involve to the process more, what the next steps were. I created an excel chart. My tabs are : terminology, info, to-do list, where my book is, my keywords, my categories, publishing, marketing, promoting, my giveaways, commission sheet. I put whatever I learned to this excel. Basically, getting a crash course. I read articles and watched videos at creativeindie.com, kindelpreneur.com, reedsy.com and davidgaughran.com. I’m sure there are other very good websites that I didn’t discover yet. Reedsy.com doesn’t have any marketer for new age/spirituality field, so I have done by myself. Reedsy.com also have book format converter that I used. I have to admit that in some point I overwhelmed and felt lost. But I said to myself, I wouldn’t spread myself too thin and I wouldn’t make things too much complicated. So, I decided just to publish on Amazon. When I saw Amazon’s international market just one click away, I clicked it. Every step takes about 48-72 hours from seeing ranking to be able to use the author page. I waited to my book settle on Amazon for few days. Meanwhile on my excel, under category tab, I entered for each category how many books and how many new released books there are, where is my book kind a information. Then I put my book to Amazon KDP Select Program. After it settled there, I did 3 day free book promotion. Then it quickly went to number 1 in few categories, for the rest, moved to top 10, later top 5. When the promotion is over, it was number one on bestseller hot new release list.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It's said that it is hard to find a publisher and very long process. It may even take years. But self publishing on Amazon is quick, easy and free. Also I didn't want to wait that long. So, I self published on Amazon. Using a publisher probably increase the credibility, but I don't think it's that necessary when we have a self publishing option. I also read there were some self published books turned to a big movies! I don't underestimate the power of self publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Yesterday's Giants are history today. So the big publishing companies could be something in yesterdays, too. I think self publishing will become more sophisticated and more popular, especially after more books become world famous hits.
What genres do you write?: new age, spirituality
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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