Saturday, February 23, 2019

An Author's Mindset - Are you a Writer or are you an Author?



February 23, 2019

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There is a great on my mind today -- exciting things! I have been able to express myself through a myriad of ways including radio, television, and podcast interviews. I really want to than two of those hosts. Brian Hammer Jackson and the Ellen J. Morning show was so much fun. It felt like speaking with friends who have known me for years. It was upbeat and fun. I also got to announce two of my audio narrators I hired for two different books. Scott Ellis will be narrating THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE and Tymothy Burke will be narrating my new book HOW TO LAUNCH AND MARKET A BOOK which will launch on April 1, 2019. Congratulations to you both.

Also this week I was a featured guest on the Yaya Diamonds show. Amazing experience! Her upbeat professional and her questions brought out things I hadn't mentioned in public before, much less during an interview. I felt instantly connected to her. Thank you, Yaya!

I have also been working with several new authors mentoring them through the publication process and editing their manuscripts. Each experience for me is wonderful as I see them grow as authors. I can't wait for their books releases. As an author, I feel it is important to network and help other authors. I don't see them as my competition; we're colleagues.

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This last week I also published the NEVER STOP RUNNING REGRESSION JOURNAL. This book is only available in paperback because it is a journal where you can write down your regression sessions. In a sense, it is a diary for you. Next month the NEVER STOP RUNNING DREAM JOURNAL is set to launch on my BIRTHDAY! More about that later in another blog.

I also attended Grandparent's Day for two of my grandsons. Wow! I felt like I was the queen of the world. Not only did I get to watch a fabulous program by the students of the school I also received a tour and met their teachers. Once experience was when I met my grandson's English teacher. She gifted me with the news that my grandson chose my novel NEVER STOP RUNNING as one of three books to read and do book reports. She said in her entire teaching career she has never had a student choose one of their grandmother's books. Of course, I had my bookmarks with me and gave her thirty to share with the faculty. The next day, I sold sixty books. I have a feeling my grandson had something to do with that.

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Lastly, NEVER STOP RUNNING is currently on sale at .99 on Amazon. That price won't last long so get your copy today. Also available for pre-orders is my new book HOW TO LAUNCH AND MARKET A BOOK. This book takes an author on a step-by-step process six months prior to a book's launch. There are five pre-launch checklists included along with one for post-launch. This book explains how I release my books as the #1 New Release on Amazon.

That about covers my update for last week and on to a new section that I am starting in my blog today -- Authors Tip of the Week. I frequently write tips here in my blog and articles, but I decided after mentoring several authors, I would create this section. I will continue to post independent articles as well.

AUTHOR TIP OF THE WEEK - AN AUTHOR'S MINDSET



To be an author, you must become an author. Anyone can write something, but will it be author worthy? Case in point. If you visit my webpage at www.drmelcaudle.com the first thing that pops up is my landing page. It clearly identifies me as an AUTHOR. Notice that I didn't declare myself a writer. Why? It has to do with my mindset. To me, a writer writes, and an author publishes incredible stories with plots and hones their craft. I'm not content to publish a novel full of errors or written in a passive voice because that is what an amateur writer would do. When I publish a novel, it is a reflection of myself, my thoughts, and my profession as an author. There I go again, I am an author, not a writer. That is my mindset. When you get into the mindset that you are an author instead of a writer, it will guide you to hone your craft. Don't settle for mediocracy. Take online courses. Read best-selling books and analyze their style. Read, read and read about the process of authoring and get feedback. Take the feedback and grow as an author.

Feedback from an editor can be brutal, but if your editor is worth any grain of salt they must be honest with an author on how to improve. Why would you want it any other way? I will give you a specific example. An author asked me to review their book and provide honest feedback. The manuscript had so many formatting errors, grammatical mistakes, and written in a passive voice, I struggled reading it. Here's the kicker. The book was already published, but it wasn't selling. I knew why -- a poorly written novel by a writer and not by an author. A huge difference. The plot and characters were magnificent; so, I edited the first chapter, free, and sent it back with my feedback. The author felt as if the changes I made as an editor didn't feel as if he wrote it. I explained the difference between a document written in passive voice and past tense and provided specific examples. I also explained why the document now had a different feel to it. I removed all of the 'TELLY, TELLY' sentences and edited to show rather than tell. So now I identified two major weakness for this writer -- learn how to eliminate writing in a passive voice and show not tell. It will be up to him to hone his craft if he wants to grow from being a writer to an author. Again a mindset. An author accepts feedback and hones their craft. A writer declines feedback as remains a writer. Which one are you? Are you an author or are you a writer?


The featured author for today's blog is Radhaa Nilia. Have you ever instantly connected with someone and you didn't know why? It is rare when I do, but that is precisely what happened when I connected to Radhaa Nilia. She truly is a remarkable author and I don't mean that lightly. I am excited to share her story and what makes Radhaa Nilia unique and her book Ascending Beyond Duality.

About Radhaa Nilia

Tell me about your journey to what led you to this point in your life.


It’s been a wild ride of learning and growing all the way. I think I signed up for the accelerated duality program. I started with parents who were hippies and really wonderful, into meditation, vegan types. Both wildly talented artist, who infused me with a sense of spirituality and an artist soul. I’ve traveled all over the world, lived in Asia as a model and actress in my twenties and then moved to Hollywood. I’ve been a producer, director, writer. But spirituality and healing always called me, so studied the healing arts for years and got trained and certified in over a dozen modalities. Then I created my own called Goddess Activations™. It was amazing how this came to me when I was working in Hollywood Hills and the Goddesses would just pop over into my sessions. I realized how each Goddess has an essence, energy, gift and attribute that is related to the feminine many archetypes. The old way of being one dimensional, good vs bad just wasn’t working. We are so much deeper than those two shallow boxes and the Goddesses really activated my clients to their own inner gifts and helped integrate so much in sessions. I was blown away and I work with eleven main Goddess Archetypes. There are so many more that I work with, but for now, my next book: Goddess Activations™ is based on the eleven main feminine archetypes.


Some readers may not know about a Shaman is or what they do. How can you describe this to us?

Indigenous people across the world always had Shamans as sacred leaders, healers, and restorers of peace. Sadly, many Shamans have been killed off in and this great tradition and important role in many societies has been forgotten and replaced with religion during the takeovers. A Shaman is someone who is divinely connected to spirit. They innately have this Shamanic information in their lineage and must be trained and tap into their birthright. A Shaman can help in many ways. They are a bit of a trickster, not in a harmful way, but they can show you your shadow and other parts that perhaps you have not been able to fully see yourself. A Shaman can assist in bringing back soul fragment retrieval and journey with you to reclaim parts of yourself you may have forgotten or lost along the way. Shaman can speak with spirit, animals, nature. They are here to just be sweet and pleasing love and lighter types. They are a bit more intense because of their depth and ability to be with and enter the realm of darkness and light. They are a bridge between worlds and duality. When a Shaman is honored and their wisdom is heard again, this is when healing in the world will begin. Many have forgotten their roots, their source and the divinity which is our birthright. But it time to remember, time to stand in our light, our truth our wisdom. To honor our ancestors that came before us, to honor our earth and the children that will come after us. We are here to remember.

How did you discover your healing powers?

I have always had a connection to the divine, to nature, to my ancestors. I disconnected in my teens as a way to fit in. I moved far from my gifts and my own true nature to explore duality in the fullest way. But it was always there. When my mom opened her art gallery in Ashland Oregon, I would paint kimonos and every one of them would sell. I started interacting with the women and they would disclose so much personal information with me as if I’d known them for years as if we were looking for some advice and healing. I would simply be present with them, talk with them as they tried on clothes and jewelry. They would transform before my very eyes as we talked and played and they dressed up. From telling me their greatest sorrows and tragedies they became light and playful. I began to understand I had a way of transmuting energy without really putting a name or title on it. Then a Shaman came into the gallery and told me she was looking for me and we were meant to meet. She asked to do a session with me, and she told me many things that really blew my mind. She said I would be part of creating a new earth grid and I had no idea what that meant. She came to prepare me for the work I would be doing later in life. She told me I had more exploring of duality to do, but it would lead me back to the light. She was right. After working in Hollywood for some time, I was very tired of the crude, dark and dense energy that was present there. I was seeking some deep healing and I wanted to go back to the lightness of magic, of miracles or grace and ease of the divine. I called out to the divine and it answered. Goddess Lakshmi came forward as a living emanation of light and spoke with me. She told me that it was time for a change and she would assist me back to the true, divine Goddess. Hollywood really is the land and factory of the false Goddess and I wanted nothing to do with it. I was ready to make this quantum shift. I was lead to healers and then to study full time and take classes, courses and get fully trained in this healing work. Friends asked for sessions, I gave at least a hundred away before I opened my practice. I never advertised but people found me by word of mouth. I was working full time as a healer, shaman, coach and that’s the time the Goddess Activations™ came to me.

So much magic and light came into my life. My own great, great, great, great, grandfather Don Pedro who was a highly regarded Shaman and Mystic came to me as a guide. I had no idea who he was and when I asked my mom and told her about this Shaman man who was coming to me she confirmed his identity and started to reveal family secrets of our Shaman history and how it had to be hidden during the Spanish Inquisition. Our families were threatened and the Catholic church came to move everyone from their homes and land with the military. My family had to move everything within 24 hours. The course of our lives changed and it was not ok to talk about Shamanism or anything like that. It was all about religion now and it sadly has forgotten through the following generations. I was in awe when I found everything out. It was bittersweet to hear how this all came about but it’s been the greatest gift to connect with my Ancestors and to understand my lineage. Everyone has the ability to connect with the divine, to access healing and to use it in their own lives. It is our birthright to know how powerful we truly are. Healing is a gift you give yourself and others. No one truly heals another, one must be open and the healer is the conduit for the divine. If the person receiving is closed and doesn’t really believe they are worthy or that it can happen, they can block their own blessings. You must come from an open heart to do this work and receive the gifts that are available to us, always.

Tell us about your book?

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My book is a memoir style of the various aspects of dualism I have encountered. From light to dark and back to light again. It’s a way to look at experiences as a form of a lesson and to start learning instead of judging. We can not grow in judgment, we only grow from an open mind and heart and the effort we put in being willing to look at the positive and negative. So much of spirituality these days is all about thinking positive. I certainly think positive and am one of the most optimistic people you will ever meet. But I am not afraid to face the darkness and look at certain things that are taboo. If we are unwilling to meet our own shadow, we will continually find in outside of our selves. My book is really about integration and how to use everything in our lives as a source of empowerment. There is truly nothing we cannot overcome.

Where did you get your inspiration to write your book?

I actually didn’t really want to write this book at all. I was resistant and it was a long process, but the book wanted me to write it. I always follow the divine’s loving orders and I did write it as a guidebook for women who are trying to figure out who they are if they belong if they are ok and if they will be ok. I am that friend that is here to say yes, you are ok and if you are willing to learn from your experiences, greatness will follow. As a great guru, Shrii Shrii Anundamurti says: The future is brighter then you could ever imagine. I believe that, and we are here to co-create that future together. Before we master the world, we must master ourselves.


What would you like for someone to come away with after reading your book?

I believe people who are drawn to my book will come out feeling better about themselves. My hope is that they will know that we are here to make mistakes, go on wild adventures, to have experiences that allow our soul to grow and that we are not here to judge that. We are here to learn from it. I hope that they will recognize that they don’t have to live out the tragedy of Princess Syndrome or fall into the trappings of the False Goddess mindset. That they are enough as they are. More than enough. We are resilient and have the power to heal ourselves. I want them to know they have a friend and an alley in the Goddesses, and in me. I am rooting for your greatness. 

Tell me what Goddess Code Academy is and what it has to offer? Where can someone interested in attending, find it.

Goddess Code Academy came after working with clients. Some, I would work with for years. They had healed so much and seen quantum shifts in their lives and now they wanted to learn how they could apply this work to themselves or others. They wanted to know more about the Goddess Activations™ and become a practitioner or just work with this energy on their own. I created my courses for my clients and then they became students. The thing is, we are actually all students and I my clients are my teachers. They show me what I should be creating, and I learn so much from them. So, it’s really a win-win situation. We will be rolling out Goddess Coaching certification soon as well. There is so much we are doing, but I have a small team it’s a lot to keep up with. I enjoy the entire process from developing to teaching very much.


What is your next book? Tell me a little about it.

My next book is Goddess Activations™. This will include eleven Goddesses and it’s a way for women and men to get to know and work with the Goddess energy in their life. My experience with the Goddess Activations™ came organically, almost like they fell onto my lap and into my sessions. It was through my client's willingness, openness, and permission that allowed me to take them onto these intuitive journeys with them. The Goddesses showed me what was possible and how they could assist in healing in so many ways. I just knew that all of this was a benevolent call to write a book.

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As I said earlier, I created and developed the Goddess Activations™ many years ago, and it has been a continuous unfolding since! When we are open to receive her gifts without expectation, there is a powerful surrendering that occurs and often women were getting far more then what they could have asked for. These gifts never come through expectations nor demands. The gifts of the Goddess are blessings that come through a sincere heart, dedication, and devotion to the divine. They are living light codes. That is why it is vital to understand the gateway to the goddess and rite of passage along with sacred rituals before you connect with her.

When women were open and we explored the Goddess Activation™ process together, the feedback was phenomenal. Feelings of more confidence, more alive within herself, forgiveness, healing, and miracles occurred. I’ve seen the women who journey with the Goddess grow exponentially, in a very short period of time, even found the love of their lives after searching a lifetime. I knew that I couldn’t just limit the Goddess Activations™ to just one on one session. I knew it was my duty to make them more accessible in the physical realm and when the Goddesses asked me to write a book, I absolutely did. The Goddess Activations™ book is a great way to introduce the Goddesses and this work to many.  

What other thing(s) would you like to share with my readers.

Life is about experience. Please don’t judge your journey or compare to anyone else’s. We are here to share our journey and that is why I’ve been so open in my book Galactic Goddess. I want to encourage people to explore, learn, grow and have meaningful conversations. One of the reasons I so enjoyed working one to one with clients over the years was the raw honesty they would bring into our sessions. They would share stories with me that I was deeply moved by everyone’s experiences. I never sat there in judgment, only wonder and awe of what they had been through. I realized that everyone goes through so much in life but everyone plays off as if nothing happened. But then it shows up in your relationships and life when you don’t look at it, deal with it, explore and be willing to heal the past by honoring it. Yes, honoring every aspect is important. Not just the shiny award-winning moments. This is why I created Radhaa Publishing. So people can share their stories. We are currently co-creating and enrolling people who want to share a story in this collaborative book. The book is called: Awakening Starseeds: Stories Behind the Stargate.

We encourage people to come and share their experiences, their breakdowns to breakthroughs, their journey into darkness, their journey to the light and everything in-between. This book will come out the end of Spring and we are calling people to join. You don’t have to have been a published author or written a book before. We have a whole team from start to finish that helps move this along. If you are curious or interested in becoming a published author on Awakening Starseeds, email
radhaapublishing@gmail.com

This is coming with a whole lot of community, fun and great PR. We do video and audio interviews of each of our authors and it’s a way of really celebrating your stories, your creativity and coming out of the spiritual closet and sharing your gifts. Watch the intro video.




For more information about Radhaa, her Academy, books, courses, and events, please visit www.goddesscodeacademy.com

Connect with Radhaa on Social Media:

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