Curious Cat Books was lucky enough to bag an interview with author David Knight of Ascension For You. In the 10 questions that follow, David gives us an insight into his technique and opinions on the publishing industry.
David has participated in (and also helped to conduct) Spiritual Development and healing circles for nearly 25 years. He has also been a guest speaker—sharing his enlightened experiences to promote ‘oneness’—at various mind, body and spirit engagements across the UK. Through inner-dictation, dream interpretation, meditation, mindfulness, pre-cognition, and healing, the books he co-writes with 'Spirit' provide you with the foundation to discover your own path of truth.
With a renewed sense of purpose, the Spiritual Guidance and Education you receive can help you reach the goal of self-realization and bliss within the permanence of love and light. David is tee-total and a vegetarian, who loves the sunshine, nature, animals, and his wife!
What inspires you to write the genre you write?
We are all one… I believe we are all connected to God, creator, creation and so it is through this ‘connection’ that I write. My hope is that what is conveyed by the written word through me will help to motivate and also inspire and lead those who read the books I write (or listen as in the case of an audiobook) will find the inspiration to know their true self and recognize their own spark of Divinity.
Furthermore, I do not really have a structure to write like so-called ‘famous’ authors… writing 2000 words every day for example. No, for me and lots of other authors, it’s a case of juggling and fitting it in one’s busy lifestyle. I would like to say I have a set time each day, but I don’t. For me, it’s like having a pull and tug of the heart strings… it’s like God saying to me, time to write now David—bizarre as it sounds or seems.
Sometimes, if I hear or listen to relaxing / gentle music… or am in a quiet moment, observing nature for instance… something triggers inside my heart, as if nudging me to put pen to paper. As this occurs, I tend to write for about 1.5 hours, then, when time allows, it takes me about 2 further hours to type up what has been transcribed through me.
Why did you self- publish rather trying for a traditional agent?
I haven’t actually discounted traditional publishing per-se. In fact, in 1997, I went to a publishing house in London and submitted a manuscript by hand. However, this was to no avail. Even more so today, you would have to get your book ‘proposal’ exactly right, and unless you are a celebrity or are well known you’d still have to take most of the marketing and promotion on board yourself. This, together with the fact you lose most of the ‘control’ of the book doesn’t quite appeal to me.
When you self- publish, if you want to alter the book in any way, you can! Having said all that, if I was ever offered a huge advance/sum of money, I might have to think twice—ha ha ha!
Writing is a solitary hobby- what is your advice for authors writing through the Covid-19 pandemic?
I think if you are actively looking to pursue an author career, we have to come away from the ‘hobby’ analogy. Our friends and family may often see this as such, but when they see the amount of time and commitment and financial aspect of writing, marketing, social media, blogging etc. (and understand the effort this takes), it soon becomes apparent you’re in it for the long haul.
During the pandemic, many artists, or creatives—including authors—have had a greater amount of time to pursue projects (or not as the case may be if you happen to hold 2 or more jobs to make ends meet). The internet has allowed us reach out in so many ways, and enabled people to share their work quickly and easily. I have heard of authors utilizing ‘Zoom’ to do virtual book launches in the absence of brick and mortar book signings etc. In this day and age, you have to grasp every string of your bow!
In addition, by connecting with fellow authors for giveaways, boxsets or trying to connect with ‘influencers’ all are possible opportunities.
What 2 marketing or sales techniques have worked better than all others for you this year -2020?
The best would be to have a lead magnet or better still a free book. Within that free book, have a link to another freebie which people can access when they join your email/subscriber list.
Also ‘Instagram freebies’... post a link where people can download your free ‘work’.
What tools/resources would you recommend to other writers?
Well, a professionally designed website and email marketing/automation are 2 must haves!
I have also come across Book Brush which is fab for creating book cover/ads/template/ images and Kindlepreneur (free book description html generator) which saves a great deal of time in preparation to uploading it to Amazon kdp.
Events are all postponed due to the pandemic – have you had any success in online fayres or virtual signings?
I haven’t personally but as per question 3, I think these are a brilliant way to have a good book launch, especially if you are tech minded/ have the capability to set these up!
I submitted my latest book, A Pocket Full of God: Transform the Nature of Your Life to the October 2020 virtual Frankfurt Book Fair and had an inquiry from a publishing house in India, so such things do work!
What genres do you really enjoy reading, and can you recommend any titles?
Most of what I read is spiritual related or quite esoteric. As a beta reader, I recently read Rachel’s Noah Finn: The Art of Conception which I thought was terrific… right up my street!
Do you have any experience journaling? If so, what methods do you prefer and why?
Unfortunately, this is something I have not tried yet. However, I have heard it can be extremely helpful in terms of one’s emotional and mental health. Getting one’s thoughts down on paper can be very therapeutic. It can allow you to express yourself in private and can even help to decrease the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions.
In spiritual terms stress is dis-ease (i.e., disease) so anything that aids with stress relief can only be beneficial!
Tell us your favourite quote. What do you like about it and why?
Faith is to believe what you do not see: the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. – Saint Augustine.
I love this because it epitomises the truth of what one can feel inside themselves. I was once told that if you witnessed an alien spaceship landing nearby, would you believe it? If you then took a photograph would that make other people believe it too?
Truth is not so much in the eye of the beholder but in the heart of the beholder and reminds me to have total trust in God.
Tell us about your latest release.
I released A Pocket Full of God: Transform the Nature of Your Life on Audiobook, eBook, and paperback a couple of months ago. It is a culmination of 25 years work with bite-sized chunks/golden nuggets of wisdom which also help you to cope with your emotions as you make your way on this journey called ‘life’.
10 chapters cover a variety of subjects like love, religion, health and wealth, faith and trust and this pocket-sized book concludes with an amazing glossary—helpful explanations of our mind, body and soul, karma, peace and joy, grace, meditation, free-will, destiny, Divinity and so much more!
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