Money and Manifesting is not just another manual about the laws of attraction and the power of positive thinking, Dyan Garris teaches what stands in our way of manifesting, how to unblock the energy flow of money, and how to actually transform energy to get what you desire. Parts of the book are fictionalized so that your left brain and right brain processes begin to integrate. So, when you get done with the book you've already begun the first steps toward manifesting. Automatically.
Today we welcome Dyan Garris to our writing blog in a Q&A interview format where she is discussing her book Money and Manifesting as well as how she published it and is marketing it.
YVONNE PERRY: Tell me something about yourself and your writing background.
DYAN GARRIS: I’m a clairvoyant counselor. I’ve written several books and produced a deck of angel cards. I also created a series of music and meditation CDs. All of these tools work together as integrative tools for self-empowerment.
YVONNE: What is the title of your book? Give us the basic overview so we’ll know what it’s about.
DYAN: My new book is Money and Manifesting. It’s about why the laws of attraction in and of themselves are not enough to manifest our desires. Parts of it are fictionalized so that the reader can identify with the things that block their own attempts at manifesting. My work is about automatic energy shift, spiritual growth, and transformation. When you get done reading the book, you’ve automatically taken the first steps in the manifesting process. You should feel the shift immediately.
YVONNE: What inspired you to write this book?
DYAN: Since late 2005, I’ve been creating a toolbox of spiritual tools for people to use for growth and transformation. Each tool vibrates higher and higher as you go along. “Money and Manifesting” was the next step in that progression. I’m almost done building. I’m working on a DVD and there will be one more CD vibrating to the eighth chakra.
YVONNE: Is this the first book you have written?
DYAN: No. It’s probably the last. I started with a deck of angel cards. I hand illustrated them and developed them in 1993/94. They each have a channeled message in quatrain verse from the angels. There is an instruction booklet that comes with the cards and a journal is available separately. Originally, I had that guidebook and the journal integrated together as one book. That was the first step in the “healing journey.” Then when I developed my CD series of music and meditation for chakra balance and vibrational attunement, I wrote a meditation journal so that one could journal about their meditation experiences. Last year I wrote an intuitive cookbook. That was such great fun! It’s about taking raw ingredients and transforming them into what truly nourishes you on all levels, not just the physical level. And I also wrote “The Book of Daily Channeled Messages.” Then came “Fish Tale of Woe – Lost at Sea.” It’s a small story with a big message about “saving,” victim mode, entitlement and more.
YVONNE: How long did it take to write this book? Any interesting tidbits about your writing method or how the book developed?
DYAN: I’ve had the book in my head for a long time. So it didn’t take long to actually write it. I knew I’d be writing it. I counsel a lot of people for whom The Secret wasn’t working. They wanted to know why. The book is very different than what’s already out there. Since my work is about automatic energy shift, this book had to be written in such a way as to produce that result. I knew it was going to have characters in it. I knew I would be wrapping a story around my information. But, I’d never written a character in my life. I was told by guidance to start by just writing the characters. And then, of course, I had no idea what they were going to do, how they all fit together, or how exactly they were going to interact. So, I just trusted and went with that. It worked. The characters really surprised me, especially at the end. Writing the book was an amazing experience.
YVONNE: How did you publish your book? Tell me about your publishing experience and what you learned from it. Please go into detail if you wish.
DYAN: The traditional publishing field is a slow moving vehicle. I had a lot of work to get out in a short amount of time. I self-published because I needed a little faster train. Because I’m a musician, I have a good idea of what we expect from our books and music. If you’re going to publish in this way, it has to be the very best you can produce.
YVONNE: Did you work with an agent? If so, how did you find the agent? Was it beneficial to you?
DYAN: I’m working with an agent right now for my “Voice of the Angels – A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards.” I found the agent through an author’s group I belong to. It’s been a pleasant, professional experience.
YVONNE: Where is your book(s) available? Do you have a Website or blog where we can learn more about you or your book?
DYAN: Money and Manifesting is available at Amazon.com and can be ordered at bookstores as well. It is also available on its dedicated website www.moneyandmanifesting.com. My main webstie is www.voiceoftheangels.com and the book is available there, as well as at www.dyangarris.com. There is a lot of information and activity going on at the main website. I write the Daily Channeled Message there and there are four free angel card readings too. My music can be heard on my main website or www.myspace.com/voiceoftheangels. My song “Illusions" was recently #1 on Soundscapes cable TV music station. That was so exciting! My blog is http://blog.voiceoftheangels.com. I write about spiritual topics there.
YVONNE: As far as marketing, do you do more online publicity or print/radio/TV promotion? Tell me some ways you have promoted your book. Give examples and links to any sites you feel might help other authors.
DYAN: One of the best tools I have found for marketing is the Virtual Book Tour. I recommend either Nikki Leigh or Dorothy Thompson. They’re both very dynamic. Nikki puts a lot of effort into matching up your subject matter with the right blogs. She’s a pleasure to work with. The VBT is an amazing experience. You meet a lot of fascinating people and you get a lot of exposure. I do a lot of ongoing print promotion and radio promotion for the cards, the books, and the CDs. I’ve also done a little TV as well. In December, Living In Style TV featured my Meditation and Relaxation Baskets on their holiday show.
YVONNE: Have you hired a publicist to help promote this book? If so, what was your experience like?
DYAN: I’m just now in the process of hiring a publicist. So, I can’t really relate my experiences yet.
YVONNE: Any other comments or things you would like for us to know?
DYAN: Manifesting is a process. We cannot do it with just our minds. We can attract with our minds, but that is not manifesting. We have to learn to open a pathway for energy to flow, and that includes the energy of money. Applying the principles of the Law of Attraction is just one part of the process of manifesting anything.
YVONNE: Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and learn about your book. I wish you well.
DYAN: Thank you, Yvonne. I appreciate the opportunity as well.
Dyan's additional biographical information is posted at http://www.inspiredauthor.com/promotion/Dyan+Garris