Doug Simpson published his first novel, Soul Awakening, in October. Though a new author, Doug is not new to writing: he has had numerous articles published throughout the world. He’s already learning self-publishing and wanted to share his experience.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
Soul Awakening is a spiritual mystery that delves into reincarnation, past lifetimes, and the attraction of strangers in this lifetime to each other as a result of having shared previous lifetimes together.
I spent a number of years researching the life and reincarnation readings of the legendary American mystic, Edgar Cayce. Some 2500 of Edgar’s over 15,000 readings, obtained while he was in a deep, self-induced, trance-like state, are reincarnation readings. These readings reveal details of a person’s past lives, but not all of their past lives. Only incarnations which were relevant to the reasons why an individual’s soul chose the individual’s body as its residence in this lifetime, were revealed. To put that in different terms – a soul selects its next residence to achieve progress in its development so it can return to its original God-like state with no further need to reincarnate. The knowledge which I obtained while researching the Edgar Cayce readings nurtured the seed that became Soul Awakening.
2. How have your sales been?
I have no idea. I decided that I did not want the hassle of personal selling, so I set it up for all sales to go through brick-and-mortar and internet bookstores. It is too soon to get much feedback.
3. What has been your experience with traditional publishing?
After a series of form letters like “We are not currently accepting …” from traditional publishers and agents, I implemented Plan B.