I received a response by Liza yesterday to a post I’d made on Dreams of Artists (on www.gaia.com) months ago. It was a post about creating a web presence and all the effort required. I for one sometimes wonder if all that effort is worthwhile. But…

I then received an email from someone I’ve never met out of the blue this morning and, frankly, this one note makes it all worthwhile. I’d like to share it with you below.

Dear John,
                  On Friday . . .being the 21st August, I was in Kaikohe
to pick someone up, I had arrived a little early for some reason (& it’s
odd for me to have time to kill) I went into the paperplus store. . .
just again. . . no apparent reason, & saw your book down the back of the
shop. Book Cover TargetTypically I’m not a reader, I don’t consider I have time or
headspace for it. But I was compelled to pick your book up, I was quite
taken by it, but I rarely allow myself to buy spontaneously so I left
the book behind, or so I thought. For the next week the book was on my
mind every day. So the next trip I had into town . . .I bouoght it.
I’m only up to page 217, & there’s a confirming message for me on that
page, it SO relates to my oft queries of my own decisions, My eyes
spiked with tears as I read that piece, . . .” All I had to do was my
best. All anyone has to do is their best.”   You’re so right, & I often
tell others that 🙂 , . . .but I’ve never told myself that.
I know there’s more for me in this book, just by the way it bought me. .
.more than I bought it!  I know I’m on a search for. . . . . something,
maybe self, & this book you’ve written is helping me on that journey. So
Thank you very much, for all this effort you’ve gone to in writing this
book & sharing with us all,
                                                                         
Namaste,
                                                                                       
Shantina

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John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

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Authors On The Net is an association for authors interested in building a business around their book. The key to selling books, either to a publisher or directly to your audience, is building a strong ‘Author Platform.’ The free information on this site and it’s online coaching program shows writers how to create a conversation about their book and connect with their key market influencers. Oprah is not the only persuasive presence out there. There are literally hundreds of other influencers including bloggers who attract huge numbers of readers every day. As an author, it is paramount to make the appropriate connections for your target audience.

It has been my great pleasure to get to know Phil Davis, developer of Authors on the Net this last while. Listen to the two interviews I did recently with Phil. Please don’t misinterpret what I just wrote. Phil interviewed me, not visa versa.

In the first 30 minute interview, I speak on my book, In Search of Simplicity, and about living simply in a seemingly complex world.

In the second 30 minute instalment, I elaborate on the journey I’ve made to get the book published and the experiences I’ve had with promoting the book and developing an author platform so far.

In Search of Simplicity was only released in November 2008, but I’ve been humbled and touched by the feedback of readers in these early days of my baby. When one self publishes one initiates a process in conversation creation that builds over the years. This is not a short term journey.

I left my homeland, Canada, more or less for good 25 years ago. One of the unexpected bonuses of this process of publishing and creating an author profile on the net is that old friends are finding me in our remote New Zealand home. Yesterday afternoon I received a call out of the blue from an old best friend I haven’t had contact with since we each headed off to university (yikes) nearly 33 years ago. He was calling from Kazakhstan, of all places, where he is working as Director of Studies at a college. He and I have each come a long way from the days of hamming it up together in the back of Miss Grabowski’s French class. As he said, “I don’t think she ever recovered.”

So all you authors and would-be authors: check out Authors on the Net and be inspired.

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John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.