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From a writer to a published author

Updated on April 12, 2016
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Nadine is from Cape Town and is both a visionary fiction author, an art therapist and a graphic designer. Loves gardening, reading & writing

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Finding a Publisher for my first novel

1995 -1999 - April 2001

My first glimpse of Kima Global Publishers from Cape Town was their website page. It had around twelve titles and three of the authors were personally known to me, so that was promising. Sending a query letter and a synopsis to Kima Global by email instead of normal post was hopefully acceptable.

I was overjoyed when an email from Robin (the publisher at Kima Global) arrived in my inbox two weeks later saying he was interested. He had not yet published fiction, but my topic intrigued him and he liked how esoteric knowledge was woven into fiction.

He asked me to send him chapter for chapter so his typesetter could transform these into a book.

We met in person in July 2001, when he personally delivered my first proof. My first title: My love we are going home was in print by August of that year. In November my decision to move to Cape Town to join his publishing company as the creative director was like a new chapter in my life. He needed my skills and that made me feel very wanted. The work he wanted me for was totally conducive to my kind of writing. The company motto was “Books that make a difference to people’s lives”.

2003 Dail-up
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Getting to know the publishing business

Robin’s one page website needed to be upgraded. Our first business website was done with Front Page, and after creating several illustrations for new titles we became partners. He taught me all about the publishing world and together we grew as a company at a faster rate.

In 2003 we needed a shopping cart for our website. A friend suggested going over to Dreamweaver. It took me a couple of months with the help of several classes in town to master this website builder program. We were still on dial-up for most of 2003 but during that time the birth of a new website under the domain name http://kimabooks.com/ was a milestone for us.

We exhibited at several trade fairs around South Africa and held a major publicity event to get Kima Global on the map so to speak. Ten of our local authors traveled to Cape Town from all over South Africa to be with us, and our first “Café of Conversations” stage production was born.

Tackling the typesetting
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Tackling the typesetting

Because we received more manuscripts than our sole in house typesetter could handle, Robin paid for a teacher to come from Pretoria for three days to give me a crash course in the publishing program Corel Ventura. Typesetting my second manuscript Orphanage of Soul Mates (the sequel to my first novel) took several months , but it was in print that same year.

No more dial up

By September 2003 we were connected to an ADSL line; a great improvement, but our business website needed continuous updating since nothing was automated. The page for each title had to be managed manually. In December of that year we published my first workbook titled: The Language of Light. The typesetting and all the illustrations were done by me; a huge amount of work. Having facilitated these drawing and doodling workshops for some years was a good start with a ready supply of illustrations. My latest workshops were held in Cape Town, and after the workbook was in print, Tieneke, the art teacher character in my novel, took over in cyberspace.

My Love We Are Going Home
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Book and book cover designs

The design studio we used for our book covers showed me how to work with layered images in Photo Shop. Detailed knowledge of each new title gained through my typesetting enabled me to show them design ideas, which helped them a great deal until Robin felt that I was skilled enough to take over.

In the course of 2004 we needed to close down our warehouse in the USA. The costs were getting too high. Kima Global went over to the print-on-demand system instead, and all our titles could now be shipped from a location near the residential address of the purchaser.

New technical requirements for this system meant that novel My Love we are Going Home had to be re-typeset and re-titled as The Awakening Clan and Orpanage of Soulmates, was re-written in order to be split into two novels; The Astral Explorer and The Cosmic Traveller. New covers were designed making them into a series.

newsletters and blogs
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Newsletter and Blog writing

At the end of 2005 we closed our office in town and moved to a new home on the outskirts of Cape Town. We opened our office at our new address in Clovelly after major renovations.

Parallel to my day job at Kima Global, my own ascension topics monthly newsletter did well, probably due to my linking the headings to the articles on my website. We copied the idea for Kima Global and soon we got a monthly Kima Global newsletter out to our business clients (our local bookshops) and to our readers who signed up for our newsletters at the trade fairs where we had exhibited throughout South Africa. We also emailed a quarterly newsletter to our authors and our three sales reps.
After two years we found that we didn’t get the traffic we had hoped for, so our next initiative was to start a blog. We were not yet on Facebook, Twitter and all the other social networks. We had heard about them but did not think it was for us.

Trade fairs
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The Awakening Clan (The Ascension Series)
The Awakening Clan (The Ascension Series)

A group of telepaths explore what their world might be like in the years from 2012 to 2025. Ingrid Barendse lives a normal life, working as a maintenance administrator in Holland.

 

Community websites and trade fairs

By 2008 more and more website hosting companies offered templates on the internet and we tried one out. Community networks became popular and we signed up for two social network sites Ning.com and Spruz.com where every interaction was automated. We could even have a shopping cart for an extra monthly fee. By this time we were managing five websites three blogs, two network sites, and several newsletters, and we should have ranked higher on Google, but our hits were still minimal despite both of us working long hours.

We tried learning about Keywords, but it was all getting too much. Due to the demand for ebook files my typesetting job came to an end. Our typesetting program became outdated anyway and I was not prepared to learn a new program.

Between the years 2001 and 2009 we exhibited at the Frankfurt Book Fair. We made lots of good friends with other publishers and a few authors who came past our booth during those years. We also employed several freelance typesetters that we met in Frankfurt.

Social networking
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The Gold Ring
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Seeing your writing in print

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Our breakthrough into social networking

February 2010

Our social networking break came after I signed up to a community network titled The Gold Ring. Many GoldRing ‘friends’ were on social networks and held internet radio shows. We finally signed up for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This was more to manage, but my skills on the internet were sufficient to know that by this time we needed a professional website for our publishing company. After trying several options and paying a lot of money for these services, we befriended a GoldRing member online who spoke my own Language – Dutch. She suggested that we join all our websites into one proper professional site with all the bells and whistles. No more Dreamweaver!

After all the years of doing my best to manage our websites, I realized that my skills were not sufficient to handle complicated interactions that happen in the background of a fully commercial website. She was keen to guide us in the right direction and when we told her what our monthly budget was, she agreed and became our webmaster.

We stopped sending newsletters out. We found that our Kima Global Facebook page(s) work better and it’s less work. Kima Global is also on YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Wordpress, and Robin is also on several other social networks where he promotes his publishing company.

My job is now more to do with teaching Kima authors how to upgrade their social network skills, having first tried out several options myself.

Over the years many networks come and go, but we both hope that Hubpages is here to stay, because of the friends we already made in such a short time, and I learned that writing can pay off. I read incredible articles from other hubbers on how to make money with your hubs.
I’ve embedded the hub widget onto my own website pages plus adding the headings of my hubs onto Google analytics. By posting revised text from any of my hub articles on my Wordpress blog, with a link to the article in Hubpages, more blog followers have signed up and at the same time the hub article is shared over several social networks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always helpful to read about how other writers have handled this journey. Thank you for sharing your story with us so that we may learn.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks Billy. You always have something nice to say. Very appreciated.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nadine, this is a very interesting story as well as being informative and encouraging. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Jodah glad you found it informative and encouraging.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi Nadine

      Yep--it is a lot of work. Informative and well done article that lets one know all the work involved. I'm kinda half publisher, half writer and half lost at this point so found lots of good stuff here.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Reynold thank you for your comment. I,m glad you got something from it. My partner Robin has written two hubs ( he is still in booth camp) of which one is more informative. He is on my following list if you want to read his viewpoint on publishing.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Thank you for the extra info. I'll see if I can find it. Post a link here and that will lead me too it. I'm thinking I must hire a social person who can operate Facebook and more for me. I've decided to launch my writing career in the direction of children's books. I have my first book in progress as I am working with artists to get it just right.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Checked it out. I always send my new projects to the New York crowd/agents and they've never given any thought to any of it. I'll be doing the same with the next book and anticipate more of the same. I do very well without them, however would like to be a part of it. Thank you for your kind responses.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Sounds like you have a fascinating job. Congratulations on your successful journey. Great hub!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Mel. Yes I'm indeed very fortunate, and love to contribute were I can. You write about a topic I know nothing about. Must read some of it soon.

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      Roger Nichols 3 years ago from Mandurah, Western Australia

      What a journey Nadine, and thank you so much for sharing this very valuable hub. As you know Anne is responsible for getting my information up on the hub pages and Facebook etc and this really helps. It is very time consuming using all these various formats and just hope we can manage to get through the maze. Your help and support is so much appreciated

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      Wow, I never knew that getting a book published involved so much on the publisher's side. I don't know how I thought the manuscripts were converted - I just thought they were emailed and that was that. It was really interesting to read up on the whole process. Thanks

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      It always amazes me that many writers have no idea how much is involved today to get a manuscript into a book format, and lately also into the several readers formats. That is not all, To have one print or ebook title onto the many online bookshops in Cyberspace is another major job. Then the legal copies that have to be send to the state library. It still boggles me today. How anyone can go the self published route is only possible if the writer is also a computer boffin of note! Glad to be of help.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes it still boggles me what work is involved with just one title, and now I need to be the forerunner on how to market our books and at the same time find out how to earn money on article writing. That in itself is a whole new avenue, and I still have to work on two novels. The hours are just not enough in one day! So glad that you both work at it. Robin and I do work together. I do his images and he looks over my hubs for grammar error, which I still battle with, being Dutch and a dyslectic.

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      Roger Nichols 3 years ago from Mandurah, Western Australia

      You are an inspiration and how you manage and overcoming being dyslectic is amazing - it just goes to show that 'nothing is impossible'. It is much easier working in tandem that's for sure with both working where they are most comfortable . It is a much different world now re marketing and it is pretty time consuming balancing the social media side and the writing side and keeping all the balls in the air and trying to earn a living. With your help and experience we are learning so another motto is 'you are never too old.'

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your kind words Roger. I don't think one ever overcomes being an dyslectic, but since the last 15 years I have this great urge to paint a story with words, its pure practice that keeps me been able to write, and also with the help of our electronic inventions. Without it I would not have been able to do what I do today. Yes balancing our social media work and keeping our creative writing going at the same time does take many hours at the keyboard, but I've learned to do it in a much shorten time than in the past. Indeed we are never to old to learn.

      People who think they are to old are really saying they are not willing to change. Not willing to change is a sign of old age!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I'm pinning this to my Online Writing Board.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Old Age!?!? I discovered I was a writer when I retired. I had all this talent hiding inside me and was foolish to work for a living--no, no-- I take that back. It is my life that reflects in all my writing now. Glad I worked. Boy, am I confused.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading about your path to success. There are so many ways to get there. Thanks for sharing yours. You seem like a real go-getter, willing to learn and try just about anything.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you both for your comments Reynold and Flourish. I still have to get the hang of it, Hubpages I mean. I thought that I already had replied to you both, but it has not appeared. I learned over the years that if one has a vision and an intent, and keep it alive by repeating it through writing, or networking these days, then yes you can call me a go-getter. I feel that many hub writers are, since we all had to passed the booth camp hurdle.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What an interesting and inspirational journey. Bookmarking this hub for my personal reference. Thank you for sharing.

      Voting up and passing it along as well.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your response Cris. I've just been to your profile and read a great review on a book by Rolly Chabot. I've learned so much already, since I'm on hubpages, and meeting great writers like you is a real bonus.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Very inspiring; determination and stick-to-itiveness is such a major part of success in writing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comment wiccanSage. Yes I never give up. I might take a break now and then, like when I was battling with getting my hubpages linked to adsense. Probably due to me behaving like a bull in a china shop when it comes to filling in forms. I asked for help from a local friend who seem to know what went wrong. We learn from each moment by moment, if we are open to receive help or guidance. Hubpages is a great example. I leaned more in the last 3 months about writing, compared to the rest of 2013.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for sharing this awesome journey with us! It helps to see what others have done, the path that they have taken, and how they have become successful in the writing world. Keep up the good work!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Denise. Hub pages is truly a great place for writers and authors as a support base.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nadine, I am convinced that I can learn lots from you. I will surely visit this article again. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comment Dora. Keep visiting and I will do the same. Wish it could be over coffee and cake!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Congratulations! I'm tired even reading about all that was involved. That's a lot more than just getting your own book published.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Interesting and excited all the way. To see all the steps you took and the way you carried us under your arm and walked us through. Congratulations on all your success.What is your next adventure ? You have me hooked.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes looking back over the years I'm always surprised when new authors are so quickly upset when their book has not his the bestselling list. I love the topic I write about, so that takes first priority and the rest will come in its own time.

      I only now spotted the /my/hub/comments page. Sorry about responding so late.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      My next adventure? Since yesterday I need to learn all there is about script writing! I have so much to do over the following thirty years, I have no time to leave this planet just yet.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Nadine, can I please ask your advice. I have been considering self publishing a book of poetry and have been viewing how to guides with Amazon and Lulu. I decided to get info and a quote from one publisher just to find out how much to have it published professionally. The company is Xlibris an Australian publisher. This is an email they sent me:

      "If you are not planning to insert colored pictures.

      You can have 24 poems as minimum , or 48 or till 700.

      Since this is an eBook, there’s no much emphasis on the pages.

      The good thing about our eBook publishing package is , not only we publish the book, we will also do full layout customization, worldwide distribution, high standard format for different readers or gadget, we will also market the book through Google search engine.

      You may please check this link for more information of this package, and it’s original price…

      http://www.xlibris.com.au/services-black-and-white...

      I have given you a Valentines deal 20% offer that’s why the package went down to $559 that can be spread into Feb-Mar-April payment."

      I told them I couldn't really afford this but they have been hounding me a little. I just wondered if this seems a fair price to you (for publishing an e-book)and if you have heard of the company. The normal price is $699 according to the web site. Thanks.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I have send your question to Robin in Skype, so he can investigate since he deals with costs. If you send me your email address he will reply to you . Is this A.U.S dollars?

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Aus dollars. jodahkamah@gmail.com.

      Thanks Nadine.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I hope that was helpful

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes it was Nadine, thank you for the information.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      I love to hear what you have to say about Xlibris or other suggestions you have for Jodah. Learning before spending lots of money for something that might or might not work. Good advice from someone in the business is very important. You have gone through the ropes and know what to look for and watch out for. Have a great night.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you and yes we are still a traditional publisher but we have come across so many self published authors who have burned their fingers by Vanity websites that promising to publish their books for a great deal of money and now they are stuck. We can advise any writer or author what is the best route to take these days, depending especially on the author’s own networking skills.

      If a vanity publishing house offers to publish a book after an substantial investment, ( more than the cost of 100 retail books) but the author does NOT get at least 50 physical copies in return, so the author can recuperate some of their investment, then the new author been financially abused !

      I hope that is helpful to know.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Can a writer go the e-book route without a hard copy of printing books.Then later if they decide go with publishing in book form. Wouldn't the cost be minimal and no need to pay for printing costs. There would also be no copies to buy back. Any information would be helpful.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      The short answer is yes. The cost is minimal but the book still has to be typeset, which is a different process and program if we have to do it. There will also be just a front cover instead of the printed book that has a back cover and a spine, and finally for a printed book there are set up charges with the printer. We have done this for people before, created the ebook in various formats and uploaded it to all the major online selling hubs. We do not administer their sales though. This way they get to keep 100% of the revenue. This is not a bad way to go because at least your book gets some advance exposure and if all goes well a printed edition can be justified.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      What is a price range for an e-book ? Is it limited to a certain number of pages? Thank you for your advice earlier and you have explained both questions very well. Wishing you a very nice day.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      DREAMON for now we ask anyone to first please submit the MS so that we can check it out for quality and extent. ( some MS need editing which will occur more costs, depending on the size of the book and the work needed)

      Generally we charge (USA) $500.00

      This includes:

      Artwork for a front cover ( and if needed color images inside)

      For now we can upload to the 3 major channels, (Amazon -kindle, Barnes & Nobel and Kobo) but we would want you to set up an accounts first. ( instructions given on how) This way you get 100% of the revenue and we do not have to manage it or take any commission from sales.

      In general we try not to penalize an author for excessive content, although smaller books do work better than big ones. You will not get much more money for a book say of 100 000 words as against one of 50 000 words. Some eBooks are as little as 30 000 words.

      I hope that answers your question.

      Any further business communication we do by email.

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Having read this material, I feel I have at least found a source for when I do finish my book, which is essentially about the Polar Shift and Ascension.

      However the reason for my comment is that I would like to buy a copy of The Awakening Clan but I would like for you to sign it and since you have read some of my articles, then you could personalize the signature.

      However you wish to do this, is fine with me, I'm not worried about extra expenses, I will take care of that, just let me know where to send the money. I mean why buy it from Amazon if I can give my money directly to the source (you).

      It should be fairly easy for you to get a hold of me through Hub Pages. By getting a copy of The Awakening Clan I can at least read your thoughts on Ascension.

      I am now reading Gnosis and the Law and have just finished Chapter 14 - The Cosmic Law of Re-Embodiment. What concerns me about everything I have read so far is that after the 'Laggards' embodied on Earth it seems apparent that the cards are now stacked against us for Ascension.

      The experiment has clearly failed, so how can we ever hope to raise our conscious connection to the Creator of All when every institution, religion and even governments are so warped and twisted? Short of going to Colorado and joining the White Brotherhood, how can I get direct spiritual council?

      The Spiritual Hierarchy must know that only a complete reboot of the human race is going to get the job done, even if everyone on the planet would instantly know what me and you know, would that even be enough to change us into beginning to create a new paradigm, I don't see how?

      Also since the book was written in the 1970s, are there any updates on the information?

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I was very surprised to read that you seem to think my first novel was written in 1970! Good grief i was not all that awake then to even contemplate writing, let alone about our ascension topic. The Awakening Clan was first published in 2001 under the title My love we are going home. and re-published and retitled in 2003. I hope that that date was not a error on a website somewhere? I'm writing my 5th novel in the series: Awakening to our Ascension - Parallel Realities, and in my soon to be published hub: How do we create a better world for future generations? I have added a kind of blurb for that book.

      You can always visit our local website: http://sa.kimabooks.com/awakening-clan When you sign up onto our website we will contact you, and we will then have to ask you for your details for sending the book to your address. So just sign up and nothing more because the website is not coded for posting books from SA. They are all printed globally to the nearest address of the buyer.

      Thanks for reading my story.

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      You misunderstood Gnosis And The Law was written in 1972, so 42 years have passed since the information was delivered to humanity, I was hoping you might know about any updates?

      I haven't read your novel but want to buy a copy (hopefully signed by you), a lot of the books that I buy, I ask the author to sign, if they are still alive that is. For instance my copy of The Source Field Investigation is signed by David Wilcock, after having the chance to listen to him speak in person.

      I don't like reading books online because, having light shining through the words, as opposed to white reflective light from a written page, is bad for your eyes, that is why people that use computers daily for work usually end up wearing glasses, so I like having hard physical copies of books.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh I now understand. We got your message from the website and Robin will handle that for me. He is also on Hubpages.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      You've had such an exciting life, living in Europe, Australia and South Africa. Not many people have that unique perspective.

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      somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Guess what just came in the mail today, a signed copy of The Awakening Clan, thanks Nadine.

      I'm currently reading two books ATM, one about the Annunaki and the other about Ascension but when I finish them yours is up next. We finally got some sunny skies here Tennessee, so I'll be spending much of my time in my garden with Giai but should find some time for reading and writing my novel.

      I have gotten some good reviews from friends and other writers on the first chapter, so that and reading your novel should keep the inspirational juices flowing. Looks like I'll be trying to go from article writer to novel writer which is sort of the reverse of the path you took but the story of my life.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Daniel thanks for reading my story. Yes I've been very fortunate, and still feel very honored to have done this journey.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh I'm glad you got my novel. I hope you like it. let me know your comments about it. I should go over it myself again but It was so long ago that I wrote the first novel. I'm busy with the 5th novel in the same series. So much has happened since then.

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      BODYLEVIVE 2 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi Nadine May, You have a wealth of information here and I thank you for it. I have never given much thought about doing a book and that's probably because I didn't feel like I had anything interesting that people would want to read. After reading your journey, your words have sparked an interest in me considering to write a short book. I thank you for that and for that I will follow you to see what I can learn.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Bodylevive I'm so glad to read that I might have inspired you to write a book. Please follow your heart you will never regret it.

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      Thomas Swan 2 years ago from New Zealand

      An interesting journey that not only charts your journey, but also the journey of the publishing profession. Social media has pretty much taken over. For me, at least, I've found that google+ communities are a great place to share. Someone once shared on of my hubs on reddit and it went viral... so that seems like a good place too, though I'm hopeless at using it myself. I'm also glad hubpages is such a great place to publish. It's become the leading website in its bracket mainly due to keeping with the times and evolving like you've done on your journey. Voted up, interesting, useful, and shared.

      P.S. I've looked at several of your hubs, and I must say that your images are fantastic. I wish I could create images like that. I tried for my Predictions hub but only got as far as putting the Tardis on top of a star!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Thomas welcome as one of my followers. I like your posts and will gradually work through them. I must admit creating images for my hubs gives me more fun than the actually writing. I keep trying to match a vision to the words but It's time consuming.

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      The information here is very well outlined and useful. This is a great reference for writers hoping to see their work in print.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Glad you found my information useful Arachnea. Yes I so agree. Hubpages is for serious writers.

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      Peg Cole 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment. Very inspiring to other aspiring authors. Thanks for sharing the journey.

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      Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for reading my post PagCole. I'm glad you have found in inspiring, so you better start on your own novel, if you have not already.

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      Bill Kasman 12 months ago

      Social networking is the key to online success! I found this out quite quickly but I'm not any kind of professional writer nor do I wish to be one. I am quite happy with my own (2) blogs but it is interesting to see how much can be done if one is determined, skillful and lucky enough to connect with the right people.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much for your comment Bill. Yes and it is the networking that is also the most time consuming. Almost as much, if not more than writing the article itself.

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      Robert Sacchi 4 weeks ago

      It is great how you turned you made a contact and became part of a publishing business. Hope your success continues.

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      Nadine May 4 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading this post Robert. Yes looking back on how I joined Kima Global Publishers sixteen years ago, my life has never been the same. Almost like I entered a different reality, or a new lifetime.

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      Robert Sacchi 4 weeks ago

      You're welcome. Your story is inspiring.

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