Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Publishing Secrets: Interview with Gulten Dye, author of 'Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness'

Our guest today is Gulten Dye, author of Semi-Coma: Evolution of My Intermittent Consciousness. She is here to give her experiences as a self-published author.

Thank you for your time in answering our questions about getting published.  Lets begin by having you explain to us why you decided to become an author and pen this book?

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved writing. Whenever there was a pen in front of me, and regardless if there was any paper to write on or not, I would write on anything in sight, which included my hand, trousers, or my shoes.  It literally included anything.  At different times, especially when I would go for walks and forget to carry a pen, I would find myself writing on the ground with my finger. To answer your question about why I wanted to become an author I don't remember consciously thinking that I wanted to become anything. I just wanted to write a book and I did.
Is this your first book?
 Yes, it's my first published book.
With this particular book, how did you publish traditional, small press, Indie, etc. and why did you choose this method?
I decided to self-publish my book since I did not think I possessed any patience to pursue the traditional publishing methods. I knew that once I wrote it, that they would pick it up, but surprise, surprise, it took longer than I could ever have imagined to self-publish.  
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?  The pros and cons?
As with anything else, although I knew that I could do anything that I set my mind to do, including self-publishing, it was an amazing accomplishment for me since I had no clue as to how much I didn't know!  So although it took a bit longer than I had planned, during the process of self-publishing, I have learned a lot of very useful information that I will be able to use in the future for my other publishing needs. The biggest thing I can think on the side of the cons has been by self-publishing my book, I took on all the promotion and marketing of my book myself, which is another foreign subject to me.
What lessons do you feel you learned about your particular publishing journey and about the publishing industry as a whole?
I learned patience. I learned that unlike my experience as an operating room nurse, and, later as a jewelry designer, my decisions were final and were always made in an instant.  But in self-publishing since there were a lot of topics that were so foreign to me, like editing, lay out, and electronic versions of the drawings that I wanted to use in my book, it took several people's assistance, which meant that I had to depend on them, as well as wait on their timing to help me.
Would you recommend this method of publishing to other authors?
I definitely would. What I learned more than anything is that we are capable of fulfilling any of our desires regardless of the subject. I am here to tell you by taking matters into your own hands, in the case self-publishing like I did, is not only doable, and might be much more rewarding than the idea of someone else deciding if your writing is good enough or not to be published.
Whats the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
Just write. Write what comes to your mind, but do it from your heart. Your book doesn't have to look like anybody else's, and no one in your neck of the woods has to think that it is very good, nor does it have to be any good. I promise that if you keep writing, there will come a day when you think what you have written is very good, and when that day comes, be ready to take the responsibility of publishing it no matter what method of publishing you choose. And by the way, good luck to all of you.

About the Author:

Gulten Dye was born and raised in a small town in Turkey and moved with her family to Istanbul as a small child.  It was there that she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and worked as a nurse at a local hospital before moving to the Philippines with her boyfriend.

After being there a little over a year, they got married and a short while after that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where she immediately began her studies to be able to work as a Registered Nurse. While studying for her boards, she was allowed to work as a scrub technician in an operating room at a nearby surgery center. She passed her boards and worked in an operating room for many years before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada there she worked at a busy University Medical Trauma Center as a staff nurse for several years until she earned the position of Charge Nurse.

By 2001, she was divorced and living with her two young sons.  Her desire to make more money became her impetus to start her own business, which soon became her sole source of income as her success grew.  She has never looked back.

Gulten found her talent and passion in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and sold them to well-known people, such as Celine Dion, Rachel Ray and Mary Higgins Clark.  She became an international success when her work showed on Entertainment Tonight and Insider and was for sale in the high-end casinos in Las Vegas and on high-end cruise liners. She then created a jewelry line called Metamorphosis, a line of interchangeable jewelry that brought her even greater success.

Gulten is also an author and self- published her first book Semi Coma - Evolution of my Intermittent Consciousness in 2011, currently selling on all digital media as well as in hard copy.  Her second book “The Missing Link” is awaiting publication in 2013.

In 2013, she opened her new concept store where she not only sells her own designs, but includes many local artists of different medium, including a local authors section.  In turn for being able to sell their artwork in her store, all artists have agreed to teach others their medium for the future generation free thinkers.

Gulten lives and creates in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Visit her website at

About the Book: 

This book is about self-discovery and the journey that awakened me to the many facets of life. The road hasn’t always been easy with its tolls and junctions. It’s about my struggle to discover who I really am, what I believe in and how I’ve arrived at a place where I am able to appreciate myself and my surroundings.

Most of my life I lived in a state of arrested consciousness without being aware of it. Then one day out of nowhere my eyes opened just enough for me to question my way of living and my state of mind. That was the day questions started to arrive. They were nothing like the questions I had before. As if they weren’t even questions they were an unraveling string of realizations followed by overwhelming sorrow. How could I have lived my life as if I was in a semi coma and in turn induce my own suffering?

Of course in the beginning of seeing I didn’t realize that my eyes would open slightly from time to time to give me an illusion of happiness, but because I had no idea what true happiness was I would drift back to my state of familiarity. I lived my life mostly on an automatic life-sustaining machine by my body without my mind interfering with it.

It is my hope that the stories I share with you will somehow touch your heart, perhaps crack open a door and shine a light for you to embark on your own quest of self-discovery. I don’t presume to have all the answers; I don’t even know all the questions. At the very least, I am seeking to understand and allow life to happen; learning to take responsibility and ownership of myself and my actions, and appreciating all that is.

Read the chapters, each on its own. As you move through them, you will uncover my intermittent consciousness as I explore my thoughts or beliefs and might be able to even get a glimpse of my evolution along the way. 

I am blessed to have had so many people touch my life and, knowingly or unknowingly, helped me on my journey. I have come to realize that because we are all one, that anything I come to know and am willing to share with others affects all of us in a positive way. With great humility, I open up my imperfect, yet perfect, life for you to walk beside me. I am forever grateful and honored. 

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