How to Become a Bestselling Author: Advice from Milana Perepyolkina

Yitzi Weiner
Mar 15, 2018 · 6 min read
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Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory?”

Years ago I had become an unhealthy person. I didn’t want to look in the mirror. I would see despair and tears in my eyes. My spine was bent from pain and scoliosis: one shoulder higher, one hip lower. My neck was twisted by muscle spasms. I would habitually stand on one foot because the second one could not bear my weight after an ice skating accident. My face would often be deformed by the pain of severe migraines. I was depressed. I was not healthy and when I felt the worst, it didn’t seem as if life was worth living. On a few occasions I thought seriously about ending my life.

I know what it’s like to suffer in the body. I had two severe traumatic brain injuries, both of them cracked my skull. The list of physical complaints I have struggled with goes on and on. What I needed was a cure. I needed strength and health. How had I lost my health? I had become too rational and I had closed the door to the magic of life. I had turned my back on my Romani heritage and left “superstition” behind. After a near-death experience I realized that the only way to regain my health was to reconnect with nature and my Romani heritage and go back to practicing the centuries-old wisdom that help heal body and mind.

What do you think makes your book stand out? Can you share a story?

After reading my book, people experience real, positive change in their lives, in ways that they never would have expected. My readers have come to me with incredible stories, telling me how reading my book helped them get out of the dark pits of depression, relieve paralyzing anxiety, and move on from the devastating loss of loved ones. Even skeptics have come up to me, saying that they picked up the book “just for fun” and were surprised at how much it actually helped them better their lives. The key is in the simplicity of what I tell people to do in my book. You don’t have to do some complicated routine that is impossible to maintain on a day to day basis. I help people realize that the simplest things are powerful enough to make tremendous positive change in their lives.

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None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

My daughter, who stepped up when my editor refused to finish editing the manuscript. I have hit many bumps in the road in trying to publish this book, and with each obstacle my daughter has helped me get through it and make this book into a reality.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I now offer free psychic readings and free healing sessions to my readers. I give away free bottles of therapeutic essential oils and teach how to use them. I created bracelets that I charge with healing energy for people who can’t see me in person.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I became a best-selling author”?

  1. Don’t wait until the manuscript is perfect. I expected that once I started writing my book, everything would just flow perfectly, right? Wrong. You will have writer’s block, you won’t know what comes next, and once you start working with an editor, the manuscript becomes even less perfect. You’ll be asked to revise entire chapters, add more here, delete this, delete that, and all of this will be plagued with typos. Don’t let this discourage you! It’s all part of the process. If you keep waiting until the manuscript is perfect, you will never get to publish your book.
  2. Prepare to spend some money. First and foremost, any decent editor will cost a reasonable amount of money. But even after that, I never realized how much money would have to go into self-publishing. A book needs an appealing cover — pay the photographer money for a photoshoot. The book needs different fonts for chapter headings — pay money to the interior designer. The book is up on Amazon — pay money for advertising so that people will actual see your book and buy it. Want a website to promote your book? Pay money for that too. Be prepared that good quality does not come cheap.
  3. Build your team of fans. Tell everyone about your book. Self-publishing is a lot of work, and you never know who will be able to help you. Maybe one of your friends knows someone who will help you with your headshots, or maybe someone you know has a secret hobby of web design and can help you out. Before you publish, tell people about your book, because who knows when you will find a valuable resource. And after you publish, keep telling people about your book! Get your friends excited about it so that they can go tell their friends about it and more people can know about your book. Word-of-mouth advertising is incredible, and you already have a fan base with your friends, so use it!
  4. Prepare to receive negative reviews. No matter how great you think your book is, no matter how great your friends tell you your book is, there will be someone out there who will not like it. They may even hate it — your book was not written for everyone. The important thing to do is realize that there are those people out there and that this is just a fact of life. Don’t dwell on the negative review, and don’t become engaged in a dangerous game of insults and negativity in trying to defend your book. If you see a negative review, just accept it and then go do something that makes you feel good. Don’t let one person ruin all the positivity that your book brings.
  5. Have fun during the whole process. Writing a book takes a long time. There will be so many mundane, tedious things that you will have to do to get it published. The important thing is to keep this process fun. Remember why you started writing the book in the first place, and make sure to still enjoy the process! Get excited about each task that you accomplish and have a book release celebration with your friends.
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Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?

Jason Silva. I enjoy watching his videos. He is very spiritual and passionate.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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