by Kara-Leah Grant
I’ve been seeing Emma Mildon and her new book The Soul Searcher’s Handbook all over social media for the past few months.
And then at Wanderlust, in the Presenter’s chill out space, there it was, on the coffee table – The Soul Searcher’s Handbook. Published by Simon & Schuster – a MAJOR American publisher.
Who was this woman? And how had she landed this publishing deal? And damn… what a great idea, leaving your book on the coffee table for everyone to check out! (I went and got my book and left it there too… thanks for the tip Emma!)
I knew then that I had to interview Emma and get all the inside goss on how one lands a major publishing deal and does such a fabulous job on social media.
What I didn’t know was how heart-warming, affable and damn entertaining Emma would be. Nor how open and free she would be and where our conversation would go… all the way down to the yoni and up again. (Jade eggs! Hard work! Who knew! Helpful for Mula Bandha and possibly even Uddiyana Bandha?)
Plus when I heard how she had over 300 rejections before landing that deal… I was seriously impressed. It takes guts, determination, and belief to keep getting back up again and putting yourself and your book out there in the world, over and over again, in the face of that many rejections. Talk about learning non-attachment!
The Soul Searcher’s Handbook provides a broad brushstroke over all kinds of spiritual and New Age practices, including yoga, meditation, crystals, chakras, aromatherapy, Feng Shui, Dreams, Numerology, Astrology and even the Akashic Records.
Over the years, I’ve dabbled to some degree in all of these things, and while I’m definitely not the target market for the book (the Ashtanga Yoga description is somewhat confusing and Anusara is featured as a school of yoga – reflecting the time frame between when Emma wrote the book and when it was published), I still gleaned some valuable information.
Like Google doesn’t hold your Akashic Records, but they are working on it.
Kidding… This is what I love about Emma and the way she writes. She takes the piss, out of everything. Which is useful, because you know, we’re dealing in the collective hodge-podge marketplace of spiritual mash-up which is freakin’ hilarious when you take a step back.
How can you possibly take it all seriously as we align our chakras and feng shui our homes while analysing our dreams and shifting our moods with essential oils?
Emma brings it all together under one big umbrella in her light-hearted, comedic and yet grounded way. She really has written the kind of book I wish I’d found when I was 14 or even 22 years old… it would have saved me a lot of time and energy!
Watch the interview below to hear Emma speak about rejection, the importance of connecting with the yoni, ayahuasca, how she chose the colour for her book, her second book and more.
(The visual is a bit jumpy at first, but gets smoother later.)
Emma Mildon on How Jade Eggs can Help you Find Mula Bandha
About Emma Mildon
Emma Mildon, also known as the Spiritual Personal Assistant, is an International Columnist, #1 Best Selling Author, and spiritual philanthropist. As a world traveler, she has sought out medicine men, healers, physicists, authors, and artists to explore spirituality, channeling, and healing, and has also practiced meditation, yoga, and life coaching.
Through it all, Emma has connected with like-minded soul searchers across the globe and aims to provide fun spiritual wisdom to her generation. Emma writes for The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Wanderlust, Yoganonymous and is the author of the Best Selling book, The Soul Searchers Handbook, available on sale now, and was named by MindBodyGreen in their Top 10 Wellness Reads for 2016. She is called the Spiritual Personal Assistant because her work helps people organise their new age life, think of her as a PA for your soul.
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