Do you remember I told you about a great podcast interview I had with Jennifer Swanson early in December? It was one month and one day ago. I put together a list of thirteen ways to increase self-awareness, “Breath by Breath: One Day at a Time.”I was so happy with that material that I thought I could expand it into an ebook. And so I did just that between December 22 and 28 (yes! all through Christmas/Hanukkah). I used Scrivener software to write the 15,400-word manuscript. That’s a good size for a small self-help ebook. Then I compiled the Scrivener text into an epub file (used by many ebook readers) and opened that epub in calibre, the e-book management software tool. I ordered an ISBN from Library and Archives Canada and created a cover image (1600 pixels wide by 2400 pixels tall), which is on the left. Now, I’ve almost completed editing the html and css in the calibre epub and I’ll be sending it off to Kindle for conversion into mobi (kindle’s ebook file type) in a couple of weeks, after I’ve received the CIP (Cataloguing in Publication) information that goes at the front of the book. I’m using my imprint – Wrasma Marketing – to publish the ebook. And if you don’t know about Wrasma, then check out Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom. The only thing after this is to let everyone know this new ebook is available. Let this be the first notice! (Actually, I made a small announcement on my FaceBook Author page earlier today.) And I’ll be following this blog post up with a Virtual Book Tour. Check it out. Let me know how you like the cover.
Communication Diva Jennifer Swanson interviewed me for her 104th podcast: Raising Your Self-Awareness Breath by Breath: One Day at a Time. We had a great chat about the thirteen ways we can raise our self-awareness, from breathing consciously to taking a different route to get to work.
As you may already know, I’m sending a proposal for my third book out to traditional publishers to find the right fit. I’d like to share its synopsis with you.
Embodying Seven Spiritual Energies:
Practical Ways to Live with Love, Peace, Curiosity, Humility,
Courage, Joy, and Grace, Even at Death
Shoroplova proposes an approach that prepares us ahead of time so that we can weather our storms with less chaos and heartache and more equanimity. This preparation helps us see
I expect that you too have heard stories that liken one drop of water existing in a vast ocean with the essence of a soul existing in the infinity of consciousness.
I have another story that runs along similar lines in which water stands for the energy of consciousness. I learned it this morning from my guides when I was waking up and still in the hypnopompic stage of sleeping (that’s when brief events occur between sleeping and waking). Let me tell it to you.
So, I searched around on DeVorss & Company’s website and in the process found their Author Submission Guidelines. I was delighted to see that they do accept unsolicited manuscripts from authors as well as from agents and right away I emailed them the book proposal for my next book, Embodying Seven Spiritual Energies. I’ll keep you posted on their response. Please cross your fingers for me.
What follows is a request from one of the authors whose books I’ve edited. She has a special request for you.My name is Andrea Courey. I’m a writer. Nine months ago, my 28-year-old daughter, Chloe Ann, passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.
Writing and speaking about my lovely Chloe is healing and cathartic for me.
If you have lost a child and would like to share your story in an anthology I am compiling, I would be honored to listen. My deepest wish is that the process be healing for you and for other mothers who will look for comfort in their time of loss.
All the proceeds from this anthology, every penny, will be donated
The very day that I had almost given up on hearing from Llewellyn about my book proposal and I was getting ready to phone them and inquire about it, I received the dreaded rejection slip in an email. It was polite and short. Two dreaded indicators. And sent by someone who briefly said, “Thank you for your submission to Llewellyn Worldwide.”
I opened the attached letter and there was the decision: No.
They had written it very politely to “Dear Author”—that’s encouraging.