Against the Difficult World odds, my book, Choosing Easy World, is going to be released August 3rd by St. Martin's Press. While the odds are not good in Difficult World to land a great publisher unless you're already well-known, in Easy World, they are totally irrelevant. In Easy World, your dreams and desires come true with ease no matter what is true in Difficult World.
Easy World (EW) and Difficult World (DW). are two entirely different realities with entirely different rules, unique to each. What is true in Difficult World is simply not true, or even applicable, in Easy World. In Easy World, everything is easy. In Difficult World, everything is...well, you know!
Difficult World and its ruler, the fearful ego (what I call the "Difficult World Dictator") has a stronghold on our culture, indeed. With the power of a pessimistic collective belief system like "getting published is a long, arduous, and nearly impossible process unless you're famous" to back it up, it is lethal, especially to one's dreams.
But I was privy to Easy World, and knew I could operate outside the harsh bounds of Difficult World to see my dream come true. By choosing Easy World, the amazing alternate reality where everything is easy, and having faith in its devotion to making my dreams a reality, I was able to transcend Difficult World to get Choosing Easy World published by a major publisher, even though I didn't have a huge platform or another best seller under my belt.
I believe there is more than a bit of poetic justice that a book about Easy World-and one titled Choosing Easy World at that-has demonstrated that choosing Easy World is the way to overcome the notoriously steep odds against getting published that are so prevalent in Difficult World!
I'd like to share how my publishing "miracle" unfolded...
First, I should explain that I'd already been witness to, and the recipient of, much Easy World magic, so I had a high level of confidence in its power. As the messenger for Easy World, tasked with getting the knowledge about it out to humanity, I also knew that Easy World was determined to be known.
I was clear that by following the Easy World rules of relaxing and allowing, instead of stressing and trying to control the process, finding the right publisher for Choosing Easy World would be a cinch. If, that is, I could continue relaxing and allowing--if I could stay in Easy World even when the Difficult World Dictator would be trying its best to seduce me back to DW.
As I prepared to secure a literary agent, the echoes of "It's nearly impossible" kept trying to intrude on my confident, Easy World-sanctioned actions and state of mind. I'd be feeling very aligned with Easy World, very self-assured about what EW and I had to offer, and, more powerfully, very clear that Easy World was committed to having this happen. And then, that doggone channel-changer would grab the remote. I'd find myself fearful of rejection and thinking, "I might as well just forget it and self-publish this." When I'd realize I'd left EW, I'd just invoke it again, and my confidence would return.
I began by going over the list I had made through the years of agents who represented body-mind-spirit titles. None of the ones on the list seemed just right. So I turned to Google, and put "literary agent, spirit" in the search window and hit "enter." The first result that Google returned was for one Lisa Hagan, president of Paraview, Inc. As I read testimonials from her clients and did further online research about her, I was almost certain she was Easy World's pick. That was easy! So I submitted my query to her. I'd read that you needed to give agents several weeks to respond, so I hunkered down to wait.
In the back of my mind, the harshness of receiving a generic form rejection some months earlier from a high-powered agent I'd had a cordial relationship with, and had expected a more personal approach from, still spooked me. It seemed to reinforce the "finding an agent is nearly impossible" meme, and the ever effective "just who do you think you are, anyway?" taunt. The DWD used that unpleasant experience over and over to try and undermine my confidence, conjuring up the very visceral feeling of pain in my solar plexus I'd felt when that rejection had come. (Note: That's a tried-and-true technique of the fearful ego-using a past traumatic experience to keep you out of Easy World in the present.)
But the truth is, when I'd submitted my query to that agent, I had known deep down he wasn't the one for the job. I'd really only submitted the query to him because I already knew him and thought it would give me an advantage, not because I thought he'd be the right agent for the project. So I hadn't been in alignment to start with--then. You see, Easy World isn't about what your fearful ego tells you will be easy, it's about true ease, and that you can't access without listening to your inner guidance and aligning with the Design for Harmony, the coherent foundation undergirding Easy World.
My response to the trauma of that rejection had been to pull back and not even approach an agent for another six months until I'd internally regrouped, recovered my courage, and revised my query letter. Still, my psyche felt the sting from the experience, and the DWD didn't hesitate to remind me of it. When I focused on the DWD's grating voice, I re-experienced the pain.
Fortunately, I knew to keep choosing Easy World over and over, no matter how many times it took. And some days, it took many, many times, so strong was the notion that getting published is so difficult and that the odds were against me, not to mention the other confidence-eroding junk the DWD was lobbing my way. But as long as I stayed in EW, I felt confident and sure about things, and I could feel the magic bubbling underneath the surface of it all; I knew the universal forces were doing their thing to bring the book to fruition. At times I would almost levitate from the excitement!
On the 6th day after I had sent her my query, not long at all in the publishing world (but an age when you're waiting), I got an email from Lisa saying she would be delighted to read my proposal for Choosing Easy World and to please send it on. Eureka! The first hurdle was behind me. Easy.
But the DWD, ever eager to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory said, "Yeah--but she might not like the proposal and then you'll have to start over and query other agents. This is a lot of trouble. Maybe you should just forget the whole thing."
I submitted my 70-page proposal, prayed it was good enough, and waited for her response. A week went by. You-Know-Who tried to start up with the obnoxious stuff again, but this time, I was ready, and instead of allowing the DWD to intrude, I managed to mostly stay above it by invoking Easy World, by focusing my attention on other projects, and by using some of the techniques I tell about in Choosing Easy World to keep myself uplifted.
I could feel my ability to stay tuned in to EW, despite ego's efforts to the contrary, improving all the time. Choosing Easy World was becoming automatic. The less I dwelled on the DW stories about publishing and the more time I spent in Easy World, the less and less effect DWD's voice was having and the more the periods of EW blissful peace and confidence increased.
Then, at the two-week mark, it happened: Lisa said "Yes."
In defiance of the Difficult World belief about getting a literary agent, Easy World's choice was on board! What was supposed to be the hardest part of the process had been oh-so-easy. I could only hope that getting an agent really was the hardest part!
Lisa and I talked on the phone and it was as if we were long-lost buddies. This confirmed what I had intuited, and I signed with her. Then, the next phase began. She submitted a query for Choosing Easy World to a number of publishers via email, and sent me a message to let me know.
Eleven minutes later, before the fearful voice even had time to start up again, she emailed me to say that Jennifer Enderlin, Executive Editor at St. Martin's Press, had responded immediately, saying "I love it! Please send the full proposal right away!" So, Lisa did, and I crossed my fingers and toes, aware that there was EW magic in the works.
Jen was intrigued by what she learned about Easy World in the proposal. She called me a few days after receiving the proposal to ask me questions about Easy World, and it was clearly kismet. The call was so full of energy, it was all I could do to keep from levitating! As we ended the call, she said she hoped she would be talking to me again very soon, implying she was hoping to make an offer on Choosing Easy World. I was on Cloud Nine.
Of course, there was always the chance that her publisher or editorial committee would object-would not find the book a fit, or would otherwise find a reason not to invest in it--after all, she had told me that my platform was not as large as they really wanted it to be--but I did not allow myself to worry about this. The way things had been going, my confidence in Easy World's handling of this book deal had become pretty much unshakeable. If it wasn't to be St. Martin's, it would be another great publisher.
But, sure enough, just a week and a day later, Lisa received an offer from venerable St. Martin's Press to publish Choosing Easy World, and not long afterward, I had a signed contract and soon received my first installment of my modest advance. The process could only have been easier and faster if I had not spent time in Difficult World!
I had--or rather, Easy World had--quickly and easily found an established publisher for Choosing Easy World, and St. Martin's has been wonderful and totally supportive of me and the book, disproving yet another Difficult World notion that publishers no longer support their authors unless they've had a best seller with them.
Always remember, Easy World does not follow the Difficult World rules.
Fortunately, I knew to continually change the channel back to EW to experience this publishing dream-come-true. No matter what the story is in Difficult World, and no matter how many people are focusing on it, as long as you're not, Easy World will make your dreams come true. It's all a matter of knowing how to respond when the DWD is doing its best to sabotage the fulfillment of your desires.
You can find out how in Choosing Easy World! Click here to go to ChoosingEasyWorld.com.
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