Publishing Deal 2
You may recall
that I hinted earlier that I was preparing to post a major
announcement – as soon as my feet hit the ground. Well, I’m
but here it is…
major (multi book) publishing deal!
with the top
publisher of my dreams! Somebody pinch me, please.
Before I tell you who the publisher is…it’s the one who published – and
promoted (equally important)…
Eckhardt Tolle, The Power of Now, which sold
millions of copies and made
Tolle a household word (you may recall that Oprah hosted Tolle last
year in a
12-week seminar that attracted millions of viewers).
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (I don’t have to tell you how
of books Chopra has sold)
Millman, Way of
the Peaceful Warrior (last year’s film)
Campbell, The Collected
And a personal
favorite of mine…
the legendary Creative
Visualization, which sold 10 million copies in 30
languages. (She is
also the publisher’s partner).
So, who’s the publisher?
the entrepreneur publisher Marc Allen, whose publishing
company, New World
Library, publishes some of the world’s most elite luminaries like those
mentioned above. He’s a self-made (and very laid back)
himself and authored his own books – The Millionaire Course,
Secret of All, and The
Type-Z Guide to
Success: A Lazy Person's Manifesto to Wealth and Fulfillment.
is so hands on. He
spoke with me personally several times, not just with my agent, as the
was evolving - he's the real deal. To me, that's so much more important
dealing with an editor – editors are usually just one of hundreds of
a huge publishing house and have to answer to many others. Since Marc
entrepreneur, author, coach, etc. - he really "gets it.”
And although this had to go through his acquisitions
committee and marketing department, he's still the boss.
One of the most
of this whole situation was a message that Marc left on my voice mail
beginning – before the offer was made – a message that I will hold in
forever (and which I managed to record off my telephone voice mail to
He said that he
loved my writing and
the work I was doing and that the world was a better place for
my being in
it. And then he said that my heart and soul comes through my
the warmth and friendliness of my writing style reminds him of Shakti
the author of Creative
his founding partner I mentioned above. I had never heard of a
speaking personally to a potential client instead of just through their
so his personal attention and critique meant more to me than I could
express. I just broke down and cried for an hour after hearing that
I think at that
moment, for the
first time, I really began to accept that maybe I really was a writer,
maybe my material was good enough to get published and get my teachings
wide audience, and that this was my destiny after all. I don’t think I
completely accepted it prior to hearing that message. I knew that even
didn’t publish me – if a publisher of his stature thought that much of
material, then I must be following my destined path in life.
people who were the
reason I got this deal – in order of appearance :-)
2006, I began
writing my entrepreneurial memoir in a thread on my Ryze network. As I
writing, my network members were reading, commenting and excitedly
me to keep going. Then thousands of other Ryze members came to read it
if it had not been for the members of Ryze who became my audience, I
have written it. And I would not have attracted the following two
Ultimately, I dedicated the memoir to those Ryze members.
memoir is not what the publishing deal is initially based on as you
will see below…
agent, Paul, has been in my corner and pushing me for two years.
appeared “out of the blue” when I began writing my memoir on Ryze. He
to finish it and 8 months later it became a manuscript and he signed
is so remarkable about this manifestation is that Paul is not only a
agent. He’s also an entertainment attorney who deals a lot with that
and doesn’t waste time. And he doesn’t even believe in Universal laws!
So he was
obviously a part of the
“synchronicity and guidance” that my memoir is based on.
memoir is still free
to read on my Ryze network – it’s had over 21,000 views so far.
Free to Prosper:
an Entrepreneurial Memoir of Synchronicity and Guidance
sent the memoir to
major publishers and although it was well received, they requested a
book to go with it. The reasoning is that once people know what you do
you’re famous for – then they will want to read your memoir.
Paul told me
to get to work on a book proposal for a “how to” book based on Feel
Prosper (he didn’t need a proposal for the memoir but other non-fiction
always require a proposal).
one year I dilly
dallied and just could not – or would not - do that proposal. I am an
writer – and my teachings will flow. But a book proposal is a business
marketing plan and I just knew I wouldn’t do it. Paul only deals with
publishers and he wanted a top notch Michael Larsen style proposal –
Larsen is the definitive expert on non-fiction book proposals. So this
major task. And I was not up to that task.
in March 2008, at his insistence, I told Paul
that if I
could find someone to write the proposal for me, I would get it done.
hours, again “out of the blue,” came Karen Gordon. Karen is a writer
editor (and master Reiki teacher) in Oregon.
I don’t believe anyone else in the world could have done what Karen has
with my proposal. It was truly divine guidance and destiny. She did an
extraordinary job. Of course, the results now prove it :-)
took 10 months.
Karen created the entire structure of the proposal, including the
platform, research, competitive titles, platform and marketing
She is extraordinarily intuitive and an equally intuitive
writer and she
was able to tune into my essence perfectly – it was truly a match made
proposal was supposed to be based on the new Feel Free to
not the memoir, Karen brilliantly incorporated my memoir as a major
of my overview and platform, so the memoir received “top billing” along
the how-to book.
When she was done with her part, it was time for me to add
I had gathered
a great many of the
essays, Ryze posts, newsletters and other material that I had written
past 5 years. I created 7 sections, each a different topic of
the sections included a total of 66 chapters. So the entire proposal
on material that I have already written. I included 12 sample chapters
proposal from the various sections.
I then added photos, student testimonials and even the
cartoons from my
website. The proposal is 117 pages long! One huge publishing house
Paul had given me a deadline of midnight, December 1, to deliver the
to him. I emailed the pdf to him at 11pm December 1.
The rest, shall
we say, is history
you are an author
who wants to get your book traditionally published or if you are a
writer like me who wants to get published, then all I can say is –
Karen if you want the proposal to get you there.
proposal is based on my
Feel Free to Prosper book currently titled:
FEEL FREE TO
Two Weeks to
Unexpected Income (and
much more!) with the
Simplest Prosperity Laws
Relief – An Introduction to Universal Laws and Prosperity Principles
Feel Free to
Prosper – Your Finances
Feel Free to
Prosper – Your Business
Feel Free to
Prosper – Your
Feel Free to
Prosper – Body
Prosperity and Health
Feel Free to
Prosper – Your Religion
and Spiritual Law
Feel Free to
Prosper Lesson One
(plus CD or Download to Mentoring Call)
Based on the word count I gave them, New World has
decided that this will be several books –
the first book will be on the financial aspect – Feel Free to Prosper
Finances and Business and Career.
conference call with my agent Paul, Marc Allen, and his marketing
we will be discussing the memoir.
turned on TV two nights ago and there was a new 2009 PBS special on Power of Now
with Eckhardt Tolle
speaking clips. Another
signpost that I am in good hands :-)
letting me share my
important life moment. Remember, it all started here on Ryze and I am
profoundly grateful. Ryze members made a writer out of me. All due
to Facebook and Twitter - there's no place like home! Where
could I write such a long post?
Founder, Feel Free to Prosper Program
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