I’ve been exploring two book projects. My literary agent and friend, Jane, was rejected by the two publishers she approached. After deep contemplation, I came to the realistic conclusion that I will no longer seek publication. Technology has advanced so rapidly, it has changed how books are bought and sold. Publishers now demand the author have a “high social media platform.” Other than my letter to you, I have none. This is my choice. I will not sell my soul to accept the legal demands on authors, being coerced into doing something that I have avoided all my life. I know what makes me happy. I have to say no a lot in order to live according to my individual lifestyle.
I informed Jane and Elissa, my literary assistant, about my decision. As you know, I loved writing books, being happily published and meeting great readers, many who have become friends. I want you to share my happiness with me by supporting my decision. Once I made it clear to both Elissa and Jane that I have no interest in moving forward, I felt a weight lifted from my soul. I now feel a lightness of being. I couldn’t be happier. I know what feeds my soul. I also know what would drain my spirits.
I have no regrets. I have achieved a high level of well-being that seems to build up as I “empty and be full.”
By letting go of everything that I don’t need or want, at this mature stage in my life, I’m opening myself up. I’m now free to explore every interesting possibility for moving forward into the unknown. I plan to continue to write this letter to you each month. As long as I can still hold a pen in my hand, and my brain is conscious, I will write! By my letting go of unrealistic expectations, I am letting the universe enter into my heart. I will be guided and informed how best to express my passion for living. The good life I’m enjoying now will change according to what is appropriate as I move forward. I’m stimulated to embrace the unknown.
I’m thanking you in advance for your understanding. I know you want me to be happy. There’s no reason to feel disappointed. There will be lots of surprises ahead. I’m simply opening all the doors and windows of my soul to let in more light and love.