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I have had a lifelong dream. And it's finally come true. And I learned, in the process, that there are ways we can make these dreams a reality. Ways that don't involve anything mystical or magical, that don't need candles and altars and the movie "The Secret." (Not that I don't adore all those things, I totally do.)

Here’s what my dream was: I got one of my novels published.  

I’ve been writing since I was in grade school - novels, no less! As an adult I spent years sending manuscripts to agents and editors who would keep them for months and then return them with a rejection letter. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean!

But I finally got my manuscript to the public, and I’ll tell you how. You may laugh at first, or scoff, or toss it off as a cop-out. But suspend all that for just a minute while I explain this to you.

After years of the manuscript for my novel, Midnight Tequila , being shipped off to unknown agents and then shipped back to me with form letters, I was fiddling around on Amazon and discovered that they were accepting novels for their Kindle booklist. Not only that, but all one had to do to get published on Kindle was to upload one's book to them.  

Of course I ignored that, because ... it was too easy; there must be a catch; I’m used to doing it the other way that doesn’t work; my friends will say I sold out; authors published by mainstream books will think my work is inferior.  

And then I(or more likely my Guardian Angel)said the most important word I could have said. The word was: “So?”

Within a few days I had figured out how to upload my manuscript to Kindle, and within about a week after that, the book went live. It only sells for $5.00 and change (a price I thought up, not them), but I get a huge chunk of that whenever someone downloads the book. With mainstream paper publishers an author may only get 2-percent of the profit.  

When Midnight Tequila went live, I was as ecstatic as if an agent had called me with a mainstream book deal. All my friends were delighted, and we celebrated.  

Here’s what I learned:
1. If I wanted my dream, I had to actively make it happen.
2. I had to let go of needing reinforcement, strokes, and praise from other people. Because that may or may not ever happen.
3. I had to let go of old-fashioned thinking about who’s better then someone else and why.
4. I need to be aware of new technological trends and outside-the-box marketing techniques that are becoming available. I need to stay on top of what’s happening, and be ready to pounce on an opportunity should one arise.

I’m sure Kindle won’t have this open-door policy forever. I went to another online book source, and they were only letting you upload your novel if you’ve already had 10 novels published. Kindle was an opportunity on whose door I knocked, and then acted on it quickly.

I think these ideas can be applied to many things in life. Especially idea #1: If we want something to happen, we need to go out there and make it happen. Knock on doors. Get over our shyness. Find back doors. Create our own doors. Forget about what other people might think.

Although I adore meditating in my room with a beautiful candle, and I’ll always do that, there’s more to realizing a dream. And that is, blowing out the candle, getting dressed, and seeing what’s out there that could possibly push the dream forward.

Namaste,
Suzann
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