How I Got Published

Written by on September 4, 2006 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Yesterday, my book, Little Yelow Pear Tomatoes, got the nicest full spread review in the York Daily Record, written by Megan Erickson. I’m often asked how I got published.

When I first wrote the story I didn’t have any expectations it would be published. The manuscript for Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes was sent only because I felt bad I couldn’t make the changes Illumination Arts wanted me to make for the original manuscript I sent them – and that manuscript was sent only as the final step in a healing releasing ritual I did for my mother, who had passed away when I was pregnant with my youngest child.

My mother loved and practically lived her life by an ancient and tragic Asian legend, of two lovers separated by fate. I had rewritten that story into a story of empowerment. As a final step, I knew I wanted to bless and release this story into the “universe”, and through surfing the net found Illumination Arts. I liked their vision and purpose, and felt this would be a good place to send the story as a way to honor my mother’s spirit. I popped it into the mail and released it.

Two months later I got a call from Illumination Art’s editor at the time, Terri Cohlene, asking if there was anyone else looking at the story. I said no, they were the first publisher and only publisher I ever sent anything to. She was quiet a moment, and then said, “It doesn’t happen that way.” She said I was supposed to get a series of rejection slips first, before I had a chance of getting published! She, also, told me they get thousands of submissions a year and publish about four books a year.

Anyway, Terri started working with me on the manuscript, but I had too much invested in the story. It was important for me to honor the original intent of the story. After good faith effort, I found I could not whittle the story down to fit the children’s book format, so I had to tell Terri that I couldn’t make the changes she had requested.

But she had been so sweet working with me that I felt bad, so I asked if she’d be interested in seeing another little ditty I wrote for my daughter that might fit her requirements better. She said yes. I emailed it to her, and they offered me a contract. And thus, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes was published to go on to win 4 major awards in 2006.

Sometimes connections are made in rather serendipitous ways! But always, the best thing is to remain true to who you are.

Keeping the Dream

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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