How I Got Published

Written by on September 4, 2006 in 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.

Demian,
~DreamSinger
Keeping the Dream

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About the Author

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

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