Publishing a Book
A Personal Tao is different enough that it will be hard to find a publisher. Publishers want a product which will sell. The mass market never wants to risk something new, it desires to follow safe and pre-defined trends. I have only submitted the book to two publishers. One publisher has sent me this feedback after I asked their opinion:
I recall the book being very unique and rather nonlinear in its narrative construction. From an aesthetic perspective, it was beautiful. Filled with solid wisdom. From a for-profit publisher’s perspective, it would not fit into either the square nor the round hole of trade publishing, so you may have a hard time finding a traditional publisher to publish it in its current incarnation.
Heh! A Personal Tao is most assuredly not about trends or following the leader, it’s about following yourself. I literally gifted the book and work away for free from day one on purpose. Also: I know in the end we don’t save the world. So I am not writing for some larger noble purpose. It might have started that way, years ago, with a desire to help make the world a better place. I wouldn’t mind helping to make the world nicer, but I already do that just by being kind and living as myself…
The world is the world, and will turn and tumble about thru space without my assistance thank you.
It’s so much easier to just not write and craft and interact. Also as my meditation practice is going ever deeper, I have less and less desire to really interact, and I already was a hermit.
So in all seriousness this is actually a mirror. I have always used this site and the book as a deep reflecting pool. Publishing a book like A Personal Tao is more of an exercise to understand how I fit into mainstream culture.
We as humans so love to lie to ourselves: in thoughts, in whimsy, in day dreams. So instead, I just have learned to write aloud my actions and reflections as a way to not lie to myself.
Ever do yoga? When you do a pose, you feel like you are a certain way, but in reality you are doing something different. It’s the same for our spiritual practice. We might think we are doing well, but in our actions we are not what we think we are.
I write and will continue in talking to others and until I die, I will polish and add and tweak A Personal Tao… Simply because: It helps me connect and see the world as I actually live it.
And some day who knows which of my paths I will embrace in this expression of life, so many options are available to… Until then and even after then I will follow the heart and refine, define and keep getting better at the practice and the crafting of words. Very much a tidal process back and forth.
In time publishing a book like A Personal Tao will happen in some larger print house, what’s a few years or decades here or there in a journey?
Pushing Your Writing
I have been quiet of late. Not for a lack of materials. I have accumulated enough materials to write several books over. Yet now my pen sits silent on the desk. The desire to scribble down notes not to the foremost of my life.
Nope, it is important to just be present in my life. The quill is not dipped to ink, rather, blood is with what I write. My feet scribe out notes in steps of living.
People seek answers outside of life, read books from people who seem to have answers… to retread soles and souls both. To lead a life ahead with wisdom that seemingly lights the way ahead more safely.
Let your answers be of life. Be prepared not to move ahead by wisdom or advice of how others found a path instead: Dare to be true to life, to take the time to be alive by being alive.
The time to ink manuscript or blog entries, is when taking pause. Right now I am running in life, flying kites, chasing the wind, and leaping ahead…
In the rush to facebook, blog, video, snapshot, twitter life, a person ironically actually can miss a large portion of that very life which we have to be active in to live. Let the calluses on my feet be my tweets, as I leave the electronic age to the dust that it will become. Life is already eternal in the living.