Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Rejected By a Traditional Publisher-Miracle in Disguise!

* * * Quote of the Week * * *

When what we are is what we want to be, that's
happiness. - Malcolm S. Forbes, 1917-1990,
American Publisher

* * * Sally Commentary * * *

Isn’t it amazing how sometimes what looks like a
failure on the outside, ends up being the biggest
blessing! I received a note from my dear friend
Sarah Elizabeth Malinak, (co-author of Getting
Back to Love: When the Pushing and Pulling
Threaten to Tear You Apart) about how grateful
she is to be a published author – with the
freedom to self-publish, promote and really have
the chance to make a difference in the world.
This reminded me of my own publishing story.

I too had it stuck in my head that getting
published had to happen the old fashioned way,
and after spending 4 months querying traditional
agents, managed to land a deal with a highly
regarded NY publisher. Long story short, I am
SOOO lucky that my manuscript was rejected by
over 15 publishers - I had no idea what a
blessing it was to be able to retain creative
control over my work, choose my own cover, be
able to include 1-800-Flowers in my book, use my
book as a tool to help others promote their
work, retain most of the royalties, send my book
to whomever I want whenever I want, go after
special sales and corporate sponsorships, etc.
When I realized that the book is only a calling
card to further enhance other aspects of your
life and business, I was more grateful than I
could ever have imagined for what appeared to be
an ostensible "failure" in the eyes of the
traditional publishing world! I have a friend
that was "lucky" enough to get signed to a
traditional publisher. She received a $3000
advance, paid 15% to an agent, and 50% to a
co-author. She sold over 20,000 copies over a 3
year period - or so she thought - until 15,000 of
them got returned - destroyed. The book was
shelved, and now she has to incur legal fees to
reclaim the rights to her own work.

Self-publishing is a wonderful way for anyone to
create a legacy in this world, and to follow a
dream and make a difference. I am now providing
one on one coaching for those interested in
learning how to self-publish and successfully
market a book – all the way to amazon.com
bestseller status and beyond! Stay tuned.

note: if one's dream is to get their book on a
bookstore shelf, once one achieves a certain
level of success through marketing strategies,
one can most certainly have a good chance of
transitioning to traditional publishing down the line.

* * * A Special Announcement * * *

I will be going back to Orlando this week for
a return appearance on the nationally syndicated
The Daily Buzz. To see a clip of my last
appearance, please visit:


and scroll down under the sample media release.
I will also be performing live with a jazz trio
on WUCF radio, 88.9FM, 4pm tomorrow.

* * * A Book Marketing Tip of the week * * *

In keeping with the marketing theme this week,
here is a tip along those lines.

Q: You say that everyone needs a book. Why?

A: It builds credibility and prestige. It is a
networking tool more powerful than any business
card you could create. You can sell your book to
corporations in bulk. It will help you
acquire customers It willl make you a darling of
the media You can become a highly paid speaker.
I could go on and on!

These are just a few of the great things that can
happen from having a book. And you don’t have to
do it all on your own! (hint: eLance.com)

* * * Promotional Announcement * * *

Here is a note about my amazing friend Mina!

Have you heard this? At this pivotal and mad time
in our worlds development, and in the tradition
of Give Peace a Chance and We are the
World, a young singer called Minna was inspired
to write an anthem called LOVE SHINES and give
it away to spread a beacon of equality, peace and
love to as many people around the world as
possible. I just heard this beautiful song and
wanted to make sure you got your copy while it’s
free. Love Shines is an anthem for peace, love
and equality - no matter what your color,
religion, status, sexual orientation, age or
beliefs. It is a reminder that each of us are
unique and beautiful and that it is these
differences that really make this planet the
unique and beautiful place it can be to live.
Share it with your friends and those you love
too. “We can choose Love today, or fight for our

Our goal is that this email reaches over 50
million people worldwide from today until the end
of the year and already we are well on the way.
All you have to do to be a part of spreading its
inspiring message of equality, love and peace is
to pass it on now.

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* * * Another Promotional Announcement * * *

note: I received this in my inbox last Monday. As
I had already sent out my newsletter, I am
including it today instead, even though the
official launch was last Tuesday. It is quite an
honor a privilege to have my story included in a
true #1 bestselling book, and I am humbled by the

Hi Sally,

Congratulations on having your story selected in
Dr. Vitale's latest book title: "Expect


Suzanne Burns Publicist & Executive Assistant to
Dr. Vitale Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.

So, here goes!

If you're looking for a book that can show you how
to attract miracles in your life...

I have a very special recommendation for you. (In
fact, I cannot recommend it enough). It's called
"Expect Miracles" by my great friend Dr. Joe
Vitale (star of the movie "The Secret," and
author of "Zero Limits," "The Attractor Factor"
and "The Key"). "Expect Miracles" is a
one-of-a-kind book (and you can get it at a
special discount - more on that in a minute).

In this must-read book, you'll learn...

- How to use a five-step system for attracting
any kind of miracle

- Why you need to avoid fear if you want to
attract miracles

- How to eliminate counter-intentions that will
block you from achieving goals - The exact
method for getting clear about what you want

- How to forgive anyone for anything and get on
with your life

- How your mind works (it may surprise you)

- Ways to go from indecision to focused intention

- The importance of gratitude for what you
already have and how it plays into what you will
attract in your life

You'll also get story after story about other
people who've attracted miracles in their life

There is also a special section called "A
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In this one revealing section alone, Joe shares
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clear about what you want, how to forgive anyone
for anything and get on with your life, how your
mind works, ways to go from indecision to
focused intention, the importance gratitude for
what you already have plays into what you will
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* * * Inspirational thought * * *

A mind always employed is always happy. This is
the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
- Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd President of
the United States

Have a beautiful week, and don't forget to call
your mother-in-law, if only to ask how she is

With gratitude,

Wedding Showers #1 Amazon.com Bestseller

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