Power of Acceptance
By Jim Carruth
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Why did you decide to write a book?
I was having a tough time at a new job - constant interruptions,
new and complicated tasks to learn, and a workload made for
five people, not one. So, I was reading Eckhart Tolle at the
time, I thought, why not give "The Power of Now" a
try? I did, and failed, completely.
This book was an attempt to look at that failure and discover
where I went wrong. Most of the time, it had to do with not
fully accepting my situation, fighting it, being tense, not
able to let go, and anger - lots of anger. When I let go of
"The Power of Now," "The Power of Acceptance"
arose for me, and I was inspired to write the book for me, first
of all, to remind me where I went wrong, and secondly, to share
these insights with others who find themselves in similar predicaments,
as I believe we all do from time to time. It later became a
psychological primer on how to clear your life of mental pain
and distractions, as preparation for being present, and for
going into meditation.
What did you learn by writing a book?
I learned that I loved the process. First, I got up early every
morning to write, and also worked on it on the weekends, over
the period of a year. Then, I worked with two editors, an illustrator,
a publishing firm, and finally, after the book came out, a book
publicity consultant. I was determined to not let the book go
out with any mistakes, and to get as much feedback as possible
before releasing it. The result was a group effort in a primarily
solo activity. I also learned how to be impeccable in my task
as a writer and publisher by taking so much care with it, and
involving many more people than just myself.
Do you have any suggestions to help others publish
I would have called the publicity consultant first, instead
of after the book was published. There are things that one doesn't
know about the publishing business that could have helped me,
had I known them first, instead of after the fact.
The advice I would give is this: 1) Decide up front if you
are going to self-publish, or send it to a publisher and try
to get it accepted. 2) Whichever way you decide, study that
way and try to get to know it completely. Self-publishing is
one world, and having your book accepted by a publisher is another.
Decide which world you are in first, and then learn everything
you can about that world.
The other piece of advice I would give is to make sure you
hire a competent proofer or editor. They are worth their weight
in gold. Too many books, both from publishing houses and self-published,
go out with basic grammatical and spelling errors. When someone
comments to you about your book, you don't want it to be about
the mistake found on page 47, but your ideas and concepts. Errors
are avoidable with a good editor, and ultimately a distraction
from your purpose as a writer, and embarrasing to you if you
are the publisher as well. It just shows that you missed a step,
and didn't think it all the way through.
How do you inspire yourself to write?
I like to go into my backyard on a cool day with my journal,
sit in my favorite chair with my feet up, and think things through.
If I get an idea for a book, I write all the parts down, and
then take each part and completely think it through, making
notes along the way. It's not only a great exercise for writing,
but a great way to work through phases in your life.
The other thing that's a must for a writer's inspiration is
to be constantly reading or listening (Books On Tape, interview
CDs) to other writers. Immerse yourself in people who write
and think really well, and it will rub off on you. It's like
keeping company with other spiritual seekers - it will raise
your level of attention instead of lowering it.
Do you have any funny stories about things that happened
while you were writing the book?
No. It was a constant flow of really hard work, but enjoyable.
A task that helped me to focus my state of mind.