With This Decision, I felt Transformed.

Om.

The time you take to query agents is valuable. I am sure this post will not please some in the writing community, however, no one should let it get to them too much. This post is coming from a positive place. I am really happy right now.  

I decided to self-publish my work, and I would like that valuable time back. I believe in my work, am passionate about my world, and do not want anyone else telling me what to, or not to do, with my characters. Self-publishing feels good. 

When querying, I did everything I was “supposed to” and it felt terrible. One thing I gained from it was pressuring myself to write a synopsis. So, at least I have that. It’ll come in handy, but I could have accomplished a lot more than what seemed like sending out over 100 resumes to just continually be rejected and waste time that I could have been writing Book II. If done well, sending a query letter takes time adjusting each one to the agent’s liking to avoid being auto-rejected. 

Twitter seems like a great resource for authors who are querying, but after seeing all of it, I’m leaning toward disagreeing with that thought. Just remember, the trendy people are on there. The ones who will tweet their MSWL while watching a new movie they are excited about. What happens next week when another movie comes out? The people who put together the official MSWL website are very sweet, and I am thankful for their helpful information. They try to make the process the best it can be.

If you follow the writer hashtags at all, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. I get what’s happening, there. Popular stuff sells. I have always gotten bored with what’s popular. After the self-inquiry one goes through while seeking representation, I remembered that I have never been the popular kid because I followed the trends. People knew who I was because I did exactly the opposite. 

I have always felt it was silly to create something that already existed. Even when I was a kid, I would color birds rainbow in coloring books simply because I wanted to see a rainbow bird. 

For a long, long time I would not let myself even think about self-publishing. Somehow, I was influenced to believe it was cheap. Many people online, in the industry already, made self-publishing seem generic, and acted as though self-published authors were “not real authors.” Many have proved that wrong!

Once I officially decided to self-published, I felt transformed. The passion and excitement that has come over me is exactly what I wanted to have happen out of my book(s). Right now, my mind is buzzing with ideas for the cover, chapter art, character art, and so much more. Buzz! Buzz! This feeling is exactly the result I wanted from finishing my first book. <3 I don’t care if this creation takes 10 years. That will be 10 years of joy. 

The reason I wanted to write this out to the world has to do with others who may feel burned out from querying. Don’t let anyone influence you to do the opposite of what feels right for you. Do your research, and see how great things can be. We have the option to self-publish now for a reason. People got tired of waiting, tired of being controlled, and sought the joy of living in their own worlds. I am not telling others to not query at all, but limit it. That’s what I did. I always told myself, ‘if I do not have representation for my book by May 2018, then I am self-publishing, and not looking back.’ The seed had already been planted. My soul already hinted to me that self-publishing (full control) was what it wanted. The fact that I knew to set a limit should have told me I wanted to self-publish all along. 

This post goes out to others who are feeling funky about querying. I was told over and over that most people give up before they would be able to attain representation for their books. I am here to disagree with that, too. People don’t give up, they get burned out. Every represented author tells writers to, ‘hang in there, because your time will come.’ That’s really sweet of them, because they know the struggle. Or do they? Some do, some don’t. Either way, I do not actually know, for a fact, how much time I have to spend waiting around. I believe in living in the present. I do not like to wait around to make magic happen. Especially when we no longer have to! So, yes, my time came when I WOKE UP and realized traditional publishing was NOT for me right now. I’ve never done anything traditionally. Who knows, perhaps even this could lead one to the traditional route of publishing.

My main point here is to know yourself, and let that passion run wild. It’s within you for a reason. If you keep getting rejected, and worry that agents or publishers will change your manuscript so much that you’ll hate it, move onto self-publishing. This decision has made me so entirely happy I am glad I gave myself a time limit on querying and, honestly, I should have made it sooner. Just something to consider. 

There are a lot of awesome people in the industry, too, that’ll help you. I met a couple agents that I am truly inspired by. You will, too. I hope others will get to feel THIS excited over their projects, because it is what I feel life is all about. 

Ask yourself what you want to achieve out of your work. If you’re like me, self-publishing is really okay. :o)

<3

Yogi out. Om.

OMstars Internship ;o)

Greetings friends, and fellow yogis!

Recently, I was given the opportunity to work with OMstars in their marketing department. I am thrilled to have connected with Kino, my teacher, and now have the chance to work with the OMstars team. It is all a blessing.

If you’re interested in OMstars, I have a fun treat for you! Use the code JODIYOGA to get a free month at OMstars. There’s so much amazing yoga content such as live practices, daily practices, yoga culture, nutrition, and even more than that! Take a look, it’s amazing!

Namaste,

Jodi Lane

Transformation

It’s all around us. We’re not even a cell of the same person we were as children. That’s the physical, obvious part, but there’s invisible parts, too. Those are the parts you just, know, or feel. I like it. That’s what I mean when I ask a person who they are. 

Animals come to me in a variety of ways to speak with people who aren’t ready to listen. They come to me, and ask me to relay a message to someone. Often times, I have these animals approach me as I sleep, but I do not know who their messages are for. I’ve been fortunate lately to ask for their messages when a friend tells me they want to know if there are animal messages waiting. I feel like a, sort of, spirit animal voicemail, haha. That’s basically how it works, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

If you see an animal in your dreams, make sure you listen to their message.

Bedtime Stories in the Stars

Bedtime Stories in the Stars

By Jodi Lane

 

My mind never tired from translating what the stars meant as they dazzled my eyes, speaking a language they held all to themselves. I left my bedroom, one night, to stand in the field, and converse with the nighttime sky. There could be no better source for a bedtime story.

The sky stood as a blank canvas above the world.

There were no stars; not a single star present to fill my head full of tales.

However, there were sounds.

I spotted two others that had also left their beds that night. A friendly bush concealed me as I watched them work. In the center of our weathered barn, their faces glowed with the light of a vibrant brew they mixed in a large cauldron. Glittering dust and fluorescent sparks danced around as they stirred.

Charmed by the birth of constellations, my eyes did not dare blink.

The crumbling barn doors were pushed wide open, revealing the sparkling brew to the world. From the mouth of the cauldron, glints of light floated through the air taking their usual places in the dark, plain sky.

The Great Bear cuddled up with her miniature companion. A swift Dog darted around the vast Universe, but was no match for the Fox it sought. The sleek Lynx journeyed alone, confident in her stride, this time to live in harmony with the Hare.

The shroud of the night again dazzled my spirits. Stunning reflections remained long after I had closed my eyes.

My bedtime story had come.

 

I’m not an idiot or a dummy…

Ha ha, do you like my title? Recently, a very intriguing Ayurveda Practitioner released a book for pre-order. I have followed her for a few months now and I like her content. When I heard she wrote a book I thought that might be a great way for me to dip my hands into the vast ocean that is Ayurveda. It’s a tough topic to learn. Slowly, with basic internet research, I have introduced myself to it. I really like the methods used, because they’re all natural and encourages veganism. It does not solely encourage a vegan or vegetarian diet, though, so don’t panic. 

I am allergic to dairy, so this appeals to me for more reasons than just eating right. I pretty much have to avoid dairy, or, I feel like I have the flu all-the-time. That’s right, it’s an allergy, NOT an intolerance. I cannot tell you how many times I rehash this conversation with people. They keep instructing me about how I can cope with lactose intolerance. I laugh inside my head, but I grow tired of that same conversation. People are too funny. I don’t get angry at all. They’re sweet and wanting to help. If you’re curious about the difference just know that an intolerance gives you the craps and an allergy involves your immune system, giving you flu-like-symptoms, or worse. 

You see why I might be interested in an Ayurveda book? Well, I get to the pre-order page and it’s an “Idiot Guide” book. I have one of these books on my bookcase in the other room. Actually, I think it’s “For Dummies.” I rarely look at it, to be honest, but I don’t like the title. I am a writer and am finishing up my very first manuscript. One thing I never plan to do is point to my potential readers and say, “Hey, Idiot, you should totally buy and read my book!” 

I know, I know, I shouldn’t take mere words personally, but it’s a little annoying. There are numerous topics covered as “idiots guides.” It just seems like a marketing gimmick that should be dying out soon. I pre-ordered it, regardless, because of the author. I know that her content will be good. What if I didn’t follow her several months prior to the book’s release? What if I went and searched for a book on Ayurveda? I would 100% NOT purchase one that called me an idiot before reading it. ;o)