Book: Letting Go - An Anthology of Attempts by M. E. Hughes, editorcategories: Book, Self-Help, Memoir, Personal Essay, Overcoming Obstacles, Letting Go, Nonfiction, Moving on, Resilience, Personal Transformation
M. E. Hughesabout this anthology: Q. What are the benefits the book offers to readers?
A. People carry a lot of baggage throughout life. The older one gets, the more baggage one carries. Despite wanting to jettison a lot of worn-out ideas about ourselves, anger, fears, or maybe simply old clothes or jewelry or books and papers, we all hold on to things and people and ideas much longer than we should. It is hard to let go, as comfort often comes from the familiar. So, in answer to the question, it is informative and helpful to learn what others go through in their effort to change, to let go.
Q. What inspired you to do this book?
A. Two things: Selfishness - I have never been able to let go of anything. My former students and clients teach me how to let go by reading how they accomplished it. Secondly, I have worked with some highly talented writers. They deserve to be published - they are that good. But the publishing world is in decline; it's harder than ever to be published. So, I am insuring their publication.
Q. How long did it take to create it?
A. I had the idea as long ago as 2000; almost got going in 2007; and finally in 2015, realized life was not infinite, so I'd better get cracking.
Q. How did you come up with the title?
A. It came out of my own frustration with myself, i.e., Why couldn't I let go of all this stuff? I continually asked myself.
Q. Why did you choose this cover?
A. I wanted a cartoonish man/woman figure, rather like a New Yorker cover, so I thought of potato man. He/she is stepping off a cliff, but peeking through fingers in fear mixed with excitement and anticipation, which is what it feels like to let go. It's humorous, as the human condition is messy and comedic.
Q. What was the hardest part of creating the anthology?
A. Keeping track of 30 writers and their rewrites. This is one thing that felt easier in the days of typewriters and hard copies. I sometimes thought the top of my head, or my computer, would explode from trying to keep track of the latest versions.
Q. What did I learn from creating the anthology?
A. I saw once again how many astonishingly good writers I have worked with. And, from the obvious pleasure the writers have shown since the anthology came out, I am reminded that writing is one of the most thrilling accomplishments one can have. Also, I learned via the efforts of our publisher at Bacon Press Books how invaluable the Internet is for promoting one's book or project.
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