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Allow me to introduce myself!

This post was written by Angela
on June 2, 2011 | Comments (15)

My cozy cube

Hello from my humble abode at Llewellyn! My name is Angela and I am the newest acquisitions editor covering the spiritual self-help category. I happily started at the beginning of April and have been having a blast integrating myself within the position. I have to admit, I’ve always mentally believed in the concept of manifestation, but for the past few months I have been in mouth-wide-open awe of how things sometimes come together in the most magical way. To get a better feel for what I mean, let me tell you a little about myself. But first, a quote:

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love.” — Rumi


Even before I knew of Rumi (a 13th century mystic poet) and his often soul spoken advice, I could not deny the pull that he describes. I distinctly remember at the age of twelve I had an assignment to write an essay on any topic. Think of it…from all categories, what would your topic be? I don’t know how I came to it, but I wrote my essay on angels and from that point on my spiritual hunger was insatiable. I became a teenager with a secret that only my library knew about. Books on psychics, spirit communication, and near-death-experience cautiously found their way hidden in the darkest corner of my nightstand. At night I would pour over the pages, desperately wishing to experience the things I was reading­…to see an angel first-hand, get one tiny glimpse of heaven, or talk with my very own spirit guide.

Among my friends, I was known to have an interest in angels and dream interpretation became a daily ritual at the lunch table. These were my “safe” topics. Of course, we all went through a Ouija board phase until (as it usually does) things got a little too creepy. I know there is a sort of taboo regard to the Ouija board and though I have never been able to put a finger on the exact issue, I remain leery as well. Perhaps it is an open invitation to mischievous or lower level energies preying on unguarded and wishful communicators? Regardless, it fed my curiosity and I can’t deny that it was a stepping stone in my progression and eventual spirit communication abilities.

By college I had almost fully closed myself off from these abilities. Teenaged years are hard! And this was one confusing item that I needed to leave behind until I figured myself out. Over the next few years the “strong pull” encouraged my cautious reawakening to New Age topics. I began learning reiki, an ancient Japanese technique for stress relief, relaxation, and healing. My full awakening flourished when I moved to the Twin Cities where I dove into courses on spiritual development, intuitive, psychic, and paranormal studies.

In the end, I was left with a certification in massage, a “reverend” title in interfaith studies, and certification in several hands-on-healing techniques. Still, it wasn’t enough. I wanted my passion to be my life instead of my side-hobby, but I had no idea what direction to move in. My hands were bound and it seems that just as I was coming to end of my rope, with all hope lost, *POOF* here I am with New Age wisdom seeping through my pores and coming out my ears all day long.

Looking back on the bread crumb trail I’ve left behind, it all makes sense. With eight years in publishing and the undeniable pull that Rumi depicts it seems so obvious. Then again, with the mysteries of the universe you never can tell what direction you’ll be moved in.

Now that you know me, tell me about you! Set my acquiring role to the test and let me know what you love. What do you want to know more about? My eyes and ears are open and searching for those items that will feed your soul and quench your thirst! I aim to please.

Reader Comments

Written By Donald Michael Kraig
on June 2nd, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

Hi, Angela, and welcome to Llewellyn. I hope your stay is wonderful and leads you further on your path while in a position that will help others find and go further on their paths! Ya gotta love this work.

My fiancé is working on a delightful new yoga book that is powerful and transformative. I think it would be right up your alley!

Meanwhile, if there is any way I can be of service to you, just let me know.

Congratulations, and again, welcome!

Written By Tricia Branson
on June 3rd, 2011 @ 9:38 am

I love your story! Totally relatable. This is why you’ll attract the right books and the right topics. Lots of us share that hidden interest and want to devour any and all information on making those magical connections, growing spiritually and shifting personal vibrations. I’m looking forward to your new releases!

Written By Angela
on June 3rd, 2011 @ 10:12 am

Donald, thank you for the welcome! And I hope to get the chance to review the yoga book…I would be a tangeld mess without yoga and I have a great deal of appreciation for for everyone who contributes to its growth!

Tricia, that is exactly what I have come to discover. I’m one of MANY who harbor a secret spiritual passion. I hope through my blog that I can help those in hiding to see they’re among good company and that there is a large community just like them (and you and me). Let’s get connected, people!

Written By AstroHerbalist
on June 3rd, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

Very awesome to meet you Angela! 🙂 Llewellyn seems to me like an extended family in some ways. I look forward to more blog posts and seeing future catalogs with your category!

Written By Corrine Kenner
on June 4th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

Congratulations, Angela! I look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Written By Nancy Antenucci
on June 8th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

Hi Angela,

I’m new to Llywellyn too! I had my first book published this last Feb – “Psychic Tarot -Using Your Natural Psychic Abilities to Read the Cards”. I am really interested in helping folks find their own creative path in serving and expressing Love. I am in the midst of putting together a book that I would love to run by you if that’s ok……not really Tarot oriented this time 🙂


Written By Heather
on June 8th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

Hello Angela–
Thank you so much for your message of manifestation. It always helps to hear from someone who’s made it work in their life: I hope to have a similar very happy story of my one someday soon!

Written By Monette Chilson
on June 8th, 2011 @ 10:53 am

Loved reading about your path to your new position. The winding roads of our lives never cease to fascinate me. Sounds like you had an angel guiding you to this place. Can’t wait to see what you acquire. I predict my reading list will be expanding!

Best of luck,

Monette Chilson

Written By Brendan Rowe
on June 8th, 2011 @ 10:59 am

Welcome Angela! I am a huge fan of Llewellyn. From the sounds of your intro you will make a great addition. As a Pagan man I would love to see more books on the topic of Sun Worship and Sun Gods and Goddesses. There are many books about the Moon and Paganism but I have only found one that deals with the sun and that was by Dorothy Morrison. So if anything on Sun magic or Sun worship crosses your desk, please give it serious consideration. Thanks and again, welcome aboard!

Written By Rose Vanden Eynden
on June 8th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

Hello, Angela! It’s nice to “meet” you through this wonderful technology. I hope you enjoy your work at Llewellyn–and it looks like you are the person I will be sending my next project to as the new acquisitions editor! I look forward to that!

You and I have a lot in common: massage therapy, spirit communication, and writing! I hope we’ll be able to swap information in the future and build a good relationship.

I wish you many blessings and much success!

Written By Angela Hendrick
on June 8th, 2011 @ 11:59 am

Hi Angela,
Congrats on joining Llewellyn – what a great opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse, history, changes, and trends of the spiritual community. Have you ever heard of the Angel Board? There are many renditions out there – and it comes with explicit instructions and visualizations of how to contact your higher self, your spiritual guides, angels, loved oes, animals, and more. There is a distinct art to this type of higher vibrational communication – and a great tool for those who want to learn how to communicate and work with their guides. The point of the tool is to lead you into full communication without it. Having used it in depth for over 21 years – it has been a powerful and effective way to build awareness and a relationship with my highest self and guides, build my intuition, and find insight and resolution for various emotional and spiritual matters. Blessings.

Written By Lenora
on June 8th, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

Hi Angela! I would love to see more on Pan and archetypes. Perhaps the Goddess Sophia. Thanks and welcome!

Written By Jeanne AKA The Duchesse
on June 8th, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

Welcome Angela! What a fabulous post, and congrats on listening to that still small voice that led you HERE! Grins. Like Nancy A., I too am a new Llewellyn author – my book comes out next year. :> May you have many wonderful years with Llewellyn.

All the best! BB, Jeanne

Written By Angela
on June 9th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

Thank you all for the warm welcome! I am excited to have this introduction to Llewellyn’s authors and readers.

Nancy and Rose, I would love to see your book proposals. Guidelines for submission can be found at http://www.llewellyn.com/about/author_submissions.php

Brenden and Lenora, I’ve noted your interests and will keep an eye out for those topics.

Angela, I have heard of Angel Boards. I am glad you have found a tool that has been helpful for your development.

I appreciate all of your feedback and look forward to hearing more!

Written By Carrie
on June 10th, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

Angela, congratulations! I am the previous inhabitant of that cozy cube and wanted to wish you the very best in your new position. With your personal interests and all the great people you get to work with, I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous experience.

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