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Carrie Obry   

Carrie Obry

A former Llewellyn acquisitions editor, Carrie is now executive director of the Midwest Booksellers Association, a nonprofit organization that represents independent bookstores.

Thoughts on Writing

Welcome back to the work week, everyone. Here’s a brief post for the day, inspired by a long, rejuvenating weekend where I did only the things that nourish me, including writing. Julia Cameron says, “We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both […]

4 Things Your Editor Wants You to Know

As an acquisitions editor, my job is to shop for books, but of course it’s not the final bound product I’m looking for. I shop for the material needed to create books – a commercial idea, a promotable author, and solid writing. All of these elements come through in a successful book proposal. Book proposals […]

My Firm Belief in “Maybe”

Now that my blog at Llewellyn is up and running, I’d like to share a bit about my perspective on spirituality — where I come from and what I’ve come to believe. Chakras, auras, spirits, and psychics? Five years ago, I would have said no way, no how. Today, my answer is always a curious maybe. […]

The Healthy Bed – Made or Unmade?

Sometimes I roll my eyes at the posts I find online promising that I can be happier by just reading a few simple tips. Eh. Isn’t happiness… well, an existential dilemma? Don’t we have to call in therapists and philosophers with PhdDs to help us with that? Or at least spread a little love around […]

June 2 is National Leave-the-Office-Earlier Day

Do you have a vacation planned this Memorial Day weekend? If you do, you might be working extra hard around the office to make sure everything is taken care of. Vacations have a wonderful effect on the work day — they make you work harder and more effectively.  It’s surprising Americans typically only are allowed […]

Inspiration from the Inside Out

One of our newly released books, Sierra Bender’s Goddess to the Core, got a great review at Healing Lifestyles & Spas. “Bender’s philosophy is inspiring, empowering, and what women and girls truly need in this world where we’re torn in so many directions.” “After reading this book, you’ll feel inspired to change.” “Bender offers an […]

Wild & Weedy!

Spring is coming! The temperature is creeping above 32 degrees and birds are chirping away every morning. It’s the perfect time to start making plans for growing, cooking, eating, and healing with all things green and fresh. Publishers Weekly chimed in at just the right time with a pitch-perfect review of one of our newly released […]

Mindful Cookie Crunching

It’s that time of year again — Girl Scout Cookie season, which has been part of our culture for more than 80 years. With so many nostalgic and nearly-addictive cookies in the line-up, it’s hard not to overindulge. It helps that they go oh-so-well with a cup of coffee or tea and support a great cause. […]

Psychic Addiction

The latest edition of Martha Stewart’s Body & Soul magazine features a story called “Hooked on Psychics.”  It’s an intimate, first-person account of the author becoming more or less “addicted” to psychic readings. At her worst, the author admits to having called as many as 10 psychics in one day–and at $1.99 to $19.99 an hour, […]

Remembering to Use Your Intuition

Dating can be such a tricky game. It too often seems that each sex is innately wired to drive the other a mild form of crazy. Too often, indirect communication and clever one-upsmanship are common ways in which men and women communicate. How often are wonderful first dates never followed up on? How often do women call their […]