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Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Ed.D. RN, CNS, DCEP has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 years and combines her career as a psychologist with a background as a clinical nurse specialist. She co-founded the international Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), served as its past president and was instrumental in designing and implementing its certification program. She is a designated diplomate in comprehensive energy psychology (DCEP).
Dr. Dorothea is also the author of six books about energy therapies including her most recent, Second Chance at Your Dream (2009), and Healing Touch: a guidebook for practitioners (2002), Creative Energies: integrative energy psychotherapy for self-expression and healing (2002), and Creating Right Relationships: a practical guide to ethics in energy therapies (2007).
Dorothea is especially committed to bringing insights from the field of Energy Psychology to those facing the challenges and opportunities of the second half of life. She wants to help unleash the creative potential in every person and to encourage learning from pain’s lessons to overcome human suffering. Her new book, Second Chance at Your Dream (2009) is filled with over fifty energy-related exercises for accessing creativity and well-being. You can visit Dorothea’s website at www.secondchancedream.com.
Welcome to Beyond the Books, Dorothea. Can you tell us whether you are published for the first time or multi-published? Can you give us the title(s) of your book(s)?
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What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
Healing Touch: A resource for healthcare professionals (1996, Delmar International)
For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
I wrote a book of poetry in 1983. I thought was wonderful but ended up paying a vanity press to publish it. After that I self-published poetry and travel books.
How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
Rejections are hard—I always felt I was rejected. But I kept myself going with energy therapy methods which I have taught since 1989.
When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
Actually, they chose me because a book on the increasingly known Healing Touch program was needed and they as t healthcare text publishers approached the director of the program about a book. I was the only one t in the group who had written anything, so she chose me for the project.
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
I jumped up and down and decided to write another book pronto.
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Nothing, I assumed people would find the book.
If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
It would have been interesting to seek a more trade oriented publisher and do more marketing myself.
Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
Second Chance Dream is my sixth book and I’m working on #7. I think I’ve become more eloquent and my thesaurus is just about worn out. I learned to respect other people’s writing styles and appreciate what a copy editor can do.
Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?
Don’t try to write the first chapter first. I got so bogged down there and trying to think in a linear way. What kind of mistakes could you have avoided? Writing every thought down as soon as I get the outline for the book clear in my head.
What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
Co-founding the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, writing its certification programs and presenting at its conference over the past 11 years.
If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
I always wanted to be soprano or a cello player. Maybe next life.
Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
Combined it all thank goodness.
How do you see yourself in ten years?
Getting better and wiser and probably still writing.
Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Keep on practicing. Start with articles, even for the newspaper or letters to the editor. Watch your interest in something build. Nothing is waste because the brain is a hologram.