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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Culture of Excess Virtual Book Tour - Guest blog by Jay Slosar: "The Road To Getting My Book Published."

Today, I am hosting a blog tour stop and guest blog for Jay Slosar, author of “The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Whay We Need To Redefine Success.”

Here is a bit about the book –

“In The Culture of Excess: How America Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success, Slosar portrays an America where the drive to succeed and the fear of missing out manifested itself not only in self-entitled corporate fraud, but in everything from sharp rises in obesity and cosmetic medical procedures to equally troubling increases in eating disorders, panic attacks, and outbreaks of uncontrollable rage.

Illustrating its thesis with numerous vignettes and case studies, "The Culture of Excess" is the first book to assess the impact of economic and social factors on the nation’s psychological well-being. It shows how capitalism, technology, and media interact and become additive factors in the loss of self-control, and it explains how the compromises made in adapting to intense economic competition lead to a false sense of self and reality. Narcissism, productive narcissism, psychopathy, rigidity and self destruction, perfectionism, the illusion of success, and identity achievement all come into play as Slosar diagnoses the psychological drivers behind this indulgent age, offering his prescription for helping “Generation Me” become “Generation We.”

Guest Blog by Jay Slosar – The Road to Getting My Book Published.

”The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Why We Need To Redefine Success” developed gradually from writings that began in 2002. The content areas went through many reworkings and continuous updates and integration into the premise and theme of the book.

The road to publish was difficult. I hired a service and sent an initial query to agents in 2007. I received a tremendous response as I focused on cultural narcissism. But when agents reviewed my proposal and samples, they felt it wasn’t “trade” enough, that is, too academic.

I reworked the material, integrating the content. The title changed several times. I was in a professional writing group that helped point out how I needed to connect the dots. I did receive one contract offer, but the royalty rate was so low, I turned it down. By now, I had contacts, and one agent told me how bad the offer was. But some friends thought I was wrong, that getting an offer for a first book from a bonafide publisher should be an automatic yes. I held out, reworked and also hired a developmental editor, who tore apart several chapters.

By now, I also knew which publishers would be interested in my content. But I couldn’t land an agent who felt they could find a major publisher for a trade book. My book was a “tweener”, a book not trade enough and yet not a full academic work. So with knowledge of which publishers would be interested, I went straight to them.

A new title came to me after I continued to integrate the material—or connect the dots. Now I had integration—The Culture of Excess was broad enough to develop my themes.

I went to the APA Convention in 2008 and pushed it in the exhibition room to the publishers. Some were interested but wanted to make it into a therapy driven book. I knew I didn’t want to do that. I returned to one publisher who originally had accepted but then rejected it. The editor told me to send it again. I did and she approved it. The committee then suggested a new subtitle—one that was more reader friendly. Of course I agreed. I had a contract, with a small advance.

With this motivation, I was on my way. Six months later it was ready.

I was always motivated by knowing how timely my topic was. I often received much encouragement and praise from others when I talked about my book. I also had these ideas in my head for a long time. I wanted to become a public professional, writing with insight as a social critic.
I think there has to be an inner sense that your writing is you. It is different than passion. It is a feeling that something needs to develop from you that then is satisfying and feels as if a craving need is fulfilled. Self-efficacy, dealing with and rebounding from rejection is a requirement, as it is for coping with life’s adversities.

About the Author:

Jay Slosar, Ph.D., is the author of a provocative new book The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success (ABC-CLIO, LLC, November 2009). For the past quarter-century he has run a successful private practice as a licensed psychologist and has provided direct clinical and consulting services in a variety of diverse settings. Currently, Dr. Slosar is also an adjunct assistant professor at Chapman University in Orange County, California. He also provides forensic evaluations from court referrals, specializing in evaluating teenagers.

For more information on Jay Slosar or “The Culture of Excess,” check out his website at http://www.cultureofexcess.com/

Thanks to Tracee with Pump Up Your Book! for arranging this tour stop!

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