Why I Wrote and how my Manuscript Made it to the Publishers

Welcome to my blog!

Long hours or writing and revising, as well as a deep commitment and great support from friends and fellow Tribe Writers made me confident enough to submit my manuscript to the publishers. Hopefully, soon I will share with you and the world. Fear tried to scare me quite often. Just as often I ignored it and won!

Today, I want to share with you the reasons why I wrote and how my manuscript made it to the publishers.

“Sailing to Ithaca” began as journal writing to heal my life after an emergency hip revision left me on a wheelchair for two months. At some point, my writing changed. I was writing with my grandchildren in mind. I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings, memories and challenges, aspirations and inspirations, views on life; to help them find beauty and peace, sacredness in nature and people, riches in simplicity and contentment.

Later, I was writing for intimate and even imaginable friends, who would also journey the same path with me.

Journaling helped me not only heal but also see myself as a student and a writer of life.

  • I cherished a relationship with my non-physical guides who inspired my heart and guided my hand.
  • Listened to my heart, I became familiar with both my body and my soul. The healer in me prompted me through words to pay attention to what needed healing.
  • Writing cleared mind’s confusing thoughts, vent anger or frustration, helped me feel feelings, and let loose the creative juices.
  • Scribbled words pointed to untamed “weeds,” giving me the opportunity to uproot or keep in check, healing both body and soul.
  • I wrote to share my experiences and the way I see the world; to call attention to something which caught mine.
  • I wrote to remember my story, in case a wicked wind blew away my memories.
  • I wrote to inspire, empower, and challenge others to live a rich life, both physical and spiritual.
  • Finally, I admit, I wrote because this ego of mine, as much as I have it in control, yearns to leave something behind, before it’s gone.

Does your heart ever inspire you to share your story?

Does your mind tell you you’re silly for thinking you have something important to say, giving you every possible reason not to do it?

Mine did!

The more my words wanted to be voiced, the more negativity was taking hold of me.

Jeff Goins and the Tribe, in addition to few others, made me believe that I had a “story the world needed to hear.” Their  encouragement and cofidence in me and my writing canceled my negative thoughts and made a difference both in my thinking and writing.

It all began a year ago, when I followed Jeff’s blog and later in the fall when I first signed up for his online course, “Tribe Writes,.” This move transformed my writing.

My soon to be published book is the result of this valuable course.

I am trying to tell you that you own it to yourself to make every effort to help the little sprouting seed inside you unfurl.

If you love an idea, no matter how overwhelming (or how silly your mind thinks it is) you have to give it a chance.

Your story is worth sharing!

Stop listening to the voice of “reason,” trying to block your creativity. It’s Fear trying to protect you. You don’t need protection!

The universe, which wrote your story, wants you to share it. You don’t want to leave this world with your song unsung. You don’t want your dream buried deep inside.

Such dreams are Love gifts from the Universe. Inspiration is Love’s shadow. When the sun is out, Love and Inspiration walk together. When the night comes, Inspiration is nowhere to be found. You have to bring Love out in the light.

Anything in the light becomes light, enlightening and inspiring other as well. Everything done in the light can never go wrong! http://clicktotweet.com/

Don’t hesitate!

The Tribe Writers online course Jeff Goins designed will teach you how to discover your voice, find the audience your words deserve, build a platform extending the range of your network, and get your words published.

I am encouraging you to sign up now and make a difference in your life and in other people’s lives. I will join you as well, because I  still have so much to learn.

You can look forward to creating an online writing life and to producing quality writing.

Registration will be open until March 20th but act now. (Sorry for my tardiness!) You don’t want to miss the opportunity. It’s a money back guarantee offe!  You get great gifts, when you sign up.

  • An amazing online course with a committed teacher
  • Access to a large online group of great peers on whom you can count for support and expertise
  • 30 multimedia lessons,
  • 12 expert interviews
  • 8 weekly emails
  • Over $160 in free resources

Go ahead! Click the link to find out more about this curse. Transform your writing life!


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I hope our writing paths converge on online!

Thank you everyone for coming over! Sign up for updates and free gifts will follow!

Thank you Jeff Goins and Tribe Writers for everything!

Blessings and Light to all!

Katina Vaselopulos

About the Author

Katina Vaselopulos

Originally from Greece, Katina Vaselopulos and her husband, have made their home in Chicago for the past 47 years. Their four children and nine grandchildren offer countless adventures. Katina also enjoys cooking and baking, teaching and learning, reading and writing. Her soon-to-be-published book, Sailing Toward Ithaca, takes the reader on a journey through one year of her life. She invites the readers along, to sail through life’s journey open to all possibilities and to nurture relationships with self, others, and God by striving for self-knowledge and inner growth. Other projects include What Is Cooking in Niles, a cookbook of Greek cuisine, and a thesis, “Dostoyevsky’s Major Novels: Polemics against Liberal Thought,” for which she received high honors at Northeastern University of Illinois.


  1. Great Post Katina,

    Really nice.

    • Thanks Anne for stopping by!

      I know how busy you are, and so, your support means a lot to me!

      Blessings and Love!

  2. “Scribbled words pointed to untamed “weeds,” giving me the opportunity to uproot or keep in check…”

    Beautiful analogy, Katina. Good luck with the book. Be sure to keep us posted.

    • Thank you Staci for taking time to visit and your good wishes!

      Glad you enjoy the “analogy.” :)

      Blessings and Light!

  3. Thank you Kristina for a beautiful post! I loved reading about your story! As much as I love to read everything you write!

  4. Thank you Kristina for a beautiful post! I loved reading about your story! As much as I love to read everything you write!

    • Ini, mini, myni, mo! Which one to I reply to?
      Lotta, I laughed with the dublicate comments. You don’t know how many times this happens to me. Many sites though will catch it and will only post once. Wondering why mine did not catch it.

      Thank you for your always kind words and support. Most definitely for reading my essays and coming back with wonderful feedback.

      Wishing you all the best always!

  5. Way to go Katina. Nice post. Thanks for sharing and encouraging me to write and keep writing by telling a little of your story.

    Did you get the hypertext on your click to tweet sorted out?

    • Thanks Marilyn for always cheering me! I means the world to me!

      I am looking forward to sharing my book with you, because you and the other Tribers trully inspired and encouraged me, teaching me a few things as well.

      I did not ge my hypertext fixed. Vincent offered to help, but I had a problem sending him a note. I tried all the steps. Who knows what am I doing wrong.

      Thank God everyone undertands my limitations!

      All the best to you, Marilyn!

  6. Beautiful post, Katina! I congratulate you for fighting your fears and moving forward with your book. I look forward to holding a copy of “Sailing to Ithaca”in my hands.

    Now it’s my turn to move forward with a first book. I appreciate your encouragement. All the best. ~Lori

    • Thank you Lori for coming over and for your kind words and confidence in my book.

      I have received so much encouragement from Jeff and the Tribe that it’s about time, I give some back.

      Taking your lovely poems into consideration, I can easily say that I would love reading any book you write!

      All it takes is a mindset and love for writing! Everything else falls into place!

      Blessings and Light!

      • I’m so happy to have found your blog through Tribewriters. Thanks for your encouraging words, Katina.

  7. Lovely post, Katina. Congratulations on the book!

    • Thanks Joan for visiting! It means a lot to me!

      I had great models to follow, you being one of them. You all accomplished so much, in such a short time! You inspire me to do my part!

      Wishing you all the best, alwys!

  8. Isn’t it amazing to watch a dream come true? You’re such an inspiration for those of us coming behind in the Tribe Writer’s course.

    • Thank you Shelley for coming over!
      The thought was there a long time ago. It took the support, positivity, and knowledge-building of Tribe to get it out there.

      It is indeed a great feeling! If this book could touch even few hearts, it would be a success in my heart.
      I am so glad we have me!

      Blessings and light!

  9. I hung on the words of your inspiring story! Can so relate to your fears. But I praise the Author of Light–Jesus Christ Light of the World–for so journeying with Katina that you Sail[ed] Toward Ithaca. I look forward to turning the pages with you!

    • Shannon, Thank you so much for coming over!

      Your faithful words are soothing and inspiring!
      Mr. Fear is so often a fellow traveler, always trying to protect us from getting hurt. If we show him that we don’t need him because Jesus and the whole Universe guide and protect us, then Mr. Fear just walks along without interfering.

      I am excited and look forward to taking this journey with you and all my new friends!

      Blessings and Light to you and your family!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your writing journey, Katina. I really needed to read this today as my mind is overshadowed with doubt, weariness and insecurity. Just like you, “the more words wanted to be voiced, the more negativity was taking hold of me”. I am trying to listen to my heart, heed Holy Spirit’s voice above all, and simply…write. In faith, I have recently signed up for Jeff Goins’ Tribe Writers course (sorry, through James’ site!) and my greatest desire is to feel the fear and do it anyway, ignoring the voice of doubt telling me that an M.E and chronic illness sufferer can’t achieve it. Your story has given me so much inspiration. Bless you :)

  11. Dearest Joy,

    Thank you for your warm and heartfelt words! You are amazing at encouraging and inspiriring me to believe in me and my writitng, even, through your owm doubt and hardhips.

    Knowing that my words can touch, encourage, and inspire others means a great deal to me. I never wanted to write for the world. I parayed to God to guide my hand to what I needed to write and then left it on His Hands.

    I am so glad you signed up with Tribe! That is the important thing…not in which site you did it. From the little I have read from you, you have an amazing story to share and a talent to say it so well. I know in my heart, you will touch and help many deal with and overcome their own hurdles.

    I am trying to get into the course…have lost my password and wordpress won’t send me another one. I may have to bother Jeff once more.

    Looking forward to going over the class with you!

    Wishing you all the best!

  12. katina,
    i made it here! thank you for encouraging me. i am so excited to be moving on in my writing journey, and i look forward to reading more of your posts. it does seem like we have much in common!

    • Meghan, Thank you for stopping by!

      My words are as good as you allow them to be! I love your post and your site! We, indeed, have much in commmon!
      Looking forward to knowing you better and be inspired and encouraged by your wisdom!

      Blessings and Light!

  13. It’s always a blessing to stop by and be encouraged by you. You are such a beautiful light in the online community. Blessings!

  14. O Alene,

    You always make me feel special, even when I am always on the receiving end, looking up to everyone else in this community! I am blessed to be here!

    Thank you for taking the time to stop by! It means a lot to me!

    Love and Light!

  15. The book sounds wonderful and inspiring how close to finishing are you now Katina? It must be exciting to know you are almost there. I will follow with great interest, watch and learn from all the beautiful tribe writers I have met thus far.

    • Thanks Kath for your interest and encouraging words. This tribe is truly a blessing. Hopefully we are in for a long journey, learning from, and supporting each other.

      My book is done! It is already submitted. Copywriting, edititng, designing on the publishers’ end and out it goes. Because the book begins in spring and we are going to Greece for the summer, I did not want to launch in May or June. So we are planning for first launch in December and then in Spring for a second time.

      I am reading once more to catch any errors, waiting for permissions from publishing houses, getting together my images, resubmitting everything together this time, and off we go to enjoy Greece and our daughters who live there with their families.

      I am looking forward to talking and deciding on the images you so gracefully offered to share with me.

      Wishing you blessings of inspiration!

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