Happy New Year and Thanks!

Happy New Year!! I hope this finds you warm and cozy. Last time I wrote a blog post (lo these many months ago), Gateless writer Susan Strecker was launching Night Blindness, her debut. The book was a huge success, and your pre-orders and notes of encouragement set her on her happy journey as an author. Thank you thank you thank you!!

Susan Strecker signing books at the Night Blindness launch.
Night  Blindness was an Indie Next Pick, was featured on Huff Post and many other media outlets and enjoyed a successful launch with  RJ Julia.

Thank you to all of you who came to writing retreats this year! So beautiful to write by the  fire at literary agent Dede Cummings' house in RI (we love you Dede!), snuggle up at the writing and yoga retreat in the hills of VT (thank you Diana Whitney!), spread out in our light-filled house on the coast of St. Augustine, and make such beautiful magic at Grey Bear Lodge! Every Tuesday night I get a little taste of retreat when our very special group of talented salonistas get together to write.  I am so grateful to you for continuing to inspire me.  And any time I get to work privately on your books, it is a particularly huge and beautiful honor.  I feel so lucky to be in your midst.

Nicole Birkholzer
Nicole Birkholzer, founder of mindful connections, just signed a book deal (in my living room!) and has turned her first book into an online course that is helping many find direction in their lives.

The publishing world continues to change at an alarming rate, but one thing remains the same: set pen to page in the Gateless method, and the writing flies. It doesn't matter whether you consider yourself a "writer" or not. While Susan and many other Gateless writers were picked up by top agents this year, signed book deals, received calls from Hollywood producers and hit bestseller lists (to see a sampling come visit them here), what's most exciting is that writing in this way allows our lives to bloom in directions we never could have imagined. Research shows this kind of writing raises immune levels, fires fresh neurotransmitters, heals trauma and builds intimacy. Most of all? It makes our lives shine.

Hanging at a Gateless spring retreat by the sea...
Hanging out at our 2014  spring retreat by the sea with Kathleen, Kate, Catie, and Michelle.  Margie's in the background, giving Lindsay a massage! This spring we are headed to the Outer Banks at the end of March, Montana in May and Ireland in the fall...

Acolytes on the Journey: Our next Gateless Teacher Training is set for July 2015.  This past summer, we began spreading the beauty and power of Gateless when eight amazing women gathered for the first 40-hour Gateless Certification Program. These women are a dream team, leading retreats as far away as Spain and Italy, starting Gateless salons for young talent in MA, and helping the chronically ill through writing workshops. Our very own salonista, Jodi Paloni will be starting writing retreats when she moves to Maine, and the multi-talented, Karen Kenney, will be offering yoga and writing for the first time this spring at the Omega Institute.

Our intense, five-day, 40-hour Gateless Teacher Training will take place again this July on the Coast of CT, if you are feeling the call to augment or jump on a brand new career path, come visit: Gateless Careers.

Kathleen, Dulcie and Minton Sparks at the first Gateless Teacher Training Kathleen, Dulcie and Minton Sparks at the first Gateless Teacher Training

Just for You: Pretty please in the comments below tell me what your favorite book was this year? And also what your secret writing hopes and dreams are for 2015. I want to cheer you on. And have a beautiful new year! Remember that success can happen gatelessly, we only have to edify what is strong in your writing and find those glittering, gorgeous gems that shine brightest when they are recognized by a non-judgmental mind.circle

Wishing you a beautiful 2015...
Wishing you a beautiful 2015...


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8 Responses to “Happy New Year and Thanks!”

  1. Nicole January 7, 2015 at 11:53 am Permalink

    Suzanni, it has been such a great year.
    Every year since we’ve met has gotten better + more exciting!
    I loooved Susan’s book Night Blindness.
    And I loved Salon, where I could listen in on all the books that are in the making.
    To a sparkle-fueled 2015!

    • Suzanne January 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm Permalink

      Sweeeeet!!! So happy to see you here. And so excited about Pet Logic. Ever since I first heard you read, I was hooked, and now I am a lifetime fan. Love you lots and lots. Elephant!! xxxooo

  2. Lisa Mae January 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm Permalink

    Suzanne, my beacon: I am looking forward to getting a couple more essays published in 2015 and someday, maybe 2016, return to working on my memoir manuscript. Thank you for a productive year—I officially became a writer in 2014!!

    • Suzanne January 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm Permalink

      you are such a star! a shining star with a kick-ass sense of humor and some fantastic (you’ll never believe this!) stories, we are going to whip that baby into the world, but so glad you are working up that byline list in the meantime. I love ya girl!

  3. Deborah Lee Luskin January 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm Permalink

    Salon is always a surprise and a refuge – to hear new voices and discover my own, including a new story taking shape in the warmth of the Dollhouse, full of encouragement, wit and words. That, plus your enthusiasm and encouragement make it possible not just to go on, but to smile through the tears. Love you and what you do. Thanks for it all.

    • Suzanne January 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm Permalink

      Deb, you are my teacher in SO MANY ways with your work. I love this new novel that is spinning itself out while we lollygag around with our laptops in salon. How did I get so lucky to be in the same county as you my sweet??? xxxxxoooo

  4. Becky January 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm Permalink

    My favorite book was It’s Not About The Hike. It was published in 2001, locally, and the author lives in Keene. The second half is so pure, humble, and brave it made me fall in love with it. I haven’t read much in the last three years, a loooong case of reader’s block. I’m grateful that somehow this one made it through.

    Suzanne, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    • Suzanne January 9, 2015 at 9:29 am Permalink

      Becky, thank you so much for telling me about this book!! I love hearing about little-known books. And I can’t wait to read it. I’d love to have a virtual book group,I am always falling in love with books and then sort of wandering around like an amputee after finishing them!! I’ll put it out to gateless. BIG love sweet, so happy you are in my world!! xo

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