Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cover letter to prospective publisher

Posted: 17 August 2018

Bob Thomsen and I began writing this book over three years ago,  a month before I was properly diagnosed with a debilitating, what I feared was a life threatening condition. Bob generously offered to help me complete what I had been unsuccessfully struggling to compete while still lucid.

We did not expect it to take this long! Thank God for a correct diagnosis that has allowed me to contribute this far.... I could never have done so without Bob's help.

We are now awaiting a reply from this publisher. If we get a rejection notice, we will self-publish.


Cover Letter for Manuscript submitted for publication: Working with the Structure of Dreams – A process for tracking and Sharing Your Dreams
Dear Editorial Board of Conari Press,
Your website says you are willing to take a chance on unpublished authors. We hope you will take a chance on us. It is not as if we are unpublished. Each of us have published many papers in our respective professional areas of materials science and dermatology. But this book addresses neither of these technical areas.

When the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) learned of the senior author's experience introducing dream work as an engineering manager for an aerospace company in the late 1980's, they were intrigued and asked him to write an article for their tri-annual DreamTime Magazine. (See attachment.) It began by his asking the question: "Can you think of a more hostile environment for dream work than an engineering company? If not, I've got a story to tell!" Eugene Kovalenko was promoted to engineering manager in a company suffering from a severe morale problem. He took it as an opportunity to make a significant and radical change. That led to the birth of the CREEI Process in 1987, which turned the company around in six weeks. That experience convinced Eugene that he had discovered a new tool for solving personnel and company morale problems. [See:, DreamTime Magazine, Spring 2017: "Dreams in the Industrial Environment".]

Our book briefly describes a practical process for looking at one's dreams by asking twelve simple questions of how one's dream-self is behaving in them. Science is about gathering facts, keeping track of them and examining what they may imply. That is what this process does in a gentle, life-enlarging way. While the book concentrates on dreams, we also suggest that this process can be broadened to apply to all kinds of life situations, including personal outer experiences and events, inner experiences like dreams, and works of art such as paintings, fiction or poetry. Keeping these twelve simple questions in mind can inspire people to look within and see their life view in new and enriching ways.  This process is a tool that allows people to come to new realizations about themselves and their immediate lives.
We have looked at the impressive list of books under your banner. Several are in the dream category, including a book by Kelly Sullivan Walden. Kelly wrote a forward and post-script for our book based on a workshop that Eugene Kovalenko presented in Anaheim, California on June 16, 2017 for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). That workshop is on YouTube here:
We were also delighted to see that you publish books by Arnold Mindell, a good friend of Eugene’s. Mindell's Quantum Mind: The Edge between Physics and Psychology has had deep impacts on both of us.
Our book describes a process of asking twelve questions, designed to be simply answered 'yes', 'no' or 'uncertain' and keeping track of the answers in a simple engineering spreadsheet. The process is simple, direct and self-evident, and has been of help to many people over more than 30 years in many walks of life and diverse cultures. We wish to share this insight-producing method to a far wider audience.

Why should a materials scientist and engineer be developing this process and why should a dermatologist be helping him write it? Eugene and Bob, while functioning successfully in professions where thinking and sensation are usually the dominant way of doing things are also both deeply intuitive. This combination of knowing how to do scientific research with profound appreciation for the importance of listening to the out-of-awareness-self led Eugene to develop, largely by listening to his own dreams, this process. Bob has functioned well to help Eugene write up Eugene's life-work because of Bob's experience in writing and his own extensive practice of applying this process to his dreams.

We have had this manuscript edited by a professional editor, which revealed many weaknesses that we grappled with in getting to the present version. We are certain that it would benefit from further editing and are open to suggestions for improvement. In particular, we view the title as presented to be one suitable for a paper in a technical journal, but maybe not for a book on your publication list. We have toyed with such titles as "Attitude Technology" and "Developing Intra-Personal Balance". But we are open to suggestions by professional book people like you for a catchier title that is faithful to the methodology.

We hope you will give our manuscript serious consideration and look forward to working with you. Thank you.


Eugene N. Kovalenko, PhD

Robert J. Thomsen, MD

Attachment: Book Proposal