There is an old saying.. "there is nothing new under the sun." And yet it seems that we lose wisdom and find it over and over again. Up until fairly recently ancient wisdom was hidden in obscure texts and often only revealed to initiates after they had achieved a series of tests. In other cases, wisdom was hidden in obscure stories and legends that only the wise could interpret. The ancient Templars, the first troubadours, hid the wisdom of Mary Magdalene in the fairy tales that we know as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Today, not much has changed. We may have a gazzillion ebooks available within seconds, but actual answers, that change our lives and help us embrace true spiritual and physical healing are as difficult to find as ever. In ancient times truth was protected because it could be abused by those still governed by the lower ego-mind, today wisdom is often "patented" and only shared for a profit. In most cases our society is controlled in order to keep us from self empowerment and keep us enmeshed as working slaves known as "consumers" therefore books and information that can set us free are often hard to find.
I created Sacred Tree Publishing to offer an independent service to those with obscure and unusual ideas. I am a "Indy" or independent author/writer because I choose to be. I approached and have been approached by several publishing houses over the years. My first book was publishing in the early 1990s by a well known publishing house who actually paid me a retainer and an advance. However, I soon learned that I was under their control and could only write what they wanted me to write. In all cases the major publishers wanted to change my materials and make them more "commercially" viable. Therefore I choose the solitary path of publishing my own works in the way I felt I needed to offer them.
I have a journalism background and some knowledge of computer programs, so, with the help of friends, I taught myself the publishing techniques I needed to remain an "indy" writer. My first self-published book, Amma Na Tha required that I learn "in design" an Adobe program. I taught myself (and pulled out my hair as well!) However the book looked the way I visioned it to look, and that was the main thing. Later I discovered several organizations who offer POD (print on demand) services, and learned their system too. Over time I discovered other organizations and again learned the necessary techniques.
As I began to trawl through these systems I came across businesses claiming to be publishers who were "desperately" interested in my books (they were so desperate that they would ring me morning, noon and night!) These new "publishing houses," offer a somewhat dubious service to edit and prepare books, and then load them onto their website for sale. They offer all kinds of incentives, prizes, and special packages to entice you in! The basic costs started at around $1000 for very basic editing (if you are lucky!) through to well over $12,000 for their full package. This did not include any actual books -- just their services! -- At the same time I came across other authors who had been persued by these "publishing" houses, talked into their packages, and basically fleesed. In one case, I had to "re-edit" one person's books because it was filled with typos and spelling mistakes. She had paid a sizeable amount to the "publishing" house concerned. There are new "publishing" houses like this popping up every day and some of them use well known authors or "psychic personalities" as a front for their sleazy operations. You may feel that being aligned with these personalities helps your profile, but it rarely does.
Of course, if you are happy to pay this kind of money to be on their website, good for you. However, look at all your options. Even with a regular, above-board publisher, you will need to market your own book. They all expect you to do that. The fact that you are on certain websites does not necessarily mean you will get more sales.
I found that doing it myself, learning the tricks of the trade, and using my skills saved me a whole heep of money... and I make just as many sales! I have uploaded my books onto various eBook websites, and receive regular royalty payments with absolutely no effort on my part. I publish POD which means I just order a few books at a time, and begin to see very rapidly which are the most popular titles. I can quickly re-write if several people say they do not understand a section, with little to no cost... because I am in total control of my content.
So if you have a vision, a book burning inside you, you could become an Indy author too! I am happy to share what I have learned with those of you with the courage and the vision to offer your wisdom to the world, under your own terms.
I have uploaded a number of "how to articles" on the site, and I am happy to offer advice and guidance where possible. In most cases you do not need special software or skills, most of these books can be created in WORD.
I offer occasional "how to" workshops, so let me know if you are interested. Most importantly, follow your vision and allow spirit to be the guide, not the giant-egos of the over inflated "psychic personalities" that run most of these nefarious "publishing" houses. Please feel free to share this article with others, and encourage everyone to share their wisdom. As we do this, and embrace and share our inner truth, we will enter a new golden age!
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