This is the first regular bimonthly (6x per year) column I wrote for Sue Woods’ Moss Rock Review, back in June of 2009. Sue named the column Book Scene.
These are great times for book lovers — there are so many wonderful new books to read [over 560,000 new titles in 2008!], and a growing number of ways to buy and read those stories [in print, on a Kindle, iPod, cell phone or your computer screen].
Unfortunately book publishers are not faring so well these days. Sales of printed books are falling, while costs rise. Sales of electronic books are not enough to offset declining printed book sales. This is bad news for prospective authors, for sure! Fairfield is teeming with boomers anxious to “be published” and the likelihood of any unproven writer landing a contract with a publisher is diminishing rapidly.
Fortunately the do-it-yourself route has become simpler and less expensive, with print-on-demand production and semi-retired industry professionals offering top-notch help in editing, designing, publishing and marketing. What’s the cost to underwrite publishing of your opus? Less than the price of a second-hand car. It all boils down to what importance one places on creating a proper legacy for book lovers.
Like car makers, book publishers would be in better shape financially if they changed their broken business model. Car companies have been making the wrong products; Canadian publishers have been creating wonderful products but selling them using a bizarre sales practice which I calculate is costing them a whopping $330 million per year. That was not a typo. Yes, $330,000,000 is available in a form of do-it-yourself industry bailout, simply by changing a wasteful practice of over-hyping, then overprinting, and selling books to bookstores on consignment. Few consumers realize it, but all those new books on the shelves of your favourite bookstores will be returned to the publishers after 90 days if they don’t sell. It is a disgraceful waste of money, everyone’s time and enormous quantities of natural resources. To learn more, go to www.bookindustrybailout.ca.
Book review by Beverly Paterson
Journey to the Inner Circle, and Beyond: One Man’s Search for his True Self by Blaise Eagleheart. ISBN 978-1-897435-32-8. Available at Russell Books, or online through Amazon and Indigo
Journey to the Inner Circle is a compelling, mid-1980s ‘stream of consciousness’ journal drawing the reader into a warrior’s quest for his own truth. It is a true story, filled with remarkable experiences both real and illusionary — from walking on coals, to shape-shifting into the form of a cougar, and much more. There are deeply insightful dialogues with a colourful array of inner teachers.
Journey to the Inner Circle is a powerfully positive book, offering both a challenge and an opportunity. It awakens in the reader the possibility that he already has within him the guidance needed to consciously create the life he chooses to live.
Born and raised in the Victoria area, Blaise Eagleheart played and coached rugby at club, Island and Provincial levels, using unorthodox training methods, before immersing himself in the martial art of Chien Lung, Eastern healing arts and other energy-based disciplines. He then opened a dojo with his Teacher, where he taught biomechanics of movement and martial art classes for children and adults. Blaise now runs Natural Movement Centre (www.naturalmovementcentre.com) in Victoria, teaching about holistic integration of the physical, emotional and mental bodies to awaken the creative consciousness for optimal health and physical performance.
Blaise can be reached at Blaise@naturalmovementcentre.com for seminars, motivational speaking and instructional materials. His second and third books are now in production for fall release.
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