Publishing Your Way

A tent and mandala encircled with candlesWhen we think about publishing our written work, I believe for most of us, our thoughts still turn first to the old-school vision of mainstream publishing. After all, it’s been around all of our lives. But with the advent of print-on-demand publishers, on-line book selling, and the current proliferation of e-book marketing, mainstream publishing may not be an author’s best option anymore.

Just as writing is about expressing your own truth, I believe publishing is now about finding the best way to bring your writing into the world so it is visible to those who may be interested. To me, this means aligning your mode of publication with your intended audience, the purpose of your written work, and your own creative style.  Continue reading

Closing the Door

A fisheye view of a front doorWhen I was  a teenager, I used to love to talk on the phone with my sister, who was several years older than I and had already moved out of the house. When we were alone together on the telephone I could say anything I wanted to her, and I came away enriched and knowing I had been heard.

But sometimes I would get stuck on a “family call,” where everyone was on a different extension and we would all talk as a group. At those times, I had nothing to say, and I would come away empty and unheard.

I believe writing is the same way.

In his book On Writing, Steven King speaks about writing with the door closed and with the door open. He would Continue reading

Shamanic Writing & Publishing

Marge Hulburt playing a shamanic drumMuch of the editing and publishing work I do these days is with people who are writing from their soul, sharing their life experiences both to tell their story and to help or inspire others who may resonate with their words. I have also been asked to serve as an honorary/charter member of a new online community called Shamanic Life and to share my views on writing and publishing in this forum.

Much of what I have to say about writing from a shamanic perspective applies to any writing that carries deep personal importance, so I have decided to develop my thoughts here and share them on my own website as well. I hope you find them helpful and inspiring.

I think a good place to start as we look at writing and publishing in the shamanic world is with our personal vision.

When we hold a vision for ourselves, we hold it for others. Through our words, our actions, and our presence, our vision plays itself out in the minds and hearts of those around us.  Continue reading

Congratulations, It’s a Book!

A woman with a bookIt’s funny, how our books are like children to us. So often, writing a book is likened to the process of giving birth (a highly romanticized notion of birthing, too, if you ask me…) and publishing is like sending our innocent youth out into the world to make or break themselves. Author John Locke sees each of his novels as “employees,” earning as much revenue as they can, but then he’s a salesman by career, perhaps bringing his children into the family business?

Mine are more like teenagers, alternately shy and recalcitrant, idealistic, and entirely independent of anything I might want to do with them. Continue reading

Finding Eagle Reviewed by Pathways Magazine

“An honest, simple and heart-felt book… with profound nuggets of truth tucked inside.”
- Pathways Magazine

I’m happy to announce that my book on shamanism, Finding Eagle, got its first review! And they were nice!

You can read the full review here.

Pathways Magazine is a quarterly publication for mind/body/spirit/environmental resources in the Washington, DC metro area. You can read it online at

How did I get this review? I asked! If you are an author, it really pays to “do one thing” for your book each day.

From Here to Community: The BarCamp Model

Looking up into the sky at a light and a craneIn the book Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here, Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman start by taking a look at single-celled organisms. Over time, many of these individual cells joined together to create integrated, multi-cellular organisms which we call plants, animals, and human beings. As this coming-together process continues into the future, they hypothesize the next state of human evolution will be the formation of integrated and interdependent human communities. A new level of multi-multi-cellular life will be born. Continue reading