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The Week that Was

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Today is Columbus Day, a unique holiday that most companies in America ignore.  Waterside focuses on our relationship with the bank and the US postal service so when they take a holiday, so do we. Of course we started this policy more than thirty years ago when it really mattered if the bank and post office were open for our basic operations. Today, in 2014, we could be just as productive with both the bank and the post office closed, but everyone at the main office looks forward to getting the day off so our tradition continues.

Gayle and I just spent the last week driving from Cardiff to Ashland Oregon and back. Along the way we had a wonderful meeting with Michael Beckwith of Agape and then Marilyn Tam and her husband Kevin in Santa Barbara. We had one of the most amazing vegan meals I have ever eaten. I am a real meat lover and rarely have vegan meals, but Marilyn cooked some form of squash that was out of this world. Having an excellent red wine with the meal helped, but I have to confess that the dish itself was enough to convince me—even meat loving me— that I might become a vegetarian someday.

The following morning I had a call with my newest client Pamela Anderson. This was a bit of a coincidence given the vegan meal as Pamela is passionate about her “non-animal” diet and her newest book will focus on that topic among other health tips for maintaining beauty and vitality. Pamela is working with John Pierre who is best known as popular TV host Ellen’s personal trainer. John Pierre is also a nutritional expert and assures me that the sooner I give up meat the better I will feel. I am sure he is correct, but I am just not ready. Pamela’s diet is based primarily on her love and respect for animals, but she is also now working closely with John Pierre who will be a co-author the book. They are focusing on the health benefits of a vegan diet.

After the call with Pamela I had a delightful Santa Barbra brunch with Barbara DeAngelis; we had the most amazing pancakes along with a scintillating conversation. Barbara has just completed the manuscript for “Soul Shifts,” which will be published by Hay House next March. This is going to be a book that will speak to everyone who is ready for true transformation in all aspects of their lives. From Santa Barbara we headed up to Boulder Creek and meetings with Deborah Rozman and “Doc,” the founder of HeartMath. Deborah is the CEO and a remarkable businesswoman. Doc is the visionary behind HeartMath and a unique and extraordinary individual. Doc has campfire meetings that start at 9pm and run until 1am or in the morning. Doc rarely meets with outsiders these days, but Gayle and I have become close friends and regulars. Someday I may write a book based just on the conversations I had with him recently, but until then Doc prefers we keep our campfire chats confidential. (more…)


Friday, July 26th, 2013

Ready or not, massive change is in the air. As a literary agent specializing in books in the mind/body/spirit genre, I receive proposals and self-published books from authors who have spent their entire lives focused on spiritual development. My existing clients – including Neale Donald Walsch, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many others –  send me their students  and colleagues who are also doing books in this genre. I am able to take on very few of these referrals, but I do skim them all and am finding that the pace and depth of submissions has increased exponentially in the last several months.

Intriguingly, the basic message of almost all of these submissions is fundamentally the same. Humanity must change its basic belief system about the nature of reality and the tools and information to do so have been revealed and are being revealed by hundreds of authors in unique ways at this time. Some of these authors, even if unknown, have spent decades pursuing spiritual truth. Many of them have been teachers and have had awakenings in which their own individual life purpose was revealed. For most of them their destiny includes writing a book and sharing the specifics of what they have learned with as many people as possible.

I do not doubt the sincerity and importance of these authors and their messages. Not all of them will reach large audiences but it is impossible to know which of the dozen or more that I personally receive will become dominant cultural catalysts. Having represented Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch and other bestselling authors who started with no platform and no formal recognition, I have learned that even with first time authors it is the message and not the messenger which is key to ultimate success. Of course this is contrary to the current practice at major book publishers of caring almost exclusively about the author platform and not so much about the actual book.
Ready or not the change is coming. I can see it and feel it in these authors and their works. When writing my own novel, The Power of Twelve, to be published by BenBella this September,  I posited this  change in our evolutionary cycle as predicted by the end of the Mayan calendar. I did not know at the time of writing my work of fiction that I would witness in reality the essence of this change happening so rapidly in real time.  From the perspective of awakened individuals, this sea change in perception and consciousness is a long-awaited event. For those less attuned, the coming changes may at first  feel disruptive. In the end all of humanity will benefit. Ready or not the change is upon us. I suggest you get ready.In the end it is not so important which individual author reaches the largest readership. From the perspective of the dynamic consciousness which has created the universe and is creating this moment in time, the strategy is to provide thousands of identical messages clothed in different languages and different traditions. Whether the fundamental shift in consciousness comes from a few books which each reach millions or from thousands of books which reach only thousands or some combination of the above, does not matter. The consciousness of ordinary people will be raised and that, in my mind, is a fundamental directive from the  universe itself at this time.

Crashing Wave Better


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Ashland Oregon is one of the most beautiful towns in America. Gayle Newhouse and I spent Easter weekend with good friends Neale Donald Walsh and Jean Houston while being the guests of Richard and Michelle Cohn, the publishers of The Secret and many inspiring titles from their Beyond Words book and video publishing company.

We started the weekend meeting with three new Waterside authors who now live in Ashland and enjoyed almost perfect weather in this quaint town famous for its theater, film festival and constant support of the arts. I was pleased with the quality of the two bookstores I visited and, for a town of only twenty thousand people, was astounded at the quality and breadth of cultural activities available. Later that evening, I joined Richard in burning the dried debris collected over the winter so that he can explore planting grapes later this year on the twelve acre-home he purchased last October. (more…)


Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

  As a child my mother read to me not just THE WIZARD OF OZ  but almost  the entire series of  OZ books written by L. Frank Baum—The Tin Woodman of  Oz, The  Scarecrow of Oz, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and  many others. I simply loved those books and my mother was a wonderful reader who made the characters come alive.  As a child I believed the books were about real people, and of course like most young children, I very much cared for Dorothy, the heroine of many of the novels.

 Recently, the Land of Oz has been calling me. I am representing a young woman whose company is financing a new film with Martin Short and other A-level talent that will be released later this year entitled “Dorothy of Oz.” I have seen the film trailer and expect this is going to be a very popular film. Even more remarkably, just this week I was contacted by the real Dorothy of Oz, or at least her twenty-first century equivalent. (more…)