Posts Tagged ‘Waterside Productions’

Libraries and Global Publishing

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of addressing librarians at their annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina as the Interior_view_of_Stockholm_Public_Libraryguest of Mitch Davis of Bibliolabs, Mitch is working on a number of initiatives that will enable libraries, if they choose, to become centers for self-publishing. I strongly support this concept and intend to work with Mitch to enable all one hundred thousand libraries in the United States to in effect become book publishers for their author constituents. With projections of up to one million self-published books to be released in the next two years, it is only logical that libraries participate as partners for these authors whose books are, for the most part, likely to sell fewer than one hundred copies.

One of the unique concepts Mitch and I are exploring is the ability to publish these titles as ebooks with distribution to all one hundred thousand libraries as a free or nearly free subscription service. Authors will benefit from exposure of their works to all libraries and can coordinate local promotions with their initiating co-publishing.  Local library costs for ebook self-publishing can be reduced from what existing self-publishing services are charging,  Even low cost Create Space, which Mitch founded and then sold to Amazon several years ago, would be more expensive. (more…)

I Don’t Do Much But I Get A Lot Done

Friday, September 20th, 2013

In many ways I don’t do much at all and yet I get a lot done. I do write my blog, my books, my pitch letters to book Schreibtisch.2publishers, and I do negotiate terms on contracts. That may seem like a lot, but in actually does not take that much time. The real work is preparing the proposals to send out, sending out the proposals, coordinating the submission process, notifying the authors when offers come in, notifying publishers that they have to respond because competing offers have come in, etc. etc. Of course for my own writing it is all me all the time, but only until the editing process starts. Then an entire team takes over and spends much more time than I ensuring that the design, the grammar and syntax and all other details are as perfect as possible.  Same goes for correcting my blog, choosing the right picture and posting. (more…)

The Radicalization of William Gladstone

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Most of my life I have avoided anything to do with politics. Other than being elected president of my junior high school 7595929414_0ec9f4bbe4_oand captain of my football, baseball and wrestling teams in high school, I have had little interest in being president of anything other than my literary agency, Waterside Productions.  For the most part I enjoy keeping a low profile and enjoy my life without too much public scrutiny. I have always felt that privacy, next to freedom, was perhaps the greatest right and quality we can enjoy.

This aversion to politics has extended far beyond my own personal desire to not be in the political limelight. Until the last presidential election I had gone more than thirty years without voting.  Most people would be ashamed to admit such poor civic participation, but many years ago I just gave up on politics. The two parties seemed to stand for little more than their own power bases. From what I see, that is only more so at the present time. (more…)

Pathological and Pathetic

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Today is a nearly perfect day here in Southern California. Gayle and I took a wonderful beach walk and saw more umbrellas with families and children than any day so far this year. The water was full of swimmers and surfers and there was an air of pure joy on the faces of the small children building their sand castles and playing with their friends and parents. The air itself was almost magical. The sun was shining and the water was warm. There were pleasant breezes blowing, birds flying and beautiful shells on the beach.

Yesterday I played golf with Gay Hendricks, best known for his successful book Conscious Loving. Gay has written more than thirty books and currently is writing mystery novels with spiritual themes for my good friend Reid Tracy, CEO of Hay House. Reid puts on a special Hay House golf tournament every year and was kind enough to invite me to play in his foursome. It was a perfect California day and all of our foursome played well with each of us sinking two birdie putts and making some good drives and approach shots.  We actually had the winning score but we disqualified ourselves since the prizes were intended for the employees and not for Reid and outside guests.

One of the best aspects of golf is that during the four hours it takes to play a round you get a chance for in depth conversation. I had known of Gay and his books, but he has always had other literary agents so I was not as aware of his accomplishments as I might have been.

All I can say is that Gay is truly inspiring.  He started his life as an English major but switched to psychology and became a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado.  He retired at fifty and his writing career really took off. In addition to writing books, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers, Gay created The Spiritual Cinema Circle in 2004. Spiritual Cinema was an almost immediate success, and in 2009 he sold the company to Gaaim, a large entertainment company focused on mind, body, spirit products and services. Currently Gay is creating a company that will be selling apps with affirmations and inspiration from bestselling authors and teachers. No doubt some Waterside clients will choose to work with Gay. He knows what he is doing and I am sure his new company will be successful.

None of these reflections have anything to do with the title of this blog. I was thinking of titling this blog A NEAR PERFECT DAY but then I read the San Diego Union newspaper and could not avoid the ongoing melodrama surrounding the embattled mayor of San Diego, Robert Filner.  I live just outside of San Diego city limits so did not vote in the mayoral election. I probably would not have voted for Mr. Filner.  Mr. Filner exhibited selfish and egotistical behavior from the very start of his term last November. From what I have read, he has been an arrogant and self-absorbed man for decades. He may be effective in achieving his party’s goals, but his behavior is shameful on many levels. Nine different professional women of good standing and integrity have come forth in the last several weeks documenting sexual harassment incidents.  Given what we are learning it is likely that Mr. Filner has been harassing women for decades and there could be dozens of victims. And yet rather than just admit to his wrong doing and resign gracefully, he resists even the advice of his closest supporter and seems intent on fighting a legal battle that will include a costly recall election. Mr. Filner is so arrogant and delusional that he is even suing the city of San Diego itself for not providing him with sexual harassment training. Talk about blaming your victims!!

I may be a dreamer, but I believe that public officials should aspire to comportment which inspires those who have elected them. Mr. Filner, in the few months he has been mayor, took a twenty thousand dollar security detail with him for a five-day trip to Paris. When confronted he agreed to pay back the ten thousand dollars plus of his own expenses, but the tax payers are still stuck with the twenty thousand dollar plus security expenses. No one in San Diego benefitted from Mr. Filner’s three minute speech which was his explanation for going to Paris. Mr. Filner is also under investigation for requiring a real estate developer to make a six figure payment to the city for their paperwork to be processed. Seems like a bribe to me, but what do I know. I still live in a delusion that goes back to the 1950s when political corruption was limited to the “bad guys” and not just accepted as business as usual.

We will see how this situation plays out with Mr. Filner, but whatever the outcome he is a pathological and pathetic individual. And however this plays out I will remain grateful that there are men of good will like Gay Hendricks who donates a large percentage of his profits to granting scholarships that help individuals and organizations create loving relationships. Too bad Mr. Filner is unlikely to experience this level of higher awareness.

Vortexes of Energy

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

There is a belief that vortexes of energy exist on planet earth. In these vortexes it is believed that humans can access sedonaenergies not normally visible in areas that are not vortex-like. One of the most popular places in America where vortexes are believed to be abundant is Sedona Arizona. There has never been scientific proof that vortexes really exist. And yet I have met dozens of people who have had unusual experiences at the supposed vortexes of Sedona and an entire industry of vortex tours has mushroomed for vortex seekers.

Like much new age phenomenon I suspect that the belief in vortexes is overstated. And yet I do know a woman who had a true spontaneous healing from ten years of MS at a Sedona vortex. This highly accomplished businesswoman had been confined to a wheel chair for two years before visiting a particular Sedona vortex. While at the vortex, which she had barely been able to ascend crawling on her hands and knees, she had a spontaneous healing and has been able to walk normally ever since. This occurred more than twenty years ago. (more…)

HEALTH: A QUESTION OF BALANCE

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Good health is perhaps the single most important component for a happy life. With the cost of health insurance Vitacontinuing to rise and the uncertainty of the effectiveness or fairness of the Obamacare legislation, Americans are more concerned with health issues than ever before. The costs for hospital stays are astronomical and ninety percent of all health dollars are spent on medical interventions which prolong at most the last six months of life of those who receive primary hospitalization for life-threatening illnesses.

Something has gone wrong, seriously wrong with health care in America.  All Americans and all human beings should have access to basic medical care and treatment. The majority of medical care, if provided at early stages of diseases, can be cost effective and focus on preventative rather than late-stage emergency measures. Part of the problem is that our health care system functions as a profit focused business. This is true for all components of the system from individual doctors to the drug companies to hospital management companies and insurance companies. As a profit-focused business, certain health practices are encouraged whether or not they are the best ways of dealing with patients. A recent Sixty Minutes television program revealed that in many hospitals emergency room doctors were given quotas of the percentage of patients who, regardless of actual need, had to be admitted to the hospital to keep the hospital at maximum profitability. This is wrong on so many levels and ultimately unnecessary, but given our present economic system, perhaps impossible to stop or even control. (more…)

Work and Play

Friday, June 21st, 2013

In 1979 I wrote a book called Test Your Own Mental Health. In that book, I adopted a model created by a Harvard work and playUniversity professor and NASA psychologist that was a legitimate measure of mental health. The basic norm was the norm of adaptability. If you were adaptable to your environment you would survive.  And from a scientific perspective that was a good and useful measure for sound health. I especially liked that the measure of adaptability was culture free. Instead of stating that specific traits were signs of mental health and others were not, the measure was for traits that allowed adaptability to whatever culture and circumstances an individual was born into.

For our American culture the ability to enjoy both work and play seems a clear measure of adaptability. No one enjoys someone who only knows work and never makes time for leisure, family, culture, art, and the nobler pleasures of human existence. Equally worrisome are people who have no meaningful work. Work itself, if defined as the exchange of labor for money, may in and of itself not be necessary for a healthy life.  But if we define work as meaningful effort that helps others, then it seems quite clear that without work we are missing  a fundamental element in our pursuit of healthy living.

Older Americans are often relegated to retirement when they still have decades of energy and wisdom they could dedicate to work. Increasingly people with skills and energy (and who are actually in their prime work years) are becoming obsolete as industries change.  This forces valuable people to end their careers prematurely. The ability to adapt in this situation (either to stay working or to accept retirement) is crucial for both their mental and physical survival. (more…)

INSPIRATION

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Waterside client and author Linda Cruse is one the most admirable human beings I have ever met. For more than fifteen years she has been going to hot spots throughout the world helping people with “hand-ups” rather than handouts. With few financial resources, Linda has been able to help tens of thousands of people throughout the world. This short video which is linked to the beautiful singing of Beyonce inspires us all to truly be here.  Enjoy.

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