The Well of Five Streams by Erynn Rowan Laurie is now Available!

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Erynn Rowan Laurie’s latest book The Well of Five Streams: Essays on Celtic Paganism is now available from Immanion Press!

Five streams flow from Manannán’s well in the Land of Promise; those who seek inspiration must drink from the well and the five streams. Finding this well requires dedication to the pursuit of wisdom. The book you hold contains the fruit of over twenty years of thought and deep exploration by this Celtic polytheist theologian. Much of the included material is out of print or hard to find, but there are also new pieces for long-time readers of Laurie’s work. There are essays on non-Celtic paths, examinations of Gaelic poetic traditions, musings on sacred madness, community, entheogens, the role of gender in Brigidine flamekeeping, and much more.

Pop Culture Magic 2.0 is now available for Pre-order

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Taylor Ellwood’s latest book Pop Culture Magic 2.o is now available for pre-order from Immanion Press! The book will be in print in either September or October of this year.

In Pop Culture Magic 2.0, Taylor Ellwood explores how pop culture magic has continued to evolve. In this book you will learn how to make any pop culture into pop culture magic as well as why you might want to. You’ll also learn how pop culture is becoming the mythology of our time and how older mythologies are showing up in contemporary culture. If you’ve wanted to practice pop culture magic or are just curious as to how magic and pop culture go together this book is for you. You will also learn:

• How to work with corporate entities in pop culture magic

• How to develop your own system of pop culture magic

• How to integrate social media and modern technology into your magical practice.

• How to use contemporary holidays in your magical workings

• How role playing games can help you with your identity work

• and much, much more!

If you’ve wanted to integrate contemporary culture into your spiritual work, look no further! Pop Culture Magic 2.0 can help you develop a modern system of magic that is relevant to you and allows you to take the pop culture you love and turn it into a spiritual practice that changes you

How to Recognize a Vanity Publisher

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Recently I’ve gotten several emails from authors who’ve indicated interest in publishing books with us. Each time, however, they have asked me how much it would cost to get their book published. I’ve been surprised by the question, so I want to make it clear that Immanion Press is NOT a vanity publisher. We do not charge people to publish their books nor will we ever. The way we make our money is on the actual book sales. That’s an important distinction to note, but it’s only part of what separates us from vanity publishers. I though I’d write about what a vanity publisher is and how to recognize them.

A vanity publisher will charge you to print your book. They actually don’t publish it so much as they make print copies for you. There is no distribution offered and usually no services such as layout or editing or offered, or if they are you have to pay an additional fee. I’m honestly surprised vanity publishers even still exist, because it’s actually cheaper for you to use a Print on Demand model than to go with a vanity publisher. Regardless you aren’t getting much from a vanity publisher and I’d recommend avoiding them.

An actual publisher doesn’t charge you to publish your book. They don’t charge you for the editing or the layout either. The publisher also provides distribution. If you want to publish a book with a publisher, make sure they don’t charge you for those services. If they are charging they are vanity publishers and they aren’t worth the price.

Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft now Available

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After the solitary practice of Wicca comes the legacy creation of Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft. Packed full of practice and magical insight, this book provides tangible ways for practitioners to construct their own hereditary legacy of witchcraft and how to preserve that legacy for generations to come.

Crabtree takes the standard Wiccan techniques and crafts them expertly together, from a familial stand point that is inclusive and rich. Simple rituals designed by the author, and used by her family and many others, bring a fresh and intuitive perspective to family practice rarely found in books on Wicca. Crabtree draws directly from her own far-reaching experiences, demonstrating how anyone can have a familial spirituality that is inclusive and leaves the pain of indoctrination far behind.

For every mother priestess or father priest who wanted to craft a spiritual practice for their family, or for any person wondering what their spiritual legacy might look like, Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft is the road map to finding that practice and crafting that view.

You can order copies on our site.

Is your author website a commercial website?

 

You write books. You have a website, where you offer those books. You also write blog posts and you consider your website to primarily be an information site. Actually, however, its a commercial site and the reason its a commercial site is because you are selling books on the site. If you sell a single product on your site, you now have a commercial website. The reason I bring this up, is because I think for many authors they don’t necessarily think of themselves as owning a business. They’ve written a book, and that’s what they think it is…a book, but the book is much more than just a book. It’s a product, a commercial good with your name on it.

Recently I was contacted by Getty Images because of a picture I used on one of my websites. You can read the story here. In their letter to me they explained that my site was a commercial website (which is true because its a business), but it got me thinking about my other website and I realized that was a commercial website as well and that the criteria for establishing if something is a commercial website seems to boil down to whether or not you are using the site to sell something (ergo you run a business).

You may not have thought of your website as a commercial site, but its worth considering that even if you don’t other people do, and this consequently effects you in certain ways. You may not be taking full advantage of business deductions related to your site or products. You may also not be accurately reporting information that needs to be reported for the purposes of taxes. It’s important that you recognize what your site is and treat it accordingly, as well as recognize that you don’t just have a commercial website, but also a commercial enterprise, albeit one that may be limited to selling copies of your books.

Another reason you want to be clear about this is because if your site is deemed commercial it can limit what you can use on your site. For example if you are using pictures on a site, but your site is considered commercial you need to be careful about what pictures you use and make sure that if you are using “free” pictures that they are free to use even if you are a commercial site (with proper attribution). That’s just one example of how website being categorized as commercial can effect your choices of what content you are putting on the site. So take a look at your website. Do you want it to just be an information site or do you want to sell your books on it. Know what the distinction is so you can make the appropriate choices.

Vocal Magick The User Friendly Guide to Your Most Adaptable Ritual Tool by Bill Duvendack Now Available!

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Vocal Magick by Bill Duvendack now available!

When you begin to create your reality, it may seem daunting, complex, and/or frustrating, but what if you already have the most effective and powerful tool at your disposal?

Through exercising control over your language and speech, you can create many powerfully profound changes in your consciousness. By understanding how to accomplish these changes, you can put yourself in a position to be more in control of yourself and your life. Being mindful and aware of these and related subjects, allows you to heighten your awareness to discover that language is one of the most powerful tools you have.

Within this book, you will look at applications, universal laws, and address the use of subtleties. This will open the door to profound shifts in not only how you view reality, but also what you can do about it!

How to Use Youtube for Marketing Part 3

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Once you’ve set up your YouTube channel and learned how to use its features, its time to start actually using it to connect with your audience. The content you create needs to speak to the interests of your audience, while at the same time being concise. Your YouTube channel is a lot like a blog, albeit with a visual format. The following tips can help you make useful videos that grab the attention of your target audience.

1. Be consistent. If you are going to do a channel, shoot and upload a video to YouTube at least once a week. By consistently pushing out videos you’ll grow your subscriber base. The professional channels I’ve observed typically seem to post at least once a week or several times a week, but not much more than that.

2. Keep your videos short. I keep my videos to around 3 or 4 minutes (unless it’s a webinar recording). If your video is longer than that, people will be less likely to watch it. Also you need to make the first 15 seconds count in terms of grabbing people’s interest. Otherwise they’ll move on to another video.

3. Series can be a useful way to generate content. I’ve found that one way to generate content and hook people into watching multiple videos is to break a topic into a series. For example, I’m doing a series on pop culture magic on my YouTube channel. By having such a series I am able to talk about the topic at length, but break it up into little videos that nonetheless grab the interest of my audience, because they are short and focused, but also indicate that more content will be coming.

4. Be animated and relaxed when talking to the camera. People don’t relate well to robotic presentations. Relax and let your passion for your topic show through. Laugh, make gestures and otherwise be yourself, because a lot of what makes a video appealing is the authenticity of the person.

5. Post your videos on various sites. If you want to get more subscribers, you need to share your videos on different social media sites.

6. Reply to comments. Sometimes you’ll get comments. Make sure you reply to them within reason as this helps increase your engagement and gives people more reason to continue watching your videos.

Do you have any additional tips you wish to share? Leave a comment below.