Monday, November 12, 2012


My new book, Leap of Perception, will be released next May. There's still alot of work to be done in the production stages, and the promotion is already being planned. As I project ahead, feeling into the amount of travel and presentations that will happen, I can feel tired before any of it even occurs! So I've decided to really practice staying in my home frequency, and turn negative statements  around with the following flow-promoting declarations:

— I look forward to all new experiences.
— I don't indulge in dread or let anything make me feel drained.
— I focus on being simple and notice what wants to arise in each moment.
— Every experience gives me as much as I allow it to.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Penguin-Random House Merger

From Scott Turow, Authors' Guild:
Here's our storm-delayed member alert on last Monday's unsettling announcement that Random House and Penguin, the two largest trade book publishers in the U.S., are merging.

Although Random House has said that the combination would control 25% of the book market, that appears to significantly understate things. The companies' share of the U.S. trade book market for fiction and narrative non-fiction likely exceeds 35%. Their share in certain submarkets is no doubt even higher. The merger merits close scrutiny from antitrust officials at the Justice Department or the FTC.

While the companies discuss the cost savings from this merger through consolidating warehousing and other operations, those potential efficiencies for such large publishers are probably minor.  Economies of scale only go so far. The business logic of creating Penguin Random House would appear to have much more to do with the ongoing restructuring of the book industry. Barnes & Noble is now the sole brick-and-mortar giant; Amazon's hold on online bookselling is more solid than ever.

"Survival of the largest appears to be the message here," said Scott Turow, Authors Guild president. "Penguin Random House, our first mega-publisher, would have additional negotiating leverage with the bookselling giants, but that leverage would come at a high cost for the literary market and therefore for readers. There are already far too few publishers willing to invest in nonfiction authors, who may require years to research and write histories, biographies, and other works, and in novelists, who may need the help of a substantial publisher to effectively market their books to readers."

Here it is at our blog: