The two main players that provide both POD and e-book to self-publishers with most or all the necessary services are IngramSpark and CreateSpace. They may be best used in combination. Continue reading
Modern technology thrives by improving upon itself, and nowhere is the blizzard of innovation more overwhelming than in the publishing industry. The self-publishing author must be on constant alert for change.
Self-publishing and using the services of a self-publishing company can be vastly different in cost, time, and skill required. The goal is to deliver the book to the reader in a pleasing format at a reasonable price that adequately compensates the writer. Continue reading
What is the Hero’s Journey, and why do so many visionary writers like George Lucas use it to craft their stories? To answer that question, we need to understand where the Hero’s Journey comes from.
Joseph Campbell recognized that myths around the world follow a similar template. He referred to this as monomyth. The hero’s path consists of 17 stages.
As it would be too lengthy to explain all the stages in one post, let’s read how Campbell explains the journey in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
The hero returns from the journey transformed from the rigorous challenges he faced along the way. George Lucas used the Hero’s Journey as a template when writing “Star Wars.” If you would like to learn more about the mythology behind the movie, watch George Lucas’s interview with Bill Moyers.
The Hero’s Journey structure has qualities that can make a story visionary. In the Apotheosis stage, the hero faces death and slays the enemy. The ordeal leads to an expansion of consciousness. Sound familiar? … Continue reading
Changing the WordPress theme once you’ve invested valuable time and energy into building and customizing your author website is not advisable. I know because, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I learn things the hard way.
When I set up my original author website, I used the Twenty-Eleven WordPress default theme, only to discover later that there were themes available built especially for authors.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of author themes to choose from, and, for the technologically disadvantaged like me, a lot of choice is not always a good thing. I threw up my arms and called it a day after viewing only a fraction of them.
Also, not all themes are created equal. Some, if uploaded from outside the official WordPress Theme Directory, are actually unsafe.
Add to that, the fact that website themes involve customizations that aren’t easily transferable if you decide to switch to another theme later.
A creative trance that allows me to delve into my unconscious whenever I want to, get the material I need for my poems and novels, bring that material up to my waking reality, remember it, and write it down.
Highlighting Visionary Fiction author contest winners, interviews, and book trailers.
It’s time to show you how to put your new website in maintenance mode, in case you don’t want anyone to see it while you’re still in the process of tweaking it.
Let me introduce three WordPress Plugins that do the job for you.
This plugin displays a screenshot of your website with an over-lay window and the reason your site is down.
- Works with any WordPress theme
- Allows you to work on your site while non-logged-in visitors see the Maintenance Mode page
- Automatically Creates a Screenshot of your Website and uses it as the background for your maintenance mode page
- Ability to add a Custom Headline, Message & Background Image
- Returns a 503 http status and retry header so search engines know your site is down
- Simple and Easy to Use
- Multisite Support
- Translation Ready – i18n Support
Here’s a live demo.
This plugin adds some great features to your coming soon page.
- Easy install and use
- Works perfectly with all versions of WordPress
- Fully Responsive Coming Soon page
- Ability to disable Coming Soon page for specific IPs
- Highly customizable Coming Soon page
- Ability to set Coming Soon page background image
- Ability to set Coming Soon page background color
- Custom Logo for Coming Soon page
- Ability to use WordPress post editor for Coming … Continue reading
Visionary Fiction, with its emphasis on spiritual wisdom and the evolution of consciousness, is in a unique position to explore Western Esotericism in its various guises. Continue reading
In the past couple weeks, the Visionary Fiction Alliance site experienced a technical difficulty that caused the site to either respond very slowly or not at all. Our tech team went after the problem as quickly as possible, but it took some time to isolate the source and rouse the appropriate vendors to take corrective action. We apologize for the inconvenience–very aggravating to have to wait for a link to respond–and assure you that the site is now up and running.
In the meantime, we went ahead and published a wonderful interview that Margaret Duarte did with Karan Bajaj, #1 bestselling novelist in India, who has just released his new Visionary Fiction novel, THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT, through Penguin Random House worldwide in May. We believe that all VFA members and readers will benefit from Karan’s expertise and experience. We do not want to have that wealth lost in a technical glitch.
So, this special post is a reminder. Do click on this link to Margaret Duarte’s Interview with Karan, read and enjoy, give it a like and post a comment if you care to. Let’s give our newest VF star a warm VFA welcome.
Also affected by our technical difficulties was author Brandon Bosse. He offered a captivating 2-part guest post titled The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids. See the second part here.
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A big welcome to Karan Bajaj, #1 bestselling novelist in India of KEEP OFF THE GRASS (HarperCollins: 2008) and JOHNNY GONE DOWN (HarperCollins: 2010) with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print. He was selected as one of the “Top 35 Under 35 Indian” by India Today and was nominated for all of India’s top literary awards—the Crossword Book of the Year, Indiaplaza Golden Quill and Teacher’s Indian Achievers Awards (Arts).
I first met Karan in April 2016 when he sent me an email requesting a review of his book, THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT, which was to be published by Penguin Random House worldwide in May.
After reading the book’s synopsis, I realized that it fit the genre of visionary fiction. So I agreed to do a review. I also took the opportunity to ask Karan to participate in a Q&A for the Visionary Fiction Alliance.
Imagine my surprise, when THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT turned out to be a #1 New Release on Amazon in the Metaphysical and Visionary Fiction category.
As of this writing, THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT has the Amazon Best Sellers Rank of #22 in the Kindle Store for Metaphysical/Visionary Fiction category. It also has 243 reviews, 90% of them 5-star.
Good going, Karan!
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