This is my second post on the Tandava Press blog. We have come a long way since my wife Natasha first published my own book "The Dance of Stillness" some 4 years ago. Our publishing business is not something that earns us money. However, our Authors do receive well above industry standard royalties.
There is a lot of blood sweat and tears that go into getting a book from the manuscript stage all the way through to the book launch. There is cover design, formatting, editing, the sometimes seemingly endless dance back and forth between us and our Authors, as we fine tune the finished product. We receive quite a few manuscripts these days. Occasionally we have someone with a Blog or Website who would like us to transform such into a book for them. Something which, if the material is something we would consider publishing, we then ask the Author to send us the material as a word doc, with chapter headings etc.
Our latest book, which is presently in the works is a book on Non-Duality. It will be our second book on this topic. Non-Duality is a spiritual teaching that "points" to the inherent Unicity of Consciousness. Interestingly, both of the books we are publishing on Non-Duality or Advaita, focus on the element of "the absence of doership". If we use the term Oneness, saying, All There Is is Oneness. If there is only Oneness, then there is only one Power. This Power, called Shakti is the Yogic tradition or Prana, is also fully and equally Present Everywhere. It follows then, that there can be no "specific locus of doership" in any body-mind-organisim or Human Being. As Oneness or the Absolute, is fully and equally Present at every point, as such this Oneness, which is All There Is, can have "no specific centre" of itself, or we could say, Everywhere Is It's Centre. Its a great honour to be publishing this new title. The process is going slowly, a little slower than I would like. However, I am sure all will work itself out in the end. The beauty of publishing the kinds of books we do, is that we (my wife Natasha and I) and those kind Souls who volunteer their services to us, such as editing, proof reading and graphic design, get to immerse ourselves in the teachings. As mentioned, Advaita which literally translates as "Not Two". Points to the essential Oneness of Being. The revelation of Oneness, reveals that there is no seperate person, inside any-body, there is only "Impersonal Being. This impersonal Being, functions through all body-mind-organisims. If there is no person, as such, apart from the Totality of Being, then there can be no autonomous entity, as such inside anybody to "do" anything. As I am not a teacher of Advaita, per say, I may not be expressing this as eloquently or accuretly as the teachers, who's works we have published and are publishing. Nevertheless, this perennial teaching of Non-Duality and its essential pointer that there is no "autonomous entity", can bring, if imbibed deeply and apprehended intuitively, a deep peace and lift the burden of guilt and sham with regards towards ones own actions and likewise of blame, hatred and envy with regards towards the actions of others . As we begin to see and accept that "Everything Happens of Itself, Everything Happens as it should, Everything Happens as it Must" to quote Galen Sharp. (From his book "What Am I? A Study in Non-Volitional-Living")
People come to Tandava Press with all sorts of expectations, many of which will be left unfulfilled. We are a small family business and as such, publishing is something we do, as and when we can. The demands of life and family, often cause delays and we are far from perfect in any event. However, don't let this put you off sending in a manuscript, especially if it fits with our mission statement. My wife and I put our all into the publishing process, even if it takes time and there may be unexpected delays. if the Author sticks with the process, they will see their book published in the end.
As we roll on with our publishing business, we are slowly fine tuning the process and learning more and more along the way. I myself sent my own manuscript to over 50 publishers, which is a very small amount. I did get two offers to publish but the royalty rate was so low, I didn't go ahead with it. It was my wife's persistence that was the key. Natasha spent endless hours on my book and finally got it published. An fellow Author was to suggest that I get into the publishing game and after playing with a few names, such as Blue Jay Press, eventually "Tandava Press" was born.
So, if your a writer with your eye on publishing a book, my suggestion to you is that persistence is the key.
I would probably add a good dose of patience in there as well.
Dharma Rivers 25 Aug 2014