Publishing and Self-Publishing: Next Steps

Publishing and Self-Publishing: Next Steps NOTE: This is the second in a series of occasional posts on my ongoing adventures and misadventures in self-publishing. Had I known what I’m posting here and will post in occasional future pieces on publishing, this journey would have been a far less rocky road! (Our regular programming will resume shortly.) Regardless of whether you are planning to self-publish or are getting published by a traditional publisher, these are…

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Balancing the Books

From late spring to early autumn, 1971, I hitchhiked across the United States, following a meandering loop west from Buffalo to Berkeley, south past L.A., up the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, and back east through Canada. I was on a mission not only to see the country, but also to find out who I was. I hitchhiked to force myself to connect, if only for a lift to the next town…

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Adventures/Misadventures in the Book Trade (and a price promotion)

Adventures/Misadventures in the Book Trade (and a price promotion) Thanks to your recent survey responses, I’m starting to work on an expanded piece on Balance and will be rolling it out, post by post, soon. I would be happy to include stories from you on how you maintain balance. Email me, or post your story as a comment to the blog version of this and subsequent posts, here: http://davidbookbinder.com/photoblog Meanwhile, I’d like to…

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Action: Louder than words

At times I feel like a Sherlock Holmes of the mind, each of my clients the faithful and resourceful Watson of his or her own unsolved mystery. A Holmes-like insight is the province of traditional psychotherapy, and it is often a helpful tool. Insight can clarify the causes of anxiety or depression, relieve guilt and shame, explicate the roots of trauma, and point the way to new and better lives. But insight alone…

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Portrait of an Artist

Cameron Byron Roberts, Painter About three years ago, Cameron Byron Roberts (a.k.a. Cam) and I cooked up an idea for a process-oriented group for late-blooming artist types like us. The inspiration came from an article Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink, etc.) wrote for The New Yorker in which he differentiated between people who, early on, know what they want to do and are recognized for it at a young age (think Mozart and Picasso)…

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Acceptance: It’s all part of it, man

My path to acceptance has been mainly through loss: lost career opportunities, relationships, health and, nearly, the loss of my life. Acceptance has come with the recognition that each loss has also been an opening. A major turning point occurred several years ago. At that time I was bleeding internally and before I noticed any symptoms, I had already lost about 25% of my blood supply. Though less drastic than a brush with…

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Mary O’Malley: An Introduction

Mary O’Malley: An Introduction One of the things I most like doing is introducing interesting artists to readers and telling, or letting them tell, their story. Because I love her work, and because of our recent collaboration on our coloring book for adults, 52 (more) Flower Mandalas, I’d like to start with Mary O’Malley. Mary and I met about a year ago. I had just released the coloring book 52 Flower Mandalas and…

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Two new books! And a new imprint!

Two new books! And a new imprint! I’m back. Really. Moving forward, you’ll be hearing from me on a regular basis, with new images and new writing about art, healing, and transformation, as well as excerpts from books and announcements of publications and events. But meanwhile… After months of looking for a traditional publisher for my Kickstarted book of essays and Flower Mandalas, and after a mixed experience with a traditional publisher for an…

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Mandalas, healing … and coloring!

On May 22, from 6:30-7:30 pm, I’ll be reading from my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Meditation and also talking about using mandalas for meditation, healing… and coloring! The presentation will be at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with five miles of trails for folks of all abilities to enjoy. Click here to sign up for the presentation. Copies of…

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Flower Mandalas: the opera, country music, wildlife sanctuary, and the airwaves

Flower Mandalas: the opera, country music, and wildlife sanctuaries Just a quick update on what’s happening with the Flower Mandalas. Opera: The “Pink Peony I” Flower Mandala is being used by the Old Opera House in Frankfurt, Germany, on the cover of their 2016-2017 program, on their website, and on 500 large posters hung throughout the city. Music: The Brazilian band Nemphis Belle, singing in a Country Western style in English, has released an album…

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The Garbage and the Flowers (Wabi-Sabi)

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter For the last several years, I’ve found myself attracted to the dead leaves I see on the ground as I walk, particularly those in late fall and winter. I’ve taken hundreds, maybe thousands, of pictures of them. A friend’s mentioning to me the concept of wabi-sabi helped me understand why. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese term for finding the beauty in imperfection, and accepting…

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Transmigration of Flower Mandala essence

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter More soon on the topic of transforming the essence of one type of art into another, but both the therapist and the artist in me wanted to convey a personal example by showing how my Flower Mandalas were transformed by artist Emily Sper into line art for our coloring book, 52 Flower Mandalas. Below is part of a table I created of all 52…

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Raffles, reviews, and samples! Oh my!

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter Breaking news! I’ve been finding out more from clients and colorists about coloring and it’s meditative qualities and will write another post on that soon, but some time-sensitive events are happening with 52 Flower Mandalas. Before I get to those events, though, here are two more completed illustrations from colorist C.G. Lynee, which she entitled “Arbor” and “Naos”: And now, the news.…

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Can I pick your brains?

Share 52 Flower Mandalas with your friends! Art Bars, Coloring Parties, other audiences Now that our coloring book 52 Flower Mandalas is completed, I’d like to find more ways to get it out into the world. Marketing and promotion, alas, have never been my strengths, so I’d appreciate some advice and some help. A friend suggested that because coloring is a relaxing, meditative, but also a creative activity, 52 Flower Mandalas would be an asset to HR…

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On Coloring

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! I stumbled into coloring. Shortly after I completed a Kickstarter campaign for my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Mediation, a friend suggested that I convert the images to illustrations and create a coloring book — not for children, but for adults. Until then, I had never even heard of coloring books for adults. Now, months later, I…

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“Untitled,” a colorist creation by S. Everett

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! “Untitled,” a colorist creation by S. Everett, one of the colorists I’ve been working with on “52 Flower Mandalas.” See http://davidbookbinder/books/gallery for the latest colorist creations.

“Gateway,” a colorist creation by C.G. Lynee

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! “Gateway,” a colorist creation by C.G. Lynee, one of the colorists I’ve been working with on “52 Flower Mandalas.” See http://davidbookbinder.com/books/gallery for the latest colorist creations.

Something new: “52 Flower Mandalas” coloring book for adults

Share 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief with your friends! Child psychologists observe that children are most creative when they’re at play. The same principle also applies to most adults. With 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief, you can return to your inner child … play. Coloring relaxes and renews, sparks ideas, relieves stress, helps work through emotions — and it’s fun! The stunning…

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Something new…

Just a note to let you know that something new is in the pipeline. It’s the culmination of a collaboration with illustrator and book designer Emily Sper (http://www.emilysper.com/hactiv.html). More details, and an invitation to participate in the process, coming soon. Watch this space!

Agent!

I’m happy to announce that Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is now represented by Stephany Evans, president of Fine Print Literary Management in New York City. More anon, David Buy Flower Mandala prints: Buy prints Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Flower Mandalas blog on Beliefnet.com: Flower Mandalas blog Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing list Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver: Fifteen Flower Mandalas