Still Searching For A Better Pagan Book Market

Pagan author Lord Foxglove has responded to my post on the search for a better Pagan book market. Foxglove remarks that it is the unwillingness of the readers to buy advanced works that holds back growth and maturity in the Pagan book market.

“After many conversations with my own publisher (New Page Books), as well as with other big and not-so-big publishers, I discovered the sad truth that most of them are afraid to publish advanced books. Bookstores (even metaphysical bookstores) are afraid to stock them, and the majority of pagans aren’t buying them. How can this be after years of outcry from the magickal community for serious advanced work? Exactly where does the buck stop in the world of pagan publishing? Surprisingly, the buck stops with us-the readers. All signs point to the fact that those of us who consider ourselves to be truly advanced or who are ready and willing to advance ourselves are by far the minority of the magickal community.”

I think my own answer is contained in the original post.

“But are harder instruction manuals really what we want or need? Has our focus on presenting lesson plans and ritual structures of differing levels really what our evolving community should expect from it’s authors?”

I want deeper thought, not a harder set of rituals. I want a book market that tackles a broader range of topics. I don’t need a “advanced” book on spiritual practice. Speaking for myself, if I feel I need a deeper spiritual practice I will seek it out among resources in my own community, or I will go to primary sources on religious practice, meditation, magic, and prayer.

I don’t mean this as an insult to Foxglove’s book (which Daven has given glowing praise on his site). I wish him every successs, and hope that those modern Pagans interested in meditations geared towards knowing your shadow self will check out his book. But I want history, biography, and theology, not, the same, but harder. I feel comfortable with my personal journey to know myself, now I want to know my community, my brother and sister faiths, and how (and why) we believe and worship as we do.

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