Review: 2006 Occult Authors Market

Back in October spurred by a conspiratorial essay from Phyllis Curott, I wrote about the search for a better Pagan book market. I urged aspiring Pagan writers to broaden the horizons of our market and concentrate on material like history, theology, and biography. Now two enterprising Pagan authors have self-published a tool to make the job of breaking new voices into our market an easier prospect.

Caelum Rainieri and Ivory Andersen (authors of The Nahualli Animal Oracle) have put together the “2006 Occult Authors Market” in an effort to make simpler the often complex process of getting a book published.

“The 2006 Occult Authors Market is a directory of North American and International book publishers who accept non-agented submissions from those of us who enjoy seeing our work in print. Listing information includes whether the publisher pays royalties only or an advance against royalties, as available. The OAM also contains a listing of literary agencies in case you’d like to have your book considered by a major publisher who only looks at projects represented by an agent. Finally, you can read essays from some of today’s leading authors about the state of pagan publishing from academia to the main stream press.”

While one could get much of this information for free, the authors have saved the aspiring writer a lot of time and energy by finding the independent and academic presses who publish (or are willing to publish) titles with Pagan, or esoteric subject matter. They have also included a list of reputable literary agents for those looking to try their luck at the major publishing houses. On top of this the work includes an interview with Starhawk, and essays on publishing from Mogg Morgan (author of “The English Mahatma”) and Taylor Ellwood (author of “Pop Culture Magick”).

The format of the entries is much like a traditional Writer’s Market annual but with the added bonus of being a portable PDF file. So just load it up on your computer, palm, or jump-drive and you can click the links to publisher information and web sites wherever you happen to do your writing. All in all this is a useful and convenient project that promises to expand and improve in the coming years. The authors have done an excellent job in removing an annoying obstacle to getting that long-lingering project off our desks and into the hands of a publisher.

Jason Pitzl-Waters