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 Custom Cover Illustration & Design Services

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What Do You Look For In A Cover Design?

Hi, my name is Michelle Rene and I am a freelance cover designer and illustrator. I also contract through several publishers as a cover designer and illustrator.

I am published in six genres and my creative diversity shows in my various works. Some of my designs were previously published in Creative Review magazine. I am an artist and have a true passion for my work.

I think a great cover design engages the viewer by drawing them in with a design style that speaks for the story. Branding the author is imperative, the designer is responsible for presenting their image as a first impression to the public, special thought and time should go into font, color scheme and placement.

As a designer I feel that hearing the heart of the story from you, the author, your passion for your creation fuels my creativity and design process. I want my authors to feel that my illustration and design is the vision they hoped for in representing their work to the public. I want to pull potential readers in with the cover design, it has to stand out from the rest as a unique work of art.

I also design social and website banners, posters for book tours, bookmarks, book teasers, and business cards, all for your book marketing efforts.

I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Find out more about me at 
http://michellerenegoodhew.com 

Sincerely, 
Michelle Rene Goodhew 
goodhewmichelle@gmail.com 
USA 360-854-8610

Website: http://michellerenegoodhew.com

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 NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

I have done my best to break this up into reasonable sections. It has taken me some considerable time to develop this list that is packed with some of the best and immediately useful things you will find on the internet or waste hours or even months searching for on your own. I will be updating this list often and if you have a golden ticket item you think should be included please let me know so everyone can benefit 🙂


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    • Most Helpful Articles
    • Education for Writers and Publishers
    • Useful Webinars
    • My Additional Groups (this section will move to my bio page later)
    • Additional Relevant Resources
    • The NaNoWriMo Blog and Information
    • Various Pictures and Lists For Getting Noticed as a Writer – Contests

Soon to come:

  • Top Videos On Writing
  • Top Books On Writing
  • More educational resources
  • Blogs You Should Follow
  • More about marketing
  • Agents
  • Publishing Houses with contact info for submission
  • All About Covers, Cover Designers and Illustrators
  • STRATEGY – A Plan of Attack for all this info – DIRECTIONS

and more…

Never give up on your dream, it is possible if you apply yourself.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Cheers,

Michelle Rene

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 Top Links/Resources

AAUPA- Association of American University Presses

http://www.aaupnet.org/

Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 130+ member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing. – See more at: http://www.aaupnet.org/#sthash.nfduP0D8.dpuf

IBPA – Independent Book Publishers Association

https://www.ibpa-online.org/about/

Proudly serving the indie publishing community since 1983. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the indie publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. If you’re an indie publisher, self-published author, small press, or mid-sized publisher. IBPA makes it easier for indie book publishers and self-published authors to navigate the sometimes intimidating publishing process.

Wattpad

http://www.wattpad.com/about

Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer. Whether you’ve never written before, or published multiple books, Wattpad offers benefits for writers of all levels.

Kindle – Direct Publishing

http://www.amazonkdp.com/

Publish your book for free. With Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you can easily publish your book and reach millions of readers while maintaining complete control of your work. Earn royalties of up to 70%. Available for sales to customers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. Publish quickly. Create and publish in just minutes and have your book appear on Amazon sites within two days. Distribute globally. Publish once and sell worldwide on Amazon sites. Easily publish your book in multiple languages. Publish to the Kindle ecosystem. Make your book available for all Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Createspace – Amazon Independent publishing from start to finish.

https://www.createspace.com/diy?ref%3D1383688%26utm_id%3D6072%26cp%3D70170000000c3cK%26ls%3DAmazon%26sls%3DAmazon_Selfpub

Join the world of published authors with CreateSpace’s easy-to-use independent publishing tools. You’ll find everything you need to create, publish and distribute your book for free. Keep control. Maintain complete creative control and own your copyright with our non-exclusive agreement. Publish easily. Use free tools to build and publish your book. Get to market fast. Have your work published and available in just a few days. Distribute globally. Reach readers worldwide through Amazon.com and Amazon’s European websites. Earn high royalties. Set your list price and receive industry-leading royalties.

ACX –Amazon Audiobook Platform

http://www.acx.com/

ACX is a marketplace where authors, agents, publishers and other audio Rights Holders can post audiobook rights to both new frontlist titles and to backlist titles that were never published as audiobooks. At ACX, projects seeking narrators are matched with Producers, which include audiobook publishers, narrators, engineers, and recording studios. Rights Holders and Producers negotiate a fee based on the cost per finished hour of the book, or they can choose to forgo upfront payment and share all royalties earned from sales of the finished audiobook. Once the Producer completes the recording and engineering of the audiobook production, the finished audiobook is distributed to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Writing Academy

http://www.scribophile.com/academy/

The Scribophile Writing Academy is a collection of free writing resources produced by members of the Scribophile community who are writing professionals.

Pubslush

http://pubslush.com/

Pubslush is a crowdfunding platform built exclusively for the literary world. It was founded when books and other literary projects were often overlooked next to dynamic, visual projects such as films and inventions on the available crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Campaigners are able to set a minimum and maximum goal through Pubslush. The minimum goal is the amount a project will need in order to fulfill their rewards and publishing goals and isn’t displayed publicly. Even if a campaign doesn’t reach the maximum goal, so long as it surpasses the minimum goal campaigners will receive the funds they raised. A campaign’s minimum must be $500 or above.

There are no costs to use the basic Pubslush services. Pubslush is completely free and risk free. If a campaigner raises over the minimum goal set for themselves, Pubslush takes only 4% of what the campaigner raises during the time of campaign.

SPAWN – Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network

http://www.spawn.org/

The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.

SPAWN also encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits. On this Web site you will find information on writing, marketing, and publishing. It also offers links to research sources, publishers, printers, and the media.

AUTHOR-U

http://authoru.org

Author U (niversity) is a non-profit membership community of authors, writers and publishers and registered as a 501 (c)6 with the IRS. It’s for you to if you want to learn about …

  • Writing a book, resurrecting a book, or just supporting a book;
  • Creating one that will find a following;
  • Strategizing the steps to be successful;
  • Developing a game-plan that has roots;
  • Designing a book that is the right fit for your audience;
  • Publishing a book that turns heads;
  • Marketing moxie that creates results;
  • Social media strategies that are book and author friendly;
  • Publicity tactics that work;
  • Crowdfunding for Authors and Books;
  • Gizmos, gadgets and technology; and
  • Achieving Amazing Results

Is there a book in you? Or another? Or does your book need a makeover? Author U will show you how to create, develop and publish your book without being hoodwinked. If you already have a book out, you will find a supportive and brain-storming community that is connected and creative.

JKSCommunications – A Literary Publicity Agency

http://www.jkscommunications.com/about/

A full-service literary publicity firm that represents some of the finest publishers, authors and books in the United States. Our team consists of professionals who specialize in media relations, new-model book tours, social networking, online visibility, book trailer production and website development specifically for the book publishing industry.

Our business model takes into account the life-style and comfort level of authors to promote books in a way that works best for them so that they will enjoy the experience, be more relaxed and spend more time on making their book a success. We help build the platform for and promote books and authors in ways that are time consuming and impossible for authors to do themselves.

The Book Consultant Articles

http://www.susandaffron.com/category/writing-publishing/self-publishing/

Articles focusing on self-publishing and online marketing. The Web site has more than 200 articles on publishing, marketing, writing, graphics, printing, layout, design, Web sites, ecommerce and more.

Editorial Freelancers Association

http://www.the-efa.org/

As a publisher or author, you want qualified professionals to work on your manuscript or project. Where else to find them than through the largest and oldest national professional organization of editorial freelancers? As a freelancer, you owe it to yourself to be a part of that organization, which is dedicated to supporting its membership and your freelance career.

Independent Editors Group

http://www.bookdocs.com/

The Independent Editors Group is the premier professional affiliation of New York City-based, freelance editors/book doctors/ghostwriters who work with writers, editors, publishers and agents in trade book publishing.

US Copyright Office

http://www.copyright.gov/
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington DC 20559-6000

BOOK PUBLISHERS NORTHWEST

2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275
Seattle WA 98109
Web Site: http://www.bookpublishersnw.com
Email: bpnwnews@aol.com

Tom Masters, President
Phone: 206/931-4656


 Most Helpful Articles

eBook formatting tips for self-published authors

http://blog.bookbaby.com/category/ebook-formatting/

How to Publish a Book on Amazon

http://writerscircle.com/2014/08/how-to-publish-a-book-on-amazon.html

Freelance Editing: How to Hire an Editor for Your Book or Query Letter

http://writerunboxed.com/2012/12/10/dec-24-column/

Vetting an Independent Editor

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2012/05/vetting-independent-editor.html

How to find the independent editor that’s right for you

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2012/05/9-ways-to-vet-an-independent-editor/

How to Set the Right Price for Your Self-Published Book

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/09/how-to-set-the-right-price-for-your-self-published-book/

Book Pricing Basics – Setting the Retail Price for Your Book

https://www.millcitypress.net/setting-retail-price

DIY: How to Price a Self-Published E-Book

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/61244-diy-how-to-price-a-self-published-e-book.html

How to Get Feedback on Your Writing (and Sort the Good from the Bad)

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2012/05/how-to-get-feedback-on-your-writing-and.html

3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-parkin/3-ways-to-indie-authors-c_b_4171371.html

How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books

http://thewritelife.com/how-successful-authors-use-social-media-to-sell-more-books/


 Education for Writers and Publishers

Writers Digest University

https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/

You’ve never written anything: For first time authors the thought of finishing a first draft can seem as achievable as running a marathon. That’s why our workshops are developed and led by professionals who have been in the same exact spot as you and come out on top.

If you have an idea for a novel but just don’t know how to get started or are having a hard time getting the first draft down on paper our intro workshop, 12 Weeks to a First Draft is the perfect first step for you!

You have some writing experience: Have you ever heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”? The saying rings as true now as it did when it was first spoken. Writers of all levels can benefit from our workshops to help them get to their next level. So if you want to improve your characterization, dialogue, storytelling, or venture into a new genre or topic of writing, we have a workshop for you!

If you are a professional author: The Writer’s Digest Shop has something for you too! While you’ve perfected the art of the written word, the rewriting process is always daunting. Let us help with our army of professional critique editors.

IBPA’s Institution on OpenLearning

https://www.ibpa-online.org/ibpas-institution-on-openlearning/

Online education for independent publishers and self-published authors.

On April 30, 2014, IBPA announced OpenLearning, an exciting new member benefit. OpenLearning is a cloud-based e-learning platform that integrates social media techniques — including chatting, posting comments, blogging, and sharing materials — with quality educational content. IBPA’s institution within OpenLearning houses Ask the Experts, Pre-Recorded IBPA Webinars, and other courses created specifically for IBPA members.

Stanford Creative Writing Courses

https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/creative-writing-courses/online-writing-courses

The Online Writing Program at Stanford Continuing Studies, which offers dynamic courses in every genre, also hosts the Certificate Program in Novel Writing. The Certificate Program builds on the success and excellent teaching of our regular online writing courses with the goal of providing a structured environment in which you can write your novel.

Yale Publishing Course

https://www.facebook.com/YalePublishingCourse


 Useful Webinars

  1. Writer’s Digest: Secrets of Successful Self-Publishers

Here’s a great tutorial on e-book publishing and marketing.  You’ll learn the basics of formatting and design, distribution, and selling strategies for Amazon. This webinar aired in October 2013 and is available for viewing whenever you want!

  1. Houston Writers Guild: Building an Organized, Supportive, Successful Writers Community

A number of wonderful, free (or cheap) webinars are available online thanks to the Houston Writers Guild. The topic of creating community among writers is particularly important and rarely discussed, which is why we were thrilled to discover this fantastic free webinar. It’s already been uploaded and ready to view whenever the mood strikes you. While you’re at it, check out Houston Writers Guilds’ other free webinars.

  1. Grant Space: Proposal Writing Basics  

While the thought of writing a grant proposal may not tickle your fancy, it’s a skill that’s highly sought after and could land you a job. Grant writing is an excellent way to translate your writing abilities into a full-time career. If you’d like to get a better grasp of what it’s all about, this is the webinar for you.

  1. Script Magazine: How to Write a Screenplay

Get insider tips on structuring your movie script and tailoring it for your audience.  You’ll also learn how to market your screenplay using a logline, your one-line pitch. If you’re interested in screenwriting or looking to broaden your knowledge base, you can access this webinar for free and watch it on-demand.


 My Additional Groups

Northwest Science Fiction Society (NWSFS)

Indie Science Fiction Writers Group

Whatcom Writers and Publishers

Bellingham Science Fiction and Fantasy Concern


Additional Relevant Resources 


The NaNoWriMo Blog

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.Here’s a little more about how it all works.

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. You know how writing makes the world a more creative, vibrant place. Through NaNoWriMo—as well as our Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program, and Camp NaNoWriMo—we work hard to empower and encourage that vibrant creativity around the world. We can’t do it without writers like you.


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Writing Contests – Writer’s Digest

 Enter one of the acclaimed Writer’s Digest’s writing contests & writing competitions2 to find out if you have what it takes to be a winning writer!

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  •  NewPages Big List of Writing Contests

  • The Big List of Writing Contests features a comprehensive list of magazine, book, chapbook, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines for the current year.
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Lloyd Pye – Everything You Know Is Wrong

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INTERVENTION THEORY

A Theory of Origins: the Universe, Life, Hominoids, and Humans…

With an Informative Lecture Video by Lloyd Pye:

Since LLOYD PYE published his seminal book, Everything You Know Is Wrong, in 1997, his fact-based, no-nonsense explanation of origins has developed a devoted international following.

In the years since EYKIW was written, there have been so many advances and new discoveries that rather than updating it, Lloyd decided to break his update into several completely new eBooks, starting with Intervention Theory Essentials. It details Lloyd’s alternative views about Origins—of the universe, of life itself, and especially of humans and hominoids, all of which are inextricably linked together in ways nobody fully understands, least of all the scientists who claim to understand precisely that.

Intervention Theory challenges Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Evolution, by offering plausible explanations for many of the conundrums left unanswered by those other theories. The new eBook takes the same aggressive approach as EYKIW, showing how and why so much of what mainstream science professes is not just wrong, but blatantly, willfully wrong, often in the face of evidence that would be overwhelming in any court in the world. Its revelations are astonishing, but they are presented in simple terms and concepts easily grasped by anyone.

It begins with a consideration of the true origins of the universe; then to the origin of life itself, which almost no one understands; then to the fits and starts when new forms of ever more complex life seem to be brought to Earth on a schedule rather than to have developed here. Learn why Lloyd Pye thinks some of the the earliest Miocene apes, which appeared 23 million years ago, live on today as the hair-covered bipedal primates (bigfoot, yeti, etc.) he calls “hominoids.”

The God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air…”—Genesis 1:26

Learn little-known details about the Minnesota Iceman, a hominoid murdered in cold blood and doomed to years of display frozen in a block of ice. Learn even more about Zana, a well-researched Russian hominoid who has left behind living hybrid descendants (the eBook contains photos of one of her sons, a grandson, and several other descendants!) Most of all, find out why Lloyd Pye strongly suggests that Intragalactic Terraformers are much more likely to be the actual source of life on Earth than anything Creationism or Evolution can hope to rationally account for.

If you have an open mind and are inclined to question authority, this new eBook has been written for you. It has 350 pages, 230 photos and illustrations, and is 40,000 words long, which requires about 3 hours for an average reader to complete. Those 3 hours will change your worldview in ways you can’t imagine now, but which Lloyd Pye believes will be an experience you will want to share with any other open-minded people that you know.

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Lloyd Pye on Red Ice Radio

Lloyd returns to Red Ice to talk about his e-book, Intervention Theory Essentials. He begins with the true origins of the universe, including a discussion about the “Intragalactic Terraformers,” then discusses prokaryotic bacteria, the creation of oxygen, stock species and the Cambrian Explosion. He says life was brought to Earth on a schedule rather than to have developed here…

Lecture on YouTube by Lloyd Pye:

Desert – A Book Recommedation

rav-hisdas-daughterjpg-62ab4ada46a15759Rav Hisda’s Daughter

Hisdadukh, blessed to be beautiful and learned, is the youngest child of Talmudic sage Rav Hisda. The world around her is full of conflict. Rome, fast becoming Christian, battles Zoroastrian Persia for dominance while Rav Hisda and his colleagues struggle to establish new Jewish traditions after the destruction of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple. Against this backdrop Hisdadukh embarks on the tortuous path to become an enchantress in the very land where the word ‘magic’ originated.

But the conflict affecting Hisdadukh most intimately arises when her father brings his two best students before her, a mere child, and asks her which one she will marry. Astonishingly, the girl replies, “Both of them.” Soon she marries the older student, although it becomes clear that the younger one has not lost interest in her. When her new-found happiness is derailed by a series of tragedies, a grieving Hisdadukh must decide if she does, indeed, wish to become a sorceress. Based on actual Talmud texts and populated with its rabbis and their families, Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Book I – Apprentice brings the world of the Talmud to life – from a woman’s perspective.


Author Maggie Anton

Jewish novelist Maggie Anton has found herself dealing with some of the same subject matter as fellow female novelist J.K.Rowling of “Harry Potter” fame, but Anton’s magic stories are based on real history.

Anton is the author of the novel “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” .

“I’ve been studying Talmud for 20 years,” Anton said. “There’s magic stuff. I didn’t realize my book would focus so much on ancient sorcery. During the first 500 to 600 years of this millennium, sorcery was ubiquitous. They had incantations, amulets and magic spells.

“As I discovered that sorcery was rampant, it was interesting to see the differences between sorcerers. Today we think of wicked witches, but according to the Talmud, sorcerers are actually in league with the angels. In Jewish tradition, nobody has ever burned witches. Now I can understand why. There was a tradition of healing magic.”

Anton’s novel is set in Third Century Babylon, where enchantresses were sought out for spells and amulets for everyday needs. Jewish rabbis not only didn’t condemn sorcerers, their commentaries on the scriptures, known as the Talmud, give advice on how to find a good sorcerer whose spells are trustworthy.

Anton theorizes that the sorcerers, all women, were typically the wives and daughters of rabbis, because the spells were the work of highly literate women writing Aramaic with Hebrew lettering.

After the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A.D., the dispersed Jews had to develop rules and procedures for practicing Judaism without the temple.

That’s the purpose of the Talmud, Anton said in an interview.

“The Talmud is the basis of Judaism as we practice it today,” Anton said. “When the temple was there, Jews would go to Jerusalem and sacrifice animals. After the temple was destroyed, they came up with a way to practice Judaism wherever you were. They collected all the laws and put them in a book, the Mishnah, that’s about 600 pages. Then somebody’s going to have questions, and they had to answer the questions. The Talmud is a book discussing the Mishnah, how to make Jewish law, how to understand Jewish law. The post-biblical traditions and laws all come from the Talmud. It’s the customs and laws we follow today. The Bible is not many books. The Talmud is a whole bookcase.”

Questions would be asked, and answered, in a running, voluminous commentary. But in the sixth century, the rabbis cut off discussion, Anton said.

“The whole point is how we’re going to do Judaism now that we have no temple and no priesthood,” Anton said. “How are we going to atone for our sins? They innovated new ways to do Judaism. It enabled the Jews who spread everywhere to take their religion and spread their religion. They were forced to come up with new ways to practice Judaism wherever they were.”

Anton learned about the Babylonian magic or incantation bowls during her research. “I was trying to find authentic Jewish names from back then,” she said. “The spells and incantations were said with a person’s mother’s name.”

During the Iraq war, archeologists began digging in ancient Jewish communities. Under every home, they found an incantation bowl, or sorcery cup, about six inches across.

“They all come from Iraq, unearthed by archeologists,” Anton said. “All of these bowls are unique. They were composed by sorcerers for clients, buried under person’s house, to protect against sickness and ward off demons. They call upon Jewish angels, quote from the Torah or Mishnah. This is the only archeological evidence we have from fourth to sixth centuries when the Talmud is being created. In the 1800s, they found them and were ashamed. When the Iraq war happened, there was no security, and looters and archeologists flooded Iraq. This is people going to ruins to dig. They found these bowls under every house where they looked. Thousands of them found their way into museums. These were under every house. This is what everyone was doing. Suddenly the study of Jewish magic became cool.”

Magic had its rules and regulations.

“The Talmud has a lot to say about sorcery,” Anton said. “Sorcery is the province of women. The rabbis have rules – when you need an amulet spell, how do you find an expert, how do you know it works? They want you to go buy the amulets.”

For example, “The magical procedure to protect yourself in the privy is wash yourself three times and say a prayer as you come out,” Anton said.

“There is a place in the Talmud where the rabbis consult the head sorceress,” Anton said. “These were not a bunch of wacko ladies living in caves. The rabbis consult them a lot and tell you how to find a competent one. If it’s their wives and mothers, of course they’re respectable. They have to be literate to be able to write one.”

But it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between a prayer and an incantation, she said.

“It’s a fuzzy line, whether it’s a prayer or blessing, or if you’re conjuring demons or angels. The Jewish incantations are almost always directed toward angels, to dispel demons. It would look to us like a prayer for protection. During the Enlightenment, Jews tried to distance themselves from superstitious stuff.”

Echoes of the old incantations remained.

“We have prayers in every service, prayers for healing, with the name of the person’s mother,” Anton said. “If you have a blessing, a healing blessing, that’s done with the name of the mother.”

The tradition of Jewish sorcery is indisputable, she said.

“Catholics pray to the saints,” Anton said. “Most of these Jewish incantations are directed to angels. God is too busy running things. God has a big bureaucracy. When you want something, you go to the secretary, the guy behind the counter; they saw the angels as part of the bureaucracy.”

Modern-day Judaism is a bit conflicted about this bit of Hebrew history, she said.

“It’s embarrassing; it’s superstitious,” Anton said.

The parts of the Talmud she writes about are not taught in rabbinical schools.

“It’s scattered all through there – how to find a good amulet maker, a proven spell,” Anton said. “If you’re sick; you need protection from sickness or healing, you can wear an amulet on the Sabbath, but only a proven amulet written by an expert. Some of the discussions just come from out of nowhere. The Talmud is not organized in as good a fashion as you would like. There are certain sections that everybody studies. But that’s a small section.”

But experts on the Talmud know about the magic spells. “They know it’s there,” she said. She keeps bibliography and footnotes, in case anyone questions the validity of her research.

Rav Hisda was a real Tamudic scholar, and his daughter, Hisdadukh, the heroine of her novel, is mentioned in the Talmud nearly two dozen times, she said.

“He’s a historical guy who really lived,” she said of Rav Hisda. “She (the daughter) is mentioned in more places than any other woman. There’s a scene in the Talmud where the rabbi is teaching and she’s in the classroom. He calls up his two best students. He asks which one she wants to marry. She answers, ‘Both of them.’ The younger one says, ‘I’ll be the last.’ First she marries the older boy, has kids, is widowed, then marries the second, and has more kids. I read that and said, ‘I’ve got to write her story.’”

“Most of my audience is women,” Anton said. “People are finding it fascinating. This is not something they learned in religious school, this is not something they learned from their rabbis preaching. This is not what Judaism is now, and we don’t want everybody out there making amulets and incantation bowls.”

Anton uses her novels to take people back in time to a very real period of history.

“When they read my novels, they’re there,” she said. “They’re experiencing it.”

For Anton, it’s a fun period of Jewish history.

“I like to write about a time period when there’s no persecution, no pogroms,” Anton said.

“I want a happy ending, a satisfying ending, in a time period when things are good for my people. There are times when things were good.”

Anton said there’s still magic spells out there today.

“In a Judaica shop on Long Island, I was looking for amulets, and I bought one of the most common ones,” Anton said. “It has a spell from Talmud, to protect merchants on the road, a traveler’s prayer, or blessing. It looks like a keychain. There’s lots of that ancient magic that still permeates Judaism in ways that people don’t realize what it is.”


Source: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2013/05/jewish_novelist_writes_about_r.html

Book Nook – Vera Stanley Alder’s Enlightening Book “The Finding Of The Third Eye”

Josh Reeves, 5 Year Anniversary Edition Reading Of, Vera Stanley Alder’s Enlightening Book The Finding Of The Third Eye.


Check out this Audiobook for free!


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If you have never read “The Finding of the Third Eye,” you have to give a listen to Josh Reeves reeding of this fantastic book. Even if you have read it, this audio version is a great trip back to a brilliantly pieced together game changer.

For any seeker this book comes in rated TOP 5 by all of us hear at the YSayNo Cafe

Author Vera Dorothea Stanley Alder was a portrait painter and mystic. She wrote several books and pamphlets on self-help and spirituality. She founded the World Guardian Fellowship. Early in life the author began to investigate the Ancient Wisdom, and this revolutionized her life. She made it her task to simplify and summarize this knowledge in order to present it to others. She offers a guide to attainment through the path outlined by Ancient Wisdom which she summarizes in relation to man, comparing it with the discoveries of modern science. She surveys the philosophies of breathing, color, sounds, numbers, diet and exercise. Finally she discusses the functions of the Third Eye, Astrology, Meditation, and their ultimate aims. Her findings are described in this book. Contents include: Things as They Are What Modern Science Says The Secret Knowledge How We are Made How We are Classified Male and Female Birth, Sleep and Death Secrets of Breathing Secrets of Color Secrets of Sound The Science of Numbers Diet and Exercise The ‘Third Eye’ First Steps to Mastery Meditation History of the Wisdom The Present Awakening Dangers in the Path The Summing-up.

There is a bit of foul language just to warn those who might be offended. Josh is a charming character nonetheless. Overall you should be delightfully pleased with this reading,


You can also purchase this book on Amazon at

http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Third-Vera-Stanley-Alder/dp/0877280568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420347742&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Finding+of+the+Third+Eye


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