Here it is ... the last in the Traditional Witchcraft series - Traditional Witchcraft and the Path to the Mysteries - published by Moon Books. The series has had some interesting reactions and overall I'm pleased with the responses, especially as it made me a 'best selling author' with four consecutive titles on the Amazon e-books Wicca and Witchcraft listing for a day at least! For further details of the complete series see www.moon-books.net
For anyone who's interested in learning more about Moon Books, here's an extract from an interview with Trevor Greenfield that was included it in The Pagan Writers' Guide (see www.compass-books.net).
INTERVIEW: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS
Suzanne Ruthven talks to Trevor Greenfield about the rapidly growing popularity of Moon Books and the strong support the publishing imprint has with the on-line pagan community.
SR: You have an impressive collection of titles, most of them relating to paganism, witchcraft, Wicca, Druidry, Norse and shamanism ... is it difficult to discover new voices in these areas?
TG: No, to be honest it hasn't proved that difficult. We have developed a strong on-line presence and I think this has helped new writers to find us. That, and the fact that we assess and make decisions on proposals in days rather than the more traditional publishers that still take months to decide, encourages submissions.
SR: It's often said that if you were to ask 100 witches to defines their beliefs, you would have a 100 different answers. Do you have any particular bias for one particular system or another?
TG: No, we have not preference. We have published a number of titles on Traditional witchcraft but that's simply because they are what has come in. We have recently started a new series called Pagan Portals which is designed for Pagans to write about their particular skills, interests or knowledge so that should hopefully encourage diversity in the submissions we receive.
SR: Have you any advice for potential Moon Books authors - and in particular, what sort of material would be instantly rejected?
TG: My advice would be to submit! We have a friendly, informal and very fast submission process. You'll know within a week or so what our decision is and either way our feedback will include reader reports that will hopefully be of use to thew author regardless of our decision. I don't usually instantly reject anything but if I do it's when the submission takes the form of an overly romanticised potted author bio with limited detail on the actual book. Keep the info tight and relevant. It might, for example, be of familiar interest that the author has been a witch for forty years and can recall magical holidays spent at her grandmother's cottage where she passed on her knowledge of herbal medicine, but sadly it doesn't follow that you are empowered to write a good book.
If you are writing a book on any of the different pagan disciplines and think it may be of interest to Moon Books, submit your inquiry via the website in the first instance: www.moon-books.net