I posted this on my Patreon and thought people here would find it useful.
So I have a book that just came out with ancient hymns in it (see here) and it occurred to me that many people may not know how this works.
Once I find a hymn or quote I want to use, I look up the publisher and email them with the information of what I want to include (the hymn, the full citation of the book or article, including page number) and information about my book (title, publisher, rights, distribution, approximate cost). Then starts the waiting game. Sometimes it takes a few days, a month and some take years to get back to me. Yes, years. (I’m still waiting on some in fact).
Now, once I hear back, I can get different kinds of responses:
Got permission. It’s free. Just send us a copy of the book and cite everything completely. Sometimes, they’ll even give me a template to use for citations. So, literally cut and paste, just add the page number. (and no, you can’t abbreviate citations. Full citation for each hymn)
You may have permission if you send us money. $50 USD
You may have permission if you send us money. $200 USD
You may have permission if you send us money even though you asked for only 6 to 12 lines. $198 USD (Yes, this happened)
You may have permission to translate and include one hymn if you pay us. $350 USD (Yes, this happened too and I said no)
And I must include the books in the bibliography as well.
So if the hymn is in German or French, I have to ask permission from either the author or the publisher to translate it and include it in my book. If it is already translated into English, I ask permission from the author/translator or publisher to include it in my book. Sometimes, they will ask for a copy of the book in exchange which I am more than happy to provide.
If it is in hieroglyphs then I ask someone who knows hieroglyphs to translate it for me in exchange for a book copy or monetary compensation. If I knew hieroglyphs, then I could just translate it myself. (But I digress…)
So I hope this helped to clear up any issues about what I include in my books as far as content or footnotes.
Thank you to all the authors, translators and publishers who kindly gave me permission to include their works in my books.
Flaming Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Goddesses.
Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet.
Lady of the Temple: Ancient Hymns for Nephthys.
Solar Flares and Sunbeams: An Anthology for Ra.
Creation Mother: Ancient Hymns for Mut.
Now some of you may be wondering, won’t the hymns in Flaming Lioness contain all of the content of Nephthys, Sekhmet and Mut’s hymnal compilations? Well, yes and no.
Many of the hymns are the same in both books. But, some of the hymns I wasn’t able to get into Flaming Lioness, so those will be included in the other hymnal compilations. Also the books for Sekhmet, Mut and Nephthys will also include a festival calendar and a long list of epithets.
Solar Flares and Sunbeams: An Anthology for Ra and His Family
by Chelsea Luellon Bolton
Ra (Re) is the ancient Egyptian God of the Sun. He is the creator of the world, Gods and Humankind. He is both the warmth of the sun and its fiery, scorching rays. He is the one who travels through the sky during the day and through the Underworld at night, culminating in His defeat of the Evil Serpent. He merges with Wesir (Osiris), the King of the Underworld and renews the afterlife and creation.
He has many forms and syncretisms with other gods. He has many daughters who bear the title “Eye of Ra” which means they are His guardians and protectors who harness the fierce power of sun to dispose of enemies and evil forces.
Contributors can explore:
Ra as the creator of the world
Ra as the Creator of Humankind
Ra as the God of Kings
Ra as the Lord of All or Lord of the Limit
Ra and His Forms (Khepri, Ra and Atum as Morning, Noon and Night)
Ra and His Syncretisms (Amun-Ra, Atum-Ra, Khnum-Ra, Wepwawet-Ra, Sobek-Ra, Osiris-Ra, Ra Heru-akhety/Ra Horakhty)
Relationships with Ra and His Consorts (Hathor, Sekhmet, Bast, Nephthys) and as Amun-Ra (Mut)
Relationships between Ra and His Daughters (Bast, Sekhmet, Mut, Aset/Isis, Tefnut, Hathor, etc)
Relationships between Ra and the Celestial Cow/Mehet Weret (Forms: Neith, Hathor, Aset/Isis, Nephthys, Nut)
Relationships between Ra and His Sons (Anubis, Wepwawet, Shu)
Ra and His associations with Set or Thoth or Horus
Ra as a Fatherly figure, savior or personal God
We are seeking submissions of:
• poetry and oracles
• hymns and prayers
• devotions, rituals or magical practice
• academic or scholarly articles (with footnotes and bibliography)
• short fiction (5,000 word limit)
• artwork (300dpi; black and white only)
• translations of ancient works (must have permission of the copyright owner or translator if not translated directly from the hieroglyphs)
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Submission Formats: Word Document pasted within the body of an email or as an email attachment. Also please put RA SUBMISSION in the title of the email.
Rights: Worldwide, non-exclusive for print book and e-book formats (contributors retain all rights to their work); projected release date is July 1, 2019 through Lulu.com;
Contributors: There is no monetary compensation for contributors. Contributors will receive a free PDF copy of the book for personal use and a coupon code to purchase the book at a discount. A permission to publish form will be sent out via email once all the submissions are received.