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What I Include in My Books

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.

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Titles/Epithets of Nephthys

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My Shrine to Nebet Het.  Photo by Monica R. Used with Permission.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I’m compiling my final list of epithets for Nebet Het  (Nephthys) for my book She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology for Nephthys.

Here is a list of some epithets I have gathered from the LAGG vol 8 and other sources:

  • Sorceress
  • Sister of Set
  • Sister of Osiris
  • Sister of Aset (Isis)
  • Great Mother of Amun
  • Mother of Horus
  • Mother of God
  • Who Protects Her Horus with Her Magic Spells
  • Who Protects Her Brother Osiris
  • Deputy, Who is Without Gender
  • Mother of the Jackal God
  • Wife of Onnophris (Osiris), the Justified
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Two Book Projects: An Update

So I have two projects that I am working on intensively at the moment.  One of them is Mother of Magic: Ancient Hymns for Aset.  This book has hymns from Philae, Dendera, Soknopaiou Nesos, Shanhur and some New Kingdom texts.   There is also an updated festival calendar and epithets list.  I’m waiting on the cover artist and  the final formatted version of  the books.

The other project is Flaming Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Goddesses.  This is a collection of ancient hymns to different Eye of Ra Goddesses.  So far I have hymns to: Aset/Isis, Nebet Het/Nephthys, Hethert/Hathor, Tefnut, Sekhmet, Mut, Menhyt, Nit/Neith and Seshat.  I’m still collecting other material and waiting on some permissions.

 

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Projects Update

Waiting on Permissions

An anthology for Aset/Isis: Mother of Magic: Ancient Hymns for Aset.  This is a collection of ancient hymns and prayers for Aset.  I have hymns and prayers from Philae, Dendera, Soknopaios Nesos and some other material.  I also have an updated epithets list and a festival calendar.   I’m waiting on permissions about the material from  Kockelmann,  Holger and Erich Winter.  Philae III: Die Zweite Ostkolonnade des Tempels der Isis in Philae. (CO II und CO II K).  Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften/Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2016.

I have been compiling all the material for this book She Who Speaks Through Silence:  An Anthology for Nephthys.  I am still waiting on some submissions.  Here are  the submission guidelines: Nebet Het Submission Guidelines

A Devotional for Ra and His Daughters:  Solar Flares and Sunbeams.  Here are the submission guidelines:  Ra and His Family Devotional

The tentative title is Lioness Goddess, Lioness Queen: An Anthology for Sekhmet. This a devotional for Sekhmet.  Right now, I have some ancient hymns and some modern poetry.  I also have a festival calendar and an epithets list.  I have to wait for the permissions to include some material.

My Poetry

I have another Ancient Egyptian poetry book in the works, called Sky, River and Sand: Poems for the Egyptian Gods.  I’m iffy on this title.

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More Philae!

So, Hermann  Junker began recording Inscriptions from the Temple of Philae, which became his book Der grosse Pylon des Tempels der Isis in Philae and Hermann Junker along with Erich Winter published this book Philae II Das Geburtshaus des Tempels der Isis in Philae.   I translated from these two books for the Temple of Philae section in Lady of Praise, Lady of Power.  

Now, finally, there is a volume three!  Holger Kockelmann (author of Praising the Goddess) and Erich Winter now have published this book Philae III: Die Zweite Ostkolonnade Des Tempels Der Isis in Philae (CO II und CO II K).  

I am so excited to read and (hopefully translate from) this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Book Sales

Here is the data of book sales I have made since March of 2016.

My parents have bought one of each paperback book  (Thanks, Mom!  Thanks, Dad!).

I’m not doing this to brag or to make anyone feel self-conscious.  I wanted to see how many of each book was selling so that I could decide which types of books to focus on in the future.  And I was just curious, honestly.

Also, the Kindle books only became available recently.  Continue reading “Book Sales”

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Holy Mother, Healer and Queen is published!

Holy Mother Healer Queen ebook

Presented here is a collection of scholarly essays on various Goddesses, Orisha and Saints.

In Holy Mother, Healer and  Queen,  you will find essays on:

  • Oya
  • Yemoja (Yemaya)
  • Kali
  • Kwan Yin
  • Frigga
  • Skadhi
  • Freyja
  • Mary
  • Women’s Healing and Qur’anic Talismanry

 

Purchase Paperback from Lulu here:  Holy Mother, Healer and Queen

Purchase PDF from Lulu here:  Holy Mother, Healer and Queen