Help write a new chapter
in the remarkable saga of
“a little book of forgiveness”
"A wise and wonderful book now celebrating its 20th birthday, and just as relevant today."
— WALLY LAMB, novelist, author of She's Come Undone,
I Know This Much Is True, and the upcoming We Are Water
THE SEVEN STEPS
CONTRIBUTIONS ARE BEING
ACCEPTED NOW UNTIL
JANUARY 15, 2014
Current Fund Status:
(7.1% of $50,000 goal)
As a contributor, you will receive periodic updates on the progress of this book after publication.
Coaching sessions* that are entitled by Steps 4-7 can be commenced soon after the contribution is made, without regard to the book’s publication date.
Large contributions from overseas may be made by wire transfer. Contact info(at)fearlessbooks.com for details.
SECURE ONLINE ORDERING
Step 7: $5000
Contributors at this level are entitled to seven personal coaching sessions with D. Patrick Miller, conducted by phone or in person in Northern California, plus seven signed copies of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 7: $5000.00
Step 6: $2500
Contributors at this level are entitled to four personal coaching sessions with D. Patrick Miller, conducted by phone or in person in Northern California, plus four signed copies of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 6: $2500.00
Step 5: $1000
Contributors at this level are entitled to two personal coaching sessions (or one workshop presented to your favorite nonprofit organization) with D. Patrick Miller, conducted by phone or in person in Northern California, plus two signed copies of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 5: $1000.00
Step 4: $500
Contributors at this level are entitled to one personal coaching session with D. Patrick Miller, conducted by phone or in person in Northern California, plus one signed copy of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 4: $500.00
Step 3: $250
Contributors at this level are entitled to one signed copy of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS and a 30% discount on all future orders of the hardcover or paperback editions. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 3: $250.00
Step 2: $100
Contributors at this level are entitled to one signed copy of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS and a 15% discount on all future orders of the hardcover or paperback editions. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 2: $100.00
Step 1: $50
Contributors at this level are entitled to one signed copy of the hardcover 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS. You will be thanked by name in the hardcover, paperback, and digital versions of the book.
Step 1: $50.00
*The topic of coaching sessions can include forgiveness, A Course in Miracles, other subject areas as described in the author’s “Sense & Spirituality” offerings, or literary consultations. You may transfer any number of coaching sessions to friends. Coaching may include written correspondence, if preferred.
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In the spring of 2014, Fearless Books will release the 20th Year Edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS, originally published in 1994 as “A Little Book of Forgiveness.”
From now until January 15, you can contribute toward our $50,000 crowd-funding campaign to help this well-loved and transformative book reach many new readers.
Watch the video for a brief message from author D. Patrick Miller … and then read a revealing story of mainstream vs. independent publishing that isn’t over yet…
C H A P T E R O N E
In 1993, I was restarting an interrupted writing career after a seven-year illness. One day while contemplating what my next step should be, the phrase “a little book of forgiveness” came to mind. Dropping everything, I began writing down a series of thoughts and inspirations that came to me almost effortlessly.
Within less than two weeks, I had completed the first draft of a concise and unusual manuscript. More than anything I’ve ever worked on, this book really “wrote itself” — an experience of pure inspiration.
My literary agent found an enthusiastic editor at a Big Publisher (let’s call it “BP”) who soon bought the manuscript. It was published in 1994, in an elegant hardcover edition, at the price of $12.95.
C H A P T E R T W O
Within two months, A Little Book of Forgiveness had sold out its first printing of 20,000 copies. My editor reported that an emergency printing of 5000 had been ordered, with more substantial ones sure to follow. The book was taking off at a best-seller pace. I did a West Coast reading tour, and there was even an inquiry from one of Oprah’s producers. That invitation was postponed, but it would likely have been renewed if sales had continued at the early pace.
But after four or five months, something seemed amiss: the book was getting hard to find. I called fifty bookstores across the country to see what was happening.
Almost without exception, they all repeated the same story: They’d stocked the book, sold out quickly, and tried to reorder without success.
My agent called BP, who admitted there might be a distribution glitch here and there. But we had “nothing to worry about” because Big Publisher was giving my book the same care and attention they gave all their books. (Knowing a few things about Big Publishing already, I did not find this reassuring.)
C H A P T E R T H R E E
After a year my book had completely disappeared from bookstores, and my editor finally told us the truth: After the second printing had been completed, a sales meeting was held in which the BP marketing department announced that they felt they had underpriced A Little Book of Forgiveness. It was making money, but not as much as it would have at a higher price.
Rather than re-price, which would incur the expenses of producing a second edition, they simply killed the book. After it sold out two printings, BP had stopped filling orders.
Although the book’s initial momentum was gone and I didn’t yet have my own press, I inquired about regaining the rights to the book to republish it myself. But BP refused to release the rights – and would hold onto them for five years.
C H A P T E R F O U R
By 1997, I’d already founded Fearless Books, joining the rising tide of independent publishers. When the rights to A Little Book of Forgiveness finally became available in 1999, I produced my own paperback edition. I didn’t have the publicity and distribution resources to reignite my book’s original best-selling momentum.
But I felt it was important to keep the book alive because of what I’d been hearing from readers. Many letters had reached me, detailing how the book had helped readers forgive parents, spouses, and themselves, and make other healing changes in their lives. (See some comments below.)
One of my favorite thank-you’s was from a 98-year-old retired psychiatrist, who’d been given the book by his psychiatrist. (I wrote back and told him that when he hit the century mark, maybe he should consider taking a break from psychotherapy!)
The letter that stunned me was from a young college coed, who told me that a counselor had given her A Little Book of Forgiveness after she’d become suicidal following a rape in her last year of high school. She was writing the letter after having just moved into her first dorm room. “Without your book,” she wrote, “I’m pretty sure I’d be in my grave instead.”
I also began hearing from prison workshop leaders, who have used the paperback in penitentiaries from New York’s Attica State to Maui, North Carolina, and Florida. (Hardcover books are usually not allowed in prisons.) One workshop instructor told me that it was a hit with prisoners partly because it was short; for some semi-literate prisoners it was the first book they had ever finished. And the messages of forgiveness and personal responsibility seemed to hit home.
C H A P T E R F I V E
To shorten a long & expensive story, I kept republishing A Little Book of Forgiveness, launching a tenth anniversary edition that included a CD in 2004. I never had enough capital to do much more than produce the book, but I was determined to keep it alive.
A few years later, another Big Publisher (BP2) inquired about reissuing the book. The new editor said she would want a different title and some new writing. So I revised the original edition to create The Way of Forgiveness. After the editor at BP2 endorsed my changes, she took the revised manuscript to her marketing department, which turned her down.
Since I’d already enhanced the book, I republished it once more with the new title, on the fifteenth anniversary in 2009. This time it featured a new Foreword by Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., the originator of the historic Stanford Forgiveness Projects. This print edition is now nearly sold out, and it's the first edition available as an e-book.
T H E N E X T C H A P T E R
When I published the first Fearless edition of A Little Book of Forgiveness in 1999, there was no such thing as Internet crowd-funding. With the approach of a 20th anniversary, I’ve decided to turn to readers everywhere to help give this work the opportunity to reach everyone it can (and always should have).
Unlike the first edition’s Big Publisher, I’m not focused on making as much money as possible. I do want the book to fulfill its original potential and reach as many readers as possible, because it has a proven track record of changing lives for the better.
With that in mind, the fund-raising goal of $50,000 will enable me to:
- Launch a new hardcover edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS, with a new publicity campaign and widespread distribution, at the 1994 price of $12.95.
- Launch a new paperback edition at $9.95 (currently $12.95)
- Launch a new digital edition at $4.95 (currently $6.95)
- Reserve 5000 paperback copies for free distribution to prisons by request of prison librarians or accredited prison workshop leaders, and to any documented nonprofit organization in the fields of recovery, rehabilitation, health care, or spiritual education.
When you help finance the next chapter of this “little book” on forgiveness, I’ll thank you by name in the 20th Year Edition. That means you’ll always be a part of this historic publication. You'll also get regular updates on the progress of the book following publication. (There are additional "perks" given with each level of contribution.)
If you’re interested in contributing to this effort but haven’t read the book yet, I’ll send you a coupon code to download a free digital copy from Smashwords, readable on a Kindle, smartphone, iPad, or computer.
Just write info (at) fearlessbooks.com with “Free Forgiveness” as the subject line. Upon receiving your free e-book, there’s no obligation to contribute – but I hope you’ll be moved to help this book reach the big audience it has always deserved, and thus further spread the word about the much-needed, healing effects of following “the way of forgiveness.” Thanks for your time and attention!
D. Patrick Miller
Author & Publisher
PS: The 15th anniversary print edition of THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS is nearly sold out, and will only be available for a few more months. Read excerpts and download a free “Seven Steps of Forgiveness” poster here.
What Readers Have Said
When first published in 1994, this was a book whose ideas and message were ahead of its time. . . Since 1996 I have directed the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, a series of research endeavors that helped substantiate the power of forgiveness to reduce hurt, depression, anger and stress in people who hold grudges. . . In addition to this research I also have taught forgiveness to tens of thousands of hurt and angry people. What I find fascinating is that the things I taught, researched and proved to be true, D. Patrick Miller already knew. . . from the Foreword by FREDERIC LUSKIN, Ph.D., Director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects
TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR
THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS
by Frederic Luskin, Ph.D.
Seven Steps of
Where Forgiveness Leads
The Seven Steps
“With The Way of Forgiveness, D. Patrick Miller makes the advanced form of forgiveness found in A Course in Miracles very approachable, without compromising on its profound and startling message. Having known Patrick for many years, I can say he doesn’t just write about these principles, he truly lives them. I highly recommend this book to all spiritual seekers. You won’t be able to put it down.” • GARY RENARD, author of The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality
What beautiful work. . . clearheaded, generous, and profound in its lush simplicity. WALLY LAMB, novelist, author of Shes Come Undone and The Hour I First Believed
This helped me go to a deeper level on my own path of forgiveness. Its a wonderful book! LOUISE HAY, author of You Can Heal Your Life
Forgiveness is one of the most challenging and powerful teachings of healing. The Way of Forgiveness is filled with compassion and wisdom. JOAN BORYSENKO, author of Inner Peace for Busy Women and Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
An outstanding resource, this book gave me a jump start into the healing work of forgiveness. I have used it effectively in a variety of workshops, including ones at Attica Correctional Facility. SUSAN REGEN, forgiveness workshop leader in New York
“What a gem of a book this is! As a psychotherapist, I can use it over and over with my clients, who often need to forgive. As a seeker, I learned a lot from reading it. The Seven Steps of Forgiving are so valuable and clear; and the rest of the book reads like the wisdom of Zen masters. It’s uplifting, refreshing and challenging at the same time. The author obviously has walked this journey for a long time, and has left guideposts for those who follow. Do yourself a favor, and buy it as a gift to your spirit. Then, buy a few more copies for those you love. They’ll know it means you love them.” • TINA B. TESSINA, “Dr. Romance”
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