When I started to work on this project some twelve years ago, people were avid readers. Then for a while book sales, print and digital format were in decline. These days the book publishing industry is recovering.
We are in the middle of the most significant social movement in the history of our civilization, and publishing houses should not hesitate to look for bold truth. There is a huge market for truth and bold out there. It is growing, and it is global. Until that happens, this book will remain underground, a silent contribution to the movement.
There has been considerable existential stress associated with the enterprise. The decision to keep rewriting was based though on a frank assessment of the manuscript, and, as a matter of principle, there would be no alternative to that. There was no deadline to meet either, no publisher breathing down on my neck.
As the law of cause and effect would have it, because of all the work done until then I could see now things I did not see before. A consequence of that, the next time around there would be additional significant changes, and no other editing cycle has produced a more radical improvement of the manuscript than the last one did. This was when I finally knew it was time to abandon the project and to throw it into the world so it could have a life of its own.
In 2013, when the first "edition" was released this was a very large one-volume book. At one point I realized it must have been overwhelming for the reader, if not a reader repellent, and a few full-book revisions later I switched to the two-volume format. That did not feel balanced, and in the end, the three-volume format was the best fit for how the story is told and how the evidence cumulates and corroborates conclusions reached in previous chapters.
Both the title and the subtitle have been substantially modified. The original title was The Day Belief Becomes History. Considering that most people tend to associate by default the notion of belief with religion, there was a good chance potential readers would have thought the book was solely about that kind of belief. It is about much more than just that.
The number one reason civilization Earth is confronted today with so many grave problems and why we have been constantly at war with each other and Mother Nature for thousands of years now is that we are genetically predisposed to believing all sorts of things, not just claims made in houses of worship. This is the central idea behind the book project. Be it politics, the media, the business world or the amphitheaters of our universities, someone is always taking advantage of what in fact is a very odd predisposition, a reality extensively addressed in every one of the three volumes.
The practice of mass manipulation by the way of feeding false information to a trusting audience is as old as our civilization. In large part the effect of the gradual awakening of the entire population of the planet into a new understanding of the purpose of our being here, we are crossing over into the beginning of the end of that malefic era, and A Time of Change is a title that reflects more accurately the overall message in the book. It is also a reference to events our civilization is on its way to experiencing.
English is officially a second language for me. That, however, is debatable these days since I rarely use my native tongue. Again, as far as I am concerned the book is in the best shape it ever was. That said the manuscript has not been proofread or edited by a third party. It may happen in the future but there are certain conditions to be met.
Aside from the financial aspect of this matter, the manuscript will not to be sent out via e-mail to someone promoting his or her editing services on the Internet. Offers were made and most likely offers will be made again. I am sure many of them are true professionals, but this will have to be a face-to-face kind of collaboration.
I was asked a number of times, will it be there a print version? Everything is possible and one could never know but I very much doubt that publishing houses will have the audacity to get involved. At this moment the book is a tad too controversial for their political taste.
Politics and business are deeply interrelated and they meet in the marketing department. This is why for institutions associated with the business of information distribution a very strong challenge to the status quo is never good business.
Assuming for a moment I was able to finance a print edition, the price the reader would have to pay is going to be pretty steep. For an independent author looking at the self-publishing option, production cost per copy is much higher than what a for-profit publishing house would spend to have it released. As a result, the other side of the problem is that the higher printing cost will inevitably be reflected in the retail price of the book. This one here, however, is intended as a not-for-profit global event.
No doubt about it, the print option will always be there. Theoretically though, the current no-charge digital format makes the book accessible to a larger audience, basically to everyone on the planet that has a computer, a tablet or a phone with a relatively big screen. Even those without a personal computer or a personal similar device could use the services of a library that provides computer time to members and non-members alike.
It is technically impossible for me to get a reliable count for how many of you have read the book. I should nevertheless be able to tell enough of you did just by looking at the world outside the window of my room. In the end, genuine, positive, rational change is always the result of how much we know at a personal level, and of how accurate is our collective understanding of what we know.
By sharing this with you a significant chapter in my life has closed, a new one just opened and I can see more road ahead of me. So, here we are. Twelve years later, three volumes, three downloadable pdf files, free.