Now that I have finished indexing and proofreading The Mound Builder Myth, which is due to be available for purchase sometime in the second or third week of February, there is just one more thing for me to finish for now, the last five pages of my book on legends of the pyramids. I have finished all twelve chapters and only have the conclusion to turn out. Then… Well, then I’m free until the copyediting, proofreading, and indexing hit for that one. If there is anything I have learned from the process, it is this: I am never again working on two books at the same time. This past nine months or so have been almost impossibly overstuffed trying to cram the needs of two books into days already filled with everything else I have to do. I can handle one at a time, but two at one is too much.
Scott Wolter’s new book, Cryptic Code: The Templars in America and the Origins of the Hooked X, was released on Tuesday, and … nothing happened. Can a book truly “change everything you thought you knew about the founding of America” if no one reads it? For being a cable TV host, you’d think he’d have more clout, or at least more savvy, in terms of getting his book promoted and marketed. If I were in his place, I’d have timed the release of the book for the broadcast dates of the recent season of America Unearthed to capitalize on viewership, especially since those viewers are likely to be the core audience for the book. I would also have tried to place the book with a more prominent publisher. The firm putting out the book is best known for self-publishing services. As it is, I’m not sure that Wolter has the pull to move product without the institutional advantage of a current TV series to keep him in the limelight beyond the core “Templar mysteries” audience.
Originally, I planned to spend today’s blog post discussing Tom DeLonge’s recent interview in the British music magazine NME, in which he claimed to have secret knowledge that he has adjudged too dangerous for public consumption: “Believe it or not, we have very long conversations about what we’re going to talk about publicly, not because we don’t have the facts – but because people aren’t ready for the facts,” he said. This seems transparently false. If an aging rock star whose sum total of knowledge of UFOs, ancient history, and the occult is derived, by his own admission, from reading old paperback ufology books has experienced “the facts” and emerged unscathed, surely we mere mortals can hear whatever it is DeLonge thinks he knows (but probably doesn’t). I also thought it worth mentioning that Luis Elizondo, who two Pentagon spokespeople have denied served as the head of the Pentagon’s UFO tracking program, declined to provide evidence that he did head it when asked. “I don’t want to make anyone look foolish,” he said. Sure, that’s the reason.
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