My friend and Soul Home member, Muzi Cindi, is getting ready to launch his book on Saturday 15 December. The book is entitled Jesus for a Digital Age. It is a special, revised 2nd edition, dedicated to Nelson Mandela in 2018, his centenary year.
At the feet of the Nelson Mandela statue in Sandton Square, Johannesburg
I picked up a copy of Muzi’s 1st edition two years ago and found that I could not read it. My English teacher genes reared up in horror at the typos, the lack of punctuation and the general lack of structure and cohesiveness in the first few pages of the manuscript. I thought to myself: “The only way I am going to be able to read this is if I proof it and edit it myself!” So I began marking up the preface with my comments and corrections. When I got to the end of the preface, I gave up. It was just too much work. I put it aside, not realizing, at that time, exactly what I had set into motion in the Universal Law.
Jesus for a Digital Age – first edition published in 2014
Fast forward 18 months to the celebration of my 60th birthday, in June 2018, at which I launched my latest book: Sex Goddess: De-bonking the Mythology of God and Sex.
(Note: Since my party, I changed the title slightly, revised the contents slightly and had the cover redesigned. Now the book looks like this:
The book is available here: https://www.amazon.com/SEX-GODDESS-Debunking-Mythology-God-ebook/dp/B07G8WQ2HB
At my party, I publicly announced that my dream was to meet Oprah and put a copy of my book into her hands.
Oprah (photo by Marc Accetta on Flickr)
Both Muzi and my S. African publisher, Webster Tsenase, spoke at my party.
I had been wanting to get these two men together for a while. I had a feeling that Webster should republish Muzi’s book. And, indeed, at my party, the three of us had a conversation about exactly that topic. Muzi explained that the first time he had published Jesus for a Digital Age, it was put together in a great hurry in order to launch it at his first Divine Feminine conference in 2014. He asked me to edit it for him so that he could relaunch it at the next Divine Feminine conference in August 2019. I agreed, knowing that we were a good 14 months away from the next conference and so there was no urgency. Or so I thought. But then everything changed….
On 15 November 2018, I landed back in S. Africa after two months away, working in Europe and speaking in Toronto at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
With Muzi at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada
The very next night after my return, I read a message from Muzi that he was negotiating to have Oprah come and speak to the Senior Pastors at a celebration dinner in Johannesburg on 30 November. What??? Only two weeks away!! The following morning, Saturday 17 November, I heard that the event was confirmed for 30 November and I would be helping to plan it. There would also be a workshop in the afternoon on the Divine Feminine with Rev. Michael Beckwith from Agape and Oprah, and yes, yours truly, Rev. Steph, along with other S. African thought leaders.
In honour of this momentous occasion, Muzi wanted his book to be available on Amazon on 30 November. He asked me to edit it on Sunday 18 November. I had five days, until Thursday 22 November. Webster would need the following week to typeset the manuscript, design the cover and upload the book to Amazon. Innocently, I said “yes” to Muzi having no clue about the kind of workload a project like this would involve. I was clearly an editing virgin. 😦
Miraculously, I had a “chance” conversation with my former Practitioner student, Penelope Gottlieb, during the evening of Sunday 18 November. She told me that she had taken a major career turn and was going to start a business from home as an online editor. At the time, I was still too zapped by exhaustion and jet-lag after my trip to understand that the Universe was sending help my way. The following morning, Monday 19 November, as I began working on the manuscript, it clicked: Penny could help! And so she came on board to edit the 12 x Appendices.
With Penny at my 60th birthday
As I was finishing my first edit of the first 100 pages of the book, with still another 100 pages to edit in Section 2, plus the Appendices to check, Muzi called to say that Oprah had had to postpone the event on 30 November for security reasons. This was very disappointing after all the anticipation. But Muzi was a man on a mission and still wanted the book to be published during Mandela’s centenary year i.e. before 31 December 2018. Again I was lulled into a false sense of security. We had over a month to finish editing and typesetting and get it uploaded to Amazon. No problem. Or so I thought….. But a day later, Muzi changed his mind: he wanted to launch the book in Johannesburg on 15 December!! This meant finishing the editing by 2 December so that the book could be typeset and printed and delivered by 14 December. So five weeks had suddenly been reduced to two weeks!
As the Goddess would have it, my friend Nancy Koenig from New York, who was a part of the Agape group at the S. African Birthing Our Divine Feminine Conference 2017, (where I gave my debut speech on God and Sex) happened to see a post of mine on Facebook about my editing project and offered to help.
With Nancy at ‘Birthing our Divine Feminine 2017’ in Johannesburg
(Nancy confessed to me that she had also tried to read Muzi’s book, and had even considered offering to edit it for him, but had held back in case she offended him. You can see how she set the Law of Attraction into motion too!) So then I had two editing partners. They were both a Goddess-send and brought two extra pairs of eyes and their own editing skill-sets to the project. I could never have managed it without them.
On Sunday 2 December, we were nowhere close to ready to submit the manuscript for typesetting. I asked for 2 days extension. Webster flexed: we had till Tuesday night, 4 December. Still not ready though. We worked through Wednesday 5 December. There was only one day left because the printers had to have the print-ready files by Friday 7 December.
On Thursday, 6 December, I began sending Webster the manuscript piecemeal as each section got completed. I imagined that by 3 pm on Thursday afternoon I would have sent off the entire manuscript to Webster. Wrong!! I finished sending it at 3 am in the early hours of Friday morning. Webster worked through the night and sent us the manuscript for checking on Friday morning at about 8 am. We found loads of little typos but there was simply not enough time to correct them all. I worked through the morning and sent my last set of corrections to Webster in the early afternoon. He liaised with the printers and they said it was too late to start printing on Friday afternoon. They would rather wait till Monday morning but they could still get it done and delivered by Friday 14 December.
So, big surprise, we now had the whole weekend to check the document. The extra time was Goddess-sent. On Monday morning, 10 December, right before we were supposed to send it to the printers, we were still finessing the blurb on the back cover and finding tiny typos. Webster had contacted the printers and was waiting for them to send him a job code which would initiate the print job. Webster called them in the mid-afternoon, concerned that he had still not received the job code. The printers chose to inform him then that they were not going to print Muzi’s books! They did not have enough printers, they said. What?? How could they back down at the last minute? Well, they could and they did.
Webster, fortunately, had a back-up plan which meant assigning the job to a printing company in Cape Town. The seeming drawback is that Cape Town is ca. 1500 kilometres (ca. 900 miles) away from Johannesburg whereas the originally appointed printing company is located in nearby Pretoria. So, we are dependent on the couriers driving overnight tonight, on Thursday 13 December, to get the books to Webster by Friday 14 December. That is tomorrow.
If you read this any time on Thursday 13 December or Friday 14 December, please say a prayer for smooth and efficient delivery of the books in time and on time.
I just heard today that Jesus for a Digital Age has been successful uploaded to Amazon and is available in paperback or on Kindle. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0639985718
I am holding the space for a successful book launch on Saturday 15 December 2018. Muzi has asked me to be a keynote speaker. Wahoo!! So honoured. I will tell you about it in the next blog post.
Appreciating the miracle of global communication via technology.
“The Miracles of Earth are the Laws of Heaven” -Johann Richter