A Little About Me
My name is Debbie Chapnick. I am the owner, editor, and everything else at Datura Press. I started the company in 1999 to publish my Tarot Tip Sheet. I never thought I would be a publisher, but when opportunity knocks...
A few years ago Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki honored me by making me her archivist. Now I spend most of my time going though wonderful papers, organizing them, and creating books. These books contain lectures, workshops, rituals and meditations, most of which have not seen the light of day for 40 years. Amongst these papers are not only the work of Dolores, but of W.E. Butler, Gareth Knight, Dion Fortune and the Rev. Robert King. I have also published fiction by Alan Richardson.
The company is at a crossroads. People want these books. I have been contacted by distributors and bookshops from all over the world. All I need to really get this going is to have enough books in stock to fill the need.
For those of you who don't know about Dolores...
here's a little bio.
Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki is one of the most respected and experienced esoteric teachers in the world today. She was trained in Dion Fortune’s school, the Fraternity of the Inner Light and trained with Walter Ernest Butler, the Grand Master of British Occultism. Dolores is a third degree adept and Qabbalist.
She travels the world constantly, lecturing, teaching and holding workshops. To date she has written over 30 books.
One of her most valuable contributions to modern occultism has been to focus attention on the use of Pathworking (guided meditation) as a training tool and she is acknowledged to be one of its foremost exponents.
She designed the SOL Tarot Deck with Jo Gill and Anthony Clark and the Shakespearean Tarot with Paul Hardy.
Some Quotes About Our Books
“It has been a pleasure both to revisit the familiar and to discover the unfamiliar. It is because much of this material was originally spoken rather than written, that the 'voices' of the authors shine through, it is as though we hear them speak. Marvellous!”
Inner Light Journal
“So, all in all, a book to be highly recommended, along with its publishers, the miniscule Datura Press, who are well worth looking up for details of further gems on the way. I eagerly await my ordered copy of Volume 2 to see if it matches up to this one, and look forward optimistically to what future volumes may bring.”
What We Need
We need books and advertising! Currently I order the books as I need them. It keeps things going, but doesn't make much in the way of profit. If I can buy the books in bulk I will get a good discount.
Right now I announce the books on Facebook and send out emails to the people on my mailing list. People hear about me by word of mouth. Advertising money could help me get the word out to a wider audience.
Here's the Breakdown
120 copies of each title (Archives vol 1-6, Rituals Vol 1 & 2, Shadows & Light) comes to $8,504.79. This includes tax and shipping.
$420 going toward the creation of a website with a working store.
This would leave a little over a $1000, which would go towards my listing the books at New Leaf Distributors. I would be listed in all their catalogues and included in their email blasts. Considering they are the largest distributor of New Age/Occult books, it is well worth the expense!
Other Ways You Can Help
Tell everyone you think would be interested! There is a share tool on this site and of course there is Facebook and Twitter and all the rest. Talk about me at parties! Whatever works!
What if I go over my goal?
Any money that gets me over my goal (up to $1000) will be donated to the New Alexandrian Library Project. After all, what's the point of making books if you don't have somewhere to put them!
This wonderful group of people have been incredible supportive of me over the years and I would be thrilled to be able to give some support back to them.
If there is money over that, it will go to the production of more books and to the upkeep of my website.
Thanks so much for checking out this page!