Anasazi and Forward Walking, Literature, Revise, Seth Adam Smith

How "The Seven Paths" Met Berrett-Koehler

Me and the ANASAZI Crew (Lehi Sanchez, Ezekiel Sanchez, and Mike Merchant) at Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Me and the ANASAZI Crew (Lehi Sanchez, Ezekiel Sanchez, and Mike Merchant) at Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

I’m proud to formally (and finally!) announce that  ANASAZI Foundation and Berrett-Koehler Publishers have joined hands to publish The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World, in August 2013.  Exciting, isn’t it?

Well the story of how this all came about is just as exciting!  So, since I’m finishing up my internship at Berrett-Koehler Publishers, I thought I’d share the story with you.  And since I interned in the Editorial Department, I thought I’d use some of my newly acquired editorial skills to “improve” the story…

October 2012.  I was at the Berrett-Koehler offices, watching YouTube videos feverishly working on important projects, when suddenly—out of nowhere—Jeevan (BK’s Managing Director of the Editorial Department) quietly and humbly asked sprang out from behind his desk and proceeded to interrogate me.  “Where did you work before this?!”  “What’s the ANASAZI Foundation?!”  “Why was the experience ‘life changing’?!

The situation continued to escalate until I told him about The Seven Paths of the Anasazi Way, the self-published book of ANASAZI Foundation.  He was intrigued and politely requested demanded that I give him the book “in exchange for [my] life!”  So I left it on his desk and ran from the building like a terrified little girl watched fearlessly as he destroyed his office in a fit of rage over dust bunnies and a never-ending stream of emails.

Within a day or two, Jeevan had read The Seven Paths, and expressed genuine interest in the book had undergone a remarkable transformation.  He shaved his face, whistled as he came to work, cursed only at people that truly deserved it, and bought Tiny Tim a Christmas Goose.  It seems that The Seven Paths I had a profound affect upon this already good and decent poor and helpless man.  Jeevan asked begged me to help him go through the necessary steps to get it published, saying “Seth! Quit screwing around and get some work done!” “Seth, please! You’re like a Ben Franklin or a Mark Twain in the making. I honestly can’t do this without your help!” Seeing his great need, I did what I could as an intern to help both Berrett-Koehler and ANASAZI Foundation, two organizations that I admire and respect very much.

You can thank me later for my editorial work, Jeevan!



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