Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Publisher is On Patreon

Dear Friends and Customers of Founders House Publishing:

In perhaps a very bold and certainly very modern move, I have created a Patreon page with the aim of obtaining the funding needed step into a full-time position as the Publisher at Founders House. Despite all of the growth the company has experienced in recent years, due in large part to the wonderful new books that have been added to our line of titles by authors John Michael Greer and others. 

Over the course of the nearly ten years Founders House Publishing has been in operations, my involvment has been limited and part-time for various reasons. Naturally, the biggest ones deal with the reality of the publishing production and sales cycles and the way cash flow works. There is always an amount of waxing and waning in monthly revenues, as with many business--as well as general levels of growth over time. 

Founders House is growing slowly. That has been the way I've wanted it because it has allowed me maintain a debt-free company the entire time. However, it has also been a primary goal to eventually operate my company in a more full-time capacity.

The rise of crowdfunding has at least provided the opportunity to reach this goal a little faster so I can put far more time and focus on building Founders House Publishing into an even more successful company and help other authors find their way to publication with someone who cares about good stories. 

So, I've come to Patreon. I've come to all of you for the partnership needed to make the transition. 

You can visit the page right now: http://www.patreon.com/shaunkilgore

Or you can click the button below.

Sincerely,
Shaun Kilgore
Publisher
Founders House Publishing LLC

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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age (10th Anniversary Edition)

The Long Descent
A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
Tenth Anniversary Edition
by John Michael Greer

ISBN-13: 978-1-945810-28-2
Trade paperback: 303 pgs.
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

$15.99

Also available on Amazon and other retailers...

The visionary classic that traces out the twilight of the petroleum age

In 2008, as the price of crude oil spiked to record levels, John Michael Greer's The Long Descent pushed past the stereotyped debates of the time to offer a harrowing but hopeful vision of the future of industrial society. As believers in perpetual progress insisted that something would turn up to replace depleting petroleum reserves, and believers in apocalypse insisted just as fervently that the spike in oil prices would send industrial society crashing down in ruin overnight, Greer's epochal book reframed the entire debate in terms of the great rhythm of rise and fall the marks the history of civilizations.

The Long Descent traces out the ragged course of decline that has brought every previous civilization to its end, and is doing the same with ours. It takes the average civilization one to three hundred years to descend from its peak into a dark age out of which new civilizations will be born, and that same process is visibly under way in our own lives. The global challenges facing industrial civilization are not problems that we can solve, but predicaments that all of us must live with, as our societies stumble down the long slope to the deindustrial future.

Much can still be done as the petroleum age winds down, and the interval between one spike in oil prices and the next offers opportunities that will no longer be available when the price of everything made from petroleum starts soaring again — as it will. The Long Descent offers crucial insights into what individuals, families, small groups, and local communities can do to brace themselves for the changes to come.