Reality Check reviewed at Self-Publishing Review

Reality Check has just received its first proper review, at Self-Publishing Review, and it’s a great one. Here’s a snippet:

If you find yourself recoiling at the mention of any of these issues – telekinesis, unified consciousness, “disproving” Christianity – then you are the perfect candidate to read this book. You may be equally convinced of your worldview after reading this book, but extraordinary beliefs require an extraordinary investigation, and that concept permeates this book. Sloan does not enter into these ideas lightly. What is so effective is that he’s never overly credulous about far-out claims, nor overly dismissive of mainstream dogma, which is why the book is so useful as a primer on esoteric spirituality … This book is an important one – because even if you don’t believe a word he says, he conveys these ideas with such sincerity and clarity that it has still served a good purpose. If you’re looking for other answers, Reality Check has the potential to be transformative.

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Reality Check news

Got some feedback from someone who received my book in the mail today. Due to the sensitive nature of it, I’ll leave it anonymous:

Right away, I made a pleasant discovery, that there’s a chapter called “Heal Your Sexuality,” and decided I’ll read it right away. The ideas there are as I have never thought about them (I have never actually thought about the relationship between pornography and real-life sex). I think your ideas shed light on reality and the advice you give in the end is great. You changing my thinking about that might change foundations that right now are the cause of my only personal problem I have/admit at the moment. I just wanted to say thanks even before I have gotten to read the other chapters. 🙂

This is what it’s all about, for me. Not an ego trip, not attention-seeking, not the insecure need for approval, not to make money – but just to touch lives in a positive way. To say something that means something, that helps somebody. All the risk-taking with controversial opinions, wearing my heart on my sleeve, losing friends … this is what it’s for, and this is what makes it all worthwhile. This may just be one comment, and I may be nothing but an idealist with his head in the clouds, but I dare to hope that maybe, just maybe, I’ve done something important by writing this book.

Other news: I have begun recording Reality Check as an audiobook. There’s a lot of work narrating effectively and editing out mistakes, so this is going to take a bit of time. I intend to make it freely downloadble in MP3 format. At the same time, I will also release it as an ebook in PDF and Microsoft Reader formats. I do have 250 paperbacks to sell (210 now), but ultimately I want to put this information out there in as many varied formats as I can, to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Reality Check available to order

I received word on Thursday evening that the proof copy of Reality Check had shipped. I hoped it would arrive on Friday, but sadly this was not to be.

However, I needed to order a quantity of the book by 30 October, or else I wouldn’t qualify for the latest promotion, which is 30% off the price for orders of 250 copies or more. This kind of saving was too precious to ignore, so I bulled ahead and ordered 250 books. This means I can pass the benefit of the discount on to readers and keep the cover price low.

So, now that I know the financial situation, and the first print-run is on the way, I can take pre-orders.

The UK price is £3.99 + £1 shipping.
The overseas price $7.99 USD + $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.

I’ll set up PayPal buttons in due course, but if anyone wants to order now, email me at the address below and I’ll generate a PayPal payment request for you, which will allow you to pay using your PayPal account or a credit/debit card (no actual PayPal account required). Your book will go out to you as soon as the shipment arrives (expected mid-November).

Reality Check sneak peek

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The printing company informed me today that I made a couple of minor hiccups on the cover: (1) I calculated the spine width as 172 pages instead 170; I actually knew this prior to submission but thought the difference was negligible; think again, it seems. (2) I’m also told the black areas on the cover need very specific CMYK values. Aargh! I’ve had to resubmit the cover and pay an extra 22 pounds. Never mind. We’re almost there. I’ll just have to contain this nervous excitement for a few more days.

In the meantime, I think it’s about time I released a little of the book’s content. Here’s a nine-page excerpt: the introduction plus chapter one. Enjoy!

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Reality Check draws closer

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It’s been five or six weeks since I last posted, so I thought I had better let you know I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Reality Check is well on the way. My printer is having a special discount for October, so I’m determined to benefit from that by releasing the book within that window. Won’t be long now.

I’ve renamed the chapters to present each one as a challenge to the reader:

1. Shake Your Foundations (unchanged)
2. Rescue Your Mind (was “Religion Unmasked”)
3. Spot the Traps (was “Independent Thought”)
4. Know Yourself (was “What am I?”)
5. Peer Beyond Your Perceptions (was “Where Am I?”)
6. Reconnect Your Intuition (was “Intuition Reconnected”)
7. Expand Your Awareness (was “The Big Picture”)
8. Break the Limits (was “Psychic Surprise”)
9. Take Back Your Responsibility (was “Abnormal Life”)
10. Rewrite Your Programming (was “Bad Programming”)
11. Heal Your Sexuality (was “Sexual Snare”)
12. Make It a Life Worth Living (was “A Life Worth Living”)

Reality Check cover design – Part IV

I’ve gone off the previous design – completely. It’s a good image, but it makes the book look like a children’s sci-fi novel. Not what I’m aiming for. I keep gravitating back to the image of the little man from the first design. Here’s another attempt, using him …


Other news: the manuscript has come back from one pre-press reader already, with far fewer objections than I anticipated and some useful suggestions.