An author represents the human will because he or she is the heart and life of the book project. A publisher brings the author’s passion into the world. This means bringing form to the author’s wishes. What is rarely considered is that bringing form to some desire or affection is to put constraints and limits on that desire.
For instance, time and space constrain a book to a certain size and number of pages. Available funds for printing, marketing and publicity also constitute constraints.
This is a universal principle. All love and energy is under some law—otherwise they have no way to exist. The constraints of law determine the parameters and measure of something’s existence.
As an author I am currently looking at my fourth book, just back from the printer. My author’s heart wants tell everybody about it—immediately! But my publishing intellect tells me that I must take all the proper steps first. Gr-r-r-r-r-r!
These steps (constraints) involve additions on my website, creating bookmarks and sell sheetss, attending trade shows, and seeking the proper reviews. All this must happen in a three-month period before the release of the book to the public. Conflicts result. There is give and take between the author’s heart and the publisher’s intellect all the way through fruition of the project.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, spiritual principles can be found in all topics. (Theologically speaking, Jehovah God represents the author mode of the Divine and Jesus the publisher mode of the Divine). I have not only identified this archetypical design of God’s Love and Wisdom in the author/publisher relationship but also the spiritual suffering required in the process of unifying and harmonizing them both!
In Holy Scripture, Jesus’ life on earth and ultimate Glorification represented this sacred suffering!
As above, so below.