daisyamerica LLC was formed after a conversation with H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmal Devi in 2002. She suggested that Alan Wherry start his own publishing company and said She would help him.
At one point, She asked how much it would cost to start an independent publishing company and thinking that She meant a firm like Bloomsbury, the publishing house he was working with, Alan said about $7 million dollars. She laughed and said that such a company would be like a pyramid, a lot at the base with nothing at the top and suggested he start small and build it from there.
At the time, it occurred to Alan that it was now possible to have a company that published across all disciplines, literature, film, music, photography, art etc but he didn't know how to go about it.
Now in 2014, its clear with all the changes that abound, the collapse of the independents and now the chain bookstores in America, the increasing dominance of Amazon, the initial rise and now leveling off of sales of digital books, that the publishing industry and music industries are in meltdown, the major motion picture houses now produces films that appeal to a narrow segment of the population, those that like horror, explosions, and shocks to their nervous systems. This, in consequence, is a time of great opportunity, as all times are, if only you can see it.
The rise of self-publishing and print on demand, has allowed thousands of authors to see their work in print. The same applies to music, anyone can record their song using a cell phone and post it to a number of websites, but with very few exceptions such work tends to sell very few copies and even where it's free of charge, not many people look or listen to it. This situation has rightly called into question what exactly does a publisher do, how does he/she earn their salt?
daisyamerica llc sees the role of the publisher as fourfold:
a) To commit to "publish" an artist first and foremost.
b) to support, help and encourage the artist to develop to their full potential.
c) to exhibit good taste.
d) to help artists reach the largest possible audience for their work, i.e. to create demand for the artist's work, to sell it well.
Apart from the above emphasis, what else is different or special about daisyamerica llc? Apart from the range of disciplines in which we'll publish, the main difference is that it will publish work that has positive "vibrational awareness".
Here's what some people in the publishing business have been kind enough to say about Alan Wherry.
Frank Delaney - author and broadcaster (if you haven't, check out Frank's masterwork, a podcast called Re Joyce, about the novel Ulysses.
“He was one of the two or three finest publishers of his day in the UK - smart as a whip with exquisite judgment and the highest of standards, and a firm refusal to compromise when it came to good literary taste: in short he just knew good stuff. I always saw him as a man of great and as yet untapped potential and the dumb folks in UK book publishing didn’t know how to develop him, and I remember my own fervent wish that he could have been my editor and publisher - I could have done with the oversight of his great and rare talent. He's one of those guys who would probably have been superb at anything where expression was required; he could have had other and even more startling and successful careers... He stays v. well in my mind - smart, conscientious, passionate about what he was doing; I admired him v. much.”
Forbes Magazine 1/27/1997 Richard C Marais
"Alan Wherry, the powerful and gregarious Sales Director of Penguin."
Michelle Bouchard – President, HealthCorps.org, NY
“Without the constant inspiration and wisdom Alan Wherry has supplied to me and our team, HealthCorps would have failed to have grown to the place where we now help the thousands of young people we do today.”
Liz Calder - Co-founder and Editorial Director of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Co-founder of the Parati Literary Festival, Brazil.
"Alan Wherry is the finest motivational speaker I know. His words inspired countless people in the workplace over the many years we worked together and made a big difference. I recommend him unequivocally."
Nigel Newton - Chairman, CEO and Founder, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, New York, New Delhi and Sydney
“I know Alan Wherry as an entrepreneur who is audacious and confident in charting a course away from the old beaten tracks. Alan Wherry has an extraordinary gift for thinking out of the box and establishing connections between facts, ideas and situations that would escape the attention of even the most discerning mind.”
Paul Scherer - Past President Publishers Association UK. Past Chairman Transworld Publishers Ltd UK and Senior VP, Bantam, Doubleday, Dell Inc. New York.
"I have known Alan Wherry for twenty years and throughout this time he has always been a marvelous source of inspiration in both my professional and personal life. His contribution to the founding of Bloomsbury, his leadership and training of the staff, sales and marketing teams, and his positive, enlightened and ever engaging presence was a constant inspiration.”
Grégoire de Kalbermatten - former Deputy Executive Secretary United Nations, New York
“Alan Wherry is the most persuasive man you might ever meet. But don't worry, he'll persuade you to do good things not bad. And he'll do it by telling stories that keep you entranced.”
John Simmons – former Interbrand director, author "We, Me, Them & It" London UK.
"Alan Wherry is certainly one of the most consistently enthusiastic, creative and motivating senior executives I have ever known in the book publishing world."
Paul Donovan - Managing Director - Allen & Unwin Book Publishers, Sydney, Australia
"If ever you get the chance to listen to Alan Wherry talk, take it. You'll be provoked by the content, and beguiled by the delivery. The way he thinks is not like the rest of us - he's distinctive, original and guaranteed to challenge and inspire you.”
Martin Lee - Partner, Acacia Avenue Marketing Consultancy, London, UK. Former Marketing Director, Waterstones Bookshops.
“Alan Wherry has unparalleled understanding of how people tick. His insight, patience and awareness enable each individual to realize their potential, face and overcome any challenges and to work at their very best.”