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A Self-Publishing Services Company

Inword Publishers offers self-publishing services to indie authors around the world. Our interest is in books on the philosophy of yoga, with emphasis on bhakti-yoga and kirtan. Additionally, we help individuals print children’s books, calendars, yearbooks, family photo books, wedding books, cookbooks, portfolios, and travel books.

As a group of committed bhakti practitioners, we noticed that our “family business” of writing and publishing books lacked a central location where authors could acquire a full range of publishing services in one place. We decided to fill that need as a service to the bhakti-yoga community.

The experience and support provided through Inword Publishers gives you everything needed to create and publish your books, and keep control and ownership of your content.

In addition to our knowledge of all stages of manuscript development and book production, we use print-on-demand (POD) technology, which means we only print books as they are sold. In this way, mindful of Earth, we’re not cutting down trees unnecessarily, and you don’t need to incur costs for warehouse books that haven’t sold yet.


Inword Publishers is based in Alachua, Florida, surrounded by immense expanses of land in state preserves and nature trails. While canoeing on the Santa Fe River or taking secluded walks in Florida’s natural environment, one may see a great blue heron—not often—but if one goes out into nature often enough, he or she will one day encounter a great blue. On first sighting one may be surprised how large the great blue herons are—especially when they take to flight. Their wingspans can be as large as 6.5 feet!

Herons are at home in three elements: water, earth, and air. Their comfort in multiple elements is symbolic of easy transitions. Oftentimes, you can see them with one foot on land and another in the air. To us this symbolizes bhakti-yogis, who live honorably in this world while cultivating their inner life.

Various cultures have symbolized the heron in different ways. In China, the heron represents strength, purity, patience, and long life. In Africa, the heron was thought to communicate with the gods. Most Native American tribes took note of the heron’s inquisitiveness, curiosity, and determination. As such, this set the heron as a symbol of wisdom in that this creature seemed to have good judgment skills. As a water creature, the heron is also a symbol of going with the flow, and working with the elements of Mother Nature rather than struggling against her.

Having seen great blue herons ourselves, and having learned of the symbolism that surrounds them, we thought this native bird brought lovely meaning to Inword Publishers and supports our intentions of being in service.

Some Other Symbolic Meanings and Qualities of the Heron Are:

  • Calm
  • Grace
  • Solitude
  • Patience
  • Longevity
  • Versatility
  • Tranquility
  • Good Luck
  • Intelligence
  • Domesticity
  • Partnership
  • Presence
  • Determination
  • Independence
  • Resourcefulness