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Friday, August 11, 2017

The History of British and American Author-Publishers

The History of British and American Author-Publishers: 
($20, 368pp, 6X9”: Softcover: ISBN: 978-1-68114-373-6; $35: 
Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-374-3; $2.99:
EBook: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-375-0; LCCN: 2017950922; 

Edited by: Mallory Cormack; Includes bibliography and index; 11 illustrations; Biography & Autobiography—Editors, Journalists, Publishers;Release: January 5, 2018): 
The mainstream publishing industry has popularized the stereotype that “self-published” books are inferior to “traditional” ones because the author does not receive an advance and the services provided are less professional. The reality is that the Big Four publishers attained their enormous market share by at least initially relying on author subsidies.

This book describes the road some of the world’s top authors took to self-publication. Charles Dickens self-published A Tale of Two Cities in his periodical,All the Year Round. Sir Walter Scott published most of his fiction and poetry with Constantine and Ballantyne, who publishers in which he was heavily invested. Scott’s self-publications included his best-selling Waverley series, which established the historical novel genre with Ballantyne. The Liberal only survived for a few issues, and yet its founders, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, published outstanding radical works in its pages: “The Vision of Judgment” and “Lines to a Critic.” Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press published nearly all of Virginia’s writings; these works are still used by feminists and birthed the stream of consciousness movement (a style that was too unique for “mainstream” publishers). Edgar Allan Poe spent a lifetime working to create his own independent journal, only succeeding in a brief ownership of the Broadway Journal, a power he used to speak out against plagiarism with pieces such as, “Voluminous History of the Little Longfellow War.” Herman Melville paid Harper $29,571 for 350 copies of Clarel. Mark Twain spent $1.3 million (in today’s money) to print Old Times on the Mississippi with J. R. Osgood. Henry Luce and Briton Hadden started Time Inc. and Time because they were frustrated reporters seeking more power and independence. Dudley Randall founded the Broadside Press in part to publish his own books like Cities Burning. Alice Walker published an introduction to The Spirit Journey after founding a press with her lover, Wild Trees Press, and might have kept it going longer if major publishers did not start snatching up all of her own innovative full-length works.

Without author-publishers: the sun would still revolve around the earth (Galileo) and book printing would lack exquisite artistic details (Rembrandt). And Americans would still be living in the colonies of the United Kingdom (Benjamin Franklin). It is harder to find an innovative scientist, politician or creative writer who did not self-publish than those who did.

About Author
Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. Previously, she taught for four years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She edits and writes for the Pennsylvania Literary Journal and the Cinematic Codes Review. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Inspirational New Children’s Book Encourages Self-Acceptance

The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog
By Michael Brian O’Hara

Author Michael Brian O’Hara wrote the story to help children feel better about themselves

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Author Michael Brian O’Hara, a grandfather of eight, loves telling stories to children. As a former elementary school teacher and senior business executive, he utilized his expertise to promote positivity and self-acceptance in his new children’s book, “The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog.”

The story follows Alexander T. Frog as he questions why he does not have the same capabilities as his friends. He wants to float like a butterfly, fly like a bird, swim under water like a fish, hop like a bunny rabbit, and run fast like a horse. By asking his animal friends for help to accomplish these things, they help him discover he is perfect just the way he is.

“It is very important to help children feel better about themselves especially with the bullying epidemic that has caused such unnecessary grief,” said O’Hara. “My book teaches children that we all have our own unique talents which make us just as special as someone else with different traits.”

The key message of this book is especially important during the delicate time of learning and growing where children can feel overwhelmed and invisible. A colorful, animal friendly, and educational picture book, “The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog” communicates to children the importance of appreciating their own talents and loving themselves for who they are.

“The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog”
By Michael Brian O’Hara
ISBN: 978-1-4808-4458-2

About the author
Michael Brian O’Hara is a retired corporate senior business executive who has more than 40 years of experience in the food, agricultural, and energy industries. O’Hara has trained over 4,000 executives in public speaking and crisis communications, has written many speeches for executives, and numerous articles that have appeared in business publications. A former child model and radio announcer, he also taught elementary school early in his career. O’Hara and his wife are the proud parents and grandparents of three children and eight grandchildren and reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Welcome to my blog Michael.  Please tell us more about your book and yourself.
Tell us about your latest worktitle, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
Alexander T. Frog was written to show how everyone is a unique individual with many talents.
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is  this type of story compelling to you?
As a child grows he witnesses others doing things he can’t do but forgets the many things he can do.
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
I start with an idea and let the creative juices flow.
What kind of research was involved?
My career allowed me to witness many cultures and the value of different lifestyles.
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
I had many jobs during my career allowing me to experience many lifestyles and experiences.
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
Family matters always came first. My writings took place at the end of the day.
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
Admire many authors but my experiences were the driving force.
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
Witnessed many children feeling inadequate and lacking self worth.
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
Based on my work experience I am writing a book on Crisis Communications and Public Speaking.
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
Target your audience.  Explore many options.
What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
Think positively.
If you have an idea, go with it.
Never give up.
Don’t be influenced by naysayers.
Be proud of your accomplishments.
Again, thanks Michael for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We appreciate you and your work.

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Lauren Dickerson

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Miriam Lipsky Cozy Mystery

Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort
By Stan Schatt

When a very disagreeable resident of the exclusive River Bend Retirement Resort is murdered, bestselling mystery writer Miriam Lipsky has to find the real killer to save her dear friend from prison. She finds the retirement home seethes with intrigue, passion, and jealousy. To make matters worse, it's hard to distinguish what residents actually saw from what they imagined.
Miriam finds she has to search for the killer while juggling an autistic grandson, a divorced daughter with a tendency to choose the wrong man, her best friend's overly friendly husband, and a stalker who who leaves her more and more threatening notes. To make matters worse, her rabbi who won't take no for an answer when it comes to fixing her up.
Miriam, a widow after a disastrous marriage, has given up on love. Just when she is sure that part of her life is over, someone new appears from a very unexpected place.
Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort is a cozy mystery with a sleuth who has to learn on the job. Despite her best intentions, Miriam makes mistake after mistake and yet moves ever closer to discovering a cold blooded killer who has no remorse.


About Author
Futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things. The roll call of jobs I’ve held over the years includes but is not limited to autopsy assistant, police department administrator, salesman, sales manager, literature professor, telecommunications professor, and technology analyst, and research director. I’m a full-time writer now and live in Carlsbad, California with my wife, Jane. My plate’s pretty full right now with writing projects. I’m writing primarily mysteries at the moment when it comes to fiction and non-fiction books on careers and retirement. I have always loved technology and politics almost as much as writing.
For many years I worked as a technology analyst, covering such diverse areas as green technology, wireless networking, network security, and local area networks. I’ve written several books on these topics and still manage to keep up with the latest trends.I started Schatt Research as a way for me to publish my views on key technology trends. Because traditional market research firms charge such outrageous fees for their reports, I’ve decided to publish my studies as books online, available at Amazon for a tiny fraction of what companies I worked for sold the same type of material. Instead of paying $5000, I’m charging the general public $10.
I’m also a volunteer job facilitator for the Jewish Family Service in San Diego with the goal of finding good jobs for the unemployed.