Lloyd Jassin on “Cover to Cover”

July 30, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Radio Show | Comments Off on Lloyd Jassin on “Cover to Cover”
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This Saturday morning I am pleased to have Lloyd Jassin as a guest on my radio show “Cover to Cover” at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT and streaming worldwide at www.WNZF.com.

Lloyd is one of the best, brightest, and most experienced lawyers in the challenging world of entertainment and intellectual property law. He and Iwill talk about important steps book publishers must consider when organizing and running their businesses. We’ll talk about the types of legal errors new publishers make and what they should have done.

Lloyd will tell us about the importance of copyright and permissions for using copyrighted material. We’ll look at the changing publishing industry and the emergence of e-books.

So, if you are thinking of starting a book publshing house or already have, tune in for an informative interview with Lloyd Jassin. More information about Lloyd is available at www.copylaw.com.

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Helping a Friend with His Memoir

July 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Perspective | Comments Off on Helping a Friend with His Memoir
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It’s hard to believe, but almost eight years ago I helped a long time friend write and produce a memoir about his life up through retirement from the Air Force in 1966. We’re talking about someone born in 1918, so he was a young 48 years at retirement and a spry 83 when he wrote the book.

My role, beside bugging the hell out of him to write the manuscript, was to edit and arrange layout, typesetting, and printing. Even though this memoir was strictly for family and friends, it was my first effort at making a book, and I loved it.

I had met Manny when I was a young Air Force captain in 1970, and we’ve been best friends ever since, despite the 26 year age difference. We’re peers; having had some of the same military and life experiecnes, believing in God and country, and knowing that good always trumps evil. Manny and Bernice, his wonderful wife of 66 years, are my best friends.

Manny’s first memoir (and I say first because we just finished his second) was a huge hit with everyone. But, they lamented, “It stops in 1966 and you’ve had so many exciting experiences since!” Well, now they can read about Manny and Bernice, and their family, from 1966 through 1987, when Manny retired again. I bet you’re thinking, “What about the period from 1987 to the present?” Manny assures me that, if the Good Lord is willing, he’ll pen the final phase.

I have to tell you, working with Manny to produce these two memoirs for his family and friends has been a cherished experience for me. We worked hard and long to make two good stories, but one of the most interesting parts of these times has been that he and I have never disagreed over a single item. Just as we have in life, our work together on his memoirs has been a time of respect and admiration. What more could one ask? A fun experience and a great time!

Thank you Manny and Bernice for sharing so much with me. I am better for it!

Radio Show Builds An Audience

July 25, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Radio Show | Comments Off on Radio Show Builds An Audience
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Now that I’ve finished seven broadcasts of my radio show “Cover to Cover,” I’m hearing from folks across the country who say they have been listening in each Saturday. People as far away as California and Colorado have written in to comment about the show. Folks closer to my home base of Florida have also said they like the combination of information about books and book publishing. Some like the humor I try to blend in and others report the interviews with authors, publishers, marketers, and others have been really informative.

So far, guests on the show have been authors Steve Berry and Victor DiGenti, publishers Rudy Shur and Rod Colvin, book marketer Brian Jud, and social media expert Deltina Hay. My guests for the next four weeks will be intellectual property attorney Lloyd Jassin, publisher Tom Tolnay, media sensation Cynthia Brian, and IBPA’s new leader Carlene Sippola.

Anyone interested in books and book publishing should tune in every Saturday morning on the Net at www.wnzf.com at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT for loads of information, news, and fun. Those who have a guest or subject idea should email me at publisher@ocean-publishing.com.

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