Guest on “Starstyle – Be the Star You Are!”

August 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Nature, Radio Show | Comments Off on Guest on “Starstyle – Be the Star You Are!”
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On Thursday, August 27th, Cynthia Brian, known as the “Oprah of the Airwaves,” will interview me on her national radio show “Starstyle – Be The Star You Are!” on www.starstyleradio.com.

I will talk about my role as a research assistant in the Marineland Right Whale Project, why my publishing company focuses on niche marketing, and an incredible surprise announcement!

I hope you tune in. It will be exciting and fun.

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Mark Coker to Guest on Cover to Cover

August 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Radio Show | Comments Off on Mark Coker to Guest on Cover to Cover
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This Saturday, August 29th, Mark Coker will guest on the “Book Publishing Rocks!” segment of my radio show “Cover to Cover” on wnzf.com at 11:30 AM Eastern.

Mark is the founder and president of Smashwords, Inc. And, in case you’re not familiar with Smashwords, here’s how Mark describes it on his web site:

Smashwords is a publishing platform, online bookstore and ebook distributor for indepedent ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.

At Smashwords, our authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works. Smashwords is ideal for personal memoirs, novels, short fiction, non-fiction, essays, screenplays, newsletters, poetry, or other written forms that haven’t even been invented yet. It’s free to publish on Smashwords.

For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. For registered members, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building, and each week we add new features based on feedback from Smashwords members.

So, I am excited about having Mark on the show this Saturday and look forward to asking him lots of questions of interest to my listeners who are authors, publishers, and others interested in the exciting world of books.

Join us Saturday morning, August 29th, at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT on www.wnzf.com.

Media Personality Cynthia Brian to Guest

August 10, 2009 at 8:53 am | Posted in Radio Show | Comments Off on Media Personality Cynthia Brian to Guest
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Cynthia Brian, often referred to by the media as “The Renaissance Woman with Soul” and “The Oprah of the Airwaves!”, will be a guest on “Cover to Cover” next Saturday morning, August 15th at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT, on www.wnzf.com and WNZF AM1550/106.3FM in northeast Florida.

Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian

Show host Frank Gromling says, “Having Cynthia Brian on my show is one of the most exciting possibilities because she brings so much talent, enthusiasm, and love to whatever she does! I am thrilled that Cynthia will share her new book and offer suggestions for how authors can be better at media interviews.”

Cynthia’s newest book is Be the Star You Are! for TEENS.

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Gromling adds, “Cynthia’s dynamic life is an example for every person, just not those who want to be authors or publishers. She’s the living demonstration that a single person can have a positive effect, not only on those immediately around them, but the larger world, as well.”

www.wnzf.com/cover-to-cover.asp, www.star-style.com,

www.ocean-publishing.com

Associations and Economic Downturns?

August 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Perspective | Comments Off on Associations and Economic Downturns?
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Unless you’ve been in a cave for the past two years, you know that our economy, and that of the world at large, is in a very bad place. As the US Government ratchets up its spending and borrowing for a multitude of programs that are supposed to save us from economic disaster, the book industry continues to suffer along, greatly affected by cunsumers’ fears about spending what little discretionary income they may still have.

As an independent book publisher, I know what is happening out there in the economy. I see it every day when I look at sales results and wholesale orders. The numbers are down sharply.

Customers who formerly bought large quantities of books with each order are buying fewer copies and ordering less frequently. Individual orders on our web site are off by 50%. People are afraid to spend. This is a very tough time for everyone, well, maybe not so much for those we read about still getting big bonuses paid for from stimulus money. But, that’s another story for another time.

During this tough economic time I believe it is more imporant than ever to belong to a professional association. It’s not the time to save the little amount possible by not paying the membership dues. It’s time to spend it and get the most out of it you can!

I’m an independent book publisher and I belong to two professional associations, one at the state level and one at the national. I insist on getting as much from both of them that I can in order to maximize my company’s potential for success. Florida Publishers Association has a dynamite monthly newsletter that I devour voraciously. Its tips, leads, hints, contacts, how-to’s and more are worth the price of membership alone.

Then there’s the Independent Book Publishers Association, what I consider to be the penultimate in professional associations. This organization has given me more support, education, direction, friendship, advice, counsel, and yes, love, than any other organization I have ever joined.

So I say again to those of you who think you’re being smart and not renewing your association memberships or not joining a professional association so you can save a few dollars, you are making a major mistake that will cost you thousands of dollars and untold hours of labor. Smarten up. In stormy waters it’s the wise captain who refers to charts, the wisdom of seasoned sailors, and always has time to plan, prepare and execute a proper course. I know. I am both a sailor and a publisher, and I know the value of my association memberships. Every day.

Hand Crafted Books

August 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Radio Show | Comments Off on Hand Crafted Books
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Next Saturday morning, August 8th, radio audiences across America and  around the world will have an oportunity to hear about an old artform that is alive and well in today’s high-tech world of book publishing.

Tom Tolnay, publisher/printer at Birch Brook Press, will join host Frank Gromling on “Cover to Cover” at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT on www.wnzf.com to explain how he is using historical printing teqhniques to make high quality books.  As taken directly from the Internet site for Birch Brook Press, Tom describes it this way:

Our goal is to help sustain the craft of antique bookmaking in the age of the Internet, enabling readers and publishers to have access to books that are beautiful to behold, satisfying to hold, and wonderful to read. Despite the remarkable speed and versatility of computer-generated typesetting and computer-controlled offset printing, when it comes to a work of literary value or a personal treasure, speed is not the most important consideration. More important is close personal care. Letterpress production requires continuous human involvement at every stage, resulting in books that have the look and feel of life, not the flash and noise of hype. Although Letterpress books are much more costly to produce, we keep our prices competitive with much cheaper-to-produce computer-driven books to give readers more value.

So, tune in next Saturday, August 8th, for an entertaining and educational half-hour about book publishing the way it used to be done and, in a small town inupstate New York, it still is.

http://www.birchbrookpress.info/

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