Visit All-New “Cover to Cover” Website!

July 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Radio Show | Comments Off on Visit All-New “Cover to Cover” Website!
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Everybody’s favorite talk radio show about books and book publishing, Cover to Cover hosted by OP owner Frank Gromling, finally has a place to call home.

That place is — visit today and tell us what you think!

We’ve been working on putting together a sleeker, more comprehensive headquarters for Frank’s show for some time now and are glad to finally get live and available to you all. There, you’ll find a complete show archive, a list of upcoming guests/topics, as well as a summary of current sponsors and a detail of C2C’s affordable sponsorship plans, should your company be interested in promoting itself through our show.

So check out Cover to Cover‘s new digs and don’t forget to tell us what you think.

Keep reading, folks!

Join Frank Gromling every Saturday morning as he delves into America’s most enduring passion with new title reviews, insightful commentaries, and interviews with authors and experts from every corner of the publishing world.

Broadcasting throughout northeast Florida on WNZF talk radio and streaming worldwide online, Cover to Cover celebrates everything we love about books and explores what it takes to transform ideas into literature.
Tune into WNZF 1550AM/106.3FM in NE Florida or listen worldwide at every Saturday morning at 11:30ET/8:30 PT!


It’s Alive! It’s Alive!!!

July 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Posted in News, Perspective, Radio Show | Comments Off on It’s Alive! It’s Alive!!!
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The Ocean Publishing blog, that is. We realize that we’ve been a little more than remiss in keeping up with regular posts on here but things are going to change–starting… now!

Starting now, the OP blog is made alive again. We’ll be posting one or more times a week, writing about topics that range from environment/conservation, publishing industry trends, and then stuff that’s more about us, like Cover to Cover radio show updates and Ocean Publishing news.

A lot of stuff has been happening lately and we can’t wait to share it all with you in future posts. In the meantime, one thing to definitely keep an eye out for the launch of an all-new Cover to Cover site. Getting up a comprehensive central hub for Frank’s books/publishing-based radio show is incredibly overdue but the site we’re cooking up is sleek and modern and coming out great. We’ll let you know when it’s finally live and we look forward to hearing your feedback for this and every topic we pose in the forum.

Good to be back, folks. We’re excited about getting back to the swing of things and hope that you keep coming back for discussions with us.

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

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.

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 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

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 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.


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.”,,

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 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.

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

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

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 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

Publishing University 2009

May 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Perspective, Radio Show | Comments Off on Publishing University 2009

With daylight fading fast on the last business day before Publishing University, I am racing around getting last minute things done in the office so I can be reasonably assured that the world (my small press world, at least) won’t fall apart while I am in NYC next week. Easier said than done!

With the added confusion caused by five storm days (see posts below), this week has been full of canceled meetings, interrupted power, drenched and re-drenched clothes, and an overall combination of weirdness that is more unusual than most days in the unusual state of Florida.

I am so excited about this year’s Publishing University that I wish it started today. Of course, I would be farther behind in getting ready than I am now, but that’s OK. This is a challenging time for all businesses, but especially my business of book publishing. People buy my type of books because they want to, not because they have to. This often means they are using discretionary income and, right now, that’s a commodity that is increasingly difficult to find.

This is exactly the time that publishers, especially those like me who own their own publishing houses, should be going to conferences, seminars, workshops and, yes, Publishing University. Conducted by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), comprised of 3500 independent publishers and others serving that part of the industry, Publishing University is the premier educational event historically held annually just prior to BookExpo America.

I am anxious to attend Publishing University this year because there are several courses I must hear, plus I am going to conduct interviews with some “heavy hitters” from the independent publishing world for my radio show. Of course, another reason I’m pumped is I am the membership chair for IBPA and I want to thank members I see and encourage non-members to sign on to the best source of education, networking and support available in the country.

A last, and no less important, reason I’m excited about going to Publishing University is that I will be able to visit with great friends who I have met through IBPA. Former and current board members with whom I have served, fabulous staff who give their all to help our members, and just a lot of other super people who share a love for independent book publishing.

I wish it started today!

Radio Show Getting Close

May 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Radio Show | Comments Off on Radio Show Getting Close
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Less than 30 days before my new talk radio program begins broadcasting on AM and FM, with Internet streaming worldwide. Needless to say, I’m both excited and nervous about it. Tune in Saturdays at 11:30 Easter/8:30 Pacific at for the latest about books and book publishing.

While I’ve been interviewed on both radio and TV, there’s something special about being on the other side of the microphone. The challenge of creating entertaining and educational programming for a weekly half-hour show is all new to me, but I am enjoying the challenge.

More to follow after I return from the studio.

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