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 MyCoverToCover.com — 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 MyCoverToCover.com 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 WNZF.com every Saturday morning at 11:30ET/8:30 PT!

www.WNZF.com

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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.

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

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/

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.

BookExpo America 2009

June 1, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Perspective | Comments Off on BookExpo America 2009
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Well, once again I proved that I can’t be everywhere and do everything at once. BookExpo America (BEA) proved that, after all, I am human.

I had planned to blog every day at BEA so we would have a running commentary about my activities, but a hundred different interruptions, mostly in the form of human beings, changed all that good intention stuff. Reality was that I had so much to do and so little time that I hardly had a chance to eat and go to the bathroom. In fact, the first two days of BEA I didn’t do either of those things until the show was over for the day!

Here’s my typical day during BEA: out of the hotel room at 6:30, breakfast by 7:00, work on office stuff until 8:00 when associates from IBPA arrive, depart for BEA by shuttle at 8:30, work the IBPA membership booth or members’ book display all day until 5:00 (My role was primarily to enlist new members and assist people to find and consider books in our display.), dinner with associates, work til 11:00, crash.

I had very little time for my own planned activities of seeking out potential sponsors for my radio show about publishing and visiting with distribution types to increase Ocean Publishing’s national exposure. Only on Sunday, the third and final day, did I have the opportunity to move around the floor a little.

Overall, BEA was pretty good for IBPA and me. We took in a bunch of  new members and I met with a distributor with whom I likely will sign on. I visited the Arabian Pavilion and was impressed by the size and sophistication of some of their booths. I met with representatives from the Arab Publishers Association, which I think should be considered as an affiliate candiate of IBPA, and with spokespersons from Sharjah, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. With publishers from around the world wanting access to the US markets, IBPA could be of assistance, and those worldwide interests might help US publishers gain access overseas in new markets. An interesting possibility.

One of the best benefits of being at BEA is the opportunity to visit with friends from around the country. I had a chance to meet up with Rudy Shur (Square One), Victoria Sutherland (ForeWord Magazine), Lloyd Jassin (Copylaw.com), Norman Goldfind (Basic Health) and a plethora of other folks too numerous to name.

One more person I visited with was Kathleen Go, a former intern who now works for a NYC publisher as an editor. She worked with me for over four months two years ago and it was so enjoyable to link up, even for a few minutes.

Now, it’s back to the realities of business: dealines, meetings, telephone calls, emails, yada, yada, yada. There’s always next year, though!

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 www.wnzf.com 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.

Serendipity

May 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Perspective | Comments Off on Serendipity
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Today I needed to meet with the sales director of the radio station for which I will be broadcasting a talk radio program starting Saturday, June 13th. I met him at The Golden Lion, an oceanside restaurant near my office, where he was hanging a promotional banner for his new music station.  Terry Turner, WNZF, and Tony Marlow, restaurant proprietor and longtime friend, chatted with me about my upcoming show and Tony’s radio promotions.

I had lots of questions for Terry about the radio production process, scheduling, and sponsorship. We discovered that we liked fishing and the same music, plus I learned he worked with Glenn Beck way back when Beck was a very different character than his current radio & TV personna.

Tony promised me for about the 20th time in 10 years that he was going to drag out that 78,000 word manuscript he wrote years ago and give it to me to critique. For the 20th time I told him to do it and I’d actually read it or give it to someone more experienced with fiction than I. Once again, he promised to do it. I laughed and told him he was a closet writer who was afraid to have his work criticized. He didn’t disagree. Maybe this time will be different.

This meeting proved once again the power of serendipity. My life has had several powerful moments when good people came together to advance me and my activities, and today was another demonstration of how this works. I left the meeting energized and excited about the future. Thank you Terry and Tony.

It’s Official! Radio Show is Scheduled!

May 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Book Publishing, Radio Show | Comments Off on It’s Official! Radio Show is Scheduled!
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Well, I am signed on to do a talk radio show about books and book publishing to begin broadcasting on June 13, 2009. I am both excited and slightly nervous.

Broadcasting every Saturday morning at 11:30 Eastern/8:30 Pacfic, “Cover to Cover” will be heard simultaneously in northeast Florida on 1550 AM and 106.3 FM, and streaming worldwide on the Net at www.wnzf.com.

“Cover to Cover” will focus on a wide variety of topics dealing with books, such as bestseller lists, what genres are hot and what’s not, up and coming authors, and everything in between. Also, because of my publishing house, Ocean Publishing, I will concentrate on how books are produced and marketed, including all kinds of topics ranging from manuscript writing and submission, book design, printing, distribution, sales, reviews, and so much more.

Because I have been fortunate to have met and worked with some of the top publishing executives in the business, I will have them on as guests to talk about their respective specialties. Planned guests will be authors, publishers, reviewers, association execs, buyers, distributors and wholesalers, editors, illustrators, printers, sales reps, and others.

So, if you’re interested in anything to do with books, and especially how they are made and marketed, plan to tune in each week whenever “Cover to Cover” plays in your neck of the woods. If you have subjects you’d like to have discussed, leave a comment at this blog or send me an email at publisher@ocean-publishing.com and I’ll consider it.

As June 13th gets closer I’ll update about the program, it’s broadcast times, and what topics will come up on the first shows. Stay tuned!

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