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We are currently giving away a copy of Neal Rabin’s adventurous novel (perfect for summer reading) 23 DEGREES SOUTH: A Tropical Tale of Changing Whether… ending on May 16th, 2018 at 12:00AM EST. The winner will be contacted by email, so make sure to check your inbox in case it was you!

“Enjoy with your favorite cocktail!…23 DEGREES SOUTH will capture all readers with its story of two young friends on different paths who intersect within an action packed story.”
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Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does?

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do you know what a book publicist does claire mckinneyDo you know what a book publicist does?

At lunch with publicist friends, there’s one question that we always seem to come back to: does anyone in this business know what we actually do? Yes, yes, every author says they “want” a publicist, but how many authors, and those who work in publishing, actually understand what a publicist does and, more importantly, what can reasonably be expected from their publicity campaign?

People in this business still assume that the only good thing a publicist does is book appearances on Oprah or The Today Show or Good Morning America. Even though this circuit is outdated—Oprah’s show is off the air, GMA is closing in on the Today show’s ratings, and The Early Show just went through another reorganization—people in publishing still think these are the rounds a publicist makes. This needs to change.

I came into the publishing industry accidentally, and took to the role of publicist quite naturally; I’ve been doing it for 15 years. I’ve worked on campaigns for everything from children’s books to adult trade; cookbooks to philosophy; literary fiction to self-help—and I’ll tell you, as I’ve told everyone who has ever worked for me and with me, making a book is a long, difficult process. Nonetheless, when there’s blame about how the final product fares in the market, it often seems to fall on the publicist. Why?

Why would an author take his frustrations out on the person most directly linked to the consumers in the promotional process? Why are the notions of what a publicist does so cloudy? And why, in an era where lack of publicity is repeatedly cited as a major reason books fail, are so many publicists with years of experience struggling to keep their jobs?

Blame it on the digital revolution. Blame it on the homogenized media culture.Blame it on whomever, or whatever, you choose. One problem, aside from the difficulty of getting good publicity for a book, is dealing with misunderstandings about what a publicist can reasonably do.

Right now there are still two overarching umbrellas that classify book publicity campaigns. There are the “big” books that are positioned and sold to the “big” traditional media, and there are all the other books which, well, aren’t sold to the “big” traditional media. And when I say this, I’m not saying all of the other books don’t warrant the same attention as the big books, or that they won’t get a national break, or that they are lesser in any way. I’m saying that, still, there are basically two tracks we think about, and that’s a problem.

That not every book will be right for the “big” media spots is one problem, but it’s a reality. Too often, though, there seems to be anger about not getting those “big” spots instead of an open admission that there are lots of great press hits to be had on smaller outlets and in nontraditional ways.

There are hundreds of television, print, and radio venues, just like the old days. But now there is the Web and there’s social media. You can do viral campaigns. You can give away content in the form of actual books on blogs, or digitally in chapters on any and all Web sites.Can you, the publicist, work with online marketing to coordinate a campaign using some of these tools? Yes. Do you need to know even more people than ever before, collecting contacts like a paper clip magnet? Yes. Will you be able to do this for every book on your list? Probably not. But it would help if these “nontraditional” campaigns stopped being tagged as such. Book publicity is no longer about organizing a “big” or “small” campaign, and publicists know this, but the rest of the industry does not seem to have quite caught up.

So if you are a book publicist like me and one of your more irascible authors is quoted in New York magazine basically saying that publicists are worthless, close your eyes, count to 10, and remember that you have the power and the skill set to go out there and brave a new frontier of media. You will do things that haven’t been done before, and while you accept the well-deserved pat on the back that so rarely comes your way, you can take comfort in the fact that others are quietly saying, “How did she do that?”

(This article was originally published in Publishers Weekly titled “Do You Know What a Book Publicist Does?” and online here.)

Social Media 101: Tumblr for Authors

TumblrTumblr is a combination of social media and blogging—users actively post content to their Tumblr blog, but they can also re-blog and like other users’ posts. Tumblr can be a fun platform to use because it is very different from Twitter or Facebook, and it is a perfect platform for authors to use because it is easy and creative. The number one rule for this platform is to make sure to have fun with it!

Here are 5 ways that authors can use Tumblr:

Reblog or post GIFs or screenshots. Tumblr is full of screenshots and GIFs that are at your disposal to use, from TV shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation, or movies like Clueless and Mean Girls. You will give your account exposure this way because GIFs—especially those that are popular or humorous—will more likely be reblogged than other posts.

Use it as a blog with a purpose. Do you have a specific topic you’d like to blog about, but don’t necessarily need all that SEO and headline writing that comes with a WordPress blog? Tumblr can be a great use for “micro-blogging” or just writing a couple sentences on a topic every day or once a week. For example Clients from Hell started as a Tumblr blog, where they posted anonymous comments about bad clients. Other examples include Bookworm of Camelot which specifically blogs about literature, or That Coffee House Tumblr which only posts about coffee.

Use it as a social network. Don’t just focus on your Tumblr but make sure to follow other blogs that you are interested in and might reblog. Comment and share your stories on other users’ posts.

Use it as a news and events page for your website. Did you get a new Amazon review or were featured in a literary blog? Did you have an event last night? Share these links and photos on your Tumblr and make sure to tag the posts with tags that people frequent (books, literature, amblogging). Did you see another Tumblr post a photo of your book? Reblog it! Connect it to your website so that it is easily accessible.

Use it as your writer’s blog. If you are interested in blogging but know you aren’t going to commit to writing hundreds or thousands of words a week, Tumblr is the perfect way to keep people updated with your life by posting short blog posts or GIFs, new music you are listening to, news articles you just read, etc. with little commentary. Did you just read an interesting New York Times article on how sales at independent booksellers are up? Did you finish a book you have mixed feelings about? Post it on Tumblr and ask your readers what they think.

Many artists and creatives are on the platform, from Taylor Swift to Veronica Roth (Divergent) to Rainbow Rowell (Landline; Carry On). It doesn’t take up as much time as a regular blog and it is more interactive for users because it is so simple for another person to reblog your post. Check it out and you’ll see how much you may just enjoy it!

For more insight on social media check out our blog posts here.

Rooted in Deceit by Wendy Tyson

“Worth a read among the traditional cozies.”

—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review on Seeds of Revenge

“Cunning crimes, charismatic characters, and a cozy (if occasionally murderous) community all set this series, and story, apart—as does the authenticity and assuredness with which the author writes.”

—John Valeri, Criminal Element on Seeds of Revenge

“This third series offering is a complex small-town mystery with well-rounded, fascinating characters.”

 —Library Journal on Seeds of Revenge 

“Tyson’s first-rate second Greenhouse mystery stars big-city lawyer turned small-town organic farmer Megan Sawyer, a kind, intelligent, and spirited woman with great integrity. In short, she’s the sort of person cozy readers warm to and root for.”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Bitter Harvest

“Tyson gives us an evocative sense of place, a bit of romance, and dimensional characters with interesting backstories. Readers are left looking forward to the next book in the series and hankering for organic mushroom tartlets.”

– Publishers Weekly on A Muddied Murder

ROOTED IN DECEIT

A Greenhouse Mystery Book Four

by Wendy Tyson

Summer has arrived for Was

hington Acres organic farm and its farm-to-table restaurant and grocery, the Washington Acres Cafe and Larder. It’s been quiet for the last few months in the idyllic Bucks County town of Winsome, Pennsylvania after the events of Seeds of Revenge, when a man was murdered by his son. Yet it’s no summer vacation for environmental-lawyer-turned-farmer Megan Sawyer when a high-end yoga retreat opens in the next town over—and the Cafe’s clientele starts making their way over to its shiny new offerings. But when up-and-coming

artist and her ex-best friend Thana Moore is strangled in the back of her car, Megan is once again thrust into solving the latest mystery in Winsome.

In bestselling author Wendy Tyson’s new novel, ROOTED IN DECEIT: A Greenhouse Mystery (Henery Press; September 4th, 2018; ISBN 9781635113846), Megan has no interest in stepping
inside the new retreat. With crates of organic greens to bring to Philadelphia restaurants and a grand opening to prepare for a new wood-fire pizza farm, she doesn’t have the time. But then the detectives on the case discover her father’s high-maintenance Italian wife Sylvia had an
explosive argument with Thana hours earlier, and the murder weapon is a scarf that looks suspiciously like Sylvia’s. Worse, Maria, the wife of Washington Acres Cafe’s superior-yet-grumpy cook, Alvaro, was fired after being suspected of destroying one of Thana’s paintings. Would Maria kill her out of revenge? Despite her attitude, would Sylvia truly be guilty of murder?

Even though Megan’s relationship with her father and her difficult-to-please stepmother are strained, Megan starts sniffing around for clues to prove the innocence of both women. The plot twists when the detectives start poking around Megan’s personal relationship with the newly deceased. She must swallow her pride about her ex-best friend and piece together the years
after their falling out…Only to find that something sinister is afoot in Bucks County.

If Megan doesn’t find the murderer, innocent people may be prisoned and even more could die. In ROOTED IN DECEIT, Megan must dive into her past to find Thana’s killer, even if she doesn’t like what she may find out about herself. If she doesn’t uncover the truth in time, will this idyllic Winsome summer turn into a nightmare?

ABOUT WENDY TYSON

Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer, and former therapist who writes the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery Series and the Allison Campbell Mystery Series. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals and in the short story anthology Betrayed: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors. Wendy is a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins. She and her husband recently moved their micro-farm from Pennsylvania to the Green Mountains of Vermont. For more information about Wendy, visit her at www.watyson.com.

ABOUT HENERY PRESS

Henery Press an independent publisher in the mystery and suspense genre focused on engaging stories with sharp twists and lively characters. Visit www.henerypress.com to learn more.

ROOTED IN DECEIT | A Greenhouse Mystery Book Four | By Wendy Tyson | Henery Press | Publication Date: September 4th, 2018 | ISBN: 9781635113846 | Original Trade Paperback & E-Book | Price: $15.95 / $4.99 | 270 pages

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The Heart of War by Kathleen McInnis

 

“Strap on your helmet and buckle your seat belt. Your wild ride at the Pentagon officially begins now.” –From THE HEART OF WAR

 

 

 

 

 

THE HEART OF WAR

Misadventures in the Pentagon

A Novel

By Kathleen J. McInnis

Working in Washington, D.C.’s national security bubble, International Security Specialist Kathleen McInnis understands what it is like to be a young woman making her way in the Pentagon. The experience can be hard, both professionally and personally—which is why she decided to write about the unique challenges women face in the national security community in her humorous and entertaining new novel THE HEART OF WAR: Misadventures in the Pentagon (Post Hill Press; Release Date September 25th, 2018; ISBN 9781682616512; $16.00 paperback).

In THE HEART OF WAR, Dr. Heather Reilly is an academic peacenik living in San Diego, swamped with debt from her and her pacifist fiancé’s crushing student loans. Since her brother was killed fighting the Taliban, she’s been an anti-war activist.  But when a fellowship in the Pentagon comes along with the chance to work on a peace plan for Afghanistan and pay down her debt at the same time, Heather agrees to move east and work in the “puzzle palace.”  When she arrives in the Pentagon, however, she discovers her position has been eliminated in the Department of Defense’s latest “reorg”. Instead, she’s placed into the war-fighting office focusing on Russian aggression under the terrifying management of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Ariane Fletcher, also known as the Wicked Witch of the Pentagon.

With a brother killed in combat and a sister-in-law who is still in mourning, Heather is deeply conflicted about her new position—not to mention, she has no experience in U.S.—Russia relations. But thanks to Air Force Colonel Tom Voight, a staffer she joins forces with, Heather learns to navigate the job and carves herself a place in the Pentagon, despite its insane bureaucracy, petty power struggles, and endless militarized rules. But Voight hasn’t prepared her for how to deal with people like Fletcher, who is out for Heather’s blood; Adam Royle, a lieutenant who continuously throws Heather under the bus; Derek Odem, an advisor for the National Security Advisor who hijacks their plans; and her own fiancé, Ryan, who claims that Heather is selling out and has “become just as bad as one of the terrorists.”

In a novel that belongs on the shelves with The Devil Wears Prada, The Taliban Shuffle, Sammy’s Hill, The Hopefuls, and Catch-22, Heather must learn the hard way that success will come at the expense of her personal life—and that even the smallest of mistakes can have major consequences at the Department of Defense.

Based on the author’s experiences in foreign policy, THE HEART OF WAR is the story of a woman’s humorous and challenging journey from anti-war activist to national security hawk as she learns to understand her true calling to national service.

About the Author

Kathleen J. McInnis is a national security policy specialist who has worked in the Pentagon, the UK Parliament, and think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic. Having earned her doctorate at King’s College London, she currently analyzes international security and defense issues for the United States Congress. Kathleen lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

About the Publisher

Founded in 2013 by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and book industry professionals, Post Hill Press has successfully published a wide spectrum of books, with a focus on the categories of pop culture, business, self-help, health, and current events. Post Hill Press books have appeared on The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. A number of Post Hill Press authors have appeared on national media such as CNN, Fox News, The Doctors, and many others, as well as national radio and print outlets. They are distributed by Simon & Schuster.

THE HEART OF WAR | Misadventures in the Pentagon | By Kathleen McInnis | Published by Post Hill Press | September 25th, 2018 | ISBN 9781682616512 | Paperback / E-Book | Price: $16.00 | 272 Pages

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A Surgeon’s Odyssey by Richard Moss

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“[A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY] belongs on the bookshelf as a modern tale next to the Iliad, the Odyssey, Ulysses, and the biblical Exodus.”
—John F.X. Ryan Jr., Former Managing Director, Sovran Limited and Pac West Distributing Inc., Executive Assistant, Lieutenant Governor, Indiana

“Dr. Moss gives the reader a glimpse of his three-year expedition into an exotic world, a true-life quest that is inspiring, uplifting, and tragic.”
Danny J. Barrett, Director, International Agreements, Commander, US Naval Forces, Japan

“A fantastic journey through third world Asian medicine, culture, and spirituality. Dr. Moss’s odyssey exposes the reader to people and worlds that would otherwise remain hidden. A must-read for the adventurous!”
—Diane Larson, RN, Charge Nurse of Endoscopy Services, Memorial Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center

“Moss is a captivating storyteller who from the first page masterfully pulls the reader into the world of his life as a young head and neck surgeon…Readers will be swept away in this incredible journey.”
—Kimberly Wagner, Featured Writer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and children’s book author

A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY
A Memoir
By Dr. Richard Moss

“Do not forsake your dreams for material security.” This wisdom, inscribed on a fortune cookie in a downtown Manhattan Chinese restaurant, was the catalyst a newly-licensed Dr. Richard Moss needed to book a ticket to Asia and start the next chapter in his life healing people overseas. In his exploratory and moving new memoir, A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY (Archway Books; May 2018), Dr. Moss tells his story of entering the medical field by helping those in need and going on the adventure of a lifetime.

As a 33-year-old surgeon, fresh out of his residency training in Manhattan for Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat), Dr. Moss dedicated 14 years of his life to becoming a doctor and was finally at the point where he could start a practice and earn money. But when a letter from the hospital at Chiang Mai University in Thailand arrived, asking to put his experience to work in their Otolaryngology department, Dr. Moss was at a crossroads…Until fortune stepped in and made him realize what he wanted to do all along.

In A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY, Dr. Moss takes readers along his exciting journey as a young doctor learning to navigate the medical field on a foreign continent, far from his humble beginnings in the Bronx. He shares how, as a cancer surgeon of Jewish faith living in the exotic landscapes of Thailand, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, he had to teach himself to view situations from different cultural and religious perspectives.

Dr. Moss juggles his responsibility to heal with his bizarre and otherworldly wanderings through Asia, including: Meeting his wife Ying, a Buddhist Thai nurse he married in the context of unexpected and powerful Thai cultural imperatives; encountering the enigmatic Jewish-American Buddhist monk Uttamo living in the jungle at the Thai-Malaysia border; operating on a man by candlelight in Bangladesh when the power cut out in the hospital during a monsoon; motorcycling with Ying through the Himalayas and nearly getting rammed off a cliff by a mother Yak protecting her calf; practicing walking meditation in a forest temple in southern Thailand; surviving one of the worst typhoons and mudslides in modern history; getting shot at by a Burmese soldier when trying to cross the border; pounding a drum all night to ward off evil spirits at a Buddhist ceremony; receiving a prize chicken and newborn goat from a poor family as a token of their gratitude for a surgery performed on a loved one; and getting robbed on a train in India, only for Ying to jump on the thief’s back and successfully retrieve his stolen wallet.

Forgoing comfort and financial security to find himself in a strange but beautiful world, A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY is the unique and inspiring journey of a cancer surgeon who, against conventional wisdom, embarks on a pilgrimage of healing, working under daunting circumstances among some of the most fascinating cultures in the world.

About the Author
RICHARD MOSS, M.D., is a board-certified head and neck surgeon with a private practice in Jasper, Indiana, where he has lived for over 25 years with his wife and four children. Dr. Moss earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.  He is a columnist, a local businessman, and has sought political office. He is also the author of Matilda’s Triumph: A Memoir.

About the Publisher
Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly 90 years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kinds, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience.

A SURGEON’S ODYSSEY: A Memoir | Dr. Richard Moss
Archway Publishing from Simon & Schuster | May 2018

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Humpty Trumpty Hit a Brick Wall by David Finkle

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April 20th, 2017
Twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter—
Donald Trump’s a heavy hitter.
When he’s feeling crossed and bitter,
He dispenses all that litter.
Twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter
Goes that clearly nutty critter,
Causing all of us to titter,
“He just needs a baby-sitter.”
Add this to the Trump con list:
Making cash hand over fist,
Like that big DC hotel.
Tax returns? So far, no tell.

HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL
Donald J. Trump’s First White House Year in Verse
By David Finkle
Illustrated by Roberta Granzen

Depressed and defeated, facing the inauguration day of a new U.S. President he calls “flabbergastingly unfit for office,” David Finkle, author of People Tell Me Things and The Man With the Overcoat, put thought and pen to the internet and posted a series of opinion-driven quatrains on Facebook. He decided to post daily until he had exactly a year and a day of Donald Trump’s first year in office.

Now, just in time for tax return season (Trump’s tax returns? So far, no tell), these humorous poems are available in a new book HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL: Donald J. Trump’s First White House Year in Verse (Plum Bay Publishing; April 2018; ISBN 9780998861753), with illustrations by Roberta Granzen. Readers will recognize “Humpty Trumpty” along with satirical characters familiar to us in the form of nursery rhymes like Ivanka Trump as Little Miss Muffet and Steve Bannon as a troll.

In a world where the inflammatory nature of day-to-day politics has put people on edge, readers will find a reprieve while they laugh, grin, and occasionally weep their way through Finkle’s engaging rhymes that recall these characters’ ups-and-downs from the past year.

Heads-of-state, chiefs-of-staff, senators, the FBI, and more are rifled with original and humorous illustrations in HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL, headlining each month’s collection, from Inauguration Day 2017 until January 20th, 2018.

HUMPTY TRUMPTY HIT A BRICK WALL | Donald J. Trump’s First White House Year in Verse
By David Finkle | Illustrated by Roberta Granzen | Plum Bay Publishing | Publication Date April 2018
ISBN 9780998861753 | Paperback | $11.95 | 144 Pages

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