Archive for December, 2009

Obama book is a celebration of books and bookselling

December 31, 2009

Obama book is a celebration of books and bookselling

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Tension grows as publishers target Amazon Kindle pricing – USATODAY.com

December 31, 2009

Tension grows as publishers target Amazon Kindle pricing – USATODAY.com.

Bookselling This Week: Bookseller Memoir Details Grassroots Efforts in Support of Obama

December 19, 2009

Bookselling This Week: Bookseller’s Memoir Details Grassroots Efforts in Support of Obama.  This is a wonderful article in the American Bookselling Association’s newsletter, Bookselling This Week, about my author, through The Elevator Group, John Presta and his fabulous book coming Jan. 20, 2010, in honor of President Obama’s inauguration.  It’s called Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots:  How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers Did It.  It peels the layers off the early Obama years, especially from his failed 2000 campaign for Congress when the Prestas, owners of the Reading on Walden bookstore, got involved.  It shows how the Obama campaign, the Prestas, and 300 volunteers got involved and stayed involved up through the 2008 Presidential election.  Check out the article above and more information at www.TheElevatorGroup.com.

PJ McCalla signing Heads Deacon, Tails Devil 12/17 and 19 in PA

December 16, 2009

My author, PJ McCalla, will be signing copies of her award-winning novel, Heads Deacon, Tails Devil on Thursday, 12/17 at Barnes & Noble, Swedesford Rd., Devon, PA, 1-3pm and Borders Express, Plymouth Mtg. Mall, 12/19, 1-4pm.  She just got a great review in the Midwest Book Review/Small Press Watch:

“Hypocrisy is always most vicious to those near the hypocrite. “Heads Deacon, Tails Devil” tells the story of a small town, who have come to adore Robert Grant, a religious leader. But Grant hides a much more demonic interior than he shows his town and congregation, but even when you try your best, you can’t hide your dark side forever. “Heads Deacon, Tails Devil” is a curious and highly recommended story not to be missed.”

See www.TheElevatorGroup.com for more info.

This would make a great holiday gift!

My interview Fri. 12/11, 6-7pm.; Call-in & Listen

December 11, 2009
Join us for a LIVE interview with Author, Lawyer, Motivational Speaker and Founder of The Elevator Group; Sheilah Vance. We will be discussing The Elevator Group as well as her new book release. Listeners are encouraged to call in and speak directly with Ms. Vance by dialing: 347-326-9846. Listen to the show LIVE by visiting the following link: www.blogtalkradio.com/churchinsider.  Look forward to seeing you there

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December 10, 2009

Kirkus Reviews is Closing – 12/10/2009 – Library Journal

December 10, 2009

I never got a Kirkus Review for my books or my authors (at least not yet; now maybe, not ever).  But, as hard as we try to get prepublication reviews, I hate to see one source close.  Seems like book reviewing is getting more democratic and in the hand of the people on line as www.goodreads.com just got millions of dollars invested into it and will expand.  Whatever works!

Kirkus Reviews is Closing – 12/10/2009 – Library Journal.

Simon & Schuster, Hachette to Hold Back Release of Some E-Books – WSJ.com

December 9, 2009

Simon & Schuster, Hachette to Hold Back Release of Some E-Books – WSJ.com.

Money Talks: The secret to book displays in bookstores

December 8, 2009

Here’s an article about a practice I found out to last year to my chagrin, as a small (but growing) independent publisher.  Publishers pay–and bookstores charge–to have books on display on tables, face out on shelves, etc.  Yet, us little guys carry on, and we hope you support us.  And we turn a profit.  Because we believe in our books and hope you do, too.  Onward and upward! –Peace–SV

Bookstore Baksheesh: The Real Estate Deals That Sell Books | The Penenberg Post | Fast Company.

William Petrocelli: No One Warned the Dinosaurs. Will Anyone Warn the Publishers?

December 2, 2009

Another great article on the big changes in publishing.

William Petrocelli: No One Warned the Dinosaurs. Will Anyone Warn the Publishers?.