Archive for September, 2010


Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

My  question is, would you have any information on how I could get this book into the Scholastic collection for school fairs? As it was published by Infinity, a POD publisher, it seems a bit more complicated. I contacted Scholastic and they would need 7000 books, which Infinity can print as they do their own publishing. It sounds rather lucrative (even at $1.00 a book royalty, or so) and I would certainly like to try.

I would be so grateful for any information you could give me.
Sheila McIntyre

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Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

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Here are some helpful Submissions Wanted ads, get your work out there!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 19, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

Myriad Editions is Looking for Books to Publish
Based in the UK, this independent publisher publishes atlases, graphic nonfiction and original fiction.  They do not publish
children’s stories, poetry or plays.  For more information visit:

Grantville Gazette Wants Short Sci-Fi and Fantasy
This appears to be a good magazine to break into if you want to write fantasy.  They have strict guidelines but a supportive
process. You need to submit your story as it progresses onto a forum board where it will be discussed and problems with it ironed
out.  If they decide to purchase your story you will get paid 5 cents a word.  For more information visit:

Timeline Wants History Articles on Ohio
The editors of Timeline, the publication of the Ohio Historical Society, are accepting manuscripts of 1,500 to 6,000 words related
to the history, prehistory, and natural history of Ohio and to the broader cultural and natural environments of which Ohio is a part.
Articles with a significant regional or national focus also will be considered. Suitable topics include the traditional fields of
political, economic, military, and social history; biography; the history of science and technology; archaeology and anthropology;
architecture; the fine and decorative arts; and the natural sciences including botany, geology, zoology, ecology, and

In addition to full-length feature articles, shorter, more sharply focused vignettes of 500 to 1,000 words will be considered.

For more information and writer’s guidelines visit the website:

Delicious Living Call for Submissions
US-based healthy lifestyle magazine is open to submissions.  Delicious Living was the first magazine of its kind, and it
remains ahead of its time–a lifestyle magazine that meets new millennium needs with centuries-old health solutions, combined
with contemporary natural health care methods and modalities.

Delicious Living articles are lively, informative, and conversational in tone, and provide up-to-date health information
in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. Writers should consult various sources for their stories, including health professionals
and research journals. They require that writers make every attempt to reference current research.

For more information visit:

Swyers Publishing Poetry Anthology Volume One: Making Waves

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

by Pamela Swyers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:14pm

Just wanted to take a moment to explain a bit about our upcoming Poetry Anthology “Making Waves”.

As a small, independent publisher, Bill and I wanted to find a way to help young up and coming artists (poets specifically) get their work into print. Having walked the long, and often arduous road of getting something published, we feel the pain of those who want to see something they have written in printed form. I have been blessed to cross tracks with several young and amazingly talented writers and poets, and thought by donating some man-hours (and woman hours) and fronting the cost to get the anthology up and out there, the young poet could finally have a way to send someone to a place where they could purchase a poetry anthology that contained their works.

What’s in it for us?

We get the pleasure of helping out talented young poets and we make a small bit of money off each book sold on-line through Amazon or Smashwords, to help us recoup our costs.

What’s in it for the poet?

They may purchase (at our cost to produce, plus shipping) as many copies as they like directly from us, then re-sell these and make money off of them and/or they can send others to our site, Amazon or Smashwords to purchase as many copies as they would like. They have a printed, professional collection of poetry works to share and sell.

How does it work?

We are currently searching for the best of the best from young, aspiring poets. (Okay, they can be “young at heart” as well.) By going to, anyone can submit their poetry (up to 5 per person) for consideration in the anthology. Go to “authors and projects” tab. Then go to “poetry project” tab. You will be asked to view the rules and guidelines and then to electronically submit your poem. ALL entries will be viewed and seriously considered for inclusion, however, it is ultimately up to our discretion on which ones we feel are the right ones to be included. (It is possible that yours may not be chosen this time, but may be chosen for Volume Two at a later date.) The poets will be contacted and informed as to whether or not their poem(s) has been chosen for inclusion by February, 2011 (at the latest). Chosen poets will be posted on the website. The anthology is set to be printed in the Spring of 2011, and the deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2010. Poets retain the rights to their works, so they can print or sell them elsewhere at any time. (We have non-exclusive rights to publish this once.)

The website is Email is

Allbooks Review September 2010 Newsletter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 3, 2010 by Allbooks Review International

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DEADLINE:  September 15, 2010
GENRE:  Short Stories, nonfiction, poetry, young writers
DETAILS: Two age categories: adult and student. Storytelling, whether fiction or non-fiction or poetry, written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, on the web, or via
mobile phone. Could be thought of as a short story, a novel, a documentary, or poetry. However, “writing” and “literature” in the digital age now can include words, images, film, animation, and
interactivity for the audience.
PRIZE: £250 and an Apple i-pad for 1st prize winner in each age category.


Why Book Promotion Takes Patience
By Patricia Fry

Why must authors have patience? Because it takes time to go from exposure to sales. Exposure is necessary in order to alert potential customers to your book-let them know that it exists. People have to know about your book before they will purchase it. News flash: Just having it sitting on a shelf in a bookstore, doesn’t necessarily mean that people will be inclined to purchase it.

They need to hear about it, read about it, hear others talk about it, see it reviewed in their favorite related publications, handle it a few (or many) times, have it recommended and learn more about it. Not only do they need to know about it, they must be convinced that this is something they want to read-that they will enjoy it or benefit from it or that someone they know will. Handpicked books make great gifts.

So how do you get this sort of exposure for your amazing book? You must establish a website and, perhaps, a blog site. Go out and speak. Get your book reviewed many times over. Arrange for book signings. Rent booths at book festivals. Join organizations and groups that can help you get exposure for your book (those related to the theme or genre of your book as well as those that can help with marketing, offer resources, etc). Where appropriate, teach courses and/or give workshops related to your book. Speak at conferences related to your book. Talk about it everywhere you go. Submit articles to appropriate magazines/newsletters/sites. And make sure you are listed in Books in Print (so booksellers can special order your book for customers).

Currently, I am testing new waters while getting exposure for my latest book, Catscapades, True Cat Tales. And I am reminded how time-consuming book promotion can be, especially just coming out of the publishing gate. How much time is it taking? LOTS of it. Getting exposure in all the right places is my full time job at the moment. And it takes patience, because reviewers don’t always respond as quickly as you would like. Booksellers can drag their feet about scheduling your signings. Potential customers who may really want a copy of your book put off purchasing it.

How long does it take to get the results you want through exposure? Do you want me to be candid? This is an ongoing activity for as long as you want your book to sell.

Until you have major name recognition as the author of mysteries, true crime books, children’s or young adult books, fantasies, science fiction or books on finance, for example, you will need to practically hand sell each and every book you produce. As authors in this publishing climate, the best that we can do is to consider authorship a serious business, not a privilege that will result in instant fame and fortune.

Sure, you’ll get a flurry of sales after a positive review is published by a reviewer of some credibility and with a large following. You may sell a box or a handful of books at a book festival or a large conference where you speak. You will surely sell a dozen or so books at a well-publicized book signing. And some of those customers will tell others about your book and you’ll get some residual sales. But then, you’re back to the drawing board reminding potential customers about your book on a regular basis while attempting to find new ways to get exposure.

Does it sound like a dismal reward for writing a marvelous book-to have to promote for evermore? It depends on how you look at it. I suggest shifting a measure of your creativity over from your writing efforts to the process of promotion and look at it as a creative challenge.

Here’s another tip. Don’t ever allow yourself to be discouraged when your sales, during a particular event or after a great review, fall below your expectations. Exposure doesn’t always lead to immediate gratification (sales). In fact, I like to tell the story of a SPAWN member who shared in our SPAWN booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books one year. He didn’t sell very many books that year, but he made some amazing contacts that led to him being involved in a documentary featuring the topic of his book. It airs frequently on the Military channel.

If you are currently or will soon be promoting a book, keep things in perspective. Understand the concept of book promotion.

·   Book promotion is not a one-time shot. It is ongoing for as long as you want to sell copies of your book.

·   Book promotion is not a passive process. It takes serious planning and assertive action.

·   Book promotion efforts do not usually result in high sales right off the bat.

·   Book promotion takes time, effort, energy and creative thinking.

If you have a good product, your next obligation is to be proactive in promoting it and be patient.


We love to hear of your success stories, submit them to us at:

Remember to post your book signing, guest speaker events on our Bookstore page. Simply send us an email with details of your events and we will be happy to post them. Just part of the Allbooks service to our authors.

Congratulations to:

Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage has won an award.  Judith

Readers Favorite

2010 Silver Medal Winner

Non-fiction, Relationships

Dear Shirley!

Wow. Thank you for the wonderful review. I have been real busy and could not get back to you.

I just broke my third Guinness World Record on Live TV last week. (see me drop the anchorman on the floor live)

Another world record (4th one) is set for this Saturday August 14th at 1 PM PST at

The cookbook is here. I will send the hardcopy to you.

Thank you so so much!


Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage; A Holistic Approach: Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit has received its first two awards:

Featured Book of the Month

August 2010

Pacific Book Review

Readers Favorite Awards 2010

Finalist, Non Fiction – Relationships

Beyond Doubt is now available as an e-book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and others, please let everyone know it is downloadable. Many blessings!


Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW

Please state your name and location.  (city and State or Province, Country)

Don Hurst.  Roseville, California, USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

Cloud Riders.  ePress-online Inc.

Tell us about yourself:

I’m Don Hurst.  My full name is Donald Douglas Hurst.  I’m a 75 year-old life-long bachelor living in Northern California, U.S.A.

I have an AA in Art and a BA in Expressive Arts.

I am a veteran of United States Navy during the Korean War and a veteran of the United States Air Force during peacetime.

I have two younger brothers.

10 years younger, Dennis, who lives in San Diego, California.  He’s an electronics engineer.  He’s retired but still magnificently smart.

And Bob, who also lives Roseville.  He’s 3 years younger than me and has for years been the president of a corporation.  He’s now retired but is still unabashedly bossy.

I write fantasy mostly, because it’s more real to me than so-called reality.

I have a web site:

On the back cover of Return to UKOO, my first book, is the following: ‘No matter where I go, there I am.  I can either get in the way or enjoy the company.’

Enough about me.  I’m getting bored.


When was the book released?


Give us an overview of your book.

14 year-old Paul Winsome has to ride clouds to save his 11 year-old sister Vicki, and  the solar system.  He has no idea how.  Why was he chosen?  Could anyone be less qualified?

Through his parallel-imagined-life, Paul has to enter a dangerous, intimidating, puzzling pursuit of a reality just beyond his grasp.  He has no choice but to trust his imagination.  However, isn’t his imagination mixed in with everyone else’s imagination in an imagination life stew?  Aren’t his chances of failure literally astronomical?

“Your gift of imagination is able to reach any altitude,” says wizard Maken Fairchild.  Easy for him to say.  He doesn’t have to confront gargantuan gorilla Claude Nab or his owner, queen authority of malice Calamity Horrid.  He doesn’t have to face an invading solar system Vile Extinction, whose added suns will cook Earth upon her arrival.  He doesn’t have to face her laser-shooting eyed son, Kid Badd.  Face six eyed Keen Aware.  Bully Buster.  Save his cat, Isno Gravity.

Not to mention, how does one ride clouds anyway?

Surely someone has made a dreadful mistake.

What inspired you to write this book?

E. B. White answered a child’s question about whether his stories were true.

He answered, quote: “No, they are imaginary tales… But real life is only one kind of life―there is also the life of the imagination.” End quote.

Combine that with the Harry Potter series and Cloud Riders sprang to life in my imagination.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

I wanted to write a book about imagination itself.  It took six years to complete.  It’s been quite a cloud ride.

Where can people buy your book?

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

Not at the present time.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

Cloud Riders is not self-published.  But my advice is to remember that

‘writing the book and self publishing it is only half the task.  The other half is to sell it.’

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:

Editing, cover design, encouragement and a reality check when my

Imagination soared too far for a reader to grasp.  ePress-online Inc. is staffed by other writers helping writers with their craft.  They have been wonderful to me both in guidance and understanding my goal.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

My review by Alison Griffiths, an Allbooks Reviewer.  She brought me out of a worsening dark cloud of self-doubt.  The encouragement of Writers Village University’s Donna Sundblad, know at WVU as Birdie, suggestions as to marketing.  Marketing success is the branch held out to keep me running toward accomplishment.  I truly care less for Don Hurst being successful than Cloud Riders reaching the reading public, young and old.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

I found Allbooks Reviews on a site that lists book reviewers.  I just got lucky in my pick.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?

I’m 75 and living on Social Security.  Low cost was not only a surprise, but a God send.  As to what more Allbooks Reviews could offer, I haven’t explored fully what is now offered.  Seems to me so much is offered that it will take some time to grab a hold of the spinning merry-go-round of marketing help.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

Thanks right back at you.  I am truly appreciative.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.