Jun 242008

Mood — smoky. Today we have over 840 wildfires burning in California.
The good news is that we have new books on the shelves.
Congratulations to Harold Davis on the publication of his amazing 100 Views of the Golden Gate (Wilderness Press).
Congratulations to Steve Horton and Jeong Mo Jang on the publication of Professional Manga: Digital Storytelling with Manga Studio EX (Focal Press).
Congratulations to Greg Velm on the publication of AP U.S. History for Dummies (Wiley).
Congratulations to Taz Tally on the publication of his labor of love 50 Hikes in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula (The Countryman Press).
And congratulations to Rich Wagner on the publication of his Building Facebook Applications for Dummies (Wiley). Rich is also about to embark on a one month cross country bicycle book tour to promote The Expeditionary Man (which repped by his CBA agency Alive Communications). You can follow his adventure at his website, WhyTheBike.
Best wishes to everyone. Thanks for working with me.

  •  June 24, 2008
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Jun 162008

This is a first for my career probably 🙂 I don’t usually see my books in Cosmo.
Michelle Waitzman, author of Sex in a Tent: A Wild Couple’s Guide to Being Naughty in Nature was quoted in Cosmo last week. Michelle was interviewed for a sidebar (to do with, ah hem, creative ways to use a hammock) and Wilderness Press reports that it seemed to spur some book sales.
Congrats, Michelle!

  •  June 16, 2008
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Jun 132008

Here’s a shout out to Peter Shankman and his very cool site, Helpareporter, which matches reporters with experts. The queries come from all sorts of outlets, including bloggers, podcasters, trade magazines, book authors and big dailies.
I read his queries every day and pass leads to my clients when I see something that looks like a good fit, but HARO is also definitely worth checking out if you’re a writer and you’re looking for experts to interview yourself.
Peter has a fun blog and cool book, Can We Do That? Outrageous PR Stunts That Work and Why Your Company Needs Them. Check them out.

  •  June 13, 2008
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Jun 112008

Well this is a poor excuse for breaking radio silence, but I got a huge laugh out of this Galleycat post quoting Jeff Bezos on “hand fatigue.”
Yeah, that’s the difficulty with reading. Snarf. I just finished Walter Isaacson’s Einstein: His Life and Universe (great book btw), and boy my hands are tired – baddaboom.

  •  June 11, 2008
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May 082008

Congrats to Janet Rae-Dupree. Janet’s May 4 “Unboxed” column Can You become a Creature of New Habits? was yesterday’s New York Times’ “Most Emailed Article.”
Congratulations to Stephanie Diamond on the publication of her book, Web Marketing for Small Business (Sourcebooks).
Congratulations to Todd Perkins on the publication of his latest book, Nintendo Flash Wii Creator’s Guide (Osborne/McGraw-Hill), the first and only book that teaches you how to create Flash games for the Wii.
Congratulations to Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton on their latest installment for Gamasutra, A History of Gaming Platforms: Mattell Intellivision.
Congratulations to Rich Wagner on completing his Building Facebook Applications for Dummies.
Thanks for working with me!

  •  May 8, 2008
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Apr 302008

Congratulations to Larry Helyer and Richard Wagner on the publication of The Book of Revelation for Dummies (Wiley). This is a great intro to perhaps the most complex and controversial book of the Bible.
Congratulations to Michele Davis and Jon Phillips on the publication of their latest book, Flex 3: A Beginner’s Guide (Osborne/McGraw-Hill).
I haven’t seen it in person yet but I’m excited to announce the publication of Webcomics 2.0: An Insider’s Guide to Writing, Drawing and Promoting Your Own Webcomics, by Steve Horton and Sam Romero (Course Technology).
Congratulations to Ron Kay on the publication of Ron Kay’s Guide to Zion National Park: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Zion National Park but Didn’t Know Who to Ask! (Countryman/W.W. Norton).
Congrats to Cliff Truesdell on the publication of his latest book, Introducing Reason 4 (Sybex).
I’m pleased to announce another video from Sue Jenkins. Congrats to Sue on the release of her latest DVD, Photoshop CS3 2008 – Designer’s Guide to Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Educational Training Tutorial DVD for Print, Web, Video Production, and 3D (Class on Demand).
Thanks for working with me!

  •  April 30, 2008
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Mar 192008

A big congratulations to Steve Horton who has just wrapped two projects with two different publishers over the last two months:
Webcomics 2.0: An Insider’s Guide to Writing, Drawing and Promoting Your Own Webcomics, illustrated by Sam Romero (Course Technology), and
Professional Manga: Digital Storytelling with Manga Studio EX, illustrated by Jeong Mo Yang, (Focal Press).
Congratulations to our favorite archeologist and adventurer, Cameron M. Smith, on completing his Anthropology for Dummies, (Wiley).
Congratulations to Richard Mansfield on completing his Mastering VBA for Microsoft Office 2007, coming next month from Sybex.
This one isn’t quite on the shelves yet but is somewhere en route from the printer in Italy and will be available any day now: congratulations to Harold Davis on his gorgeous Practical Artistry: Light and Exposure for Digital Photographers (O’Reilly). Harold has also syndicated his blog to his Amazon page and it’s one of the few photoblogs that I’ve seen on Amazon, so that’s worth checking out too.
Thanks for working with me!

  •  March 19, 2008
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Feb 292008

A huge congratulations to Cameron M. Smith, who today won a Solas Silver Award for his story Ghost On Ice in the annual Travelers’ Tales travel writing competition, and which will be published in The Best Travel Writing 2008: True Stories from Around the World.
Cameron also won a Gold Prize for his Escape From Darien, which was recently featured in the Lyons Press book They Lived to Tell the Tale.
Congratulations to Harold Davis (and his producer, designer and partner Phyllis Davis) on the publication of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite and the High Sierra (Countryman/W.W. Norton).
Congratulations to Michelle Waitzman on finishing Living Abroad in New Zealand, which is coming soon from Moon Publications/Avalon. Michelle also received a great Seattle Times Valentine’s Day review of her Sex in a Tent. See it here!
Congratulations to Cliff Truesdell on finishing his second music-tech title with me, Introducing Reason 4, coming soon from Sybex. You should check out Cliff’s band on their MySpace page.
Congratulations to Dave Crenshaw on signing, sealing, and delivering his productivity business fable, The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing it All” Gets Nothing Done, which is due out in hardcover this August from Jossey-Bass.
Congratulations to Gary David Bouton on the imminent publication of his newest book Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended: Retouching Motion Pictures, to be published by Course Technology.
And finally, another Course tech book: a hearty congratulations to David Boles on completing his third in a row, Picture Yourself Learning Office for the Mac 2008.
Thanks for working with me!

  •  February 29, 2008
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Oct 132004

Well, it’s a blog about books and me, books and my job in the publishing industry, books I’ve read and books I’m especially proud of having represented.

I’m sure there are better blogs about books. As a reader, I’m a person who reads everything — perhaps another way of saying I have no taste. In the last week I’ve re-read John McPhee’s, Control of Nature; much of Charlotte Joko Beck’s zen primer, Nothing Special; and I’m hip deep in the third book of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, The Dragon Reborn. How’s that for a chaotic mix?

I often return to McPhee and Joko Beck when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I’ve been properly overwhelmed this week so I find them very comforting, a good soup. McPhee writes so well and clearly about geology and time, nature and landscape, and helps me to appreciate my place in the ultimate scheme of things. And Joko Beck always reminds me of where I am inside. I highly recommend her.

I’m new to Robert Jordan, but I’m thoroughly entranced and entertained with his epic. It’s a huge series, and I find it inspiring around all the great themes of self-knowledge, self-reliance, and responsibility. These are also all huge issues in my life right now so the books really resonate with me.

More soon once I learn how to use this space.

  •  October 13, 2004
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