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Clients We’re Lucky to Have

by Sandy Dunwoody, Literary Publicist

As a publicist and social media specialist at AuthorHive, I work with a wide variety of clients (and with just about every genre and topic you can imagine). I’ve worked with scientists, engineers, CEOs and psychics, and pitched romance novels, cookbooks, business books, and more.  But my absolute favorite projects to work on are campaigns with a great cause.

We must be having the “luck of the Irish” lately, because I’ve been working with a great group of authors. Being that it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I’d like to highlight a few of the awesome and inspiring clients I consider myself lucky to be working with:

ANNA M. WARNER, My Lipstick Journey through Cancer:  A Journey of Faith and Finding the Right Shade: Diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive thyroid cancer and told she’d never again be able to continue her passion of signing, Anna Warner turned to what she knew best: lipstick. In this humorous, inspirational and intimate memoir, Anna shares her battle with cancer, beating the odds, and regaining her voice—all while making frequent visits to the cosmetic counter.

Anna, a self-proclaimed “lipstick junkie,” collected over 50 tubes of lipstick and lip gloss over her three-year battle with thyroid cancer—a different one for every mood she had. After being laid off after radiation, she chose YSL’s “Golden Gloss #14.” After having to quit her next job due to side effects of her cancer, Warner chose Laura Mercier’s “Brown Plum.”

“It’s about staying positive and finding humor during a difficult time, being thankful for every day, and letting even the smallest thing—like choosing the right lipstick shade—bring a little joy to a situation,” Anna says (she also shares her story here at Voice Day 2010). Throughout all the trying struggles Anna has been through, she’s maintained an incredibly positive outlook on life. I’m no lipstick wearer, but Anna is already inspiring me to consider wearing some in her honor!

LYNN ROSEN, Tomorrow’s Vision:   Tomorrow’s Vision shares an inspirational story of a third-grade class that learned about world hunger, brainstormed ways to combat it, and made a difference in their community by donating their time and personal belongings to a cause.   Written by a former New York City teacher and hunger activist, Lynn Rosen, the book is a glimpse of the promise of tomorrow’s generations, starting with the children of today.

Lynn is passionate about ending poverty and world hunger, and as a human rights activist is working on several projects in order to spread awareness of these issues.  She donates her time to the Hunger Action Network of New York, United for Action, New York Cares, and the International Educational Research Network.

It makes you think: If a third grade class can make such a difference, what can we do?

DR. EVERETT WINSLOW LOVRIEN, Doctor Guilt?:  In the 1980s and early ‘90s, hundreds of people experienced what insiders call the “Hemophilia Holocaust.” New medical breakthroughs allowed doctors to relieve suffering from hemophilia, and prolong life. However, the new “magic” medicine unknowingly harbored lethal viruses: Hepatitis and HIV.

Who was at blame for the deaths of the hundreds of patients who died from these viruses? The doctors who administered the drug? The pharmaceutical companies who manufactured the drugs? Or the scientists that were supposed to test the blood? Dr. Everett Lovrien, once a doctor at a hemophilia clinic, was one of the doctors who unknowingly infected patients he deeply cared about. In Doctor Guilt? he explores why this event happened, and shares the stories of the brave patients—some just children—who lost their lives due to these mistakes.

Now he is also on a quest to educate others about hemophilia, and to bring the same hemophilia treatment options that American’s other countries through making hemophilia medicine available and affordable.

All of these authors have inspired me, and I consider myself lucky to be promoting such great causes. What do you feel lucky to have this St. Patrick’s Day?

What Inspires You?

by Shelley Rogers Landes, Marketing Manger

in·spire  verb \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\:  to influence, move, motivate or guide

At the beginning of my professional career at Macmillan Publishing, I remember being the youngest person on our sales team and I was proud of that fact.  I always felt lucky to be in the right place at the right time and to work for managers that valued my opinion and encouraged my development as an  account manager and sales professional.

I look around our offices today and realize I have suddenly become one of the oldest people on our team and often wonder to myself, “….how did that happen?”  Some of my colleagues are honestly old enough to be one of my kids and a year ago, that really bothered me.

Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, LinkedIn, WordPress, Flickr, Yahoo IM, You Tube. I had a vague knowledge of social media and could talk my way through a meeting but the reality was, I was being left behind.  As a marketing manager, I was diminishing my value proposition to my employer as an effective part of our marketing team because I was feeling uninspired to know and use the tools that are essential to our industry today.

Once I got past the fact that I had aged much quicker than I had realized, I will tell you that much of my inspiration, energy, education and enthusiasm in 2010 came from the wide eyed, untarnished and courageous ideas of this young creative team I work with on a daily basis. 

While I have taken the position of the “industry veteran” on our team, my young colleagues have taught me a whole new way of communication through social media.  I have been inspired to keep up, stay fresh and educate myself about trends and technology that are essential to the success of my job.

So what inspires you as an author?  What inspires you to write every day?  What drives you to want to create your next masterpiece?

When Push Comes to Shove, Shove Back

by Shik Love, Senior Writer, AuthorHive


“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”  – B.C. Forbes



It’s not easy. And it’s not always fun. Passionately pursuing your dream is tough work. At every turn there is something (a looming mortgage, your eye-rolling friend, that critical voice in your head) telling you that you should be doing something else, something more practical, something more responsible. Don’t let the stories of so-called overnight success fool you, this is hard stuff. To keep going, you will have to dive into reservoirs of faith and determination that you never knew existed.

But here’s the thing—the reservoirs exists. So in the moment when you want to throw in the towel, look back at how much ground you’ve already covered. Go grab your self-published book and hold it in your hands and know that the distance to the finish line is much shorter than the distance to go back to where you started.

Take too this encouragement—you’re not alone.

Here are just a few of the warriors who, like you, took their destiny into their own hands:

Anaïs Nin – After being turned down by traditional publishers, Anaïs decided to publish herself. Starting her own press (Gemor Press), Anaïs published her own writings. She became famous for her published diaries, which spanned more than 60 years. Her writings continue to be celebrated.

William Strunk, Jr. – Professor William Strunk, Jr., self-published The Elements of Style in 1919, distributing the “little book” to his students. The Elements of Style has now become an authority in English writing guidelines. Millions of copies have been sold and there are over six editions in print.

Robert T. Kiyosaki – Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, the bestseller that remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years. The book caught the attention of a major publisher and was later republished, along with Robert’s many spin-off titles. He has been featured on Larry King Live, Oprah and CNN.

Can you think of other self-publishing success stories? Comment and share.

Eat That Frog!

by Shelley Rogers, Marketing Manager

While visiting with my sister and brother-in-law over the holiday, I tripped on a book called, Eat That Frog!  21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done In Less Time by Brian Tracy.  I hate to admit it but some of my favorite and most memorable marketing and self help book finds have been discovered in their “library” located in the downstairs guest bathroom.  Eat That Frog! is one of those fun bathroom reads that have inspired me to get organized and stay focused in 2011.

So what does, Eat That Frog!, mean and how does it relate to what you want to accomplish?  Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.  Your “frog” is the biggest and most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t plan for and tackle first.

For me personally, I am a list maker and I get a thrill out marking items off my list that I’ve completed in a day.  But I am a huge offender of taking out the easy tasks first and often find that at the end of day, the hardest, most time consuming and important tasks are left to roll over until the next day which means I am facing those same “frogs” the next morning.

According to Eat That Frog!, the key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is to develop a habit of tackling your major task at the start of your day.  You must develop a routine of “eating your frog” at the start of each day or face the reality of never getting those high level tasks moved over to your “complete” column. Here are a handful of suggestions when tackling your “frog:”

  1. Torn between two frogs?  If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest frog first
  2. Take action immediately.  If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it very long
  3. Think on paper.  Only three percent of adults have clear, written goals.  These people accomplish five to ten times as much as people of equal or better education that have no written goals
  4. Learn to say, “no.”  Say “no” to anything that is not a high-value use of your time
  5. Technological time sinks.  Technology can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  As a society, we feel compelled to communicate incessantly via email (work/personal), text, blogs, Twitter and the mother-of-all time sinks, Facebook.  Technology should act as your “servant,” not your “master.”

So if your “frog” is getting that all important marketing plan together for your book, let’s get started!  Here is your checklist for eating THAT “frog” today:

  1. Organize.  Order Eat That Frog! to get yourself inspired
  2. Educate.  Check out authorhive.com to start putting together a general marketing plan
  3. Plan.  Call 1.866.697.5289 to talk with an AuthorHive Marketing Consultant to get specific advice and start strategic planning for 2011  

Virtual Bookstore: Heath and Wellness Picks

Contributions for this post were supplied by Maggie Hames, Social Media Specialist & Sandy Dunwoody, Literary Publicist

Chasing the Shark: A Journey from Fear to Freedom
by Rosanne Masone

Baby boomer and life coach Rosanne Masone claims sharks—yes, sharks!—played an important role in her own rescue. In Chasing the Shark: A Journey from Fear to Freedom, Masone describes how she faced her crippling fear of water to become a certified PADI rescue diver and swim with sharks. Now, Roseanne delivers motivational speeches that include her diving experiences, and is on a quest to teach others how to change “no” mentalities to “yes” mantras. Visit her at www.giantstridesllc.com. 

Naked: This is My Story, This is Our Song 
by Leslie Masters, M.D.

Not long after beginning her work in cosmetic medicine, Dr. Leslie Masters noted a recurring theme: Patients seeking her help rarely asked for a smaller waist, a tighter face or a flatter tummy.  They presented their goal as “I just want to feel better.”  Knowing the solution was not to be found in the operating room but deep within, Dr. Masters wrote Naked: This is My Story…This is Our Song. Naked is the true story of Leslie Masters, a 45-year-old physician, single mother of three, soccer mom, cheer and gymnastics coach, cosmetic medicine expert, entrepreneur and small business owner who—on the surface—appeared to have it all.

The cover of her book is bare except for Masters own scarred form. “This soccer mom bared the outside imperfections for the book cover to make a point,” says Dr. Masters. “I’m now ready to expose the inside scars as well to give others strength, experience and hope.” From surviving a horrific car accident in her teens and overcoming an addiction to pain medication to DEA officers in her office, Naked shares the good, the bad and the worst of what she has been through, and how beauty is truly more than skin deep.  Visit Dr. Masters at www.drlesliemasters.com.

Finding My Breath: My Journey from OCD to Yoga
by Rochelle Lynn Falack

If yoga can help Rochelle Falack overcome OCD, imagine the relief it could bring to your life. Falack tried medication and therapy to deal with her OCD. Nothing worked. She finally found relief when she tried yoga. Today, Falack is a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher who has practiced and taught the art for more than 20 years. Finding My Breath is her remarkable story to recovery. Learn how yoga can help you manage stress, fight depression and rise about emotional hardships.  http://www.findingmybreath.com

Cooking with Healthy Girl
by Mandy Potter

If Mandy Potter said you could lose weight and eat healthier without giving up the foods you love, would you believe her? Potter’s full-color cookbook contains such family favorites as Green Bean Casserole, with fewer calories and less sugar, fats, carbs and cholesterol than even the Campbell’sâ Fat-Free or Healthy Requestâ Cream of Mushroom Soup versions. Besides the cookbook, Potter shares tips and videos at www.cookingwithhealthygirl.com.

Virtual Bookstore: Reads for women, parents and families

This is a guest post by Hannah Shaner at BohlsenPRFor more information or to request a review copy of any of the books below, contact Hannah at hshaner@bohlsenpr.com

Barely Exposed
By Latana

How often does society listen to the opinions and views of young adults?

In her new book of photos, Barely Exposed, photographer Latana delves into this notion, proving the importance of this misrepresented age group by photographing and surveying 60 geographically and ethnically diverse 17- to 21-year-olds to better understand how they see the world and themselves.

Who should read this: Young adults, parents with children transitioning from youth to adulthood

Find out more: http://latanastudio.com


Any Mother’s Daughter
By Bonnie Diraimondo

One woman is out to change the way Americans think of HPV (human papillomavirus).

By now, most Americans are aware that HPV can cause sexually transmitted diseases and lead to cervical cancer. What most people don’t know, however, is that HPV also causes cancers of the anus, penis, vagina, vulva, head, neck, throat and lungs. Since being diagnosed with HPV in 1987 that led to anal cancer, Bonnie Diraimondo, RN, of Oviedo, Fla., has written Any Mother’s Daughter: One Woman’s Lifelong Struggle with HPV to remedy this dangerous lack of information.

Who should read this: Women of all ages, families of women at risk

Find out more: http://thehpvsupportnetwork.org/


The Daily Faith Devotional Journal
By Jerome Spriggs

The Daily Faith Devotional Journal by Jerome Spriggs is an at-home tool that can be used to know and learn the Bible and to incorporate it into everyday life. 

Who should read this: Men and women of all ages

Find out more: http://jeromespriggs.com/


The Educated Heart
By Janet Logan

In The Educated Heart, Janet Logan takes her readers into the life of Bobbie Bloom, a wife-turned-widow who adopts her late husband’s child after his death. After the estranged nanny kidnaps the child, Bobbie has to overcome her reluctance to accept the strange circumstances of this adoption, her sudden jolt into motherhood and her reunion with her old love, Norman. Interjected with zany humor and true-to-life situations, man, woman, spouse and parent can all find a piece of themselves in The Educated Heart.

Who should read this: Women and men of all ages

Find out more: http://janetloganbooks.com/


Soft As Iron
By Giovanna Lavena

Soft As Iron is the story of a scorned child who becomes an abused wife and mother. Born out of wedlock in pre-WWII, religiously conservative Italy, Vanna begins her life in an orphanage, despised by her maternal grandmother from birth. Soon reunited with her domineering mother and manipulative father, she seeks solace from the struggles of her childhood in marriage, only to discover her new husband’s abusive ways. Battered and scared, Vanna must risk her life as she knows it to protect herself and her children, to overcome a lifetime of fear and finally find the path she has always deserved.

Who should read this: Women, especially those needing inspiration to stay strong and stand up for themselves

Find out more: http://softasiron.com/


Jesus My Son: Mary’s Journal of Jesus’ Early Life
By Mary R. Bailey

Mary takes us on a journey of Jesus’ early years as seen through the eyes of His mother. She offers a new perspective of the incidents of the birth related by Matthew and Luke, and introduces events that may have happened in those years between His birth and the time Jesus leaves home to begin His ministry. An inspirational, easy-to-read narrative written as only a mother can—deeply, from her heart.

Who should read this: Religious women, mothers, anyone interested in Biblical history

Find out more: http://www.jesusmyson.com


Polyxena: A Story of Troy
By Herb Allenger

Whatever happened to Polyxena, Achilles’ love, after his death? Author Herb Allenger lets us hear her thoughts in Polyxena: A Story of Troy. Once Troy falls, Neoptolemus (Achilles’ son), claims this youngest daughter of King Priam as his prize, but she rejects him; in a fit of rage, he contrives a story that dooms her. The reader is privy to her confessions to Aphrodite as she relives her relationships with Achilles, Helen and others as she seeks solace in the hope that her existence was not futile.

Who should read this: Anyone who enjoys romance or Greek/Roman history

Find out more: http://www.hallenger.com


Finding My Breath: My Journey from OCD to Yoga
By Rochelle Lynn Falack

Author Rochelle Lynn Falack tried medication and therapy to deal with her OCD. Then she tried yoga – and her life has never been the same. Today, Falack is a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher who has practiced and taught the art for more than 20 years. Finding My Breath is her remarkable story, from the abusive treatment that led to her OCD to a mind-altering trip to Bali and back to her Jewish heritage, her New York home and her marriage that stayed strong despite many setbacks.

Who should read this: Anyone interested in personal stories of triumph or in finding a way to bring more focus to their lives.

Find out more: http://www.findingmybreath.com


The Girls from Winnetka
By Marcia Chellis

“Did we make history, or did history make us?”  That question by Margo, one of The Girls from Winnetka, defines the exploration that is Marcia Chellis’ memoir.  She shares funny, gritty and heartbreaking tales from the lifelong friendships of five women who grew up and shaped by the nice-girl rules of the 1950’s, but not defined by them.  A New York Times bestselling author, Chellis has written two successful nonfiction books about women, Living with the Kennedy’s:  The Joan Kennedy Story and Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives.

Who should read this:  Women who grew up in the 1950s or want to better understand who did.

Find out more:  http://www.marciachellis.com