Thursday, November 20, 2014

Interview with Glenn Bassett, author of The Manager's Craft


Title: The Manager's Craft
Author: Glenn Bassett
Publisher: Organization Diagnostics
Pages: 216
Genre: Business
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Almost any job or profession you can think of has a set of specific requirements for knowledge and skill that must be mastered. Managing and supervising the work of others is an exception. In part that is because the job of managing requires a range of social and technical skills that can vary widely depending on business circumstance. An infinite diversity of technologies, materials, markets and work skills can figure into the mix of the manager’s job. The manager may be asked to coordinate technically skilled team players, or, alternatively, may need to discipline the application of basic skills to achievement of production goals. Materials may be common or exotic. Customers may have influence over or little concern for product quality and design. Work skills may be common or rare. Technology may be critical or peripheral.

Some central managerial skills like accounting and finance can be trained. Mostly, they are dealt with as competences that are best left to specialists. Highly technical problems that demand specific training are, in general, treated as staff support jobs. The part of the job that always stays with the manager is that of working with and through other people to achieve cost-effective productivity using formal authority, personal influence, economic incentives and an understanding of organizing processes. As skill sets, these are very difficult to define. They blend and merge to become a personal suite of action strategies that are put to use as needed. Formal education and training can provide a summary focus, but only practice and experience can make them effective working tools. Much of managing and supervising is thus learned from experience on the job. The manager’s challenge is to find a mentor who can guide him/her past the most critical traps and blunders.

Much that passes for management training is, unfortunately, superficial or just wrong. Economic incentives are clearly basic but always insufficient. Application of authority is indispensable but can backfire or fail. Motivational programs can turn out to be all PR and noise. Workers may be satisfied and unproductive. Cost control measures can gut the core of product quality. Balancing it all can be a juggling act that daunts average intellectual and social skill. Managing and supervising skills can be learned on the job if failure is tolerated. Only limited trial and error can be accepted. The best available advice and mentoring is required for survival over the long course. The chapters of this book will provide the working manager with the knowledge necessary to accelerate learning and skill mastery. When put together in a coherent, working package through experience, that mastery rises to the professional level.

The author, Dr. Glenn Bassett, applies his unusual range of practical and professional experience to defining and clarifying the requisite skill and knowledge. From his background as a working personnel executive, professor of management, GE corporate staffer, social science researcher, consultant and business school dean he critically and synergistically sorts out the realities of sound management practice. He deals with issues of authority and discipline rationally and realistically, disposing summarily of nearly all standard motivational theory. He challenges commonly offered “principles” of management showing that many are misleading or illusory. He lays out the principles of worker productivity that a manager must grasp to control cost and quality. What emerges is a description of the Manager’s Craft that summarizes the knowledge and skill required of the working manager who must exercise control in the workplace, build commitment among colleagues, and sustain high quality, cost-effective productivity. This is an intellectually rigorous analysis applied to achievement of practical managerial results. This is The Manager’s Craft.

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  • The Manager's Craft is available at Amazon.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Glenn.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
 
A:  My hand writing has always been atrocious.  Don’t know why, just is.  Shortly after arriving on campus at Cal Berkeley as an undergraduate, I was advised by a kindly professor that if I wanted to get any kind of grade on my papers I had better get a typewriter.  I had trained as a typist, so it was not hard to make the switch over.  In this intellectually stimulating environment I quickly discovered that words flowed from my fingers effortlessly, almost magically, and that I could express myself eloquently on a keyboard.  I’ve been wedded to that keyboard ever since.  

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A:  The Manager’s Craft is a practitioner’s guide to effective management of people.  It is not a book of theory, opinion or inspirational rhetoric.  It is the end result of a career long study of human relations in a formal organizational setting founded on  several score of applied research projects and experience as a working manager in both industry and academia. 

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A:  The biggest challenge may have been breaking off the writing for meals and bedtime.  The material flowed effortlessly from start to finish.
 
Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A:  The press kit can be found on my web site, www.glennbassett.com.

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A:  I am confident and fluent in public presentations and am always open to speaking engagements.  Plans are in progress. 
 
Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/she is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I have agent but he has not succeeded in selling the book, probably because it is not a mass market item.  

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: I did a personal media blitz with business editors across the US that was initially promising but I was unable to followup adequately without the help of a group like New Shelves.  
 
Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A:  I have another book coming out soon titled WordPlay; How Words Captivate, Illuminate, Intimidate, Inform and Imbue Us With Intelligence.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, Glenn. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: Most bookstores and standard on-line sources have the book in stock for shipment.  The e-book version is also available online.


Dr. Glenn Bassett is Professor Emeritus of Management and former Dean of Business at the University of Bridgeport.  A graduate of Berkeley and Yale, as well as a former corporate staffer at General Electric, Dr. Bassett’s career has focused on applied Social Psychology.  WordPlay is the result of exended research into the science of psycholinguistics. He is the author of numerous articles and published books, including The Managers Craft. For More Information

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Interview with David S. Brody, author of Oath of Nimrod



Title: Oath of Nimrod
Author: David S. Brody
Publisher: Eyes That See
Pages: 283
Genre: Historical Suspense
Format: Paperback/Ebook

 A mysterious race of North American giants. An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound. A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons. Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

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  • Oath of Nimrod is available at Amazon.
Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, David S. Brody.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A:  Most people know the line, “Paul is a real estate novelist,” from Billy Joel’s song, “The Piano Man.” That’s me. I’m a real estate attorney by trade, one of those frustrated lawyers who always wanted to be a writer. I had been writing off and on since college, but I became serious about it not long after my oldest daughter was born in 1994. Suddenly my wife and I found ourselves tethered to our home. We both had always wanted to write, so we put together a schedule (alternating writing with diaper duty) and each pounded out our first novel. The Oath of Nimrod is my seventh novel. That Billy Joel song still makes me smile.


Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A:  The Oath of Nimrod is a continuation of the “hidden history” themes I began exploring in Cabal of the Westford Knight. These novels are set in modern times but are triggered by artifacts scattered around North America that seem to point to European explorers arriving here long before Columbus. I call this series the “Templars in America” series as many of these artifacts point to the Knights Templar as being foremost among these early explorers.

I was first inspired to write this novel when I came across dozens of newspaper accounts from the 1800s recounting the unearthing of giant human skeletons by farmers and other American pioneers. (When I say ‘giant,’ I am referring to skeletons ranging from 7.5 feet to 12 feet in height). There were simply too many of these accounts to dismiss them all as hoaxes or mistakes. Further, these skeletons seemed to be consistent with Native American legends of a race of warlike giants centered south of the Great Lakes. My research came full circle when I discovered that the Freemasons, whom many believe were heirs to the outlawed Knights Templars, conduct secret rituals and possess ancient customs honoring one of the Biblical giants, Nimrod. Who were these giants, I wondered, and how did they get here? And are they related to the Biblical giants revered by the Freemasons?


Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A:  Trying to find evidence of ancient giants can be frustrating—there are many newspaper accounts of unearthed skeletons, but most skeleton bones have decayed over the decades and a 1989 federal law required that all bones still extant be reburied. Likewise, gaining access to Masonic secrets and rituals is always a challenge. So I had to do a lot of digging—for both bones and secrets.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A:  My press kit includes a book synopsis, book description, author bio, cover shot, and author photo. All of these items can be downloaded from my website, www.DavidBrodyBooks.com

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A:  I have a number of speaking engagements scheduled with Masonic groups around New England.  In addition, I will be appearing as a guest expert on the History Channel series, Search for the Lost Giants (premieres November, 2014). I will also be appearing as a guest expert on an episode of New England Legends, airing on PBS channels in Rhode Island and Massachusetts (October-November, 2014).

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A:  I do not have an agent. I was fortunate enough to have success with my first novel without the assistance of an agent, and have never retained one since.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A:  New Shelves, out of Troy, New York, is handling the promotion and media blitz for this book. Their work includes social media, virtual touring, media outreach, review solicitation, and author page management. 

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A:  I have written four novels in this “hidden history” series and am currently working on a fifth.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, David.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?


A:  The easiest way to buy this book, and my previous ones, is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Oath-Nimrod-MK-Ultra-Smithsonian/dp/0990741303/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0XCT7BAN2BWK8ZN85AJ4 . They are also available on Kindle and Nook.

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David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston's "Best Local Author" by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.
Contact David.

Interview with Joel Craig, author of Welcome to Nursing HELLo + Win Prizes!



JOEL CRAIG is a nurse who works at a busy hospital in Los Angeles and lives with his husband, Donovan. They have been married twice with the second time finally being legal. In addition to writing about nursing, Joel is also an actor, having appeared in the films, Sideshow and Sordid Lives. Currently
he is acting in the web series, What’s My Intention? He's working on his next graphic novel, Vampire Nurse in Hollywood.
His latest book is the graphic memoir/nonfiction, Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir.
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A MUST HAVE FOR ANY NURSING STUDENT!

This nurse is not out to save the world. He’s too busy dodging bed pans and urine containers.

What happens when all the jobs for movie star have been filled. The next best thing is to become a registered nurse and that is exactly what Joel Craig did. Here is Joel’s journey through the pitfalls, quicksand, and joy(s) of his profession told in a graphic memoir format. The book begins in the year 2007 with Joel’s story unfolding in chronological order. 

Such topics are discussed: dirty needle sticks, intimidating preceptors, job stress, and cursing on the job. Joel has imaginary conversations with rockstar Madonna, who is preparing to play Nurse Ratched on Broadway, who gives him advice along the way. Nursing students and new nurses can learn from Joel’s mistakes and what NOT to do as well as what to do. But they will get a little peek into what it’s like being a new nurse. This is almost like a small shock absorber to make the transition to new nurse not so bumpy. Also actors, writers and any creative person who appreciate the struggles of an artist in a world where art and commerce are seldom friends, will appreciate this book.

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  • Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir is available at Amazon.
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  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to The Writer’s Life! Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process. Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning? Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

I came from a theatre background. I’m an actor. I had written plays and screenplays. I wrote plays to give me material for a life on the stage. But in 2007 I became a registered nurse after two years of school. The schedule for an RN working in a hospital is not always a set schedule and I worked every other weekend. And then I started working nights. I became very isolated from my friends because of this schedule. Writing is what I knew so I wrote. Around that time I became interested in graphic novels, especially graphic memoirs. I found myself reading about other losers like myself going through the same struggles and I really connected with that. So Welcome To Nursing HELLo, a Graphic Memoir was started.

How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?
     
This book was extremely difficult to write because I went to work forty hours a week and then went home and wrote about it. I was carrying work home with me which I already did anyway. I always thought about what I didn’t do in my job that if I could do over what I would do better or more efficiently.  People’s lives are on the line. People laugh at bloopers when an actor blows his lines on TV but mistakes nurses make aren’t funny. So I added imaginary conversations I had with entertainer, Madonna to take me away from the seriousness of work for a little bit.

Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I self published using CreateSpace which is a great way to go and it’s inexpensive.

Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

Nurses who I originally wrote this book for did NOT embrace my work as much as I would have liked. I thought hey it’s a quick, funny read about things that other nurses have certainly been through. But I’m not one of those feel good nurses who writes about how I feel like my life is so much better because I help people in my job. I write about patients who have cursed at me, fights with doctors I’ve had, and I’m not afraid to say that I am an unemployed actor who went into nursing because I ran out of other occupations that people would actually hire me for. 

What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

I’m working on Vampire Nurse in Hollywood, a silly fun story about this vampire who is a nurse so he can get assess to blood but he also wants to be a film actor which is a problem because vampires don’t show up on film. I don’t have a publication date yet.

What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I like Twitter because people only have 140 characters to say what they need to say and move on. People say some witty and funny things. I think Oscar Wilde would have totally embraced twitter if he had it during his time. I’ve had people find me out of the blue who appreciate my work. That is kind of fun to connect with people I’ve never met before. 

Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

I’ve read books about actors who are successful and they write about it. Here is a book about an actor who is not successful (yet), and how he tries to survive and stay creative in a world driven more by commerce than by art.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Never Say "Someday" Again by Jonathan Bissell




Never Say “Someday” Again
By Jonathan Bissell
What if you woke up tomorrow morning and your dream had become a reality?
What if you’d finally gone to culinary school and become a chef? What if you’d turned all those blog posts into the book you had always wanted to write? What if you’d quit that soul-crushing job you were stuck in and started doing the work you were destined to do? Or what if you’d taken the plunge and begun that new business you’d been talking about for years?
If you’re like most people, the thought of having your dream come true is exciting, but it also stirs up fears and doubts that you just don’t know how to deal with. Most likely, you barely had time to even entertain the thought of making your dream a reality before you shut it down with words like “can’t” and “should” and “someday.”
You don’t like saying no to yourself, but you’ve played the role of dream enforcer for so long that you’ve forgotten how to dream – and you’ve forgotten that the only one who can truly give you permission to dream is you.
In my new book, Dream in Color, Think in Black & White: How to Get Unstuck and Fulfill Your Dreams, I show you how to give yourself permission to fully dream – and how to turn your dreaming into doing until you become the chef, author, visionary leader, or new business owner you’ve always wanted to be.
The road to fulfilling your dream isn’t easy, but it’s waiting for you to walk on it. It’s waiting for you to come and take ownership of it and say, “This is my road. This is my dream. And I’m going to make it happen.”
So come along with me for the journey of your life. Because once you give yourself permission to dream, you’ll never have to say “someday” again.
Jonathan Bissell is a coach, author, speaker and teacher, as well as the CEO of High Performance Impact, LLC, an executive coaching firm helping proven and emerging leaders to identify and consistently leverage patterns of high performance. He helps dreamers do and leaders excel.

Born in Liberia, Africa and raised in Upstate New York, Jonathan has lived and worked in Japan, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Le Moyne College. Jonathan enjoys reading, long coffee breaks with his wife, co-creating children's stories with his daughters, writing poetry, and supporting couples in ministry. 

If you'd like to stay current with what Jonathan is writing and doing, or get advance notice on new books or events, sign up for his mailing list at www.jonathanbissell.com. Jonathan can also be contacted for coaching, training, teaching or speaking engagements.



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Somewhere along the way, you had a dream that you let go of. But it hasn’t let go of you.  You're the reason this book was written.  Because dreams matter. Dreams are powerful. And sometimes dreams just won’t go away – no matter how impractical, ill-timed or financially risky they are.

This is a book about getting unstuck in your life or career. It’s about learning to dream in COLOR and think in BLACK & WHITE. There are three parts to this book: Dreaming in Color, Thinking in Black & White, and Fulfilling Your Dreams. Each part contains practical “how to” steps and examples explaining how to get unstuck and move toward your dream. The rest is up to you.

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  • Dream in Color, Think in Black & White: How to Get Unstuck and Fulfill Your Dreams is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Interview with children's book author Debra Mares: It's This Monkey's Business





For Independent Author Debra Mares, violence against women is not only a topic in today's news, it's a topic in her crime novels, cases she handled as a county prosecutor, and now it will be the topic in her first children's book It's This Monkey's Business.  Debra is a veteran county prosecutor in Riverside currently specializing in community prosecution, juvenile delinquency and truancy.  Her office has one of the highest conviction rates in California and is the fifteenth largest in the country. You name it - she's prosecuted it - homicides, gang murders, domestic violence, sex cases, political corruption, major fraud and parole hearings for convicted murderers. She is a two-time recipient of the County Prosecutor of the Year Award and 2012 recipient of the Community Hero Award.

Debra is the granddaughter of a Mexican migrant farm worker and factory seamstress, was born and raised in Los Angeles, was the first to graduate college in my family, and grew up dancing Ballet Folklorico and Salsa. Her own family story includes struggles with immigration, domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and teen pregnancy, which she addresses in her novels. She followed a calling at 11 years old to be an attorney and voice for women, and appreciates international travel and culture. Her life's mission is to break the cycle of victimization and domestic violence. 

Debra is also the co-founding Executive Director of Women Wonder Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization implementing creative intervention and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.  In 2012, Debra self-published Volume 1 of her debut legal thriller series, The Mamacita Murders featuring Gaby Ruiz, a sex crimes prosecutor haunted by her mother's death at the hands of an abusive boyfriend. In 2013, Debra released her second crime novel, The Suburban Seduccion, featuring "The White Picket Fence" killer Lloyd Gil, who unleashes his neonatal domestic violence-related trauma on young women around his neighborhood. 

To bring to life "Cabana," Debra partnered with 16-year-old Creative Director Olivia Garcia and Los Angeles based professional illustrator Taylor Christensen

16-year-old Creative Director Olivia Garcia attends high school in Panorama City, California, is the Los Angeles youth delegate for the Anti-Defamation League's National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington D.C., an ASB member and AP student and enjoys reading, crafting and knitting.

Taylor Christensen is a Los Angeles-based illustrator holding a BFA from Otis College of Art & Design, focuses on fantastical creatures and surreal imagery, and produces artwork for illustration, character and concept design.
Her latest book is the children’s picture book, It’s This Monkey’s Business.

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"Cabana," a young spider monkey is brought to life to tell her story It's This Monkey's Business to help children who are affected by domestic violence and divorce. Cabana, who lives with her parents in a treehouse high up in a rainforest canopy, becomes startled one day from her Mama's scream, when she is waiting atop a tree branch for her Papa to teach her how to swing. After falling to the forest floor, Cabana frustrated from her parents' fighting, decides she will search for a new family to be part of. Her persistence is cut short when she braves the river to play with a pink dolphin, unaware she cannot swim. The tragedy brings her parents together to realize they can no longer live together. Cabana reconnects with her Papa, realizing he is the only one that can teach her how to swing.

It's This Monkey's Business is an approximately 756 word children's book targeting ages 4-8, which is set in a rainforest and featuring "Cabana," a young female Spider Monkey, her parents and rainforest animals. The book is approximately 30 pages long and features full spread color illustrations. 

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  • It’s This Monkey’s Business is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Thank you for the opportunity to share a bit about It’s This Monkey’s Business. Domestic violence is an issue that swirls in my mind a lot, having seen it growing up and among many of the children I work with today. Around Christmastime in 2013, two months after my last book had been released The Suburban Seduccion, I woke up searching for inspiration to write; it had been a while for me and writer’s block was setting in. In a hope to spark writing, any writing, I began outlining and plotting this book. It came very easy. Some of the early ideas revolved around Zip, a stuffed monkey I had growing up, which always made me feel safe.  I developed a clear and easy mission for this book: to bring awareness to domestic violence and help families and children acknowledge it, talk about it, process it, and most importantly, know they are not alone.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Of all my books, this was the most difficult to write, emotionally and professionally.  It was less than 700 words, but as Theodore Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss said, the key to good writing is “meticulosity.”  And good writing was what was  accomplished by the guidance of editor Kate Buckley. I also partnered with Illustrator Taylor Christensen and 16-year-old creative director Olivia Garcia for to bring Cabana and her journey to life.  My advice for other writers is to simply collaborate and ask for help!  Good ideas become great ones with teamwork.  Ask for help! 

I would also reiterate Dr. Seuss’ emphasis on “meticulosity.”  Revise, revise, and revise!  Make every line count and keep revising until you get it write.  Also, consider early on your font selection and illustration size.  These decisions can be easy if you have a clear vision of who your readers are.  Are you attempting to help children learn to read, facilitate parents who are  reading to children, or to reengage high school graduates with important childhood lessons before they head to college?  If your goal is to reach multiple audiences, consider designing quality illustrations and utilizing fonts that cross-appeal to each of these audiences.  Don’t forget how wide your audience may actually turn out to be.  Afterall, high school graduates today still appreciate the lessons of Dr. Seuss’ children’s book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” so make sure the font is universal to highschoolers and preschoolers. 

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?  

I self-published, which is how I released by 2 previous books The Mamacita Murders and The Suburban Seduccion.  Self-publishing helps me learn the process behind marketing, publishing, and distribution; I have a great respect for the work our agents and publishers to.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

There were a couple things that surprised me.  I didn’t realize how much work it took to publish a children’s book.  I thought a legal thriller amounting to 333 pages would be much more difficult to publish than a 32 page book.  The process of publishing a children’s book is quite different; you spend a significant amount of time with illustration direction, design and layout because the visual component is just as important as the story.

The printing and distribution process was a good kind of surprise for me. I went with Amazon Advantage, which you allows to ship your own book inventory to their warehouse for distribution, instead of a print-on-demand option like CreateSpace or Lulu.com. Of course I needed to secure a printer, however with this type of children’s book bringing awareness to domestic violence, it made sense for me to have copies on-hand for sale when I’m speaking on the topic.  The advances for self-publishers that are available are constantly progressing, even from a year ago, and it’s exciting to be a part of things like KDP’s (Kindle) the pop-up book ability.  We are expecting an eBook release end of the year.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

My next project is YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your L!fe™.  I am the publishing director for an anthology featuring youth poetry and writings from Women Wonder Writers, a life skills and mentorship nonprofit organization I co-founded, which serves at-risk youth and strives to break the cycle of abuse and victimization. The expected release date is Spring 2015. 

Q: What’s your favorite place to hang out online?

Some of my favorite sites address parenting tips, juvenile justice, crime prevention and healthy relationships.  A few of them are:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/topics/child-development
http://micheleborba.com/blog/tag/bullying/
http://www.psychologytoday.com/topics/resilience?tr=HomeTopics

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

I hope the story will support a strong message to children of domestic violence that they are not alone, it is not their fault, it’s okay to talk about it and abuse is not right.  I also hope to encourage parents to acknowledge a child’s feelings, allow them to express their fear, and talk about what has happened to them so they can move forward, heal and thrive, even when their family goes through this. 

For all kids who read the book, even those not affected by abuse, I hope the story supports a strong message of empathy.  Being able to put themselves in the shoes of another youngster who is experiencing violence at home can be powerful, so others can be supportive, tell someone if they suspect it’s going on, and be nice to the youngster instead of blaming them, gossiping about them or bullying them. I also hope the story helps to start a conversation early on in childhood about healthy relationships, open and honest communication where both people can grow, learn and develop into strong people and emotionally healthy people who help decide things together about the relationship. It’s important to start having these conversations early, especially when studies show 1 out of 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Thank you for this interview and the opportunity to speak on this issue that effects so many children.  3 million children witness violence in their home annually in the U.S. and over 275 million children are estimated to be exposed to violence in their home around the world.  We are all part of the solution in breaking the cycle of violence and we can do so by talking about the issue, addressing it when it happens, striving to have healthy relationships and talking to our children early about healthy relationships.  Books like this It’s This Monkey’s Business help start the conversation and I’m happy to help facilitate it.  I want to thank my Illustrator Taylor Christensen, Creative Director Olivia Garcia and Editor Kate Buckley and all the others including Jennie Johnson, Terrie Barna, Kym Conover, Michael Levin, Christina Metzke, Kathy Ediss, and Dr. Tammy Cleary, who made this book and its release possible.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Climbing for Roots Book Blitz Giveaway


Title:  Climbing for Roots
Author: Alan Noble
Genre: 
Religion/Spiritual Growth/Christian Life
Publisher:  Axiom
ISBN:  
978-158169497-0

Climbing for Roots will explain fully the sin that so completely corrupted creation, and the plan of God for our salvation. We learn that Jesus is not only our Savior, but is also the Lord of our lives. What does that mean? That obedience will never earn us God’s love but it will always produce blessing. We learn that our salvation is secure, but we must strive for obedience because we are created to do good works.
 
When we trust Jesus for salvation, we become members of a new family—the family of God, also known as the church. Imagine! God is now our Father. As members of this incredible family, certain changes take place within us. We get learn about worship and praise, and have a relationship with Him. Climbing for Roots will teach us about ourselves as new creations, about this church, and about Jesus, the Son of God! We learn about the two ordinances or rites Jesus has given His church that will help us to remember who we are as Christians—baptism, and communion. As a member of God’s church, we learn that we are to serve each other in unity. We must consider others more important than ourselves. We learn that we need to persevere together, so that when Jesus returns, He will find us doing what He has left us here to do—serving Him by serving others.
 
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Alan R. Noble is a born-again Christian, schooled in the Word since childhood. He was fortunate to sit under capable preaching and teaching throughout his life. His passion for the spiritual welfare of young people grew out of his years of work experience, and his understanding of the Scriptures. He realizes that young Christians need instruction in the meat as well as the milk of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Mr. Noble was educated at William Paterson University, a liberal arts institute in Northern New Jersey, and received a B.A. in education, with a certificate to teach elementary school. Later, he received an M.A. in Communication Arts, and a certificate in supervision. He worked as an educator for 31 years.

After his retirement from public education Mr. Noble enjoyed teaching in Christian Schools in New Jersey and Texas.

These days find Alan and his wife Kathie enjoying their travels between Kansas City and northern New Jersey as they visit their daughters’ families that include six beautiful grandchildren.

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