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Larry MacDonald: Kops-Fethering International Books Legacy Award for Sports and Recreation

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Congratulations to Larry MacDonald on his book,  RV Oopsies , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  lega cy award in the category of sports and recreation.    “This practical book shows the way to live from your heart and use its potential." To read more posts about Larry and his books, click  HERE .

A Publisher's Conversation with Authors: Should Authors of Multiple Books Publish Exclusively through One Publisher

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  (photo by Frank Perez) It is Tuesday. Time to tall turkey. Monday's madness is over, and Wednesday will take us over the hump, so Tuesday it is--for some serious discussion with authors. Tuesday talks mean to address authors in waiting and self-published authors who would like to go a more traditional route or who would at least like to take their steps with a publisher by their side. Today's topic addresses prolific authors as well as authors working on their second book. Who should publish subsequent books by an author -- the publisher of the first book or another publisher? This is not always a simple question, but there are simple ways to make a decision about where your next book gets submitted. Consider the following: What does your contract with your publisher say? Some publishers require authors give them the right of first refusal for any subsequent books. This is more especially true for novels than for nonfiction books. What your contract says you are beholden to d

Author in the News: Arthur Yavelberg Writes a Special to the Tucson Daily Star

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  "Look to the mountains for relief from life's troubles," says MSI Press author, Arthur Yavelberg in the Tucson Daily Star . Click HERE to read the article to see what he has in mind. To read more about Arthur and his book, click HERE .

Nanette Hucknall: Kops-Fetherling International Books Legacy Award for Self-Help

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  Congratulations to Nanette Hucknall on her book, How to Live from Your Heart: Deepen Relationships, Develop Creativity, & Discover Inner Wisdom , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  lega cy award in the category of self-help.   “This practical book shows the way to live from your heart and use its potential." How to Live from Your Heart has won many awards, including Book of the Year Finalist Book Excellence Award Pinnacle Book Achievement Award American Book Fest Best Book Finalist To read more posts about Nanette and her books, click HERE .

Excerpt from How My Cat Made Me a Better Man (Feig): A Few Licks Go a Long Way

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  A Few Licks Go a Long Way  Cat Tale: It was starting to get dark on a Saturday night. As Shelly sat nearby licking herself, I was preparing to go out and hit the bars. I wanted to spend as little time as possible to get ready. The way I looked at it, if it took more than ten minutes to make myself presentable, I was doing it wrong. I put on my favorite collared shirt, hoping no one would notice the detergent stain on the back or the hole near the armpit. I dragged a brush through my hair a single time. I slipped on my pre-tied, 4-year-old sneakers, the ones with the bottoms of the soles coming off. That’s right, I was stylin’. As I headed for the door, I noticed that Shelly was still in the same spot, still licking herself. She hadn’t stopped grooming the entire time. She didn’t even have plans that night. Either she cared too much about personal appearances or I didn’t care enough. I looked in the mirror. The problem was me.  Cat Lesson: Grooming is important. You do

New York Book Festival

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  If you are planning to attend ths year's New York Book Festival, look for The Rose and the Sword by Dr. Judith Bach and Nanette Hucknall! Need some background information about this fan-favorite book? Click HERE .

Dr. Omar Imady: Kops-Fetherling International Books Legacy Award for Religion

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         Congratulations to Dr. Omar Imady on his book, When You're Shoved from the Right, Look to Your Left: Metaphors of Islamic Humanism , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  lega cy award in the category of religion.   This book contains 29 stories originally articulated in Arabic by Bashir Al-Bani, Orator of the Grand Mosque of Damascus and one of the masters of the Sufi Naqishbandi Order. They have been compiled, rendered in English, and introduced by Dr. Omar Imady, professor of humanities and political science. The stories are often comic but deep in implication. One story may address the motives underlying human interaction; another may address how hidden principles guide the way in which our lives unfold. A delicate concern for the value, indeed the sacredness, of human value permeates all the stories. This concern is explicated through metaphors, the purest vocabulary of Islamic humanism. Read more posts about Omar and his books HERE .

Author in the News: Arthur Yavelberg Interviewed by Tucsonlocalmedia

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  (photo Tucsonlocalmedia) Arthur Yavelberg, author of A Theology for the Rest of Us, was recently interviewed in the Tucsonlocalmedia: " Religion Educator Pens A Theology for the Rest of Us ."'  Here is an excerpt: There are questions that have answers, questions without answers, and questions that just lead to more questions. In his new book, “A Theology for the Rest of Us,” local writer Arthur Yavelberg tackles all these types of questions in the hopes of providing some religious illumination in these uncertain times. Now that’s not to say the book aims to convince anyone of anything, but by examining various religions’ insights on topics like free will, the identity of the creator, and why evil exists, Yavelberg provides a map for spiritual awareness.  Yavelberg, who has worked as a teacher of history and comparative religion, as well as the head of Tucson Hebrew Academy, describes the book as “the sum total of his religious theological insight over a lifetime.” But f

A Publisher's Conversation with Authors: What Makes a Good Book Launch?

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  (photo by Frank Perez) It is Tuesday. Time to tall turkey. Monday's madness is over, and Wednesday will take us over the hump, so Tuesday it is--for some serious discussion with authors. Tuesday talks mean to address authors in waiting and self-published authors who would like to go a more traditional route or who would at least like to take their steps with a publisher by their side. Today's topic is about launching a book, especially for authors without universal name recognition. It is a follow-on to our December 29, 2020 blog post . The model that many new authors have in mind are the events and actions that famous authors take. Unfortunately, those are not the most effective for unknown authors. Here are some things to think about. Book signings: Book signings at book stores can fail more often than succeed where the author is an unknown.  The current status at many bookstores is that there is insufficient staff to set up and support signings. That aside, even before the

Dr. Dennis Ortman: Kops-Fetherling International Books Legacy Award for the Category of Psychology

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Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Ortman on his book,  Anger Anonymous , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  lega cy award in the category of psychology.   “When you feel in the grip of anger, ask yourself these questions: -Do you feel powerless to control your temper? -Does your anger frighten you so much that you feel compelled to suppress it? -Does your life feel unmanageable because of your anger? -Does your preoccupation with the unfairness of life and being wronged interfere with your happiness? -Do you feel hopeless about finding a cure for your temper? If you answer “yes” to these questions, you may be addicted to your anger. It acts like a drug that stimulates you, energizes you, and causes you to act insanely. <><><><><><><><> Viewing your anger as an addiction, Dr. Ortman guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to fi nd healing and growth. He shows how the Steps offer pr

Book of the Year Award Winner/Mind, Body, Spirit: Weekly Soul

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  Sincere congratualtions to Dr. Frederic Craigie, whose book, Weekly Soul , took top place in the Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award.  From the award committee: "A collection of 52 meditations on meaningful, joyful, and peaceful living. The meditations begin with thought-provoking quotations from writers, journalists, theologians, musicians and artists, activists--and touch on themes of miracles, aliveness, purpose, laughter and joy, presence/mindfulness, activism, acceptance, gratitude, forgiveness, creativity, civility, and hope. In "Weekly Soul," readers will find a year's worth of affirmation and engaging exploration of wholeness and well being." From posts about Dr. Craigie and his book, click HERE .

The Miracle of Sula

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  There have been many posts on Sula, Parish Cat at Old Mission , by many people, including on Sula's own page, as well as articles written about her in Guideposts and All Creatures, but perhaps the most special thing about her (at least recently) was shared by her current vet oncologist.  Sula has had an ongoing struggle with cancer, in and out of remission, for more than six years. At first, she had skin cancer on her ears. That was controlled by cutting out the cancered areas. Then, the skin cancer returned, and Sula's ears were removed. She wrote about it in Surviving Cancer, Healing People: One Cat's Story . Then, Sula got another kind of cancer: injection site carcinoma. Her vet cut out a piece of her hip to help her survive it, and survive she did. But in a couple of years, the cancer came back. This time, the vet said the only way to save Sula's life would be to remove her leg. The priest said no. Let her live out her life however long with all her legs intact. 

Author in the News: Julie Gentile Interviewed on Two Podcasts

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  Julie Gentile, author of award-winning books, 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas and How to Stay Calm in Chaos, has been interviewed on two podcasts. Check them out: Relentless Pursuit Podcast "Everyday Self-Care" an Interview with Julie Gentile   The Teaching and Learning  Podcast Self-Care for Teachers   For more posts about Julie and her books, click HERE.

Dr. Peter Jonas: Kops-Fetherling International Books Legacy Award for the Category of Leadership

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     Congratulations to Dr. Peter Jonas on his book, Soccer Is Fun without Parents , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  lega cy award in the category of leadership.   “ Great advice — in a number of spheres of life — for parents of those little soccer players.” This book also won the 2019 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal. Read more posts about Peter Jonas and this book  HERE .

Author in the News: Bill Hopkins, Interpreter, Shares Picture of Himself Interpreting for Reagan and Gorbachev

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MSI Press is proud of William Hopkins, who has spent a career interpreting Russian-English for heads of state. In this photo, he is on the floor beside Reagan, interpreting for Reagan and Gorbachev. (Interpreters work under some difficult conditions.) Bill related his professional life story, including how he acquired such high level proficiency in Russian, in Volume 8 of Journal for Distinguished Language Studies. For more information about the journal, click HERE .  

A Publisher's Conversation with Authors: How Successful Authors Use Marketing Techniques to Contribute to the Success of Their Books

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(photo by Frank Perez) It is Tuesday. Time to tall turkey. Monday's madness is over, and Wednesday will take us over the hump, so Tuesday it is--for some serious discussion with authors. Tuesday talks mean to address authors in waiting and self-published authors who would like to go a more traditional route or who would at least like to take their steps with a publisher by their side. Today's topic is a little bit about marketing. A lot about marketing would take not only one book but many. For authors, marketing is an important "duty" and a rather daunting one at that. Very few publishers (well, probbaly none) have big enough pockets to take on the full task of marketing, especially for new authors without a natural fan base. So, they expect authors to help.  So, let's look at some of the techniques authors can do to help with marketing. Techniques that exploit the author's fan base (an author without a fan base is not going to sell many books): Authors need

Author in the News: Julie Gentile Contributes to Natural Awakenings Chicago

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  MSI Press author, Julie Gentile, has once again contributed to Natural Awakenings Chicago . This time her artile is about self-care and is titled,  Three Ways To Say ‘Yes’ to Self-Care . This article is a nice complement to her earlier article, \ Self-Care Tips for Parents in a Pandemic . Check them out. And while you are at it, check out our other blogs about Julie and her books HERE .

Author in the News: Liz Bayardelle Interviewed on Podtail

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  Liz Bayardelle was recently interviewed about her book, Clean Your Plate! on Podtail. Take a listen HERE , For more posts about Liz and her books, click HERE .

Sula the Parish Cat Has Her Own Face Book Page

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  Well, this is not news. Sula has had a Face Book page for a few years new, long enough to gather nearly 800 followers. (You can be a follower, too.) What is on the page? Announcements about new books by Sula. She has published six. Sula's reactions to events at the Mission. Pictures of Sula with visitors. Photos and videos of Sula's adventures at the Mission. All lots of fun, endearing, charming, and heartwarming. Great pictures, great stories. Check out her FB page HERE .. Check out Sula's blog posts and pictures HERE .

"RECOMMENDED" by US Review of Books: Book Review of A Theology for the Rest of Us (Yavelberg)

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A Theology for the Rest of Us recently earned a RECOMMENDED rating from US Review of Books. The reviewer wrote, in part,   Yavelberg's book would serve as a good companion text to similar works or perhaps be suitable for those on a beginning path into spirituality. In short, it is simply engaging. Read the full review HERE . Read more about Arthur and his book HERE .

Betty Shaw & Dave Brown: Kops-Fetherling International Books Legacy Award for the Category of Inspiration

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  Congratulations to Betty Shaw and Dave Brown on her book, One Simple Text... , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  legacy award in the category of inspiration/motivation.   “ In One Simple Text , Betty Shaw recounts her daughter’s frightening and arduous but ultimately uplifting and inspirational journey. Betty chronicles Liz’s ordeal from the day of the accident and provides a glimpse of their life on the speaking and television circuit. This is a poignant memoir about a young woman who triumphed over tragedy; a mother and daughter’s love; and the indomitable power of the human spirit .” Read more posts about Betty and Dave and this book  HERE .

Book Review: 5 Stars for Clean Your Plate! (Liz Bayardelle) from Literary Titan

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  " Peppered with humor any parent will appreciate, Bayardelle’s book is a must-have." Literary Titan recently reviewed Clean Your Plate! by Liz Bayardelle and gave it 5 stars. The reviewer writes, in part -- "I love the breakdown the author gives in each chapter. She doesn’t simply tell us the bit of advice; she analyzes the psychology behind why we say what we do to our children. In addition, Bayardelle explains what the research reveals our kids actually hear when we utter those famous words over and over. It’s a fantastic approach to parental reading. One of the most spot-on aspects of Bayardelle’s writing is the parenting-versus-reality tone she takes. Both the writing and scenarios are incredibly relatable and will be appreciated by readers in all stages of parenting." Read the rest of the review HERE . Read more posts about Liz Bayardelle and her books HERE .

Beautiful Mistakes, A Blog Post by MSI Press Author, Julia Aziz

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  Julia Aziz's latest post focuses on "beautiful mistakes and life u-turns." She writes: Life is messy! It just is. The artistry of my life–my decisions, the ways I fail, the ways I grow–doesn’t match the artistry of yours, and thank goodness! Our messes make us unique. I think of a flower with a torn petal. Shall we toss it to the wind for being imperfectly symmetrical, or will we cherish its fragile beauty?  You can read the whole post  HERE . You can read more posts by and about Julia Aziz and her books HERE . 

Author in the News: Julie Gentile Contributes Article on Self-Care to Chicago Parent Magazine

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  Julie Gentile, author of 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas and How to Stay Calm in Chaos, penned an article for Chicago Parent : "5 No-Cost Self-Care Tips to Help You Get through a Pandemic." To read the article and find out what those tips are --- they are good ones -- click on the title of the magazine. To read more posts on Julie and her books, click HERE .

Memorial Service for Church Cat

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  We thought that Sula at Old Mission San Juan Bautista was special -- she has hundreds, a few thousand actually, of followers on her Face Book page and fans who comes from other cities and states to visit her, but a stray cat that found her way into Southwark Cathedral in England years ago and lived there until she died recently was memorialized at a funeral service and laid to rest in the church -- and 7000 people viewed of her memorial service. One word only comes to mind: Wow! Read about the memorial service HERE . Read more about Doorkins Magnificat HERE . Read more Caturday posts HERE .

Colette McNeil: Kops-Fetherling International Books Legacy Award in Education

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  Congratulations to Colette McNeil on her book,  Understanding the Challenge of "No" for Children with Autism , being selected as the  Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards  legacy award in the category of education.   “The author invites you on a journey in unfolding small layers of awareness,  illuminating how thoughtfully chosen vocabulary can greatly enhance your relationship with a child with autism. The pages within are filled with teachable tales exploring the communication, emotional regulation and relationship difficulties that common habitual language may trigger when engaging children with autism. Each tale absorbs the reader in a typical life scenario related to specific usage of the word, no, creating an engaging, informative, and personally relatable experience. Discussions following embed autism education and psychology theories to promote conceptualization and offer suggestions for enriched interactions.” Read more posts about Colette, this book, and her

Book Review of Women, We're Only Old Once! (Bertha Cooper) by US Review of Books

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Recently received a very nice review of Women, We're Only Old Once  ( Bertha Cooper ) by Barbara Bamberger Scott (quite a tough reviewer, in our experience). From the review: " In constructing this lively guide to women's aging ... [that] covers vital information for all women in older years... Cooper bravely takes on complex issues like sexuality in older women, the sense of dread women feel at the possible loss of a partner, and strategies for planning new, post-retirement lifestyles. Whether standing at the brink of a certain age and facing the implications of the next phase of life or fully immersed in its quandaries, Cooper's readers will welcome her intelligent and empathic guidance. Read the full review HERE . Women, We're Only Old Once , just recently published, is already an award-winning book: Best New Voice in Health and Fitness, Kops-Fetherling International Books Award

Author in the News: "Spirituality As a Healing Tool," an Interview with Dr. Frederic Craigie in Natural Medicine Journal

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  Natural Medicine Journal recently published an interview with MSI Press author, Dr. Frederic Craigie: " Spirituality As a Healing Tool ." For posts about Dr. Craigie and his award-winning book, Weekly Soul , click HERE .

A Publisher's Conversation with Authors: When You Want Your First Book to Make the NYT Bestseller List, Part III

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Photo by Frank Perez It is Tuesday. Time to tall turkey. Monday's madness is over, and Wednesday will take us over the hump, so Tuesday it is--for some serious discussion with authors. Tuesday talks mean to address authors in waiting and self-published authors who would like to go a more traditional route or who would at least like to take their steps with a publisher by their side. Today's topic continues the discussion from the last two weeks about that lure for every first-time author: the  New York Times  Bestseller List. We talked about the need to sell 5000-10000 books each and every week you want your book to appear on the list, with the understanding that this is not a count of total books sold but an algorithmic approach, using sampling from stores that NYT considers representative of the whole (right or wrong) and might require the number of books sold as a whole to be greater in order to have enough hit the right sampling venues. We talked about the difficulty of doi