#Nebula #Awards WINNERS Announced for 2018

#Nebula #Awards WINNERS Announced for 2018
Mazel Tov to them all!

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce the WINNERS for the 54th Annual Nebula Awards!

The Nebula Awards were presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, May 16th-19th.

The Nebula Awards, presented annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award, the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

I list all the WINNERS and the novel finalists, below.

The 2018 Nebula Award Winners

Best Novel winner:
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, published by Tor

Best Novella winner:
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, published by Subterranean Press

Best Novelette winner:
“The Only Harmless Great Thing” by Brooke Bolander, published by Tor.com

Best Short Story winner:
“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” by P. Djèlí Clark, published by Fireside Magazine

Ray Bradbury Award winner:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman

Andre Norton Award winner:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, published by Henry Holt and Macmillan UK

Best Game Writing winner: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by Charlie Brooker, published by House of Tomorrow and Netflix

Solstice Award:
Neil Clarke and Nisi Shawl

Kevin J. O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award:
Lee Martindale

Damon Knight Grand Master:
William Gibson

this list, the image credits for the banner, above, and logo, below, are from: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/the-2018-nebula-award-winners/

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2018 Nebula Award Finalists

Novel

WINNER: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)

Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)

Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)

Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)

Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)


BTW: the WINNER of the

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi, had already been commissioned to be made into a feature-length film last February, prior to being nominated!


For indepth analysis, opinions, covers, all the winners in all categories and more, from the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Blog of Barnes & Noble:

The Winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards Are Stellar

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/the-winners-of-the-2018-nebula-awards-are-stellar/

by May 18, 2019

 

2019 Reading Room’s #Women’s #Prize for #Fiction’s #Longlist Nominees

2019 Reading Room’s #Women’s #Prize for #Fiction’s #Longlist Nominees

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Briefly, here are this year’s UK nominees:

The Silence of the Girls Pat Barker
Remembered Yvonne Battle-Felton
My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Pisces Melissa Broder
Milkman Anna Burns
Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi
Ordinary People Diana Evans
Swan Song Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
An American Marriage Tayari Jones
Number One Chinese Restaurant Lillian Li
Bottled Goods Sophie van Llewyn
Lost Children Archive Valeria Luiselli
Praise Song for the Butterflies Bernice L. McFadden
Circe Madeline Miller
Ghost Wall Sarah Moss
Normal People by Sally Rooney

To chat about these on Twitter: https://twitter.com/womensprize

FMI and to read about the process: https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/reading-room/news/announcing-the-womens-prize-for-fiction-2019-longlist

Finalists announced for 2019 #Minnesota #Book #Awards

Finalists announced for 2019 #Minnesota #Book #Awards

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image and article from The Friends of the Minnesota Public Library http://thefriends.org

About the Minnesota Book Awards

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-long program that fosters our statewide literary arts community and connects readers and writers throughout Minnesota.

The process begins in the fall with book submissions and continues through winter with two rounds of judging. Winners are announced at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony each spring. Woven throughout the season are various engagement activities and events that promote the authors and connect the world of Minnesota books – writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, editors, and more – to readers throughout the state.

Winners announced April 6, and tickets are available now (use link, here). https://thefriends.org/minnesota-book-awards/

Finalists’ info and book covers are linked to, HERE. https://thefriends.org/minnesota-book-awards/minnesota-book-awards-winners/

Mazel Tov to the 36 authors who made the final cut, listed separately in drop-down hot buttons on the live links, below, or the above page, for each of these categories, below.

I include the complete list (4 finalists) only for Genre Fiction, here:

 

 

 

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS (reblog)

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS (reblog)

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The National Book Foundation has announced its shortlists for the 2018 National Book Awards: 25 finalists in total in five categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. The winner in each category will be announced at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 14. The ceremony will also be live-streamed online in its entirety.

#bookawards #nationalbookaward #finalists #authors #writers #fiction #poetry #nonfiction #YAlit

Mazel Tov to all finalists!

FICTION:

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf)

Florida by Lauren Groff (Riverhead)

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (Soho)

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

The other shortlists are found here:

https://bookriot.com/2018/10/10/2018-national-book-award-finalists/

#nationalbookawards USA 2018 have more female and POC authors on each #longlist than ever before!

“THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST FOR #FICTION”
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https://bookriot.com/2018/09/14/2018-national-book-award-longlist-for-fiction/

Read about the other #longlists released for the 2018 National Book Awards:

Young People’s Literature Longlist

  • Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X
    (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)
  • M. T. Anderson and Eugene YelchinThe Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
    (Candlewick Press)
  • Bryan BlissWe’ll Fly Away
    (Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Leslie ConnorThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    (Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Christopher Paul CurtisThe Journey of Little Charlie
    (Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.)
  • Jarrett J. KrosoczkaHey, Kiddo
    (Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.)
  • Tahereh MafiA Very Large Expanse of Sea
    (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint
    (Dutton Children’s Books / Penguin Random House)
  • Elizabeth PartridgeBoots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam
    (Viking Children’s Books / Penguin Random House)
  • Vesper Stamper, What the Night Sings
    (Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House)

Translated Literature Longlist

  • Négar DjavadiDisoriental
    Translated by Tina Kover
    (Europa Editions)
  • Roque LarraquyComemadre
    Translated by Heather Cleary
    (Coffee House Press)
  • Dunya MikhailThe Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
    Translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail
    (New Directions Publishing)
  • Perumal MuruganOne Part Woman
    Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
    (Black Cat / Grove Atlantic)
  • Hanne ØrstavikLove
    Translated by Martin Aitken
    (Archipelago Books)
  • Gunnhild ØyehaugWait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life
    Translated by Kari Dickson
    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)
  • Domenico StarnoneTrick
    Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
    (Europa Editions)
  • Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
    Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
    (New Directions Publishing)
  • Olga TokarczukFlights
    Translated by Jennifer Croft
    (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)
  • Tatyana Tolstaya, Aetherial Worlds
    Translated by Anya Migdal
    (Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)

Nonfiction Longlist

  • Carol AndersonOne Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
    (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Colin G. CallowayThe Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
    (Oxford University Press)
  • Steve CollDirectorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
    (Penguin Press / Penguin Random House)
  • Marwan Hisham and Molly CrabappleBrothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War
    (One World / Penguin Random House)
  • Victoria JohnsonAmerican Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
    (Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company)
  • David QuammenThe Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    (Simon & Schuster)
  • Sarah SmarshHeartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
    (Scribner / Simon & Schuster)
  • Rebecca Solnit, Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)
    (Haymarket Books)
  • Jeffrey C. StewartThe New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    (Oxford University Press)
  • Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
    (Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company)

and

Poetry Longlist

October 10: Finalists Announced

November 14: National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner (Winners announced)

The Sixty-Ninth National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 14, and will also be live-streamed online in its entirety.

FMI, book covers, other years’ awards lists, to get tickets and more:  http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2018.html#.W6FbVs5Kipo

2018 Locus Award Winners for Best in Science-Fiction (SF) and Fantasy

2018 #LocusAward Winners for Best in Science-Fiction (#SF, #Scifi) and #Fantasy

Mazel Tov to all the nominees and winners of this prestigious award!

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Locus Awards on June 23. The Locus Awards are chosen by a survey of readers in an open online poll. Connie Willis presented the awards, as well as judged the annual Hawaiian shirt contest.

The winners and nominees in the categories of best science-fiction novel, best fantasy novel, best first novel, and a few others are listed, below. To see the entire list of all categories’ nominees and winners and all categories, including horror, young adult, non-fiction and more, visit Locus’s award announcement: http://locusmag.com/2018/06/2018-locus-awards-winners/

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL


WINNER: The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency) by John Scalzi

Also, 2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST NOVEL
BLURB:

Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible―–until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war―and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

The Flow is eternal―–but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals―–a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency―–must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

FANTASY NOVEL


WINNER: The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) by N. K. Jemisin

BLURB:

The shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016, and The Obelisk Gate, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

FIRST NOVEL


WINNER: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club) by Theodora Goss

BLURB:

Based on some of literature’s horror and science-fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—–and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

NOVELLA


WINNER: All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Also, Winner: 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Finalist: 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella
One of the Verge’s Best Books of 2017
A New York Times Bestseller
BLURB:

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

NOVELETTE


WINNER: The Hermit of Houston by Samuel R. Delany

BLURB:

Samuel R. Delany‘s first story for F&SF in 40 years (since 1977), “The Hermit of Houston”[:] Those looking for a strongly plotted or action-filled tale are not going to find it here; instead, this is an old man’s rambling, discursive reminiscence, jumping back and forth in time, of his long life in a world that has been shattered and reshaped by some unspecified disaster or series of disasters (probably climate change-related), with national boundaries redrawn and society’s views on sexual identity rethought, so that both men and women as we define them today have been sorted into many different genders, “natural” procreation is sternly discouraged, and much of the rearing of children is left to youth gangs and armies. The story can be hard to chew in some spots, at its most discursive, but if you stick with it, it will reward you with some fascinating social speculation about a different kind of future society and some compelling imagery. (Warning: the story is also much more sexually explicit than is usual for F&SF.)

SHORT STORY


WINNER:The Martian Obelisk“ by Linda Nagata

Read it here: https://www.tor.com/2017/07/19/the-martian-obelisk/

BLURB:

A powerful science-fiction story about an architect on Earth commissioned to create (via long distance) a masterwork with materials from the last abandoned Martian colony, a monument that will last thousands of years longer than Earth, which is dying.

ANTHOLOGY


WINNER: The Book of Swords, Gardner Dozois, Ed., including stories by Elizabeth Bear (Author), George R. R. Martin (Author), Robin Hobb (Author), Scott Lynch (Author), C. J. Cherryh (Author), Garth Nix (Author)

BLURB:

Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page…. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction—–and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.

Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author, Gardner Dozois, presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters—–many of them set in their authors’ best-loved worlds. Join today’s finest tellers of fantastic tales… on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.

FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES:

“The Best Man Wins” by K. J. Parker
“Her Father’s Sword” by Robin Hobb
“The Hidden Girl” by Ken Liu
“The Sword of Destiny” by Matthew Hughes
“‘I Am a Handsome Man,’ Said Apollo Crow” by Kate Elliott
“The Triumph of Virtue” by Walter Jon Williams
“The Mocking Tower” by Daniel Abraham
“Hrunting” by C. J. Cherryh
“A Long, Cold Trail” by Garth Nix
“When I Was a Highwayman” by Ellen Kushner
“The Smoke of Gold Is Glory” by Scott Lynch
“The Colgrid Conundrum” by Rich Larson
“The King’s Evil” by Elizabeth Bear
“Waterfalling” by Lavie Tidhar
“The Sword Tyraste” by Cecelia Holland
“The Sons of the Dragon” by George R. R. Martin

And an introduction by Gardner Dozois

COLLECTION


WINNER: Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories

BLURB:

For the first time, a deluxe collector’s edition of the pathbreaking novels and stories that reinvented science fiction, with new introductions by the [recently deceased] author.

In such visionary masterworks as the Nebula and Hugo Award winners, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin redrew the map of modern science-fiction, imagining a galactic confederation of human colonies founded by the planet Hain, an array of worlds whose divergent societies—the result of both evolution and genetic engineering—allow her to speculate on what is intrinsic in human nature. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a deluxe two-volume Library of America boxed set, with new introductions by the author.

Volume one gathers the first five Hainish novels: Rocannon’s World, in which an ethnologist sent to a bronze-age planet must help defeat an intergalactic enemy; Planet of Exile, the story of human colonists stranded on a planet that is slowly killing them; City of Illusions, which finds a future Earth ruled by the mysterious Shing; and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning masterpieces, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed–—as well as four short stories.

Volume two presents Le Guin’s final two Hainish novels, The Word for World Is Forest, in which Earth enslaves another planet to strip its natural resources, and The Telling, the harrowing story of a society which has suppressed its own cultural heritage. Rounding out the volume are seven short stories and the story suite, Five Ways to Forgiveness, published here in full for the first time.

The endpapers feature Le Guin‘s own hand-drawn map of Gethen, the planet that is the setting for The Left Hand of Darkness, and a full-color chart of the known worlds of Hainish descent.

Amazon‘s announcement, with links to all nominees’ and winners’ book blurbs and covers:

https://www.amazonbookreview.com/post/33312e0b-620f-4f77-87de-8b04d54b454c/2018-locus-award-winners-for-best-in-sf-and-fantasy

#Finalists for the 2018 #HugoAwards for #ScienceFiction

The #finalists for the 2018 #HugoAwards were announced on March 31, 2018, by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (#WorldCon) for #sciencefiction of all lengths and types.


http://www.thehugoawards.org/

Winners of the Hugo Awards, the award for best young adult (YA) book, and the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer will be announced at Worldcon 76 on August 16, 2018.

Main Categories: Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Graphic Story, Best Series, Best Related Work, Best Novelette, Best Short Story, and Best Young Adult Book. Finalists lists, below.

FMI and the lists of finalists in all categories: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2018/03/2018-1943-hugo-award-finalists-announced/#more-3163

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Katherine Arden
Sarah Kuhn
Jeannette Ng
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Rebecca Roanhorse
Rivers Solomon

BEST NOVEL

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency) by John Scalzi

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire) by Yoon Ha Lee

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) by N. K. Jemisin

BEST NOVELLA

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

“And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

The Black Tides of Heaven (The Tensorate Series) by JY Yang

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children) by Seanan McGuire

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

BEST GRAPHIC STORY

Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles

Black Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles

Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher

Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor (DOUBLE FINALIST)

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pullman

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher

Best Novelette

“Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)

“Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017)

“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)

“A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)

“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)

“Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Short Story

“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)

“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)

“Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)

“The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 19, 2017)

“Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon (Uncanny, May/June 2017)

“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Series

The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells

The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

InCryptid by Seanan McGuire (DOUBLE FINALIST)

The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold

Best Related Work

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoë Quinn (PublicAffairs)

Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by Paul Kincaid
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison by Nat Segaloff

Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin

Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Liz Bourke

Mazel Tov to the Finalists of the “Foreword Reviews”‘ 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards!

Mazel Tov to the Finalists of the “Foreword Reviews”‘ 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards

image from https://www.forewordreviews.com/articles/article/foreword-reviews-announces-finalists-for-2017-indies-book-of-the-year-awards/

I take issue with the use of the term “Indies” to categorize these finalists, since many were published by traditional publishing companies (university and other presses that are quite well-known).

I also strenuously object to the missing names of many authors for this list: where are the creators? Why do they get so good at listing the ISBN (which I deleted from the list, here, but you can find them on the original listings on the Foreword website) and publishers but not the writers? Very odd, that.

Finally, why are some finalists listed in more than one genre? Seems unnecessary.

Special congrats to:
Joy Passanante, older sister of Jean Passanante (classmate and lifelong friend of my older brother; also, an award-winning daytime dramas writer), for her first book’s being selected, and
William Least Heat Moon, author of a favorite nonfiction book of mine, Blue Highways, for his first novel’s being included.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Reviews is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.

The complete list of finalists can be found, below, with live links and details at:

https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2017/

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

Winners in each genre—–along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—–will be announced June 15, 2018.

Foreword Reviews
March 20, 2018

FULL LIST OF 2017 FOREWORD INDIES FINALISTS

ADULT FICTION

Erotica
Covet, Riptide Publishing
Dangerous Affections, by Deanna Moore-Lopez, Sway Publishing Los Angeles
Her Best Friend’s Sister, by Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books
Snapdragon, by Kilby Blades, Luxe Publishing
The Master Will Appear, Self-Published

Fantasy
Falling, by Dawn Davis, FriesenPress
GODS’ Fool, GB Publishing.org
Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, by Keith R Fentonmiller and Eugene Teplitsky (illustrator), Curiosity Quills Press
Nite Fire, by C.L. Schneider, CreateSpace
Shadow Mountain, by Tess Collins, BearCat Press
The 53rd Card, by Virginia Weiss, Richard L. Goettling (illustrator), and James Monroe (designer), Beaver’s Pond Press
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost, by Lucy Banks, Amberjack Publishing
The Deeds of Pounce, by Benjamin Wachs, Beating Windward Press
The Infinite Now, by Mindy Tarquini, SparkPress
The Legend of the Albino Farm, by Steve Yates, Unbridled Books
The Mountain Goddess, by Shelley Schanfield, Lake House Books
The Rite of Wands, by Mackenzie Flohr, BHC Press
The Walmart Book of the Dead, Vine Leaves Press

General
Ash Falls, by Warren Read, Ig Publishing
Celestial Mechanics, by William Least Heat-Moon, Three Rooms Press
Grounds for Tenure, by Barbara Lalla, The University of the West Indies Press
Our Tiny Useless Hearts, by Toni Jordan, Text Publishing
Red River, iUniverse
Tangier, by Stephen Holgate, Amphorae Publishing Group
The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome, by Man Martin, Unbridled Books
The Runaway, by Claire Wong, Lion Fiction
The Sasquatch Murder, by Jeffery Viles, Beaver’s Pond Press
To the Stars through Difficulties, by Romalyn Tilghman, She Writes Press
You and I and Someone Else, by Anna Schachner, Mercer University Press

Historical
A Bit of Candy in Hard Times, by Blaine Beveridge, Promontory Press
Agrippa’s Wake, by Ralph Jackman, Knox Robinson Publishing
Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, by Jocelyn Cullity, Inanna Publications
Botticelli’s Muse, Juiceboxartists Press
David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books
Liar’s Winter, Kregel Publications
South California Purples, by Baron R. Birtcher, The Permanent Press
The Fairness of Beasts, by Gar LaSalle, Solipsis Publishing
The Indigo Girl, by Natasha Boyd, Blackstone Publishing
The Three Pleasures, Anvil Press
This Is How It Begins, by Joan Dempsey, She Writes Press
Tiger Pelt, by Annabelle Kim, Leaf~Land
What Is Forgiven, by C.F. Yetmen, Ypsilon & Co. Press
Where My Body Ends and the World Begins, by Tony Romano, Allium Press of Chicago
Windigo Moon, by Robert Downes, Blank Slate Press

Horror
A Debt of Survival, by L.F. Falconer, Outskirts Press
Blackwell, by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor, Vesuvian Books
City of Ghosts, by J.H. Moncrieff, DeathZone Books
Habitat for Human Remains, by Scott A. Lerner, Camel Press
Shadows and Teeth, Volume 3, Darkwater Syndicate
The Muse, by Arjay Lewis, Arjay Entertainment

Humor
Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age, by Stefan Soto, W & B Publishers
Fanny on Fire, by Edith G. Tolchin, Michelkin Publishing
Insomniac Dreams, Outskirts Press
Lala Pettibone’s Act Two, by Heidi Mastrogiovanni, Amberjack Publishing
Lying to Children, Fitzwilde LLC
MAD Librarian, Madison Press
Muir Woods or Bust, by Ian Woollen, Coffeetown Press
The Moskowitz Code, by Joel Bresler, Tasfil Publishing

LGBT
Back to You, by Chris Scully, Riptide Publishing
Bend, by Nancy J. Hedin, Rachel Haimowitz (editor), and May Peterson (editor), Anglerfish Press
Beulah Land,by Nancy Stewart, Duet Books
Earth as It Is, by Jan Maher, Indiana University Press
Heart Stop, by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
Large Animals, Catapult
Olympia Knife, by Alysia Constantine, Interlude Press
Postcards from the Canyon, by Lisa Gitlin, Bywater Books
Sappho’s Bar and Grill, by Bonnie J. Morris, Bywater Books
Stealing Home, by Tom Mendicino, Kensington Books
The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac, Bywater Books
The Infinite Now, by Mindy Tarquini, SparkPress
The Night Language, by David Rocklin, Rare Bird Books
The Winter Loon, by Lori Henriksen, Book Savvy Studio (editor), and Maggie McLaughlin (designer), Cougar Creek Books

Literary
A Loving, Faithful Animal, Catapult
Cages, by Sylvia Torti, Schaffner Press
Glory Days, by Melissa Fraterrigo, University of Nebraska Press
Near Haven, by Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press
Olympia Knife, by Alysia Constantine, Interlude Press
Once in a Blue Moon, John F. Blair, Publisher
Purchase, by Christopher K. Doyle, Blank Slate Press
Queen of Spades, by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, Forest Avenue Press
Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, by Peg Alford Pursell, WTAW Press
The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter, Grove Press
The Lost Daughter Collective, by Lindsey Drager, Dzanc
The Silence of the Spirits, by Wilfried N’Sondé and Karen Lindo (translator), Indiana University Press

Multicultural
Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, by Jocelyn Cullity, Inanna Publications
Kill the Ámpaya, by Dick Cluster (translator, editor), Mandel Vilar Press
Lucia Zárate, by Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing
Mary Poser, by Angel A and Lori Draft (editor), Angel’s Leap
Moon Goddess, Loose Moose Publishing
Murder under the Fig Tree, by Kate Jessica Raphael, She Writes Press
So Many Olympic Exertions, Kaya Press
The Coyote Hunter of Aquidneck Island, by James Conroy, The Permanent Press
The Hour of Daydreams, by Renee Macalino Rutledge, Forest Avenue Press
The Shores of Our Souls, by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger and Estella Vukovic (designer), TouchPoint Press
The Wrong Kind of Indian, by Jey Tehya, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik, by Carolyn Marie Souaid, Baraka Books

Mystery
A Negro and an Ofay, by Danny Gardner, Down & Out Books
Deadbomb Bingo Ray, by Jeff Johnson, Turner Publishing Company
Full Service Blonde, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
Getting off on Frank Sinatra, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
Gumshoe for Two, by Rob Leininger, Oceanview Publishing
Heaven’s Crooked Finger, by Hank Early, Crooked Lane Books
Murder under the Fig Tree, by Kate Jessica Raphael, She Writes Press
My Darling Detective, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Operation Light Switch, by John Wemlinger, Mission Point Press
Red Earth, by Lisa Canfield (editor) and A.J. Canfield (illustrator), joined at the hip inc.
Sing for the Dead, by Cynthia Drew, Water Street Press Books
THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET, by Jock Serong, Text Publishing
Tune Up, by Joe Klingler, Cartosi

Religious
David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books
Foy, Material Media
If We Make It Home, Kregel Publications
Last Things, Montemayor Press
Love Big, Be Well, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Papa Luna, Friesen Press
Pistaco, In Extenso Press
Tethered, CrossLink Publishing
The Believers In The Crucible Nauvoo, Myfourleggedstool Publishers
The Elusive Miss Ellison, Kregel Publications
The Transmigrant, Kristi Saare Duarte
Waiting for Butterflies, by Karen Sargent, Amphorae Publishing Group

Romance
All That Makes Life Bright, by Josi S. Kilpack, Shadow Mountain
Chasing Mercury, by Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Night River Press
Eyes like Those, by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
Heart Stop, by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
In The Land of Eternal Spring, by Alan Howard, Harvard Square Editions
Lickety Split, by Damon Suede, Dreamspinner Press
Love Is Heartless, by Kim Fielding, Dreamspinner Press
New Hand, Riptide Publishing
Roxie & Fred, by Richard Alther, Regent Press
Set the Stage, by Karis Walsh, Bold Strokes Books
Shelter My Heart, by L.G. O’Connor, Collins-Young Publishing
Strings, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
The Curse of the Braddock Brides, by Erica Obey, Walrus Publishing
The Dog Walker’s Diary, by Kathryn Donahue, North Star Editions
The Nobleman’s Daughter, by Jen Geigle Johnson, Covenant Communications
The Truth about Goodbye, by Russell Ricard, Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Science-Fiction
Age of Order, Plebeian Media
Alvar’s Spear, by Charles Freedom Long, Silver Star Press
Ardulum: First Don, Ninestar Press
Caveman at the End of the World, by Brad Rau, SmallPub
Dog Logic, by Tom Strelich, Owl Canyon Press
Escape, by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
Fata Morgana, Blackstone Publishing
Hell Divers II: Ghosts, Blackstone Publishing
Near Haven, by Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press
Skeet Love, by Craig Francis Power, Breakwater Books
Space Fandango, by Henry Mosquera, Oddity Media
The Punch Escrow, by Tal M. Klein, Geek & Sundry
The Stargazer’s Embassy, by Eleanor Lerman, Mayapple Press

Short Stories
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories, by Norma Dunning, The University of Alberta Press
China Girl, by Ho Lin, Regent Press
Dolph the Unicorn Killer & Other Stories, by Martin Lastrapes, Cannibal Press
Magic for Unlucky Girls, by A.A. Balaskovits, Santa Fe Writers Project
States of Motion, by Laura Hulthen Thomas, Wayne State University Press
The Museum of Possibilities, by Barbara Sibbald, Porcupine’s Quill
The Things We Do That Make No Sense, Switchgrass Books, an imprint of NIU Press
The Truth about Me, by Louise Marburg and Peg Alford Pursell (editor), WTAW Press
The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms, by Chauna Craig, Press 53
There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, by Michelle Ross, Moon City Press
These Are Our Demands, by Matthew Pitt, Engine Books
Things We Do When No One Is Watching, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, by Caitlin Hamilton Summie, Fomite Press
You Are Not Needed Now, Anvil Press

Thriller & Suspense
Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle, Oceanview Publishing
Cashed Out, by Michael H. Rubin, Fiery Seas
City of Ghosts, by J.H. Moncrieff, DeathZone Books
Come Home, by Patricia Gussin, Oceanview Publishing
Deadbomb Bingo Ray, by Jeff Johnson, Turner Publishing Company
Do Not Ask, by Elaine Williams Crockett, BookBaby
Give Up the Dead, by Joe Clifford, Oceanview Publishing
Hard Dog to Kill, WildBlue Press
Inside V, by Paula Priamos, Rare Bird Books
Naked We Came, by Robert Lane, Mason Alley Publishing
The Han Agent, by Amy Rogers, ScienceThrillers Media
The Killing Files, by Nikki Owen, Blackstone Publishing
The Point of a Gun, Edition Barenklau

War & Military
Altar of Resistance, by Samuel Marquis, Mount Sopris Publishing
Operation Light Switch, by John Wemlinger, Mission Point Press
Seven Wings to Glory, by Kathleen M. Rodgers, Camel Press
Sheppard and the French Rescue, Koehler Books (Battle Flag imprint)
Sins of the Fathers, Suspense Publishing
The Chords of War, White Whisker Books
The Fairness of Beasts, by Gar LaSalle, Solipsis Publishing
The General’s Women, by Susan Wittig Albert, Persevero Press
The Trumpets of Jericho, by J. Michael Dolan, Monochrome Books
War, Spies & Bobby Sox, by Libby Fischer Hellmann, The Red Herrings Press
Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little, Black Opal Books

ADULT NONFICTION

Adventure & Recreation
Base Camp Las Vegas, by Deborah Wall, Imbrifex Books
Brewed in Michigan, by William Rapai, Wayne State University Press
Sea Trials, by Wendy Hinman, Salsa Press
The Dragon Run, University of Alberta Press
True North, by Lou Marincovich, Bering Press

Architecture
100 Midcentury Chairs, by Lucy Rider Richardson, Gibbs Smith
Creating Biophilic Buildings, by Amanda Sturgeon, Ecotone Publishing
Designing Detroit, by Michael G. Smith, Wayne State University Press
Designing Your Perfect House 2nd Edition, Dalsimer Press
Mosques, Rizzoli
The Detroit Public Library, by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt, Wayne State University Press

Art
Botanical Visions, by Julie Sasse and MF Cardamone (illustrator), Pomegranate
Cast, by Jen Townsend, Renée Zettle-Sterling, Smith Publicity (publicist), and Jamie Elfrank (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Chip Kidd: Book Two, Rizzoli New York
Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection, by Shawnya Harris and David Driskell, Georgia Museum of Art
Golden Kingdoms, by Joanne Pillsbury (editor), Kim N. Richter (editor), and Timothy Potts (editor), Getty Publications
Kuniyoshi X Kunisada, MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Matisse in the Studio, MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Menage, SF Design / FrescoBooks
Michelangelo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Monongraph by Chris Ware, Rizzoli New York
Primal Beauty, by Lawrence Stoller, Cameron + Company
Richard Diebenkorn, by Scott A. Shields and Richard Diebenkorn (illustrator), Pomegranate
The Art of Mondo, Insight Editions

Autobiography & Memoir
Derby Girl, by Sammi Jones, North Dakota State University Press
Doing Time Like A Spy, by John Kiriakou, Rare Bird Books
House Built on Ashes, by José Antonio Rodríguez, University of Oklahoma Press
How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Hummingbird, Rare Bird Books
Kill The Gringo, Rare Bird Books
Life Detonated, by Kathleen Murray Moran, Amberjack Publishing
Necessary to Life, by Louisa Leontiades, Thorntree Press
Of Bulletins and Booze, Texas Tech University Press
Open Midnight, Trinity University Press
Punk Avenue, by Phil Marcade, Three Rooms Press
Raven Walks around the World, by Thom Henley, Harbour Publishing
Self-Portrait with Dogwood, by Christopher Merrill, Trinity University Press
Siberian Exile, University of Nebraska Press
This Is Just My Face, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Biography
A Mother’s Tale, by Phillip Lopate, The Ohio State University Press
A Witness to History, Texas Tech University Press
Dream of a House, George F. Thompson Publishing
Eleanor, Westminster John Knox Press
Frank Little and the IWW, by Jane Little Botkin, University of Oklahoma Press
Hemingway’s Brain, University of South Carolina Press
Jackie Robinson, Westminster John Knox Press
Maximum Volume, by Kenneth Womack, Chicago Review Press
Say To These Mountains, Light Messages Publishing
The Rebel in the Red Jeep, West Virginia University Press
Through a Long Absence, by Joy Passanante, Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press
Wilde’s Women, by Eleanor Fitzsimons, The Overlook Press

Body, Mind & Spirit
Aging with Wisdom, by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle and Larry Rosenberg (contributor), Monkfish
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Claiming Anishinaabe, by Lynn Gehl, University of Regina Press
Healing Civilizations, by Nadim Shaath, Cameron and Company
Hidden Blessings: Midlife Crisis as a Spiritual Awakening, by Jett Psaris, Sacred River Press
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, by Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media
Right Here Right Now, by Amy G. Oden, Abingdon Press
Spirit of the Earth, by Joseph A. Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald, World Wisdom
The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, by Xianna Michaels (author, illustrator), Alcabal Press, LLC
The Ayurveda Way, by Ananta Ripa Ajmera, Storey Publishing
The Surrender Prayer, by Kristian Lynch, Surrendered Publishing
The Yogi Diet, by James Morgante and Richard Smoley (contributor)
Whispers in the Wilderness, by Erik Stensland (author, photographer), Janna Nyswander (editor), and Jerry Dorris (designer), Morning Light Photography

Business & Economics
Beyond Default, LID Publishing
Collaborating with the Enemy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Happier at Work, by Gayle Van Gils, She Writes Press
Humility Is the New Smart, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pacing for Growth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
PLAN COMMIT WIN, QuestFusion Publishing
Raise Capital on Your Own Terms, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Set for Life, by Scott Trench, BiggerPockets Publishing
Tax Guide for Short-Term Rentals, by Stephen Fishman, NOLO
The Clean Money Revolution, by Joel Solomon and Tyee Bridge, New Society Publishers
The Disabled Workforce, CreateSpace
The Millennial Myth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Wealth by Virtue, by Chad Gordon, 7209361606

Career
Always Eat Left-Handed, Ideapress Publishing
Ask Outrageously!, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Crowdfunding Basics In 30 Minutes, i30 Media Corporation
Culture Infusion, Peaceful Daily
Get the Most Out of Retirement, American Bar Association
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Health…and Pays the Bills Updated Edition, Wiley
SPIKE, LID Publishing
The Academic Gateway, by Timothy Sibbald (editor) and Victoria Handford (editor), University of Ottawa Press
The Workplace Writer’s Process, by Anne Janzer, Cuesta Park Consulting
Up Is Not the Only Way, Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Coloring Books
Color Your Way Content, HIC Books
Enchanting Mandala Mazes, Get Creative 6
Inkspirations Mindful Living, HCI Books
The Historical Heroines Coloring Book, White Wave Press
Twilight Garden, by Maria Trolle (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
Wonder Body, Got G’nads Press

Cooking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life!, Rizzoli New York
Cooking with the Wolfman, by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn, Douglas & McIntyre
Perfectly Aged, Taste of Texas
Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, by Brittany Wood Nickerson, Storey Publishing
Stock the Crock, by Phyllis Good, Time Inc. Books
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Press
The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide, Insight Editions
What Can I Bring?, by Elizabeth Heiskell, Time Inc. Books
Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl, by David Bailey and Charlotte Bailey, Gibbs Smith
YumUniverse Pantry to Plate, by Heather Crosby, The Experiment

Crafts & Hobbies
Extreme Stickering Day of the Dead, by Any Puzzle Media, Printers Row Publishing Group
Journal Sparks, by Emily K. Neuburger, Storey Publishing
Mosaic & Lace Knits, Stackpole Books
Stitching Pathways, Landauer Publishing

Ecology & Environment
A Temporary Refuge, by Lee Spencer, Patagonia
Being the Change, by Peter Kalmus, New Society Publishers
Compact Farms, by Josh Volk, Storey Publishing
Dawn Again, by Doniga Markegard, Propriometrics Press
Grass Roots, by Nick Johnson, Oregon State University Press
Malama Honua, Patagonia
Megafire, HMH
One Man’s Maine, Green Writers Press
Rising Tides, by John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, Indiana University Press
The Green Amendment, by Maya K. van Rossum and Mark Ruffalo (contributor), Disruption Books
The Magnificent Nahanni, University of Regina Press

Education
Beyond Testing, Teachers College Press
Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom, Marzano Research
EMPOWER Your Students, Solution Tree Press
Infant-Toddler Social Studies, Redleaf Press
Messy Maths, Independent Thinking Press
Mr. Clark’s Big Band , by Meredith O’Brien, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Realizing the Distinctive University, by Mark Roche, University of Notre Dame Press
Softening the Edges, Solution Tree Press
Teaching, Learning, Literacy in Our High-Risk High-Tech World, Teachers College Press
The Complete IEP Guide, by Lawrence M. Siegel, NOLO
The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook – New Edition, Independent Thinking Press
When the Adults Change, Everything Changes, Independent Thinking Press

Essays
A Man’s World: Portraits, by Steve Oney, Mercer University Press
Accidental Gravity, by Bernard Quetchenbach, Oregon State University Press
American English, Italian Chocolate, University of Nebraska Press
Don’t Come Back, by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press
Flutterpoint, by Erik Anderson, Zone 3 Press
Most American, by Rilla Askew, University of Oklahoma Press
Ordinary Skin, Texas Tech University Press
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, by Sonya Huber, University of Nebraska Press
The Long Weeping, by Jessie van Eerden, Orison Books
Vintage Saints and Sinners, by Karen Wright Marsh, InterVarsity Press
Where the Tiny Things Are: Feathered Essays, Punctum Press
Woodland Manitou, by Heidi Barr, Homebound Publications

Family & Relationships
Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery, Porterville Press
Evolutionary Relationships, by Patricia Albere and Katherine Woodward Thomas (contributor), Oracle Institute Press
Filling Her Shoes, She Writes Press
Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Grow Together, by Josette Luvmour, Create Space Independent Publishing
I’m the One Who Got Away ,by Andrea Jarrell, She Writes Press
Lost in the Reflecting Pool, by Diane Pomerantz, She Writes Press
Motherprayer, by Barbara Mahany, Abingdon Press
Positive Parenting 101, Bayou Publishing
The Happiest Kids in the World, The Experiment Publishing
The Place of Peace and Crickets ,Twisted Road Publications
The Stuff of Family Life, by Michelle Janning, Rowman & Littlefield

Grief/Grieving
A Friend Indeed, by Amy Florian and Jessica Chipkin (contributor), Corgenius
At Death’s Door, by Sebastian Sepulveda and Gini Graham Scott (contributor), Rowman & Littlefield
Bearing the Unbearable, by Joanne Cacciatore, Wisdom Publications
Breaking Sad, by Shelly Fisher (editor) and Jennifer Jones (editor), She Writes Press
Expecting Sunshine, by Alexis Marie Chute, She Writes Press
I Know It in My Heart, by Mary E. Plouffe, She Writes Press
Resilient Grieving, The Experiment Publishing
Should I Still Wish ,University of Nebraska Press
The Greater Weight of Glory, by Robin Farnsworth, Create Space

Health
Back to Balance, by Halee Fischer-Wright, Disruption Books
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That, Skyhorse
Medicare For Dummies, Wiley
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman, Propriometrics Press
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, by Sonya Huber, University of Nebraska Press
Second Chance, She Writes Press Inc.
The No-Meat Athlete Cookbook, The Experiment Publishing
The Secret Life of Your Microbiome, by Alan C. Logan and Susan L. Prescott, New Society Publishers
The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee, by Ruth DyckFehderau, Cree Board of Health& Social Services of James Bay
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer, Jane Thomas Press
Yoga for Diabetes, by Rachel Zinman and David Young (photographer), Monkfish

History
A Hero for the Americas, by Robert Calder, University of Regina Press
Beauty in the City, by Robert A. Slayton, Excelsior Editions
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name, Sasquatch Books
Detroit 1967, by Joel Stone (editor), Wayne State University Press
March 1917, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, University of Notre Dame Press
Road Through Time, University of Regina Press
Spirit in the Rock, by Jim Compton and Bill Stafford (photographer), Washington State University Press
The Blue Shirts, by Hugues Théorêt and Ferdinanda Van Gennip (translator), University of Ottawa Press
The Burr Conspiracy, Princeton University Press
The Iaşi Pogrom, June–July 1941, Indiana University Press
The Truth of the Russian Revolution, by Konstantin Ivanovich Globachev, Sofia Nikolaevna Globacheva, and Vladimir G. Marinich (translator), SUNY Press
World War II and the Caribbean, by Karen E. Eccles and Debbie McCollin, The University of the West Indies Press

Home & Garden
Designing Your Perfect House 2nd Edition, Dalsimer Press
Don’t Repot That Plant!, by Will Creed, Button Street Press
Garden Wisdom 365 Days, by Cheryl Wilfong, Heart Path Press
Homegrown Pantry, by Barbara Pleasant, Storey Publishing
My Smart Home for Seniors, Pearson
The Grumpy Gardener, by Steve Bender, Time Inc. Books
Welcome to the Farm, Lyons Press

Humor
A Die Hard Christmas, Insight Editions
A Doorman’s Memoir, Dick Candy Productions
Fierce, Funny, and Female, by Marti MacGibbon, Stay Strong Publishing
Lexicon: American Style 2, Outskirts Press
The Full English, 220 Publishing
Uncle John’s OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader, Printers Row Publishing Group
Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil, by AK Turner, Brown Books Publishing

LGBT
¡Cuéntamelo!, by Juliana Delgado Lopera (editor), Aunt Lute Books
2Brides 2Be, by Laura Leigh Abby, Archer
A Sinner in Mecca, by Parvez Sharma, BenBella Books
Accidental Activists, by David Collins, University of North Texas Press
Derby Girl, by Sammi Jones, North Dakota State University Press
Finally Out, by Loren A. Olson, Oak Lane Press
Gay Pioneers, by Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry (editor), Palm Drive Publishing
Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality, by Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato, Columbia University Press
Lesbian Decadence, by Nicole Albert, Nancy Erber (translator), and William Peniston (translator), Harrington Park Press
LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Harrington Park Press
Queer Threads, by John Chaich and Todd Oldham (editor), AMMO Books
Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color, by S. Andrea Allen (editor) and Lauren Cherelle (editor), BLF Press

Multicultural
Accomplice to Memory, by Q. M. Zhang, Kaya Press
Beyond Colorblind, by Sarah Shin, InterVarsity Press
Black Domers, by Don Wycliff (editor) and David Krashna (editor), University of Notre Dame Press
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Jacob Isaac Segal, by Pierre Anctil and Vivian Felsen (translator), University of Ottawa Press
Mestizos Come Home, University of Oklahoma Press
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions
The Myth of Equality, by Ken Wytsma, InterVarsity Press
Wonder Girls, by Paola Gianturco, Alex Sangster, and Foreword by Musimbi Kanyoro, powerHouse Books

Nature
A Temporary Refuge, by Lee Spencer, Patagonia
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley (photographer), Mark Kelley Photography
Dawn Again, by Doniga Markegard, Propriometrics Press
Deep into Yellowstone, by Rick Lamplugh, Rick Lamplugh
Great Hiking Trails of the World, Rizzoli New York
How to Read Nature, The Experiment Publishing
Into Africa, Insight Editions
Leaves Surface Like Skin, by Michelle Menting, Terrapin Books
Nature, Love, Medicine, by Gary Paul Nabhan, Nalini Nadkarni, Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Stephen Trimble, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Lowe Fleischner (editor, author), Jane Hirshfield, Alberto Búrquez, Gwen Annette Heistand, Brooke Williams, Laura Sewall, Edie Dillon, Sarah Juniper Rabkin, Mitchell Thomashow, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Judith Lydeamore, Saul Weisberg, Pablo Deustua Jochamowitz, Peter H. Kahn, Jr., Lauret Savoy, Jana Richman, Melanie Bishop, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Torrey House Press
Spirit of the Earth, by Joseph A. Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald, World Wisdom
Wild and Scenic Rivers, by Tim Palmer, Oregon State University Press

Performing Arts & Music
Blood on the Stage, 1800-1900, Rowman & Littlefield
Create!, by Ronald Rand, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Dirty Windshields, by Grant Lawrence, Douglas & McIntyre
Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music, Indiana University Press
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Insight Editions
Maximum Volume, by Kenneth Womack, Chicago Review Press
Totally Scripted, by Josh Chetwynd, Lyons Press

Pets & Animals
Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse, by Carlyn Montes De Oca, She Writes Press
How to Speak Chicken, by Melissa Caughey, Storey Publishing
Lina Unleashed, Beaver’s Pond Press

Philosophy
Alan Watts – In the Academy, by Alan Watts, Peter J. Columbus (editor), and Donadrian L. Rice (editor), SUNY Press
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination, by David N. Stamos, SUNY Press
Heretics!, Princeton University Press
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth, by Jason M. Wirth, SUNY Press
Your Evolving Soul, by Byron Belitsos, Origin Press

Photography
American Firefighter, Welcome Books
Arrête pas la musique!, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Indiana Across the Land, Indiana University Press
Irving Penn, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
London Rock: The Unseen Archive, Insight Editions
Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
On an Acre Shy of Eternity, by Robert Dash, Hyla Press
People of Yellowstone, Elm Grove Press
Raghubir Singh, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Straight Bourbon, Indiana University Press
Tending the Fire, by Christopher Felver (photographer), University of New Mexico Press
The Edge of the World, Falcon

Poetry
American Purgatory, Eyewear Publishing Ltd.
Body, in Good Light, by Erin Rodoni, Sixteen Rivers Press
Calling a Wolf a Wolf, by Alyssa Neptune (editor), Alice James Books
Matria, Black Lawrence Press
Please Bury Me in This, Four Way Books
Silencer, by Marcus Wicker, HMH
Street Calligraphy, by Jim Daniels, Steel Toe Books
The Bird-While, by Keith Taylor, Wayne State University Press
The Woods Are On Fire, by Fleda Brown, University of Nebraska Press
This House That, by Peter Grandbois, Brighthorse Books
Village Prodigies, by Rodney Jones, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
What It Done to Us, by Essy Stone, Lost Horse Press

Political Science
A Land without Borders, by Nir Baram, Text Publishing
Being Kurdish in a Hostile World, by Ayub Nuri, University of Regina Press
China’s Great Migration, Independent Institute
Flash Points, by Jade Wu, Excelsior Editions
Mediatized Political Campaigns, by Indrani Bachan-Persad, The University of the West Indies Press
The Capital Times, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
The Resistance Handbook, by Markos Moulitsas and Michael Huttner, Disruption Books
Toward Truth, Freedom, Fitness, and Decency, Greenleaf Book Group

Popular Culture
Gay Pioneers, by Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry (editor), Palm Drive Publishing
Let’s Get Monster Smashed, by Jon Chaiet, Marc Chaiet, and Meghan Schaffer (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The 100 Best Celebrity Photos, by Editors of PEOPLE magazine, Time Inc. Books
The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, Insight Editions
UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens, by Donald R. Prothero and Timothy D. Callahan, Indiana University Press

Psychology
Anger anonymous, MSI Press
Beyond Bedlam’s Door, Thunder Lake Press
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Sabina Spielrein, by Angela M. Sells, SUNY Press
When It’s Never About You, Harte & Co

Reference
Blood on the Stage, 1600-1800, Rowman & Littlefield
Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction, by Julia Goldberg, Leaf Storm Press
Origins of a Story, by Jake Grogan, Cider Mill Press Book Publishers
Oscar’s Favorite Actors, McFarland
San Diego County Mammal Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum
Social Security For Dummies, Wiley
The Essential Poet’s Glossary, by Edward Hirsch, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Legal English Manual, Second Edition, by Kathrin Weston Walsh (editor), Julian Cornelius (contributor), Jenna Bollag (contributor), Sandra Kuhn-Schulthess (contributor), Alison Wiebalck (contributor), Richard Norman (contributor), and Clemens von Zedtwitz (contributor), BarWrite Press

Regional
Baja’s Wild Side, Sunbelt Publications
Beauty in the City, by Robert A. Slayton, Excelsior Editions
Bodie, Sunbelt Publications
Campaign Crossroads, by Andrew Stoner, Indiana Historical Society Press
Greetings from Detroit, by Dan Austin, Wayne State University Press
Hauntings of the Underground Railroad, Indiana University Press
Mississippi and the Great Depression, The History Press
Natural Wonders of Assateague Island, by Mark Hendricks and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Picturing Harrisonburg, George F. Thompson Publishing
The 1928 Bunion Derby, by James R. Powell, Seascape Publishers
The Adirondack Architecture Guide, Southern-Central Region, by Janet A. Null, Excelsior Editions
Yosemite People, by Jonas Kulikauskas, A Thousand Words Press

Religion
A Bigger Table, Westminster John Knox Press
Abducted in Iraq, by Saad Sirop Hanna, with Edward S. Aris, University of Notre Dame Press
Disarming Beauty, by Julián Carrón, University of Notre Dame Press
Image and Presence, Stanford University Press
Invisible Hosts, by Elizabeth Schleber Lowry, SUNY Press
My Jewish Year, by Abigail Pogrebin and A. J. Jacobs (contributor), Fig Tree Books
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place, by Todd LeVasseur, SUNY Press
Satan and Apocalypse, by Thomas J. J. Altizer, SUNY Press
Serving Others, by John E. Koenig and Fr. John F. Kamwendo, Outskirts Press
Single, Gay, Christian, by Gregory Coles, InterVarsity Press
The Great Re-imagining, by Theodore Richards, Homebound Publications
The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, Shambhala
Vindicating the Vixens, Kregel Academic

Science
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Experiment Publishing
Angle of Attack, by Roger Rapoport and Shem Malmquist, Lexographic Press
Cerebrum, Dana Press
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman, Propriometrics Press
San Diego County Mammal Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum
See It with a Small Telescope, by Will Kalif, Ulysses Press
Strange Science, Printers Row Publishing Group
The Driver in the Driverless Car, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
The Runaway Species, Catapult
This Phenomenal Life, Lyons Press
Tides, Trinity University Press

Self-Help
Bearing the Unbearable, by Joanne Cacciatore, Wisdom Publications
How You Learn Is How You Live, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, by Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media
Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude, updated new edition, Sound Wisdom
Prisoners of Our Thoughts, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Rules For Mavericks, Crown House Publishing Ltd
The Body Image Blueprint, Jenny Eden Coaching
The Launch Book, LID Publishing
The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep, by Tzivia Gover, Storey Publishing
The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, Shambhala
Treasure Hunt, Watkins Publishing
Wild Ideas, by Cathy Wild, Standing Place Press

Social Sciences
Back to Balance, by Halee Fischer-Wright, Disruption Books
Dig Where You Are, by Nan Alexander Doyal, Casper Press
Federal Prison Handbook, by Christopher Zoukis, Middle Street Publishing
Firsts, by Editors of TIME, Time Inc. Books
Lean Media, by Ian Lamont, Zach Gajewski (editor), and Monica Thomas, TLC Design (designer), i30 Media
Mean Men, by Mark Lipton, Voussoir Press
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions
The Great Vanishing Act, Fulcrum
When Parents Are Incarcerated, American Psychological Association

Sports
A Mountaineer’s Life, Patagonia
Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hard To Grip, Schaffner Press
Sports Illustrated Football’s Greatest Revised and Updated, by Editors of Sports Illustrated, Time, Inc. Books
Stories from the Dirt, Falcon
The Streak, Hmh
The Year of the Pitcher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Travel
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley (photographer), Mark Kelley Photography
Arlington, John F. Blair, Publisher
Beyond Mile Zero, by Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly (photographer), Harbour Publishing
Four Seasons in a Day, DJWorking Unlimited Inc.
Holy Rover, by Lori Erickson, Fortress Press
Ireland, by Matt Walker and Zeneba Bowers, Little Roads Publishing
Patagonian Road, by Kate McCahill, Santa Fe Writer’s Project
The 1928 Bunion Derby, by James R. Powell, Seascape Publishers
The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11, Travelers’ Tales
The World’s Most Travelled Man, by Mike Spencer Bown, Douglas & McIntyre
Trappist Beer Travels, by Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood, Jessica Deahl, and Meghan Schaffer (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Uncorked, Sea to Sky Books (self)
Yellowstone Treasures, Updated Fifth Edition, by Janet Chapple, Granite Peak Publications

True Crime
Gaslight Lawyers, by Richard H. Underwood, Shadelandhouse Modern Press
In Vino Duplicitas, by Peter Hellman, The Experiment
Sidetracked, by Richard T. Cahill Jr., Wildblue Press
The Pinks, by Chris Enss, TwoDot
Trial by Fire, by Kaia Anderson, Pyxis Press
When Normal Blew Up, by Joni Foster, Red Raku Press

War & Military
Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them, by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas (photographer), Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Compassionate Soldier, by Jerry Borrowman, Shadow Mountain
Dispatches from the Pacific, Indiana University Press
Foxtrot in Kandahar, by Duane Evans, Savas Beatie
Navigating a Life, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Rebel Bulldog, by Jason Lantzer, Indiana Historical Society Press
The Last Veterans of World War II, by Richard Bell and Harrison Lutz (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
The World Turns to War, by Jay Wertz, Monroe Publications

Women’s Studies
Ask, by Kitty Stryker, Thorntree Press
Feminine Genius, by LiYana Silver, Sounds True
Fierce, Funny, and Female, by Marti MacGibbon, Stay Strong Publishing
Matria, Black Lawrence Press
Violence Against Indigenous Women, by Allison Hargreaves, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Why They Stay, by Bonnie Britt (editor), C.J. Burton (photographer), Janet Michaud (designer), and Sara Morsey (narrator), Ogunquit Press
Wonder Girls, by Paola Gianturco, Alex Sangster, and Foreword by Musimbi Kanyoro, powerHouse Books

ANTHOLOGIES

Anthologies
Adam’s Ladder, by Michael Bailey (editor), Darren Speegle (editor), Jeffrey Thomas (contributor), Brian Evenson (contributor), B.E. Scully (contributor), Gene O’Neill (contributor), Ramsey Campbell (contributor), Tim Lebbon (contributor), Erinn L. Kemper (contributor), Roberta Lannes (contributor), Rena Mason (contributor), John Langan (contributor), Laird Barron (contributor), Lisa Morton (contributor), Damien Angelica Walters (contributor), Chaz Brenchley (contributor), Scott Edelman (contributor), Mark Morris (contributor), Paul Meloy (contributor), and Mark Samuels (contributor), Written Backwards
Ask, by Kitty Stryker, Thorntree Press
Challenges to the Dream , by Jim Daniels (editor), Carnegie Mellon University Press
Edge of Morning, by Jacqueline Keeler (editor), Torrey House Press
Forgotten Women, by Ginny Lowe Connors (editor), Grayson Books
Pie & Whiskey, by Samuel Ligon (editor) and Kate Lebo (editor), Sasquatch Books
Poetry of Presence, by Phyllis Cole-Dai (editor) and Ruby R. Wilson (editor), Grayson Books
Pope Francis and the Caring Society , Independent Institute
The Music of the Soul Lives On , by Henry Mackaman, Beaver’s Pond Press
The Obama Inheritance, by Gary Phillips (editor), Walter Mosley (contributor), and Nisi Shawl (contributor), Three Rooms Press
The Soul of a Great Traveler, Travelers’ Tales
The World Is Just A Book Away, USC Libraries Press

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

Graphic Novels & Comics

Daddy Hall, by Tony Miller, The Porcupine’s Quill
Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer, by Alberto Ledesma, Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press
Encyclopedia of Black Comics, by Sheena C. Howard, Christopher Priest (contributor), and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (contributor), Fulcrum
Flutter, Volume Three: Rid of Me, by Jennie Wood, Jeff McClelland (editor), Jeff McComsey (illustrator), and Chris Goodwin (contributor), 215 Ink
I, Parrot, by Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle (illustrator), Black Balloon Publishing
John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 3, Storm King Productions, Inc.
Jurassic, RexTooth Studios
Knights of the Skull , by Wayne Vansant (author, illustrator) and Harrison Lutz (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
M.F.K., Insight Comics
Renegade, by Andrea Grosso Ciponte and Dacia Palmerino, Plough Publishing House

CHILDREN’S

Juvenile Fiction
Embers of Destruction, by J. Scott Savage, Shadow Mountain
Esme Dooley and the Kirkkomaki Circus, by Jane Donovan (author, illustrator) and Holly Trechter, Sky Candle Press
From Ant to Eagle, by Alex Lyttle, Central Avenue Publishing
If My Moon Was Your Sun, by Andreas Steinhöfel and Nele Palmtag (illustrator), Plough Publishing House
Mosquitoes Don’t Bite Me, by Pendred Noyce, Tumblehome Learning
Slug Days, by Sara Leach and Rebecca Bender (illustrator), Pajama Press
The Beginning, by M. J. Thomas, WorthyKids/Ideals
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, by Dori Jones Yang, SparkPress
The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate, by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska (illustrator), Amberjack Publishing
The Seasons of a Giant, by Pamela Hartley, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska (illustrator), Amberjack Publishing
The Strange Round Bird, Bancroft Press
Veronica and the Volcano, by Geoffrey Cook and Gabrielle Shamsey (illustrator), Violet Moon

Juvenile Nonfiction
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, READERS to EATERS
Fairy House Cooking, Down East Books
Hedy’s Journey, by Michelle Bisson and El Primo Ramon (illustrator), Capstone
Hockey , by Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids, Time Inc. Books
If You Were Me and Lived in … the Mayan Empire, by Carole P. Roman, Chelshire, Inc.
Lights On!, by Cynthia Simmerlink Becker and Benjamin Hummel (illustrator), Filter Press
N is for Never Forget, by Nancy Polette and Paul Dillon (illustrator), Elva Resa Publishing
One Minute Mysteries: Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! • Misterios de un Minuto: ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas!, Science, Naturally!
Standing up for Civil Rights in St. Louis, by Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams, Missouri History Museum Press
Stormy Seas, Annick Press
The Curse Ends, by Jeff Attinella and Mike Pascale (illustrator), It Had To Be Told Publishing
The Football Fanbook, by Gary Gramling, Time Inc. Books
The Girl Who Ran, Compendium
The Survival Guide for Kids in Special Education (and Their Parents), by Wendy L. Moss and Denise M. Campbell, Free Spirit Publishing
The True Story of Jim the Wonder Dog, by Marty Rhodes Figley, The RoadRunner Press
What I Can Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve Jobs, by Melissa Medina, Fredrik Colting, and Natsuko Yoneyama (illustrator), Moppet Books

Picture Books
BabyLit: Anne of Green Gables, by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
Dream Big, by Kat Kronenberg, Greenleaf Book Group
Dust Flowers, by Lisa Gammon Olson and Kyle Olson (illustrator), Eifrig Publishing
Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull , by Nancy Mike and Charlene Chua (illustrator), Inhabit Media
Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack, Page Education Foundation
Hello Humpback!, by Roy Henry Vickers (author, illustrator) and Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing
I Dreamed I Was a Dog, by Joel Nakamura (author, illustrator), Leaf Storm Press
I Love My Purse, by Belle DeMont and Sonja Wimmer (illustrator), Annick Press
I See You , Magination Press
It’s Just So…Little!, by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco (illustrator), Notable Kids Pubishing
Marielle in Paris, by Maxine Rose Schur and Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie (illustrator), Pomegranate
Maybe God Is like That Too, by Jennifer Grant and Benjamin Schipper (illustrator), Sparkhouse Family
My Beautiful Birds, by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Pajama Press
Plume, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
So Many Cuddles, by Ruth Austin and Clare Owen (illustrator), Compendium
So Many Smarts!, Magination Press
The Day I Ran Away, by Holly L. Niner, Shari Dash Greenspan (editor), and Isabella Ongaro (illustrator), Flashlight Press
The Lonely Mailman, by Susanna Isern and Daniel Montero Galván (illustrator), Cuento de Luz
Think Circles!, by Karen S. Robbins and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night, by David FitzSimmons and Richard Cowdrey (illustrator), Wild Iris Publishing

Picture Books, Early Reader
A Different Pond, by Bao Phi and Thi Bui (illustrator), Capstone
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Applesauce Press Book Publishers
Kohana, Fahrenheit Books
Moby Dick, by Mandy Archer and Annabel Tempest (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do?, Lulu.com
Nile Crossing, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Princess Sophie and the Six Swans, Wisdom Tales Press
Robyn Boid: Architect, by Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books
Space Pilgrim, by Ryan Winch (author, illustrator) and Elizabeth Winch (editor)
The Rock Maiden, by Natasha Yim and Pirkko Vainio (illustrator), Wisdom Tales
The Watcher, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Unraveling Rose, by Brian Wray, Shiloh Penfield (illustrator), and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Wild Zoo Train, by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and Steve Gray (illustrator), Muddy Boots
Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You, Dawn Publications

Young Adult Fiction
Afterdeath, by Benoit Chartier and Cryssy Cheung (illustrator), Trode Publications
Archie of Outlandish, by Lynnette Kraft, Abigail Kraft (illustrator), and Jared Kraft (Composer) (contributor), New Wrinkle Publishing
Bend, by Nancy J. Hedin, Rachel Haimowitz (editor), and May Peterson (editor), Anglerfish Press
Beulah Land, by Nancy Stewart, Duet Books
Grrrls on the Side, Interlude Press
Seeking Mansfield, by Kate Watson, Flux
Starswept, by Mary Fan, Snowy Wings Publishing
The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew, Candlewick Press
The Road to Winter, by Mark Smith, Text Publishing
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, by F.T. Lukens, Interlude Press
Those Who Run in the Sky, by Aviaq Johnston and Toma Feizo Gas (illustrator), Inhabit Media
Trell, by Dick Lehr, Candlewick Press
Zero Gravity, by Tom Lamarr, Marcinson Press

Young Adult Nonfiction
#NotYourPrincess, Annick Press
Come Sunday, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Feminism From A to Z, Magination Press
Green Card Youth Voices, Green Card Voices
How to Be Happy, by David Burton, Text Publishing
Project You, by Aubre Andrus, Switch Press
Release Your Inner Drive, by Edward Watson and Bradley Busch, Crown House Publishing

GENERAL

Augmented Reality
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions

Child Author (17 and Under)
The Day Tajon Got Shot, by Beacon House Writers, Shout Mouse Press,
The Global Warming Express, Terra Nova Books

#Indie #Author Day 2017: Saturday, October 14! Start Planning NOW!

#Indie #Author Day 2017: Saturday, October 14!

TODAY (September 16, 2017) were events at our local library’s main branch (St. Louis County) for “Indie Author Day,” but YOUR library may have other plans! Check!

The second annual Indie Author Day will be held IN SOME PLACES on Saturday, October 14, 2017. This event brings together libraries and local writers around the world for a day of celebration and inspiration devoted to indie authorship.

Registration for Indie Author Day 2017 is officially open. Visit the Indie Author Day website, https://goo.gl/6HJZG3 . to learn more information about this year’s event and how to get involved in IAD programming near you.


From the Indie Author Day website:

HOSTING AN EVENT

In addition to a selection of on-demand video workshops that will be available from Indie Author Day sponsors, there are many activities for your #library to offer as part of its Indie Author Day 2017 event.

To get you brainstorming, here are some suggested activities that #libraries have done at past events:

—An #author panel featuring traditional, hybrid and self-published #authors from the community
—Presentations from local indie authors about writing, marketing and more
—Book readings and / or signings from local authors
—Presentations from local industry leaders
—Writing workshops
—Presentations and workshops to inform the writing community about tools available for them to use through the library
—Author readings and open mics, featuring short segments of each author’s works

Check out our Brandisty page, https://brandisty.com/indieauthorday . for logos, web banners, posters and postcards to help you promote your Indie Author Day!

Alert the media with our Press Release templates for Authors and Libraries [there are downloads for each on this website].

Are you a #library hosting Indie Author Day? Spread the word with these pre-written social media post. http://indieauthorday.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Indie-Author-Day-Social-Media-Posts.pdfs [there are downloads for images, logos, more, on this website, such as the Partners’ Logo, below]!


Here are their sample posts (you can add your own hashtags and other info, such as “RT,” to these):
— Calling all #indieauthors! Join us as we celebrate our local authors for #IndieAuthorDay on Oct.
14!
— We’re hosting an event for #IndieAuthorDay on Oct. 14! Join us if want to support our local
#selfpub and #indieauthors!
— Are you an #indieauthor? We’re #indie you! Join us for #IndieAuthorDay on Oct. 14!
— We’re excited to support our local authors for #IndieAuthorDay on Oct. 14!

My birthday is TODAY, August 22! It’s my Birthday and I’ll Discount my #Books if I Want to! #Scifi/#Romance #Paperbacks and #ebooks #Sale!

My birthday is TODAY, August 22! It’s my Birthday and I’ll Discount my #Books if I Want to! #Scifi/#Romance #Paperbacks and #ebooks #Sale!
Now through August 31, 2017.


Sally Sue Fleischmann Ember, age 6

Too much DYSTOPIAN REALITY? Time for some UTOPIAN Sci-fi/Romance!
The Spanners Series’ Volume I #ebooks are permafree; #CreateSpace #paperbacks Vol I, II, III are 25% off!

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Smashwords, Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble nook, Kobo and iTunes have The Spanners Series for YOU, as does CreateSpace! AND, if you buy these books via Kindle Matchbook, Vol II or Vol III—usually $3.99 as ebooks—are each only $1.99 when purchased from Amazon along with the paperback versions for Volumes II and III!
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Vol III, This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change = B0177Z1KRM  
OR use https://goo.gl/q0Qqyn  for CreateSpace to use the discount codes, below, on the paperbacks
See below for links and more info.

The Spanners Series‘ cover art and logo by WillowRaven: http://www.willowraven-illustration.blogspot.com/

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The Spanners Series first three Volumes of utopian science-fiction/romance by Sally Ember, Ed.D. are on sale NOW! Proud member of Clean Indie Reads #CR4U and Fantasy and Science-Fiction Network #FSFnet

Whether you’re sweating, freezing, rained or snowed on or anywhere in between, there is still time to READ!
Give books as gifts for birthdays, graduations, holidays, anniversaries, vacations, back-to-school or school’s out: any time!

The paperbacks of all three Volumes are 25% off on CreateSpace! See below for details and coupon codes for each of the Volumes.

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This Changes Everything, Vol. I, The Spanners Series

Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse. When Earth is invited to join the consortium, the secret visits are made public. Now Earthers must adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are.

Clara is selected to be the liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective and she chooses Esperanza Enlaces to be the Chief Media Contact. They team up to provide information to stave off riots and uncertainty. The Many Worlds Collective holos train Clara and the Psi-Warriors for the Psi Wars with the rebelling Psi-Defiers, communicate effectively with many species on Earth and off-planet, eliminate ordinary, elected governments and political boundaries, convene a new group of Global Leaders, and deal with family’s and friends’ reactions. 

In what multiple timelines of the ever-expanding multiverse do Clara and her long-time love, Epifanio Dang, get to be together and which leave Clara alone and lonely as the leader of Earth?

This Changes Everything spans the 30-year story of Clara’s term as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, continuing in nine more Volumes of The Spanners Series.

Are YOU ready for the changes?

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This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, Vol. II, The Spanners Series

Intrigued by multiple timelines, aliens, psi skills, romance and planetary change? Clara and the alien “Band” are back in Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever.

Now as Chief Communicator, Clara leads the way for interspecies communication on- and off-planet. Fighting these changes are the Psi-Defiers, led by one of the oldest friends of the Chief of the Psi-Warriors, its reluctant leader, Rabbi Moran Ackerman. Stories from younger Spanners about the first five years of The Transition fill Volume II.

How would YOU do with the changes?

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This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, Vol. III, The Spanners Series

Clara, Moran, Espe, Epifanio and the alien Band of holos are back in This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, Volume III of The Spanners Series. Psi-Defiers launch increasingly violent protests during this five-year Transition, attempting to block Earth’s membership into the Many Worlds Collective. Earth’s nations and borders must dissolve and Psi-Warriors must strengthen in their battle against the rebels.

Clara, as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, also juggles family conflicts and danger while creating psi skills training Campuses to help Earth through the Psi Wars. Clara timults alternate versions of their futures as the leaders’ duties and consciences force them to make difficult choices across multiple timelines, continuing to train and fight.

Will the Psi-Warriors’ and other leaders’ increasing psi skills, interspecies collaborations and budding alien alliances be enough for Earth to make it through The Transition intact? If there is no clear path for Clara’s and Epifanio’s love, does she partner with Steve or go it alone?

What do YOU do with wanted/unwanted changes?

Volume III, This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change:
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Paperbacks are now $14.99, 25% off the regular price of $19.99 on CreateSpace using coupon code H93664AM: https://www.createspace.com/5844474

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REVIEWERS: Ask for FREE ebook coupon codes for Volumes II and III on Smashwords any time: sallyember AT yahoo DOT com


For more information about Sally Ember, Ed.D., her bio, books, blog, video talk show (CHANGES conversations between authors), guest blog posts and guidelines, links to author interviews, book trailers and more: http://www.sallyember.com

Indie Author Fringe’s 2nd online conference, “Fringe to BookExpo,” is Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

2017’s Indie Author Fringe 2nd of 3 online conferences, “Fringe to BookExpo,”, happens in a few weeks, on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. Click here for more info and to register: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/what-is-indie-author-fringe/

This year’s conference “features 24-hours of self-publishing sessions for authors with an independent spirit. The agenda we’re developing will help you reach more readers and sell more books, and includes tips, tools, and techniques for marketing and promoting yourself and your book.”

I am a proud member of Alli, and this message is from one of the three organizers, Orna Ross, of Alli (the Alliance of Independent Authors)(David Penny and Jay Artale are the other two):

SPEAKERS

We’ve added more speakers and you can click here, http://selfpublishingadvice.org/bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/ , to view the bios we’ve published so far.

COMPETITION

It’s free to enter our Book Cover Competition here, http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-2017-cover-competition-submission/ , and you can check out the competition entries we’ve already received [on that site as well].

Over the coming weeks, we’ll let you know about the Sponsor deals and discounts, and reveal the changes we’re implementing for this upcoming Indie Author Fringe event.

Until then, happy writing and publishing…

Next Alli Indie Author Fringe online conference: October 14, 2017.

3 more days! Happy Holidays! BUY BOOKS! #SciFi #Romance #Utopian #TheSpannersSeries

3 more days! Happy Holidays! BUY BOOKS! #SciFi #Romance #Utopian #TheSpannersSeries

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10% off paperbacks on CreateSpace for the first three Volumes in The Spanners Series!

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The Spanners Series by Sally Ember, Ed.D., offers something like… 
—having the authors Tom Robbins and Ursula K. Le Guin collaborate, 
—inviting (since all time is simultaneous, this could work) Robert Heinlein, Zenna Henderson, Kate Wilhelm and Sherri Tepper to add to /revise the Volumes, 
—then getting advice and fact-checking from scientists Brian Green, Michio Kaku, Max Tegmark, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lisa Randall 
—and wisdom from the spiritual leaders, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Pema Chödron, Rabbi Zalman Schachter and Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, prior to publication!

Use CreateSpace Coupon Code GJDS99JV for 12/9 – 31/16 for any or all three:
Volume I, This Changes Everything, usually $17.99, save $1.80 http://www.CreateSpace.com/5837347 

Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, usually $19.99, save $2.00 http://www.CreateSpace.com/5844431

Volume III, This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, usually $19.99, save $2.00 http://www.CreateSpace.com/5844474

http://www.sallyember.com for book trailers, author interviews, excerpts, blurbs, more!

OR, use Kindle MatchBook to purchase the ebook along with the paperback on Amazon for any of the three Spanners Series’ Volumes and get a discount on both: each ebook is only $1.99 (but Volume I is already permafree). Vol I = B00HFELTG8; Vol II = B00KU5Q7KC; Vol III = B0177Z1KRM at http://www.amazon.com

OR, go to Smashwords to get The Spanners Series Volume II or III ebooks in other formats besides for Kindle readers (Volume I is permafree), or go directly to the other vendors’ sites to purchase ebooks (nook for Barnes and Noble; iTunes for Apple; Kobo). Search under “Sally Ember” or “Spanners.”

All from logo by Sally Ember, Ed.D.

TONIGHT! Nov. 17, 6 – 8 PM: Local Author Open House for Over 100 Authors! near St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Local Author Open House for Over 100 Authors!
TONIGHT! November 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles Public Library, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376
(near St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

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Many prizes, discounts, free and low-priced books and coupons for ebooks, just in time for your holiday shopping! I know it’s on a weeknight, but it’s early enough that you can come and still get home in time for evening activities!

We eat local, we shop local, so let’s read local! Don’t miss the St. Charles City-County Library District’s Local Author Open House. At this one-of-a-kind event, more than 100 local authors will be gathered in one place to sell and autograph their books, and to talk to visitors about how they got their start.

The 2016 Local Author Open House, now in its 8th year, is being held on Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376.

“This gathering of so many local authors in one place, is an event that you will not find anywhere else in the area,” said St. Charles City-County Library District Adult Services Manager Sara Nielsen. “We are excited to be able to help people discover the many authors that live right here in our own community.”

The St. Charles City-County Library District offers a special collection that features the work of local authors. This collection is housed at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch, or you can browse and reserve a title online.

To access the collection online, go to http://www.youranswerplace.org/specialservices and select “Local Author Collection.”

Refreshments will be provided, and attendance prizes will be given out.

Register online at youranswerplace.org or call the Spencer Road Branch at 636-441-0522.

Participating authors include:
of course, Sally Ember, Ed.D.This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, Volume III, and Volumes I and II of The Spanners Series, with special discounts to attendees for purchases at or via the Fair: visit my table! Or, visit http://www.sallyember.com/Spanners for book trailers, discount coupons, blurbs, covers and more!

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and

Debbie Manber KupferP.A.W.S. former guest on my video talk show, Episode 27! Watch conversations with my previous CHANGES conversations between authors’ guests any time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPbfKicwk4dFdeVSAY1tfhtjaEY_clmfq Learn more about and get yourself or recommend someone to be scheduled as a guest: https://sallyember.com/changes-videocasts-by-sally-ember-ed-d/

and

Fedora Amis – Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
Peggy Archer – Name That Dog! Puppy Poems from A to Z
Linda Austin – Battlefield Doc: Memoirs of a Korean War Combat Medic
Bradley Bates – Trinity
Jessica Marie Baumgartner – Embracing Entropy
Stephanie Bearce – Stan Musial
Jenny Beilsmith – The Change: Insights into Self-Empowerment
Chris Bostic – Savage Hills
John Bryant – Something of an Ordinary Life
Marvin Byrd – Make it Plain – Keys to being a successful high school student
Lynn Cahoon – A Story to Kill
Ann Chandonnet – Barn Raisings and Cemetery Cleanings: Frolics, Bees & Other Old Time Occasions for Good Food
Steven Clark – The Saint Louisans
Brad R. Cook – Iron Zulu, book II of The Iron Chronicles
Victoria Cosner – Missouri’s Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers and Macabre Medicine
Liz Costanzo-Morrison – Flashback
James Creighton – Shark Bait: The “Misadventures” of an Oceanic Ferry Pilot
Suzanne DeWitt Hall – Rumplepimple
Eileen P. Duggan – The Not-Ready-for-Juilliard Players
Donna Duly Volkenannt – Chicken Soup for the Soul, Angels and Miracles
Jeanne Felfe – The Art of Healing – A Novel
T.W. Fendley – The Labyrinth of Time
Kristen Flood – Seeking Incandescence
William Flowers – William Flowers: Reflections Upon My First 3 Decades
Bridget Fogarty – Where My Heart Has Always Been
Cherita Ford – Leo, A Different World
Shyona Gaines – Broken
Marcia Gaye – Times They Were a’Changing
Lindsey Gendke – Ending the Pain: A True Story of Overcoming Depression
Linda Gilman – The Suffragette Takes a Husband
Judith Golightly – Billy’s Story – Every Parent’s Nightmare – The Loss of a Child
Ellen Harlie – Through Hell and out the other side
C.S. Hart – WindStone: The Secrets Within
Ann Hazelwood – Josephine’s Guest House Quilt
Judith Hennessey – First Rodeo
Mark Henrikson – Origins: Discovery
Michael Henry, Ph.D. – Ghosts of St. Charles
Bonney Hogue Patterson – The Devil Came to Town and the Angels Followed
Emily Humpherys – The Dark Ferret Society
D.L. Jenkinson – Faraway
Lisa Kelly – Echoes From the End Zone: The Men We Became
Valerie Battle Kienzle – What ‘s With St. Louis?
Robert Lampros – Intended Consequences
Louis Launer – Townies’ Turn: Molly’s Challenge
Lyssa Layne – My Calling
Dee Livers – Eva and Boo at the St. Louis Zoo
Terri Luckey – Kayndo Ring of Defense
Marita Malone – My Mother My Daughter: A Memoir
Ross Malone – Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes
Amalyn Martin – Max and Mila at the Beach
Jim Merkel – The Colorful Characters of St. Louis
Bryce Meyer – Of Oceans and Rivers, Fishes and Whales II
C. David Milles – Legacy
Sheree and Russell Nielsen – Folly Beach Dances
Jay Noel – Iron Warrior
Linda O’Connell – Chicken Soup, Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Chad Odom – The Last Archide: Warlord of Navarus Author’s Edition
Ellen Parker – Stare Down
Brian Peterson – Dragon’s Flight: Book III – Still Waters
Mark Pitts – The Good Shepherd and the Baaaad Sheep
Piper Punches – 60 Days
Robert Reason – SUCCESSFUL Sales People Listen To REASON
Rory Riddler – The Bitter Divide
Sioux Roslawski – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be
Rebekah Ross – Nancy’s Numbers
Saturday WritersElements in Writing: Anthology #9
Tandy and Makenzie Schaller – Little Red Conquers Her Fear of Flying
Claudia Shelton – Slater’s Leverage
Angela Skurtu – Pre-Marital Counseling: A Guide for Clinicians
Christy Smith – Forever and Always
William Spradley – Cold Trail
Alaina Stanford – The Price of Magic, Hypnotic Journey Book 6
Jennifer Stolzer – Dog Park
Di Storm – YES SIR!
Doyle Suit – Baker Mountain
Izora Summers – Breaking the Silence from Shame: My Journey
Cleve Sylcox – Recluse – David Winter Mysteries
Steven Thomas – Aloha
Lugosi! Kimbra Townsend – My Neighbor’s a Real Turkey, Neighbor Series
Nancy Jo Van Hook – My Intimate Journey to Self
Pat Wahler – Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude
Ken Wheeler – Dead Spaces
Fred Wolf – Alexander the Good Dragon

St. Louis Indie Book Fair is TOMORROW! Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10 – 5: FREE!

Come one, come all! St. Louis Indie Book Fair is TOMORROW! Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10 – 5: FREE!

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image and all organizational work by Mark Pannebecker

All genres, all ages, fiction and nonfiction, books for children, YA and adult readers!

WHERE? St.Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO USA 63103

Author readings are all day! Mine, from Volume I of The Spanners Series, This Changes Everything, is at 11:18 AM or thereabouts for about 10 minutes. Also, discounts/authors’ giveaways, autographs, conversations, food, more!

Join me (and ask for a special Spanners Series‘ paperbacks discount when you see me!) and many other authors, including Debbie Manber Kupfer.

ALSO: Please come me and other authors share from our work at the public reading auditorium.
11:18 AM!

Full list of participants here: http://www.markpannebecker.com/#!itinerary/c9um

For more information: http://www.markpannebecker.com/#!st-louis-indie-book-fair/c1pz

Reluctantly, I give this mess of a book 2 stars, but buyer beware!

I am sorry to have to post this review, but I have given the author, Amy Collins, over a month to make this right. Despite many emails preceding and after the one I quote, below, including promises of payment by a certain date and apologies for its lateness and a new promise, she has posted no payment and provided an unusually bizarre response to my having given her the deadline to respond by the end-of-business yesterday (Thursday, January 28)—see below.

I am appalled and surprised that someone who is publishing a book on writing entitled The Write Way: Everything You Need to Know about Publishing, Selling and Marketing Your Book, would unironically send out ARCs and then another version pre-publication that are both riddled with errors for reviewers.

Know this: the Author and her “publisher” (which I now think is comprised of Collins and one other person in the business) INVITED ME TO REVIEW THIS; I did not solicit her and I rarely do reviews.

After I had read about twenty pages and marked up every page, including the cover, with up to 15 errors PER PAGE, I sent her emails, left voicemails, asked her to communicate with me before I continued. I couldn’t believe this was her final draft. Maybe there was another version, I hoped?

She wrote to tell me that she had had a death in her family and while she was out, that “someone at her office sent out the wrong ARC” (there are two?). Then, for many days, she mostly did not respond (except via automated emails saying she would respond within 24 hours) for this entire communication stream.

She did send me a PDF of another ARC version which was supposedly “the right one,” but it, too, was filled with most of the same errors and some new ones. I read about twenty pages into that and emailed her back, telling her that this PDF ARC was a “new” but not a better version.

I asked for a newer, final ARC; no response. I now think there isn’t a better version (yet).

I waited a few days and sent the email, below. After reading my proposal, the author wrote back to say that she knew that I had given her a break on my editing rate (I did have sympathy for her at that point). She wrote to say that she was very grateful for my offer and agreed to pay me for my editing and postage for me to ship the marked-up edition back to her upon receipt of payment. She promised to pay “by the middle of January.”

I told her that I didn’t want to post a negative review. I’d rather that she revise and improve the book before publication: win-win. Plus, I had already completed reading and marking up the book and had marked up every page. I would be happy to get paid for my work.

January 15 came and went; no payment. More emails, more promises, and no payment, and here we are, January 28: nothing. The author said on January 18 that she had been traveling (and still is, apparently; now she’s on a cruise with other authors and publishers, publicists, etc.), but has she obviously access to the internet, since she’s live tweeting from the cruise ship!

I sent her this on Twitter yesterday (1/28/16):

from Sally Ember, Ed.D. ‏@sallyemberedd
to @NewShelvesBooks AMY: Deadline is EOB today Central USA time. My review goes live at 2 AM CST USA Friday, 1/30/16 if no payment is posted

She responded, astonishingly and terribly unprofessionally:

from Amy Collins ‏@NewShelvesBooks
Hi @sallyemberedd Grateful for all the time you put in. Had to redirect the $ to a project I am afraid. I know your review will be spot on.

To which I replied, with a quoted retweet of the above:

from Sally Ember, Ed.D. ‏@sallyemberedd
Sally Ember, Ed.D. Retweeted Amy Collins
This is known as “breach of contract” by professionals. We had a written agreement. #Youoweme #Payup

I won’t bore you with all of our previous correspondence.

In this post, then, the review occurs, starting with the email I sent the author in which I detailed for her many of her book’s most frequent and egregious errors.

Dear Amy,

I don’t know who your developmental, copy and proofreaders/editors are, but they should all be fired.

Here are a sampling of the errors I’ve found, so you know I’m not being a “troll” or pretending to know what I’m doing. You have these types and/or numbers of errors:

—3 errors ON THE COVERS (back and front and spine) in that your formatting is inconsistent (font color, size, style)
—1 error on the TITLE page (do not capitalize “by” or use it at all, actually; this is not a college essay)
—5 errors on the copyright page (no city of publication is listed; no proper copyright symbol was inserted; no need for “by”; missing colons)
—up to 15 errors(!) per page, with at least one and usually more errors on every page throughout the entire book
—TOC has no page numbers in either version, or the page numbers are wrong, and is on the verso rather than recto side
—Some pages have no numbers (the entire Glossary; all front matter)
—paragraphs and some sentences inexplicably start and end mid-sentence on many pages
— bullets are not formatted in a standard fashion within your own book; most of them are formatted incorrectly; AND, you inserted rhetorical questions within them while you BULLETED those questions(!?)
—seem to have no idea how to use (or when to use) the Oxford comma, apparently, and neither do your editors
—random sections (not consistent as to which or why) in italics
—show no permissions granted from the original authors, nor even where the pieces end, when you quote entire articles within your book
—repeating entire sentences and/or paragraphs and/or concepts from one page to the next within the same chapter, sometimes on facing pages. Word for word, sometimes
—use “so” over a hundred times, mostly inappropriately and without proper punctuation
—no standardization I could fathom for/ among and between your levels of headings regarding font, font size, font styles, alignment and/or purposes
—chapters do not all start on the proper side and you have random blank pages between some chapters (which do not result in their staring on the proper side—recto)

This and much more are wrong. I can’t even group or list all your errors.

All unacceptable, wouldn’t you agree?

I had one idea: You could use this as an opportunity to discuss the very things you warn other indies against within your book, and I would work with you on that if you choose to be honorable and do that.

Or, you could pretend it’s all fine, try to fix the errors yourself (good luck with that; you obviously have no clue how to edit your own work), and hope my review sinks to the bottom beneath all your sycophants’ fake ones.

Anyone who gives this book more than 2 stars (and that would be for content, not professionalism), is lying or has no idea how to read or what to expect from a professional nonfiction book.

I actually got quite a lot of good information from this book and do not want to slam you, but your whole “death-in-the-family—someone sent the wrong version” (in a two-person office?) sounds to me, now, like “the dog ate my homework.”

I am sorry for you any anyone who buys a poorly edited version of this book.

Here is another idea: if you pay me $400 (which is low-balling my rates, considering how much time I put into my mark-up and these emails), plus $5 shipping, I will send you my marked-up copy.

Then, when you complete all the revisions, send me a new one and I’ll review it at that point.

And, now, as we know, I will not receive any payment for my work, despite her emailed promise to do so. I still have the edited copy.

Here are some photos of the mark-ups:

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front cover of The Write Way with font, color, size errors and inconsistencies.

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There are multiple errors on almost every page and not one page without an error.

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Apparently, can’t even keep paragraphs together; this occurs on several pages. How on earth does a copyeditor/proofreader not see these types of formatting mistakes?

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There are up to 15 errors on some pages; this one has only 8.

Believe me, I take no pleasure in this.

I would certainly have preferred to have been paid for my time and expertise and to have had a positive relationship with this author.

I also wanted this book to be everything it said it would be and for it to live up to its title and promises. Many other authors would then be able to benefit from it.

However, since Ms. Collins doesn’t keep her word and seems to be clueless as to how to behave professionally, I am no longer surprised by the poor quality of the writing, the editing and the proofreading. Very disappointing, though, wouldn’t you agree?

Whoever did the editing and proofreading should have to refund their money to Ms. Collins. If she or anyone else continues to hire them, s/he/they should fire these horrible excuses for professionals immediately.

As I already stated, there are many great points, tips, ideas and resources in this book, if readers can ignore or get past all the mistakes and problems with the formatting, writing, proofreading and repetitions.

Especially for amy writers who are new to self-publishing, such writers would benefit from reading this book and taking notes. Do as she says, not as she does!

Try to borrow it; don’t buy this version!

Reluctantly, I give this mess of a book 2 stars, but buyer beware!

Definitely do not hire the author or her team for anything at all, ever. She calls herself a “teacher” and an “expert,” but I also found mistakes on her website (no surprise, now), which is: http://www.newshelves.com/ Do not contract with New Shelves for anything since they seem to have with no respect for agreements, unless you’re willing for her/them to decide arbitrarily to put time and money into other projects.

Sorry to have to post this saga and review. I would vastly have preferred the other plan to have occurred, as we had agreed.

When you get back from your cruise, fix your book and try to behave more professionally in the future.

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My recommendations are on “SF SIGNAL” “MIND MELD” “This Is What We Want To Read In 2016”!

My recommendations are on “SF SIGNAL” “MIND MELD” “This Is What We Want To Read In 2016”!

Andrea Johnson was kind enough to invite and include me in this amazing roster of #speculative #fiction authors’ recommendations for upcoming spec fiction books we are looking forward to reading this year.

Mine are near the middle of the list, this time.

Visit, comment, subscribe!

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2016/01/target-113mind-meld-want-read-2016/

What about other 2016 new releases in Speculative Fiction? There are so many lists/books!

Goodreads has a list:
https://www.goodreads.com/genres/new_releases/science-fiction

Here, via Barnes & Noble, some editors/publishers/bookstore owners are tooting their own horns, so to speak (hawking their own company’s books)? First:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/2016-books-sff-editors-want-you-to-read/

then, with lots of overlap, this one:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/42-sff-books-we-cant-wait-to-read-in-2016-in-2-sentences-or-less/

If you’re focused on #Fantasy and want to know when most upcoming releases (from predominantly/exclusively MALE authors, which I’m sure is some kind of weird accident… sure, it is) that are already scheduled are due to be available, use this new-releases calendar (most do not have covers, yet):
http://www.bestfantasybookshq.com/best-fantasy-books-2016/

A much better and more inclusive list, here, from Locus Online:
http://www.locusmag.com/Resources/ForthcomingBooks.html

Final 2 Days! Fantasy & Science-Fiction Network’s Year’s BlockBuster Book Sale

FINAL 2 Days! Fantasy & Science-Fiction Network’s Year’s BlockBuster Book Sale Through 12/31/15! #SciFi #Fantasy #FSFnet

Two more days to load gifts into people’s ereaders! #Free and 99-cent sci-fi and fantasy stories and entire books available! Celebrate the New Year and cuddle up through winter weather with BOOKS!

FSFnet 2015 HolidaySale
http://fsfnet.com/2015/12/18/years-end-blockbuster-sale/

Find your favorite writers of Fantasy & Science-Fiction and new authors! Sale includes children’s, ebooks, paperbacks, short stories, audio books on sale, all rated G, PG, PG-13!

Sale includes:

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20% off on the first or any of the three or all three paperbacks in The Spanners Series! Save $3.60 – $11.60!

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Get Coupon Code for CreateSpace paperbacks ONLY in The Spanners Series by Sally Ember, Ed.D., by emailing sallyember @ Yahoo DOT com 12/19 – 31/15 then, browse for other specials: http://fsfnet.com/2015/12/12/coming-soon-years-end-blockbuster-sale/

Volume I, This Changes Everything, usually $17.99, save $3.60 http://www.CreateSpace.com/5837347 
EBOOK is permafree. Links: http://www.sallyember.com/Spanners Look right; scroll down.

Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, usually $19.99, save $4.00 http://www.CreateSpace.com/5844431
EBOOK is $3.99 Links: http://www.sallyember.com/Spanners Look right; scroll down.

Volume III, This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, usually $19.99, save $4.00 http://www.CreateSpace.com/5844474
EBOOK is $3.99 Links: http://www.sallyember.com/Spanners Look right; scroll down.

http://www.sallyember.com for book trailers, author interviews, excerpts, blurbs, more!

All from logo by Sally Ember, Ed.D.

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Although she won’t listen, I’m giving my 16-year-old self advice: Guest Post on Krysten Lindsay Hager’s blog

Although she won’t listen, I’m giving my 16-year-old self advice: Guest Post originally on Krysten Lindsay Hager’s blog

I turn 61 today, so in a great age inversion, I’m again sending advice to my 16-year-old self: this was originally posted on May 7, 2015, on http://www.krystenlindsay.com/blog/although-she-wont-listen-im-giving-my-16-year-old-self-advice-by-sally-ember-edd. Thanks, Krysten!

Maybe she’ll listen THIS time…?


Dear 16-year-old Sally,

Sally 1971
Sally at 16

From the impossibly ripe old age of 61, I send you/me advice, based on knowing how things turn out for us and recognizing choice points we could decide differently about, if we are so inclined.

If so, given the simultaneous nature of time and quantum physics’ declaration that anything that CAN happen DOES happen, we will make millions of different choices, rendering some of this advice moot. Even so, here we go.

1) Friends
The “cool” kids aren’t better friends. In fact, they’re usually so intent on keeping their “cool” status (which is always precarious) that they can be deceitful, mean-spirited, unfaithful, disloyal and unreliable in every way. Cultivate and BE the type of friend who cares more about being a good friend than anyone’s perceived (and quite temporary) status. Keeping good friends is a lot more important than attaining “cool” status.

Status in high school will be long-forgotten and completely irrelevant as soon as you graduate. Decades after high school is over, you’ll still be friends with the people worth befriending. You won’t even remember the names of those you were so keen to impress at 16 or why you (or anyone) thought they were so “cool.”

Do you still like graphs and diagrams? Here are four quadrants explaining the four types of friendships people can have and where one’s distribution of friends are likely to fall.
—Quadrant 1 (Q1) is in the TOP RIGHT = IDEAL, which are friendships that are Healthy and Enjoyable, both. If you’re lucky, most of your friendships belong here.
—Quadrant 2 (Q2) is in the BOTTOM RIGHT = PROBLEMATIC, which are friendships that are Healthy but Not Enjoyable You can change what you think is “enjoyable,” but you can’t create “healthy” so easily. Change your point of view.
—Quadrant 3 (Q3) is in the TOP LEFT = PROBLEMATIC, which are friendships that are Enjoyable but Not Healthy What makes these “enjoyable”? Really? Cut it out. Get out.
—Quadrant 4 (Q4) is in the BOTTOM LEFT = “COME ON,” which are friendships that are Neither Health NOR Enjoyable if your’re smart, NONE of your friendships belongs here.

Friendship quadrant
image from http://waitbutwhy.com

2) Relationships with Boys (and Girls)
You will mostly be infatuated and not in love. Feelings of attraction, interest, lust, even love are not the same as being “in love,” but they SEEM to be and can fool you. These other feelings can be very strong and important, but they aren’t meant to help you choose a life partner, just a date or a relationship for a few months. Plan accordingly.

Never blow off a good friend (male or female) to go on a date or spend more time with your date or sex partner. Sex partners/dates will change frequently; friends can last a lifetime, if you’re careful and sincere. Be a good friend and you’ll HAVE good friends.

Great litmus test for whether or not your feelings are deep and/or significant for a date/sex partner: imagine that one of you is in a serious car accident and left with injuries that cause that person to become a quadriplegic. Would either of you be loyal and devoted enough to the other to take care of the paralyzed partner for the rest of your lives? You might never have sex again with that person (or, if you’re monogamous, with anyone else, either). You might never be touched again by/touch that person (paralyzed: remember?). You might never sleep in the same bed, never dance together upright, never take walks next to each other holding hands.

NOW: are you still convinced that you’re “in love”? That’s okay. Have a good time, but don’t make life-long promises.

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3) Sex, Birth Control, Sexuality, STDs, Sexual Identity
You don’t need to be in love to have sex. You don’t need to be having sex to purchase/acquire birth control and STDs protection (condoms, pills, IUDs, etc.), and, in fact, DON’T WAIT! If you are even considering having intercourse or fluids-exchanging sex with ANYONE, go to Planned Parenthood or a free clinic or your doctor and find out what your best choices are. BE PREPARED.

It is not romantic, fun, easy or worthwhile to become pregnant at 16 or contract an STD, ever. Get educated. Find out what is contagious, how easy it is to get pregnant even before or without having actual heterosexual intercourse, how quickly and easily fluids can be exchanged that carry diseases between sex partners and be SMART and PREVENTIVE.

If you can’t talk about these things with your potential sex partner, if you can’t take off your clothes and touch each other with some lights on, if you can’t talk about what you like and don’t like regarding sexual touching, YOU ARE NOT READY TO HAVE SEX and/or YOU ARE WITH THE WRONG PERSON. For real. Don’t do it.

90% of sexual pleasure is in your BRAIN. So, if you’re not feeling safe, cared about, respected, listened to, wanted, known, you won’t climax (come; have an orgasm) AND you won’t feel good afterwards about what you’re doing with that person.

Consent must be given and received before having sex, but it is NOT an obligation to give (or get) consent.

Sex WON’T “fix” a relationship, “bring you closer” or make a tentative connection “better.” It’s just sex. You might temporarily feel more connected after having some sexual contact, but when your clothes are back on, you’re back to being yourselves and you’re stuck with whatever relationship you already have.

Having sex doesn’t cause you to become more mature, smart, “cool,” or ready for responsibility. You’re still YOU; you’ve just added sex to the mix and that is usually NOT a good idea at your age. TRULY.

Be honest with yourself. What turns you on? What/which kinds of people? Are you attracted only to certain types of people? One or more genders?

Here are some clues: “Nice” is NOT boring. Meanness doesn’t signify someone with higher intelligence, just a facility with sarcasm. Humor that is unkind reveals a person using it who is not kind. Pretty eyes, a great voice, fascinating hands or other body parts do NOT lead to having a good relationship: a PERSON has to be attached to these features whom you actually like.

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4) School, Science and Writing You will have some horrible science teachers and some excellent English/writing teachers. Your math teachers will mostly be all right, but not great. Same with social studies and other subjects: good, but not great. Don’t let the qualities of your teacher determine what YOU are interested in pursuing.

You will use writing throughout your life, for almost everything related to education and work. So, continue to improve your writing/editing skills. You will never regret becoming a good writer.

If you love science (or anything else), stick with it, even if the teachers are awful in high school. It gets better in college and beyond. You can also learn on your own throughout your life, so learn how to learn: that is key.

High school is only 4 years of your life: don’t let it define you or your future choices overly much. Right now, high school is one-fourth of your years on earth, but the older you get, the smaller that percentage becomes. By the time you’re thirty, these four years aren’t even one-eighth of your life. See?

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quote from The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.

5) Meditation and Religion You won’t feel connected to Judaism, regardless of how many years you are forced to attend religious education classes and how many of your friends and family members are Jewish. That’s all right.

You will find meditation, then Buddhism to be spiritual “home” for you. Say “yes” when your friends offer to bring you to meditation classes. Say “no” when people try to push you into anything that doesn’t feel right to you.

You will have to pave your own way, even though you’re the only one in your family to travel this spiritual path. You’ll be happy with yourself and you don’t harm anyone else, so go for it.

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image from http://www.opendharma.org

I hope you’ll take these pieces of advice to heart and follow them. If not, you’ll not be any worse off, at least.

Love,

Older Sally


Sci-fi/romance author, former writing teacher and editor and LIVE talk show host of the almost weekly G+ HOA/Youtube videochat, CHANGES conversations between authors, Sally Ember, Ed.D., is my guest blogger today.

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“I have been passionate about writing since I was nine years old, when I wrote and published my first story, a fairy tale about an inquisitive princess (see? I started out autobiographical). Always competitive, I’m absurdly proud that I won prizes for my poetry, stories, songs and plays early in life. Did I use up my creativity good karma too soon?

“I was born Jewish on the cusp of Leo and Virgo, which seems to mean that my life has been infused with change. Currently, I meditate, write, swim, read and host CHANGES most Wednesdays, 10 – 11 AM Eastern time, USA, in St. Louis, Missouri. I have one older brother and two younger sisters (none lives in St. Louis but we’re in close contact) and I used to have seven step-sisters and two step-brothers (we’re not in touch).

“I began meditating at age 17 with Transcendental Meditation (T.M., like the Beatles) and have been meditating for over 40 years. I became a Buddhist in 1996 (in this lifetime, anyway).

“In my ‘other’ professional life, I have worked as an educator and upper-level, nonprofit manager in colleges, universities and private nonprofits for over thirty-five years in New England (every state), New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to live in St. Louis, MO, in August, 2014. I have a BA in Elementary Education, a Master’s (M.Ed.) and a doctorate in education (Ed.D.).

“I enjoy blurring the lines between fact and fiction in a multiverse of multiple timelines, often including exciting elements of utopian science fiction and Buddhism. My sci-fi /romance/ speculative fiction/ paranormal/ multiverse/ utopian/Buddhist-infused, Jewish-themed ebooks for New Adult/adult/YA audiences, The Spanners Series, which are unique, uplifting, intriguing and challenging, according to readers. Vol I, This Changes Everything, is now FREE everywhere since Vol II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, released June, 2014. Look for Vol III, This Is/Is Not the Way I Want Things to Change, in 2015, and Vol IV – X in subsequent years; about two per year is the plan.

“I have one son, Merlyn, who is a computer network engineer and musician. Merlyn, my sisters, my mom and several friends serve as my beta readers and sounding boards for much of my writing and also contribute ideas and characters for my books, as do others in my family and friendship circles (voluntarily or not). The stories in The Spanners Series are completely true and all these characters and situations exist in some timeline or another.

“Since I alternate the POVs and focus on characters and situations to feature those who are younger/YA/NA for even-numbered Volumes of The Spanners Series and feature older adults (primarily) in odd-numbered Volumes, I plan to ‘crowdcreate’ Volume VIII with younger writers and Volume IX with those closer to my age (older adults). I invite readers to submit to me your ideas and suggestions and/or volunteer to collaborate in other ways for either of these Volumes (your choice) no later than January 31, 2016. sallyember AT yahoo DOT com

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“I am also a some-time editor/proofreader, infrequent reviewer (but PLEASE do not send me your books or requests; I choose what to review and I rarely do it since I focus on writing and hosting), frequent blogger and talk-show host, so I geared the ‘rewards’ for my Patreon Crowdfunding campaign to be useful to those who choose to donate (as little as $4 gets a donor something). The Patreon page features videos of me singing (a capella; be nice) an original song about my campaign and describing the campaign goals and rewards. Link is below.

“I blog regularly on a wide range of topics and I also include reviews, interviews, guest blog posts, and excerpts from my ebooks. Visit and comment, follow, ‘like,’ and share.” http://www.sallyember.com/blog

BOOK BLURBS:

Volume I, This Changes Everything, The Spanners Series, by Sally Ember, Ed.D., PERMAFREE

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Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of  beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse.  When Earth is invited to join the consortium, the secret visits are made public. Now Earthers must adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are. The MWC selects Clara to be the liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective and she chooses Esperanza Enlaces to be the Media Contact. They team up to provide information to stave off riots and uncertainty. The Many Worlds Collective holos train Clara and the Psi-Warriors for the Psi Wars with the rebelling Psi-Defiers, communicate effectively with many species on Earth and off-planet, eliminate ordinary, elected governments and political boundaries, convene a new group of Global Leaders, and deal with family’s and friends’ reactions. In what multiple timelines of the ever-expanding multiverse do Clara and her long-time love, Epifanio Dang, get to be together and which leave Clara alone and lonely as the leader of Earth? This Changes Everything spans the 30-year story of Clara’s term as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, continuing in nine more Volumes of The Spanners Series. Are YOU ready for the changes?

Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, The Spanners Series $3.99

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Intrigued by multiple timelines, aliens, psi skills, romance and planetary change? Clara and the alien “Band” are back in Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever. Now as Chief Communicator, Clara leads the way for interspecies communication on- and off-planet. Fighting these changes are the Psi-Defiers, led by one of the oldest friends of the Chief of the Psi-Warriors, its reluctant leader, Rabbi Moran Ackerman. Stories from younger Spanners about the first five years of The Transition fill Volume II. How would YOU do with the changes?

LINKS:
WordPress Blog and main Website: http://www.sallyember.com
Tumblr: http://sallyember.tumblr.com/
Twitter: @sallyemberedd
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sallyember
FB Spanners Seriespage: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpannersSeriesbySallyEmber
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.ember (Sally Sue Fleischmann Ember)
Google+ Spanners Series page: http://goo.gl/tZKQpv
Personal G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SallySueEmber
Youtube Channel: The Spanners Series books’ trailers, author readings, CHANGES shows and more:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqnZuobf0YTCiP6silDDL2w/videos?view_as=public
Patreon Crowdfunding Campaign: http://www.patreon.com/sallyember
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Ember/e/B00HEV2UEW/
Amazon ebooks’ pages:
Vol I: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HFELTG8
Vol II: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KU5Q7KC
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SallyEmber
Vol I: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376197
Vol II: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424969
Kobo:
Vol I: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/this-changes-everything-3
Vol II: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/this-changes-my-family-and-my-life-forever
Barnes & Noble nook:
Vol I: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/this-changes-everything-sally-ember-edd/1117444256?ean=2940045417921
Vol II: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/this-changes-my-family-and-my-life-forever-sally-ember-edd/1119080804?ean=2940045805957
iBooks/iTunes:
Vol I: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/this-changes-everything/id746840776?mt=11&ls=1
Vol II: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/this-changes-my-family-my/id853674553?mt=11
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7237845.Sally_Ember
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sallyemberedd/en
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/myworks
Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/sallyember
BookLikes: http://sallyember.booklikes.com/
Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a1002726320/Sally-Ember-Ed-D-/books
Authors’ Database: http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/5338-sally-ember-ed-d

Covers and Logo Art by Aidana Willowraven: http://www.willowraven-illustration.blogspot.com/

Archived CHANGES conversations between authors LIVE shows: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPbfKicwk4dFdeVSAY1tfhtjaEY_clmfq 
Authors can learn more about and get yourselves scheduled on as guests:  https://sallyember.com/changes-videocasts-by-sally-ember-ed-d/ 

WRITING AND PROMOTING A SERIES: Series authors, Nicholas C. Rossis and Charles Yallowitz

WRITING AND PROMOTING A SERIES:

by series authors, Nicholas C. Rossis, Pearseus series, and

Charles Yallowitz, Legends of Windemere series

Guest bloggers and former guests on CHANGES conversations between authors
(Episodes 7 and 9), http://www.sallyember.com

PEARSUS VIGIL NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

PEARSEUS: VIGIL NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

This joint post was made possible by the invitation of Sally Ember, who has been gracious enough to allow us to speak on her blog. She has done this knowing that Mr. Rossis and Mr. Yallowitz have a history of crazy antics. Indeed, some of these antics occurred on Sally’s very own LIVE video show *CHANGES* conversations between authors, which you can find online. Thank you to Sally Ember and we hope everyone enjoys this post on writing a series.

Check out Nicholas’s newest release, Pearseus: Vigil, by clicking on the above cover art and
prepare for a March/April debut of Charles’s next book, Legends of Windemere: Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue.

Charles: First, I would like to say that I’m happy to be working with Nicholas again and on a post this time. Our back and forth on our blogs is a lot of fun and he has a very sharp, creative mind that keeps me on my toes. This carries over into his writing, which impressively spans several genres.

Nicholas: Same goes for me. I’m very impressed by Charles, both as an author and as a person. Plus, it’s great to have someone who gets my weird sense of humor!

What is the hardest part about promoting a series?
Charles: It’s really easy at the beginning because you can play around with teasers and you only have one book out. Then you get the second and try to find ways to promote without revealing everything in the first book. Around the third book, if you go higher than a trilogy, you get caught between avoiding big revelations in the earlier books and spoilers for the next one. It’s a really hectic balancing act because you don’t want to say too much. Yet, you have to say enough to keep people interested and lead to them to the rest of the series.

I’ve found that you have to make sacrifices in this, for example, revealing a minor spoiler to promote the next book while keeping the big stuff secret. A teaser helps, too, because it isn’t so much a spoiler, but a hint that something is going to happen or a foreshadowed event is coming to pass. Oddly enough, I found that Twitter is the less nerve-wracking social media site to promote a series on because the 140-character limit means you can’t say much and it’s hard to tiptoe around spoilers like that; you have to stick to catchy blurbs or small quotes from the book.

CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Nicholas: I agree with Charles that Twitter is a great promotional medium for a series, as my marketing relies on a short quote and a link.

One of the best things about having a series is that you can have a different book on sale each month and it will help the others’ sales as well. However, unlike Charles, I have also made a book bundle available. This contains all the books published so far in Pearseus. Obviously, when this is on sale, no one buys the rest of the books. However, it does attract a lot of attention as it offers great value for money. So, it’s all a bit of a balancing act.

How difficult is it to maintain continuity in a series and what tricks do you use to accomplish this?
Charles: I once switched one of my main character’s eye colors and a minor recurring character lost his hair. So some of the details can be messed up if one isn’t careful. Perhaps the biggest challenge to story continuity is that you can forget some foreshadowing or you do something that alters a previously established rule. Middle books can also have events that change the finale because what you plan in your head might not always be what comes out on paper. It really is a game of memory and concentration or like putting together a 5,000-piece puzzle with no picture to guide you.

There are two tricks that I use. One is that I keep notes on a lot of things that I believe I will forget. For example, I had some minor characters who step into the spotlight in a later book and I never gave them much description in their first appearances. There was just enough that they stood out and I had to make sure I had those identifiers written down. The other trick is never to be afraid to look back at your earlier books to confirm information. If you have even an inkling that you’re off on a fact, then jump back to the book where you know the information has already been written. This helps with plot lines, character descriptions, world-building and anything else that carries over from book to book.

Nicholas: LOL—I love the idea of “a 5,000-piece puzzle with no picture to guide you.” Indeed, it can feel that way at times.

I have a .doc file that includes all sorts of minor details, from names to subplots. Also, when I write, I always have my older books open as well. That way, I’m instantly able to jump back and forth and check things out. For example, a lot of the action takes place in a place called the “Chamber of Justice.” Every now and again, I’ll catch myself typing “Chambers of Justice” (plural) instead, so I have to remember it’s actually singular. I have no idea why some days it feels self-evident it’s singular and others that it’s plural, but that’s just how it is.

Pearseus Bundle on Amazon

Pearseus Bundle on Amazon

Do you have any suggestions for readers who wish to get into reading a long series?
Charles: I’m a fan of starting from the beginning, but I know many who start at the most recent book. If you do this, then I highly suggest that you read the earlier books at some point for more context and to see events that don’t get mentioned again. Also, one must be patient with a series because the story is stretched out and every book will have an opening. Also, not everything gets cleared up at the end of the earlier books. That understanding helps a reader accept that questions will remain. The only other tip I have is that you have to trust that the author knows what he or she is doing. I see a lot of readers try to demand that certain events happen in a story, but those desires might not fall in line with what the author has planned.

Nicholas: This is a typical “patience is a virtue” situation. Writing a series is a serious responsibility. Reading a series is an investment of both time and money, so we have to make sure that each and every book not only meets the readers’ expectations, but exceeds them. We owe them as much. That is why I’m grateful to all my readers, but those who have invested in Pearseus hold a special place in my heart.

There are several things we can do to make it easier on the reader, of course. For example, all my Pearseus books have a map with the cities and places that have been revealed so far, plus any new ones. Also, I have a character list at the beginning (and in “X-ray,” if reading on a Kindle), with a two-sentence description of who that person is. Another good idea is to offer a quick reminder each time a minor character first appears. For example, you can say something along the lines of:

“Parad walked into the room. He spotted Angel, his daughter, and smiled.”
This helps people who may have forgotten who Angel is.

Yet another trick I use is to give names to as few people as possible. For example, a minor character may be safely referred to by their property or occupation. Readers don’t need to know the name of every healer that tends a hero’s wounds or every blacksmith that sharpens his weapons.

Finally, the best thing to do is to make sure each book can stand on its own. That means no cliffhangers and no obscure references—at least not without a reminder.

Sadly, this is not always possible. Mad Water, the third book in the series, ends on a cliffhanger because the subplots raised there are not resolved for another 400 pages. So I could either have an 800-page-long book or two 400-page ones, the first of which ends on a cliffhanger.

Obviously, I chose the latter, which brings me back to readers’ patience. 🙂


CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Charles Yallowitz‘s Information

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Blog: www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cyallowitz
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA/
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com
Jason Pedersen, Legends of Windemere‘s Cover Artist: http://www.jasonpedersen.com/

Nicholas Rossis‘ Information

Nicholas Rossis
Blog:http://nicholasrossis.me/ .
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA/
Goodreads: Pearseus: Schism can be read for free on Goodreads.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NicholasRossis
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis

Sally Ember, Ed.D., is the author of the sci-fi/romance/utopian ebooks in The Spanners Series. Volume I, This Changes Everything, is permafree. Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, is usually $3.99. Look for Volumes III and IV in 2015.
All reviews, info, excerpts, links: http://www.sallyember.com/Spanners

#Book #Marketing Buzz Blog‘s post: Happy Thanksgiving Day, Books!

BookMarketingBuzzBlog‘s post: Happy Thanksgiving Day, Books!
Posted: 26 Nov 2014 10:45 AM PST

Brian Feinblum posted this on his site, Book Marketing Buzz Blog, which I highly recommend that you subscribe to if you are an #author.

Brian’s blog is “A unique blog dedicated to covering the worlds of book publishing and the news media, revealing creative ideas, practical strategies, interesting stories, and provocative opinions. Along the way, discover savvy but entertaining insights on book marketing, public relations, branding, and advertising from a veteran of two decades in the industry of book publishing publicity and marketing.”

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image from http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot.com

I link to the full post here and quote a bit of it. Thanks, Brian!

Brian offered his own intro, then asked: “How can we spread the word about the power of books?

Here are some of his answers. Read his post for the entire, excellent list.

· Start by gifting [books] this holiday season.

· Read more books

· Serve as a literacy tutor to young kids or ESL adults

· Keep buying books – don’t settle for free ebooks

· Form a book group or join one

· Attend author signing and speaking events

· Donate more books to schools, libraries, and chairties.

· Discuss books with others. Don’t ask your friends if they saw the latest movie. Ask what they’re reading.

· Read to your kids and then discuss what was read. Learning becomes fun this way.

· Reproduce your favorite book covers, frame them – and hang them on your walls

Link to full post: http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/happy-thanksgiving-day-books.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Bookmarketingbuzzblog+%28BookMarketingBuzzBlog%29

Brian Feinblum can be found:
on Twitter @theprexpert
via email brianfeinblum@gmail.com.

His post is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2014

#Book #Marketing Buzz Blog’s post: Happy Thanksgiving Day, Books!

BookMarketingBuzzBlog‘s post: Happy Thanksgiving Day, Books!
Posted: 26 Nov 2014 10:45 AM PST

Brian Feinblum posted this on his site, Book Marketing Buzz Blog, which I highly recommend that you subscribe to if you are an #author.

Brian’s blog is “A unique blog dedicated to covering the worlds of book publishing and the news media, revealing creative ideas, practical strategies, interesting stories, and provocative opinions. Along the way, discover savvy but entertaining insights on book marketing, public relations, branding, and advertising from a veteran of two decades in the industry of book publishing publicity and marketing.”

buy-books-and-feel-good

image from http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot.com

I link to the full post here and quote a bit of it. Thanks, Brian!

Brian offered his own intro, then asked: “How can we spread the word about the power of books?

Here are some of his answers. Read his post for the entire, excellent list.

· Start by gifting [books] this holiday season.

· Read more books

· Serve as a literacy tutor to young kids or ESL adults

· Keep buying books – don’t settle for free ebooks

· Form a book group or join one

· Attend author signing and speaking events

· Donate more books to schools, libraries, and chairties.

· Discuss books with others. Don’t ask your friends if they saw the latest movie. Ask what they’re reading.

· Read to your kids and then discuss what was read. Learning becomes fun this way.

· Reproduce your favorite book covers, frame them – and hang them on your walls

Link to full post: http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/happy-thanksgiving-day-books.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Bookmarketingbuzzblog+%28BookMarketingBuzzBlog%29

Brian Feinblum can be found:
on Twitter @theprexpert
via email brianfeinblum@gmail.com.

His post is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2014

#SciFi and #Fantasy #Books into #Films Upcoming

READ THEM NOW, WATCH THEM LATER: SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR ADAPTATION WATCH by John DeNardo on January 15, 2014 | Posted in Science Fiction and Fantasy

John DeNardo is the editor of SF Signal, a Hugo Award-winning group science-fiction and fantasy blog featuring news, reviews and interviews. You can follow him on Twitter as @sfsignal.

Read these books, then go see this year’s film adaptations:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Wool by Hugh Howey
Beta by Rachel Cohn

More about each here, including DeNardo’s summaries, opinions and links:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/read-them-now-watch-them-later-science-fiction-2/