Interview With Rodney Walker, Author of “A New Day One”


According to a 2013 article in the New York Times, roughly two-thirds of foster care children do not attend college. Having grown up in fifteen different foster homes on Chicago’s South Side, Rodney J. Walker is no stranger to these odds. However, instead of becoming a heartbreaking statistic, Walker summoned the grit to transcend his surroundings and chart an extraordinary future for himself. Continue reading

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Interview with Don Ake, author of “Just Make Me A Sammich”


Interview with Don Ake, author of Just Make Me A Sammich.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: Even though I eventually wanted to write a book, I never intended to write this one.  I started Ake’s Pains blog in 2011. It gained a following and became very popular, so I decided late in 2013 to compile and organize the posts into a book. Continue reading

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BEA is Back in Chicago – Anyone for a Cubs Game?


By David Hahn, Managing Director of MEDIA CONNECT

I started attending the annual book industry conference in 1986.  Back then it was simply known as the ABA, the first one I went to held in New Orleans.  Talk about a great city to experience a convention.  Seeing world famous authors was just the icing on the cake when you got to enjoy the food, music and ambiance of New Orleans in the meantime!  Continue reading

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The Race


by Richard Cerasani, a client of Media Connect, and the author of Love Letters From Mount Rushmore. For more information, please see:

Some people are familiar with the song title, “I left my heart in San Francisco.” I am stuck with the phrase, “I left my stomach in New York City.” Shortly after this unromantic phrase became my reality Continue reading

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Facebook & Content Aggregation; “Follow” Your Way to the Future of News-Sharing


By Emily Labes, Publicist

Fortune recently posted an article boldly proclaiming that Facebook now drives more traffic to online news outlets than Google. In the second and a half it took for the page to load on my computer, I went from, “no way is that true, I’ve got to see this” to, “oh, I guess that makes sense,” to, “of course it does!”

I think a lot of us, particularly millennials, probably don’t realize that in participating in social media, we aren’t just “staying connected” to those people in our “network,” we’re staying connected to an entire digital community of trending topics Continue reading

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Interview with Dr. Louise Stanger, Author of “Falling Up”


“I remember when my father died.  I was seven years old.”

The opening lines of Dr. Louise Stanger’s memoir of renewal, Falling Up, indicate just the beginning of what has turned into a life of loss and challenge – and of perseverance and accomplishment.  Dr. Stanger, a prominent addiction interventionist, has had to overcome more than her fair share of troubles. Continue reading

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Interview with Julie Gwinn, Literary Agent at The Seymour Agency

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Julie Gwinn, currently a literary agent with The Seymour Agency, has more than a decade in Christian publishing including serving as marketing manager then Fiction Publisher for B&H Publishing Group and Marketing Manager for Abingdon Press.

Q: What information do you need from an author on their initial contact with you?
A: I want to know the story idea, their bio and why their book is unique. I also need to know word count and if the project is complete. Publishers want to see a full manuscript Continue reading

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Follow The 2016 Literary Calendar


By Brian Feinblum, Chief Marketing Officer, SVP

2016 has many special dates, anniversaries, and honorary moments that should be celebrated, especially when it comes to those related to books. How will you make the most of these days? Beware of them, tell others, participate in events that support them, and use them, when possible, as a marketing or publicity hook for your book when contacting the news media.

Library Lovers Month
February 14 – International Book Giving Day
February 23 – Printed Book Day Continue reading

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Interview with Carol Brooks, Editor-in-Chief at First for Women


Carol has served as Editor-in-Chief of First for Women, a national consumer women’s magazine with an audience of 3.4 million, for the past 14 years. In May, she launched Simple Grace, a national consumer Christian women’s monthly magazine with an estimated rapidly growing audience of 100,000.

Q: Do you prefer being pitched by email or are you open to phone calls?
A: As someone who oversees two magazines (First for Women and Simple Grace) and contributes pages to a third (Closer weekly), I will likely be forwarding your pitch to the right assigning editor. That said, it’s much easier Continue reading

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New Book Reveals the Key to Couples Intimacy


Do you know what language your spouse or partner speaks? When it comes to sex, it could very well be a language different from your own. If you want a happier Valentine’s Day at home, read on!

Sex has a language unto itself – physical, verbal, and non-verbal.  An internationally-acclaimed couple’s therapist and sex psychologist of over 25 years, Dr. Douglas Weiss has unleashed a breakthrough book that improves bedroom behavior and overall fulfilment and harmony in a relationship.  5 Sex Languages uniquely identifies how men and women need to communicate with one another about sex. Continue reading

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