Why Mentoring Young Readers and Writers is Important and How You Can Help

Published by on July 29, 2014 8:30 am


A recent article titled, “You’ll Be Shocked At How Much Time Young People Spend Reading Each Day”, cited a study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows that the average American reads only 19 minutes a day on weekends and holidays. That number drops to about 8 minutes for the 25-34 age group and drops even further to only 4 minutes for teenagers 15-19. The older demographics are what bring the average up to 19 minutes, as the 75+ crowd reads about 62 minutes a day. Clearly there is a large gap between the oldest group and the youngest group. View Article…

How Your Smartphone Can Help You Be a Better Writer

Published by on July 22, 2014 8:30 am


What would we do without our smartphones? It doesn’t even seem feasible to live in a world where the answers to our questions and all of the information that we could ever want isn’t right at our fingertips. Smartphones can be used for “play” but they are also extremely useful tools that have been integrated into the working world. As a writer, there are plenty of ways to use your smartphone to strengthen your writing and lots of great apps for writers to check out. View Article…

A Story That Had to Be Told: “The Fog of Forgetting” by G.A. Morgan

Published by on July 18, 2014 8:30 am


The Fog of ForgettingThe newest release to hit the young adult book scene is “The Fog of Forgetting” by G.A. Morgan. It’s book one of “The Five Stones” trilogy, which is dubbed an “adventure trilogy for young readers and readers who are young at heart.”

“The Fog of Forgetting” introduces us to five children; brothers Chase, Knox, and Teddy, and sisters Frankie and Evelyn, and takes place off the coast of Maine. While their parents are away, the children steal a boat and get lost when the fog rolls in. They find themselves stranded on a dangerous island called Ayda and caught in the middle of a bitter struggle between the rulers of Ayda’s four ancient realms. Frankie goes missing and is being used as a pawn in the battle for the stones of Ayda. To rescue Frankie and lead the others home, Chase needs to find bravery and boldness, and learn to harness the mysterious powers that pulse through the island.

“The Fog of Forgetting” is the first work of fiction for author G.A. Morgan, who has written several illustrated nonfiction works under her full name, Genevieve Morgan. In a recent interview she said:

Most of my career I have written non-fiction, but this story just had to be told. I have been working on it a long time. The Fog of Forgetting is book one of a larger trilogy called The Five Stones. I guess when the urge to tell a story washed over me, it was more like a tsunami. However, the fiction has a lot of real history behind it, so all that non-fiction helped. I am a good researcher.

Check out this video to learn how “The Five Stones” trilogy came to be:

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Get It Right the First Time to Avoid Last Minute Book Corrections

Published by on July 15, 2014 8:30 am


When an author asks “When can I make corrections to my book?” the reply is usually “Up until we print the first page.” An author likes to know that they have the chance to correct any of those last-minute issues that seem to surface. However, rather than waiting until the last minute, you can save yourself a lot of headaches and under-the-wire adjustments by performing a little bit of “due diligence” and getting it right the first time. View Article…

Kids Activity Books for Summertime Entertainment

Published by on July 8, 2014 8:30 am


It’s officially summer, which means that the kids are home from school and need to be entertained! Sunny days are great for spending outside, but what about the rainy days? There’s no need to sit in front of the TV or computer all day when you have these great activity books from Arcturus Publishing that your kids will love! View Article…

Boost Your Brain Power This Summer With These Books!

Published by on July 1, 2014 8:30 am


Sure, easy summer beach reads are nice, but just because it’s summer that doesn’t mean that we need to shut our brains down entirely! Summer can be the perfect time to learn something new or improve your skills in a certain area so that you are prepared when the “lazy” days of summer have come to an end. View Article…

Recipe Books for Summer Party Planning

Published by on June 24, 2014 8:30 am


Summer party season is in full swing. There are enough graduation parties, birthday parties, retirement parties, anniversary parties, engagement parties, and more to keep your calendar full for months. If you’re hosting (or helping with) one of these parties in the near future, you know how time consuming it can be to plan a menu and prepare the food. Of course you can always go the catering route, but sometimes it’s more fun (and rewarding) to do it yourself!

 Here’s a list of some great recipe books and cookbooks that can help to inspire your summer party menu: View Article…

Back to Basics: 5 Things Authors Should Remember About Book Marketing

Published by on June 17, 2014 8:30 am


It’s been almost two weeks since the 2014 BookExpo America, also known as BEA. Having only been in the book publishing industry for just shy of two years, my first trip to BEA was great opportunity to be a sponge.

Several of my Bookmasters and Baker & Taylor colleagues have attended the annual BEA for many years, so I gleaned much from their accounts of BEAs gone by. I also experienced firsthand the sore shoulders from carrying tote bags weighed down with ARCs and the aching feet from walking the first day of the show in heels (two ailments I had been amply warned about ahead of time, but seemed like a necessary rite of passage at the time). View Article…

Bookmasters, h.f.ullmann Sign Distribution Agreement

Published by on June 6, 2014 7:33 pm


Bookmasters has signed an agreement with h.f.ullmann to distribute their extensive collection of high quality, illustrated print titles.

h.f.ullmann is part of an independent, family-owned publishing group founded in 1994 by Herbert Ullmann. Their titles cover a range of subjects, including architecture, art history, cars, design, drawing, fashion, fine arts, food and drink, medicine, music, paper craft, science, and spirituality. Many of h.f.ullmann’s titles are considered to be the ultimate reference on their particular subject and are available in English as well as French, German, and Spanish.

Bookmasters will begin distributing more than 140 of h.f.ullmann’s English-language titles on July 1, 2014, with an anticipated 15 to 20 additional new publications each year.

“Teaming up with Bookmasters is a fantastic opportunity to reinforce our presence in North America, thanks to their perfect coverage of the traditional book trade and their know-how in special sales,” said Herbert Ullmann, publisher of h.f.ullmann. “We are looking forward to our cooperation with Bookmasters’ highly skilled and experienced team.”

“With their meticulous attention to quality content and imagery, h.f.ullmann has positioned themselves as a respected publishing authority on a number of different subjects,” added Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “Bookmasters is looking forward to a very successful book distribution partnership in the months and years to come.”

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest integrated providers of publisher services. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

Established in 2006, h.f.ullmann develops lavishly illustrated books that are published in 15 languages and distributed in more than 60 countries. h.f.ullmann’s mission is to offer readers a fascinating world of images, great content, and excellent production quality at affordable prices. Their headquarters are in Potsdam, Germany. To learn more, visit www.ullmann-publishing.com/en/.