I've returned from Day One of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I am representing an Hawaiian publisher of SAT Preparation books at this year's show. I'm sharing space in Booth 143, the Book Publicists of Southern California booth. It was an interesting first day. Here are some of my observations.
First, the Day One crowd in 2009 appears to be at least as big as the 2008 crowd. That's remarkable considering people's perception of the economy. It really shouldn't… Continue
From my eighteen to my twenty-second birthday, I feverishly produced a novel once a year. I was a creative writing major, and I was on a mission. Unfortunately, I could never convince any of the major publishing houses to accept my work.
Those days have changed. Publishers have been run out of a very difficult business. Writers have replaced them. I am one of a new generation of self-promoters who do everything ourselves, and answer to no one.
When the Buddha Met Bubba my first novel after writing 18 non-fiction books is available for pre-order now. I'm so excited--more so than anything I've ever written. When The Buddha Met Bubba is a whimsical, fantasy that deals with the integrity and surrender that comes when a likeable redneck (Bubba) meets his magical mentor, Pu Tai (one of the many names for The Buddha), as they set off on an unusual journey. It has at its center a love story between a man and a woman and the devotion of a… Continue
The Amazing Adventures of Starr : The Missing Extra
Author: Jacky Rom
Reviewer: Fran Lewis
Move over Nancy Drew and make way for the newest sleuth on the block, 11-year-old Starr Fox. Starr is an aspiring actress with a mother who organizes, coordinates and schedules her auditions and daily activities. Starr’s mother, or the Drill Sergeant, as she so aptly calls her, is involved in every aspect of her life including what she wears, how she walks and what… Continue
Added by Jacky Rom on April 25, 2009 at 1:13am —
My article Heavenly Hawaii spotlighting the islands of Oahu and Molokai appeared in the December issue of Morning Calm, a glossy in-flight magazine. It will not be online so if you would like a copy let me know. I will be happy to send you a pdf file.
Added by Linda Ballou on April 24, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Today is the day that Portuguese Water Dog, "Bo", makes his official debut at the White House and becomes the First Family's dog. This six month old puppy, who was returned to his breeder, has now found a permanent home with a family that will love him. We hope he enjoys his new home.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a wonderful, playful, sporting breed that makes an excellent family pet. Their curly… Continue
Whenever I was talking with children and asked them this question, there was always an assortment of answers. When the child was finished sharing and asked for my answer, I’d faithfully respond: *Time*
There’s nothing better than spending time with children. Having them jump on my lap and sink into my chest, to excitingly anticipate a story told by grandpa.
"This exciting new book awards program is accepting entries until August 22nd, 2009 for books with 2008 or 2009 copyrights or that were released in 2008 or 2009, and is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or… Continue
I have noticed a particular rise over the past few months from readers of POD, Self Publishing & Independent Publishing asking me to review specific author service companies which they have not yet seen on the site. The array of author service companies is vast and I am slowly working my way through the ones I wish to include—meaning—there are already quite a number I have looked at but have decided not to review. There are many reasons why I… Continue
Added by Mick Rooney on April 24, 2009 at 8:00am —