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Something About Me and My Book:
I was born in Florida but have lived in beautiful Boulder, Colorado with my wife and daughter (couldn't handle Florida's heat/humidity and lack of a 3rd dimension). I was raised Lutheran but it always seemed a bit like a fairy tale (not Jesus, but what humans have done with him and his teachings by taking everything so literally and out of historical context).

Seekng to learn more, I've intensively explored spirituality for the last 20 years. A result has been my book, To Bee or Not to Bee, which is now in 7 languages and will be re-released by Sterling Publishing (a subsidiary of Barnes and Noble) in the U.S., Canada. U.K. and Australia this fall. It's a spiritual allegory--clever and spiritually sophisticated--about a disillusioned worker bee who, with the help of a newfound friend, finds fulfillment amidst the mindless tedium and chaos of life in a honeybee colony.

Fresh, new, different, humorous, deep--it's sort of a next-generation Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Check out the trailer, read Chapters 1-3 free and send free ecards on my website and let me know what you think. This is a very exciting time in my life!

Seven languages and counting!

My book, To Bee or Not to Bee is of a an unusual genre--the illustrated, inspirational allegory. Clever and spiritually sophisticated, it's the story of a disillusioned worker bee who, with the help of a newfound friend, finds fulfillment amidst the mindless tedium and chaos of life in a honeybee colony. Sort of a next generation Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

To Bee or Not to Bee is now in 7 languages worldwide and Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, will re-release it this fall in hardcover in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. They're going to hit the gift book market hard.

Check out the trailer, read the first 3 chapters free and send free ecards at and let me know your reactions. Enjoy!

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At 2:51am on July 18, 2009, Freya R said…
Hi John

Do stop by when you have a moment to check out our free book marketing tool - BookBuzzr. (

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At 8:41pm on July 23, 2007, david b mclaughlin said…
Please help me name my book (if you have not already)!

Vote here:

Thanks in advance,
David B. McLaughlin
At 7:20pm on July 23, 2007, John Penberthy said…
PS If these aren't clickable, send me your email address and I'll email them to you directly.
At 7:19pm on July 23, 2007, John Penberthy said…
Hi Tom;

Here are the sites listing foreign literary agents dealing in translation rights. There's quite a bit of overlap but I think it pretty much covers the whole world.

Good luck, John
At 9:29am on July 20, 2007, Tom Tuohy Kiss of a Dolphin said…

Thank you for the great advice. I would be interested in the details and the sites with foreign rights agents.

Tom Tuohy
At 11:14pm on July 19, 2007, Patrice-Anne Rutledge said…
Hi John --

Thanks for your comment on my page. I took a look at your trailer and liked it. Have you posted it on YouTube and other video-sharing sites?

You also asked about how to make online publicity more cost-effective. I think that what works best really depends on the book, but focusing on the sites/blogs that reach the right target audience is key and can really make a difference in the success of your campaign.

Good luck!

Patrice-Anne Rutledge
At 2:45pm on July 18, 2007, Michelle said…
Hi John,

Very clever! I will read your first three chapters and let you know what I think. You have a great looking site.

At 11:10am on July 18, 2007, Philip Harris said…
Sounds really great, John. Nice to meet you.

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