Super Soldiers

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A deeper look at comic book superhero soldiers

The military in comic books: Comic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently recreate the actions of presidents, military leaders, and soldiers. From Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw on his very first cover, to The Punisher surviving the battle of Firebase Valley Forge, there are countless instances when the military has crossed over to the pages of comic books.

Soldiers and superheroes: A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jason Inman discovered his love of comic books during long days at the Tallil Air Base in southern Iraq. He couldn’t help but ask why so many comic books are filled with service members. Maybe it’s their loyalty to everyday citizens and the never-ending quest for justice. The men and women who lace up their books and sacrifice their lives know that battle can change a person. What kinds of soldiers were these fictional characters, and how were they changed by war?

Discover the super soldiers in Marvel comics, DC comics and beyond: Super Soldiers: How Military Life Transformed our Favorite Comic Book Heroes (and Villains) looks at the intersection between war and pop culture to understand these questions and more. Each chapter revisits one of twenty military comic book characters and the villains they fought. Inman describes superhero soldiers from DC comics and Marvel comics, including lesser-known characters lost to time.

Super Soldiers is perfect for fans of military science fiction and everyone who wants to know the stories behind their favorite comic books: You’ll love Super Soldiers if you enjoyed DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New EditionThe Secret History of Wonder WomanThe League of Regrettable Superheroes, and The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains.

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Why We Love Star Wars

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Rediscover all the reasons why you love Star Wars

Celebrate the greatest saga ever told: All of us who are deeply influenced by the epic saga of Star Wars have our favorite moments. Each time the screen goes black and you see those words— “A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away”—the music blasts through you and you’re a kid again. Ken Napzok, expert appreciator of Star Wars, counts down each one of those special moments that makes this series not just the best movies of all time, but the Greatest Saga Ever Told.

Become a scholar of Star Wars: What began as one movie about good people, evil oppressors, and the space wizards that stood between them has exploded into a franchise. The moments that continue to inspire are on screen and in the pages of novels. They are found in the panels of comic books and among animated sequences on television. And they all continue to grow in stature, importance, and myth through discussions, debates, and daydreams.

The Perfect Star Wars Dad Gift: Spread the love to old and new fans. Countless numbers of us have been inspired by these classic epic tales, and we all have a favorite moment that hooked us. Rediscover each one of those moments and share them with the last and next generation of fans. This Star Wars book is the perfect Dad gift, Niece gift, Best Friend gift, and general token of appreciation for the fans in your life. 

Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away is a shared story of fandom. Classic moments include:

  • The first shots of the ragtag Rebels running from the monstrous Galactic Empire
  • Young Anakin winning the podrace
  • And the first time we saw the crackle of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber

Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away is the ultimate gift for the film buff who has binged all 1001 Movies to See Before You Die, and the superfans who covet Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia and Star Wars: Complete Locations.

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Say It Now

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Say It Now — Featured in the New York Times

We never know how much time we have left with the people we love. If there's someone you care about deeply—a parent, grandparent, child, friend, colleague, teacher, or neighbor—don’t wait to express how you feel. Say it now.

In Say It Now, Sherry Richert Belul offers 33 creative ways to say “I love you” to the most important people in your life—through words, actions, and meaningful gifts.

Sherry shares classic ideas (writing a list of “10 reasons why you’re amazing”), thoughtful ideas (driving your friend to their divorce hearing so they don’t have to go alone), zany ideas (a bubble flash mob in the park), simple projects (filling a glass jar with compliments for a friend), and quick projects that take thirty seconds or less (recording a video message to cheer up a sick relative who’s recuperating at home). You don’t need to be an “artist” or a “crafty person” in order to follow Sherry’s instructions—and you don’t need tons of time, either. Most of her suggestions require nothing more than some paper, a pen, and a couple of minutes. Sherry reminds readers that the greatest gift of all is simply a few moments of your undivided attention.

In addition to dozens of gift-making and letter-writing ideas, Say It Now includes moving stories that will bring readers to tears—stories about the importance of appreciating each day and never taking it for granted.

Say It Now will inspire readers to hug their kids tightly, call their mom for a long overdue chat, whip together a handmade gift, and say the words that need to be said.

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All about the Burger

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A History of the Burger, From Conception to Perfection

Readers of SaltA History of the World in 6 GlassesGuns, Germs, and Steel; and Consider the Fork will love All About the Burger!

A World History of Burgers: Do you know what the first burger chain was? That Taco Bell was originally known as Bell Burger--and was founded in the same city as McDonald's? Have you heard of the 1980's Burger Wars? All About the Burger covers all of these topics and more! Discover the food history you've been missing in this entertaining book.

The Burger Journey of a Lifetime: All About the Burger will take you on an informational magic carpet ride. You'll learn about restaurants, cooking styles, and different eras that have made the burger the juggernaut that it is. From White Castle to Shake Shack, from simple sandwich to specialty burger, don't miss out on what is sure to be one of the most entertaining looks at history ever written.

All About the Burger is the definitive Bible of Burgers. After reading this book, you will learn:

  • the contributions burgers have made to food culture
  • the evolution of the burger from carnival treat to an American staple
  • where to go to find your next favorite burger
  • and much more!


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Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times

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Life Can Be Better

If you like Brave EnoughEat Pray Love or Brené Brown, you’ll love Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times.

Better For Your Spirit: Rarely before in history has the United States—and the world at large—been so divided. With each new Tweet, falsehood, or upsetting news headline, the things we once took for granted and believed in have become upended and, in the process, have crushed our spirit. The inspired ideas and power thoughts in Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with hope, a renewed spirit and a new perspective at viewing our worrisome times.

Breathe Deeply Again: Author Allen Klein, the world’s only Jollytologist, knows how the right thought at the right time can change your day for the better. In Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times, he offers a lifetime of positive change. Go back to living one day at a time with this inspirational guide.

Meaningful Mantras for Meditation: Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with succinct ideas to help you rise above present-day frustrations, hurts and worries. Meditate on these positive thoughts to improve all aspects of your life in these difficult times. Some of the categories covered include:

  • Change
  • Choices
  • Fear
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Positivity
  • Never Give Up
  • Stay Strong
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Zen Llamas (And Alpacas)

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Inspirational Llamas and Alpacas

Readers of Start with WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Llamas (and Alpacas)

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly llamas for encouragement from Buddhist teachers like Thich Nhat Hahn and the Buddha himself in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas). Don’t let the adorable alpacas fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily. Learn from the lovely llama to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas).

Let your inner Zen Llama guide you to enlightenment.

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Lettering for Planners

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ An easy guide to modern calligraphy and hand lettering

Fans of Creative Lettering and Beyond and The Complete Book of Lettering will love Lettering for Planners

Calligraphy for your journal aesthetic: Beautiful "bullet journals" are popping up all over Instagram and Pinterest. The joys of decorating the pages with drawings and lettering are many. If you want to start your own bullet journal or if you want to improve your journal aesthetic, this book is for you. This book is an informational workbook that teaches lettering styles to help people organize and beautify everyday life.

Easily learn lettering: Learn from a step-by-step guide to creating a basic hand-lettered alphabet for beginners. Then learn five additional alphabet examples in various styles, explore letter variations and choose your favorites that best fit your style.

Hand lettering workbook: You’ll learn how to build words using common word examples like days of the week, months of the year, and other words commonly found in planners. After learning the script styles, you’ll learn concepts of composition by teaching how to mix and match styles of lettering in creative ways.

Learn all the components of lettering: You’ll also learn some key “don’ts” of lettering to avoid. Then there will be step-by-step instructions on how to draw decorations to embellish lettering including shadows, borders, banners, and flourishes.

Readers will learn:

  • Five lowercase and capital stylistic alphabets
  • How to find their own lettering style
  • What not to do when lettering
  • Lettering composition, shading, and flourishes

Create fabulous, share worthy calligraphy and lettering

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We Don't Know Either

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Entertaining trivia games in a book

Fans of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader and the Guinness Book of World Records will achieve trivia game mastery and dominance with Trivia Night Done Right.

More than a fact book: Building on the increasing popularity of pub trivia and mobile trivia apps, Trivia Night Done Right, brings the entertaining format of City Trivia to you anywhere you want. City Trivia’s format brings you more trivia and more entertainment with five rounds of questions and bonus rounds including puzzles, pictures, fill-in-the- blank challenges, and even music rounds in print. Divide into teams, pick your most (or least) entertaining friend to host, and prepare for hours of fun where you just might learn something interesting to say when you’re out and about next weekend. Packed with exciting, fun, head-scratching trivia to play and laugh with, Trivia Night Done Right is your how-to guide to a great time.

A perfect trivia book for bar nights and special occasions: Turn any night into a fun and entertaining one with this unique game book that guides you and your host through rounds of fun trivia and humor. This book will help you liven up a family night or make a special event, such as a birthday or wedding, even more memorable by bringing folks together with trivia. The host commentary will introduce you to the content while guiding you through the games with humor and wit. As the folks at City Trivia say, “We’ve Got Questions, You’ve Got Answers!” Get ready to train your brain and learn something new with Trivia Night Done Right: Your Guide to Entertainment, Knowledge, and Trivia Games!

Trivia Night Done Right will:

  • Provide a fun game that will let you and your friends unleash their competitive streaks anywhere
  • Enhance readers' knowledge on a wide range of topics, both mundane and truly bizarre, in history and pop culture.
  • Make pub and bar trivia night easy and even more fun for anyone.

Pub trivia game night has never been more fun!

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The Cocktail Companion

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Become a Cocktail Connoisseur

If you liked The Drunken BotanistThe 12 Bottle Bar or The Savoy Cocktail Book, you’ll love The Cocktail Companion

Drink your way through history: The Cocktail Companion spans the cocktail's curious history—from its roots in beer-swilling 18th-century England through the illicit speakeasy culture of United States Prohibition to the explosive, dynamic industry it is today. Learn about famous and classic cocktails from around the globe, how ice became one of the most important ingredients in mixed drink making, and how craft beers got so big, all with your own amazing drink—that you made yourself!—in hand.

Get advice from your favorite bartender: In The Cocktail Companion, well-known bartenders from around the country offer up advice on everything, including using fresh-squeezed juices, finding artisanal bitters, and creating perfect cubes of ice that will help create intriguing, balanced cocktails. You'll want to take your newfound knowledge from this cocktail book everywhere!

The Cocktail Companion is a compendium of all things cocktail. This bar book features:

  • 25 must-know recipes for iconic drinks such as the Manhattan and the Martini
  • Cultural anecdotes and often-told myths about drinks' origins
  • Bar etiquette, terms, and tools to make even the newest drinker an expert in no time!
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You Can Do All Things

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Mindfulness, drawings and meditations

Fans of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Hyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh, Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson, and the works of Liz Climo will love You Can Do All Things.

Daily meditations to help with depression and anxiety: Mental health is a topic that affects everyone, though so few are eager to discuss it. You Can Do All Things is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage the reader to be mindful of their own mentality and to take care of themselves, regardless of image or lifestyle. Calming and supportive, the illustrations are also candid about the internal problems many people face in this hectic modern world.

Inspirational, gentle drawings of animals: The Latest Kate's inventive pairing of whimsical colors and friendly, smiling animals is the spoonful of sugar that makes the heavy subject matter approachable and non-threatening. You Can Do All Things is a welcome addition to any bookshelf or art wall, and its messages are equally applicable to adults and children.

In this book you’ll find:

  • Beautiful, whimsical, and colorful art
  • Expressions of encouragement for any hardship you face
  • A how-to guide for dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Understanding and validation for your struggles
  • Cute animals that believe in you!
  • Tips for every time you feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or down on yourself

Anxiety sucks, but you don’t. This book will show you how to get through the worst of it.

Art for mental health, relaxation and stress reduction.

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Films from the Future

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ Learn how movies reveal the future of technology

Fans of The Science of InterstellarThe Second Machine Age, and Physics of the Future will love the Films from the Future.

Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies provides readers with an essential guide to successfully navigating a future that’s increasingly dominated by complex and powerful new technologies. The book threads together author Andrew Maynard’s love of science fiction movies with his expertise on emerging technologies, to engage and entertain readers while introducing them to new ways of thinking about ethical, responsible, and beneficial technology innovation. The book is grounded in transformative advances in science and technology that are radically changing what is possible, yet have the potential to impact our lives in ways that we often struggle to predict or understand. It draws on the imagination and creativity that run through science fiction movies to introduce readers to the profound capabilities presented by new and emerging technologies, and the complex personal and societal challenges and opportunities they present.


Each movie in the book provides the starting point for exploring key technologies and trends, from genetic engineering (Jurassic Park) and brain-enhancing drugs (Limitless), to human augmentation (Ghost in the Shell), and artificial intelligence (Ex Machina). These are woven together with emerging ideas on technological convergence and responsible and ethical innovation, to provide a sweeping and authoritative perspective on where our technologies are taking us, and how we ensure this is where we want to go.


Together, the twelve movies take readers on a journey through the worlds of biological and genetic manipulation, human enhancement and cyber technologies, and nanotechnology, while opening up a broader understanding of the power of technological convergence, and the complex relationship between science and society. The movies mix old and new, and the familiar and unfamiliar, to provide a unique, entertaining, and ultimately transformative perspective on the power of emerging technologies, and the responsibilities they come with.

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The Female Gaze

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ Inspiring biographies of women who make movies

With the success of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman and the rise of the MeToo movement, women creators in film are more important than ever.

Movies with a female perspective: You may have heard the term “male gaze,” coined in the 1970s to talk about what happens to viewers when the majority of art and entertainment has been made by the one gender perspective. So, what about the opposite? Women have been making movies since the very beginning of cinema. What does the world look like through the “female gaze”?

Movies made by women: The Female Gaze comprises of a list detailing the essential movies from the past and present made by women. It delves into what the female perspective gives to each of the films.

A collection of fascinating biographies: Discover brilliantly talented and accomplished women filmmakers, both world renowned and obscure, who have shaped the film industry in ways rarely fully acknowledged. Learn about the hidden figures of filmmaking and about the acclaimed luminaries of the past and present.

Readers will learn:

  • The accomplishments of numerous women in film such as Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Kathryn Bigelow, Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig and more
  • The lives of these women and the struggles they faced carving a place for themselves in the film industry
  • How these women’s unique voices shaped the films they made and influenced all the film world

An essential movie list by women: The Female Gaze contains multiple mini-essays written by a variety of diverse female film critics, about a woman or a movie made by women that they love.

A guidebook for movie lovers who want to support women in film!

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Great Second Acts

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Antony said of Cleopatra, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety.” Shakespeare’s sentiment can be applied to the women profiled in Great Second Acts who refused to be defined by the dates on their birth certificates. Their lives are testimony that one can be feisty after fifty and to those who think otherwise, in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “I dissent.” Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of ONCE AGAIN TO ZELDA, and BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN presents a fascinating collection of biographical vignettes of dozens of women of a certain age who have excelled, inspired and achieved. Written in an accessible narrative style, readers of all ages will enjoy Wagman-Geller’s entertaining storytelling prose of these remarkable women. An excellent gift for students, mothers, sisters or friends, GREAT SECOND ACTS will endure and delight. • Fabulous Females featured: • Anna Marie Robertson: (Grandma Moses) American painter Golda Meyer (American president of Israel) Margret Kuhn american founder of the Gray Panthers) Rita Moreno (Puerto Rican/American actress) Ruth Bader Ginsburg (SCOTUS with the mostest) Judy Schlein (American television judge) Iris Apfel (American fashionista) Mother Teresa (Albanian nun) Ruth Handler (American entrepreneur) Erica Jong (American author) Sue Ellen Cooper (American founder of the Red Hat Society) Dr. Ruth Westheimer (German sexologist) Laura Ingalls Wilder (American author) Julia child (American chef) Jane Fonda (American actress)
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The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ The Origins of Names Explained

Explore the world of names: What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between, you can learn the origins of these names. From countries and cities to toys and animals to even planets, learn the etymology of interesting words in a fun and entertaining way.

Learn new things: Why is New York called New York? The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between has the answer for you. While author Patrick Foote, of the YouTube channel also called Name Explain, doesn’t claim to know everything, he has garnered a lot of knowledge about language over the years and he’s excited to get to share it with you in this new format.

Be entertained by education: Learning doesn’t have to be boring. With his fun sense of humor, Patrick explains each name with jokes and quips you’re bound to enjoy. Full of pictures and packed with great information, The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between has a variety of topics that are bound to intrigue anyone interested in the origins of the words we use every day.

Find fun facts: The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between is full of interesting facts that are great to keep in your mental pocket. You’ll be able to pull out fun information about words and language all the time, informing and amusing yourself and your friends for ages.

The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between does exactly what it says it does—it explains the origin of names in a fun and easy-to-digest way. After reading this book, you will:

  • Know why, exactly, Russia is called Russia
  • Be able to entertain yourself and your friends with interesting fun facts
  • Discover the origins of the names of planets, animals, countries, and much more
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The Story Behind

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ Surprising history of ordinary things

Learn the fascinating history and trivia you never knew about things we use daily from the host of The Story Behind podcast.

Everyday objects and major events in history: Every single thing that surrounds us has a story behind it. Many of us learn the history of humans and the major inventions that shaped our world. But what you may not have learned is the history of objects we surround ourselves with every day. You might not even know how the major events in history (World Wars, ancient civilizations, revolutions, etc.) influenced the inventions of things we use today.

The history and science behind the ordinary: From the creator of The Story Behind podcast comes this revelatory new book. The Story Behind will give insight into everyday objects we don’t think much about when we use them. Topics covered in the podcast will be examined in more detail along with many new fascinating topics. Learn how lollipops got started in Ancient Egypt, how podcasts were invented, and why Comic Sans was created. Learn the torture device origins of certain exercise equipment and the espionage beginnings of certain musical instruments. Ordinary things from science to art, food to sports, customs to fashion, and more are explored.

Readers will:

  • Understand the wonders behind everyday objects
  • Learn truly obscure history and fun facts that will change the way they see the world
  • Learn how major historic events still affect us today through seemingly mundane things
  • Become formidable trivia masters

Discover the fascinating story behind everything!

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Zen Bunnies

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Inspirational Bunnies

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Bunnies

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly bunnies for encouragement from Buddhist teachers like Thich Nhat Hahn and the Buddha himself in Zen Bunnies. Don’t let the adorable bunnies fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily. Learn from the bountiful bunny to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Bunnies.

Let your inner Zen Bunny guide you to enlightenment.

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You Can Be a Winning Writer

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ So you want to publish a best seller?

You can learn to be a successful author ─ the 4 C's approach to successful authorship: Joan Gelfand, author of You Can Be A Winning Writer, has been teaching the 4 C's to aspiring authors at book festivals and writer’s conferences for the past ten years, and helping writers around the country realize their dreams of becoming successfully published. Joan has taught her 4 C's method for becoming a successful author to college professors, CEO's, doctors, ghostwriters, poets, and playwrights.

On writing well: From first draft to building a reputation, the 4 C’s discusses craft, commitment and gives solid tips on how to build a literary community and a fan base. Unfortunately, becoming a successfully published author does not stop with mastering craft, commitment and even building a community. Confidence is key, and Joan tackles this sensitive subject that keeps writers unpublished and manuscripts in the drawer. With the help of Renate Stendhal, Ph.D., Joan defines clear steps writers can take to overcome the demon of lack of confidence.

Writing strategies book filled with authorship and publishing tips: With a splash of humor, a dose of empathy and a volume of support, mastering the 4 C’s includes real life anecdotes from famous and not so famous ─ but successful authors. You Can Be A Winning Writer is the go-to book for writers just starting out, to writers stalled after their first or second book, and for students. The 4 C’s wisdom and stories will inspire and encourage.

You Can Be A Winning Writer includes:

  • Post-publication strategies
  • The mistakes that even the most talented prize-winning authors have made
  • How, with the help of the 4 C’s, those same authors could have enjoyed greater success
  • What it means to ‘fire on all burners” and work to develop each of the 4 C’s simultaneously

Maybe you've read Stephen King's On Writing, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird, or William Zinsser's On Writing Well ─ Now you need to read You Can Be A Winning Writer.

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