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Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century, written and published by John Paul Godges, is one of the titles recommended by the Huffington Post and the IndieReader in the list “7 Great Indie Books to Read Whilst You Occupy Wall Street.”

“We thought we’d contribute to the Occupy Wall Street movement by suggesting some great indie titles to fill the time between demonstrating and getting doused with pepper spray,” said Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader.com. “Like the Occupied Wall Street Journal [a newspaper published by members of the movement], all the books are self-published and speak to the power of the individual.”

The entire list was originally posted at indiereader.com/2011/10/7-great-books-to-read-whilst-you-occupy-wall-street.

Oh, Beautiful was also the subject of a review on the Armchair Genealogist blog, followed by a two-part Q&A interview with blogger Lynn Palermo. The interview, which covers how to write a memoir and how to self-publish, starts at thearmchairgenealogist.com/2011/10/interview-with-author-john-paul-godges.html.

Godges, who describes himself as a journalist, has some advice for those who wish to write family or personal histories: “Hire an editor.” As he points out, “Writing about one’s own family truly stretches one’s capacity for objectivity. You’re just too close to the subject to see it as others see it.”

About his first editor, he says, “He looked at the first draft and pointed out the imbalances. Some things needed to be expanded, some things needed to be shortened or deleted, and some characters needed to be developed a lot more to match the development of other characters. He gave me a blistering 10-page critique. . . . He was correct about nearly everything.”


Innate Health Publishing has sold rights to Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance, published in 2009, to Macro Gruppo Ed for an Italian edition and through Best Rights & Literary Agency for publication by Clema Publishing in South Korea.

Parenting Press has sold rights to all six of Elizabeth Crary’s Dealing with Feelings children’s books, published between 1992 and 1994, to Qingdao Publishing for translation into Chinese and sales in China. Rights to Chinese editions had been sold to another publisher several years ago, but had reverted to the press. Foreign rights for the series were also previously sold for editions published in Taiwan, Russia, Mexico, Israel, and Indonesia.

C & T Publishing sold foreign rights to five titles at the London Book Fair this fall, as Publishers Weekly reported in a lengthy story on the company’s growth, the launch of its Stash Books imprint, and its site offering other designers’ patterns, PatternSpot.com.

Sockology was sold to Apple Press for distribution in the United Kingdom; Socks Appeal to Verlagsgruppe Random House for a German edition; Scandinavian Stitches to Gummerus Kustannus Oy for a Finnish edition and to Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur for a German edition; and Practical Guide to Patchwork to Haupt Verlag AG for a German edition.

C & T was represented by an agent at Frankfurt, where more than 20 publishers expressed interest in 55 of the company’s Stash Books titles.


More than 100 publications, some new and some excerpted from 20 previously published books, are now available as downloads from Maupin Houseà la Carte (maupinhouse.com/index.php/books/a-la-carte.html). They include chapters, activity guides, and lesson plans.

Maupin House reports that it created many of them for use by teachers in grades 5–9 who need material that aligns with Common Core Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Standards, as well as with the standards and strands of the National Council for the Social Studies.

The “chunks,” as publisher Julia Graddy calls them, are priced from 99 cents to $7.99. Research sets for classroom use are $19.99. All publications are available from Maupin House as PDFs; a few are also available for the Kindle.


Seeking testimonials for a new title? Rik Feeney of Richardson Publishing passes on a tip he used to garner advance praise for his recently released Writing Books for Fun, Fame & Fortune: “Remember the people you are asking for reviews or testimonials are just like you—they have virtually no time to add anything else to their schedule. The more you can do to help them out, like writing a rough draft of what you want, the more likely you are to get a positive response.” The foreword for Feeney’s book was written by fellow IBPA member Dan Poynter.


Kit Bakke, who recently self-published a children’s book called Dot to Dot, was interviewed by Publishers Weekly for a piece that appeared on the PW Web site. PW also wrote about the book, which Bakke issued through CreateSpace, calling it “an absorbing story of a girl’s surprising path through her grief.”

Breaking the Code: A Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey and the Question That Changed Everything is among the Sourcebooks titles PW has reviewed, and its author, Karen Fisher-Alaniz, was interviewed by NPR’s Audie Cornish in early November about creating a book out of the 400-plus pages of letters her father wrote home from the U.S. Navy during World War II. The interview transcript has been posted online at npr.org/2011/11/06/142072771/breaking-the-code-of-a-fathers-secret-war-history.


Smart Codes founder Lynn Manning Ross has announced that fellow IBPA member Betsy Lampe-Wright of Rainbow Books has joined Smart Codes’ executive committee as chair. She also reported that Smart Codes software, designed to convert print books into interactive publications, has progressed to “patent pending” status with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Mike Lockett, who writes bilingual children’s books for Heritage Schoolhouse Press, was recently in Taiwan for a 16-day storytelling tour, and a presentation on the use of storytelling in teaching English as a foreign language at the 26th Annual English Teachers Association Conference and Book Fair.

Sheri Fink, author/publisher of The Little Rose, spoke on how “authenticity” opens the doors for making dreams come true at Girltopia, a Girl Scout event in Los Angeles attended by 12,000 Girl Scouts in October.


At Wild Indigo Publishing, Sue Schmitt’s October launch publicity for The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale included interviews on such radio stations as northern California’s KKUP-FM, Connecticut’s WDRC-AM, Texas’s KKHT-FM, and the Washington, DC, area’s WTOP-AM.

The book is being recommended by PHACT (Parents Having Allergic Children), the Arizona Food Allergy Alliance, and FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) chapters. It was also promoted at the Food Allergy Resource Fair in Hopkins, MN, in November. An earlier title, Even Superheroes Get Diabetes, is now being sold by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Spotlight is compiled by Linda Carlson (lindacarlson.com). She welcomes members’ news of unusual special sales, licensing deals, significant media coups, and other achievements at linda@ibpa-online.org. Remember to submit news items promptly. The focus of this column is as much about how you accomplish something as what you accomplish, so include details and specific how-to’s.


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Since information for Spotlight is needed several weeks in advance of the Independent’s issue date, news that you submit by January 5 can be considered for the March and later issues. News that is time-sensitive and misses the Spotlight deadline—awards, events, television and radio appearances, and co-opportunities—should be directed to Lisa Krebs in the IBPA office at lisa@ibpa-online.org for possible inclusion in the IBPA e-newsletter, Independent Publishing Now.

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