Saturday, April 13, 2024

America's Literary Treasure Displayed At International Antiquarian Book Fair

 


I was treated to seeing millions of dollars-worth of literary royalty on display earlier this month at the International Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair.  

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was founded 75 years ago to encourage interest in rare books and manuscripts and to maintain the highest standards in the antiquarian book trade. The ABAA offers resources, vendors, authenticators, and information that helps encourage a vibrant marketplace to exist. The ABAA celebrated with a successful show in early April at an old Park Avenue armory in New York City.  

Available to see and touch were: 

·         Near-perfect first-editions of true literary classics,

·         Random newspaper clippings and political pamphlets from three centuries ago,

·         Bejeweled pages from 1450 French manuscripts,

·         Noir pulp fiction books during their heydays of the 1930s – 1960s,           

Plus, there were marvelous prints, letters, manuscripts, over-sized books, autographs, Bibles, children’s books, bookplates, ephemera, decorative bindings, historic documents, Lincolnia, maps, and a whole lot more. No NFTs or e-books were to be purchased with crypto here! No, this was a throwback to how America and the world used to be – where the written word was printed, read, shared, and saved. The printed word used to be of great importance, as something to be revered. In today’s transient digital world, I don’t know, it seems like words no longer carry the weight that paper afforded them.  

A culture of six centuries was on display in front of us, traded like one goes into a baseball stadium gift shop. The collection world looked to be busy and healthy judging by the heavy, steady foot traffic. Here is where the book is seen as art, as a commoditized product to be sold but not read, The show honors the printed words, but it is doubtful that many owners of these works will actually read from the antique edition. These books are too valuable to be read. 

What was interesting is you had museum-quality books on display, some worth tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they were fairly easy to see or access. There was a surprising lack of protection for such rare items.

Could any of these be forged, unauthenticated items, or mere reprints or items whose condition is misrepresented? Not on the ABAA’s watch!
 

Here's a glance at what some first edition copies of classics go for: 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain

$75,000 

The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway

$225,000 

Ulysses by Joyce

$65,000 

Gone With The Wind by Mitchell

$12,500 

Winnie The Pooh by Milne

$5,000 

The Grapes Of Wrath by Steinbeck

$17,500 

Casino Royale by Fkeming

$165,000 

The Little Prince by de Saint-Exupery

$6,000 

Metamorphosis by Kafka

$2,500 

On The Road by Kerouac

$15,000 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Capote

$1,500 

The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger

$15,000 

Lord of the Flies by Golding

$22,500 

1984 by Orwell

$17,500 


There were even books being sold that you wouldn’t associate with the words rare or classic, like a copy of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A first edition copy of the 1981 novel was being hawked for $1000. I like the movie that it was based on, but let’s be real.  There is no market for that – is there? 

If you want to learn more about ABAA, which is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, please consult: www.abaa.org.  



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Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.8 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.



Friday, April 12, 2024

How Authors Avoid Being Boring

  

What impresses a message upon another in a way that will get them interested in what you have to say — and to act upon your offer?   

Yes, dear author, I am talking to you.   

How and what will you say what will win another over to buy your book, a bookstore over to agree to have you speak, or a news media outlet to want to interview you?  

Whatever you think should work, make sure it is something that you can say in 30 seconds or less — or that takes no more than 200 written words. Anything longer and people will tune you out or stop reading, and mentally vacate the premises. We live in an ADHD world, where a distraction is only one click away.  

First and foremost, explain why you are communicating with someone. Are you looking to make a sale, persuade a book reviewer to read it, seek a library to have you come speak, beg a bookstore to carry your book, or something else?  

When discussing your book, listeners need perspective, context, setting, and the big picture. Is this a vampire LGBTQ romance, an international crime thriller, a memoir, an inspiring self-help book, or … what? State the genre early on.  

The recipient of your elevator speech wants to know what is in it for them. Who are you, what is it about, and what need or desire does your book purport to fill for them? They may not ask these questions, but they certainly need to hear the answers.  

What is the persona or voice that you will speak in? Are you about logic and substance or style and appearance? Funny or serious? Some other type of vibe that you want to give off? 

Ask yourself: What can I say or do — and how can I say or do them -- in such a say that I will come off as being:  

* Engaging 

* Empathetic 

* Witty 

* Relevant

* Sincere

* Truthful

* Authentic

* Entertaining

* Inspiring

* Enlightening

* Motivating

* Relatable  

Here are added bonuses when seeking to effectively convey a message: 

* Be a great dresser

* Have an attractive appearance

* Wear a smile n your face

* Possess a great vocabulary 

* Share good stories

* Listen carefully

* Exhibit good body language

* Show some energy 

Don’t drone on, mumble, talk too softly, fail to make eye contact, or sound ignorant.  

But above all, do not bore me! 

 

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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.8 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Book Marketing Loses When Journalism Fails

 


The news media, particularly newspapers, is shrinking in size, influence, and capability. This is not only devastating for our democracy and safety, but it is detrimental to the process of authors seeking to promote their books. We need a stronger, more robust media in order for books to flourish.

We readily acknowledge that a free society needs to remain informed, inspired, and protected from the lies, corruption, and secrets of our nation’s wealthy elites, corporate powers, government officials, and military forces. That means we need a vibrant, expansive, and honest news media to keep things legitimate. 
 

The news media act as our eyes and ears, skilled in fair, accurate, and comprehensive reporting, and as unbiased aviators in the pursuit of discovering the truth and in the sharing of well-informed opinions.

As for the book world, the media, in its many forms, offers interviews, feature stories, book reviews, news stories, opinion columns, byline articles, and events coverage for authors. The newspaper is consumed by other media outlets, who then gain awareness of authors to interview or cover on their media outlets. Then, social media outlets and users may cover what appears in the newspaper.

A recently published book is worth exploring: What Works In Community News: Media Start-Ups, News Deserts, and the Future of the Fourth Estate. It details the state of the newspaper landscape and warns us of what happens when communities lack a newspaper.

According to The State of Local News 2023, a document produced by Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, there have been over 2,900 newspaper dailies and weeklies shuttered since 2005. 130 of those came in the past year. 204 counties don’t have a newspaper.  1562 counties have just one. The NYC metro area has lost 210 papers since 2005. CA is one of the states with the fewest newspapers per capita.
 

These numbers are not pretty. 

As we lose local media outlets, these communities become more dependent on fewer original local news sources, giving way to newswires, non-newspaper media outlets, or non-journalistic hyper-local websites that are filled more with opinions or unsubstantiated reporting of basic incidents, like a murder or car crash. But who is doing local investigative journalism?  

When the media shrinks, citizens get dumber, and powerful institutions like big corporations, government agencies, wealthy individuals, and lobbyists go unchecked. And for the book world, it simply means one less authoritative voice is out there to support books. Sigh.  

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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.8 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Interview With Author Amy Lynn

  

1. What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to be able to offer the psychological and spiritual tools I provide to my clients in private practice and coaching on a broader scale. I have been blessed with the opportunity to help thousands discover hope and healing from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, addiction, low self-esteem, and trauma. I designed this book to creatively touch the hearts of the many people who have been held back and/or effected by life challenge. In a world where 70% of the adult population has been impacted by trauma, I offer this book of transformation and healing to show readers how to create peace, happiness, and lasting joy.    

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? Sacred Garden compassionately weaves many facets of spirituality together to create a tapestry for hope and healing. It provides tools that create joy in the lives of readers in practical ways that are easy to integrate. It provides a simple, yet profound roadmap for readers to overcome heartache and be led to victory, peace, and happiness. The first part of the book blends the author’s story and the stories of others who have transformed their lives with inspiring visual meditations and energy awareness exercises that show clear direction toward peace and happiness. The second part of the book is filled with encouraging meditations, mindful prayers, and empowering mantras. Audios of these can be found at www.AmyLynnSacredGarden.com This book is written for those seeking to enhance positive connections (mind, body, and spirit) It is also lovingly designed to help the 70 percent that have been impacted by trauma throughout their lifetime. It encourages readers to transform their lives and discover true happiness and peace.     

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? I hope they find a daily reprieve from the challenges life presents and move into the realms of inner peace and joy. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? The main spiritual concept in the book is a visual symbol of the beauty and peace found in a garden. The cover design is based on a guided imagery meditation in the book that encourages readers to discover their highest self. 

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!? If you imagine a book, write it. If a title is inspired in the recesses of your mind, you need to write the book that belongs to it. It is within you. Trust in your inspiration.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I have written for almost 30 years. I began before word programs offered grammar and editing. I first passed my manuscripts back and forth with editors of the publishing companies via Post (overnighting hard copies of manuscript) believe it or not. These were the days when there were not nearly as many books published and it took a lot more effort, knowledge, and willpower to produce books. Now, and especially with the growing popularity of AI, so many books inundate the market. Competition is to the extent that a book’s chance of being “discovered” is one in a million.  I am hopeful that a good share of “authentic” writers remain, those who are unique, creative, and put their inspiration and ideas together in a highly human expression vs. plugging ideas into programs and writing tools that present in a more mechanical fashion.       

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? I actually include tender pieces of my personal life story and experiences in recovering from hardships I faced due to early childhood trauma to help readers have meaningful examples that assist them along their own process of turning struggle to joy. And as I stated earlier, I include several psychological and spiritual tools that I have utilized over several years in my private practice of creating mental health and wellness. These inspirational tools lead readers to experience the hope and healing I am able to provide in my clinical and coaching sessions. 

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I am a very creative and visual writer. Readers have reflected my words paint vivid pictures, images they can see in feel in their hearts and minds. I am most similar to writers like Marianne Williamson, Mark Nepo, Ekhart Tolle, Kahlil Gibran, and Depok Chopra. 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? I am so busy in my practice it took me longer than usual to write and edit this book. The most challenging part was creating the time and space to turn my inspiration and ideas into a beautifully flowing work that moves readers into the peace and joy I intend to convey. It was also difficult to include tender parts of my own story of past trauma and yet weaving my own personal experience throughout the pages provides depth and a meaningful connection with readers.    

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? It will change your life! It will give you the tools to live in peace, happiness, grace, and transformational love.    

About The Author: Amy Lynn is a mindful cognitive psychotherapist and author who has helped countess people find hope and healing through her works and private practice. Her most recent book Sacred Garden, A Return to Peace provides inspirational tools for transformation and personal growth. She offers mindful meditation immersions worldwide providing audiences with creative tools to rewrite and transform their stories to discover hope and empowerment. She has master’s degrees in psychology, clinical mental health, and addictions/recovery therapy. She is a licensed psychotherapist and a nationally certified professional counselor who has touched the lives of countless people, creating wholeness and harmony.  For more info, please see: www.AmyLynnSacredGarden.com

 

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Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, with 3.6 million page views, can be reached at brianfeinblum@gmail.com  He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has over 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres. Let him be your advocate, teacher, and motivator!

 

About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.8 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.

Interview With Author Alannah Conway

 

1.      What inspired you to write this book? For a time, I was a career coach, I witnessed persons looking for the perfect job, like me when I was starting out on my career. I began my career with the false notion that all management would always be fair with staff. And had a duty of care to do the right thing, both for the individual and the business. However, many managers fail on this point, which can damage the business and people. I desire that individuals progressing to management learn and understand their responsibility within an organisation. 

 

  1. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? The story is about making business and individuals aware of the harm done by institutional bullying and why does it exist. Surely, a person goes to work to fulfill ambitions and earn a living, work hard. All these can be achieved but meet persons with personal agendas, prejudices of various aspects destroy so many aspects in the workplace.  

3.      What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? I want readers, not to get disheartened why their bad experiences in the workplace. To decide to move on and discover new horizons. But to walk away and realize that it is not their fault, it is the fault of bad management. No excuse of well, a square in a round hole, or well, the management did not like you. Prejudices based on the colour of a tie, or how the tone of a person’s voice. It is not way, to manage a business. 

 

  1. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? I decided on the title “Don’t Push Me Out,” as I believe that often, nobody deserves to be forced to leave the workplace for no valid reason. My Publisher designed the cover of the book.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run! I would say be sincere, genuine and give hope to those who read a story. Plan, a beginning, a middle and an end to the story, make sure the writing style flows smoothly, encourage the reader to be eager not put the book back on the shelf.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  The most disturbing trend is the celebrity focus on books. Great, but lesser-known authors, or indeed new authors find it more difficult to get the audience attention. The digital world has taken over, but now and again old well-loved formats come alive, for example vinyl records. So hopefully books will always be a well-loved item too.  


7.      Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? To be honest, yes, my experiences have been related in the main character of the story, plus observations and other peoples’ experiences.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I like to see my writing style as drawing the reader into the story, a face-to-face experience if you like. A natural flow to the narrative, hopefully the reader feels that I am sharing the story individually. I have created my own original style, I do read various writers, different genres but I do not draw ideas or writing styles. 

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? Reliving the experiences was difficult at times, the hurt and pain returned and of course the tears. Thinking back to those days, my head made the right decision to stay. My body managed to continue,  

 10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? The more people become aware of institutional bullying, it just might become less and less. We only must see the drama based on the Post Office scandal in the UK to see the effects of such a culture in the workplace.  

About The Author: I was born in Monkstown, Co Dublin, my family came to live in Britain when I was noticeably young officially obtaining British Citizenship. My business career was finance evolving from retail management, local and central government, a finance company, and a major corporate high street bank.  My writing career began with a short book about my local church for a fund-raising project. I set up my own coaching business in the West Midlands, and for a period, I was a feature writer foe a local magazine “Village Life.” A book followed “Truework,” are you?” a complication of weekly blogs. These days I am more involved in the world of music; my fiancĂ© is an international Singer/Songwriter and is currently involved in some interesting projects.  

Need PR Help?

Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, with 3.6 million page views, can be reached at brianfeinblum@gmail.com  He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has over 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres. Let him be your advocate, teacher, and motivator!

 

About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on www.linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2024. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.8 million pageviews. With 4,900+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by www.WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, & Co-Op Association Handbook.  It was featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.