Wednesday, May 22, 2024

American Fiction Film Reflects Publishing Today


  

Many authors would kill to make good money writing books, to see their books land with a real publisher, and to gain some notoriety. In last year’s Oscar-nominated movie, American Fiction, a Black writer struggles to have any of this, despite putting together quality literary works. Then, one day, fed up by seeing what he views as low-brow books getting industry attention and huge commercial success, he asks his literary agent to peddle a sub-par manuscript filled with stereotypical depictions of Black people as a joke.

He soon finds out the white establishment book industry is eager to embrace his gangsta-in-da-hood, ghetto-style book. He is reluctant to have it published and is further disgusted to see that such books are what gets published and not the quality literary content he has produced.

The academician peddles a farcical “black novel” that gets eaten up by guilt-ridden woke whites who think the black experience is only poverty, racism, violence, and broken families. But sadly, publishing is looking not just for the next great American novel, but also the next greatest LGBTQ novel, Black novel, woman’s novel, and novel’s of every group.

Book publishing now recruits to publish authors of books that meet its DEI targets. Whatever happened to a standard, not of race, but simply quality?

The movie is a satirical expose on publishing, takes a look at racism, and offers commentary on relationships: marriage, parents, siblings).

I agree with the movie’s overall concept that book publishing’s gatekeepers often fail to publish worthy gems while green-lighting garbage. It also shows it has a racial blind spot. But it also reveals the news media and reading public as being just as dumb as the book publishing industry.



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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 3.9 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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Literacy & Education Decline In America

 


Literacy in America is not improving. Reading scores in schools are declining. Grade inflation and opt-out testing is legitimizing a generation of underachievers. Why is this happening and what can be done about it? 

Every generation criticizes each other. The young think they know it all. Older generations think our youth is not living up to its standards. Maybe both are true, but something is very wrong with a society when we are producing, arguably, dumber and less-skilled people. 

ACT scores, once a litmus test for gaining college entrance, like the SAT, are down over the past two decades. The number of people taking these tests are in decline. The number of colleges requiring it of their applicants is dramatically decreasing as well. Young people are evidently graduating high school with fewer raw skills in regards to reading, writing, and math. 

We need to up our game and to increase our requirements, not lower them. We must increase teaching and learning efforts, and as a result, the abilities of our next generation will rise. 

Instead, because too many coddling parents don't want their kids anxious about a test, allow them to opt-out. And if one takes the test and does not do well, the system simply allows you to not report them it.  Too many schools want minorities to not have to take a test that may reveal holes in their resume. What is wrong with our nation, sinking to the lowest common denominator, striving to collectively bring everyone down to a low standard rather than aspiring to get others to reach a higher one? 

Schools are failing us.  They give less homework and demand fewer reading assignments. The acceptance of any idea and tolerance of everything leads to little emphasis on anything.  

Our moral compass is broken. The inability for society to have winners — because then you have losers — is hurting everyone. We need consequential competition to inspire people to greater heights vs having the masses content with equality at the underperforming side of the pool. 

Yes, there are lazy and jaded teachers. And they are challenged to teach a record number of diagnosed learning-disabled kids. More medicated kids. More distracted kids. 

Many schools lack printed textbooks. Kids no longer read textbooks! 

Kids are not given enough writing assignments. Many kids are too anxious to learn. Many kids are confused by gender activism and the overwhelming number of messages on queer people, women's rights, etc. Discussions of racism outpace pure lessons on learning skills and facts.  

Kids have to navigate social media bullying, limit Internet distractions, and wade through fake facts and propaganda campaigns. 

There are no easy answers and it nay not just be a matter of throwing more money at this. But I know this: Our society — schools, households, and businesses — must do better and look to improve things rather than redefining standards and creating a system of diluted equality.


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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 3.9 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.

Monday, May 20, 2024

The 23 Oldest Words In Use

 


According to a team of researchers at the University of Reading’s School of Biological Sciences had recently compiled a list of the 23 oldest words, each at least 15,000 years old.


It is hard for languages to survive. Many die out after a few thousand years.

Specific words have short shelf-lives. Why? Reality is always changing. Technology, social mores, politics, and finance will keep evolving and certain things get replaced and thus the words used to identify them get displaced.

New words today become tomorrow’s norm and then a certain number of generations forward these words are erased from society’s use, even memory.

Still, some words have been proving eternal, like the oldest 23 words. Here they are:

Thou
I
Not
That
Way
To Give
Who
This
What
Man/Male
Ye
Old
Mother
To Hear
Hand
Fire
To Pull
Black
To Flow
Bark
Ashes
To Spit
Worm

I am surprised birth, death, love, hate, or other such words didn’t make the cut, yet we have found words or signals to indicate these things ever since humans came to be, or so you might think.

God didn’t make the list either.

Which words will disappear in a century — and how many more will join out lexicon — is anyone’s guess.


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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 3.9 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.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Ready To Sell Your Book In Another Language?

 

 

The most traditional way of selling a book in other countries, in other languages, is to find a way to sell the foreign rights. Shop your book to publishers in Spain, France, China, etc. You may need the help of a literary agent and that agent likely will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest annual book rights bazaar.

 

However, you can do it yourself! Just as millions of authors have published their English-language books in America, they can do the same overseas. How, you ask?

 

Step 1: Get your book translated into another language.

 

Step 2: Put your book up for sale in countries that speak that language.

 

The world has 6,500 languages, actively spoken globally, but only a handful are spoken widely by our planet’s eight billion denizens. The top ones are: English (1.26 billion), Mandarin Chinese (1.13 billion), Hindi (637 million), Spanish (538 million), French (277 million), Arabic (274 million), Bengali (265 million), Russian (258 million), Portuguese (252 million), and Indonesian (200 million).

 

If you look purely at the number of speakers of a given language, you’d likely focus on the above 10, but if you look at who reads or buys books, maybe you would look at these markets differently. Further, there may be cultural or geo-political considerations when it comes to your book’s subject matter. Many Arab countries will not be buying books about Passover and many Russians will never see books critical of Putin for sale.

 

If I were you, I’d start with translating into Spanish. Just in America, tens of millions of people could become your customers, let alone in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and dozens of other countries.

 

So, what is the best way to get a cost-effective, quality translation?

 

Artificial Intelligence and Google Translate are improving by the day, but are not quite there yet. Babelcube is a popular option, but some complain the translation is not always accurate. But it operates on a royalty basis, meaning they only get paid when books are sold. Other options include the relatively inexpensive Gengo or to fond a cheap freelance translator on Fiverr. JRLanguage is a more traditional translator – higher quality and cost – and takes longer.

 

Most translators charge by the work. An 80,000-word look at 10 cents a word is $8,000. If money is not object, hire a legit translator, otherwise roll the dice with babelcube.

 

Once you have a translated book (and cover), it is time to sell it. Get it up on amazon, Kobo, Scribd, Apple, B & N, Overdrive, and Tolino.

 

If you still need guidance, try these resources to get your questions answered:

 

American Translators Association

www.atanet.org

 

Scan & Translate app

www.apps.apple.com>app>scan

 

Book Translator

www.booktranslator.app

 

iTranslate Language Translator

www.apps.apple>translate?translator

Need PR Help?

Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, with over 3.9 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 3.9 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.

Monday, May 13, 2024

39 Book Marketing Tricks For Beginners

 

Having posted nearly 5,000 times on this blog over the past 13 years, where 3.9 million pageviews have to take place, I can identify several dozen things most authors should be doing. If you are taking your first foray into marketing your book, you will need a lot of guidance. Below is a starting point. Get your journey started on the right step by doing the following:

1. Develop a book marketing plan. Define what will be done and by when? Identify your targeted reader, determine where they live and circulate, and have a direct way of reaching them.

2. Determine who will do what: by you or outsource or by a publisher (if you have one)? If outsourced, to whom? Set a budget and convey your expectations and an understanding of the scope of work.

3. Monitor and measure results and activities. Both need accountability. Hold yourself and others accountable. Take ownership of your marketing.

4. Develop a web site. Craft the core content: about you, about your books, contact info, appearances, media coverage and reviews, book excerpts, buy buttons, your own blog or podcasts, a sign-up for something, etc.  Be sure to use images, video, or audio to engage many senses of the site ‘s visitor. Offer a free download of content that people to perceive to be of value. Have them provide their name and info in exchange of the content, which allows you to build your mailing list up.

5. Update your site regularly and look to expand what type of content will be showcased. Keep it easy-to-navigate, current, readable, and visually appealing. No dead links, small fonts, or obscuring typefaces.

6. Find book awards. Search for a list of awards that cover your book’s subject matter or honor authors from your geographic location. 

7. Check the qualifying period (based on your publication date) of each book award and note the window of time each award accepts for applying.

8. Apply to as many awards and submit for multiple genres to give you the maximum chance to be a finalist or winner in one or more awards.

9. Know your key words and use them in everything, from your blog and newsletter, to your website, press kit, and social media profiles and posts.

10. Set up pre-orders of your book before it is even published. 

11. Sign your book up for paid book reviews. It guarantees you will get reviewed. Ideally, do this three to four months before your book is published— this way you have time to excerpt from the reviews and use it on your front and back book covers, amazon page, social media, and web site. If your book was already published, it is not too late to get paid reviews.  

12. Sign up for Goodreads and pursue book giveaways and book reviews there. 

13. Livestream an event or run a contest or take a poll. Do something that gets people to tune in. 

14. Find book clubs to adopt your book. Ask libraries and bookstores if they know of any. Search meetup.com for book clubs by city. 

15. Create a fan club. Yes, develop your own groupies!

16. Use book promotion sites like Reddit, Reedsy, or BookBub. 

17. Conduct book give-aways. You can lower your ebook price to zero for a short period of time. You can also join a number of free book sites and post your book there. You can participate in organized give-aways on sites such as LibraryThing. 

18. Seek out a variety of speaking engagements, from bookstores and libraries to other conferences or relevant organizations. 

19. Post regularly and consistently on social media. Where possible, offer links back to your site in your posts, in a non-commercial way. 

20. Create your own blog. Post weekly about themes in your books, your area of expertise, and about being a writer

21. Guest-post on other people’s blogs so that your book can be plugged.

22. Interview people for your blog. They will share the interview link with their following, creating traffic for your blog.

23. Create your own podcast. Same idea as the blog.  

24. Interview people on your podcast, just like the blog.

25. Have a YouTube channel. Short videos 60-120 seconds) on relevant subjects can help generate traffic to your website.

26. Have a presence on multiple social media platforms but just master one. Don’t let it drain you or suck all of your time, but do use one social media platform to assertively seek out new connections.

27. Publish your book in multiple formats (from audio and e-book to hardcover and trade paperback), make it available at multiple retail outlets (not just amazon) , and in multiple languages (such as Spanish).

28. Plan on creating a sequel, series, and spin-offs. Milk a good idea until you bleed it dry.

29. Trade with others for help. You can always pay people to help you but can you trade favors, access to something, or objects/services for something of value to you? Do joint promotions with other authors. Look for quid pro quo deals. 

30. Bundle your book with additional books, services, and products. For instance, can you sell your book with a course? Can you discount your book if you sell it with another book?

31. Use the book as a calling card, if you have something of greater value to sell. For instance, if you are a lawyer and you hope the book drums up more clients for you, then your priority is less the sale of the book but to give it out or to utilize it as a reason the news media will interview you.

32. Create supplemental products and services —mugs, webinars, and consulting.

33. Seek out news media exposure. Think globally, but first act locally.  Create a press kit. 

34. Network with those who can be of help to you. Join writer associations. Build up your social media followings and join groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.  

35. Always seek to learn more about book marketing strategies and resources.

36. Always act with an opportunistic mindset. This means don’t sit back waiting for an opportunity to come to you. Initiate and create your own opportunity.

37. Don’t go heavy on pay-per-click advertising with Amazon, Facebook, or Google. Rarely do single-book authors profit from this.  

38. Don’t spend much on book displays at big book exhibitions or conferences, such as The London Book Fair or American Library Association Conference. They rarely help get a book noticed. 

39. Experiment and diversify your marketing efforts. Don’t lean too heavily on one area, such as social media, but rather spread out your efforts into a variety of key areas such as book awards, news media, speaking, and book conferences.

Need PR Help?

Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, with over 3.9 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 3.9 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, May 10, 2024

Interview with Author Ian Heath



1. What inspired you to write this book?
It was the question “why do bad things happen to good people?”
 
2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?
The book describes some ways in which the subconscious mind operates.  The book is written for the intelligent lay person.
 
3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?
The reader will get a better understanding of ways to handle the subconscious mind.
 
4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?
I asked the publisher’s team to use the theme of water when selecting a picture in order to suggest a calm mood.  The title was self-explanatory.
 
5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?
Ignore the influences of social media when writing your book. Just write the book the way you want to.
 
6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
This question does not interest me.

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?

My book is centred on my personal experiences.

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?
Psychology is a difficult subject.  I spent a long time making my writing style as easy to understand as possible. My book is modelled on the aphoristic style of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and the clarity of Sigmund Freud’s writings really impressed me.

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?
I kept to a neutral style of description even when I was embroiled in psychological tragedies. I did not allow negative emotions to influence my writing.
 
10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
This question does not interest me.

 

About The Author: I am 79 years of age.  I graduated from college with a physics degree in 1967. After a year in computing, this being the hippie years, I dropped out of a professional career and just did odd jobs. I finished my working life as a care assistant in various homes and hospitals. I started a psycho-analysis around 1988 and did it on my own. The analysis has continued with me for over 35 years, so I know a great deal about the workings of the mind. By nature, I am a free thinker, in the tradition of 18th and 19th century thinkers who could range over a number of disciplines. My interests include psychology, science, yoga, mysticism, health, history, sexuality, philosophy and ethics. For more info, please see: https://www.austinmacauley.co.uk/author/ian-heath

 

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 3.9 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.