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Kathleen Kaiser Named “Publicist of the Year” by Book Publicists of Southern California

From the PresidentSPAWN president Kathleen Sexton Kaiser, president of Kathleen Kaiser & Associates, received notification that she has been named “Publicist of the Year” by the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC). The award will be given at a ceremony on October 13 at the Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California. This is the 22nd year for the Irwin Awards.

“I was quite shocked by the phone call from Irwin Zucker of BPSC,” said Kaiser. “I’ve been doing publicity since the age of sixteen and have always stayed in the background. It’s quite a different sensation to be in the spotlight. I’m flattered by the award.” Continue reading

John Fulford Releases Sixth Book

7395017John Fulford releases his sixth book, My 60 Job Resume: How quitting sixty jobs in thirty years added up to an extraordinary life, a ‘must read’ for those thousands of wage earners stuck in a job they don’t particularly like. Read it next time you wonder if the grass is really greener on the other side of the fence. When he was fifteen, John Fulford walked out of school. He had never received one word of advice from his teachers or even from his parents. He had no skills and no idea what he wanted to do with his life. All he had was an eagerness to see the world and his insatiable curiosity.

For the next thirty years, he stumbled into an amazing series of jobs ranging from clerical and factory work to ditch digging and dish washing to making movies in Rome. Among other jobs he was the advertising manager of a magazine, a geologist, a forest fire fighter, a surveyor, and even a taster in a chocolate factory.

The book is a great ode to the mid-twentieth century industrial world, much of which vanished when the knowledge and digital revolution superseded the old-line jobs. The book will be available on Amazon July 22. Learn more at


The Spirit of Villarosa by Marc Ashton and Libby J. Atwater

spirit of villarosaMarc Ashton was kidnapped at gunpoint in his long-time home of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2001. The Spirit of Villarosa tells this story, but even more captivating is the interwoven tale of Marc’s deceased father, Horace Dade Ashton, a great adventurer, whose persevering spirit is the catalyst for Marc’s bold escape. Marc promised himself he would tell his father’s story if he made it out alive. The Spirit of Villarosa gloriously delivers on that promise. Ashton co-authored the book with SPAWN member Libby J. Atwater.

Spanning the globe and nearly a century, Horace Dade Ashton’s adventures are larger than life. All of the famous events he witnessed and fascinating people he met will astound readers. From being President Theodore Roosevelt’s personal photographer to witnessing the Wright brothers’ first flight to sleeping in the same room in a Tibetan monastery that Jesus did to becoming indoctrinated in Voodoo to meeting Rasputin and Mark Twain to capturing snakes and bank robbers, and so much more. Horace did it all. Continue reading

Alice Rene Receives Independent Publisher Book Award

246b788f-6979-4ca3-a505-b8b4197bcf04SPAWN member Alice Rene received word last week that her latest book, The Other Side of Him, won an Independent Publisher Book Awards‘ bronze medal in the fiction category. Nearly 8,000 entries came in from all fifty U.S. states and the District of Columbia, eight Canadian provinces, and thirty-four other countries around the globe. The award ceremony is May 12 in Chicago during BookExpoAmerica (BEA).

Ms Rene’s previous memoir, Becoming Alice, garnered ten awards.

Introducing Two New Board Members

Penny photo (current) (2)Penny C. Sansevieri, founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book-marketing and media-relations expert. She is an adjunct professor teaching self-publishing for NYU.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative social media/Internet book-marketing campaigns. She is the author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.” Continue reading

The popular Tea With Toni workshops offered for writers of fiction & narrative nonfiction (memoir).

ca8ac6e3-f370-40ec-91d1-37f3423d1fbfLiterary agent Toni Lopopolo will help you craft your manuscript into a marketable book. A former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, Toni knows what it takes to get a book published. Her highly successful “Tea with Toni” workshops bring area writers up to competitive speed with important techniques in both fiction and narrative non-fiction. Continue reading

Learn English Spelling Rules

A YouTube channel has launched where viewers are taken through simple lessons extracted from The Complete Guide to English Spelling Rules by John Fulford, a retired English professor. For over 30 years, Fulford studied Webster’s Dictionary word-by-word and ascertained the sixty rules Webster used to create the American English Dictionary. These rules are contained in Fulford’s book and now are available for students and teachers to view online.

In his weekly English Tips Blog, Fulford discusses English spelling and its many quirks and gives simple rules one can use to learn American English correctly. No memorization, no silly rhymes. Simple rules. Fulford’s deep knowledge of English is reflected in the blogs, utilizing his unique understanding of the language. The historic references and information will strengthen the student’s understanding of English and help teachers explain some of the contradictions. More information about the book, his blog and more is at