HOW TO WRITE A BESTSELLING SELF-HELP BOOK; The 68 Fatal Mistakes You Should Avoid

"Five Stars. Jean Marie Stine did something I've never seen done before. She found all the Do Nots an author must revise in order to insure a best selling manuscript. Her book revealed many subject I needed to address in my own writing. I highly recommend reviewing any writings, you wish to publish, against the information the author presents in this book." - Bruce Lelievre, Amazon review

The "must have" book by the acknowledged expert for self-help/how-to business, recovery, sports, health, self-improvement, hobby, crafts, and New Age writers. "If you follow only a third of her advice, you'll have a successful book." Jeremy Tarcher. In this unique book, author-editor Jean Marie Stine shows writers how to avoid the errors that keep most self-help books from finding publishers and off the bestseller lists if they are published. From the author: "Before starting this book, I carefully reviewed stacks of rejected self-help manuscripts from aspiring authors. I also looked at first drafts which publishers had asked me to rewrite before they were deemed suitable for publication. I kept a running list of the defects I noted. Altogether, I found 68 key mistakes most inexperienced authors seemed to make. "In this book I describe each of the 68 key mistakes so that you can recognize them when you see them in your own work. Then I explain how you can avoid or correct the problem. The result should be a zero-defect manuscript and book proposal that will sail through the editorial and publishing committees to acceptance."

"Five Stars. The highest rating." Helen Sedwick, author Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook   
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Unique Book On Manuscript Polishing! If you are someone who has chosen writing as a possible career, or who is considering it – then you need this short, invaluable book! When it comes to writing, there are tons of easy-to-find rules. To do it right, budding authors need to be aware of those lesser known rules that can make or break their work. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are the basics of good writing, just as submission guidelines are the basics of a successful submission.  With a touch of humor and a couple of writing exercises, this reference deals with some common mistakes beginning writers tend to make.  Examples are concise, and there are several interactive quizzes with answers at the end of the reference. In addition to being an romance award-nominee, Marissa St. James has taught writing workshops and groups. For authors of romance, erotica, science fiction, mysteries, etc, - and even nonfiction.


Many notable women who would have been mentioned in the history books, if they had been men, weren't. Or, they were relegated to mentions in books about larger organizations, and today may primarily survive as brief Wikipedia entries - or may not. This is the first of an occasional series presented by PageTurner Editions dedicated to to reclaiming some some of these undersevedly forgotten women, with profiles drawn from the pages of the by-gone magazines and newspapers of their eras. These entries revel the cultural predilections and prejudices of the time, and the text is often thought-provoking, to say the least, when read by modern eyes. In this installment, we present the text and photograph for a 1936 profile of Catherine Lemmon Manning, Stamp Detective:

"One counterfeit stamp carried Catherine Manning from an obscure souvenir shop in Washington, D.C., to the position of America's foremost stamp detective. One day, working as a clerk in the shop sorting stamps, her sensitive fingers discovered a fake, and saved her boss a lot of money. Now, after years of study, she knows all the crooked tricks of the trade. Her sharp eyes detect patches in torn stamps, water-color retouching, and unauthorized issues from stolen plates. Secret service men follow her tips. Recently showed up 43 rare stamps as fakes, and saved the prospective buyer $65,000. In 14 years, Mrs. Manning has advised 10,000,000 collectors and put her stamp of approval on millions of stamps. Here's her advice to collectors: "Locate a reputable dealer through the stamp reporter of your nearest city newspaper. Brush stamps with benzine to bring out flaws. If you're not sure then, use a microscope." Mrs. Manning is now custodian of 65,000 rare stamps in the Smithsonian Institution." (from The American Magazine 1936)

For those interested in learning about her, below is her Wiki entry:

Catherine Lemmon Manning

Born January 24, 1881
Died April 14, 1957
Nationality USA
Engineering career
Institution memberships American Philatelic Society
Significant projects Curator Emeritus of the National Postal Museum; first woman to hold elective office at the American Philatelic Society
Significant awards APS Hall of Fame
Catherine Lemmon Manning (1881–1957), of Washington, D.C. served the philatelic community by her work in several philatelic societies, and the American public by her service at the National Postal Museum.

Serving the Smithsonian

From 1922 to 1949, when she retired, Catherine Manning served as the Government Philatelist at the National Postal Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She was subsequently named to the post of Curator Emeritus, a position she held from 1949 to 1957.

Philatelic activity

Manning, during her early years, gained experience in philately by working for stamp dealers, such as Julius (John) Murray Bartels, in the Washington, D.C. area. At the American Philatelic Society, she was the first woman to hold an elective office in the organization, serving on the Board of Vice-Presidents from 1935 to 1937. At the American Philatelic Congress she served as a council member, and at the Bureau Issues Association, later renamed the United States Stamp Society, she was declared an honorary member. Manning was also a Trustee of National Philatelic Museum, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Honors and awards

Manning was honored by an award for her work from the Philadelphia's National Philatelic Museum in 1949. In 1990 she was named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame.

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Futures-Past And Deerstalker Editions On Tumblr!

For all you folks who like to cruise the very cool images - and other fun things - on Tumblr here's some great news: Futures-Past Editions (our science fiction/fantasy/horror imprint) and Deerstalker Editions (our mystery and thriller imprint) have new faces there!

Keep an eye them for special news, treats, and all kinds of interesting stuff!

Out Now: Monterey Noir By Patrick Whitehurst

PageTurner/Deerstalker Editions is extremely pleased and proud to announce the publication of the first of a brand-new series by the incredible Patrick Whitehurst.  Monterey Noir (the first of the Barker Mysteries) is thrilling, charming, unique and an absolutely fantastic read!

“The elusive Barker is a deserving member of an exclusive society; that of the great detective. He uses his intellect in a way that most people fail to do and cuts through to the heart of the mystery with precision.” -Billierosie

Not every hero lives in a mansion or works from a smoky, hard-boiled office. Enter Barker, a mysterious man with no memory of his past. Ferociously handsome and acutely observant, Barker makes his home under the soggy planks of Old Fisherman's Wharf along California's foggy Central Coast. His closest friends are an assortment of stray dogs, ranging from a large Rottweiler to a tiny Shih-Tzu, who live with him. Adventure and intrigue have an uncanny knack for crossing Barker's path.

In the first entry of the series; Nickel, Barker’s sole human friend, bestows his makeshift home upon the man and his dogs just before dropping dead. It’s up to Barker to honor Nickel’s last wish, to atone for his sins, which doesn’t prove an easy task. Meanwhile, forces are at work in other parts of the fog-swept city, which will lead the homeless detective and his dogs to a deadly confrontation in the heart of Monterey Bay itself.

Patrick Whitehurst, born on the Monterey Peninsula, currently lives in Sedona, Ariz. As a journalist, he's written hundreds of stories for newspapers across the Grand Canyon State, as well as two regional non-fiction books. Whitehurst can be found online at

The Emperor's Gambit

Check out this wonderful short promotional video for The Emperor's Gambit, (by Charles Lee Jackson, II), the first in a series of comic, action/adventure, science fiction novels published by DeerStalker Editions.
For forty years, Charles Lee Jackson II has been producing a body of work unprecedented in the annals of pulp magazines and comics. He has garnered a fanatic body of followers and admirers - but his work has never been made available to a mass audience before! Begin the adventure here, with the first volume of stories featuring Jackson's legendary cliffhanger hero and his sidekicks, in their fight against the forces of evil where ever it may arise.

Known to his clique and his foes as 'The Emperor', he is able to pass undetected through any security or fortification. He has outwitted and out-fought the cleverest and most deadly enemies. The Emperor's exploits put to shame those of Doc Savage, The Shadow, Batman, James Bond, and even those two guys from U.N.C.L.E.. One thing is certain... you have never met a Hero like 'The Emperor'.
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Welcome to Weirdsville: Fantastic Fairs, Festivals, And Frivolities

As further celebration of the release of M.Christian's new book, Welcome to Weirdsvile, here's a fun piece on some of the more (ahem) unusual fairs and festivals around the world.


Weird festivals? Strange celebrations? Bizarre events? Those of us in the United States have our share. I mean – sheesh: how about giant balloons in the shape of cartoon characters from long-cancelled shows? Celebrities waving from flower-covered 'floats'?

Weird, strange, bizarre, though, really is in the eyes of the beholder. As one travels the globe and observes the variety of fairs, festivals, and frivolities, that point becomes crystal clear. Although human behavior doesn't vary much, the methods of public celebrations certainly do.

For some baffling reason, for instance, people like to throw things. And depending on the country, what they throw is likely to be different. In Binche, a small town in Belgium, the projectile of choice is a fruit. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday Binche the town is visited by masked figures called Gilles who – later on in the festivities – carry large baskets of oranges through the town. Many of these oranges are calmly, orderly, handed to residents as well as tourists. Others, though, are rather vigorously ... well, thrown at wary residents and unfortunate tourists.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be in Buñol, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August, you also might want to duck as the fruit thrown there – while not as hard or potentially damaging as an orange – can still sting a bit. What's fun about Buñol isn't just the hurled tomatoes but that the town, which normally has a population around 10,000, swells to closer to 60,000 as folks from all over come to throw – and get thrown at.

If you happen to be in Taihape, New Zealand, things will be flying through the air but none of them – at least as far as we know – have been thrown at anyone. Nevertheless, a festival where people try to throw a gumboot as far as possible could pose some risks to passersby and participants alike.

"Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" are words you might want to keep an ear open for if you're in Japan during Setsubun, and happen to see a member of your household holding a handful of roasted soybeans.

Mamemaki is the term for it, and "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" (Demons out! Luck in!) is what is traditionally said before the beans are thrown out the front door – or at another member of the family.

If you happen to be in India during Holi, the festival of color, you also might want to avoid wearing your best suit of clothes. As part of the celebration, a brightly dyed powder called abir is merrily thrown everywhere – and especially at each other.
Fortunately, not all festivals in the world include hurled objects. Some just have unique themes. Japan's Hōnen Matsuri is a fertility festival, uniquely celebrated in the city of Komaki. By unique we mean prodigious, tumescent, large, and ... okay, enough with the jokes, especially since the object of the fertility being celebrated is that certain part of the male anatomy. A similar festival is also held in Kawasaki, called Kanamara Matsuri.

While nothing is thrown, and nothing terribly phallic is evident, there's a festival that absolutely has to be mentioned: an event featuring tremendous beauty that ends with ashes and smoke.

Around the middle of March, the city of Valencia, Spain, has a festival called Falles – a celebration of Saint Joseph. But long before the Falles, Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, begins to prepare: neighborhoods and a wide variety of organizations form groups called Casal Fallers who raise money for their own contributions to the festivities.

It's these contributions that make the event so incredible. Each group – working from a common theme selected for that year – creates a ninot, or puppet. Fashioned from paper, wax, Styrofoam, and a few other materials, ninots are whimsical, outrageous, profane, comical, political, and every one is incredibly beautiful.

The artisans of Valencia have had a very long time to perfect their craft, and it shows in each and every minot. Each figure and tableau is a hallucinatory mixture of a Renaissance masterpiece and a three- dimensional cartoon. Each one, too, is frequently a wildly executed satirical jab at everything from politics to tradition, from pop culture to the Falles celebrants themselves. Nothing is sacred, nothing is spared.

Then come the fires, and then the ashes. Yes, you guessed correctly: each and every minot, every figure and tableau is lit – exploding into the night sky in a roaring conclusion called La Cremà. In the morning there is nothing but ashes, and the memory of the wonders of the falles.

Regardless of location, the one thing every fantastic fair, festival, and frivolity has in common is that they all show how we're all very much the same – and that all humans, no matter where we live, are more than just a bit bonkers. 

As always, a tip-of-the-hat to Avi Abrams and his Dark Roasted Blend where this first appeared.