Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise, Now Available Worldwide

October 7, 2019

Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise by Mark Dubovec is now available in print from retailers worldwide! This Halloween season, learn alongside Sammy that there’s no need to hide behind a mask, because everyone is a bit spooky underneath!

Find it from major retailers here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Halloween. A season of costumes, candy, and community, when even monsters want friendship. As Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise reveals, sometimes the scariest-looking creatures have the biggest hearts.

Sammy, a playful and kindly skeleton, lives alone in a cemetery outside of town. He longs to make friends, but he fears his monstrous appearance will frighten people away. When the autumn wind brings news of an impending Halloween party, Sammy sees his chance to fit in.

Fashioning a costume and mask, Sammy hides who he is and attends the party, but what will happen if the other guests discover the truth? Will they be afraid?

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Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story, Now Available Worldwide

September 11, 2019

Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story by Oswald St. Benedict is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

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Oswald is five years old. He travels all over the world, finding new adventures and new mysteries to solve in each country he visits. This time he is in India, investigating the theft of priceless treasures from the royal palace.

Early readers will be introduced to mischevious monkeys and tricky bad guys in this fun detective story!

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Proving Press is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Author Spotlight – H. L. Ott

September 3, 2019

Read about author H. L. Ott and find out the inspiration behind the story of Sneezy the Squirrel!

What inspired you to write Sneezy the Squirrel?

When I was eight years old, I discovered my purpose in life.  I was asked by my teacher to write a poem, something that had meaning to me, then share it with the class.  The poem was short, called “Pencils”. Odd, but it had a lot of meaning for me.

When I was four, I was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.  It left me legally blind in both eyes, and it is not correctable by glasses or surgery.  Due to my low vision, I had to use pens and several vision devices.  Children at a young age don’t understand this, and I had few friends.  I used this poem to help the children in my class understand why I couldn’t use pencils.  To my amazement, it worked! They understood me better than ever before, and I was hooked on writing from then on.

As I grew older, I used poetry to express both good times and bad.  The good times included classes I loved and my family pet Lilly, a beagle mix.  The bad times were when students picked on me due to my vision, once I was old enough to understand what they were doing, as well as deaths in the family like grandparents.

When Sneezy the Squirrel is released, the first thing you may notice is that the print will be larger.  This was my choice.  As a younger child it was hard to find books that I didn’t need a magnifier for.  Now that I am writing my own, especially when it comes to children’s books, the print size will be automatically larger.  This is because I believe every child should be able to read and learn from the same book.  I also believe that a child’s parents shouldn’t have to pay more for a book their child can see.

What do you want children to take away from Sneezy the Squirrel?

I want children who do not have disabilities to understand that everyone has something that makes them different.  Sneezy got his name because of his allergies, something anyone can have, just like a disability.  We are all different, so instead of making fun of one another, we should help and love one another.  That is the beautiful thing about life. We may not all have limitations, but we are still unique, and because of this we can learn from everyone we meet.

How did you come up with the idea of Sneezy the Squirrel?

On a lighter note, I came up with Sneezy the Squirrel in a very funny way.  I just had allergy testing done at the age of 21.  I was allergic to grass, ragweed, dust, cats, dogs, and eight different kinds of trees.  The worst part after finding out all of this was being on a college campus that had basically everything on that list!

One day when walking to class, a day or two after my allergy test, a little squirrel ran onto the path and looked at me.  I said “hello” to him as I often did, but he didn’t scurry away. He just looked at me!  He was adorable, but I had to get to class, so I told him “goodbye” and went to class.  During a review session, I put my confirmed allergy to a squirrel perspective, naturally, and wrote the idea for Sneezy the Squirrel in the back of my notebook. When I got home, the whole book took about 45 minutes to write with coffee in hand!

Why did you choose Columbus Publishing Lab for your project?

I held onto the rough draft of Sneezy the Squirrel for three years as I completed my two associate degrees and then turned them into two bachelor’s degrees.  Near the time I completed school, I started to investigate publishing options.  Since writing Sneezy the Squirrel, I had written eighteen manuscripts as a series for adults.  I also had several ideas typed out in folders just waiting for me to have time to work on them.

I had made a deal with my father that I would complete college before pursuing publication, and just as I was nearing that goal, an author named Peg Hanna brought her book to the nursing home where I frequently volunteered.  I asked her who she published with and after meeting Emily Hitchcock, the choice was obvious.  I also chose Columbus Publishing Lab for security, knowing I wouldn’t have to be anxious about someone stealing my work.  For every potential publisher, there seemed to be five others that I researched who didn’t seem legit.  In addition, most of them wanted too much money, another reason I couldn’t believe them, or their intentions.

What have you enjoyed most about publishing Sneezy the Squirrel?

What I have enjoyed most about publishing Sneezy the Squirrel is finally seeing the characters come to life. My illustrator Ryan is doing a great job, and it’s amazing how he has brought a character I created to an image I and others can see! This also leads into my advice to those trying to publish their first book. Do your research! Be sure that who you are going to trust with your work, is worthy of that trust. Further, if you can find someone like Columbus Publishing Lab, who lets you keep your rights to the book you created, it will really reduce the stress of the process!  Lastly, enjoy the process. It goes so fast!

What is your next step?

The next step in my process is to get Sneezy the Squirrel out there so people with and without children with special needs knows it is available.  What I earn from this book will go towards my next, and the next, and the next!  I want to be an author; it is the first love and only constant I have ever wanted in life.  My favorite part is when I start a new story, or I expand on a series with another book; it is so exciting!  I don’t know where I am going, but I trust my imagination will lead me in the right direction.  It has yet to let me down, and I can’t wait for my readers to rise and fall, laugh and cry, along with every new adventure I take them on, at any age.  I personally thank you for reading about me, and I hope you are as excited as I am to read about Sneezy and all my other characters to come.

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Red Sand, Now Available Worldwide

August 26, 2019

Red Sand by Anne MacReynold is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

Find it from major retailers here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Lilith awakens in a strange and mysterious world…  

Earth—a place full of wonder and terror alike. The life around her calls to her for aid, but there is something holding her back. A man wants her as his, and she can’t deny the fact that she wants the same. But life teaches her a valuable lesson early on in her existence: no one can have everything.

Will Lilith’s instinct to care for a vulnerable world outshine her desire for the man she longs for?

Only her enlightening journey through the ages will tell, and only then will she discover her true purpose through the trials of magic and sacrifice.

Anne MacReynold believes our universe holds magic that we have yet to comprehend, and she wields this power of thought in her writing. Not only do her philosophical views weave themselves into her stories, but her life as well. Anne continues to find happiness with her family and animal companions in Alaska, a place that still displays the natural beauty that is the Earth, and a home that allows her to spend time with those she loves. Anne proves that sometimes the simplest of lives can be the most fulfilling. 

Keep up with Anne’s book releases and other writings by following her website, annemacreynold.com, or connect with her on Facebook @WriterAnneMacReynold.

 Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Proving Press is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Cover Reveal – Red Sand by Anne MacReynold

August 23, 2019

Lilith awakens in a strange and mysterious world…  

Earth—a place full of wonder and terror alike. The life around her calls to her for aid, but there is something holding her back.

A man wants her as his, and she can’t deny the fact that she wants the same. But life teaches her a valuable lesson early on in her existence: no one can have everything.

Will Lilith’s instinct to care for a vulnerable world outshine her desire for the man she longs for?

Only her enlightening journey through the ages will tell, and only then will she discover her true purpose through the trials of magic and sacrifice.

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We are actively seeking new authors for publication. Submit your work today.

Cover Reveal – A Circus Comes to Doxieville by Darrin Todd Martin

August 12, 2019

The residents of Doxieville are off on another adventure, and this time, the circus is coming to town!

Deuce and Diesel of Welcome to Doxieville are back with the rest of the pack, and they are ready to have fun and make new friends all while learning about family and what it means to belong. 

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Gersham and the Golem, Now Available Worldwide

July 1, 2019

Gersham and the Golem by Edwin Radin is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

Find it from major retailers here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Gersham is a young scholar who is obsessed with learning the Kabbalah and creating life out of nothingness. But when the Rabbi goes away on his spiritual journey, a disaster takes place.

A golem is born.

Edwin M. Radin is an author who lives in Columbus, Ohio. He writes stories for children, teens, and young adults. His work includes The Reluctant Penguin series which includes The Reluctant Penguin, Love and Ski Jumping, and Flipping out Without a Flipper. He has also written an autobiography about his fourteen years in Scouting called The Troop Clown. He also invites you to visit his website at edwinradin.com.

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Proving Press is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Cover Reveal — Gersham and the Golem by Edwin Radin

June 1, 2019

Gersham and the Golem follows young Gersham as he seeks to understand the mystical secrets of life. Look for this adventurous tale sure to entertain available from retailers worldwide on July 1, 2019.

Gersham is a young scholar who is obsessed with learning the Kabbalah and creating life out of nothingness. But when the Rabbi goes away on his spiritual journey, a disaster takes place.

A golem is born.

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Publishing Announcements — The Five Frogs on Biscuit Bay

December 4, 2018

The Five Frogs on Biscuit Bay by Tommy Piolata introduces children to five unique frogs on a journey to find a better home for their community.  To succeed, these frogs will have to be witty and brave, teaching children along the way the value of courage and perseverance.

The pages are adorned with beautifully illustrated pages by illustrator David Cuccia.  The illustrations bring these imaginative characters to life.  Follow these audacious frogs on their journey to a better future.

“This book is one that your children or grandchildren will cherish for years. The author has a unique way of making you feel like you know each frog and their special gifts. Full of adventure with positive outcomes. You will love it.” — Amazon reviewer

You can find The Five Frogs on Biscuit Bay at these retailers or ask for it from your local bookstore.

The Foreigner’s Tale by John Scott Brinkerhoff

November 13, 2018

The Foreigner's Tale CoverThe Foreigner’s Tale, a beautiful fantasy novel by John Scott Brinkerhoff, is now available in paperback and hardcover editions from fine book retailers around the world!

Harald Stonearm, usurper of the throne in the Province of Swallows, loves nothing more than a good story. So, in the seventh year of his reign, he sets aside the summer for a storytelling contest.

Competitors come from all over the kingdom to take a seat in Gravenwall Castle’s amphitheater. Harald’s patience is short, however, and he dismisses one storyteller after another.

All that changes with the arrival of a mysterious foreigner, a young traveler dressed as a holy man who carries the weapons of a soldier. A man with many names, now called Dogman, because of the huge Bear Dog at his side.

As the foreigner’s tale unfolds, the crowd of listeners steadily grows, carried along by a story of recklessness, great voyages, strange encounters and magic, unaware that it all leads to two startling conclusions.

There is much more to the tale than the foreigner is telling.

Look for it from these retailers, or ask/search for it from your favorite bookshop!

This enchanting novel will be a welcome addition to your reading library.

We had a great time working with John to produce this amazing book!

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