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December 8, 2010

iUniverse author is a finalist for Good Morning America's Advice Guru Search 

Ish Major, author of Little White Whys, was featured on Good Morning America as one of 20 finalists for the Dear 'GMA' Advice Guru Search. ABC's Good Morning America Advice Guru search began in September, 2010 and received 15,000 submissions.


November 25, 2010

iUniverse author featured in the Toronto Star and San Francisco Chronicle  

Dr. Elayne Savage, author of Breathing Room and Don't Take it Personally!, was featured in the Toronto Star and the San Francisco Chronicle.  "Mean Girls and the Sinister Side of Female Friendships," discusses Dr. Savage's view on women's friendships and the issues they can create in their romantic relationships. Dr. Savage is also quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle article, "Experimenting with Rejection Builds Confidence." "The best part of Rejection Therapy is that it focuses on asking for what you want from somebody, and this is so hard to do," Savage said.


November 8, 2010

iUniverse author featured in The Globe and Mail

Harry Leslie Smith, author of 1923: A Memoir, was featured in Canada’s The Globe and Mail. Smith has unraveled mysteries of his ancestry in England through the collection of death certificates of long-deceased family members.


November 5, 2010

iUniverse author featured in Canadian Living

Albert Dell'Apa, author of How to Win a Chestnut Fight,was featured in the Everyday Matters section of Canadian Living. Canadian Living is a well respected lifestyle magazine with a circulation of 519, 698.


October 20, 2010

iUniverse author featured in The New York Times

Esther Tuttle, the author of No Rocking Chair for Me, was the subject of an October 18, New York Times article mentioning that Tuttle will be joining a coninuously growing amount of of centenarians. In the story, she discusses her longevity and the 3 R's that got her here.


September 27, 2010

iUniverse author featured on American-Republican.com and CT FOX 61

Felix Rodriguez, author of Dad, Me, and Muhammad Ali, was interviewed on Republican-American.com and CT FOX 61 on September 27. "Many, like Rodriguez, might meet their hero. But Felix used that experience to write a book that could change lives, one youngster at a time," Republican-American.com said.


September 14, 2010

iUniverse Author Lt. Col. Darling interviewed by South Dakota Public Radio

Lt. Col. Robert Darling, author of 24 Hours inside the President's Bunker, was a guest interviewed by South Dakota Public Radio on September 14.  Darling was assigned to the president's underground bunker to aid the vice president when he announced the order to shoot down the United Flight 93 on 9-11. 


September 7, 2010

iUniverse author featured in the Chicago Sun-Times

Marc Livingston, the author of The Confessional Heart of a Man under the pen name of The Greatest Poet Alive, was the subject of a recent Chicago Sun-Times article.  In the story, GPA discusses his background and his poetry.


August 17, 2010

iUniverse author Charles M. Grist recognized by The Military Writers Society of America

Vietnam veteran, Charles M. Grist, received a gold medal from The Military Writers Society of America at the 2010 Awards for his book, My Last War: A Vietnam Veteran's Tour In Iraq in the Memoirs category.


August 9, 2010

iUniverse author Darcy Richardson's four-volume series featured in Newsweek

Darcy Richardson is the author of five books published with iUniverse and one of 37 writers featured in Newsweek's "What You Need To Read" section. Richardson and his four-volume history, including Others, on independent and third-party politics have been included in the Aug. 9, 2010 issue of Newsweek magazine. He finds himself among many famous authors including the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Julia Child and George Orwell.


August 3, 2010

Hughes shares self publishing secrets on The Huffington Post

Zondra Hughes gave advice to authors with entrepreneurial aspirations on The Huffington Post. Hughes’ book, The M.O.O.D. Lounge, was picked up by traditional publishers Karen Hunter Publishing. Her tips for other authors include research the industry and invest in your business. “No matter what your story is, tell a good one; engage your reader,” Hughes says. “Remember, your words are forever.”


July 21, 2010

Pedersen and her book marketing strategy highlighted in Publishers Weekly

Best Bet, by Laura Pedersen, is the fourth and final book in a series following its main character, Hallie Palmer.  Publishers Weekly featured Pedersen and her unusual book marketing strategy. Instead of following the traditional book marketing path, Pedersen markets her nonreligious novel to the Unitarian Universalist church.


July 21, 2010

Love at First Bite tantalizes the Toronto Sun

The Toronto Sun shares recipes from Gina Meyers’ Twilight-inspired cookbook, Love at First Bite. “Love at First Bite brims with juicy, forbidden recipes with playful titles inspired by characters, events and meals in the Twilight books,” the Sun says.


July 10, 2010

Walker share details with KFDX 3 News on tragic murder

Jeannie Walker wrote Fighting the Devil to remember the painful murder of Jerry Sternadel, she tells KFDX 3. Sternadel was poisoned with arsenic nearly 20 years ago. Her book documents the events of the murder. Walker speaks about the events and the road to publishing the story.


July 8, 2010

Publishers Weekly spotlights Major

Publishers Weekly features I. Major M.D., author of Little White Whys. Major was interviewed by NBC’s Today Show. His book discusses the lies men sometimes tell in a relationship to help women navigate through dating, love and commitment.


 June 30, 2010

Meyers shares vampire recipes in The Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun dished about Gina Meyers’ Twilight-themed cookbook Love at First Bite. “The cookbook is meant for Twilight fans as well as those who take it a little less seriously,” The Sun said. The recipes in the book are inspired by Twilight characters. Such recipes are I Dare You to Eat Pizza, Edward and First Love Chocolate Mousse.


June 30, 2010

Mascinelli shares heart-healthy tips in Chicago Tribune supplement

Sharon Masinelli, author of What to Do When You have Heart Disease, answers questions about heart recovery in the Media Planet Cardiovascular supplement to the Chicago Tribune. Mascinelli emphasizes how to save money and monitor exercise while recovering. Such tips include using generic drugs and exercising at least five days a week.


June 28, 2010

The New York Times gives Currie a shout-out

The New York Times spotlighted Diane Currie, author of Before My Eyes. Currie’s book reflects on her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Health-related memoirs are becoming increasingly popular, says The Times.


June 23, 2010

Meyers cooks up Twilight treats in the Calgary Herald

In the wake of the Twilight saga’s Eclipse, Gina Meyers shares her recipes from Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook in the Calgary Herald. “My ultimate goal is just to get people back into the kitchen and having fun, creating,” says Meyers. Her cookbook is inspired by the Twilight books and movies and features recipes such as Werewolf Chow and Edward’s Cornflake Chicken.


June 16, 2010

The Corporate Storyteller tells of corporate communication blunders on Good Morning America

ABC’s Good Morning America interviews Elaine Stirling, author of The Corporate Storyteller. Stirling spoke about six overused and outdated corporate clichés, including “further to our discussion…” and “thank you in advance.” According to Stirling, many of these phrases came about 150 years ago.


June 12, 2010

Fallis describes self-publishing journey to National Post

Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans, was featured in the National Post. Fallis was offered a deal with traditional publishers McClelland & Stewart after his book received the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Fallis speaks with the Post about his decision for self-publishing. “It was a positive experience for me,” he says.


May 15, 2010

The Toronto Star Talks with Gordon about Ethics in Elderly Care

Michael Gordon M.D., MSc, FRCPC, author of Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare, spoke with The Toronto Star about the controversial ethics of elderly care. Gordon discussed euthanasia, living wills, and difficult decisions families must make in end-of-life situations. “[The ethical challenge] that causes the greatest anguish is decisions around artificial nutrition and hydration,” Gordon said.


May 1, 2010

Gavagan’s Daughter Shares Soup Recipes and More in Preserving Your Memory Magazine

Preserving Your Memory, a quarterly magazine for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, spotlights Soup Classics from Custom Catering, a book of Joan Gavagan’s best soup recipes. The book was written with the help of her daughter after Gavagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I consider this book to be a gift in so many ways,” Gavan’s daughter, Bridget, says. “Number one, of course, is that it gave my mother joy.” The book continued to be a source of happiness for Gavagan. As her disease progressed, her family and friends would point out her book every morning. “Joan would react with great happiness every time, remembering that she had reached her dream of becoming a cookbook author.”


March 29, 2010

Chien Talks Business on New York Times Blog

Barbara Taylor, writer for the New York Times blog You’re the Boss, speaks with Chia-Li Chien, author of Show Me the Money. Chien, once an owner of an information technology business, now coaches business-owners on creating a valuable, sellable business. Chien shares many problems business-owners have in forming their exit strategy. “The process of emotionally detaching yourself from the business can be difficult,” she says. “I try to get my clients thinking in terms of creating wealth.”


March 19, 2010

Dezell Speaks to Shy Job Seekers in Fortune magazine

Fortune magazine features Tom Dezell, author of Networking for the Novice, Nervous, or Naïve Job Seeker. Dezell shares networking tips to job seekers too shy to reach out to strangers. His tips include “Start slowly,” and “Perfect your ‘elevator pitch.’” He warns against assuming other people do not want to help. “The worst mistake,” Dezell says, “is to avoid admitting that you’re out of work.”


March 14, 2010

Nelson Shares Top Lucky Vacation Destinations with ABCNews.com

In lieu of St. Patrick’s Day, All You Need is Luck author Frank Nelson shares his top vacation spots with lucky charm on ABCNews.com. His list includes such destinations as the Lincoln Tomb, Pike Place Market, and Blarney Castle.


March 4, 2010

Love at First Bite Seen on Entertainment.gather.com, Mentioned on NBC’s The Office

Love at First Bite, by Gina Meyers was featured on Entertainment.Gather.com after a reference in NBC’s The Office. One of the characters on The Office claimed he was cooking his way through the Twilight cook book, which caused Twilight fans to search for a published copy.


March 1, 2010

Burwash and The Seattle Times Remember a Hundred-Year-Old Deadly Avalanche

The Seattle Times highlights Martin Burwash, who researched the deadly Wellington Avalanche of 1910 for his book Vis Major. About 35 train passengers and 61 trainmen died when their train was trapped under the avalanche. Burwash believes the fate of the trainmen became overlooked by the fate of the passengers. “So moved was he by the workers’ plight that he also bought a headstone for a crewman in an unmarked grave,” The Seattle Times says.


February 20, 2010

Silver Compares Time to Money in the National Post

The National Post talks with Tisa L. Silver, MBA, author of The Time Value of Life. Silver, a successful twitterer who believes  time is sometimes more important than money, has created formulas to compare and contrast the two commodities. “She packs much wisdom about the nature of life and work into just 90 pages,” said the Post, “along with several mathematical formulae to back up her assertions.”


February 12, 2010

Pinksen Talks Self-Publishing with Writer’s Digest

Daryl Pinksen, author of Marlowe’s Ghost and winner of the 17th Annual Self-Published Book Awards, shared self-publishing tips and secrets in an interview with Writer’s Digest. Pinksen emphasized the need for editing. “When I submitted my manuscript to iUniverse, I thought it was in near-pristine condition. It was sent back to me with thousands of recommended punctuation and grammatical changes,” Pinksen said. “I was mortified, but, my editor reassured me, it really wasn’t that bad.”


January 28, 2010

Lawrence Discusses Trauma and Healing with the National Post

The National Post features Ute Lawrence, author of The Power of Trauma and founder of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association. Her life changed forever after she was involved in an 87 car pile-up, the largest in Canadian history. “I’m dedicated to sharing the insights that I’ve had to help others,” she tells the Post. “I don’t want people to wait until they’ve had a traumatic experience.”  


January 15, 2010

Wald Recounts Ad Industry in Advertising Age

Advertising Age magazine explains how Ad Asylum by Dan Wald, who worked in the ad industry for 25 years, differentiates from other novels written by industry vets. “What’s great about the book is that it embraces the industry. Anyone can look at this business and tear anyone and anything apart. It’s more fun when you find somebody who can embrace the business with all its flaws,” said Julie Roehm, owner of a consulting business. The magazine called the book “a charming, breezy read.”


January 4, 2010

Goldsmith Spots the Mystery in F.D.R’s Death in The New York Times

 Harry Goldsmith first hypothesized the truth behind President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death in 1979, he tells The New York Times. In his book, A Conspiracy of Silence, he blames Roosevelt’s death on a cancerous melanoma that may have spread to his brain. His claim is being backed by new scientists today.

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Noteworthy Reviews


December 20, 2010

Publishers Weekly Releases Self-Publishing List

Eleven iUniverse authors were reviewed in Publishers Weekly Self-Publishing List. The first supplement of Publishers Weekly Select featured 38 titles. According to PW, the books were evaluated for their “suitability and appeal to the book trade and, ultimately, to the consumer”. Click here to view a complete listing of the iUniverse authors.

October 18, 2010

Review of Texas Books features positive The Edge of the Grace Period book report

The Edge of the Grace Period, written by Dorothy D Hagan, is reviewed by Review of Texas Books. Hagan tells the story of seven-year-old Darlene whose life is changed when her father dies in an industrial accident, which causes her mother to fall into a deep depressive state. The Edge of the Grace Period describes Darlene’s journey through adolescents and adulthood after the loss of her father.  “Dorthy Hagan’s knowledge of making bad choices, friendships, family relationship, church problems and growing up in Houston, Texas, makes for a laugh-out-loud story,” says the publication.

May 4, 2010

Artworks Magazine features positive Postmortem book report

Postmortem, Laurel Saville’s memoir of her mother, is reviewed by Artworks magazine. Saville’s mother, Anne Ford, was an artist, model, fashion-designer and the social butterfly of Hollywood before she succumbed to self-destructive tendencies. “The insights into Ford’s life that Saville picks up during her journey like so many breadcrumbs, reveal a perfect storm of internal and external factors that pushed Anne Ford over the edge,” the magazine says.

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Book Awards


November 29, 2010

Buckley's Story wins 2010 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award

Ingrid King's critically acclaimed memoir, Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, was presented with the 2010 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award. This award is presented to the entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond.


November 1, 2010

Larry King's Blog names Meet the Real Joe Black Larry's Pick of the Week

Meet the Real Joe Black, by Steven Michael Selzer, was named Larry's Pick of the Week on Larry King's Blog. The book tells the story of Joe Black, the first African-American to ever win a World Series.


October 25, 2010

jewish-theater.com names Looking Back Play of the Week

Looking Back, by Judith Weinshall Liberman, was named play of the week by jewish-theater.com. This is the first published collection of plays by Liberman, who is also the author of four previous books and a visual artist.


May 20, 2010

IPPY Book Awards names Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher 2010 Outstanding Book of the Year

Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, by Gwen Olsen, is one of twelve books named Outstanding Book of the Year by the IPPY Book Awards. Olsen’s book was named most progressive health book. The awards recognize exemplary self-published books.


May 3, 2010

Eric Hoffer Short List honors Feinstein as Grand Prize Finalist

The Eric Hoffer Short List announced Short White Coat, by James A. Feinstein, as a grand prize finalist. The list is made public prior to the announcement of the category winners to recognize outstanding books.


April 12, 2010

Moryak wins the Santa Fe Trail Creative Arts Guild

Moryak, by Lee Mandel, is the winner of the 2010 Santa Fe Trail Creative Arts Guild Book Contest. The guild chose three titles to be named as recipients of the 2010 contest, including one other iUniverse title.


February 4, 2010

Grist wins grand prize in 2009 DIY Book Festival

The 2009 DIY Book Festival named My Last War, by Charles M. Grist, the grand-prize winner. “Grist’s clear-eyed sense of duty and his compassion for all in the chaos of war is the real focus of the book, which serves as a great reminder of the human side of combat,” said the DIY Reporter. Grist will be honored at a dinner in Los Angeles on February 25, as a part of the DIY Convention.   


January 1, 2010

Diekelmann and Diekelmann win American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award

Schooling Learning Teaching: Toward Narrative Pedagogy, by Nancy Diekelmann and John Diekelmann wins the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Schooling Learning Teaching: Toward Narrative Pedagogy wins in the nursing and continuing education category. The announcement will be seen in the January issue of the journal.

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Broadcast News

Eat, Drink, and Be Married Author talks about her book and thoughts on weddings in a  YoungHollywood.com interview

December 19, 2011

Rebecca Bloom, author of Eat, Drink, and Be Married, is interviewed by Kinsey Schofield of YoungHollywood.com. In the interview, she talks about why she loves weddings, her transition from writing her first book to coming up with her current book, as well as what to do and what not to do at weddings.

Hennecy InterviewAuthor talks about her struggle with emotional abuse on an ABC Prime Time Special

October 25, 2011

Author of Orange Blossom Whites, Carolyn S. Hennecy, is interviewed on the ABC Action News prime time special, Taking Action Against Domestic Violence. In her one-on-one with Linda Hurtado, Carolyn talks about the emotional abuse she experienced during her sixteen-and-a-half-year marriage.

Secret Mission - Bible on the MoonAuthor featured on MyFox Houston speaks about landing a Bible on the moon

September 28, 2011

C. L. Mersch, author of The Apostles of Apollo, is interviewed on My Fox Houston to share details on events that lead to the Apollo 14 mission bringing a microfilm Bible to the moon, sharing information on past missions that had attempted the same thing.

Aaron Jones InterviewLocal CBS Affiliate Interviews Jones About His First Book

April 9, 2011

Aaron Jones was featured on WHNT News 19 to discuss his new book, Lyrics in Search of Music. Jones wrote his poems in hopes that they will one day turn into songs after being inspired by his brothers’ band.

Kimberly K. FoxLocal ABC Affiliate Interviews Fox About Her New Novel

January 26, 2011

Kimberly K. Fox, author of To Be a Star, was interviewed on News 8. Fox discusses her book, which is about a Hollywood movie star whose life changes after meeting a young autistic boy. Inspired by her son, who has autism, this novel allowed her to infuse some her personal life into the story.