Breaking into New Territory

I have just finished working up the royalty payments for St. Clair Publications authors for May 1st. It never ceases to amaze me the new territories that our books find themselves in. Besides thousands in the US, we have sold books in CanadaEngland, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, India, and Australia. But on today’s pay to author Michelle Doucette, I found that one of her books had sold in Brazil! That’s because she authors books with wide range appeal.

In order for a book to sell to more than a small base, usually around the author’s home, it has to have a subject matter that attracts the masses. Something that reaches out from an attractive cover and makes the public want to buy it. And then it has to be promoted. Several of our authors have their own websites, blogs, etc. Several of them have been featured in newspapers, magazines, television shows and or radio programs. This doesn’t happen by accident.

Since opening our services up to burgeoning authors in 2009, I have offered several things to authors wanting to be published. One is low-cost author services including editing and a great cover by Kent Hesselbein, our professional graphic artist; another is online promotion through our site, Amazon, and availability to other sellers. But even better, I publish the work free of charge once it meets our quality standard. I think even better, I offer the best advice I know how to the authors as to how to market their work.

If you have something you feel deserves being in print, contact me at stan@stclair.net. In the meantime, go on our website at stclairpublications.com and see the fine books available through St. Clair Publications!

Sharing Worthwhile Thoughts

Last Saturday I had the privilege of speaking for the Warren County Genealogical Association here in my hometown of Mc Minnville, Tennessee. Afterward I had a book signing.

On the evening of April 30, my wife, Rhonda and I will be attending a benefit dinner for the Cancer Society at the Country Club in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where my good friend and co-author of three books, Ron Cunningham will be a “Celebrity Waiter.”

On May 12, I have agreed to speak at College Day for Bobby Ray Elementary School here.

Then on May 16 and 17 I will be hosting a Clan Sinclair tent at the Smoky Mountain Highland Games in Maryville, Tennessee. There I will have select books for sale.

Being an author and publisher is an enjoyable way to spend my retirement years. That’s why I offer inexpensive author services and free publication to authors whom I feel have something of worth to say. If you have worthwhile thoughts which you would like to share with the world, contact me at stan@stclair.net. If you would like to read worthwhile books shared by select authors, see stclairpublications.com. Our quality work is available on Amazon sites around the globe as well, and from numerous other online booksellers.

Speaking for Local Genealogical Association

Yesterday I had the privilege to be the co-guest on a local radio show called Behind the Mic along with local Genealogical Association officer, Marian Spieks. I shared a bit about how family study went hand-and-hand with my getting into publishing books.

Tomorrow I will be the feature speaker at their monthly meeting. It is always a pleasure to accept speaking invitations when time and place will cooperate with my schedule. Being a member of numerous groups (this not being one of them), it is sometimes difficult to work out my schedule.

Helping others fulfill their dreams is a big part of my motivation in doing what I am doing. My own books continue to be a pleasure to write and promote, but I’m not like the guy in the joke who was asked to say a prayer which went something like this: “Dear God, bless me and my wife, my son, John, and his wife, us four and no more.”

I’m doing this to help others reach their goals at minimum expense and achieve the best results possible. So if you want to get published, and think your book may fit into our market, please email me at stan@stclair.net, and see our website at stclairpublications.com. .

Sixteen Years and Counting

I noticed on LinkedIn that I am celebrating sixteen years since the publication of my first book containing the St. Clair Publications brand. Time surely flies! That book was a limited edition family history of my maternal line mostly for the benefit of family members, though some family friends ordered a copy. It was distributed across the US and to at least one European country.

In the years since things have changed considerably as to the outreach and abilities of this little company. I did several of my own books between 2006 and when I opened up to publishing other folks work in 2009. Since then we have added some great members to our team and developed a number of working relationships which have made St. Clair Publications a name to remember in POD and e-book publication and distribution. We are nearing 100 titles for authors in 5 countries and we are ever growing. These books are distributed around the world. and a few titles have sold beyond our dreams.

Authors who have chosen to publish with us never have told me that we are not very reasonable and always fair in this process. Since we are an individually owned brand, I reserve the right to turn down any book. And I certainly can’t make a claim that all books sell. That factor is largely determined by the author of the book or books and the efforts that they are willing to make to promote their work. If you have something good and positive to say, and want to get it to the marketplace email me at stan@stclair.net. In the meantime please visit us at stclairpublications.com  or google me, Stanley J. St. Clair, or check us out on any Amazon site and many other online booksellers.

Making a Difference

In the famous 1946 Jimmy Stewart Christmas film, It’s a Wonderful Life, Stewart’s character, George Bailey, because of a tragic loss caused by his uncle’s negligence and the scheming evil of his enemy, Mr Potter, feels he has nothing worth living for and thinks of ending his life. But God sees the true picture and sends an angel to convince him that he has made a difference in the lives of numerous people in their small town. Each Christmas thousands of people still watch the movie and reflect on their own journey through this life.

It is good for each of us to reflect occasionally and remember in what ways we have made a positive difference in the lives of others. Sometimes I feel that I have done far too little. But then I realize that even I have made a difference in others lives.

At St. Clair Publications we strive to make a difference in the lives of aspiring writers by publishing at surprising low cost the work that these individuals feel needs to be gotten out to others. Have you had the dream of becoming a published author, but found that the big publishers are far too selective and don’t want to talk to you? If so, please email me at stan@stclair.net and I will get back to you about making a difference. Please visit our website and follow the links to get basic information on what we do. We do reserve the right not to publish work that we feel is pornographic, or may be offensive to our market.

Spring Is a Time for Inspiration

I feel so blessed. New England has just been hit with another late winter blast, though the calendar says it is spring. Outside my door, birds are singing and jumping about on my newly mowed lawn. The bright March sun smiles down and I feel inspired to do greater things than ever.

At St. Clair Publications a lot is going on. I have recently put the final polish on the last revisions of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. It is at maximum length, and I have added a number of new entries once again. Since it came out in March, 2013, the paperback version now has about 100 additional phrases. Each time I add new ones I have found improvements to make and myths to burst..

I also have my first travel book out, Exploring Our Exciting World, Book I, which covers the Greater Southeastern US. I have done considerable work on Book II, the completion of which I have decided to postpone until we return to New England and visit some important sites which will be featured. This trip is now scheduled for this September – October.

Another volume is largely done, the writing of which is being accomplished by three wonderful ladies. It covers a lot of ground in Europe. Another trip by one of the authors is scheduled for this May.

Right now I am working on another research volume: How 200 Celebrities Changed Their Names and Built Amazing Careers.  This book deals with authors, singers, movie stars, magicians, sports stars and others who have adapted  pseudonyms in order to improve their images and further their careers. The book deals with  why and how these names were selected and how they reached their heights of fame. Several of those selected are individuals with which I have some personal or family connection. It is a lot of pleasure bringing out books of interest to the masses.  It will be out later this year. I hope all are enjoyed and cherished by the readers. Visit us today at stclairpublications.com and on Amazon.

 

Spring has sprung

Finally, after a terribly tough winter, it appears that spring has finally sprung. Outside we have only experienced liquid precipitation over the past few days and now the sun is smiling down pleasantly on Middle Tennessee.

I have been busily working on four new books at once. Vacation time is approaching and for anyone planning on traveling anywhere in the greater Southeastern US, anywhere from Louisiana to Washington, DC. my latest book, Exploring Our Wonderful World, Book I is a great carry-along tool to point you toward the best of the best spots to hit. If you like historical sites, this volume is loaded with them. If you frequent or would like to check out State and National Parks, so many are highlighted. There is even information on festivals and entertainment venues. A lot of places include driving directions. But best of all, it gives you an overview so you can see what you like as you travel or plan before visiting and map out your trip. I’m planning on taking it with us when we go to New Orleans, a place I have only visited once before.

So go to St. Clair Publications at stclairpublications.com or any Amazon site and get your copy today. I now will be taking all major credit cards at events and book signings as well. More on that later. Happy vacationing in 2015.

Second Revision of Most Comprehensive Origins is Out and the Best Ever!

When I started collecting cliches, proverbs, and sayings of all sorts in 2010, I could not conceive what the hobby would bring to the world. My first book of them On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms was released in 2011, and each year I have added to that collection in print. My first edition of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions was released in March, 2013. From the beginning it has been my goal to make my work the most accurate of its type in print. I have striven to burst myths about the way that what we say and why came about. In a combination of formats, literally thousands of my cliche books have been sold worldwide.

I have found endorsements of my effort from most unexpected sources: from other authors and bloggers to doctors and ministers–not just in the US, but the UK as well.

Just a couple of days ago a gentleman did a review of it that I also didn’t expect, but it was surprisingly critical. He said that he was expecting interesting anecdotes about how words came into our vocabulary and gave an example which was inaccurate about an origin of an expression in my book. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone, but I am not interested in cute stories which do not tell it the way it is. I am a seeker of truth and historical accuracy,

That being said, I am announcing the release now of the second revision of this work. I have once again found origins of some sayings which are frequently reported one way and actually happened another. I have polished the book and added the maximum allowable pages, enclosing some slight revisions and twenty-three brand new additions. I have also changed the cover colors, though Amazon has not yet made that change. Ordering one now to be shipped after March 1 should give you the new revision and the new colorful cover. I am posting the cover here. Go to Amazon today for your copy. And I welcome all honest reviews.

 

There are always new discoveries to make about the past

King Solomon of ancient Israel, writer of several books in the Bible, wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:9: “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” (New Living Translation).

History repeats itself is one of the expressions in my best-selling book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Within the next day or two I will have an announcement about that book. But now I want to talk about something different.

A few weeks ago I was on a local radio show on which I am a frequent guest. I was introducing my new book, Exploring Our Exciting World, Book One, which highlights a lot of historical sites in the Southeastern US, including Civil War battlegrounds and monuments, cemeteries, etc.Not ;long after that broadcast I received a call from the local Genealogical Society asking me to speak at an upcoming meeting and be a co-guest on their radio spot before the meeting. I gratefully accepted and started looking for new material to present for them.

A few years back I made a trip to rural West Virginia to find the grave of my third-great-grandfather St. Clair who fought in the Civil War. It was wonderful finding out even more than I had already been told by a cousin about this man and his wife and their ancestry. One thing about which I was curious was why he and his family went to West Virginia from the family home in Virginia where the St. Clair had lived since the late 1600s.

I kept digging until I found that his brother had gone there earlier, and that his nephew, Gen. James William St. Clair, was a very prominent attorney in the area which was a State Senator and served as the National Commissioner for West Virginia at the 1892 Chicago World’s Fair. I even found a picture of him on the cover of the World Colombian Exposition for November 1891, Therein he was greatly praised as one of the most prominent lawyers in the South.

After doing family research for a number of years I had found a lot of connections to well-known individuals, but this one was closer than most. My great-great  grandfather’s first cousin. I am still ‘digging up bones’ from my family’s past. This one was a pleasant surprise. There may not be ‘anything new under the sun,’ but there is always a lot to discover about what already has been.

We have a lot of great books at St. Clair Publications with historic significance. Check us out at stclairpublications.com .

It Always Makes Me Smile

Are there a few things that always make you smile? There are for me. When someone tells me how smart or how good-looking one of my grandchildren is, that sure does it. No one can resist a little ego-boosting comment, especially when it comes to our children or grandchildren. We all think ours are superior, and if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be exhibiting the natural pride that comes with having offspring.

Another thing that makes me smile is when I see or hear and unsolicited compliment about something I have crested. During my younger days it was my art work or poetry. Lately is is mostly one of my books. But Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions has raised the bar for me in that respect and made me thankful that I persevered and gave the work my all. Day before yesterday I was out driving and heard it being used on the radio. Of course I smiled. Last night I was doing a search on my phone and found a blog about Kindle books in which the author listed it as standing out, among all dictionaries offered on Kindle Unlimited in the UK. It was listed as number two among 16 outstanding dictionaries in all categories. Of course this made me smile.

I am presently researching more phrases for insertion in the second revision of the paperback version which will be released later this year. At the same time I am working on Book II of the Exploring Our Exciting World series, while writing is also taking place by others on Book VII which will likely be released early. Tomorrow I will be on a radio program talking about Book I which has already been released, as well as announcing some of the sayings which will be included in the next revision of  Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. My work is a pleasure. And when that is the case, we can smile more often. Visit our website at stclairpublications.com or see our great selection of books on Amazon sites around the globe.