Making time productive

I had a very enjoyable several days away; though it was jam-packed with activity, it was most productive. Friday, Saturday and the first half of Sunday were filled with making new friends and renewing old friendship. Not to mention, drinking in and taking note of activities which I needed to practice in order to make the following eighteen months of service to my fellow man more useful.

Then I traveled farther north to meet with my dear friend, Lee Pennigton, and his fiance, Jill, for a festive evening out and then to the University for Lee’s poetry reading on Monday. Last evening I drove home.

My point here is that by organizing our time we can all get much more accomplished. Sure, ’all work and no play made Jack a dull boy,’ but no one wants to be dull, so we need to take time for relaxation, too. 

One factor in the seminar I attended over the weekend was that success is not achieved by merely hoping it will come. My mother, who was a dedicated Christian, used to say, “Sometimes you have to put legs under your prayers.”

And if your dreams include publishing your own book some day, contact me at stan@stclair.net .

 

Each day brings new challenges

It seems that to some extent this has been one constant. But that statement in itself is a bit of a paradox. I suppose I’m glad that new projects and puzzles lurk on the horizon of each new sunrise–actually I face them earlier, since I am an early riser. Without something to occupy my imagination I would lack vision. And without a vision people perish.

Today I am dealing with a mix of circumstances regarding pubilcation at some level with five books. Receiving the Kindle version of a classic from an associate and setting it up to go on Amazon; receiving in the mail two proofs of other books and likely a hardback history book which I am examining for scanning and reprinting because the original publisher has gone out of business; and conducting an interview with a new author regarding publishing her book of poetry. And, oh yes…,likely spending time inserting some edits which come to me from another associate on my own new book. Certainly a busy day, and this is not all I am dealing with.

But if I didn’t feel that it was all for the greater good I would be enjoying retirement from my previous profession rather than spreading myself thin like this. Yet even in so doing, I always am concerned with each individual author and each particular book, and do not get off focus while handling them.

Our motto is Small Enough to Care about the Author, Large Enough to Reach the World.

St. Clair Publications author, Tammy M. Brown, interviewed on Birmingham TV

It is so exciting when one of our authors is honored by a TV news appearance. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Tammy Mentzer Brown’s book, A Teacher’s Prayer,  is already a great seller. Yesterday evening she was Interviewed on Birmingham’s FOX6 News. Her story is one which reminds us that even in the worst of circumstances, the care and prayers of others can make a huge difference in our lives. Since her school days when she was in the Presbyterian Children’s Home in Alabama, and had been the victim of repeated abuses, one of her teachers had been praying for her and she didn’t even realize it. After thirty years they were joyfully reunited. Thanksgiving makes us think of being thankful for the positive events in our lives. Share this one with Tammy.

Here is a link to her story as shared by the FOX News team: http://www.myfoxal.com/category/240204/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7954797 

 

In Pursuit of Excellence

It is my personal goal to make every book published by St. Clair Publications the best it can be. Much time goes into quality conrtrol; editing and proofing.

My best-selling book online, by far, is On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms. While continuing my painstaking work on the ultimate tome on phrase origins, one which will hopefully set the standard in this genre for the Englsh-speaking world, I have made improvements on this original title several times since it was released just over a year ago. As new facts become evident I have made updates to the master file and submitted them to our printer so that future copies ordered will reflect these changes. That is what pursuit of excellence entails. And that is one great feature about our method of publication. Of the thousands of books that we have sold, every copy ordered was printed on demand.

If you are considering publishing a worthy book, contact me at stan@stclair.net. I still review every submission and make a decision as to its publication–why? Because I want our new authors to be successful, and I want to select those which I feel will return the author a notable profit. However, if you don’t want to write and publish a book, you likely have a loved one who would enjoy receiving a HIGH QUALITY paperback–one which has acid-free heavy-bond pages and is perfectly bound for lasting pleasure. Visit our website and set up an account or go to any Amazon store in the US, UK, continental Europe or India. You’ll like what you see! Christmas will be here ‘before you can say Jack Robinson.’

Most expensive election in US history- “What if?”

Yesterday money spent by the presidential campaigns and their super pacs exceeded 2 BILLION dollars. It’s hard for most people to think that high. The hype and expense is mind boggling, to say the least.

If we can get our minds off of the money and on the issues, we all need to speak our minds at the polls. Any other way to look at this is counter-productive. We can all shake our heads and say ‘what if?’ What if we could use this money on taking care of the problems our nation is experiencing? What if we could pull together to heal our nation? And on it goes. The problem is, that won’t happen because we have a divided nation on the issues. What we all need to do is to go out and vote for the team each of us feels will do a better job over the next four years.

I learned a long time ago that complaining is easy and it only makes us more bitter. Remember, ‘if it is to be, it’s up to me.’

Abraham Lincoln was wrong

There is no doubt that Abraham Lincoln was one of the most beloved presidents in American histroy…something that many members of both major political parties can agree upon, in a time when we desperately need to come together as a nation. But at another trying time in our history, during the most bloody war we ever endured, this great leader was wrong about at least one fact.

Standing in the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, four and one half months after that conflict in which my third Great grandfather, a Virginia Confererate who was taken captive by Union soldiers, Lincoln gave one of the most famous and rousing speaches in U.S. history. In that discourse he stated: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here…” Even today, however, people quote still from his speach. We do remember.

Recently we commemorated 9-11, another trying time for America, We will not forget.

For those of you who cherish the memory of what Lincoln accomplished, we now have available a great classic book on his life, beginning in his younger days. It’s titled, A Man for the Ages, and was written by Irving Bacheller, Get your copy today at http://stclairpublications.com or on Amazon around the globe.

Celebrities love our books

I am always tickled pink when I get a note from one of our authors that some celebrity is reading his or her book and giving positive feedback. This has happened several times. The latest episode was yesterday when I received an email from VJ Mack saying that 60s and 70s Mo-Town pop superstar Gladys Knight (a 2012 participant on Dancing with the Stars) is loving her novel, Black Fog, a time-travel mystery which is a bit racy in spots. VJ is a personal friend of best-selling author, Catherine Coulter, by the way.

Other celebs which have enjoyed our books include country star, Lonnie Mack, a friend of StCP author Katy O. Ishee, and George Cummings, also known as Doctor Hook, which posted lauding praise for Katy’s Pieces of My Heart on-line. Katy is also a friend of Little Richard.

Our books are in the hands of a number of well-known entertainers, including actors and directors. Twice I have been contacted by TV networks, and someday, some of our authors hope to have movie deals. No one ever knows what may come for getting one’s book into print.

Getting ready for R&R

Today has been spent putting finishing touches on the Prince Henry children’s book–something still not yet completed, and cover changes for Tom Sawyer. A Man for the Ages has now been approved for release, and will be on Amazon within a week. It has been a day well-invested. I enjoy when I near the conclusion of a day looking back and feeling a sense of accomplishment, having traded a day of my life for those tasks.

In the morning Rhonda and I will be leaving for our get away at Muddy Pond. Time always well spent because we come back ready to get at it again. Muddy Pond is a MInnonite community high atop the Cumberland Plateau toward the Kentucky line which is an escape from the business of life as we know it in the twenty-first century. We love the log cabin on the pond which has no cell phone or television reception. It is like going back in time where we can really carry on conversations and play scrabble. Both are relaxing. Muddy Pond, here we come!

 

2012 Summer Olympics are history

The Olympic summer games have once again come and gone, to become a part of our collective world history. I am proud to be an American. Our superior athletes walked away victors, winning more metals than anoly other country with the following: 46 Gold, 29 Silver, 29 Bronze and 104 total. China took 88 in all for second. But now we are left with some fond memories, and our great athletes have experienced the time of their lives. Rather than mention a few by name, I will just express my thanks to each, whether or not they came home with metals. They are all heros to me. God bless them, and God bless America!

 

Celebrating 103 years

Today is the 103rd anniversary of my mother’s birth in Ducktown, Tennessee. In her lifetime she got around a bit. She grew up in Wyoming and Montana in the days of homesteds and Native Americans settling in the reservations around her. Then after obtaining a Normal Training certificate to teach school, she began in one-room schoolhouses, teaching in Wyoming, and Arkansas before going into Adult Education and graduating from Business College in Georgia in order to teach women how to earn a living while their husbands and fiances were away in WW II. She ended up in Who’s Who in North Carolina Education before marrying my dad in 1945. After that she even stayed with family members and did some tutoring. She also lived in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, and North Carolina and traveled to many locales, plus going to Haiti on a mission trip. She was a dedicated teacher, wife, mother and Christian. She left this world in 2000 as she was nearing the age of 91. She set a high standard, I still love and miss her.