St. Clair Publications Salutes It’s Authors and Their Books!

To date, St. Clair Publications has published 106 paperback titles, the lion’s share of which are also available as e-books, mostly on Kindle, some on PDF through our website as http://stclairpunlications.com. This body of work may be attributed to a total of 44 authors, a few classics, and some previously published authors who felt that we were the best option for the next title. Most, however, were written and published by individuals who felt compelled to share their passion with the world. Authors, we salute you and appreciate you all! Our motto is “Small Enough to Listen to the Author, Large Enough to Reach the World”..

Numerous other titles are always in process of being written or in some phase of editing or publication. Our content manager, Michele Doucette, is currently in process of a major move, but will be thrilled to hear from you. Simply post a comment to this blog entry and I will have her contact you at her earliest convenience. In the meantime, visit our website or purchase any of our great selection of books of all genres at Amazon sites worldwide.

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.

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.

Finding your niche

Breaking into the wonderful field of publishing one’s own book or books is a regal adventure. It takes resolve, determination and ‘sticking to one’s guns.’ (Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, page 522) But even the ‘best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’ (ibid, page 54)

For me, my writing niche was phrase origins–and that didn’t ‘fall into place’ on its own (ibid, page 174) Now, every day somewhere in the world someone is going online to purchase a Cliche origin book which I have written.

In 1999 I self published my first research work, a history of my maternal ancestry called A Proud Heritage, the James Ansel Vinson Family Story. It was done as a labor of love for my family.

But my need to express myself through the printed word went back much further. Even as a high school freshman I was penning poetry and within three years writing songs.

Over the next decades I longed to see my work in print. I have experimented in various genres, but finally found my niche in 2011 with the publication of On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, a comical take off on Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species. During the Christmas season I got as high as number one in this genre in sales and leveled at number three.

After a second somewhat less popular volume in 2012, I decided to ‘go for broke’ (Most Comprehensive Origins…page 210) and produce a major volume of figurative phrase origins which would supersede previous efforts by major publishers. All together, I have spent the better part of three years doing the research and the final effort was worth it. It is 710 pages in a 6X9 inch volume in wide margin, small print format, and contains 90 pages of bibliography in size 9 font.

The point being that sometimes we must work diligently to accomplish our dream. Now I help others find their niche and work with them to make their work shine. Author services are very reasonable, and publishing in PDF is free. Contact me at stan@stclair.net and see the site at http://stclairpublications.com . St. Clair Publications, “Small Enough to Care about the Author, Big Enough to Reach the World.”

Famous people are still just people

In my lifetime I have been very fortunate to meet and have conversations with numerous persons whom most may see as important: sports stars, well-known authors, of course, entertainers of note, a war hero, a television host, etc. A good number of polititions are included here. Governors, a ‘Speaker of the House’ in another country, British nobles, US Senators, Lt. Governors and State Officials. Even one future US President. But you know what? They are all just people, like you and I. And many of them never achieve peace of mind. 

We live in a world where too much emphasis is placed on social statis. But inner peace is much more important than how many people know our name. I would rather help one person to achieve peace and reach his or her goals that to be a household name.

I formed St. Clair Publications to do just that. We help people all the time to reach out to their world and beyond with the power of the printed word. Our books express something unique to their authors–the depth of their emotions and their desire to also reach others. They are marketed around the globe. If you are a reader, you can do yourself a favor by checking out our books at http://stclairpublications.com, and on Amazon and Kindle. If you are a writer you may contact me directly at stan@stclair.net to get started on your journey of achieving personal satisfaction and the peace of mind that comes with reaching out to the world with your very own story. And we don’t charge you a fortune either. Basic servies are very inexpensive and actual publishing is free. Our writers know what I mean.

Thanks for the views – and your business

St. Clair Publications is taking off. We have only had our new web site up and running for just over 1 year (we had another one before that, of course) and already the new one has had 27,775 hits. Every day a lot of folks take a look at our bright young company. Our business is growing and we have sold thousands of paperbacks, and many, many e-books, primarily on Kindle.

Within the past few days more authors than ever have contacted me personally about publication of their books. We have 12 new titles at some stage of writing or preparation for publication with new authors contacting me all the time. At a time when our economy has been at a near-standstill for four years, and when other publishers have folded or closed book stores, this makes me know that we are doing something right, First, we are the least expensive source I know about for a new author to get their work in print. Then we have top-quality books which people want to read. Some of our authors have been on TV, in magazines and newspapers with their books. Some have even received positive feedback from celebrities. And for anyone not wanting a hard copy, we can go straight to e-book format. We are POD (print on demand) so no large stockpile of books is required. In addition, for those desiring reprints of books, hard cover or paperback, within our guidelines, of course, we are your source.

Check out our web site and you’ll understand what we can do for you. It is http://stclairpublications.com or you may contact me directly at stan@stclair.net .

“Small Enough to Listen to the Author, Large Enough to Reach the World.”

Setting the Standard in a Genre

Watching the Golden Globes and other such award shows gives me a prospective of what is relavent in a particular marketplace and enriches my personal understanding of the various categories being judged.

Most motion pictures are based on books, of course, and only those catching the eye of producers are considered for such distinction. Then only the best of the best are the recipients of awards.

In not only writing, but publishing books, I understand more than the average person, that quality and desirability of a certain book is imperative in order for it to sell. At St. Clair Publications it is our desire to publish books, both in hard copies and e books, which will be appreciated and purchased by a fair share of individuals who are interested in or have need for that subject matter.

Our variety of genres runs a large gammet. We publish anything from poetry to sci-fi; from romance and time travel to religious publications and self-improvement; from true crime to dictionaries.

It is our desire to set the standard, which is not that easy in today’s wide market. And speaking of dictionaries, my phrase origin books have been some of the best-selling ones online. On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms with its quirky style of humor, has been near the top of Amazon’s best-selling cliche origin books for the last two Christmas seasons since it was released in September, 2011. The second volume of this is On the Origin of the Cliches, All New, Volume Two. It has held it’s own as well. But my ultimate and final effort in this field is now nearing publication. It is called Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. It takes out the humor and competes with the dictionaries produced by the major New York companies in this field. In fact, in it I prove many of the earliest citations and some very origins of phrases published previously to be incorrect. In short, It is almost 800 pages in small print, and I plan on setting a new and impressive industry standard. It is due out this spring.

If you have a manuscript which you feel can set a standard in its genre, please contact me at stan@stclair.net . Of course, we reserve the right of rejecting any manuscript. But you never know till you try… and you may be pleasantly surprised.

(St. Clair Publications is a POD publisher)

A poet and don’t know it

I am wrapping up phase one of my final phrase origin book. The original, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, continues to sell daily on Amazon both in America and also a number in the U.K. On the Origin of the Cliches, All New, Book II is also selling well.

The effort of the new book continues to consume much of my time. But the result is definitely worth it. I am now doing corrective formatting to agree with my new, larger page, smaller text version. It will approach 800 pages and is intended to be a trend-setter and standard-bearer for future books of its type. It will contain the phrases in my earlier books and many hundreds more. After this stage I shall begin first proofing, then two of my associates will also go over it carefully before I begin the final editing and proofing for publication, hopefully in late spring, 2013.

One of the entries is “Poet and don’t know it.” If you’ve ever made a rhyme without trying you may have had someone rattle off these witty words to you. Here is my entry for that phrase:

Poet and don’t know it

This sordonic statement is invoked when someone has apparently made an unintentional rhyme. It has been around in varying forms since the late-nineteenth century. The earliest known citation is from Niagara University’s (New York) Niagara Index, page 27, 1 October 1895:

“The author of that German poem, placed under our door must come to our office and identify himself with no less than three witnesses before we will pass judgement on its merits for publication.

“’We have a poet and don’t know it. If he had whiskers he’d be a go at.’”

The fact that the entire expression was in quotes leads to the opinion that it was already in use. Then in 1926 the following variation, which became more popular, appeared in Volume 20 of the Washington, DC, literary journal, Gargoyle Magazine as a part of a ‘Pat and Mike’ joke:

Pat: “You’re a poet and don’t know it, your feet show it; they’re Long- fellows.”

At St. Clair Publications we actually publish poets–the kind that KNOW IT and want to be read. Recently a friend made it known that she had a book of poetical prayers that she wanted to someday publish. We will be the ones with the honor of putting out her book.

If you have some poems that you believe are worthy of appearing in print, let me know and I will be happy to discuss it with you. I do have the option of accepting or rejecting anything, of course. We have guidelines and standards. Here’s wishing our readers a very merry holiday season.

 

The books just keep coming out – I am thankful

In the last few years St. Clair Publications has released 52 books and has two more in the final editing process at this date. A number more are in various stages of writing and preparation.

I am thankful as we near the Thanksgiving holiday that we are blessed to be able to continue operating our publishing business debt-free, with all expenses paid as they are incurred. At a time when traditional publishing companies with great trackrecords are shutting their doors, we are operating as we did when we first began to open our hearts to other authors in 2008. All books are printed on demand so no one is out big bucks for books lying on a shelf somewhere. Yes, we have books in a number of bookstores and retail establishments, and in libraries in the U.S., Canada and the UK. But we don’t owe a dime on the publication and have been able to keep expenses to a mimimum.

Though our on-site EVolve ebook launch has been slightly delayed, we expect that all technicalities will be resolved soon and the new division will make it even easier for everyone to own a St. Clair Publications book. We have many ebooks available on Amazon Kindle even now.

In the meantime, be thankful for what you have, be safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday!

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.’