Well, it happened again! Thank you!

It was great to see that in addition to 5 other copies of my popular book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions which sold yesterday on Amazon, one individual ordered 17 copies! That happened about a year or so ago when someone ordered 19 copies at the same time. It may be the same person…but I would expect it is a teacher, professor or school ordering them for a class, since I know it has been used as a text book to help teach English as a second language.  I am very grateful for this, and feel honored! But only one copy of the second volume sold yesterday. Of course all purchases are appreciated, but I can’t help but think about all those people who have, and use, my original volume who are missing out on the 1000 + additional entries in the second one which were researched just as meticulously as the others and would improve their library of phrase origins and meanings!

So… If you have the first one, whether you bought it yourself, or received it as a gift, I know you would love Volume II! get your copy today on Amazon or the St. Clair Publications website!

Family Circus Weighs in on Clichés

Our local Sunday paper featured a Family Circus cartoon in which the mother is on the phone. “After Mother’s Day I always find it difficult to get back down to earth,” she says. Standing at her side is her small son who pictures a space capsule floating from the heavens.

I immediately went to my book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and looked up the old expression, “Down to Earth.” Here’s what’s recorded there:

Down to earth

Meaning practical and easy to understand for the everyday person, this cliché is from about the 1930s as no printed citation appears earlier than 1932. It most likely came into being as a result of the screenplay and motion picture that year, Down to Earth, by Homer Croy with screenplay by Edward Burke.    

At every book signing I have no matter how many of these books I take, I always manage to sell out. The recent Warren County Genealogical Society signing and the one at the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival were no exceptions. I guess I just don’t order enough copies from my printer.

In the meantime, they sell extremely well on Amazon. You can order a copy there today if you haven’t already, either the latest version in paperback or the original on Kindle. Thank you all for reading my blog, and have a marvelous day!

 

Amazon makes sense

Why is it that every day folks are on Amazon somewhere in the world buying St. Clair Publications books in either paperback or Kindle? Well…the answer is simple. Amazon prints the lion’s share of our books and Kindle is an Amazon registered trademark.

Let’s say you are an Amazon ad exec and you want to promote a book of a particular genre. You have a choice of one printed and distributed by a major publishing company and one printed by a division of your own company. You have someone searching for a book on that subject. What Amazon does is send out an email to that customer promoting their own product. Amazon is doing so well that they are opening new distribution centers–two in Tennessee alone.

And we publish your book in POD free. Only Author’s Services and fees charged to us by others are paid by the author. Amazon makes sense, and St. Clair Publications makes a lot of sense. Visit our web site today at stclairpublications.com.

Amazon special–get it while the getting is good

Amazon has a proven way of marketing that stirs up a lot of attention. When a new item comes out which shows promise they will sometimes offer an outstanding value to ‘get things moving’. This was the case with my initial cliche book, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms. It became a top seller in its genre.

Now they have done the same for a limited time with my new, much expanded 730 page, small print tome, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs  and Figurative Expressions.

This book, containing a treasure trove of information, has been called ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘extraordinary’ by learned persons who have contacted me. It took me almost three years, including research on the previous books which was included in this one, to put it together. Now it is out in both paperback and Kindle versions. It can be had ‘for a song’. Suggested retail is $27.95 for the hard copy and it is now selling, for a short time only, for $17.84 on Amazon. The Kindle is a low $5.95, and if you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can borrow it FREE!

This carefully researched book, which dissolves myths and exposes misquotes, will never be less expensive. But without my loyal readers, who are my inspiration I could not have put it together in the first place. Get it while the getting is good!