I could never imagine

When I began the long years I was to expend researching cliches, proverbs, and figures of speech I did not imagine that I would, indeed, eventually be viewed as an expert in this field. Granted, I did a most careful and deep study of this fascinating field. The more I delved into it, the more I realized just how much information had not been uncovered by others in printed books. I found that so many of our common catchphrases were misquotes, either phrased wrongly or accredited to an individual who was merely passing it down from others. Other expressions were misunderstood or incorrectly placed in time of their genesis. Another shortcoming of most phrase dictionaries is the fact that they attempt to identify the time of origin with no definitive specific early citations. This plunged me onward to a more precise understanding of the true origins of phrases and old sayings which are so utilized that we never think about how they got started.

My initial offering was On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, which was published in September, 2011. Over the past year and a half, that volume often ranked number three on Amazon of ‘cliche origin books.’ Then in 2012 I released a second volume of this title with all new phrases. Still, my research took no vacation, for I was woefully short in identifying expressions which needed to be included.

Then only recently, after many months of additional research, i took the entries of both books, and more than doubled this amount, enlarging the physical size from 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches to 6 X 9, making the font smaller and the margins wider, and removing personal references and illustrations, and with my wife and eldest son’s edits, and my good friend and associate, Kent Hesselbein creating a masterpiece cover, came up with a 710 page tome that served to provide my ultimate in this genre. Though it would take a library to hold all of our English catchphrases, this one is as close as one could come in this size volume when considering the average length of entry.

What amazed me is that not only is this book taking off in sales, even the first book is still selling. The final product is titled, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Own it today in paperback or Kindle.

Getting Published FREE

Getting published in the twenty-first century is not the major problem it was a few decades ago. The real issue now is the cost. With the advent of Print On Demand, commonly known as POD, the traditional publishing houses who seem to thumb up their noses at most aspiring authors who have not proven themselves, have had to step back and take notice. In many cases, book stores are closing. There is also a major trend toward e books (which we also put out).

When POD publishers first showed up, they started socking it to new authors, many of whom were still left out in the cold because of thier inability to pay the prices they demanded. And their services were even more exhorbitant than the price of getting the books out.

St. Clair Publications was founded with the author in mind, utilizing a small staff of extremely capable folks, most of whom were struggling authors themselves, and who cared deeply for the authors who are on the outside looking in.

We even have a program for getting published FREE for those not needing any author services. And for those who do require a bit of help, I challenge any other POD publisher to dare to compete with our prices.

So if you want to get a quality work published, simply contact me via email at stan@stclair.net . I double-dog dare you!