Sunday, October 21, 2007

Support Little-Known Authors!

Do you restrict your reading to best-sellers, old classics, and books by authors who specialize in expensive publicity campaigns? Do you depend exclusively on books from your local library? Why not expand your tastes to a few books you've never heard of? Two good ways of doing this are by searching by author, title, or genre and by attending your local book fairs.

I was one of thirty authors appearing yesterday at the Illinois Woman's Press Association Fall Book Fair (see program front and back covers above), and I was favorably impressed by my fellow authors: their diversity, their variety of topics and genres, and most of all, their enthusiasm. Of course I have not read all the books on display there, but those I have read were well worth reading. They all tell fascinating stories. There are books here for all ages.

Here is a list of the participating authors and their titles. If these books sound interesting, look them up on line. Find out what the small press and self-publishing world is up to. You may be surprised and pleased.

* Indicates IWPA members.

Kathy Catrambone and Ellen Shubart: Taylor Street: Chicago's Little Italy

Larry W. Green: Water Tanks of Chicago: A Vanishing Urban Legacy

Lenore and John Weiss: Traveling the Historic Three; As the Story Goes; Traveling the New, Historic Route 66 of Illinois.

Jerry Crimmins: Fort Dearborn

* David G. Clark: Exploring Route 66 in Chicagoland; Route 66 in Chicago

* Marianne Wolf: Joliet, Images of America

Renee Rosen: Every Crooked Pot

Naedi Okorafor-Mibachu: Zahrah the Windseeker; The Shadow Speaker

Lynn Voedisch: Excited Light

Carol June Stover: Current River Redemption

Michael Cain: The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain--Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman

Judy Douglas Knauer: Bad Catholics, a Novel of Dark Suspense; Ecstasy Reclaimed

Tina L. Jens: The Blues Ain't Nothin: Tales of the Lonesome Blues Pub

John Weagly: The Undertow of Small Town Dreams

Tina L. Jens and John Weagly: Book of Dead Things; Tales From the Red Lion; Spooks!

* George Scheber: Earl the Squirrel Series: Peanut Butter Apple Pie; Hollywood; Chicken Big

Linda Hoffman Kimball: Come with Me on Halloween

Cindi Dammann: Tailgating Tales: Diary of a Female Football Fan

* Helena Lehman: Pillar of Enoch Ministry Books: The Language of God in the Universe; The Language of God in Humanity; The Language of God in History; The Language of God in Prophecy

*Marlys Marshall Styne: Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor; Seniorwriting: A Guide for Seniors Who Want to Write

* Jane Ranshaw: 101 Tips For Marketing Your Services; Quick Guide to Grammar and Style

Thomas R. Jones, Sr.: Lost Survivor

Jennie Spallone: Deadly Choices

* Rachel Madorsky: Create Your Own Destiny! Spiritual Path to Success

Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman: Embracing Life Lessons; Is Anybody Listening?

Yvonne F. Brown: Self Creation: 10 Powerful Principles for Changing Your Life

* Susan Brauer: Just Keep Dancing

* Francine Pappadis Friedman: MatchDotBomb: A Midlife Journey Through Internet Dating

Rami Yelda: A Persian Odyssey

* Dr. Elena Ashley: Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet (bilingual, English-Spanish)

Copyright 2007 by Marlys Marshall Styne


storyteller said...

What a delight to find your site this morning as I explored the Blogosphere where I'm a "newbie" ... beginning just 10 days ago. I can hardly wait to read more and to check out resources and stories (here & at your other site) both of which I've bookmarked and added to my own list of "Favorite Blogs" on my one-week old "Small Reflections" Blog. I just wanted to say "Hello" and thank you for the information & the vision of expanded possibilities for my future.

seniorwriter said...

Welcome, Storyteller! Blogging, and writing in general, have become a big part of my life, and I'm enjoying every moment of it. Check out my other blog, "Write your Life!," and my writing column on (under "Connect.")