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Newsletter Dated: 4/30/2009 10:56:38 PM
Subject: Andrea Campbell*s Soup*s On
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
This newsletter is being sent to you because you are a writer, professional friend of Andrea*s, or a fan and reader of her books. If you are new to the list, welcome. There are a ton of newsletters and e-zines out there to read, thanks for requesting and reading mine.
In this issue:
• From the Author*s Desk
• Nightengale Media correction
• Interview with Kelly Rouba
• Congrats to Francine Silverman
• Join IAW
*** From the Author*s Desk ***
• Want your new book to be featured in Soup’s On? Are you up for a Q & A interview to promote your publishing industry topic, or, are you just an enthusiastic reader or fan of books who has something to say? Tell me who you are and what your message is: firstname.lastname@example.org
• As many of you know, I am the Home and Living Examiner (National). (See: http://www.examiner.com/x-702-Home-and-Living-Examiner) I do like it and have been building up my audience.
Now the Examiner is looking for other columnists. If you are writing a blog with no funds, maybe you'd like to earn a little cash with the Examiner instead. No matter what your special knowledge is from: crystals, to the singles scene, or coffee drinks, there may be a position for you. If you are going to apply, please use my name as a referral along with my employee number:
Just go to this special site to fill out an application; the process ends June 30, 2009.
*** Nightengale Media ***
An article featuring Valerie Connelly’s Nightengale Media and its launch of YourBookTube.com inadvertently had an error last issue. They are responsible for publishing many more than 18 titles. Here is a correction:
Nightengale Media LLC is the parent company of Nightengale Press, http://www.nightengalepress.com, an independent book publisher since 2003 which will be publishing its 80th title early this year.
*** Interview with Kelly Rouba ***
I am pleased to announce an interview with colleague and author, Kelly Rouba, who is here to discuss her new book: Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide. This self-help guide for youth is also useful to family members, friends, and caregivers of those suffering from the disease.
Author Kelly Rouba has prepared a truly comprehensive resource without making it overwhelming, in order to help those who have the disease lead the best life possible. As someone diagnosed with a severe form of juvenile arthritis at the age of two, Rouba is very familiar with how difficult—physically and emotionally—it can be to live with this chronic illness.
Q.: Kelly, can you tell Soup's On readers a little about your writing background?
A.: While I was still in college and majoring in Journalism/Professional Writing, I took a position as a stringer for the Trenton Times, thereby beginning my writing career. Soon after that, I also became the editorial assistant at the Pennington Post. Years later, while still freelancing for the Trenton Times, I branched out into magazine writing. I contributed articles routinely for Playgirl magazine and Kids on Wheels magazine until they closed down recently. I continue to write regularly for Action magazine and SpeciaLiving magazine. I have also contributed to Arthritis Today, Romantic Times, Arthritis Self-Management, and Next Step magazines, among others. In addition, I write for www.thisabled.com and am co-producer of mobilewomen.org as well as a member of the site’s Advisory Committee. I also just had my first book published.
Throughout my career, I have interviewed numerous notable personalities ranging from Dr. Ruth Westheimer (psychosexual therapist) to Duane Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter) to Elisabeth Hasselbeck (The View). In 2006, I was honored by the State of New Jersey’s Department of Labor for my outstanding work ethic and success in the workplace as a local journalist and woman with a disability.
Q.: What is the name of your book and what was the impetus for your writing it?
A.: It’s called Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide. I was approached by the publisher (Scarecrow Press) in December 2006 and asked if I’d be interested in writing the book, which is the latest in their series called It Happened to Me. Many people always told me that I should write a book, and I thought, “Here’s my chance.” Also, the subject matter is something I know well because I was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 2. I also know that many of the resources currently available are outdated or designed for adults. Plus, I wanted to write a book that could be utilized to get more exposure for juvenile arthritis (JA). Many people don’t know children can get the disease and that really frustrates me.
Q.: You have said that there was very little competition for your new title, why do you think this is?
A.: Why there aren’t more resources available on this topic is beyond me. I know the Arthritis Foundation did recently release a similar book for parents, but that is all I know of that is current and not a few years old. I think this is part of the reason Scarecrow really wanted to publish a book on the subject. I was also told my local library has received a number of requests for resources on JA, so they are glad they can finally add the book to their collection.
Q.: What do you hope will be achieved by your new publication?
A.: I have two main goals. The first goal is to provide youth who have juvenile arthritis (not to mention their families, caregivers, and friends) with a comprehensive guide to living with the disease. I wanted to do this in such a way that it connects with readers, and I think having other teens share their stories and advice will do that. Personally speaking, at that age, I was very bitter about having juvenile arthritis and really didn’t want to take advice from anyone. I can even remember tossing my JA books into the bottom of my closet because I didn’t want to think about the disease. Nowadays, my attitude has changed, and I enjoy reading as much as I can about the disease because I believe it’s important to be proactive and knowledgeable about your own health. However, I realize many teens may feel just as I did years ago and I wanted to try to reach out to them as best I could.
My second goal is to utilize the book as a tool for creating more awareness of the disease. Today, nearly 300,000 children and teens have JA in the United States alone, and it’s time people were more aware of its existence and how devastating a disease it can be. In a nutshell, JA not only causes a lot of pain, but it can severely restrict mobility (like in my case). For whatever reason, this is one disease the mainstream media often ignores, so I hope my book will help bring about more recognition for those who struggle with JA every day.
Q.: Do you want to tell Readers what designation falls in the month of May?
A.: May is National Arthritis Month. Arthritis Walks will be held all around the country in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Currently, 46 million American adults have the disease. That makes arthritis the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15. It’s also important to note that there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis that affect areas in or around joints.
Q.: Did you submit the book with the aid of an agent? Would you like to comment on the selling of Juvenile Arthritis?
A.: A representative from Scarecrow Press approached me and asked if I’d be interested in writing the book. I was truly honored. At this point, the book can be purchased on www.scarecrowpress.com, www.amazon.com, a number of other internet sites, and some Borders bookstores.
Q.: How did you select your audience for this title?
A.: The book is part of a series specifically meant for teens. However, knowing that very few resources are out there on JA, I tried to write the book so that it’s appropriate for a wider audience. I know quite a few people who are frustrated over the lack of available or current resources, so they are eager to get a copy.
Q.: What can you tell us about your publisher Scarecrow Press?
A.: According to their website: “(Scarecrow is) known for our scholarly bibliographies, historical dictionaries (of countries, religions, organizations, wars, movements, cities, and, now, ancient civilizations), library science monographs, and reference works in the humanities, particularly music and film. We are broadening our list to include textbooks in library and information science, several new series that address the technological frontiers of this profession, handbooks and reference tools for librarians serving children and youth, and a greater scope of materials in music.”
Q.: What are your plans for promotion and publicity.
A.: Scarecrow Press has assigned a publicist to work with me on this, and the Arthritis National Research Foundation has its firm (Carl Terzian Associates Public Relations) doing the same. I also hired Hilary Morris, president of H. Morris Solutions, to work on publicity more extensively. They all understand how passionate this subject matter is to me and have been working hard to get the word out through press releases, internet postings, and so forth. I am also scheduled to do a number of book signings and discussions. In addition, Like-Minded Entertainment and Agency New Jersey have been filming me for a documentary on juvenile arthritis and part of their focus has been on my book. For more information, please visit www.hmorris-solutions.com.
*** Congrats to Francine Silverman ***
Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited was just published by McFarland & Co. Compiled by Francine Silverman, the resource book is designed to take the guesswork out of contacting hosts. It is divided into 40 categories so that you can match your specialty to the show's theme. For more information, please visit http://www.talkradioadvocate.com
*** Join IAW ***
If you're interested in connecting with meeting planners who are booking speaking engagements, journalists and editors who are seeking sources for articles, and literary agents and publishers who are looking for saleable manuscripts, consider a membership in Fern Reiss's International Association of Writers, Speakers, & Experts. For only $149/year you receive a wealth of such benefits plus special reports, audios, and pdfs galore. Several writers have already received lucrative speaking engagements and publishing contracts as a result of their membership. Join now for $149--just $12 per month--at http://www.AssociationofWriters.com
*** Future Newsletters ***
In upcoming newsletters we will share a new interview or two, talk more about publishing, and provide additional writer’s tips. Thanks for the read. : 0 )
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