Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Congratulations to Walter Foster Publishing for 90 Years of Publishing Excellence

Walter Foster

Walter Foster Publishing, a leading producer of how-to-draw and paint books and kits for adults and children, will celebrate its 90th year in business in March 2012.

Foundedin 1922 by artist Walter Foster, the publisher is know for its many series, including:
  • How to Draw & Paint
  • Fantasy Underground
  • Walter Foster Collectibles
  • Learn to Draw
  • Disney-Pixar Favorites
  • Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Square Pants
  • Walter Foster Studio Series
  • Fashion Design Workshop
  • How to Draw Magical, Monstrous & Mythological Creatures

Walter Foster books and kits are available at arts and crafts stores nationwide, including Michaels, Aaron Brothers, Hobby Lobby, Dick Blick, and online at and

Check out their website at

Again, congratulations to a publishing company that has not only survived for 90 years, but has grown into a major force in how-to art books. Walter Foster is now part of the Quayside Publishing Group.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Today - Great Quotation from Helen Keller

Happy Thanksgiving Today!

Here's a great quotation from Helen Keller: The best and most beautiful things must be felt with the heart.

Enjoy a day of gratitude. Start with thanking your heart.

John Kremer

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Cookbook Reviewer: The Best Cookbook List

Just a short notice to draw your attention to a cookbook blogger who is actively looking for cookbooks to review. I found this blogger via Twitter - when she followed me. I always review everyone who follows me on Twitter and decide if I want to follow them as well.

The Best Cookbooks List - "I am a food blogger/writer who has accumulated hundreds of cookbooks and love getting new ones! I review new cookbooks and old ones on my blog."

John Kremer

John Kremer is the author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Book Authors Perennial Question: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

One question authors get asked a lot is: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Well, here's where I got my idea for a new Kindle ebook, 101 Ways to Blog as an eBook Author. I got the idea earlier this evening while listening to Ty Cohen present his Kindle Cash Flow webinar.

101 Ways to Blog as an Ebook Author

I thought: Why not turn some of my blog posts into books? One of my longest blog posts is one I did on 101 Ways to Blog as a Book Author. That, in turn, was inspired by another blog post I did in response to something I saw on Ezine Articles: 45 Ways to Blog as a Novelist: Tips for Writers of Fiction.

I've been asked many times by ebook authors to write some books specifically on how to market ebooks. During Ty's webinar, I realized I should do that. I'll be writing several such books, but I thought I'd start with one that is half-written: 101 Ways to Blog as an eBook Author.

Of course, as is my usual pattern, I'm expanding the ebook to include tons of samples and some more ideas. It'll be done sometime this week or early next week.

So, I'll update the links on this page when the Kindle ebook, 101 Ways to Blog as an eBook Author, is available.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Cookbook Authors on Tour

Here's another way that cookbook authors can make money - besides, of course, selling their books. They can host a group trip to a location associated with the recipes in their cookbooks.

From Tapas to Meze

For example, Joanne Weir, a Mediterranean cookbook author, lead a trip to Marrakech, Morocco. During the trip, she offers five cooking lessons - from making lamb stew to kneading couscous by hand. They also visit wood carvers, caftan makers, seamstresses that do intricate embroidery, etc.

Mediterranean Street Food

Anissa Helou, author of Mediterranean Street Food, lead a 10-day culinary and cultural tour of Turkey. The participants eat at top restaurants in Istanbul, take a class in making kissir (bulgur salad) at the Istanbul Culinary Institute, and visit the Blue Mosque and Ayah Sofia.

When organizing a tour, see if you can get a media sponsor or food partner to help publicize, organize, and carry out the tour. That should leave you with the fun part. Showing up, flying around, and entertaining.
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