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You Will Find Joy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Newton   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:48
The Greatest Book every written! It has something for everyone; humor, pathos, romance, treachery, history, tragedy, feats of daring do. The Bible is undeniably the widest read and published book in the world. But really, something for everyone?

Many years ago I began reading “The Upper Room” as a daily devotional. I soon found numerous Bible passages spoke to me, like a primer or a guide. For example, in Psalms 24:12-14 David asks ‘Do you want long life and happiness? Then keep from speaking evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart’. I began categorizing passages like this, so when someone said ‘I just don’t see how the Bible applies to my life’ the gauntlet was unknowingly thrown down and I picked it up resolutely. Thus You Will Find Joy came to life. And a unique life it is. Not a dogmatic tome, more a self-help manual, a way anyone can open up their lives.

Joy is unique because of its categorized biblical treatment. It is organized so whatever your situation you can easily find a Bible verse to help you.

My aim in putting together Joy is to spread the word our lives can be filled with joy, no matter what life brings. For the Bible really is:


Contact Nancy Newton for further information. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone 563-322-7456

Part of the proceeds from sale of the book will benefit disaster relief in the US.

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many fine bookstores. Published through Inspiring Voice, a division of “Guideposts” magazine.

Announcing the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival on October 2nd! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Hart   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:44

The 2012 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival is set for October 2nd at the Davenport River Center and promises a day full of literary adventures. This year’s festival features Cheryl Harness, author of historical fiction, Rick Eugene magician extraordinaire, and seven other enthusiastic authors. All third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from schools or home schools in the Mississippi Valley area are invited to experience the magic of the written word from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on October 2nd at a cost of $5 each. There must be one adult supervisor for every 10 students. Scholarships are available for schools or students who are unable to pay. The deadline for registrations is September 18th, but space is limited so register soon!

The featured presenter, Cheryl Harness, is an author and illustrator from central Missouri whose impressive repertoire of over 40 ghost stories and historical books have titillated young audiences for years. Funny and talented, she will demonstrate her process of researching, writing, and illustrating the ideas the pop into her head. All students will get to experience Harness’ enthusiastic presentation as well as magician Rick Eugene’s tricks and illusions.

Other presenters include Ryan Collins and Belinda Holbrook, both back by popular demand for their interactive presentations that encourage students to engage with literature as both readers and writers. A new group of presenters include non-fiction experts, poets, illustrators, and science aficionados and feature such names as Leone Castell Anderson, Eileen Boggess, Deb Bowen, Michael Graf, and Jill Esbaum. With such a wide array of professional interests, there will certainly be something for everyone.

In addition to the presentations, children will have the opportunity to shop for their favorite presenters’ books as well as others. All children will receive a free book along with other giveaways.

Contact Joan Walton by phone at 563-391-2738 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information and registration materials for your school. More information along with a registration form and Festival brochure are also available at under the “Events and Opportunities” tab.

The 2012 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival would not be possible without its partners, the Davenport Public Library, Bi-State Literacy Council, and the Midwest Writing Center; or it grantors, The Riverboat Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, and The Moline Foundation.


Meeting announcement from Midwest Circulation Association PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Harris   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:25
When you get back into work Monday, make sure you get yourself registered for the next MCA meeting set for Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

1901 E Woodfield Rd
Schaumburg, IL

11:30 Sign in & Networking
12:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Table Competition

Special Pricing for this event!
Lunch & Program
To make your reservation contact:
Ann Sims Ph: 847-983-2033 or
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We look forward to seeing you there.
Posted By Robert Kennedy

Want to Send a Press Release? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:21
5 Tips to Ensure Yours is Effective

Entrepreneurs and businesses, interest clubs and civic groups, authors and even proud parents – they all have a message they want the press to help share.

They may be interested in contributing an article or column. They may have a great story they’d like a reporter to tell. Or, they have a product or book that can help readers solve their problems.

As media outlets devoted to providing news and information to their readers, the press -- newspapers, magazines and their online counterparts -- want to help! But, too often, the people interested in getting print coverage thwart their own efforts by making simple mistakes.

Here are some things to consider before sending that email:

• Pay attention to deadlines: Newspapers are generally daily or weekly; magazines may publish weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. Both plan their feature content ahead of time. For papers that may be from a few days to two or three weeks ahead of publication. Magazines may be working on their May issue in February. Either way, working in advance is vital. If you’re hoping to time your story idea or article to coincide with a season or special event, consider when you’d like to see it published and work backward from that date. It also helps to comb the publication’s website for information on deadlines and policies regarding unsolicited material.

• Read the publication: Once you understand what sort of content the publication uses, in what format and in which sections, you can tailor and target your pitch. Say you, as the owner of a children’s art gallery, want to provide back-to-school tips for helping inspire creativity. You can A) Send an article full of tips to the main editor listed on the website, or B) Read a few issues of the newspaper or magazine and find out if and when it publishes a parenting page or an arts page, and who the editor is. (You can also see if it uses a question-and-answer format, bulleted tips, or longer articles.)

• Pay attention to the news: Knowing today’s issues, trends and breaking news can help you make your pitch timely and current? Most publications look for a “news hook” – a way to give a piece context because it relates to something happening now. There have been lots of news features on the Mormon religion, for instance, since Mitt Romney began campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. Romney being Mormon gives publications a reason to write about that religion. He’s a great news hook. Does your business offer solutions for people to help beat the recession? If it’s in the news and you can speak to it, don’t hesitate to get your pitch together and send it off today.

• Be concise: Often, a few sentences describing your story angle and how it relates to a timely topic is enough. Avoid burying the important information in a long narrative or in glowing paragraphs about how wonderful your idea, product, book or company is. Instead, present the information in a way that respects your contact’s time. Brief is best.

• Make the important information easy to find: If editors have to search for dates, your contact information, or local relevance, they may give up – even if they’re initially interested in your pitch. Think of the information you would need if you were considering writing a story or publishing what has been provided. The vital information should be present and clearly visible.

Even if you don’t make these common mistakes, catching the interest of an editor can be difficult. Remember to paste your pitch into the body of your email – don’t send it as an attachment, which may get it flagged as junk mail. Follow up with a polite phone call (“Just wanted to make sure you received my email regarding an article I can write for you”). Getting print coverage is possible, so don’t give up!

About Marsha Friedman

Marsha Friedman is a 22-year veteran of the public relations industry. She is the CEO of EMSI Public Relations (, a national firm that provides PR strategy and publicity services to corporations, entertainers, authors and professional firms. Marsha is the author of Celebritize Yourself: The 3-Step Method to Increase Your Visibility and Explode Your Business and she can also be heard weekly on her Blog Talk Radio Show, EMSI’s PR Insider every Thursday at 3:00 PM EST.

Christian Book Analyzes Bible to Find Chronology of Events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author Solutions   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:05

Author Wallace Evenson announces the release of Adam to Christ

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. – In his book Adam to Christ: An Accurate Account of Old Testament Chronology: The Lineage of Jesus from the Beginning of Creation (published by AuthorHouse), author Wallace Evenson delves into the Bible and uncovers clues which he uses to propose a possible chronology of the major events of the Bible.

Evenson calls Adam to Christ “… the truth in dating the 60 generations from Adam to Christ.” He looks at lineages, clues about settings, and literal interpretations of the Bible to put dates to the most known – and most commonly questioned – events of the Bible.

An excerpt from Adam to Christ:

The first day is the beginning of Biblical dating. Six full creative days were to make phenomenal changes in this dark chaotic waste. Are the six days literal days? Can anyone know? This is where faith in the word has an advantage; we can believe that the six days are literal because He said it! If we can’t trust Genesis to be literally true and understandable, how can we trust the rest of the Bible? The literal meaning of a day is then strengthened by the next verse.

“So the evening and the morning were one day.” (Gen 1:5)

Evenson confidently refers to Adam to Christ as accurate and the truth because he relies so heavily on analyzing Scripture. As he says, “All Scripture is inspired by God.”

About the Author

Wallace Evenson lives and writes in Cambridge, Minn.

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