Building a Following is a Marathon, Not a Sprint,
Says Corporate Exec-Turned-Novelist

If you want people to read your book, you have to be more than a talented storyteller or researcher - you will need plenty of persistence, says Darlene Quinn, a 75-year-old award-winning novelist whose passion for the written word trumped her lucrative position as a top executive at the legendary Bullocks Wilshire department stores.

"Sometimes an author has it easy; either they're already a celebrity, or their name has been widely reported in a major public scandal - or both - but not even those criteria guarantee readership," says Quinn, author of "Unpredictable Webs", (, the newest in her stand-alone series of suspense-filled dramatic novels.

"Many authors will tell you just don't get into the book-writing business, because writing something that people will want to read is challenge enough. Then you face the daunting process of getting people to buy it!"

She offers these tips for getting your book in front of the masses - and enticing them to buy it.

• Draw on the strengths that helped you meet previous challenges: Quinn found professional footing decades ago, in a time when it was rare for women to rise to executive positions. After earning a bachelor's at San Jose State University, she became a schoolteacher. She later climbed her way up to working as a department store executive during a time of tremendous upheaval in the retail fashion industry. The tenacity and perseverance required to achieve that dream served her well when she fixed on another dream - writing - late in life. She sharpened her writing chops by penning articles for trade journals, magazines and newspapers.

• Book awards: Simply entering your book in a contest gives it some exposure. Should it be selected for an award, you've got a great marketing tool that can open doors otherwise closed to you. Awards sticker or seals, which can be added to the book cover, can help persuade book stores to carry it. The press release announcing winners of local, national or international book awards also trigger Google Alerts, positively increasing exposure. Announcements of winners prior to publication alert avid readers to upcoming releases.

• Book awards II: Do your research; make sure that the contest is well-established and legit. Read the rules, and if at all possible, research the judges who will be reviewing the books. Try to avoid contests that have high entry fees and those that appear to be non-discriminating. National and international contests such as the Indie Book Awards, Writers Digest Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards Reader's Favorites, and International Best Book Award (sponsored by USA Book News) are just a few respectable contests that meet these criteria. There are also many legitimate regional and local book contests to consider.

• Quality in every respect: With power comes responsibility. In the past, the only real hope an author had of being read by anyone beyond his or her immediate family was going through a major publisher. Today, authors can take production matters into their own hands with self- or independent publishing, which may lead to a contract with a major book company. Either way, a writer should ensure quality in every aspect -- from the plot and characters, to the cover art, design and paper. Make sure the book is edited by an objective professional.

About Darlene Quinn

Darlene Quinn is an author and journalist from Long Beach, Calif., whose novels about deceit, intrigue and glamour in the retail fashion industry were inspired by her years with Bullocks Wilshire specialty department stores. Her newest, Unpredictable Webs, is the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Excellence in Fiction and was selected as the number-one President's choice before publication. The novel continues her series, including Webs of Fate, which won the 2011 Reader's Favorites Award before it hit bookshelves; Webs of Power, winner of a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award, and Twisted Webs, winner of the 2011 International Book Award for General Fiction and the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards for General Fiction.

New book provides snippets of the hard and good times living in Iowa during the Great Depression and War years

EAST LYME, Conn. - You've Got to Start Young: A Memoir (published by iUniverse) written by author Steven E. Hulme tells his memories growing up in Iowa during the 1930s, 1940s and into the 1950s.

Born on a rented farm, the author relates some happy, sad, funny and scary events from his childhood which includes his life on the farm, his house burning down, the move into town, his remarkable school life, his adolescent years and so many adventures along the way.

This book provides a glimpse into life before the TV, computers, cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter. It shares to readers a collection of snippets about the hard times and the good times of growing up in Iowa as a Depression baby and as a child during World War II.

You've Got to Start Young: A Memoir lets readers walk down memory lane as the author vividly recalls what it was like living during the Great Depression era as well as the War years.

About the Author

Steven E. Hulme was born in 1934 in Iowa City, Iowa- his family lived on a farm in the midst of the Great Depression. A graduate of the University of Iowa and the General Theological Seminary, he served as an Episcopal priest for thirty-nine years in Iowa and Connecticut. Currently he is executive director of the Karen (of Burma) Emergency Relief Fund Inc.

Articles, letters and op-ed pieces by the author have appeared in the New London Day, the Hartford Courant, the Post Road Review, the Lyme Times, the Vintage Voice and the Episcopalian. He and his wife, Mary, live in East Lyme, Connecticut. They have two grown children.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader's Choice, Rising Star and Editor's Choice designations?self-publishing's only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.


Due to the Independence Day holiday, all Rock Island Public Libraries will close at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 3, and remain closed for the July 4th holiday. Libraries will reopen at the regular time on Friday, July 5.

Despite the shortened week, the library is still offering plenty of summer reading events as part of its "Have Book, Will Travel" and "Beneath the Surface" programs for children, adults and teens.  Events next week include :

·         Scrapbooking Mondays for kids, 3:00 pm, on Monday, July 1 in the Rock Island Main Library Children's Room, 401 19th Street. All materials will be supplied.

·         Storytimes for ages birth to five at the Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 2, and at the Rock Island Southwest Branch Library on Wednesday, July 3.

·         Global Math Club for kids, 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday, July 2, at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.

·         Cake Archeology cake decorating program for teens ages 12 to 18, noon to 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 2, at Rock Island Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road.

·         Using your Apple iPad program for adults and seniors, 6:30 pm, Tuesday, July 2, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.  For Apple devices only; participants should bring their device with them to the class.

Due to the holiday, there will be no Friends of the Library half-price book sale and no Independent movie in July. The Wednesday Lego block club and Friday Storytime programs previously announced at the Main Library have also been cancelled for this week only.

For details on other summer events for all ages, see, follow Facebook/rockislandlibrary, visit any Rock Island Library or call 309-732-7323 (READ).

2013 Summer reading contests and programs are funded by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch location), and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation.


Book Signing

Author Joan Mauch will be signing copies of her debut novel, HALIFAX (Whiskey Creek, 2013) on Saturday, July 6th from 11-2:00 at The Book Rack of the Quad-Cities, 3937-41 Ave. Drive, Moline. Visit her website at

Winner Also Will Meet Series Host Mario Lopez

DES MOINES, IA - June 19, 2013 - Mediacom will send one of its Facebook friends to Los Angeles next month to attend a taping of the auditions for the hit singing competition series THE X FACTOR. The winner also will meet THE X FACTOR host Mario Lopez. The unique sweepstakes, sponsored in partnership with Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), gives THE X FACTOR fans a chance to be part of the search to find the next great solo artist or vocal group.

Mediacom's THE X FACTOR sweepstakes is open to anyone who visits the company's Facebook page and submits an entry form from June 17-28. Contestants must "like" the Facebook page and also click on the contest entry link. The winner will receive airfare for two, a three-night hotel stay, car rental, two tickets to the July 12 taping of THE X FACTOR auditions, $250 in spending money and other perks, including a meet-and-greet with the show's charismatic host, Mario Lopez. Contest information can be found at

THE X FACTOR returns Wednesdays and Thursdays this fall on FOX. It was recently announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland and global pop sensation Paulina Rubio will join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato as judges on the series.

THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Entertainment and is produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. "Like" THE X FACTOR on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #xfactor. Download The Xtra Factor App at

About Mediacom:

Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business.

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A new Quad Cities based literary magazine is looking for compelling works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry of 5,000 words or less. send submissions to more info at
After 300 years, get Ussher's masterpiece, 'Annals of the World'

It has been called "the best ancient history book after the Bible."

For generations, the only way to read it was in Latin.

But, in one of the most significant publishing events of the 21st century, James Ussher's colossal history of the world, titled "Annals of the World" is now available from the WND Superstore- in English - after over 300 years of being accessible only to scholars.

"Annals of the World" Ships FREE today! Read more here!

In this masterful and legendary volume, commissioned by Master Books to be updated from the 17th-century original Latin manuscript to modern English and made available to the general public, is the fascinating history of the ancient world from the Genesis creation precisely dated through the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.

Find out:

    Why was Julius Caesar kidnapped in 75 B.C.?

    Why did Alexander the Great burn his ships in 326 B.C.?

    What really happened when the sun "went backward" as a sign to Hezekiah?

    What does secular history say about the darkness at the Crucifixion?

In the years 1650-1654, James Ussher set out to write a history of the world from creation to A.D. 70. The result was published in 1658 as the literary classic "The Annals of the World." This famous comprehensive history of the world, originally published in Latin, offers a look at history rarely seen. Ussher traveled throughout Europe, gathering much information from the actual historical documents. Many of these documents are no longer available, having been destroyed since the time of his research.

Integrating biblical history (around 15 percent of the text is from the Bible) with secular sources, Ussher wrote this masterpiece. Considered not only a literary classic, but also an accurate reference, "The Annals of the World" was so highly regarded for its preciseness that the timeline from it was included in the margins of many King James Version Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

"The Annals of the World" is a necessary addition to any church library, pastor's library, or any library - public or personal. The entire text has been updated from 17th-century English to present-day vernacular in a five-year project commissioned by Master Books. Containing many human-interest stories from the original historical documents collected by Ussher, this is more than just a history book - it's a work of history.

"Annals of the World" Ships FREE today! Read more here!

Special features:

    Includes CD of Ussher's Chronology of the World - full of colored charts, graphs, timelines, and much, much more

    Important literary work that has been inaccessible in book form for over 300 years

    Translated into modern English for the first time

    Traces world history from creation through A.D. 70

    Over 10,000 footnotes from the original text have been updated to references from works in the Loeb Classical Library by Harvard Press

    Over 2,500 citations from the Bible and the Apocrypha

    Ussher's original citations have been checked against the latest textual scholarship

    One of history's most famous and well-respected historians

    Spent over five years researching and writing this book

    Entered college at age 13

    Received his master's degree at age 18

    Was an expert in Semitic languages

    Buried in Westminster Abbey

About the book:

    Made of the highest quality material: Smyth sewn, gold-gilded edges, foil embossing on front, back, and spine

    Cover presented in the style of classic literary works

    Packaged in a beautiful box for display purposes and durability

    8 appendixes

    Fully indexed

    Paragraphs numbered

    Chronological presentation of material

This is one of the most important literary, historical and Christian works you'll ever own, a treasure for any home library. It's a must for your homeschool library.

For generations, this classic work was considered part of the essential reading for educated people. Now you can read it - in English.

As a very special added bonus, when you purchase "The Annals of the World" from the WND Superstore, you can also receive - FREE - three issues of our acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine, which many have called the best news magazine in the world. That's a $22.50 free value! (Offer good in the U.S. only.) Watch for the free offer during checkout.

Order your copy of James Ussher's extraordinary "Annals of the World" in softcover or hardcover from the WND Superstore.

The perfect companion to "Annals" is this one - "Adams Chart of History."

This well-known illustrated timeline of earth history was first published in 1871. A vintage reproduction of that acclaimed timeline, this well-known illustrated timeline of earth history was first published in 1871. "Adams Chart of History" is an amazing 27 1/2 inches tall, and the foldout chart features detailed, full-color drawings of various stages of history, from Adam and Eve to the late 19th century. There is handwritten commentary throughout.

Perfect for educational settings or Sunday school walls, it includes the explanatory booklet that was originally published with the chart. The chart follows James Ussher's timeline from "The Annals of the World," the inspiration for Adams' monumental work.

It includes:
  • 5,882 years of historic time represented in this map.
  • 3,607 years of Bible history.
  • Rulers, their years in power, date of accession, and when they were succeeded; the rise, fall, and division of nations, and much more.
  • Intricate symbols, such as the 10 red crosses on the purple Roman empire, which represent the "10 persecutions" of the Christians.
  • Hundreds of beautiful illustrations with explanations throughout the chart - there truly is no other chart quite like this.

Like "Annals," there is a softcover version of this book at lower price.

Author pens new book about life before and after an abortion

FORT MADISON, Iowa - The impact of Roe v. Wade in 1973 continues to affect public debate and personal lives. In her new book, "Spirits" (published by AuthorHouse) Paula Graham takes her teaching experience and turns it into a story of the effects of abortions on the lives of four people.

"When I was teaching middle school classes, one of the girls had an abortion," Graham explains. "She came to see me one day and told me that her mother had put her on birth control. This made me extremely sad to see the change in her life after she had the abortion."

In Burlington, Iowa, two unmarried couples, Emma and Jake and Chris and Sarah, make the decision to terminate their pregnancies. The decision changes their lives and how they deal with the ghosts of their pasts.

Graham hopes to draw attention to the after-effects of abortion and how it may impact the rest of a person's life. "Abortion is a very major topic in the national debate and raises extremely passionate emotions in everyone."


By Paula Graham

Softcover | 5 x 8in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781587216947

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Paula Graham is a retired school teacher. She has four children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. An avid reader, she checks out books and magazines by the sackful from her small-town library. Graham has also published a book of poetry, "Poems Forever."

. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.


  • The combined company will own or operate 30 network-affiliated TV stations across 27 markets reaching 14% of U.S. TV households
  • Media General's dual-class stock structure will be unwound as part of the transaction
  • The transaction will be immediately accretive on a free cash flow per share basis
  • New Media General intends to refinance its combined debt at a substantially lower cost of capital

Richmond, VA - Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG) and privately held Young Broadcasting Holding Co., Inc., both local broadcast television and digital media companies, today announced a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in an all-stock merger transaction.  The new company will retain the Media General name and will remain headquartered in Richmond, VA.

Young Broadcasting owns KWQC-TV6 in the Quad Cities.

Media General owns 18 network-affiliated stations, and Young owns or operates 12 network-affiliated stations.  The combination will create a company with 30 stations operating in 27 markets, reaching 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households.  On a pro forma basis, 2012 revenues were $605 million, including approximately $115 million of political revenues.

The new company will have a strong balance sheet, including significant tax carryover net operating losses that will survive the merger, and an enhanced credit profile, creating opportunities to refinance existing debt at a significantly lower cost of capital.  The merger will be accretive to free cash flow in the first full year.  The companies have identified $25-30 million of operating and financing synergies.

The balance of network affiliations will include CBS (11), NBC (9), ABC (7) Fox (1), CW (1) and MNT (1).  Sixteen of the 30 stations are located in the Top 75 DMAs.  The new company will be more geographically diverse and will have a presence in more markets that generate strong political revenues.  Its increased size will enhance its ability to participate in retransmission revenue growth, share growth of national and digital advertising, and syndicated programming purchasing.

J. Stewart Bryan III, chairman of Media General, said, "The business combination of Media General and Young is a transformational event that will benefit shareholders, employees and the communities we serve.  The combination provides immediate accretion to free cash flow, a strong balance sheet, the opportunity to refinance debt at a much lower cost and attractive synergies.  Young's management and its owners share Media General's commitment to quality local journalism and to operating top-rated TV stations, making this merger a unique and compelling combination with significant growth potential.  I have agreed to vote all of my shares to unwind Media General's dual-class stock structure and to approve the transaction.  I look forward to benefiting as a continuing long-term shareholder in the new Media General."

MOLINE, IL - The 2013 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship has been awarded to Victoria Hanson of Cambridge (IL), a senior broadcasting major at Western Illinois University's Macomb campus.

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"Victoria is the type of student who simply gets the work done, and she does a quality job at the same time," said Roger Sadler, WIU broadcasting professor.

Hanson is a member of Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, and is a 2013 inductee in the National Broadcasting Society.

"I am so thankful to have won WQPT's broadcast scholarship. My final semester will be this fall, and I can't believe my college years are coming to an end. I am excited for my future,  and thanks to WQPT, I will have a little less financial stress." Hanson said. "I have been a television reporter on WIU's newscast for two years, and I will be a television anchor in the fall for a second semester. I hope to become a television anchor or reporter for a local television station on the East Coast."

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.

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