Archive - July 2, 2010

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June Books By Peace Corps Writers
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Peace Corps Writers To Publish How To Cook A Crocodile
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Finding A Job In Publishing: Publicity Assistant #3

June Books By Peace Corps Writers

Torn in the South Pacific by Jeff Bronow (Fiji 1988–90) PublishAmerica $24.95 246 pages June 2010 • Henry Walters and Bernard Berenson: Collector and Connoisseur by Stanley Mazaroff (Philippines 1961–63) The John Hopkins University Press $40.00 248 pages June 2010 • Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories by Cynthia Morrison Phoel (Bulgaria 1994–96) Southern Methodist University press, $22.50 208  pages June 2010 • The Drums of Africa (Peace Corps Novel) by Tim Schell (Central African Republic 1978–79) Mammoth Books $15.95 247 pages 2007 • A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose (Children K–3) by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 1989–90); illustrated byLinzie Hunter Little, Brown Books for Young Readers $16.99 32 pages January 2010 • The Ghost of Milagro Creek by Melanie Sumner  (Senegal 1988-90) Algonquin $13.95 264 pages June 2010 • Go Home Bones (Poems) by Tony Zurlo (Nigeria 1964–66) Pudding House Chapbook Series $10.00 (to order jen@puddinghouse.com) 30 pages 2010 . . .

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Peace Corps Writers To Publish How To Cook A Crocodile

Bonnie Lee Black (Gabon 1996-98) who lives and teaching writing in Taos, New Mexico, has written   How To Cook a Crocodile. It is the first book to be published by our new imprint, PeaceCorpsWriters. Bonnie, author of the memoir, Somewhere Child (Viking Press, 1981) decided at the age of  50, after a breast cancer scare, and ten years of physically exhausting catering work, to shut down her New York business and join the Peace Corps. “I was a health and nutrition Volunteer in Lastoursville, in the middle of the rainforest, and like so many PCV before me, I emerged from this experience having learned more than I taught.  Unlike other Peace Corps authors, though, I tell my tale in a new way:  as interconnecting essays with recipes.”  Bonnie goes on to say, “In 1942 – in the midst of war rationing, when many American households had reason to fear the wolf at the door – an opinionated, highbrow beauty from California published a . . .

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Finding A Job In Publishing: Publicity Assistant #3

A publicity assistant sends out galleys (early bound and typeset copies of a book) to select book reviewers at newspapers and magazines, maintains and updates lists of reviewers who should receive free copies of the published book one it’s out, works with his/her boss to arrange radio, print, and television interviews for authors, and may work to organize book release parties and signings at bookstores. Additionally, the assistant needs to know all the social media venues like Facebook and Twitter as this, too, is how books are promoted. Publicity assistants go on to become publicity directors–and because good publicity is so important to book sales, the best publicists sometimes move on to corporate marketing and executive publishing levels. There are also two other ‘assistant’ roles, one in marketing where the department seeks to build ways of promoting the book on its own, via web campaigns and book events. There is a  role . . .

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