Monthly Archives: September 2013

iUniverse Footnotes September 2013 Author Challenge

iUniverse Huck FinniUniverse Little DorritFrom Henry Fielding, Cervantes, P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Mark Twain to, Peter De Vries, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, John Kennedy Toole and Terry Southern, to name but a few of the many authors who have attempted that most difficult of genre, the comic novel.

These are just a few of the notable ones who have mastered the genre.

Thus this leads to this month’s iUniverse author challenge which is devoted to the comic novel. Whether you are an established writer or you are yet to a pen a sentence, this challenge is for you.

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iUniverse author William Glasser


The iUniverse revised edition of Control Theory

iUniverse author William Glasser, the world-renowned psychiatrist who employed a nontraditional, somewhat controversial approach, sadly passed way August 23 last. He was 88.

William Glasser was the initiator of two very significant theorem. The Reality Therapy and the Choice Theory. These ideas, which focused on the individual in terms of personal choice, responsibility and personal transformation, were considered controversial by the mainstream profession.

Glasser deviated from conventional psychiatrists by warning the general public about the potential detriments caused by the profession of psychiatry in its traditional form, because of its overriding propensity to diagnose a patient with a mental illness and then prescribe medications to treat that particular illness when, in fact, the patient may have been behaving in that way because they were extremely unhappy,which is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder. Significantly Glasser also applied his theories to much broader social issues, such as education and marriage, to name but two.

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iUniverse author MK Sandoval on self-publishing

iUniverse Blog was recently alerted to a blog post by Karen Randau about a new iUniverse author and her debut comic mystery, Cat House: Adventures of a Real Estate Madam. On reading we thought that it so good that we asked Karen if we could reproduce it on the iUniverse Blog and she very kindly agreed. So here it is:-

iUniverse author MK Sandoval on self-publishing

“Marsha Sandoval released her comedy mystery, Cat House: Adventures of a Real Estate Madam, in July 2013. Her character Niki Brooks is a luxury home real estate agent desperate to survive the Great Recession of 2008. She decides to think “outside the house” and reaches the conclusion that selling sex would offer a more steady income than selling foreclosed homes.

iUniverse Marsha Sandoval“I’ve been a real estate agent for 36 years,” Marsha said. “When the real estate industry imploded, things were scary and difficult. I heard about a real estate agent who had just served six months in a country club type jail for having a call girl business. I thought, ‘That’s how I can survive the recession.’”

Just to be clear, instead of starting a call girl business, Marsha wrote about starting one.”

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New movie scares up sales for iUniverse “The Demonologist”

1920x1200-1iUniverse PublishingThe Demonologist by author Gerald Daniel Brittle, (released under The Writers Guild Backinprint label in 2002) is currently enjoying a spurt in sales due to the recent release of the movie, The Conjuring.

The Demonologist, on which much of the movie is based, was originally published in 1980 and charts the extraordinary career of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were considered America’s foremost experts on demonology and exorcism for over 5 decades. Following the success of the movie, the book sales rankings on Amazon are:

  • Best Sellers Rank: 7,266 in Books (out of over 20+ million paperback titles currently on Amazon)
  • 10th in Spiritual Warfare books
  • 12th in Religious Warfare books

And the average customer review ranks the book at: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here is just one example:-

You might not be prepared for this!

iUniverse The Demonologist“I know I was not prepared for this. I love horror movies and books, have seen the Exorcist, the Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist III, etc. I have read both the Exorcist and it’s sequel, Legion. And I have even seen the Warrens’ seminar four times. I sat down with this book expecting a good scare and some good entertainment. What I got was something else altogether.

To start, The Exorcist is a cakewalk compared to this. It puts any Stephen King or H. P. Lovecraft story to shame. It’s simply the most frightening book I have ever read. This is partly due to how convincing it is, and partly to how it portrays real horror. It describes the intelligence and strategy of the demonic spirit, and the insanity, terror, and consequences they’re capable of. The Exorcist seems like a very mild case of exorcism after reading this.”

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iUniverse master biographer on the benefits of self-publishing 3

iUniverse Carl Rollyson 2iUniverse Blog and you the reader have been taken on a fascinating journey over the last two days by prolific author and biographer, Carl Rollyson and now in this final chapter Carl divulges some great book marketing tactics for authors considering self-publishing and then admits what we probably knew; he is a true lover of literature!

iUniverse Carl Rollyson shows how to reach your readers

iUniverse Marie Curie Honesty in Science “Perhaps my most gratifying experience as an iUniverse author has been the response to my children’s biography of Marie Curie. This book was originally written for a publisher who went out of business. I was able to acquire the rights for the book and to publish it through iUniverse. More than most of my other books, I felt Marie Curie: Honesty in Science could reach a large audience. She is such a famous figure and reading about her is such a wonderful way to introduce young people to science and to the lives of scientists who make exciting and life enhancing discoveries. As part of the original series, I was obliged to include sections like “points to ponder” and suggestions for parents who might want to help their children with their reading. It suddenly occurred to me that what I had written was in fact a biography for home schoolers.

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