Books

Play Ball: The Story of Little League Baseball

 

PLAY BALL!
THE STORY OF
LITTLE LEAGUE
BASEBALL®
 

 
Lance and Robin
Van Auken

 

 

“‘Play Ball!’ is a delightful walk down the storied history of Little League Baseball. For those of us who played the dreams of your youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adults who still dream, it’s a wonderful reminder of what might have […]

Books by Van Auken

 

“‘Play Ball!’ is a delightful walk down the storied history of Little League Baseball. For those of us who played the dreams of your youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adults who still dream, it’s a wonderful reminder of what might have been.” —John Grisham
Play Ball! The Story of […]

Birthplace of ‘Grit’

Famous in the 19th century for its lumber products, Williamsport, Pennsylvania is a small mountainous town. Situated on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, its residents enjoyed easy access to virgin forests of hemlock and white pine. It once boasted more millionaires per capita than any American city. Its legacy is Millionaires Row, […]

Which eReader Do You Need?

The eReader is emerging as a true friend of the reader: they’re useful, entertaining and you can have thousands of eBooks on your virtual bookcase without taking up valuable space.

If you don’t know much about eReaders, consider this a primer. An eBook reader, also called an eBook device or eReader, is an electronic device […]

Swallows & Amazons

Barbecued Billygoats!

You mean you haven’t read Swallows and Amazons or any of the other books in the 12-volume series? Technically, we’re all supposed to read these books when we’re children, but if you haven’t don’t worry — you’ll still enjoy messing about in boats with the crews of the Swallow and the pirates […]

Easy on the Hooptedoodle

Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writing

Don’t write what the reader will skip over anyhow.
Never open your book with weather.
Never begin with a prologue
Never describe the physical look of a character in such great detail it takes away from the reader’s imagination.
Use exclamation points sparingly.
Never use another verb in place of said.
Never let your writing sound […]

Thinking Like Leonardo

 

I’ve been pondering the concept of a New Renaissance.

On the topic, Parade magazine’s resident genius Marilyn Vos Savant once wrote she would: “… found a school for art and music, dedicated to bringing back the classical beauty in sight and sound that – transfigured by contemporary imagination – could make the modern world a […]

Sunday Grit

Make room on the shelf for another book about local history. Written by author Robin Van Auken and published by Ogden Newspapers, parent company of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, “Sunday Grit: A Newspaper Legacy” is the fourth volume in a limited edition, commemorative series about area newspapers.

Richly illustrated, the new 136-page book features nearly 200 […]

Getting Published Requires Homework

So you’re one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you’ve already written a manuscript, chances are you’re looking for agent representation. As an editor, I’ve had the opportunity to read more than 1,000 book proposals. Most, I’m sad to report, were inadequate because the author did not follow a […]

Small press publishers fill the niche

Dedication and faith are the foundations of many small press and independent publishers. By printing primarily what interests them and focusing on authors they trust, this group is growing rapidly. Whereas many major publishers consolidate and lose money on book returns and operating costs, small presses flourish because their books meet high standards for […]

Small Publishers in the Making

 

If you’ve thought of small publishing houses as recent developments in the print world then you might be surprised to learn that the small publisher has been around for centuries. Some of history’s most famous authors and books have the small publisher to thank for their successes. From wall paintings in caves to the […]