Class: Alice Acheson - Your Book--What's Next?

09/20/2014 5:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 20 • 10:00-5:00 pm • $150
 
 
  
 
Pre-class assignment required.
You’ve chosen the publishing method, now learn how to market your book and allot time, energy, and money to publishing demands without neglecting your writing. In class, we’ll create a realistic timeline, marketing plan, and sell sheet. 
As a marketing and publishing consultant with decades of experience, Alice Acheson works with authors, illustrators, and photographers. She has edited books and negotiated contracts. Her publicity work has produced many New York Times bestsellers.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Kristin Newman - What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, she instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed.  What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Argentinian priests, Finnish poker players, and sexy Bedouins who helped transform Newman into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road—a quieter, less judgmental, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home.

Kristin Newman is a television comedy writer, having earned credits on shows such as That 70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck. She currently writes for ABC's The Neighbors.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780804137607
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Three Rivers Press, 5/2014

Monica R. Martinez - Deeper Learning

While education reformers and policy makers grapple with big fixes and the politics of national initiatives, most teachers and parents share the simple and urgent desire for students -- especially those from low-income communities -- to be on the road to college and ultimately to develop into people who will be equipped to thrive in the unpredictable future ahead of them. Nevertheless, the great majority of American schools do not respond to this urgent need. And just what this sort of education looks like, day to day, remains elusive.

In Deeper Learning ($26.95), education strategist Monica R. Martinez and sociologist Dennis McGrath take us inside eight schools that have set out to transform the experience of learning. In these schools, we meet teachers and students who show us just what "Deeper Learning" looks like. The examples from these pages-from high school kids developing energy-saving solutions alongside engineers to young people discovering the complexities of sustainability on an oral history expedition to Appalachia-offer an inspiring and expanded vision of what's possible in schools today.

An accessibly written showcase of schools and practices designed to empower educators and students alike, here is a book for all who are concerned with the dual need for American schools to be genuinely innovative and to embrace what works. Deeper Learning demonstrates how students in their teen years can become passionate learners and global citizens ready to take on a world increasingly defined by new technologies, economic shifts, and profound social challenges.
 
Monica R. Martinez, PhD, is a former president of the New Tech Network and was previously vice president of Knowledge Works. In 2011 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. A Colorado native, she currently lives in the Bay Area.
 
Dennis McGrath, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the Community College of Philadelphia where he won the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of The Collaborative Advantage: Lessons from K-16 Educational Reform, among other works. He lives in Philadelphia.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781595589590
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: New Press, 6/2014

Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests

From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London.

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests ($27.95) is Sarah Waters’s finest achievement yet.

Sarah Waters is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

The Paying Guests (Hardcover)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633119
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 9/2014

Class: Alice Acheson - Write a Book Proposal That Sells

09/21/2014 1:00 pm
Sun., Sept. 21 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Your manuscript may be a winner, but rejection letters will accumulate without a solid book proposal. Alice Acheson will discuss how to convince an agent or editor to read your proposal, what should be in the cover letter versus the synopsis, and much more! As a marketing and publishing consultant with decades of experience, Alice Acheson works with authors, illustrators, and photographers. She has edited books and negotiated contracts. Her publicity work has produced many New York Times bestsellers.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Rebecca Alexander - Not Fade Away

The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live each day with grace and purpose

Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away ($27.00) is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rebecca’s story is an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

When Rebecca was twelve, her parents were told that she would be completely blind before she turned thirty.  At eighteen, she fell through a window, shattering her body. In college, she found out that due to a rare genetic disorder—Usher Syndrome Type III—she was losing her hearing as well. Since then, she has earned two Master’s degrees from Columbia University, ridden a six-hundred-mile bike race, hiked the Inca Trail, and established a thriving career—all while maintaining a vibrant social life.

In Not Fade Away, Rebecca charts her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities, to a woman who is able to face the world exactly as she is. She meditates on what she’s lost—the sound of laughter and skies full of stars, which she can now only imagine (though, she quips, “It’s not like anyone can see stars in New York anyway”)—and what she’s found in return: an exquisite sense of intimacy with family and friends who’ve stuck by her, and a profound appreciation for everything she still has. Even though Rebecca inhabits a gradually darkening world, she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm. 
 
Rebecca Alexander, thirty-four, is a psychotherapist, spin instructor, volunteer, and an extreme athlete who is almost completely blind and deaf. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, she currently lives in New York City.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781592408313
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Gotham, 9/2014



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