Sam Henrie

About Sam Henrie

Sam Henrie is President and Founder of Wheatmark, Inc., and Past President of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. He is Co-Chair of the Book and Movie Business Genre of the Literary Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, the third largest book festival in the United States. Sam is also a Senior Faculty at the Authors Academy.
11 01, 2019

Book Signings and Back-of-the-Room Sales

By |2019-01-14T10:53:43-07:00January 11, 2019|Authors Academy, Marketing, Resources, Webinars|Comments Off on Book Signings and Back-of-the-Room Sales

You may know that here at the Authors Academy, we’re strong advocates of using the Web to build your author platform.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to build an audience face-to-face, too: either locally, regionally, nationally, or beyond.

The truth is, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of meeting your readers (and gaining new fans) in person!

And, of course — in addition to being a great way to build buzz for your projects — book events can be just plain fun.

Join us next week as we tackle “Book Signings and Back-of-the-Room Sales” with one of our favorite Tucson-based publicists, Lynn Wiese Sneyd.

Lynn Wiese Sneyd coordinates national, regional and local publicity campaigns for authors of non-fiction and fiction books. She’s scheduled author appearances on major television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS affiliates), Sirius Satellite, syndicated AM/FM radio shows, and internet podcasts.

In addition, she’s worked with […]

3 12, 2018

You Only Need to Get It Right Once

By |2018-11-30T14:21:43-07:00December 3, 2018|News, Publishing, Writing|Comments Off on You Only Need to Get It Right Once

I’m right in the middle of listening to The Witch Elm by my favorite contemporary mystery novelist, Tana French. So far the book is as good as I would expect, having read all six of French’s previous novels. French’s masterful use of language and deft psychological characterizations make her novels qualify as both literary and genre fiction. That’s one of the reason that I (like so many of her readers) am addicted to her writing, and read each of her novels as soon as it is released.

Out of curiosity about the author, I recently spent some time rooting around the web looking for articles by and about her. One particularly interesting one I ran across was “5 Writing Tips from Tana French,” Publishers Weekly, 2012. (I highly recommend the article to all fiction writers) In it she says that […]

31 10, 2018

‘Tis The Season

By |2018-11-30T14:15:40-07:00October 31, 2018|Writing|Comments Off on ‘Tis The Season

It is common knowledge among my family and friends that I’m in love with this time of year. I don’t know what it is about October, but there is something about this month that makes me feel warm and giddy. It doesn’t matter if the weather doesn’t perfectly cooperate with my seasonal hopes and dreams (although I would much prefer cooler temperatures and rainy days), I still feel enraptured by fall’s embrace.

To me, the beginning of fall means the holiday season is right around the corner. October ushers in seasonal change that brings cooler weather, beautiful decorations, special time with family and friends, and just general congeniality between strangers. Just as the leaves begin to change, so do our priorities and focus. Fall seems to ignite a flame that warms our hearts and minds as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I am partial […]

20 09, 2018

Is It Brain Surgery?

By |2018-09-20T15:33:42-07:00September 20, 2018|News, Publishing, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is It Brain Surgery?

There’s an anecdote which I’ve heard attributed to a few different famous authors, including Margaret Atwood, though I read somewhere that she says it didn’t originate with her. It goes like this:

A famous writer is at a party. She’s chatting with a brain surgeon. The brain surgeon, upon hearing who she is, gets excited, and says that when he retires he’s going become a writer. The writer quips snidely, “Oh really? When I retire, I’m going to become a brain surgeon.” The author, here, implies that writing should be left to professionals.

Here’s where I think she gets it wrong. Of course there are activities we wouldn’t ever do without years of formal training and professional licensing, like brain surgery, nuclear-reactor design, and fighter jet piloting, because lives depend on our performance. But there are also activities that many of us do as […]

20 08, 2018

Tell Me a Story, Friend

By |2018-08-20T10:51:05-07:00August 20, 2018|News, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writing|Comments Off on Tell Me a Story, Friend

This Summer I had the pleasure of seeing three people, who in various ways I connect with through book publishing, tell stories from the stage at storytelling events. For years I’ve been a big fan of The Moth storytelling radio hour and similar podcasts, so it was a real delight to hear people I actually know tell stories from the stage.

The first two storytellers I saw at one of the amazing monthly shows put on by Odyssey Storytelling of Tucson. The theme for the show was Different. Terry Filipowicz, my cohort on the Book and Movie Biz Genre of the Book and Author Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books (wow, that’s a mouthful), Vice President at Great Potential Press, and Instructor at Pima Community College, and Ethel Lee-Miller (etheleemiller.com), Wheatmark author, writing editor and coach, public speaking coach, […]

9 07, 2018

Publish, Baby, Publish!

By |2018-07-19T12:19:30-07:00July 9, 2018|News, Publishing, Writing|Comments Off on Publish, Baby, Publish!

Billionaire oil magnate J. Paul Getty quipped: “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” He was, of course, highlighting how important luck is as a component of success. This same sentiment can easily apply to writing and publishing a book, “Formula for success: rise early, write well, and get discovered.” If you try to get published by a major New York publisher, you will soon find, that unless you have published with them before, or are a famous movie star or politician, you have little chance. Even if your book is incredibly well-written and interesting, you, as a first-time author have to somehow get discovered by the right person at the publisher. Without some lucky accident, like a personal or professional connection on the inside who can champion your manuscript, it’s very tough. If you decide to self-publish, luck will […]

9 07, 2018

Finding Inspiration in a Dry Season

By |2018-07-06T16:11:01-07:00July 9, 2018|News, Publishing, Writing|Comments Off on Finding Inspiration in a Dry Season

Photo by Robert Murray on Unsplash

I never imagined myself living in the desert. Born and raised in Orange County, California, I believed that my life would always exist within a certain radius. While we experienced our fair share of heat waves, there was some reassurance in the knowledge that the beach was just a short drive away. The cool coastal breeze and marine layer could temporarily relieve any discomfort caused by summer’s warm embrace.

My life trajectory changed drastically when I met my now husband. Committing to a man who owed at least three years to the Air Force meant that we were no longer the masters of our fate, and that fate was destined for Tucson.

We moved to the Old Pueblo in the middle of June 2014, and I was not prepared for the heat. June heat is unrelenting. Cool mornings […]

31 05, 2018

Fast-Paced Compelling Work of Fantasy Causes Us to Question Reality

By |2018-05-31T11:04:01-07:00May 31, 2018|News, Publishing|Comments Off on Fast-Paced Compelling Work of Fantasy Causes Us to Question Reality

Tucson. AZ – May 31, 2018 – Wheatmark, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Moodus Noises by Davis L. Temple. This fast-paced, compelling work of fantasy causes you to question modern reality and offers poignant critical commentary on our nation, its history, and the repercussions of what it means to be both an American and a human being.

The violent history of colonialism has plagued the American psyche for centuries. Some ghosts, however, are never laid to rest. When the Pequot Indians, exterminated by the white man in 1637, return to modern-day Connecticut to exact revenge upon the white man and his former allies, the Mohegan Indians, a violent supernatural confrontation erupts.

A beautiful summer’s day in the small village of Moodus is suddenly disrupted when a local man is discovered not only dead, but scalped; two others have […]

15 04, 2018

“April Come She Will . . . “

By |2018-05-03T12:52:48-07:00April 15, 2018|News, Publishing|Comments Off on “April Come She Will . . . “

“… when streams are ripe and swelled with rain.”  With apologies to Paul Simon, here in the Sonoran Desert there are only dry streambeds this time of year.  It did rain briefly, however, on the Saturday, March 10, day one of the Tucson Festival of Books, but that didn’t seem to deter the over 100,000 book lovers there.  (The Festival’s now the third largest in the country. ) When I’m not working at Wheatmark, one of the things I do is volunteer for the Festival on the Book & Author Committee, where this year I was responsible for inviting authors who work in, or write about, the movie industry. Of all the authors I invited, the one who drew the biggest crowds was not a journeyman author with fifty titles, but first-time author Jenna Fischer.  You may remember Fischer for playing Pam […]

1 12, 2017

Congratulations To Our Winners!

By |2018-03-29T11:09:17-07:00December 1, 2017|News, Publishing|Comments Off on Congratulations To Our Winners!

Congratulations to the following Wheatmark authors who were recently chosen as winners and finalists in the 6th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards® Winners & Finalists.

 

Autobiography: Winner

An American Miner in Peru: A Lesson in Patience and Perseverance

Chuck Preble

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Help: Motivational: Finalist

If I Can, You Can: Transformation Made Easy

David Zelman

http://www.transitionsinstitute.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration: Winner

Acupuncture for Your Soul, A Collection of Life Changing Aha! Moments

Rae Jacob

raejacobwrites.com