3 October, 2022

Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King—in Greece!

By |2022-10-03T12:27:48-07:00October 3, 2022|News|Comments Off on Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King—in Greece!

From left to right: Helena’s publisher in Greece, Helena P. Schrader, and the Mayor of Sparta

Congratulations to Wheatmark author, Helena P. Schrader! The Greek edition of her book, Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King, was recently launched in Sparta at an event hosted by the Mayor of Sparta and attended by Greek scholars, members of the Greek publishing industry, and the public.

To quote Helena:

It was a great honor, to say the least, to get such strong support in such a historic venue. The bookstores of Sparta have stocked the book, and brochures for the book will be in all the hotels.

A poster advertizing the event before the Archaeological Museum of Sparta

You can also find Helena on December 1 for the University of Nottingham’s “Sparta Live!” Webinar Series. This event will […]

19 July, 2022

Judy Ikels with the Chinese Writers Association

By |2022-07-19T15:57:13-07:00July 19, 2022|News|Comments Off on Judy Ikels with the Chinese Writers Association

Congratulations to our author, Judy Ikels, for her collaboration with the Chinese Writers Association at one of their events!

Alongside main speaker Zhuqing Li, Judy and her calligrapher had an opportunity to share her book, Death in Wartime China, with the one hundred people in attendance.

7 June, 2022

Vaccines & Bayonets is an Indie Book Awards Finalist!

By |2022-06-07T14:59:27-07:00June 7, 2022|News|Comments Off on Vaccines & Bayonets is an Indie Book Awards Finalist!



Congratulations to author Bee Bloeser! Her book, Vaccines and Bayonets: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War, is a 2022 finalist for the Indie Book Awards.

You can learn more about her book at her website:

25 March, 2022

Celebrating the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books

By |2023-06-09T10:46:45-07:00March 25, 2022|Marketing, News|Comments Off on Celebrating the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books


Thank you to everyone who attended our 2022 Tucson Festival of Books booth!

After two years of the pandemic preventing an in-person Festival, everyone came in full force. We are grateful to our authors, the Festival organizers, the University of Arizona, and everyone who showed up for a fantastic 2022 Tucson Festival of Books!

In addition to making new connections and meeting with old friends, our authors sold a lot of books—and that’s thanks to all of you.

We can’t wait to see you all again next year! And hopefully see some new faces as well.

2 May, 2019

Behind the Scenes of NYC Publishing

By |2023-06-09T10:46:59-07:00May 2, 2019|Authors Academy, News, Publishing|Comments Off on Behind the Scenes of NYC Publishing

Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes in the traditional publishing industry?

Join us next Wednesday as we peel back the curtain on this exclusive world with Anne Spieth, an experienced professional from the traditional publishing arena who recently joined Wheatmark, Inc. as Publishing Consultant, and who is also the newest Senior Faculty member of the Authors Academy!

For the past 10 years, Anne has been working at two of the Big Five New York publishers: in publicity at Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan), then in marketing and design for Macmillan Audio, and finally in marketing for Simon & Schuster/Atria.

Anne rejoined Macmillan’s adult Library Marketing division in 2013, where she did online marketing, book title presentations, and exhibited at major industry conferences.

During her time in NY, Anne worked with many New York Times bestselling and acclaimed authors, including Jodi Picoult, Lisa Scottoline, Louise Penny, Jenny […]

3 December, 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 October, 2018

‘Tis The Season

By |2023-06-09T11:03:35-07:00October 31, 2018|News, 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 August, 2018

Tell Me a Story, Friend

By |2023-06-09T10:50:13-07:00August 20, 2018|News, Publishing, 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 (, Wheatmark author, writing editor and coach, public speaking coach, […]

20 July, 2018

Ode to a Peach Tree

By |2018-07-20T16:10:26-07:00July 20, 2018|News, Publishing, Writing|Comments Off on Ode to a Peach Tree

There’s nothing quite like the experience of holding your finished book at the end of the publishing process. After writing, waiting for editing, designing, and working through multiple revisions, you’ve got it! Reminds me of a story from my childhood about a peach…

As a kid growing up in Southern California, I looked forward to two things every summer: our annual July trip to Minnesota, and the homegrown peaches that were waiting for us when we returned home in August. Every summer the peach tree that leaned against the fence in my backyard would produce the most juicy, sweet peaches imaginable. My family would get so many of them that my mother spent many hot summer days in the kitchen canning fruit and making jam. I loved that tree.

So when my father decided to try out his tree-trimming skills on my beloved tree […]


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