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"On a good day, I am still convinced I have the best job in the world. Even after all these years, the unique delight in discovering a great unpublished work hasn't diminished. Sometimes you find something new and you just say Wow!"Sonny Mehta, Knopf, editor-in-chief


 Business / Economics / Entrepreneurship / Management

  • Karen Hardwick, The Connected Leader: 7 Discoveries to Dig Deep, Chase Slow and Rise Up at Work
    See Author's Website
  • Dan Purvis and Jason Smith, 28 Days to Save the World: Crafting Your Culture to be Ready for Anything
    See Authors' Website
  • JUST SOLD! Rick Brandon PhD, Savvy Straight Talk: Interpersonal Survival Skills for Enhancing Your Influence in the New Workplace to BenBella Publishers, Matt Holt Books

  • JUST SOLD! Tracy Brower, Ph.D., Choosing Joy: Creating Happiness and Fulfillment in Your Work and Life to Sourcebooks

  • JUST SOLD! Peter Compo, PhD, The Emergent Approach: A New Practice of Strategy for Attacking the Killer Challenges of Change and Innovation to Business Expert Press

  • JUST SOLD! David Cutler, Problem-Solving Champion: Winning the GAME of Innovation to McGraw-Hill

  • JUST SOLD! Neil Dahlstrom, Tractor Wars: John Deere, Henry Ford, International Harvester and the Birth of Modern Agriculture to BenBella Publishers, Matt Holt Books

  • JUST SOLD! Greg Graves, Create Amazing: Turning Your Employees into Owners for Explosive Growth! to BenBella Publishers, Matt Holt Books

 Personal Finance / Investing / Trading / Real Estate

  • Paul Ollinger, The Fog of Wealth: Crazy Money Myths and Dangerous Lies We Tell Ourselves About Wealth, Retirement and Living a Good Life
    See Author's Website
  • Pulak Prasad, Reimagining Investing: What Biological Evolution Can Teach Investors About Long-Term Success
    See Author's Website
  • JUST SOLD! Jill Gianola and Margaret Price, Single Women & Money: Blasting the Bag Lady Fears & Achieving Financial Security to Rowman & Littlefield

 Careers / Personal Growth / Psychology / Relationships

  • Ashley Davis Bush, Spiritual Grief: Your Path from Suffering to Higher Healing
    See Author's Website
  • Harvey Deutschendorf, Emotional Intelligence Game Changers: Simple & Powerful Ways Leaders Can Bring Their Best Self to Work & Life
    See Author's Website
  • JUST SOLD! Leah Guy, Transforming Toxic Emotions Now!: Overcoming Self-Destruction to Reconstructing Happy & Healthy Relationships to Skyhorse Publishing and the audio to Brilliance Publishing, an Amazon Company

  • JUST SOLD! Patrick Kilcarr, PhD, Leading an Emotionally Intelligent Life: Expanding Your EI to Make Courageous Decisions and Transform Your Life to Rowman & Littlefield Publishing; Audio sold to Brilliance, Amazon

 Health / Wellness / Lifestyle / Parenting / Education

  • Tara Cousineau, PhD, Self-Compassion is Your Superpower
    Author of The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart & Your World
    See Author's Website

  • Jennifer Fraser, PhD, The Bullied Brain: How to Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health
    See Author's Website

  • JUST SOLD! Marck Abraham, What Success Looks Like: Increasing High School Graduation Rates Among Men of Color: A Ten Step Program for Educators to Rowman & Littlefield

 History / Biography / Politics / Current Events

  • Edward Segal, Campaign Trains in American Politics: How Whistle-Stopping Politicians Use Trains to Win Our Hearts, Minds and Votes With Photo-Ops, Sound Bites and Social Media
    See Author's Website and Blog

  • JUST SOLD! Phillip Barlag, Murderers, Tyrants and Lunatics: The Shocking History of Rome's Most Evil Rulers to Prometheus Books

  • JUST SOLD! Walter Pickut and Kay Haas, The Threat: The Remarkable, Untold Story of the FBI's First Counterespionage Case Against the Soviet Union to Eugene Brissie at Lyons Press

  • JUST SOLD! Garret Ryan, Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators and War Elephants: Questions You Were Afraid to Ask About the Ancient Greeks and Romans to Prometheus Books, Jake Bonar editor

 Historical Fiction / Thrillers / True Crime

  • Diana Forbes, Love and Suffrage in Manhattan
    A young Suffragette's life is almost ruined by the lies of a childhood enemy who is now a raving Anti-Suffragist out for revenge. The author's first book, Mistress Suffragette garnered 21 awards!

  • Iris Frank, Pontiac Rising: The Remarkable Story of a Native American Legend Who Changed Global History
    "On the eve of his first kill in battle a blood-soaked young warrior, named Pontiac, awakens a prophecy told on the year of his birth. The signs point to him as the chosen warrior, meant to lead his people out of impending extinction. The prophecy is delivered by Awa-Han, a haunting, young, beauty and powerful seer. Her words clearly point an accusing finger at one of the invading European powers that seek to claim the ancestral land of the Natives Americans. Pontiac's people find themselves at the center of two warring empires, fighting to control the lucrative fur trade. Blindly addicted to the trade goods of the French and British, the tribes hesitate to see the impending apocalypse." — From the Synopsis/Treatment

 Science / Technology

  • David Guggenheim, A Living Time Machine: Cuba's Remarkably Healthy Coral Reefs and the Hope They Bring to the World's Oceans
    See Author's Website

  • JUST SOLD! Rod Pyle, Interplanetary Robots and Heroes of the Space Age to Prometheus Publishers

 Special Topics / Reference / Gift Books / Humor / Sports / Pop Culture

  • JUST SOLD! Fred Segal, The Wrong Side of NFL History: A Hilarious Collection of Missed Predictions and Evaluations from the NFL to Running Press, Hachette, Jess Riordan editor


 Artists and Authors from Japan

  • The Nikoli Puzzle Company, Japan
    Nikoli is the world's leading puzzle and game development company based in Japan. Nikoli published the first puzzle magazine in 1980 and has developed more that 200 original puzzles. Nikoli puzzles are used by Sony and over 100 media outlets worldwide in newspapers and magazines. Nikoli and its founder, Maki Kaji named the popular number puzzle Sudoku and has published numerous books and calendars on Sudoku with Workman Publishers. In 2008 they launched a new series of puzzle books with Sterling Publishers introducing new puzzle games such as slitherlink, heyawake, masyu, nurikabe, slitherlink and many more. See the company's Website.

  • Kuniko Kanawa, The Art of Japanese Kanzashi Design
    "Atelier Kanawa" means "the studio to produce Japanese harmony and peace" and it is run by Kuniko Kanawa, a professional Tsumami Kanzashi artisan and certified Kimono consultant whose work appears at the Japanese American National Museum. Through intensive training by one of only five master Kanzashi artisans in Japan, Kuniko's passion to preserve this beautiful traditional art and crafts has led to her working on her book in part as a memorial for her master trainer. It introduces the authentic Tsumami Kanzashi as well as the modern Kanzashi focusing of how to preserve this traditional art and culture. Kuniko's art, hairpins, and jewelry can be viewed at her website and will be the basis of her new book and crafts kit.

  • JUST SOLD! Super Hard Sudoku to Workman Publishers

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John with Maki Kaji, the father of Sudoku
John with the Nikoli Publishing Executives
 John with Taro Yaguchi, Founder of Taro's Origami Studio


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