Erin Manning in the Geek Lab at BlogHer ’09!

July 21, 2009 — “Join Erin Manning and John Wiley & Sons for an afternoon photography promenade in Chicago! Are you new to digital photography, a hobbyist looking to enhance the quality of your pictures, or wondering how to maximize the use of your digital camera? Erin Manning has the answers. Join us at BlogHer 2009 in Chicago, July 24th for a lunchtime outing to explore and learn about digital photography techniques and quick fixes to improve the quality of your photos without the need for expensive editing software (lunch will be provided for all participants).” For more information about BlogHer 09 click here.

About Erin Manning
Erin Manning is the author of Portrait and Candid Digital Photography Photo Workshop and the upcoming book Make Money with your Digital Photography. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of HGTV and DIY Network’s The Whole Picture. She helps people understand photography and technology by translating technical mumbo-jumbo into everyday words and by facilitating their learning with a clear, friendly teaching style.

For interviews please contact, Ashley Evens, or 201-748-6702


Sticks and Stones Redefines Reputation and Influence in the Digital Age

Sticks and StonesJuly 20, 2009 – A good reputation is a company’s or an individual’s most important asset, yet it never appears on a balance sheet or in a checking account. STICKS AND STONES: How Digital Business Reputations Are Created Over Time and Lost in a Click (Wiley, $24.95; July 2009) defines reputation equity as the sum total of positive impressions that an individual, product, service, brand or organization makes on stakeholders (customers, prospects, employees, shareholders, suppliers, regulators, communities). Reputations are based upon accumulated behavior and actions over time. The stronger the reputation equity, the more easily it can overcome attacks from one crazy blogger.

For the past 30 years, Larry Weber has advised hundreds of companies of different sizes and industries, helping them navigate a wide spectrum of business challenges and communications opportunities. Most recently, he founded W2 Group, a group of digitally driven marketing services companies that includes Racepoint Group, Digital Influence Group (social media marketing), Two Martinis (branding), Ringleader Digital (mobile ad server) and A2a Media (outdoor/display). Previously, Weber built the world’s largest public relations agency, Weber Shandwick, and made numerous investments and acquisitions in a variety of marketing services companies. A passionate advocate of innovation and technology, Weber co-founded and is chairman of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness. Continue reading


How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job
By Lynn Taylor

“The HIGH Relevance of Lynn Taylor’s Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT)In the Worst (and Best) of Times”

457641_cover.inddJuly 16, 2009 —
A quick retrospective: The financial world has been turned upside down…Some of America’s largest companies are in Chapter 11…Experts say the economy won’t fully recover until 2013…High visibility corporate leaders are doing jail time…

With this perfectly depressing backdrop, rampant bad boss behavior—bullying, demanding, tantrum-throwing, and whining—is the icing on the cake. Right?

Yes and no. “It’s a mistake to think too conventionally – that it’s all the economy’s fault,” says workplace expert Lynn Taylor, who has studied boss behavior in good times as well as bad. “It is a fact that in the current labor climate, TOTs are in high gear because they hold all the hiring cards,” she explains. “But they also behave this way during any period of stress – even in good times, when there’s unwieldy workloads to dole out, or when they are just having a bad day,” she said. Continue reading

Event: Nancy Kehoe, author of Wrestling with Our Inner Angels, to speak & sign books in Newport, KY

Nancy Kehoe
Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness
Event: Speak & Sign
Location: Barnes & Noble One Levee Way Newport, KY
Date: July 25, 2009
Time: 3-5pm

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Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the *SAT, ACT®, GED®, and SSAT®

507438_cover.inddJuly 14, 2009 – Can you resist the allure of Edward’s myriad charms—his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? For fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga comes a new study guide for mastering these vocabulary words and others found on the *SAT, ACT®, GED®, and SSAT®. With Defining Twilight (Wiley; 978-0-470-50743-8; July 2009), you can learn more than 600 vocabulary words based on their context in the first novel of Meyer’s wildly popular vampire-romance series!

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Pfeiffer & Jossey-Bass to Host Leadership Challenge Forum 2009

TLCForumLogo2009BJuly 9, 2009 – Pfeiffer and Jossey-Bass, Imprints of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will host the second-annual Leadership Challenge Forum, August 6-7th at The Renaissance Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL.

As we hear in the news everyday about another company folding, there is a call for strong leaders during tough economic times. Authors James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner are the foremost experts on the topic, and their best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge is the gold standard manual that proves time and again that leadership is everyone’s business. Continue reading

Photos: Denise Spatafora, author of BETTER BIRTH, holds a Skype Event

July 8, 2009 – Denise Spatafora, author of  Better Birth: The Ultimate Guide to Childbirth from Home Births to Hospitals, holds a Skype Event. View photos from the event below:

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Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way: The 7 Traits of Great Sellers

“Karr’s book, Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way, illustrates what we believe:
that knowing your customers’ needs is the single most important factor in building sales. Business starts with the sale. To make profitable sales, you need to understand your customer and create a timely value proposition. This book shows you how to do both. Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines

402184_cover.inddJuly 8, 2009 – Classifying someone as a good seller is difficult, especially when phones aren’t ringing and profits are at an all time low. Entrepreneurs and business leaders are finding it a struggle to keep their sales teams productive. Rather than blame the economy, sales professionals have the advantage of rethinking their strategies and molding them with their unique qualities. Using excuses will no longer suffice; forming relationships and finding out where to fill the gaps will ultimately help entrepreneurs, managers, CEO’s, and providers of professional services seal the deal.

“America’s Business Development Expert” and author of, Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way: The 7 Traits of Great Sellers, Ron Karr teaches salespeople and managers how to lead customer relationships in the exact same way that great leaders sell ideas. Using 20 years of research with companies of all sizes, Karr reveals what great sellers do, and shows how anyone can implement the same powerful principles. The seller must exhibit the 7 most essential traits that leaders possess in order to make any sale possible. Continue reading

Run Your Business Like a Fortune 100: 7 Principles for Boosting PROFITS

“How to Be Your Own Stimulus Package”.


396995_cover.inddJuly 8, 2009 – Optimistic and independent by nature, entrepreneurs see opportunity in today’s gloomy headlines. Instead of government handouts, they actively seek and adopt the best practices of successful companies to build their organizations to greatness. But acquiring such intelligence usually costs more than a growing company can possibly afford.

Run Your Business Like a Fortune 100: 7 Principles for Boosting PROFITS
, Dr. Rosalie Lober shows entrepreneurs how to turn their businesses into reliable generators of profitable growth year after year. Her PROFITS principles spring from the best practices of highly-profitable giant corporations, that invested millions of dollars and many years in their development. She simplifies and adapts these PROFITS principles to the capabilities and needs of all companies, with case examples and tools – now available to every growing business. Continue reading

Operation Firefly: Nine Ways to Ignite Innovation Inside Your Company… and Light Your Way out of the Recession

If you’re going to survive this season of turmoil, you must innovate your way out of it.Kimberly Douglas, author of The Firefly Effect, shares some tips that can have your whole company lighting up the economic darkness with one bright idea after another.

438329_cover.inddJuly 8, 2009 – The recession is in full swing, and companies everywhere are feeling the pain. Yours is likely no exception. Shrinking budgets, sweeping layoffs, and a smothering malaise that’s settled over your workforce make it hard to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes, even the most optimistic leader finds him or herself wondering, Is there an end to this particular tunnel? Sure there is, says Kimberly Douglas, but you’re going to have to excavate it yourself—and you’re going to have to light your own way.

“Innovation is the only ticket out of this recession,” asserts Douglas, author of  The Firefly Effect: Build Teams That Capture Creativity and Catapult Results . “I believe this is true for America as a whole and it’s certainly true for the individual organizations that make up our nation.

“I’m not just talking about product development,” she clarifies. “I’m talking about new services, business processes, means of communication, and methods of collaboration. Companies that can churn out innovative ideas—good, workable innovative ideas—will be able to adapt to the new realities we face. Those that can’t, won’t.” Continue reading

Ask and You Will Succeed Provides Solutions to Those Dishearted By Economic Hardship

Ask and SucceedAuthor Ken Foster Presents Life-Changing Questions that Make Reader Focus on Success, Steering Away from Failure and Adversity

Acclaimed Book Ask and You Will Succeed Provides Solutions to Those Dishearted By Economic Hardship

July 8, 2009 — If you’ve recently struggled with the painful new realities presented by these difficult economic times—lost a job, are in danger of losing your home, had trouble paying the bills—then there’s a compelling book that will re-inspire you and ignite your renewed personal and financial success.

ASK AND YOU WILL SUCCEED by Ken Foster is a breath of fresh air in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe and how to live. Filled with powerful questions that invite you to listen to your inner voice and tap into the strength you need to Increase Insight and Wisdom, Unearth Your Truest Desires, Define Your Ultimate Vision, Discover Your True Purpose, Accelerate Your Pace of Success, and create a Rich Life, this Number 1 best seller makes you the final authority in your own life—not outside forces you can’t control. Continue reading

WRESTLING WITH OUR INNER ANGELS: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness

“Nancy Kehoe has done something truly remarkable both in this book and in her practice as a Harvard psychologist–she has broken the taboo on talking about religious beliefs in the treatment of mental illness…Anyone who has ever dealt with mental illness, or thought seriously about religion, should read this book.”– Cokie Roberts

455418_cover.inddJuly 7, 2009 – The religious beliefs of persons with mental illness often elicit fear, hesitation, and confusion from their counselors and loved ones, many of whom think that those beliefs are dangerous delusions. In return, persons with mental illness can refrain from disclosing their values out of fear that their religious worldview will be considered a part of the very illness for which they seek treatment.

Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness, by Nancy Kehoe, both a Sacred Heart nun and psychologist, is a moving narrative of how one woman’s respect for her clients’ religious beliefs actually opened the way to greater meaning, support, and even healing in their lives and illnesses. Continue reading

THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment

Resiliency; the ability to bounce back, with love and humor intact, whether from internal conflicts between family members or external stress from finances, jobs, schools, and illnesses.

0470259345July 7, 2009 – According to Dr. Scott Haltman’s survey of over 1,000 people on, the number one indicator of a successful family is the ability to stick together through turbulent times. This breaking news is just one of many surprising new findings that can offer tangible hope to families not only in crisis, but also to those looking to strengthen their bond during this period of uncertainty.

THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment
, by Scott Haltzman, M.D with Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, lays out the steps families of all kinds – whether two-parent, single-parent, blended, childless, or same-sexed – can take in order to fortify their foundations and cultivate their relationships. Continue reading

WHOLE CHURCH: Leading From Fragmentation to Engagement

0470259345July 7, 2009 –The news stories tell the same story of Christian disengagement over and over. And now it’s been confirmed with the latest research from the recently released Religious Identification Survey; The percentage of Christians in America has slowly declined since the 1990’s. Even more pertinent is the fact the vast majority of that decline has come largely from the non-Catholic, mainline denominations. Christian disengagement across worship, fellowship, evangelism, and missions binds churches to a lifeless pattern of going through the motions with little or no long-lasting effectiveness. It’s time for a new story of engagement.

From the esteemed Leadership Network series comes a refreshing new title called
WHOLE CHURCH: Leading From Fragmentation to Engagement
, by pastor Mel Lawrenz. Instead of looking at church life as a series of monotonous gatherings, programs, and missions, Lawrenz boldly teaches how we can view ministry as a holistic, life-giving, and integrative adventure that engages with all of God’s creation. Continue reading

Wiley Photo Contest Invites Photographers to Enter Photos of “Celebrations” for Chance to Win $500 Grand Prize

celebrations-photo-challengeJuly 1, 2009 – Wiley, a leading publisher of photography books, is partnering with to host the Wiley Photo Challenge, a photography contest running now through July 31, 2009. Photographers with all levels of experience are invited to submit “celebrations” themed photos for a chance to win cash and other prizes.
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