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SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

Contact: Connie Shaw
Phone: 303-443-2188
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NATION’S TOP VOICEOVER ACTORS REVEAL CAREER SECRETS FOR CHARITY

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

AN EXPERT PANEL OF TOP VOICE-OVER ACTORS, TALENT AGENTS AND AD EXECUTIVES PROVIDE A CRASH COURSE FOR THOSE SEEKING CAREERS IN THE EXCITING WORLD OF VOICEOVER ACTING. AND ONE LUCKY AUDIENCE MEMBER WILL WIN A CHANCE TO BECOME THE VOICE OF AN ON-AIR TV PROMO FOR A NETWORK STATION AND HOLLYWOOD REPRESENTATION WITH TGMD TALENT AGENCY.

Author of SECRETS OF VOICE-OVER SUCCESS, JOAN BAKER and Late Night with David Letterman announcer, ALAN KALTER host an entertaining evening of information, an American Idol-styled audition (complete with industry executives as judges ) and a chance for job seekers to meet the industry buyers who provide the jobs.

Attendees will also meet and hear from the talented voices behind TV & radio ads for, THE E-TRADE BABY,THE SIMPSONS, LAW & ORDER, THE OSCARS and EMMYS, DEAL or NO DEAL, AMERICAN IDOL, the NBC OLYMPIC GAMES, HBO, SHOWTIME, VWERIZON WIRELESS and many others. The consummate pros will separate the facts from the fiction about BREAKING INTO THE VOICEOVER BIZ. Even seasoned pros will find incredible opportunity as the conversation will include best practices for enhancing careers in an industry of changing trends and new best practices.

AFTRA, BACK STAGE Magazine, Neumann USA, Voicebank.Net , Dale Pro Audio, CBS, and TGMD Talent Agency are major sponsors coming back in support of what ahs been a growing effort by Push Creative Advertising to expand employment opportunities in the exciting and often lucrative field of voiceover acting. And, as is the case with JOAN BAKER’S breakthrough book, SECRETS OF VOICE-OVER SUCCESS proceeds from this event will benefit the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION.

Voiceover acting has long been the most intriguing, anonymous and off-the-radar crafts in the entertainment industry. But the surprisingly large interest among people from all walks of life has been slowly encouraging industry insiders like Emmy Award-winning producer and CEO of PUSH CREATIVE ADVERTISING, RUDY GASKINS to respond to the need. Says GASKINS, “It pretty much began with co-writing Secrets of Voice-over Success with JOAN BAKER (foreword by DAVID HYDE PIERCE). This book is the first to provide a practical, step by step guide through the eyes of numerous successful voiceover actors, including the late great DON LA FONTAINE, Tony Award- winner, JIM DALE, and Emmy Award-winner RICHARD THOMAS.”

The voiceover events produced by PUSH CREATIVE ADVERTISING and JOAN BAKER have become the most respected events of their type anywhere in the world, DRAWING THE VERY TOP TALENTS IN THE FILED, ALONG WITH THE AGENTS, CREATIVE DIRECTORS AND MARKETING EXECUTIVES THAT MAKE UP THE VOICEOVER INDUSTRY.

And the proof is further evidenced by A-list panelists like Tor Mhyren, CCO of Grey Advertising, Miranda Patterson, Creative Director for NBC Universal, and Jeffrey Weinstock, SVP Creative Services for Disney. “In a historically challenging economy where jobs are scarce and people are seeking to diversify their skills, we’re bringing together the industry insiders who know what it takes to succeed and the award of an actual job shows they mean business.

And this year, thanks to marketing executive LEE MINARD, from the KLAS CBS Affiliate, one lucky attendee will win a chance to book and actual job voicing an on-air TV spot. “With top industry executives helming the judges table, attendees will get an unprecedented glimpse into how voices are selected and how to be ready when the call comes their way.” says GASKINS.

Secrets of Voice-over Success: Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It
by Joan Baker ISBN: 1-59181-033-7
Softcover: $18.95 190 Pages
June 2005
Sentient Publications Distributed by National Book Network

 

THE ART OF AGING WINS IPPY AWARD
JUNE, 2010
Ventura County Star
ARTIST COUPLE’S UNIQUE ART/INSPIRATIONAL BOOK ON AGING HAS JUST WON 2 AWARDS

Ojai, California – June 28, 2010 Noted California artists, Alice and Richard Matzkin, whose quest to overcome their fear and judgments about their aging is documented in their art/inspirational book, The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self, are recent recipients of two book awards. This beautifully written and lavishly illustrated book has received the 2010 Independent Publishers bronze IPPY medal, and the Nautilus silver award for books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change.

Fifteen years of the Matzkin’s artwork focused around the subject of aging is contained in the book. “It all started when we were in our fifties and confronting the reality that we were getting old”, says portrait painter, Alice Matzkin. “We used paint and clay rather than a psychiatrist’s couch to explore our fear and curiosity about aging”. Alice’s sculptor husband, Richard, adds, “As our art projects progressed over the years, we came to a greater acceptance about growing older, and a deeper appreciation of the sweetness and preciousness of our present moment”.

Some of the art projects in the book include: portraits of women aged 70 to 105 who are living their lives in meaningful and generous ways, sculptures depicting men in late old age, paintings of women 68 to 87 who pose without clothes and without shame, sculptures of mature couples in sensuous and loving embrace, sequential portraits of an aunt from age 89 to 97 showing the swift progression of age on face and body, paintings and sculpture of aging parents, and much more. “Each one of our art projects, our experience of growing older, and the influence of elders we have met, inspired the writing that accompanies the various sections of the book.

With 10,000 baby boomers a day turning 60 in America, it is important for people to explore the aging process rather than trying to hide, delay or deny it. Doing so can reveal that the passage of years bestows valuable gifts. The Matzkin’s personal and universal book helps uncover those gifts.

Alice Matzkin has two paintings in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Her commissioned portrait of Chelsea Clinton hung in the White House during the Clinton administration, an entire collection of her work was featured in the national magazine, Ms, a video about her work was shown at the United Nations during the 1999 International Year of Older Persons, and she appeared with her art and speaking about aging gracefully on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Richard Matzkin has participated in numerous one man and group shows and has pieces in collections throughout the United States. He was key artist in a monumental equestrian piece in a train station in Ventura County. His sculpture appeared in an art/inspirational book – The Great Age – a UNESCO publication. He is a former therapist, men’s group leader, adjunct instructor in California Community College system, and program director of a psychiatric hospital. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is also an accomplished jazz drummer.

 

PORTRAITS OF PREGNANCY WINS PUBWEST AWARD
APRIL, 2010
Press Release
PORTRAITS OF PREGNANCY WINS BRONZE AWARD IN PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK CATEGORY FROM PUBWEST

Lake Oswego, Oregon – April 14, 2010 Recognizing superior design and outstanding production quality of books in 20 different categories, as well as giving a special award for Judges’ Choice, Publishers Association of the West (PubWest) is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the prestigious PubWest Book Design Awards.

More than 140 book entries were judged on typography, jacket/cover design, interior design, format, selection of materials used, and printing and binding production quality.

Once again, we were pleased to see an increase in participation in the awards program, said program chair Julie T. Houk of the Boone and Crockett Club. The more entries we receive the better our competition is, which is key to its continued success.

PubWest’s 2010 awards program incorporated a few new changes. An additional category was added this year to recognize the cover design on different sizes of books, Houk said, and several other categories were better defined from the previous year.

Houk added, We want to thank the publishers who submitted their titles to the contest. Without their participation, we wouldn’t have this opportunity to recognize the excellent design and production quality of the many books that are being published today. If you take a look at the winning titles, I think you’ll agree that we were able to accomplish that. A special thank-you also needs to go out to all the industry professionals who volunteered their time to assist with judging all of these wonderful titles.

Winners will be recognized at PubWest’s National Publishing Conference, November 4–6, 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the La Fonda Hotel. Contact the PubWest office for details about attending this event. A complete list of winners is attached.

Publishers Association of the West is a not-for-profit trade organization created to serve the needs of its members and as a forum for the discussion of publishing issues. The Association’s membership ranges from small independent presses to publishers with worldwide operations. Affiliate members include printers, designers, binderies, and publishing freelancers. Membership is based primarily in the western United States and Canada but is not limited to these regions.

Bronze Award Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother by Jennifer Loomis with Hugo Kugiya
Sentient Publications (Boulder, CO; tel: 303-443-2188)
ISBN: 978-1-59181-082-7, $24.95
Editor: Connie L. Shaw
Designer: Kim Johansen, Black Dog Design
Production Manager: Connie Shaw
Photographer: Jennifer Loomis
Printer: Vision Graphics
Bindery: Vision Graphics

 

SENTIENT WINS “MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD
DECEMBER, 2003
Affinity
www.affinity.com
AFFINITY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF “MAKING A DIFFERENCE” AWARDS PROGRAM

Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 2, 2003 –Affinity Internet, a leading hosting services provider, is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual ‘Making a Difference’ awards program. The company received an overwhelming response to the ‘Make a Difference’ awards program.

“We were thrilled and proud of the responses we received from our members. Acknowledging these customers and rewarding them for outstanding contributions to their community is an honor” said Peter Chambers, CEO of Affinity Internet. “ It was remarkable to see how our customers are utilizing our solutions and services to create a compelling online presence. This reinforces our belief that our customers are the greatest in the industry. ”

The annual awards program is in recognition of its Members who are using websites to make a difference in charitable, educational and business pursuits. In addition, the company also rewarded its longest standing Member. Affinity’s prize is a total of $25,000 divided among the winners and one year free hosting for three honorable mentions.

Best Small BusinessProducts – Grand Prize Winner $2,500 – Sentient Publications;www.sentientpublications.com
“We publish the kind of books that have the potential to change lives,” Ana Bergstrom, Sentient Publications

PUBLISHERS STICKING WITH WORDS DISTRIBUTING
SEPTEMBER, 2003
Publishers Weekly
publishersweekly.reviewsnews.com
SENTIENT PUBLICATIONS, LLC

In the wake of Bookpeople’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing on August 22, most of the 40 publishers that it distributes through its Words Distributing division have decided to stay. Only two houses asked to be released from their contracts early. Sentient Publications in Boulder, Colo., is switching to National Book Network effective September 15, while Moon Mountain Publishing in North Kingston, R.I., is going with NBN effective October 1. World Wisdom Publishing in Bloomington, Ind., announced that it will delay publication of its five fall releases until February and be represented to the trade by NBN starting January 1.

“We felt it was like having a lame duck distributor,” said Connie Shaw, founder and publisher of two-year-old Sentient. “At the end of last year and the beginning of this year, sales were good. We saw slower sales and increased returns before they filed.” Four-year-old children’s book publisher Moon Mountain observed a similar tapering-off of sales. “We’ve been disappointed in sales since the beginning of the year,” said v-p of marketing and sales Bob Holtzman. “With the Chapter 11 filing, we were dismayed by the prospects of sales for the second half of the year.”

Despite the defections, Judy Wheeler, director of sales and marketing for Bookpeople and Words Distributing Company, is optimistic. “The fulfillment and distribution divisions are both exceeding expectations for the year both in profit and in dollars. We’re actually in the process of signing up a new publishing client and possibly two more,” she told PW. “We really are planning to regroup and emerge from bankruptcy. We’re still here. We’ll be at all five trade shows. We’re taking a positive route here. If we build it, they will come.” Ironically, it is Bookpeople’s core business, wholesale, that continues to be problematic. “No one is really doing well in wholesale now,” said Wheeler. “A lot of the major publishers want to ship themselves.”

By January, Wheeler anticipates, it will be clear whether or not Bookpeople can emerge from bankruptcy. Even those who are leaving are hoping for the best. “I wish them well,” said Barry McDonald, managing director of World Wisdom. “We have a lot of respect for them.”

 

 

PUBLISHER PROFILE
MAY/JUNE, 2002
From the NAPRA ReView
www.napra.com
SENTIENT PUBLICATIONS, LLC

Spirituality is a lifelong inner exploration, and there is no quick fix,” says senior editor Connie Shaw. “We seek authors who have gone through their own personal transformations and awakenings, and have something important to contribute to our society.”

The mission of this new Boulder, Colorado-based independent is to publish books on “cultural creativity, experimental education, transformative spirituality, holistic health, new science, and ecology-approached from an integral viewpoint.”

Sentient released its first six books this spring, including two by Steven Harrison: Being One (new in paper; $11.95, 09710786-5-3) and The Questions to Life’s Answers ($12.95, 09710786-0-2), a Socratic dialogue in which Harrison deconstructs our preoccupation with thought, suggesting that the way to transformation lies through the questions themselves rather than our attempts to answer them. Harrison is the best-selling author of Doing Nothing (Tarcher, 1998), and, in a noteworthy aside, he’s donating his profits from both books to charitable nonprofits, including All Together Now International, an organization he founded to provide aid to destitute villagers in Nepal.

Other Sentient titles include the first U.S. edition of Krishnamurti’s The Mystique of Enlightenment ($14.95, 0-9710786-1 -0) and two welcome reprints of books that explore and revel in humankind’s relationship with the natural world. InThe Man Who Talks to Whales ($14.95, 0-9710786-2-9; previously published as Dolphin Dreamtime), Jim Nollman offers up-close-and-personal accounts of communication with non-“person”al beings: from turkeys to buffaloes to grey whales. Through investigations into the existence of a “communication network” that potentially links all of creation, he conveys not only his respect for other species but also the sheer joy he finds in their presence, at the same time challenging us to examine the way we think about and relate to those who share this planet with us. Cass Adams’ The Soul Unearthed ($16.95, 0-9710786-3-7) is an anthology of writings from poets, nature writers, wilderness advocates, teachers, and others “celebrating wildness and spiritual renewal through nature.” Among the better known contributors are Robert Bly, Terry Tempest Williams, Gary Snyder, and Wendell Berry.

“Our goal is to build a solid backlist that lets us take risks on books we believe in,” says Shaw, and they’re off to a more than respectable start. Six more books are slated for fall release.