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Star* Publish Times

Vol. 2, Ed. 2


It happens to the best of us. Even with good intentions, sometimes things slip out in a conversation that ends up being a person's own undoing. Such is the case with Star* Publish's owner and CEO, Kristie Leigh Maguire.

Don't worry; she certainly won't go to prison over this one. You see, she had the best of intentions when she was heard to say, "Star* Publish isn't going to concentrate on publishing so many new titles this year. Quality instead of quantity. Yes, that's what we will be focusing on in 2007."
But we all know that the best laid plans of mice and men are often gone astray. And Ms. Maguire's plans have already been waylaid.
As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Well, Ms. Maguire might just as well start eating her words now. January is not even half over yet, and the following are books that have either been released this month, or will be before the end of the month:
     The Great Mormon Conspiracy, by Monte and Alta Lyon
     Lester Goldberg, Living Judaism My Way, by Les Goldberg with
          collaborators Lee Riggan and Kai Satt
     Affairs of the Heart: Desert Heat and Cabin Fever (Collector's
          Edition), by Kristie Leigh Maguire
     Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2007, by Epstein Larue
     Monday Knight (Women of the Week Series), by Janet Elaine
     From the Far Side of the Sun, by Kristie Leigh Maguire
And that's just for starters. There are more in the works.

Be careful what you say, Ms. Maguire! There are little ears listening everywhere.
One thing is certain; it looks like a great year for Star* Publish! Stay tuned for more great earth-shattering news from Ms. Maguire and the Star* Publish staff.

Preditors and Editors is running their annual reader's poll. There are several Star* entries, and we would appreciate it if you would hop over to and cast your votes for those you have come to know and love. Among the competitors are:
Waking God, by Brian Doe and Philip Harris (Science Fiction/fantasy)
Julie and the Lost Fairy Tale, by Janie Lancaster (Novels/all others)
Old Habits Die Hard, by Janet Elaine Smith (Novels/all others)
Winter Collection, by Cora Miller (horror)
Pampas, by Janet Elaine Smith (Novels/romance)
Janet Elaine Smith (Author pages)
Star* Publish Times (Writers resources)
Star Publish (publishers)
The deadline is Monday, January 15th, so don't dally. Thank you in advance.


Janie Lancaster, with her children's book Julie and the Lost Fairy Tale is still gaining ground. has a listing for "Hot New Releases," which it describes as "The bestselling new and future releases on Updated hourly." These are sorted by category, and Janie's book falls under "Children's Books/literature/Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Myths." There are 85 books in that same category. They are from some small publishers, but others are from some of the giants like Harcourt, Disney and Viking Juvenile.

Julie and the Lost Fairytale has risen as high as No. 20 on the list. Congratulations, Janie!
In addition, Star* Publish has been approached by Michael Shaughnessy to do an interview with Janie for and has asked Janie to write an article for New Mexico Journal of Reading, a (print) state journal of which Mr. Shaughnessy is the editor. Stay tuned for more news about this great children's book. And I can't help but add a "Thank you" to J.K. Rowling, who got children to read again through her Harry Potter Books. Vive, Ms. Rowling!

Star* Publish has been granted favor in the eyes of one of the three largest chain bookstores: Borders Inc. They have submitted several of their books to the New Vendors Dept. at the Borders national office in Ann Arbor, MI. These books have been accepted for stocking in Borders stores nationwide. This is a first for an across-the-board acceptance for a POD publisher, according to Ms. Cecilia Ramsey of the Borders New Vendors Dept. There are several reasons for that: all of Star* books are returnable, they have a full discount, they are good quality books, Star* Publish is very selective in the books they publish, and they are all available through Ingram for distribution.
Our hats are off to Borders for being willing to take this giant step for small, independent POD publishers. And Star* Publish, we are proud of you for another "first."  


If you turn on your TV set, you are apt to find at least one program on that deals with "Makeovers." They are doing makeovers on people (from general updates to major surgery to the "biggest losers" of weight), on houses, on just about anything and everything you can imagine.

Never let it be said that Star* Publish is not up-to-date and in on the latest trends. To see what I'm talking about, go over to Star's* website and see the great new "do."

While you are there, make sure you check out the "Titles" page. A link to read the first chapter of most of the Star* books has been added.



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