Category Archives: Book Reviews

All About the Blog Tour

Read: Jump On Board the Blog Tour
by MaryAnn F. Kohl,
from The Independent, IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association, www.ibpa-online.org)

MaryAnn Faubion Kohl, author-educator-publisher-agent-presenter-consultant, wrote this article for the monthly journal The Independent published by the Independent Book Publishers Association. She was on their board of directors at the time.

MaryAnn launched her own blog tour and found that it may have reached 1.5 million+ followers of blogs. To quote MaryAnn, “It’s almost unbelievable! I hope this article helps other independent publishers and authors get on board a blog tour. I have to say, that the planning and record keeping is intense, but the reach of followers is worth it. I had a spike in sales that shook my distributor, Legato (part of Publishers Group West)!”

Hint: Join IBPA if you want amazing coop programs for marketing and advertising and all kinds of help becoming a successful independent publisher! There are many free articles and resources about publishing on their website:
http://www.ibpa-online.org

Member Nanette J. Davis, Ph.D. reviews Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey by Carol Cline Schultz

WWP Member Nanette J. Davis Ph.D. submitted this review of a book by Carol Cline Schultz (also a WWP member) titled Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey.

Aphasia. What exactly is this brain condition? What causes it? How does it impact a person’s life?  Most Americans, including medical professionals, know almost nothing about aphasic stroke, an illness that renders its victims unable to speak, read, write, or even understand language. Yet, one of every 250 of us has been affected by aphasia.  The book documents the remarkable story of the author’s own three-year struggle to overcome “the void”—a world without words.

As an outdoor education teacher and ski and canoe instructor, Carol seemed the least likely person to experience a stroke. Unaware of her congenital heart defect, Carol and her husband had just returned from a vigorous, second canoe trip in the Yukon. When she awakened the next morning, her husband said: “She was lying there with a blank, vacant stare on her face and emitting some faint, guttural grunts.” Carol had had a stroke.” The crisis had begun.

Permanent brain damage means every aspect of language must be relearned, a painfully slow process. Everywhere she turned for help, Carol confronted her own inability to speak as well as the lack of understanding by medical personnel, social workers and speech therapy staff to adjust their speaking to accommodate her condition. People just need to slow down, Carol advises. She offers a couple of suggestions for professionals dealing with the aphasic stroke patient: “Talk slowly in short phrases. Give the patient time to respond to you; be sure she understands you.”

In fact, the entire book provides an educator’s insights to assist others to grasp the basic elements of this medical, social and psychological disorder. In addition to the step-by-step visionary story of recovery, the Appendices are remarkable. The glossary is a compendium of terms essential for grasping the rudiments of aphasic stroke.

Advocates can benefit from the extensive list of guidelines for interaction. Other principles for relearning language include a consonant sound key, spelling through phonics (samples), the language of numbers key and identifying and working with forty key sounds. Readers will discover that English is not the simplest language to learn, much less to relearn in middle age. This book is a mustread for anyone working with those affected by aphasia and the families of aphasic stroke victims.