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3 Marbles by Jan R. McDonald

In 1999, a terrified three-year-old hides and listens while his neighbors are being murdered. Soon after, the young boy escapes from Chilapa, Mexico with his parents under the wooden bed of an old truck. Arriving illegally in El Paso that night, his father gives Alex three marbles saying that they are very important and that someday he would understand why. That same night, his father disappears.
At age five, Alex doesn’t yet understand his environment. At age six, his mother dies, and he is left on his own. At age seven, Alex learns how to hide from the older street boys who beat him for sport and at age nine, Alex stops hiding.

Julia lives with a group of orphaned kids on the streets of El Paso. She is curious about Alex because he’s a loner and acts different than the other kids she knows. Julia is in the basement the day Brian, Randy, and Eric corner the smaller boy and decide to give him a beating. After witnessing what Alex does to the older boys, Julia becomes afraid of him and vows keeps her distance. Now, three years later, Julia again meets up with Alex. Although they have had little interaction over the years, they both realize that some type of bond exists between them, even if they don’t understand what it is.

This is the story of a Hispanic boy and girl; forgotten children growing up together in a world with no welcome mat. Preyed upon by drug dealers, immigration agents and their own peers, Alex and Julia find a way to survive and finally leave the streets of old El Paso.

Jan R. McDonald has over the past thirty years founded and managed several high-tech companies operating in the newspaper publishing industry. He has written dozens of articles for both print and Internet-based publications, and he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Mexico. He has written several fiction short stories, a non-fiction short story, and several children’s book. He is now retired and lives with his wife in Florida.

For more information, visit AuthorJanRMcdonald.com

From Fear to Faith: A Family’s Journey with Addiction, Recovery, and Grace by Lisa and Hans Scheller

Have you, a family member, or a close friend been affected by addiction?

We want this book to help you understand that addiction is a family disease and impacts everyone around the addict much like a pebble dropped in water creates a wide ripple effect. We want to lift the stigma of addiction and help break the generational trauma. You will discover that people, places, and things can be more powerful for recovery than addiction.

Our God is a strong and powerful God who can work miracles in our lives. Surrendering to a sickness or disease can be easier than believing in God’s ability to heal.

God doesn’t intend for us to suffer alone, nor does he want us to pray for ourselves alone. Don’t miss the miracles that are possible when you walk alongside Jesus and let him take the wheel.

Lisa and Hans Scheller share their story of the challenges of marriage and raising a family when a partner becomes addicted to alcohol, hits bottom, and seeks recovery. You will learn how their fear turned to faith in God that eventually led them to keep their marriage intact while facing adversity in all areas of their lives. A testimony to how lives can be changed when God is the center of our lives.

Letting Go by Patricia Ploss

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In 1962, seventeen-year-old Judy Bonner finds herself in love with twenty-year-old Curtis Murphy. She also learns that she is pregnant with his baby and due in June 1963!

Filled with fear, shame, and secrecy, Judy hides her pregnancy from her family for as long as she can! With no mother to turn to and only an angry, widowed father and an overbearing sister, Judy makes choices and decisions that only adults should have to make. Follow her story of love, trauma and letting go, in the early 1960s, where choices were few for girls who, “got in trouble!”
“Letting Go is close to home for me. As someone who was adopted as an infant in 1963, I know nearly nothing about my birth mother and her journey. Although I’ve searched for years, I’ve never been able to find her. This book is what I’d like to imagine her story was. My real parents are the ones who raised me. They’ve both been gone for many years now, but they will always and forever be my parents.”
Patricia Ploss is originally from Michigan, resides in northern Indiana with her husband Tony of twenty-four years. They have two children, Dawson twenty-three and Rachel twenty-two.
Patricia enjoyed writing her third book, Letting Go.

“Inspiration for a story can come from almost anywhere! I might see a person walking down the street, and a background story of their life will just pop into my head. I make it up as I go by. I never know where the next story will come from!

“My first book, Dandelion Picker, however, was a personal memoir about my son, who’s choices and decisions altered our family’s course. It’s for anyone who’s experienced trauma and consequences to let them know, they are not alone—and there is hope.

“My second book, Emery’s Promise, is a story about moving on, second chances, and a little romance. I’m told it’s a great beach read!

“Letting Go is close to home for me. As someone who was adopted as an infant in 1963, I know nearly nothing about my birth mother and her journey. Although I’ve searched for years, I’ve never been able to find her. This book is what I’d like to imagine her story was. I’d like to think that birth mothers at that time were treated with respect and care. It’s not like it is today for pregnant teenagers. I hope my birth parents went on to live happy and full lives. My real parents are the ones who raised me. They’ve both been gone for many years now, but they will always and forever be my parents.”

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Our mission is to produce a book that professionally reflects the author’s vision and voice. We encourage you to submit your work to Joshua Tree Publishing where
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U.S. Book Show Opens Today

The U.S. Book Show opens today. The virtual trade book show (#USBookShow) runs May 24 – 26, 2022, with its primary mission to promote Fall 2022 books of particular interest to booksellers, librarians, book media, agents and publishing professionals.

“The U.S. Book Show promises to make an even bigger splash in its second year,” said Cevin Bryerman, CEO and publisher of Publishers Weekly. “We will again welcome a diverse slate of authors and even more of the popular Editors’ Picks panels looking forward to the fall.”

Further components have been layered on to the virtual book publishing trade show, now in its second year. New this year, an international pavilion will welcome exhibitors from outside the United States.

Bookseller-focused programming has also been broadened to include tactical discussions geared toward keeping stores healthy and thriving

Editorial programming forms the core of the three-day show, and this emphasis will continue in 2022. In 2021, Oprah Winfrey opened the inaugural show. Subsequent days saw keynotes from Ijeoma Oluo and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Author Spotlights featured Anthony Doerr, Padma Lakshmi, Keanu Reeves, Stevie Van Zandt and Brian Selznick. Attendance in 2021 topped 6,000, among them nearly 1,000 members of the media. The show was covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, Library Journal, Associated Press and others.

Most popular are the genre-focused Editors’ Picks panels, in which Publishers Weekly’s editors, in conjunction with influential book editors, select the Fall titles they believe are most buzzworthy. The editors then convene in conversational panels focused on various genres— among them, fiction, nonfiction, comics and graphic novels and children’s books.

Dedicated library programming will be front and center once again with thought leaders weighing in on topics such as book banning that directly impact libraries and readers. Industry programming will delve into issues of how or if the pandemic has permanently changed book publishing, digital marketing and more.

“In the spirit of Publishers Weekly’s long-held commitment to global commerce and collaboration, the U.S. Book Show has implemented an international pavilion of exhibitors, with a special panel of international publishers discussing the global future of the industry,” added Bryerman, who is overseeing the international outreach.

Chicago Podcast Day

On May 21, 2022, Chicago Podcast Day featured panels and presentations designed to help the Chicago podcast community create and succeed in the booming podcasting space. Curious about how to launch a show? It was covered. How about monetizing your existing podcast? That, too. Topics included editing tips, legal considerations, DIY marketing and creating a branded podcast for business. All levels were welcomed, from the “podcast curious” to the “seasoned veteran.”

The program was presented by James VanOsdol, 2112 Chicago, and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship.

Jaime Black (Dynasty Podcasts) discusses the process of starting a podcast.
Attorney Ilya Zlatkin (Zlatkin Wong LLP) discusses legal issues with James VanOsdol.
Creating a Branded Podcast with Patrick Brewer and Alex Stewart (Sassy Confetti)


Amy Guth (Crain’s Daily Gist)

Jill Hopkins (Metro/GMan, formerly Vocalo)

Ilya Zlatkin (Zlatkin Wong LLP)

Chris Lanuti (Sox in the Basement)

Lou Carlozo (Qwoted)

Jaime Black (Dynasty Podcasts)

Alex Stewart (Sassy Confetti)

Erik White (Cumulus Media)

Mike Vanderbilt (Halloweenies)

Martin Atkins (Museum of Post Punk and Industrial)

Todd Ganz (If the Walls Could Talk)

Joshua Tree Publishing’s New Book Release by Donal McCarthy


Joshua Tree Publishing’s Donal McCarthy, author of the just released book Dònal Òg Series, with Ruchel Louis Coetzee, author of PULANI: A memoir of a young woman in apartheid South Africa, share their thoughts about being published authors.

Donal McCarthy’s Dònal Òg Series

Ingram’s Transformation of the Publishing World

U.S. Book Show by Publishers Weekly
U.S. Book Show by Publishers Weekly

If you’ve never heard the name John Ingram, you will be surprised to learn that his family has been instrumental in transforming the publishing industry. In “A Conversation with John Ingram” at Publishers Weekly’s U. S. Book Show, you learn that Ingram played an important role during the recent pandemic in keeping books available while supply chains were disrupted. Years ago, Ingram Books started Lightning Source, a digital printer and wholesaler, which was instrumental in transforming the world of publishing into print on demand or POD. What that means is that books are printed and distributed as needed rather than sitting in a warehouse waiting for orders. Now this concept was totally transformational in the publishing business, where traditional publishers, as they still do, print thousands of books at a time, store them in a warehouse, and send them to bookstores when orders are received. Of course, the pandemic changed all of that. As John Ingram would say, Lightning Source’s motto is, or rather became, “Just in time, just in case.”

In June of 2020, 50% of the books on the New York Times bestseller list were provided, either printed and/or distributed, by Ingram’s Lightning Source. While that percentage will change as we return to “normal,” you cannot help but wonder if this lesson will not be lost by the industry as a whole. Would you want to risk printing of your content and your ability to distribute that content without the backup Ingram Content Group offers publishers?

So, what led to Ingram’s success. John Ingram summed up his business philosophy like this: “I want to do well by helping others do well.”

If you want to learn more about this success story, buy the book. You won’t regret it.

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About the Interview:

Jim Milliot, V-P and Editorial Director, Publishers Weekly, sat down with John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Content Group, and Keel Hunt, author of The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books (West Margin Press), for a discussion about how the company has managed to remain one of publishing’s most important players and what is ahead for the industry.

Oprah Winfrey to be Keynote Speaker at U.S. Book Show

Oprah Winfrey will be the opening keynote speaker at the U.S. Book Show, the virtual book publishing trade show presented by Publishers Weekly.

Oprah Winfrey will give the opening keynote speech on May 25, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. EDT. She will discuss her newest book, What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing, co-written with Bruce D. Perry, a child psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The book, released by Flatiron on April 27, discusses how people’s earliest personal experiences shape their entire lives. The book offers a new way to understand the way people behave. Winfrey, one of the biggest supporters of all members of the book industry, will also offer comments on her love for books and authors and offer her appreciation and encouragement for all those who support them.