Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nobel Laureates to Receive Wyatt-MacKenzie Book!

“The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings provide a globally recognised forum for the exchange of knowledge between Nobel Laureates and young researchers.”

The 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates will take place in Lindau Germany in June and... Wyatt-MacKenzie books will be there! Laureates in Chemistry, Physics, Medicine/Physiology and the scientists, leaders, researchers and students who attend will receive the gift of REINDEER WITH KING GUSTAF by Anita Laughlin!

I am beside myself excited to imagine one of our books in the hands of these phenomenal minds.

This year the Lindau Meetings will celebrate its 60th anniversary and therefore about 70 Laureates will come together at Lake Constance in Germany to meet, interact and discuss current scientific themes and challenges with more than 650 young Top Talents from all around the world.

“Having seen and read the book by Anita Laughlin about her expectations and the life-changing results of her husband winning the nobel prize we would love to give it to the guests at the festive dinner on the opening day.” 
Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance

Anita and her Nobel-winning husband Bob will attend the event, with book signings scheduled for Anita! REINDEER WITH KING GUSTAF was recently named a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards.

As they say, "SKOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

The book is currently being sold at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, it was there for the Nobel Festivities last Fall. It was also endorsed by King Gustaf himself!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just Announced at BEA - Wyatt-MacKenzie Wins a Silver ForeWord Magazine 2009 Book-of-the-Year!

Joel Schwartzberg is the man of the hour -- or at least of the 2010 Book Award Season! His book THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION just WON THE SILVER in the Humor category of the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards!


We Won an Indie Book Award!

We were thrilled to learn THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad WON the Humor category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group ( Way to go Joel!

And we also had two FINALISTS! One in Children’s/Juvenile Non-Fiction, Deb Dunham's TWEEN YOU & ME: A Pre-Teen Guide to Becoming Your Best Self. The other is Lori Radun's THE MOMNIFICENT LIFE in Parenting.

Way to go Deb, Lori and Joel!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010 is down for a few hours

Just got the heads up that my website is down. Bummer man. Tech support says we should be back up in a few hours. Emails to will bounce until it's fixed -- sorry! Use this one instead:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wyatt-MacKenzie Authors in Two CNN Stories Today!

When it rains it pours... and today it was pouring Wyatt-MacKenzie books on CNN! 

We're thrilled to see a full feature article on Empowered Patient, by CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, about our Dixie Coskie and her son Paul. READ THE ARTICLE

And the backlash has been palpable... postpartum depression in dads?! Yesterday the stories spread like wildfire, our Joel Schwartzberg at the center of it all -- starting the day on Good Morning America and ending on World News with Diane Sawyer! This morning he did CNN with Fredricka Whitfield. WATCH THE VIDEO  

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NPR "All Things Considered" talks to Joel Schwartzberg

Read Joel's Huffington Post article, "Postpartum Depression in Men, One Dad's Story."

Learn more about Joel and his book at

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Joel Schwartzberg on Good Morning America!

Joel discusses Postpartum Depression in dads on Good Morning America! The whole article on

Watch the segment:


More information on the new JAMA report by Dr. James Paulson.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I'm so proud of this book! I was one of the millions of people in 2008 who participated in Oprah's class with Eckhart Tolle. I ate it up. I admit, I thought some of it was a little “woo-woo” =) but it was all very, very cool. Oprah said A NEW EARTH was her most important Book Club pick ever. 

At the core of Tolle’s teachings lies the transformation of consciousness—a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. 

Did it cross my mind at the time -- how amazing a book would be that helped parents teach these principles to their children? Yes.

On January 12, 2010, amongst a wave of book proposals that had come in the previous day, I had an email from literary agent William Gladstone. The pitch was simple, but had me dancing in my chair. 

"Attached please find the book proposal from educator and workshop leader Annie Burnside for SOUL TO SOUL PARENTING: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family. This is a much-needed book with a unique perspective for a market of spiritually aware parents that is growing rapidly."

And, in one click, I realized -- Mr. Gladstone is Eckhart Tolle's agent. I lost my breath.

Since I'm such an early riser, I had to wait about four hours before I could call Mr. Gladstone, but I did at 9:00am. We had a serendipitous conversation. One of those perfect moments in time when everything came together and I had a "this is why" shiver wash over me. A few days later I spoke to Annie, and that was even more magical. We had a signed contract within a week. 

Annie and I have connected on a level that is bigger than us. We are both beyond excited to send this new book out into the world. Annie is a powerful combination of spiritual teacher and parenting coach. She has filled the book with "spiritual themes" and provides numerous "vehicles" with which to share the conscious-opening issues with your family -- exercises, examples, and age-appropriate resources of books, movies and music -- make it simple, functional, and applicable (and not too woo-woo)!

I encourage you to PRE-ORDER now! 

If you're a book reviewer or journalist interested in a review copy or interview please contact me, or Annie's publicist Dea Shandera.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Nancy Cleary included on "List of Powerful Mothers"

I teach my authors to build their "googlability" -- and every now and then I will google myself to see what comes up. Just found this article "List of Powerful Women" which surprisingly included me with some big names... Angelina Jolie, Sharon Osbourne, Mia Farrow, Katie Holmes, Gina Lohan, Dr. Laura and Madonna... how bizarre!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Prime Minister of Jamaica embraces Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint

Check out this great photo of one of our new Imprint novels, THE JAMERICAN, being held by The Most Honourable Edward Seaga, retired Prime Minister of Jamaica.

THE JAMERICAN by J.J. Gumbs is a novel about an American Christian living in a Jamaican subculture in NYC. It reveals how faith and culture, though we want them sometimes to be mutually exclusive, are really mixed into one thing that forms the principle ingredient of some people's lives. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wyatt-MacKenzie Options Two Books for TV/Film!

A recent article in Hybrid Mom magazine asked Where Have All the Good TV Moms Gone? Wyatt-MacKenzie aims to help Hollywood by signing Options for two of our amazing books with phenomenal mom roles!

Picture this: Mom CIA -- caring for five kids at home while fighting terrorism at work. Jack Bauer move over, you've got nothing on this mom! Real-life terrorism analyst, the first one to write about bin Laden, brings us into her life -- from the Situation Room briefing the President on national security threats to handling teen angst at home. Turns out -- bullies are the same in every arena, be it high school or the United Nations.  

Or this: It's 1977, an alcoholic mom writes a book about her stint in a mental institute; rights are purchased by biggest movie star at the time and she stars in the made-for-TV movie. Flash forward to 2010 -- the mom, now 40-years-sober, reflects back on her prolific career as a TV writer/producer that her first movie deal spiraled into and writes part two of the 1977 classic. A "Who's Who?" list of unnamed celebrities and industry-insiders are woven into lesson-laden biographical chapters and eye-opening AA meetings.

NATIONAL SECURITY MOM and WOMEN'S GROUP, have been "optioned" -- which simply means screenplays are being written and avidly pitched to producers. Two fantastic screenwriters have optioned our CIA book, and the author of WOMEN'S GROUP is pursuing her own TV/Film deal.

It's a long, long way to a "Sale"... but it sure is exciting to imagine! And, the thought of smart, heroic mom characters, balancing great careers and family life, is even more exciting. As Jennifer Rawlings asks in her article: "Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a sitcom that does what millions of moms do every day -- strive to find the balance between family and work?" Yes Jennifer, it sure would, especially if they were based on Wyatt-MacKenzie books! 

Friday, May 7, 2010

An IPPY nomination!

Suzanne Kamata's CALL ME OKAASAN has been nominated for an Independent Publisher Award in Multicultural non-fiction!  

Born and raised in Michigan, and most recently from South Carolina, Suzanne is an expat living in rural Japan with her Japanese husband and bicultural twins.
ABOUT THE BOOK: What happens when your child doesn't speak your native language? How do you maintain cultural traditions while living outside your native country? And how can you raise a child with two cultures without fracturing his/her identity? From our house to your house - to the White House - more and more mothers are facing questions such as these. Whether through intercultural marriage, international adoption or peripatetic lifestyles, families these days are increasingly multicultural. In this collection, women around the world, such as Xujun Eberlein, Violet Garcia-Mendoza, Rose Kent, Sefi Atta, Saffia Farr, and others, ponder the unique joys and challenges of raising children across two or more cultures. 

Suzanne Kamata's work has appeared in over 100 publications. She is the author of a novel, LOSING KEI, and the editor of two previous anthologies - THE BROKEN BRIDGE: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan and LOVE YOU TO PIECES: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, and is currently fiction editor of "Literary Mama".