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A Dream Come True and the Midwest Book Review

Saying Goodbye Front Coverby Mike O’Mary

Last November, I launched a new book publishing company called Dream of Things. In fact, the launch ended up including an interview right here on Freelance-Zone. I subsequently became a regular contributor to this space.

Over the past 10 months, I’ve learned a lot. For one thing, I’ve learned to focus my efforts. No one can be all things to all people, so I decided to focus on publishing quality memoirs, anthologies of creative nonfiction, and related books. That focus is paying off in the form of three books being published this fall and winter that are going to be great reads:

  • Everything I Never Wanted to Be, a memoir of alcoholism and addiction, faith and family, hope and humor, by Dina Kucera (release date: 10/1/10)
  • Saying Goodbye…to the people, places, and things in our lives, the first Dream of Things Anthology (release date: 10/11/10)
  • MFA in a Box, a Why to Write Book, by John Rember (release date: 1/1/11).

I am excited about publication of these books, and invite you to click on any of the above links to take a closer look. But I’m also excited about all that I’ve learned in the past year — and all of the resources available to writers and editors today. Freelance-Zone, for example, is a tremendous resource. Check out the “Writers Groups by State” tab, above. This is one of the most comprehensive lists of Writers Groups I’ve seen anywhere!

mbrAnother great resource for writers, editors, and publishers is the website of Midwest Book Review. Don’t let the title fool you. Midwest Book Review is a great source of objective, quality book reviews, yes. But it also has TONS of great info on writing and publishing, as well as a substantial list of resources for readers. The site features numerous articles authored by contributors from a broad range of fields. One of my favorites is this interview with James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Review, in which he discusses MBR’s mission of promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. The site also has info on becoming a book reviewer. Check it out today.

Everything I Never Wanted to Be

072310 Everything Front Coverby Mike O’Mary

I am very pleased and proud to announce that pre-release copies of Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera are now available from Dream of Things. The book will be available at bookstores everywhere on October 1, but you can get your copy now by visiting www.everythinginever.com.

Everything I Never Wanted to Be is the true story of one family’s battles with alcoholism and drug addiction over four generations—as told from the unique perspective of a grocery store clerk with a ninth grade education who is trying to make it as a stand-up comic. To learn more about this amazing memoir – including excerpts, info about the author, and an early review from publisher and movie producer Mark Shelmerdine – visit www.everythinginever.com.

I also think it’s interesting and important to note that Dina’s memoir was rejected by 74 agents and publishers before it was published. It finally found a home after Dina posted excerpts on her blog and someone (yours truly) read it and fell in love with it. For more details about Dina’s path to publication, click here.

Mike O’Mary is founding dreamer of Dream of Things, a book publisher currently accepting creative nonfiction stories for anthologies on 14 topics, including an anthology titled “Advice You’d Like to Pass on to Others.”