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Posted: 2020/05/26

Garden City Park, NY: We at Square One appreciate the media's ongoing recognition of our titles. Being able to provide answers to important questions through our books has always been a key part of our mission. Having both online and print media sources onboard to help us spread the word remains an exciting part of all that we continually work to create and offer.

In this past week alone, the following key media placements have been secured as follows:

* Dr. Mandip Kang, author of SQ1's award-winning title The Doctor's Kidney Diets ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0373-8), will be interviewed for Dr. Michael Roizen's nationally popular health podcast "YOU: The Owner's Manual" this week on Tuesday, May 26 (to then be aired and archived online in early June).

* By mid-June, Square One will receive significant coverage for two of its titles: first, the national alternative health magazine Better Nutrition will run a partial excerpt from our new and increasingly strong-selling new "Second Edition" of What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & So Much More ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0471-1) by longtime bestselling author Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPh; and then the top-level consumer publication Bottom Line Personal (circulation: 1.3 million) will run a front-page article ("Yes! You Can Publish Your Book") with sole focus on our longtime book publishing veteran Dr. Jan Yager and her book with us, How to Self-Publish Your Book ($19.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0465-0).

*Starting today (May 26, 2020), Square One sees its bestselling health title Your Blood Never Lies by top health specialist Jim LaValle brought to audio by Tantor, the top trade publisher in the audio format and within the Health category.

* And structured on a continual basis since its initial publication back in early March of this year, the world-renowned Catholic fraternal organization The Knights of Columbus (K of C) will maintain a level of direct promotion throughout the US and Canada on behalf of its newest hardcover with Square One entitled The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History ($34.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0308-0). So far, the K of C's outreach has been actively successful and has led this book to be the #1 Catholic Institutions & Organizations title on Amazon for a month.

Next from Square One will be the publication of two eagerly anticipated health titles from its list: Take a Deep Breath: A Simple Exercise Guide to Increasing Your Oxygen Intake by bestselling author and yoga expert Meera Patricia Kerr (award-winning Big Yoga and its companion volume Big Yoga for Less Stress) and Sandra A. McLanahan ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0481-0); and the already-acclaimed title What You Must Know About Strokes by Amytis Towfighi, MD together with health writer and stroke survivor Laura Stevens, MSci. ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0483-4).

Square One titles (along with those of New Age publisher Rainbow Ridge Books, for whom Square One serves as distributor) are available wherever books are sold. Feel free to visit our website at any time by visiting us at www.SquareOnePublishers.com.

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Rest In Peace, Fred Willard (9/18/33 - 5/15/20)

Posted: 2020/05/16

Garden City Park, NY: In the midst of so much continued sadness right now during the Covid-19 pandemic, Square One has lost one of its most celebrated and entertaining authors: the one and only comedic actor and improv genius, Fred Willard.

As reported by his daughter, Hope Willard Mulbarger, Fred passed away yesterday (May 15, 2020) at age 86 in his California home due to natural causes. (His beloved wife of 50 years, Mary, passed away less than two years ago in July 2018.)

Our own VP of Marketing/PR, Anthony Pomes (standing alongside Fred in the photo below at the FOX NEWS CHANNEL studios in NYC), had this to share earlier today on social media:

"I first got to know Fred back in 2009, when I began to work with him on a movie trivia book for Square One [Fred Willard's Magnificent Movie Trivia - ISBN: 978-0-7570-0311-0]. He and I had a great time sharing enthusiasm about all kinds of movies, some of which were the subject of trivia questions that Fred asked the anchors during a hilarious morning segment over at Fox & Friends (Fox News Channel).

"On the walk back to [his wife] Mary at the hotel, Fred shared some fun stories with me about what it was like working with James Mason on Tobe Hooper's 1979 TV movie adaptation of Stephen King's SALEM'S LOT. I also had the honor of giving him one of the two bananas that I had bought earlier that day at a local grocer. I will always remember Fred saying to me (in that wonderfully Fred-like way), 'Thank you for the banana!'

"Rest In Peace, Fred - you were one of our great comical actors, a genius improviser, and you will be deeply missed by us all. Sincere condolences not only to daughter, Hope, and her family, but also to his agent Mike Eisenstadt and his friends and colleagues . . . of which there are a great many."

Whether known best for his work in the '70s on TV's hilarious Fernwood 2 Night; as Amy's strictly religous father on Everybody Loves Raymond; or for any of his brilliantly improvised comedic characters in the "mockumentary" films from writer/director Christopher Guest (especially his role as TV commentator Buck Laughlin in the 2000 classic Best in Show), Fred Willard's life and legacy stands as magnificently as the many movies that he loved.

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Square One wins its first "Best Audiobook - Nonfiction" award at the IBPA's "virtual" Benjamin Franklin Book Awards

Posted: 2020/05/11

Garden City Park, NY: Square One is thrilled that their audiobook version of Elliot Tiber's Palm Trees on the Hudson (an ACX.com production brought to wonderful life by veteran actor and narrator Edwin Wald) has won in the "Best Audiobook - Nonfiction" category last Friday night at this year's "virtual" IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. The ceremony, stretched and digitally televised across four consecutive evenings last week, was a great success and we at Square One are honored to be included among so many great fellow indie publishers who were awarded and recognized finalists this year.

The timing for an audiobook with the subtitle of "A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating" could not be better, if Hollywood is used as the barometer. During this most recent awards season, actress Renee Zellweger's end-of-life portrayal of late showbiz legend Judy Garland in the new biopic Judy nabbed her both Golden Globe and Oscar wins in the "Best Actress" category.

With so much of the country still in quarantine mode due to COVID-19, the continued growth of audio book sales over the past year means that more folks are listening to their books than ever before. Aware of this growing trend in recent seasons, Square One has moved to bring a select and now-increasing number of its titles into the audio format—either through licensing to trade audio book publishers, or through Square One's own direct production at the Audible-owned site ACX.com. For example, Taking Woodstock—our first book with the late Elliot Tiber (along with co-author and New York Times bestseller Tom Monte)—is available in audio from Recorded Books, and narrated by seasoned actor Jim Frangione. Planned for this summer will be Square One's own audio production of Tiber's "swan song" sequel, After Woodstock (again to be narrated by Edwin Wald).

At this point, Square One has also brought the following of its titles to audio as well:

* The following three novels from our acclaimed late novelist Jim Misko (The Path of the Wind and For What He Could Become narrated by Edison McDaniels, and The Cut of Pride narrated by Bill Brooks)

* Untwisted by Dr. Ted Anders (narrated by Gregory Martz)

* Dressed to Kill - Second Edition by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer (narrated by Diane Neigebauer)

* ADHD and the Focused Mind by Sarah Cheyette, MD, Peter Johnson, and Benjamin Cheyette, MD, PhD (narrated by the authors)

From its continued recent partnership with Tantor Audio, Square One also has the other titles available in audiobook format:

* Sodium Bicarbonate by Dr. Mark Sircus, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo

* I Used to Have Cancer by James Templeton, narrated by A. T. Chandler

* Healing with Hemp CBD Oil by Earl Mindell, RPh, MH, PhD, narrated by Paul Brion

And available on May 26, Tantor Audio will also release as an audio book Square One's longtime bestseller Your Blood Never Lies by James B. LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND (narrated by Jonathan Yen).

What's next in audio from Square One? Check out the list below:

* The Righteous Few: Two Who Made a Difference by Marty Brounstein (who will also serve as narrator)

* As All My Fathers Were: A Novel by James A. Misko, narrated by Bill Brooks

* Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat by Dr. Renee Joy Dufault, narrated by Diane Neigebauer

Happy reading—and listening!

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Indie Supports Indie: Square One connects with BookShop.org, shares PW's #ReadIndie, and attends "virtual" IBPA Benjamin Franklin 2020 Book Awards

Posted: 2020/05/04

Garden City Park, NY: Following in the footsteps of fellow NY-based top book publisher Simon & Schuster, the independently-owned Square One Publishers has now also added BUY buttons from the newly-formed and independent bookseller-focused online store Bookshop.org for its more than 300 titles, including its newest books The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History ($34.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0308-0) and The Righteous Few: Two Who Made a Difference ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0497-1).

In addition to Square One's own titles, they have also placed the Bookshop buy buttons on all titles from the New Age-geared indie house, Rainbow Ridge Books—including their most recently published title, Bringing Death to Life: An Uplifting Exploration of Living, Dying, the Soul Journey and the Afterlife ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-1-937907-63-1).

As an extension of its continued support for all things indie, both in work and in life, Square One also shared Publishers Weekly's newest social media campaign #ReadIndie earlier this week across social media on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Designed specifically in response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the entire industry, PW was also aided in their work here by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) based across the country in Manhattan Beach, California.

Speaking of the IBPA, they will be holding a "virtual" digital version of their annual Benjaman Franklin Book Awards each evening this week (from Tuesday, May 5 to Friday, May 8). Having won these awards in previous years for more than a half-dozen of its titles across a combination of different subjects (with Health leading the pack), Square One is excited this time around to be a first-time finalist in the "Best Audio - Nonfiction" category for the late Elliot Tiber's acclaimed memoir Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating ($24.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0351-6). To hear our nominated audio book, narrated by the great actor and musician/songwriter Edwin Wald, we invite you to CLICK HERE.

Oh, and one more thing since we're on the topic of all things "Indie"—this past Sunday night, CBS-TV brought back its beloved "Sunday Night Movie" format by running the Steven Spielberg-directed 1981 action blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you missed Indy's adventures this past Sunday, though, don't worry—CBS will air the equally-excellent Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) towards the end of the month on Sunday, May 31. Seems like a pretty cool time for all things Indy—and indie!

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Vitamin D3 Deficiency Among the African-American Community During Coronavirus: This Is Nothing New

Posted: 2020/04/24

Garden City Park, NY: In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece ("Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparities"), noted physician Vatsal G. Thakkar shared results of a new research study conducted by medical experts with Northwestern University and Boston Medical Center. The study reveals that those countries with the highest mortality rates thus far—France, Italy, and Spain—also are among those nations with the lowest average vitamin D levels during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Here at home in the US, it has been made abundantly clear that the African-American community has seen more deaths as a result of the Coronavirus than any other. While much is being made about the economic and sociological factors that are leading to these statistics, the reality of vitamin D deficiency among our country's black population also plays a major role.

With proper vitamin D3 supplementation, however, this ongoing vulnerability among African Americans stands a chance of being stopped in its tracks. This, in fact, was the recommendation—based on the existing evidence then—that our author Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD first made, and has maintained vigilantly, for more than a decade now.

As the author of African-American Healthy: What You Need to Protect Your Health ($15.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0361-5), Dr. Walker has long maintained that a sturdy daily dosage of vitamin D3 is crucial to an African-American cititzen's defense against those diseases that continue to decimate the community: hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, renal failure, cancer—and now, of course, COVID-19.

Winner of the IBPA Benjanim Franklin Award for Best Health Title, African-American Healthy has won the praise of Publishers Weekly ("Walker's efforts will undoubtedly prove valuable"), Library Journal ("Provides good, commonsense advice for African Americans concerned about their health"), and syndicated book reviewer Terri Schlichenmeyer ("If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, this is a book to run to") among others.

Since it has now been proved that vitamin D3 deficiency has played such a significant role in Coronavirus-related deaths, the hope here is that all people who wish to strengthen their immunity with an eye towards better health in the future will look into this more seriously.

African-American Healthy is available on Amazon.com, and wherever else books are sold.

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