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Who’s publishing what?

It’s a mystery

Bloom and DoomBarbara Early, writing as Beverly Allen, holds a degree in engineering, but her creative streak caused her to run screaming from the pocket-protector set. Her book, Bloom and Doom, will be released April 1.

In the classroom

Miss?Laurel McHargue has published her first novel, Miss? The book exposes the failure of the struggling public education system. She also co-edited Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Stupid Kid (Publishing Syndicate).

Refreshingly off-key

front coverBarb Etlin has self-published a collection of humorous poetry, Antique Piano and Other Sour Notes. Click here for an interview about the book.

Secret symbol

Angie KlinkAngie Klink‘s new book, The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality, will be published by Purdue University Press. It’s received a resounding endorsement from Ilene Beckerman: “Angie Klink has woven the lives of these remarkable, courageous women educators into an inspiring narrative — scrupulously researched, wonderfully written. A compelling story and a joy to read.” Angie writes biographies, histories, children’s books, essays and ad copy. She received an honorable mention in the 2007 Erma Bombeck writing competition. Listen to the trailer here.

17-syllable catharsis

Suburban Haiku

In the suburbs, highly educated and ambitious parents funnel their professional training and personal desires into managing every aspect of their lives — and their children’s — with zeal. At first, Peyton Price was shocked and appalled. But now, her indoctrination is complete. In Suburban Haiku: Poetic Dispatches From Behind the Picket Fence, Price reveals that, try as she might, she has succumbed to the reality of having an SUV, a stint as PTA president, kids on the honor roll and thousands of dollars in travel team fees. As it turns out, in the ticky tacky world of the suburbs, resistance is futile.

Leave me alone

I Just Want to Be AloneI Just Want to Be Alone (the second volume in the best-selling I Just Want to Pee Alone series) is a compilation of hilarious essays about the men in our lives. Stacey Hatton of Nurse Mommy Laughs, Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying, Nicole Leigh Shaw of Ninja Mom Blog and Michelle Newman of You’re My Favorite Today are a few of the co-authors attending Erma 2014 workshop.

Cabin glory

cover_web-681x1024Author and longtime columnist for Cabin Life magazine Christy Heitger-Ewing has published her first book, Cabin Glory: Amusing Tales of Time Spent at the Family Retreat. The book is the grand-prize winner in the Greyden Press 2013 Book Competition for non-fiction.

A corporate goddess

cover-MyLiveAsACorpGoddessScreenwriter and author Jane C. Rosen has published My Life as a Corporate Goddess, a refreshing and humorous look into the ongoing dialogue of women in leadership.

Reflections of Erma