25 Women Who Survived Cancer – A Book of Hope and Inspiration for the 2,200 Women Diagnosed with Cancer Each Day in North America

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—According to a 2015 study by the American Cancer Society, over 2,200 women are diagnosed with cancer each day in North America. For those women, Sellers Publishing has worked with 25 female cancer survivors who each share their personal stories about how to cope with and prevail over cancer in an inspirational new book, 25 Women Who Survived Cancer: Notable Women Share Inspiring Stories of Hope, edited by Mark Evan Chimsky (978-1-4162-4584-1; $16.95).

“Just as it takes courage to fight cancer, it takes courage to share the details of the experience,” said Ronnie Sellers in the book’s Preface. ” Their stories are powerful, informational, emotional, and often (believe it or not), funny in a most human way. Most importantly, they are real. And therein lies the power of this book. It is a collection of real stories about real women who faced cancer, fought cancer, and won. It is a testament to the power of hope. Could there be anything more inspiring than that?”

The authors write with candor about how they faced cancer without letting it define their lives or conquer their spirits. They recall how they reacted to receiving their diagnosis, how they moved beyond fear to become engaged in their healing process, and how they dealt with body image and sexuality while undergoing treatment. Their reflections on what their cancer has taught them, and how their lives have been changed by it, are poignant and powerful. This collection includes the experiences of women who have survived breast cancer, uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancer; Hodgkin lymphoma; and malignant melanoma.

Contributors to the book include Joan Lunden, Barbara Delinsky, Liz Lange, Shonda Schilling, Bárbara Padilla, Sylvia McNair, Marissa Jaret Winkour, and more.

Thanks to the generosity of the contributing authors, all of whom provided essays on a pro-bono basis, the royalties generated from the sale of this book will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer.

25 Women25 Women Who Survived Cancer is a 5.5″ x 8.5″, 248-page, softcover book that will retail for $16.95. It will be available in bookstores and gift shops nationwide and through Sellers Publishing’s Web-site, www.sellerspublishing.com.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards and journals. The company was cited for four consecutive years by Publishers Weekly for being among the fastest growing independent publishers in the country. It is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800-625-3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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Sellers Publishing Introduces Flora Bella – A New Coloring Book for Adults

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According to a December 15th, 2015, article in The New York Post, “Nine of the 20 books on Amazon’s current bestseller list contain few words and belong to a genre that didn’t exist two years ago – coloring books for adults.” This trend has led to the genre’s two biggest bestsellers having sold a combined 13.5 million copies in 50 countries over that time span.

Flora Bella_3DIn Flora Bella (978-1-4162-4578-0; $15.95), the new coloring book for adults from Sellers Publishing, artist Peggy Jo Ackley presents 88 original-pieces that those who are new to adult coloring and experienced enthusiasts alike will both enjoy. The hand-drawn designs featured in the book include planters and vases filled with a bounty of flowers and greenery; garden elements like trellises, pergolas, and statues surrounded by flowering vines; and inspirational quotations with hand-lettering and calligraphy. The designs are printed on extra-thick paper with perforated pages that will allow the finished works to easily be framed.

Flora Bella was created by artist Ackley at the personal request of publisher, Ronnie Sellers. Sellers and Ackley have worked together in various capacities over the course of their 35-year careers in the gift, stationery and book publishing industries. “Of all the artists I’ve worked with, no one compares to Peggy when it comes to originality, detail, composition, and overall quality of execution,” explained Sellers. “She is in a league all of her own and she understands what crafters want in the products they purchase.”

Peggy Jo Ackley is one of the most well-respected and prolific artists working today. Her designs have been reproduced on greeting cards, giftwrap, tabletop items, ornaments, rubber stamps and textile products. She has illustrated craft books, baby record books, and children’s books. Her Bitty Bear storybooks and activity books have been hugely popular for American Girl for more than 15 years. She conducts crafting workshops throughout the country and recently became the owner of Pink Ink Stamp Company.

Flora Bella is a 9″ x 9″, 96-page, softcover book featuring 88 hand-drawn illustrations that will be published in March 2016, and will retail for $15.95. It will be available in bookstores and gift shops nationwide and through Sellers Publishing’s Web-site, www.rsvp.com.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards and journals. The company was cited for four consecutive years by Publishers Weekly for being among the fastest growing independent publishers in the country. It is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800-625-3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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Sellers Publishing Introduces The Joy of Stitching

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The Joy of Stitching (978-1-4162-4577-3; $19.95), a new book from Sellers Publishing, offers 38 projects that range from embroidered birds on a linen pillow, a design for a fun trolley car, and table linens decorated with simple yet elegant wildflowers, to a needlepoint watch band, a coin purse, and an iPad pouch.

Author Nina Sæther’s love of hand embroidery is obvious from the first page. She helps those who are new to the craft with 18 perfectly chosen quick and easy decorative stitches that feature step-by-step instructions accompanied by illustrations. Readers will put their new-found skills to use straight away on projects that are perfect for keepsakes or gifts. All the patterns are included to complete the projects.

Joy of Stitching_3DIn her introduction, Sæther presents comprehensive information on the materials and equipment needed, such as a hoop; advice on the basic techniques like transferring a design onto fabric; suggested fabric markers; and types of floss and yarn. She employs a variety of techniques, like cross stitches on stiff, open-weave canvasses, and back stitches on linen. Many of the designs are made on T-shirts and other store-bought items from bed linens to tablecloths, placemats, and napkins. Those with basic machine sewing skills will find useful bags, wonderful wallets, and plush linen pillows with zipper closures.

All the projects in this book have something in common: they are embroidered using quickly made stitches. None of the projects demand a lot of time.

Author Nina Granlund Sæther grew up in Asker, Norway, just outside Oslo. Her love and interest in embroidery, sewing, knit, and crochet has been a passion since she was a child. In 1987, Nina began her career in journalism as an editor at Norwegian Folk Art & Craft magazine (Norsk Husflid). Today, she is the editor in chief of House & Home magazine (Hus & Bolig), a magazine about houses and home design. Sæther is the author of Making Cushions and Pillows: 60 Cushions and Pillows to Sew, Stitch, Knit and Crochet, 978-1446304259.

The Joy of Stitching is a 8″ x 11″, 128-page, softcover book featuring 38 embroidery and needlework designs that will be published in March 2016, and will retail for $19.95. It will be available in bookstores and gift shops nationwide and through Sellers Publishing’s Web-site, www.rsvp.com.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards and journals. The company was cited for four consecutive years by Publishers Weekly for being among the fastest growing independent publishers in the country. It is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800-625-3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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Well Read, Well Fed ‐ A New Title Designed to Help Book Clubs Remain Both

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A recent article in The New York Times estimated that more than 5.7 million people in the U.S. are active members of book clubs. While the focus of these groups is to share thoughts on a chosen literary selection, the reality is that they often evolve into informal dinner parties with a “bookish discussion,” and that is all part of the fun.

For anyone involved in the planning of a book group meeting, the two main items to consider are the book to be read and discussed and a menu for those in attendance. Well Read, Well Fed (978‐1‐4162‐4564‐3; $15.95), a new title from Sellers Publishing, offers suggested pairings for both, covering an entire year’s worth of meetings, with both the menus and suggested book titles matched with the appropriate season.

The more than 150 books suggested as monthly selections cover a wide range of genres, from fiction and short story collections, to plays, essays and poetry. All the titles are annotated and organized into themes, and were selected by the author, Marcia Brown, who says they “offer the delights of fine literature—sublime writing, a seductive narrative, or wit and wisdom passed down through the ages. These pleasures are good to share among friends.”

The twelve main dishes presented in the book are intended to be healthful and simple to prepare, and can be made a day ahead or in some cases, further in advance and frozen. “My book clubs have all had at least one vegetarian member and these days, it seems we are all questioning the right amount, if any, of meat we should consume. And because these are light meals before a largely sedentary evening, the menus do not include red meat and are vegetable or seafood‐based. You can always add or substitute meats or poultry if your group prefers,” said Brown.

WellRead_WellFed_3DWell Read, Well Fed is a 5.5″ x 7.75″, 160‐page, hardcover book that will be published in September, 2015, and will retail for $15.95. It will be available in bookstores and gift shops nationwide and through Sellers Publishing’s Web‐site, www.sellerspublishing.com.

Marcia F. Brown is the author of four poetry collections, including When We Invented Water (Moon Pie Press 2014) and What On Earth (Moon Pie Press 2010). As Poet Laureate for the City of Portland, Maine (2013‐2015) she edited the anthology, Port City Poems, Contemporary Poets Celebrate Portland, Maine (Maine Poetry Central 2013) which was a finalist for the 2014 Maine Literary Awards, and launched the Words Matter Visiting Poets Series presenting acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland at Portland’s Hannaford Hall in April 2015. Her work is widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, American Places (Penguin Books 2011). Her book of essays and food writing, Well Read, Well Fed ~ A Year of Great Reads and Simple Dishes for Book Groups will be published in Fall 2015. She resides in Cape Elizabeth, ME with her husband.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award‐winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards and journals. The company was cited for four consecutive years by Publishers Weekly for being among the fastest growing independent publishers in the country. It is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800‐625‐3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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Sellers Publishing Introduces New Craft Titles

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—Sellers Publishing today introduced two new craft titles for fall 2015 ‐ Baby & Me Knits from author Celeste Young, and Yarn Happy from Norwegian author, Turid Lindeland. Both titles will be released in September, 2015, and will retail for $19.95 each.

Baby and Me_Knits_3DBaby & Me Knits (978‐1‐4162‐4541‐4) features 20 hand‐knit designs for every season and style. Knitters of all levels will find inspiration in author and new mom Celeste Young’s patterns — simple knit and purl textures that give way to subtle lace, cables, and stranded colorwork, each accompanied by clear instructions and how‐to photography. Young’s combination of modern, washable yarns and stitch patterns are sized for newborns through 24 months of age. The blankets, sweaters, and coordinating accessories for baby and mom are perfect for that keepsake knitted gift from a friend or family‐member.

“The patterns in this book are designed to work individually and in sets, perfect for creating heirlooms for your family or special gifts for an amazing parent and child,” said author Celeste Young. “I have left plenty of room for interpretation in my designs so that you can add your personal flair to them. Choose your own color scheme for the Sweet Berries set, for example, or knit simple or wildly striped socks and fingerless gloves from the Bright Stripe set, or increase your yarn gauge and repeat count on any of the baby blankets to create a full‐sized throw. It is my hope that Baby & Me Knits will introduce you to fun, new techniques and empower you to be creative as you make these sweet knitted pieces.”

Yarn Happy_3DYarn Happy, (978‐1‐4162‐4563‐6) offers readers 30 knit and crochet projects that represent the simple and clean design style that Scandinavia is known for. The designs are photographed in the dramatic Northwest region of Norway that inspired them, and include pattern charts and detailed instructions. Projects in the book include modern takes on traditional Norwegian knit designs, including socks, blankets, chair covers, crochet throws, and
more. Yarn Happy is designed for both for intermediate and experienced knitters, as well as fans of colorwork. Patterns include both US standard and metric measurements, and alternative yarns are included for each pattern.

Turid Lindeland’s inspiration for Yarn Happy came from an old sock she found in a crumbling hotel in Rosendal, Norway. Inspired by that old sock, and the neighboring glaciers called Folgefonna, with their dramatic icy colors and shapes, she has given these classic patterns an updated twist by employing modern color palettes. Some patterns are informed by the cool shades of ice and others by the summertime landscapes with their vibrant colors.

Yarn Happy is an 8 x 11 inch, 128 page, full‐color paperback book that will retail for $19.95 and Baby & Me Knits is a 8.5 x 10 inch, 128 page, full‐color paperback book that will retail for $19.95. Both titles will be available in bookstores and gift shops nationwide and through Sellers Publishing’s Web‐site, www.sellerspublishing.com.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award‐winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards and journals. The company was cited for four consecutive years by Publishers Weekly for being among the fastest growing independent publishers in the country. It is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800‐625‐3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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Sellers Publishing’s “Fifty Things” Series Generates Over $350,000 For Charities

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—Sellers Publishing is happy to announce that as it approaches the ten-year anniversary of publishing its book, Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty, donations paid to cancer-related charities from book proceeds have reached $350,000. The book, and each of the seven other milestone birthday books that follow it, offers essays by celebrities, pundits, humorists, and experts from various walks of life.  Some of the contributors offer advice based on their own experiences of reaching milestone ages.  Others offer advice based on their particular areas of expertise.

Ronnie Sellers, the president and publisher of Sellers Publishing, and editor for the first books in the series, commented, “we are a relatively small publisher, but we’ve been very fortunate to receive written contributions for these books from some of the most respected authors, spiritual leaders, business experts and celebrities in the world.  10,000 people turn fifty every day, so there’s tremendous demand for books that offer guidance about how to make your senior years productive and secure.  The fact that these books are still as relevant now as they were ten years ago speaks to the quality of their content.  Small publishers can still do big things with the help of great content providers.  Of course the most gratifying aspect of this program is that its success has resulted in substantial contributions to the fight against cancer.”

Sellers began donating the royalties generated by the books to non-profit organizations dedicated to curing cancer in 2005. Over the next ten years, Sellers Publishing has made donations to more than 10 cancer related non-profits.

50_Things-3DFifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty is a hopeful, upbeat, and informative compilation of 50 essays written by world famous artists, pundits and experts on the subject of turning 50. When taken as a whole, the essays comprise a veritable instruction manual on how to make the experience of turning fifty a rewarding one on all levels. The essayists cover such diverse topics as putting the past behind you (Garrison Keillor), making peace with the mirror (Bobbi Brown), bulking up your portfolio’s defenses (Bill Gross), and wearing comfortable clothes (Diane Von Furstenberg). Despite the diversity of topics, tones and perspectives, however, the reader is left with one very positive message by the end of the book: accept and take care of yourself, put your affairs in order and the years that are ahead of you will be the best years of your life.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. was cited by Publishers Weekly for four consecutive years as one of the fastest growing independent publishers. The company is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800-625-3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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The Inspired Wedding ‐ Seven Handcrafted Themes for Your Big Day

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—For author and wedding planner, Emma Arendoski, a handmade piece is special — it’s been crafted with love and care, which can’t be said for most mass‐produced items. When planning her own wedding, she discovered an abundance of beautiful, handmade goods, along with unlimited opportunities for customization in several online web sites. She was so inspired by this, she founded www.EmmalineBride.com, a handmade‐wedding blog, shop, and vendor guide reaching more than 550,00 visitors per month.

“Every day, I blog about wedding trends, do‐it‐yourself projects, and modern twists on traditional wedding customs,” said Arendoski. “I include photographs from real weddings, featuring couples whose wedding celebrations reflect their unique personalities. I have the honor of working with the best wedding professionals in the business, including artisans who create one‐of‐a‐kind pieces, wedding photographers who record the moment, and planners who turn wedding dreams into reality. I eat, sleep, and blog about weddings, and my career has become one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life.”

In The Inspired Wedding (978‐1‐4162‐0916‐4; $29.95), Arendoski has compiled her vast expertise into a comprehensive idea book featuring seven themes for couples who dream of making their wedding both personal and unforgettable. They include:

  • Romantically Vintage ‐ Wedding trends come and go, but a vintage themed wedding celebrates classic elements and enduring details that bring forth the best of today and of decades past.
  • Farmhouse Rustic ‐ A rustic wedding is homespun goodness at its finest. Immerse yourself in more than 150 ideas for a wedding celebration on a farm, in a field, or in the woods.
  • Beach Bliss ‐ Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves ‐ what’s not to love about the beach? It’s no surprise that a beach‐themed wedding has become a popular choice for couples.
  • Urban Chic ‐ For a couple who loves city life or dreams of getting married in a loft, rooftop, or inside an art gallery or museum, an urban wedding is for you.
  • Traditional ‐ In love with time‐honored customs and rituals, this theme adheres to conventional wedding practices, just not all the time. Mix personal touches with fresh variations and one‐of‐a‐kind details.
  • Free Spirit ‐ For a couple who won’t fuss over frills or swoon over soft palettes and are looking for something different. This theme goes against the herd and doesn’t play by the rules.
  • Boho Style ‐ This style is expressed in a relaxed aesthetic. It’s pleasantly reminiscent of a bygone era of head scarves, gauzy dresses, and loose hairstyles. It’s a touch of floral and a pinch of ethnic, with a romantic hippie influence. Creativity and nature are celebrated in all aspects of boho style.

Each theme presented in the book offers custom ideas for topics such as invitations, the ceremony, attire, flowers, the reception, wedding‐party gifts, entertainment, the cake, and more. Each chapter concludes with a Resources section, providing the names and Web sites of the designers and vendors that were mentioned in the chapter.

InspiredWedding-3DThe Inspired Wedding is an 8.75″ x 10.25″, 288‐page, hardcover book with jacket that will be published in September, 2014, and will retail for $29.95. The book includes 500+ photographs to illustrate unique touches and handcrafted items from real weddings. It will be available in bookstores and gift shops nationwide and through Sellers Publishing’s Web‐site, www.sellerspublishing.com.

Sellers Publishing, Inc. is an award‐winning publisher of books, calendars, greeting cards and journals. The company was cited for four consecutive years by Publishers Weekly for being among the fastest growing independent publishers in the country. It is located in South Portland, Maine and can be contacted at 800‐625‐3386 or by visiting their Web site at www.sellerspublishing.com.

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