Sunday, March 31, 2013

Norman Beim's New Book Published

From New York—the greatest city in the world.
It's “The Friday Evening Post” with Marvin Hayes
for Friday, March 8, 2013.
Dear Friends
In New York, it is amazing how many “REAL” friends Frank and I
have. We are very lucky and blessed with good neighbors and good
friends. We have someone we could meet for breakfast, lunch or
dinner almost every day of the week and go to plays on and off
Broadway and movies or share movies with them or go to museums.
One of these friends is a writer—actor friend who after all these
years is still working 18 to 22 hours a day writing. His name is
Norman Beim and he just published his autobiography called “A Not
So Nice Jewish Boy Faces World War II-A Memoir”. This, over
five hundred page book, is his first “Memoir” and brings him through
birth and school and into the army and World War II. The book is a
real “Page Turner”. Norman does not leave anything to be guessed
at. He lays it all out, the good, the bad, and the ugly—his triumphs
and failures. The ring of HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and TRUTH sounds on
every page.
Growing up I had uncles and aunts that fought in World War II that
never talked about it. Seeing exciting movies and reading exciting
books about it, I always wonder exactly what happen to them. They
never would open up and tell me.

The Life of Beim

Norman at nine months           Norman's mother's mother & step-father & family

Jack Ghilain (my partner for over 30 years) was in the then Army Air
Force and flew 22 missions over Germany-his airplane was hit and
caught on fire and he was burned badly and was in the hospital for
three weeks and went back and flew several more missions, but he
would never talk about it. I learned this from his step father, Al
Fleming and I would have loved to have heard the complete story. My
mother worked for three years in a Naval Hospital during the war—12
hour shifts and never – never said anything about what she did. She
would come home with blood spots all over her white dress and white
shoes. I remember hearing her cry at night alone in her room.
When I was at Texas A & M, I got a small sample of what the military was like. I played football, but I was assigned to a military unit and ate and slept with them. The upper classmen were relentless hazing and ordering us freshmen about. It was like torture to put up with the nonsense day after day. Norman chronicles his experiences in detail in some of the worse fighting of the war in the Hürtgen Forest and The Battle of the Bulge until the Germans surrendered.


A Not So Nice Jewish Boy Faces World War II
Touring With Stalin
Zygielbaum's Journey
Hymie And The Angel
Behind The Scenes, Plus 2 Comedies & 2 Dramas
Bitter And Sweet: 3 New Musicals
The Wrath Of God, Plus 5 Additional Dramas
Six Ironic Comedies
Three Dark Comedies
Women Laid Bare
Comedy Tonite!
Infamous People
Giants Of The Old Testament
My Family: The Jewish Immigrants
Plays At Home And Abroad
Six Award Winning Plays

Norman Beim was born in Newark, New Jersey attended Ohio State
University for a year and two thirds, when he was drafted into World
War II. During combat, he learned that his one act play, Inside had
won second place in a nationwide competition. He put aside his
decision to become a novelist and decided to become a playwright,
while he learned he earned a living as an actor.
After the war he studied and worked as an actor at Hedgerow
Theatre, produced and appeared in three plays in Philadelphia,
worked as an actor at the Provincetown Playhouse on the Cape, and
in the national company of Darkness At Noon.
He settled in New York where he worked as an actor on Broadway,
Off Broadway, and on TV. He appeared in the Broadway production
of Inherit The Wind with Paul Muni, and later with Melvyn Douglas.
He was standby for Van Johnson in the national company of Tribute,
and worked with Morgan Freeman at the Public Theatre. He also
worked as a director and, all the while, he continued to write plays.
He is a lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild. His plays have
been produced nationally and internationally, including the classic,
The Deserter. He's written book and lyrics for a number of musicals,
including the remarkable Fritz & Froyim.
Twelve volumes of his plays, and three fact-based novels have been
published, and he continues to produce novels and write plays which
continue to be produced. A second volume of his memoirs is due out in 2014.

“The Friday Evening Post” for Friday March 8, 2013
As I said before “The ring of HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and TRUTH
sounds on every page of Norman's book. I have only one objection:
I have never known Norman not to be “Nice”. He is one of the
“Nicest” men I have had the privilege to call my friend! Get his book
and read it—you will find a true friend for yourself.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Self Publishing Presentation at GNYIPA

The monthly meeting of the Greater NY Independent Publishers Association will be on Wednesday, Mar. 6 at 6:30 PM in room 8301 of CUNY's Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue (5th @ 34th Street) in the old B. Altman building. In lieu of having a speaker this month, we will be discussing the topic:

Self Publishing: How to Do It and How to Keep from Being Killed By It. 

The discussion will be led by Perry Brass who has successfully self published 16 books, Francine Trevens, publisher of T 'n' T Press, and our moderator Heidi Russell.

We hope you will join us in this lively and interesting topic. Please tell the staff downstairs that you are going to the "publishing meeting in room 8301" and not the GNYIPA meeting. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Digital Publishing Workshop, April 8-10, Vegas

Future Media Concepts ( is proud to present:
The Digital Publishing Workshop: TAP! 2013 @ NAB Show | | April 8-10, 2013 Las Vegas, NV
The TAP! 2013 @NAB Show will once again push limits in digital content creation, digital publishing, independent marketing and monetizing. The who’s who in this new emerging space will share case studies, talk tech and help hundreds of authors, publishers and content creators, bring their digital publishing projects to life. We invite your partnership to get this information out to your membership and share discounts to the conference as a member perk from your organization.

Denise Miller
Event Manager

Future Media Concepts -- Conferences
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trevens Interview a Hit on

Francine Trevens was interviewed on In the interview, she talks about publishing poems since she was twelve. Several of her plays were published, and some were produced in New England and New York. One short play was a finalist in the Samuel French short play contest. Trevens has been a theatrical/dance critic, theatrical press agent, director of off off and off Broadway plays, and the mother of two daughters, one who runs a Drama Desk Award winning children’s theater, the other a special education teacher.
She has freelanced celebrity, travel, theater and professional articles to national magazines and currently writes dance features of Art Times Journal.
The interview is available here:
Francine L. Trevens Author Interview with @BookGoodies

Monday, February 11, 2013

Trevens Reviewed in Children's Bookwatch Review

Gremlins, Genies and Trolls, Oh My!
Francine L. Trevens
Maggie Cousins, Illustrations
TnT classic Books at Smashwords,
9781886586185, $9.95,

Each of the six stories in Trevens's book is entertaining and offers insightful lessons. Not necessarily only for children. Adults too may find themselves reflecting. Using gremlins, genies, and trolls, this author conjures mischievous behavior instead of spiteful. Even the artwork does this.

“Treven's insight shines through in a number of ways, displaying insight about the result before writing. Children often find hanging in there difficult for long periods, especially when a lesson is involved. Trevens makes lessons fun and she keeps each short. The concept of teaching young people through stories isn't new. Trevens realizes how useful this is however, and decides certain lessons need power. Children identify with characters, learn how to solve problems and to make decisions from them. The positive messages from Gremlins, Genies, and Trolls help develop children's inner voices and sense of justice.

“Francine L. Trevens has authored plays, been a columnist, a teacher/dance critic for various newspapers, published work in national magazines, authored eight books, and has wrote segments of McGraw Hills Encyclopedia of World Drama. She's written poetry since the age of twelve and believes she was born to write. Other books include
Pixie Tales, Elfin Tales, A Patio of Poems, and Echoes of Eternity.

“Maggie Cousins is the illustrator. Cousins is a graduate of Bournemouth College of Art and Design, UK as a graphic designer. She works with clients in both the UK and the US. "I love color and simplicity," she says.

Readers will cheer for and recognize Trevens's characters because gremlins, genies, and trolls pop up in everyone's lives. Each story stands on its own and wisely uses humor to liven up its lesson. A charming and valuable collection.”

From October 2012 Children’s Bookwatch Review

Monday, January 14, 2013

Carol Hoenig to Speak at February Meeting

Carol Hoenig is a fulltime freelance writer and publishing consultant. Her novel, WITHOUT GRACE, was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival. Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable
mention. Her book THE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS was given the Gold
medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views. Long Island Press named her Best of Long Island Author 2012, thanks to votes from her peers, where she came in second after Nelson DeMille. She is a co-partner on the multi-media project, 
Kids Who Think Outside the Box©: It‚s not an Age, but a State of Mind.