|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:|| October 17, 2006|
|Contact:|| Sue DeFabis / Five Star Publications|
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Hollywood group names Arizona publisher
‘Book Marketer of the Year’
HOLLYWOOD—Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications based in Chandler, Arizona, has been named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California. Radke, who started her company in 1985, has helped thousands of authors publish and market their books, and her marketing prowess has landed her clients on CBS television’s 60 Minutes and in magazines such as Kiplingers, NEA Today, AARP, and others.
In accepting the award, Radke said, "Sometimes we get so caught up in the business of the moment we tend to forget the path that led us there." The path, she added, is one paved with the talents of her publishing team comprised of Sue DeFabis, Paul Howey, Patty Lavelle, Laurie Herring, Gary Anderson, Kris Taft Miller, Janet Bergin, Nadia Komorova, Linda Longmire, and Raphael Freeman.
Radke’s publishing resumé includes both fiction and nonfiction books for children, young readers, and adults. Most recently, her company has published Gunsmoke: An American Institution by television historian Ben Costello, A Feather in the Rain by western actor Alex Cord, and I Just Am by Tom Lambke and his son Bryan who wanted the world to better understand Down Syndrome. Current projects include Alfie’s Bark Mitzvah, a fiction book for young readers by Shari Cohen, and Tic Talk by 9-year-old Dylan Peters who suffers from Tourette Syndrome.
"I try to find works that can provide readers with information and inspiration," says Radke. Her firm also partners with authors in dedicating to charities a portion of profits from all book sales.
The "Irwin Award" is named for Irwin Zucker, the man who founded the southern California organization, and is also an acronym for "Industry Recognition of Writers in the News." The award was presented to Radke in Hollywood last weekend at a banquet hosted by well-known impressionist Fred Travelena who was introduced to the crowd by game show host Wink Martindale.
Book Publicists of Southern California, founded in 1976, has a membership of more than 1,000 authors, publishers, and publicists.