Check out Volume 2 of the Big Bold Business Book on Amazon

Add it to your summer reading list. There are 40 concise chapters written by entrepreneurs and business owners with insight, tips, and strategies for running and growing a business. Read a chapter a day and you’ll be on your way!

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Free Webinar for Authors on “How to Sell More Books, Non-Returnable to Non-Bookstore Buyers”

APSS_New_Jersey_Logo_CMYK_smAttention Authors

The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) is hosting a free webinar for authors and indie publishers on February 9 at noon to help authors and publishers increase book sales. The webinar, “Introduction to Special Sales: How to Sell More Books, Non-Returnable to Non-Bookstore Buyers,” is being presented by Brian Jud, APSS executive director. To sign up, visit: This free webinar is open to members and nonmembers. The recorded webinar will be available for member access after the live event.

According to Kathy Miller, president of the APSS New Jersey Chapter, “the term ‘Special Sales’ is unclear to many people. This webinar will educate attendees on the massive opportunity authors have in selling books to non-bookstore buyers.”

Jud adds, “every year, more books are sold to buyers in market segments outside of bookstores than are sold in bookstores, and they can be sold more profitably, in large quantities, and on a non-returnable basis. These include buyers for discount stores, warehouse clubs, corporations, associations, schools, the military, and many more. In this presentation you will discover how to find new markets for existing titles, locate new users for your existing information, and find how to repurpose your basic information anDonna R. Thompson - Owner of Woodpecker Press and Publisher of Big Bold Businessd increase your sales and profits.”

Woodpecker Press owner and publishing director, Donna Thompson, has been appointed as the Communications Coordinator for the new New Jersey Chapter.

The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) mission is to become known as the premier source of information, education, and help for publishers of high-quality content published in printed, electronic, or audio form for sale to consumers, non-bookstore retailers, and non-retail buyers. APSS provides high-quality, functional, and innovative sales and marketing resources that enhance content producers’ efforts to grow their businesses profitably. Publishers know there is always much to learn in the fast-changing book-selling industry. APSS is a dynamic, growing organization dedicated to the success of its members and provides members with benefits that will help them sell more books, make more money, and raise their standing as experts in their field. For more information, visit

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BBB Book Signing at Watchung Booksellers, January 21, 7-8 pm

Join us at Watchung Booksellers on January 21 for the first Big Bold Business Panel Presentation and Book Signing for Volume 2. Check out the details on the flyer below.

Space is limited. Please call 973-744-7177 to reserve your seat or to reserve your autographed Big Bold Business Book!

Click here to check out the latest press about the signing.


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Volume 2 of the Big Bold Business Book Series—Top 6 Reasons to Read this Book

Big Bold Business® Advice from U.S. Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business SuccessBig Bold Business Advice from U.S. Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business Success is a great book for business owners and entrepreneurs!

Available on Amazon.


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Just Published: Michéal Castaldo’s “Extravergine: A Mediterranean Christmas Music Folio”

Woodpecker Press is proud to announce the publication ofMichéal Castaldo Title: Extravergine: A Mediterranean Christmas Music Folio

Extravergine: A Mediterranean Christmas Music Folio
by Michéal Castaldo

This spiral-bound book features the sheet music for the 12 Christmas Carols from Michéal Castaldo’s Christmas CD, “Extravergine: A Mediterranean Christmas,” which peaked at #1 on Amazon when it was released in 2011, as well as the music for three other songs played often during the holidays.

The complete song list includes:

O Santa Notte (O Holy Night)
È Nato il Bambino, Gesù (What Child Is This?)
Batte nel Cuore
Suona Natale (Little Drummer Boy)
Gloria, In Excelsis Deo! – Day-O (Angels We Have…- Day-O)
Piccolo Gesù (Jezus Malusienki)
Tutto è Bianco nel Cuor’ (Everything’s White)
Gioia Nel Mondo (Joy To The World)
Puoi Sentire Quel’ Che Sento Io? (Do You Hear What I Hear?)
Astro Del Ciel (Silent Night)
MichealCastaldo_headshot_hrTu Scendi Dalle Stelle, Va Pensiero (Inverno Remix)
Adeste Fideles (Oh Come All Ye Faithful)
Ave Maria
Panis Angelicus

Also included are the entertainer’s bio, a review of the album, testimonials, photos, and a “Community Connections” page.

Extravergine: A Mediterranean Christmas Music Folio is available on Amazon.

The book’s inventory sold out on it’s first day on Amazon. Order yours today to have it in time for the holidays!

It’s the perfect gift for the music teacher or Italian teacher on your list.

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Help Make BBB Volume 2 an Amazon Best Seller! Order Your Copy Today!

Big Bold Business® Advice from U.S. Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business SuccessThe wait is over for Big Bold Business Volume 2! Orders now being accepted! Reserve your copy of this must-have business resource for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners. BBB Volume 2 features the wisdom and expertise of 40 U.S. business owners who will help you start, maintain, and grow your business!

Big Bold Business Volume 2 Is Ready for Pre-Orders!

Divided into 10 sections—branding, business growth, content marketing, customer relations, leadership, legal and finance, management and organization, marketing, sales, and work-life balance—the book covers many aspects of business ownership. Each chapter, packed with ready-to-use business tips and advice, is for business owners with big dreams and big plans.

Learn How to Succeed from the Expertise of 40 U.S. Business Owners

Reach more prospects and expand your customer base with practical and proven ways to help you connect through speaking, writing, publishing, networking, sharing, and caring. Avoid traps that trip up success…especially money traps, lack of financial and/or legal planning, and lost or stolen data…that can sink your business. Loaded with advice worth thousands of dollars in consulting fees, these priceless business tips, ideas, and detailed how-to’s will help you with branding, customer relations, leadership, marketing, sales, finance, legal, work-life balance, management, and business growth.

It’s Like Having a Business Consultant at Your Fingertips 24/7!

Pre-Orders are now being accepted for this one-of-a-kind business resource. Reserve your copy of Big Bold Business Advice from U.S. Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business Success today! You won’t regret your purchase of this must-have business resource for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners!

Order Your Copy of Big Bold Business Volume 2 Now!

$24 + $7 Shipping & Handling

Or Click Here to Pre-Order Big Bold Business Volume 2 on Amazon

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Woodpecker Press Teams up with Hit Designs

FrontCover_JOB_SOS_border4x6_FINAL_SOS_back_cover_borderAfter working with graphic design company, Hit Designs, for years, it was no surprise when they came to Woodpecker Press for editing and printing of a book for their client.

JOB S.O.S.: 10 Tips to Survive the Job You Hate

As per its introduction…

“This book is a comical twist on regaining your sanity and surviving in a job until you can change things…”

This 4×6 40-page book is a quick read, available in print or ebook formats. CLICK HERE to order your copy.

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Big Bold Business Volume 2 Launch Party!

BBB Volume 2

Special Book Price $20 (tax incl.) at Launch. Reg. Retail Price: $24

Join us as we celebrate the launch of a new book!

Big Bold Business Advice from U.S. Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business Success

Big Bold Business Book Series, Volume 2


  • Big Bold Business Author “Meet and Greet”
  • Champagne Toast sponsored by Sempre Avanti, Inc.
  • Delicious Appetizers prepared by Cucina Calandra’s Chef Costantino
  • Networking and Book Signing
  • Cash Bar
  • Coffee and Cake

Date: 10/28/2015

Time: 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Place: Best Western Plus Fairfield Executive Inn

216 US Route 46 East, Fairfield NJ 07004

Cost: $25.00 (Volume 2 BBB Authors, complimentary)

There are 40 BBB Volume 2 contributing authors and 72 BBB Volume 1 contributing authors.

Event Host and Sponsors:

BBB Volume 2 Launch Party Sponsors




QUESTIONS? Contact Donna at 973-476-2719

Space is limited. Advance reservations recommended!

Mail your check to: Woodpecker Press, P.O. Box 316, Bayville, NJ 08721,

or via the PayPal “Buy Now” Button below to Make Your Reservations:

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Upcoming! June 3rd! Big Bold Business Team Interviewed on The Building Your Xtra-Ordinary Business Radio Program! Hosted by James Nemley

James Nemely Building Your Xtra-Ordinary Business Radio HostThe Building Your Xtra-Ordinary
Business Radio Program!
Hosted by James Nemley

Big Bold Business Team Discusses
How Writing a BBB Chapter
Can Be Great for You and Your Business



Donna R. Thompson is the Owner of Woodpecker Press and also the Publisher of the Big Bold Business® Book, which feature short, easy-to-read chapters of business insight and advice written by business owners. The first volume offers 72 chapters, each written by a woman business owner. The next volume (due out this year) will include chapters written by men and women business owners from around the USA.

Joyce Restaino, an Award-Winning Writer and the Big Bold Business Book Series Editor, turned her training, talent, and love of words and writing into a business when she launched Joyce Restaino Writing and Editing Service 24 years ago. Because poor writing creates a negative impression, she helps businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs polish their image through the written word.

You will learn…

Joyce Restaino Editor of Big Bold Business

Donna R. Thompson - Owner of Woodpecker Press and Publisher of Big Bold BusinessWhy This is Not Just Another Book Compilation

How to Decide What to Write About What You Will Gain from Your Writing Experience

How that “Published Author” Credential Can Benefit You


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST

It’s Time To Get Published!


Content Marketing: The New Rules of Online Marketing

“Content marketing that involves the creation and sharing of media and publishing in order to acquire and retain customers.”

GeneSGene Sower founded internet marketing company Samson Media in 2006. Samson Media provides digital marketing, website design, email marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) and online video production and distribution services to small and mid-sized businesses.

Before founding Samson Media, Gene was in producing various forms of broadcast video communications projects for Fortune 500 companies. Projects included B-Roll packages distributed via satellite to news stations across the US as well as producing satellite media tours, video news releases and corporate sales and marketing videos.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Where: Watchung Book Sellers
Location: 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $8 NJAWBO members & member guests; $13 non-members
To Register: RSVP here
Questions: Contact Laurel Bernstein by email or at 201-927-5927

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