Life Lessons From a Tail Wagging Dog by Ethel Frances

There’s a new story-teller in town, and she’s a real dog.

I could not believe how excited the kids were. Your presentation was wonderful – just perfect for third graders! The kids were excited, engaged, and responsive. I did not realize when I started reading the book that it would be a format for teaching so many life lessons in such a delightful way.” Marsha G., Teacher

Utterly charming. Ethel Frances tells her stories as if you are in her world. She (shares) lessons she has learned so that her sisters LuLu and Izzy and her human friends/family will learn as well.” Karen Friedel, Amazon 5-Star Review

Dog Book for Kids: Life Lessons from a Labrador Retriever. Over 20 Beautiful Color Photos that Children will Love. Fabulous bedtime stories for ages 3-5. Easy read for children 6-8. Ethel Frances (aka “Ms. Dog”) is inquisitive. She hopes to learn a new life lesson daily. Ethel Frances is a terrific role model for children. Wise beyond her dog years, her insights inspire kids and parents alike.

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Condo Rights: How to Defend Your Condo Rights & HOA Rights by Dr. Joyce Starr

How to Defend Your Condo Rights or HOA Rights. Learn how to fight back when your condo board or HOA Board turns your life upside down.

“I’ve carried your book around with me like a bible, I’ve read it three times. You are such a blessing. If I could reach through the phone and kiss you, I would. I don’t like your book, I love it.”

Renowned condo rights expert Dr. Joyce Starr presents the first self-defense guide for concerned or distraught Condo and Homeowner Association (HOA) members. Targeted as a condo whistle-blower over toxic mold, the author confronted and won a complex legal enforcement case. The author presents critical strategies for defending and protecting your rights. Discover how to stop Board abuse – including harassment, retaliation, and frivolous legal actions. This book is your armor and shield if/when your condo board or HOA board turns your life upside down. [Read more…]

The Writer Behind the Hero: When Your Labor of Love is a Novel

From bullied prep school student to flame-throwing hero.

Arthur Samuels submitted a 500-page novel – a fictional memoir focusing on the 1940s, Jewish assimilation, prep school bullying, a love story, and flame throwing by US Marines in World War II. I doubt that any writer has approached that era in quite the same way.

Old Flames Novel

“When I first presented my manuscript to Dr. Joyce Starr, it was a diamond very much in the rough. Over a six -month period Dr. Starr worked tirelessly to make Old Flames into the book I always believed it could be. Joyce went the extra mile for me when I could no longer see the forest through the trees. She literally put her heart and soul into helping me maintain and amplify the voice of my novel’s protagonist. I strongly recommend her because she never loses sight of the need to maintain the artistic integrity of an original manuscript. It is difficult to express my gratitude for her candid guidance about what worked and which areas required more serious revision. Dr. Starr is much more than an editor. She is a writing coach with decades of experience. Throughout our process together I found that I had built an alliance with a formidable guide.” – Arthur Samuels, Old Flames

Our coaching client’s personality and humanity is often as important as their work. Working for months with an author on a project that is especially dear to their heart is not at all uncommon. Sam was also one of the nicest human beings you could hope to meet – considerate, soft-spoken and kind. A high school guidance counselor and history teacher by profession, dedicated to helping  college-bound students shape their future, Sam brings out the best in others.

The challenge was to tighten the dialogue, refine the first draft and give his story wings. We were also up against three publishing realities:

  • The Jewish memoir genre is a heavily trodden path.
  • It’s nearly impossible for new authors without a platform to attract a mainstream publisher.
  • Publishing houses today expect a long list of website, Twitter, Facebook and other social media followers. Aside from a family Facebook page, Sam has little time for websites and social media. He’s far too busy helping his students and spending quality time with his wife and son.

We published Old Flames for the Kindle under the Starr Publishing imprint. We designed a cover with the author’s preferences in mind, reformatted the novel as an “ePub” document and created the product description and published the work. Initial reactions and sales would help determine subsequent steps.

To our joy, the novel quickly joined best-selling works in the ‘Old Flames’ category – including those by renowned authors – while garnering warm praise. The hero in Old Flames refuses to stand down in the face of horrendous odds. The literary world is enriched by the author’s talent and determination.

Where to Buy: Amazon Kindle

Dr. Joyce Starr – Book Coach, Book Doctor & Book Publisher

The Book Doctor is In

With all of the help, advice and editing…you have been an absolute Godsend. You have helped me more than anybody else on this ongoing odyssey, journey, adventure. THANK YOU!”
– Mike Turpen, former Attorney General of Oklahoma, Turpen Time

Dr. Joyce Starr qualifies for the Olympics in author assistance. She is talented, creative and tireless. The first the first time we spoke, I told her that I knew little about publishing. I needed someone to hold my hand and take me through the process step by step. That is exactly what she did, and then some. Dr. Starr revised, restructured and transformed my manuscript into a beautiful children’s book. When all seemed right, she strove for an even higher level. She treated my book as a work of art, from the title, cover and interior photos, choice of fonts to the presentation of interior pages. She urged me to take photographs and then spent countless hours preparing them for the book. Publication is a testimony to her energy and commitment.”
– Marcia Miller, sign language interpreter, Tales of a Tail Wagging Dog

When I first presented my manuscript to Dr. Joyce Starr, it was a diamond very much in the rough. Over a six-month period Dr. Starr worked tirelessly to make Old Flames into the book I always believed it could be. There are many diligent and detail oriented editors to be found. However, Joyce Starr went the extra mile for me when I could no longer see the forest through the trees. She literally put her heart and soul into helping me maintain and amplify the voice of my novel’s protagonist. I strongly recommend her because she never loses sight of the need to maintain the artistic integrity of an original manuscript. It is difficult to express my gratitude for her candid guidance about what worked and which areas required more serious revision. Dr. Starr is much more than an editor. She is a writing coach with decades of experience. Throughout our process together I found that I had built an alliance with a formidable guide. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be using her again for future books.”
– Arthur Samuels, educator, Old Flames: Teen Bullies & Prep School Cruelty

A masterful job. Every sentence Dr. Starr edited is better, cleaner, clearer and more succinct. I am absolutely thrilled. It’s amazing how she kept the essence but clarified and simplified the syntax. I can’t wait for the next chapter. It’s like I’m reading a new book.” – M. Sachs, surgeon, Cured

As a nurse, I’m used to working with many doctors, and yet Dr. Joyce, aka The Book Doctor, brought an entirely new set of skills that helped elevate and improve my writing. Dr. Joyce is always respectful of the writing process and also deftly, yet gently guided me toward a much more coherent framework. With her support and comments, I now have a book that benefits more women. Dr. Joyce helped me find and amplify my voice and vision.”
– Nurse Barb Dehn, Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause

Dr. Joyce Starr did an excellent job in restructuring and editing the proposal and sample chapters. I am proud to be associated with this outstanding project.” – Admiral William Owens, former Vice Chairman, US Joint Chiefs of Staff, America & China in the Same Boat

I love that you’re so open to the universe. It’s wonderful and refreshing. It is a pleasure working with you. I love your approach – full steam ahead. I’m on board right behind you!”
– Elizabeth MacDonald, commentator, Fox Business News, Margery Kempe, Medieval Saint

Bravo! I just finished reading the final proposal Dr. Joyce Starr produced for my client. She did an excellent job in restructuring and editing my client’s proposal and sample chapters, along with her well-written, well-organized, compelling pitch letter. I am proud to be associated with this outstanding project. Proposal writing requires a particular set of skills, as well as talent. Dr. Starr is a seasoned and talented book proposal ‘doctor.’ She will walk you through the entire process.”
– NY literary agent Judith Ehrlich

Dr. Joyce Starr did a superb job of taking the key points from my text and weaving them into a persuasive, succinct document.”
– Dr Cathy Greenblat, sociologist and photographer, Love, Loss & Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently

I am so appreciative of your deep insights and compassion with my story, your amazing depth of caring. I was definitely on the wrong track until speaking with you. The query letter is fabulous. I am so impressed with the way you brought it together.” – Sharon Bush, fundraising expert

Dr. Starr provided invaluable editing assistance. She helped me look at my material from different perspectives and encouraged my journey as a writer in an honest, straightforward way. Anyone in the midst of writing a book would benefit from the careful attention to detail Joyce provides. Her insights about the publishing industry assisted me in determining the direction I should follow.” – Lisa Winkler, writer

It’s the best $$ I’ve ever spent. I’m totally revising my book and giving it a new title. Thank you so much!” – Ahuva Gamliel, acupuncture therapist

You made me take more than a few steps backwards to think step about what is important – in order to move forward.” – R. Gold

Phone 786.693.4223 for a free consultation. Dr. Joyce will return your call in 24 hours – or less. Please leave a number where she can reach you.

 

Selling a Photo Book to Publishers – Words Matter.

Cathy Greenblat’s uplifting Alzheimer’s photos were being exhibited throughout the US and Europe to great acclaim. She hoped to publish a companion book with a leading publisher. Photography books, however, are a hard sell, as they’re generally more expensive to produce and difficult to market. [Read more…]

Old Flames: Teen Bullies & Prep School Cruelty – A Young Adult Novel

“The setting is 70 years ago but the narrative still manages to be be deeply personal and relevant. Hazing and bullying are sadly still as prevalent in even the most elite schools today, and this story does a wonderful job of bringing these issues and cycle of destruction that follows to light.” – Amazon 5-Star Review

Bullies: How Prep School Bullying, Hazing and Unspeakable Abuse Altered a Young Man’s Future. Gus is blessed with family wealth and opportunity. His father and grandfather produce boots for the U.S. military. “Everyone wore Gordon boots — from the newest recruits to the most senior officers in the United States Army and Marine Corps. Gordon boots carried the mystique of Prussian militarism; the smell of victory in soft, thick black leather.” His father’s exploits in the First World War “made even the most arrogant look like failures.”

Prep school, by contrast, becomes a daily fight for survival. Bullies set his room on fire, and finally, the vicious attack – the point of no return for an innocent young man. His father hires a Serbian boxer – a former para-military killer – to toughen up his son. Slobodan forces Gus to “carry thirty pounds of rocks in a sack on my back at all times. Later the weight would increase. Even while sitting I would be forced bear the weight of the rocks.” Gus is transformed into a decorated “flame throwing” Marine. But war medals cannot erase the childhood trauma, nor the pain he inflicted as a result. Hoping to mend deep emotional wounds, Gus seeks redemption in love from an otherwise “perfect” woman who cannot provide it.

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Secondhand Smoke in Condos & Apartment Buildings. Those who claim you have no rights are wrong.

Smoke Free Condos

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Secondhand Smoke Crimes by Dr. Joyce Starr. Neighbors Do Not Have a Right to Poison You.

Home Health/Environment Chain-smoking abusers and their defenders believe you’re helpless – that you can’t protect yourself and loved ones from toxic secondhand smoke fumes that enter your home and/or saturate common area corridors. They’re wrong!

This book gives you the strength to fight back. A leading attorney is using this work in his university law class.

SECONDHAND SMOKE CRIMES is a wake-up call for condo boards, co-op boards and property managers who protect the rights of chain-smokers over your right to a smoke-free home. [Read more…]

Himalayan and Dead Sea Salt Secrets Book: Turn Back the Clock

Himalayan and Dead Sea Salt Secrets by Dr. Joyce Starr. A Salty Tale

Dr. Starr spins a tale that all ages will enjoy! I can see this book being picked up by National Geographic. Keep it at your fingertips.” – Yvonne Phillips, Feng Shui Expert (FSII)

Seasoning fact with fiction, this unusual work introduces two delightful characters: Nacell, a salt crystal who wears sunglasses but nothing more; and Jasmine, a 30+ woman – overworked, exhausted and cynical – who falls out of bed and into Nacell’s unusual salt boat. Nacell leaves Jasmine no choice. She must journey to a mysterious salt oasis hidden in another dimension. Parts II & III illuminate ancient salt secrets, timeless wisdom and daily salt tips for life. [Read more…]

Condo Board Election Revolt: How Condo & HOA Board Members Fight Fair Elections

How to Ensure Fair Condo or Homeowners Association Board Elections – Inside Story by State Election Monitor Val Lucier

Valmore Lucier served as Chief Election Monitor under Florida’s first Condo Ombudsman, Dr. Virgil Rizzo. The lessons learned can help condo owners across the nation. He takes the reader behind the scenes to share the frustrations, challenges, and oppositions encountered during condo elections and attempts to remove board members. His book describes how condo elections should be conducted – and what boards and individual board members will do to remain in power.

This work is a must-read for anyone who wants to stop board abuse and mismanagement.

Reviews

 

The experiences and escapades reported by the author as my Chief Election Monitor influenced the policies and procedures of condo board elections throughout the state of Florida – helping to prevent controversy, manipulation and misconduct.” – Condominium Ombudsman for the State of Florida, Dr. Virgil Rizzo

The integrity of elections in condominium associations has been seriously compromised. Legislative reforms are required to ensure that condo owners have democratic election procedures in place that are firmly enforced. Val Lucier was Chief election Monitor under Florida’s first Condo Ombudsman, Dr. Virgil Rizzo. His book shows what reforms are needed and why. Every legislator and condo board member should study this book carefully.” – Florida State Representative Julio Robaina

 

“By establishing the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman with election monitors in 2004, Florida legislators took an important step – returning democracy to condo associations and changing unfair board elections into elections with democratic integrity. This book describes how condo elections should be conducted – and what some boards and their attorneys are willing to do to stay in power. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how to protect condo owners against abuse and mismanagement.” – Jan Bergemann, President, Cyber Citizens for Justice (CCFJ.net

Condo Documents: What Owner-Friendly Condo Association Documents Should Include

Creating, Modifying or Revoking Home Owner & Condo Association Documents by Dr. David I. Goldenberg

Know thy documents! The best way to put an end to unnecessary, irritating and costly homeowner disputes is to modify and correct underlying condo association or HOA documents.

But most condo owners have little idea how to read, let alone change or protect their original documents. This work provides detailed condo and HOA document templates that can help protect your homeowner association civil rights, while putting an stop to arbitrary or retaliatory fines, liens and foreclosures. Discover what excellent association documents should look like and how they should be written. This book was adopted by a developer based in the Northwest as an “enlightened” document template for an entire new community.

The condo and HOA document templates presented by the author will help you defend against foreclosure and preserve your civil rights. The book offers a new approach for resolving the intense problems that arise from living in an HOA or Condo and preventing their occurrence in newly formed communities.

If you’re not happy with your existing documents and/or are urgently seeing the best language to revise them, you need this book. Reduce legal costs with ready-made templates that can be quickly adopted or presented to your attorney for final review.