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Chicken Noodle Soup for the 20-Something’s Soul

November 11, 2008


Congratulations! You’ve spent your hard earned money on the chance for a quality education and your precious time on studying into the wee hours of the morning. At times it was difficult and you weren’t sure if you had it in you, but you stuck with it. It’s taken blood, sweat, and tears, but you’ll forever have the degree to prove it. You are a college graduate.


Now what? 


Welcome to the real world. That’s what Nicholas Aretakis, author of the gold medal winner in the Career category, would say. But fear not, for he also comes bearing good news.  In his book, No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide, he offers advice on how to face head on all those challenges recent graduates face after leaving college. By conducting more than 200 interviews with graduates across the nation, Aretakis is able to effectively identify and address the questions facing those countless faces ready to make the transition from university life to a professional career.  Besides commenting on basic aspects such as finding a job and financial aspects, this road map to the real world can help today’s youth learn to balance a career with their personal lives to find happiness and success. 


Whether you like it or not, the choices you make today will set you up for your future…whatever path you take, you’ll learn things, you’ll grow, and you’ll become a different person.” 

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Price Roll-Back!

November 11, 2008

There has been a price roll-back for the Axiom Buisness Book Awards! We’re offering a book awards stimulus package price of $115 per title, per category until the quickly approaching final deadline, November 24th.

There’s not much time left to enter, so be sure to submit those books in right away!

The American Scream

October 31, 2008

This last day of October, monstrous masks and creepy costumes aren’t the only thing to be afraid of. With all of the recent media attention, one cannot help but hear of the frightening state of our economy. Well, good news; we’ve found a book that not only adresses the issue head on, but offers a decievingly simple solution. Taken from Independent Publisher, the online magazine:


OverSuccess: America’s Dangerous Obsession with Success, Status and Celebrity
New book warns of problems and offers solutions

by Jim Barnes

It’s a frightening time in America, and I’m not talking about Halloween. From “Wall Street to Main Street,” economic woes prevail: the Stock Market is in turmoil, Americans are drowning in record debt, and consumer economic expectations are at their lowest level of this index’s 40 year history.


“Unlike previous recessions, it’s about more than high oil prices and a faltering GDP,” says author and former New Hampshire state senator Jim Rubens. “After three decades of pedaling harder and faster to meet our culture’s increasingly lofty goals and progressively more inaccessible role models, even the economically secure have reached psychological exhaustion. The good news is that we are ready to question these goals and role models and, in the process, to redefine the meaning of success in America.”


 In his new book, OverSuccess: Healing the American Obsession with Wealth, Fame, Power, and Perfection (Greenleaf Book Group Press, October 2008), Jim Rubens takes a look into America’s epidemic of obsession with wealth, fame, and power. According to Rubens, this “disease” is what’s depriving millions of Americans with satisfying and meaningful lives. Offering hope, the book outlines 20 ways that individuals, businesses, and volunteer organizations can satisfy the American drive for recognition and personal achievement without the burden of “Over Success.”


“We’re poisoned by this thing I call OverSuccess, and it’s not just the Congress and ‘pork barrel’ spending. Even our presidential candidates are grossly misleading us right now. To tell us the truth in these last few weeks before the election would be very risky. Jimmy Carter’s ‘sweater speech’ and Barack Obama’s tire gauge comment didn’t go over well with an American public obsessed with personal comfort and unfettered progress.”


“The biggest problem we face today politically is that we’re the world’s largest debtor, and the pace we’re on is unsustainable. We need to curb our consumption and readjust our practices and values accordingly. We’ll come through it just fine, but we will have to adjust to a new economic reality and face the social consequences.”


More disturbing statistics:



·  According to Federal Reserve Board data, total public and private debt relative to the size of our economy has reached its highest level in a century, our debt load doubling since just 1980. We’ve gorged on expensive houses, cars, wars, and bridges to nowhere to the point of threatening the entire world financial system.

·  One in four of us tell the General Social Survey that we have no close friends, more than double the friendless rate in 1985. Spouses in dual-income families with children spend an astonishingly small twelve minutes a day talking with each other. Almost 30 percent of working Americans take no vacation time at all, our average vacation being only thirteen days, half that of the next lowest industrialized nation. We say that having sex is our single most favorite thing to do, but we are so busy on our career and
debt treadmills that we spend only three minutes a day doing it.

·  Gallup polling finds a record 80 percent of Americans viewing our moral values as weak and declining. Ethical collapse is ubiquitous: Tax cheating has tripled since 1990. Sixty percent of high school and college students anonymously admit to academic cheating. Ninety percent of job seekers falsify their resumes.

·  Since 1960, obesity has tripled to one in three of us. Roughly one in four of us are addicted to at least one substance or behavior. The most extensive-ever survey of American mental heath found that the lifetime risk of major depression for today’s young adults is seven times higher than for those born two generations earlier.


How can we get off the hamster wheel of success when mass media constantly makes us want what we can’t have by filling our waking lives with images of the beautiful, wealthy, famous and powerful? We in the world of independent publishing know this all too well, as the conglomerated media has brought about larger audiences for “superstar” authors, but made it harder for first-time or little-known authors to break through. Is the solitary nature of the writer even compatible with celebrity?



“We need to stop being fixated on ‘bigness’ and superheroes, and start creating what I call ‘new villages’ in which to live, work and interact socially and politically,” says Rubens. “Building these communities from the bottom-up will require grassroots efforts where people get recognized for their contributions and talents. Smaller political units will be more responsive to people’s needs and local media and entertainment will offer healthy alternatives to the national, commercial-based mass-media that feeds our obsession with celebrity and consumerism.”



“Somehow the American Dream has been replaced with the trappings of wealth and fame, and we need to face this fact and start finding new ways to achieve healthy success.”



We asked Jim Rubens to explain more about OverSuccess and elaborate on some of his solutions.



To read the rest of the article, and IP’s interview with Jim Rubens, please visit 


Success: Spelled A-X-I-O-M

October 10, 2008

Here is an e-mail regarding the latest success an axiom award has brought one of our spotlighted authors, Evan Rosen: 

Since The Culture of Collaboration by Evan Rosen received a gold medal in the Axiom Business Book Awards, things have been going really well for the title.

I thought you might be interested that the book will be featured on the premiere of CNBC’s 5-part series “Collaboration Now.” The show premieres this Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. EST and will re-air at 1 a.m. You can read the author’s blog post about the show at:

We’re going back to press with the title, and we’re printing the gold medal on the jacket.

Thank you! 

Be sure to check it out!

Polar Perspectives

October 10, 2008


With all we hear on the news, it is no wonder the economy is on almost all of our minds these days. When it comes to money, no one knows how to ensure that they are making the most of it; no one quite like David Bensimon, that is.


A top honored graduate in his 5 year business program, Bensimon has two decades of experience with nearly all things related to investing, both foreign and domestic. He has held a number of high ranking positions during his career with top investment banks in Europe and has even spent a year on the floor of a major Asian futures exchange. Bensimon puts this knowledge to good use in his gold medal winning book in the Investing category, Polar Perspectives. This hefty volume offers his outlook over the next 10 years and beyond. Of course, all predictions are based on probability, but this is a chance we’re willing to take.



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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

September 19, 2008

“Intellectual property (IP) is a legal field that refers to creations of the mind such as musical, literary, and artistic works; inventions; and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, and related rights. Under intellectual property law, the holder of one of these abstract properties has certain exclusive rights to the creative work, commercial symbol, or invention by which it is covered.” –Wikipedia

After reading this description, it’s no wonder why one might need help in understanding the complex world of Intellectual Property. Well, fret no more. Our gold medal winner in the Entrepreneurship category can tell you all you need to know and more.

From Edison to Ipod: Protect Your Ideas and Make Money, a book by experts Frederick W. Mostert and Lawrence E. Apolzon, demystifies the concepts of Intellectual Property, making one of the today’s most misunderstood business topics comprehensible in a clear, concise, and insightful fashion. With this remarkable guide, readers can expert to learn when, how, and why to safeguard their ideas and inventions.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

September 12, 2008

It’s not Mark Kohler’s fault lawyers have gained a bad rep when it comes to telling the truth; he just thought it would make a good title. And a great book.


Lawyers are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets!, a bronze medal winner in the real estate category, offers valuable information on protecting your hard earned assets. In addition to protecting you against those unfortunate lawyers, Kohler’s book warns of the industry’s numerous frauds and cheats waiting to take advantage of the innocent uniformed. According to Kohler, it takes a lot more than a simple do-it yourself scheme to ensure your economic safety.  Drawing in advice from experts around the globe, he provides the most successful strategies in protecting your assets.


Undoubtedly, this book will become a desktop resource for not only the average middle income American wanting to protect his or her assets, but attorneys, estate planners and financial professionals guiding their clients through this complex area of the law.”  



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