Lost Valley Press
provides hybrid publishing services
to authors who want more control over their work
than might be provided by traditional publishers.

Lost Valley Press is an imprint of Satya House Publications,
a member IBPA and IPNE.

Contact: lostvalleypress@gmail.com

Lost Valley Press

Bal Harbor Blues Noh Place Poetry Anthology Confluence Get Your Book Seen and Sold In the Kingdom A Year of Questions
(coming soon)

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 Book Lovers Space 
Be Well Richboro, PA 
February 15, 2024 from 11-1pm

Lunch & Learn at the Coterie Commons in Doylestown, PA on "Everything you need to know about writing your first book."
It is free, but space is limited. 
February 8, 2024 at Noon

Authorpreneur Summit
December 8, 2023 at 3 pm

Bucks County PA Local Author Fair
November 4, 2023 at Noon-3 pm
Doylestown Library
150 S. Pine St.
Doylestown, PA

Q&A and Book Signing
October 5, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Frenchtown Bookshop
Frenchtown, NJ

Get Your Book Seen and Sold
by Claudine Wolk and Julie Murkette
ISBN: 978-1935874447 (print) 978193587446-1 (eBook)

It is easier than ever to publish a book, but many authors find out too late about the actual work—the book marketing—that needs to be done to achieve sizable book sales. Instead of embracing the opportunities to promote their books, authors are intimidated and shut down. Those days are over. This is the book authors MUST HAVE to give their books the best chance to be seen and sold. In this essential, easy-to-understand guide, authors will work through the graphs, examples and exercises to learn:

* The fundamentals of book marketing: Message, Audience, and Hook
* The breadth of book marketing options and how they work, with examples
* How to create a list of media contacts and develop a pitch that will reach them
* How to develop a doable book marketing plan
* How to develop media kit items for their book publicity efforts: Press Release, Author Bio, Sell Sheet, etc.
* The types of book reviews and how to get them
* The best social media channels for promoting books
* The best places to spend book promotion dollars
* Why book distribution IS a crucial part of book marketing . . . and so much more!

About the Authors

Some people have called them Book Shepherds; others have called them Book Marketers, Publicists, Authors, Writers, Editors, Proofreaders, Designers, Photographers and Publishers. Between the two of them, they have covered it all (or most of it)!


"Informative, comprehensive, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presented, Get Your Book Seen and Sold: The Essential Book Marketing and Publishing Guide is an ideal and invaluable resource for aspiring, published authors who are new to the publishing industry and the effective promotion, publicity, marketing, and selling of books to their intended readerships, as well as bookstore placements and library acquisitions. With a great deal of value as a refresher resource for even the more experience author, Get Your Book Seen and Sold is a critically important and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, university Writing/Publishing collections and supplemental Writer's Workshop curriculum studies lists."

– Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review

"With the revolution in the book industry during recent years, it is now much easier to get a book published, provided the right strategies are adopted from the outset. However, after the production process, the main focus shifts to selling the book. In this work, the authors share plenty of tips on book marketing. For those who are interested in having their work published or marketed, this is a worthwhile read and is highly recommended."

– Tommy Wong, Readers Favorite®

"Get Your Book Seen and Sold is a must-read for anyone looking to become a professional author. It is expertly, clearly, and pleasantly organized, with a fresh and welcoming take on the choices one faces along this path. I plan to recommend this book to my clients!"

– Skye Kerr Levy, Developmental Editor, skyekerreditor.com

"Whether you are a seasoned or inexperienced author, this book will give you practical advice on increasing sales, building a brand, and making sure your book stands out in the crowd. A must-read for anyone trying to find their place in the book publishing community."

– Cristy Bertini, Editor-in-Chief, Story Monsters Ink Magazine

"With Julie Murkette’s wise help, my self-published book Open and Clothed made best-seller lists and had a national book tour. Thanks to her good advice, the book was featured on radio and television many times and shot up the Amazon bestseller list so fast that an Amazon VP called to ask what I did to promote it. Now, you can read Julie’s and Claudine’s sensible and essential advice in Get Your Book Seen and Sold. I thank you both, and my next book thanks you too!"

– Andrea Siegel, author of Women in Aikido and Open and Clothed

Available at
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and wherever books are sold


Poetry Reading & Book Signing
April 23, 2024 @ pm
Woods Memorial Library
Barre, MA

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
April 7, 2024 @ 1 pm
Worcester State University
Sheehan Hall
Worcester, MA

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
April 2, 2024 @ 6 pm
Merriam Gilbert Library
West Brookfield, MA

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
March 12, 2024 @ 6 pm
Merriam Gilbert Library
West Brookfield, MA

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
January 25, 2024
Watch on YouTube
Jacob Edwards Library
Southbridge, MA

In the Kingdom
by Jonathan Blake
ISBN: 978-1935874478

A book where poems and peace can be found. A tribute to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont - rolling hills of the pastures on the horizon, the wildlife, the stillness needed for dreaming, have long been the wellspring for Jonathan Blake's writing.

About the Author

Jonathan Blake has been following the gospel of his heart for as long as he can remember. Writer, educator, arts activist/organizer, he makes his home in central Massachusetts. Currently, he teaches in the English department at Worcester State University, where for the past twelve years he has hosted a round robin open reading series for students, faculty and staff and the greater Worcester County poetry community called ONE POEM. His poems and essays can be found in an array of journals and anthologies, including the Atlanta Review, Amoskeag, Beloit Poetry Journal, Brilliant Corners, Poetry East and The Worcester Review. On occasion, he has the privilege of fashioning his public readings in collaboration with some of the fine jazz musicians who also call central Massachusetts home.


"A meditation on the beauty of love's stillness amid an ever-chaotic world, Blake's poems dare us to sit in solitude; to embrace the power of loneliness; and to hold reverence for nature's sweet sadness and muted glory. It's as if he sees into our hearts - our desires and longings - and welcomes us to find a quiet intimacy in the expansiveness of our natural world, despite the vulnerable reckoning it may awaken within each of us. A masterful collection, In the Kingdom is a remarkable and gorgeous dedication to navigating the human soul in any season."

— Amanda Katz, PhD, Professor of History, Utah State University;
Mellon Fellow @ Center for the American West, 2022 and 2023

"Lyrical, memorable, and lovely, Jonathan Blake's In the Kingdom provides the antidote we need now for the curated identities urged on us by social media. In place of glitz and glam, he offers wisdom and restraint. In place of the shallow celebrity promised by the 140-character tweet, he offers patient attentiveness to profound reality. He celebrates beauty. He dares to imagine his own impermanence. There are no distracting city lights here, but rather a reminder of the restorative power of the natural world and the rhythm of the seasons. The algorithms we are now tempted to live by have been engineered to make us forget the depth of our hunger. These are poems that feed our souls."

— David Thoreen, Professor of English, Assumption University

"These poems are quiet moments with deep roots. Blake is a secular monk of sorts - a married Han Shan wandering the rich pond-scape and hills of the Northeast Kingdom. When his students ask "What is Poetry?" Blake responds: "How do I tell them/ About the quiet in the heart/.../ for what grows fragrant/ In the dark? Truth grows out from the pond, from dreams, from a father's visiting ghost." In the Kingdom is a collection you'll want to read more than once."

—Bill O'Connell, author of Sakonnet Point and When We Were All Still Alive

Available at
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Barnes & Noble, Tertulia
and wherever books are sold

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
September 24, 2023 at 2 pm
Worcester State University

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
Elgin (IL) Community College
November 16, 2023

Poetry Reading & Book Release
May 23, 2023
Friends of the Milton Public Library
Watch on YouTube

by Geoff Wilkinson
ISBN: 978-1935874454

Geoff Wilkinson's poetry provides new ways to look at ourselves and each other. His main theme is connection: connection to self, loved ones, friends, nature, community, ancestors, and future generations. In these poems you will find moments of beauty, wonder, and grace that are present if only you pause and pay attention. From poems about mourning to the celebration of life in all its forms, Wilkinson work transcends the everyday and explores the depths of all this world has to offer.

About the Author

Geoff Wilkinson is a professor at Boston University School of Social Work, where he teaches community organizing, advocacy, and organizational change. A lifelong activist, he worked as a community organizer and as executive director of two statewide organizations advancing health, housing, and social justice, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council and the Massachusetts Public Health Association. He also served as senior policy advisor to the commissioner and director of policy and planning for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Wilkinson is a founding board member and treasurer of the National Association of Community Health Workers. He is also a co-founder of two organizations working to promote peace and affordable housing, respectively, in the town where he lives just south of Boston with his wife of over 40 years. They have two married sons and two grandchildren. This is his first book.


"Language, in the hands of a skilled poet, brings possibilities to life—witnessing time, place, happening, memories, emotions, absurdity. The skilled poet draws us into essential moments that take us on journeys we may not have imagined. Geoff Wilkinson is a skilled poet, worth savoring like a great cup of tea! Enjoy!"

– Michel Duncan Merle, Artistic Director, Akademia Duncan
Former president of the Worcester County Poetry Association

"Geoff has turned urgency in the poetry . . . beautiful images, he takes pieces of the grand universe and turns some into palpable bites of everyday reality. Geoff’s interest into the mystery of humanity is without hesitation and weaves for us the intimate connection between human and the cosmic experience. Beautiful work!"

– Jean Lozoraitis, D.Ed., Poet, musician, painter, and educator
Author of loud cracks/soft whispers; On the longest Road

"In these finely crafted, potent poems, Geoff Wilkinson gives us new ways to look at ourselves and each other. The settings range from rural Vermont to the American southwest, from Haiti to Hiroshima, from the cityscapes of Central Massachusetts to Chile under the brutal dictatorship of the 1970s. His main theme is connection: to self, to the beloved, to friends, to nature, to the wider community, to ancestors, and to future generations. His work is informed by a stubborn hope borne of long experience and painful lessons. Wilkinson invites us to look more closely, more intently, and more bravely at ordinary life, and to see the moments of beauty, wonder, and grace that are present there if we pause and pay attention. Yet he also engages with harsher truths. This collection asks us to look squarely at the many forms of violence that surround us, but it does so not through dogmatism but by a quiet, attentive bearing-of-witness to the world in which we live."

– Shanee Stepakoff, MFA, Ph.D., author of Testimony
Winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association
2022 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Poetry

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Bookshop, Tertulia
or wherever books are sold
Paperback: $17.99


December 20, 2022
TidePool Bookshop

October 22, 2022

October 2, 2022
Worcester State University

September 19, 2022
Radio Interview/Podcast

Noh Place Poetry Anthology
ISBN: 978-1935874430

In an effort to avoid nostalgia and an aggrandizement of anyone’s “glory days,” while narrowing the selection of poets, we solicited work with the understanding that the poems may have been written before, during, or after the poets’ participation in the Noh Place Poetry Series. Thus, the scope of this anthology spans decades, rather than presenting a “freeze frame” on time. Each poet chose their own work for inclusion, and in the same spirit, wrote their own biographical statements, with the idea that such an approach would illustrate the variety of voices and experiences that were an essential component of Noh Place and its philosophy. We believe that this collection of poems, modified from its original, more inclusive plan, contains aesthetic value, poetic stylings, and/or socio-political relevance, and indeed, continues to stand on its own merits. The participating seventeen poets in the anthology were chosen for their local, regional, and/or national importance, and for their representation of the many styles and voices that exemplified the Noh Place Poetry Series. Five of the selected poets have passed away. We asked Noh Place founding member Stephen Campiglio to select their poems and write their biographical statements. We regret that all of the poets who read for the Series over the years could not be included. This exclusion does not reflect any editorial bias or taste.


"Founded on the idea that artists can break barriers between artforms and encourage one another to experiment, the Noh Place Cooperative sponsored events featuring painting, poetry, and music much as the Japanese tradition of Noh Theater weaves music, dance, and drama. Put together from a wide variety of individual artists, The Noh Place Poetry Anthology embodies the mystery and miracle of creativity with amazing unity. Imagine if a poet were to introduce a painter to the practice of writing. There might be a lot of barriers unless the poet were to adopt a light touch, a tentative, speculative way, avoiding stuffiness and pedantry. The poems in this anthology are very much in that mode. It is said that fine poems teach their readers how to read them. What’s fascinating about these poems is how they reveal the way figures of speech are both triggers and products of the imagination. The anthology is both a tour-guide into the practice of poetry and a fountain of inspiration."

– Bill Tremblay, award-winning poet, novelist, professor, and editor

"This remarkable anthology shines a light on the literary, visual, and performing artists who came together to share their soul-nourishing gifts with the Worcester (Massachusetts) community in the 1980s and 1990s. The contributors comprise an impressive variety of racial, ethnic, and social class backgrounds. All are clear-eyed about the harsh realities of urban existence while at the same time steadfastly playful and life-affirming. The book features several nationally recognized poets, among them Chris Gilbert, Etheridge Knight, and Brother Blue, along with established regional poets such as Jonathan Blake, Stephen Campiglio, Eve Rifkah, Bill O’Connell, Jean Lozoraitis, and some talented writers whose work is published for the first time in these pages. Skillfully edited and creatively combining images and words, the Noh Place anthology celebrates those who contributed to a literary and artistic renaissance in the center of New England during the final decades of the twentieth century. Their voices remain powerfully resonant, relevant, and reverberant today, and deserve to be read, heard, and amplified."

– Shanee Stepakoff, MFA, PhD
Author of Testimony, winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2022 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry

Available on Amazon,
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or wherever books are sold
Paperback: $9.99
eBook: $2.99

July 28, 2022
6 pm at
The Ivy Bookshop
Baltimore, MD

Bal Harbour Blues
by John Scheinman
ISBN: 978-193587
4416 (print); 978-1935874423 (eBook)

In 1991, John has a good life running the numbers racket In Brooklyn and Staten Island until his mob boss, Louie the Finger, pulls him out with a late-night phone call. New York state lottery is moving into the mob's turf, so The Finger is shifting business to crack and prostitution. In his mid-fifties and with no interest in the drug trade, John takes Louie's offer to retire on a mob pension to a tacky South Florida high-rise with his wife, Eleanor. Cast out of New York and adrift without purpose, John begins to dissipate in the heat. But Eleanor has other ideas and quietly begins making forays into the Miami underworld with one goal in mind - to develop the perfect crime to help her husband get his mojo back.


"In an era before most horseplayers bet with a computer or a smartphone, racetracks were among the most colorful places on earth, filled with wise guys and hustlers and an assortment of characters looking to make a fast buck. John Scheinman's Bal Harbour Blues, set in Miami in 1991, evokes these memorable days. John has a Runyonesque feel for the lingo of the racetrack, and an irrepressible affection for even the crooks and con men who populate it. I loved this story."

– Andrew Beyer, author of Picking Winners

"What do you do when you get an offer from Louie the Finger that you can't refuse? Unless you believe that a lead pipe against the side of your head is beneficial to your health and happiness, you take it. John Scheinman has crafted a novella as funny as it is literate."

– Jerry Izenberg, Hall of Fame sports columnist

"If you like plain-spoken, hard-boiled pulp fiction written by Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler, you will love Bal Harbour Blues. In a spot-on noir voice, his story of scams, numbers and racing goes deep, as it's also about family, love, and trust, with a touch of humor in all the right places."

– Sasscer Hill, multi-award-winning author of Flamingo Road and Full Mortality

About the Author

John Scheinman grew up on Long Island and is a writer and editor living in Baltimore. The last turf beat writer for The Washington Post, he is a two-time Eclipse Award winner for excellence in writing about thoroughbred racing. His piece, Memories of a Master, was named a notable sports story in The Best American Sports Writing 2015 anthology. His headline writing and general reporting has been honored by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His sketch comedy has been performed at the Warehouse and Source theaters in Washington, D.C. and Theatre Odyssey in Sarasota, Florida. He made his standup comedy debut in 2019 at the DC Improv Comedy Club. A graduate of American University, he studied writing with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor and improvisational comedy and performance at The Theatre Lab in Washington. He began his journalism career at The Ring, The Bible of Boxing.

Listen to him on the podcast "Going in Circles" by Charles Simon.