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ASPEN published Joe Sinclair's latest book - a collection of poetry entitled Uncultured Pearls - in August 2014
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ASPEN was established in 1990, following an initiative by Joe Sinclair at a Society of Authors' AGM, based on his experience of marketing his own first book: Refrigerated Transportation. Since that time he has published another nine books, including seven of his own, and has had three other books published by commercial publishing houses.  In most cases he made more money from the books he self-published than from those published by others. 

Joe's collaboration with Michael Mallows (co-author of Peace of Mind is a Piece of Cake) was expanded in 2002 with the introduction of the e-zine and magazine Nurturing Potential for which Joe was Managing Editor and Michael a consulting editor.

From 2002 through 2006 Nurturing Potential enjoyed critical acclaim both as a paper and an online publication.  Ultimately the paper version was dropped as most subscribers preferred to enjoy the no-cost online version and it became uneconomical to publish a paper version for the few subscribers who were not internet-connected.

Then, with Issue No. 18 of the magazine Joe Sinclair became unwell and, although he persevered for a further two issues, he became too ill to continue, and the magazine sadly expired with Issue No. 20.

In 2009 ASPEN published a new book by Joe Sinclair.  This was a miscellany of much of his writing over a number of decades, and included poetry written as early as the 1940s as well as several articles written for Nurturing Potential and a variety of other journals.  It is entitled Did I Really Say That?  See details below.

In 2012 his recovery to full health persuaded Joe to revive Nurturing Potential. This was done under the revised name of New Nurturing Potential and several of the past editorial board members were recruited to help with the production of the new magazine in time for its launch at the London Book Fair in April 2012.  This enabled contact to be re-established with the major book publishers whose books were such a prominent part of the highly praised book review section of the magazine.  The new magazine was located at http://www.nurturingpotential.net/New.htm

Later a companion site was introduced to cover each of the two months between issues of the quarterly magazine.  This was named Potential Unleashed and the issue for August 2013 may be viewed here http://www.conts.com/Potential05.htm

Coming up to date in August 2014, Joe's collection of verse, entitled Uncultured Pearls, was published by ASPEN in one edition and by Create Space, an Amazon initiative, in a second edition, primarily to be marketed online outside the United Kingdom.  A pdf version may be viewed at http://www.conts.com/Pearls/PearlsFinal02.pdf.

 

BOOKS

This is a collection of verse produced during the sixty year period from the 1940s through the 1990s.  But it is more than that.  It has been annotated with a cultural, political, personal and social commentary relevant to the subject matter or period.

It also contains a final section devoted to some of the more frivolous outpourings of Joe's inventive brain, including lyrics, limericks and clerihews penned and performed during his twenty year employment by the Sea Containers Group of companies.

To view a full pdf version of the book click HERE

For a description of the book please click HERE.

To view a full pdf version of the book click HERE.

 HERE ARE OUR  PUBLICATIONS FROM 2001

The Torturous Scheme - Publish Your Book - The Chrysalid Years

 THESE EARLIER PUBLISHED BOOKS ARE STILL IN PRINT

AND THREE MORE BOOKS NOT PUBLISHED BY ASPEN

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The first book published by ASPEN was the first edition of An ABC of NLP in 1992.  

Four years earlier the first edition of Refrigerated Transportation (1988), had been published by Container Marketing Limited the company of which ASPEN is a subsidiary. 

In 1992 Arteries of War was published by Airlife Publishing on behalf of ASPEN's parent company Container Marketing Ltd.  In 1996 ASPEN published its first book for an "outside" author: this was Lynn Carneson-McGregor's Homage to Hope.

In 1998 Peace of Mind is a Piece of Cake co-authored by Michael Mallows was published by Crown Publishing of Carmarthen, Wales and, in the same year,  An ABC of NLP appeared in a revised and expanded second edition, with additional material provided by Stephen Bray.

The following year (1999) saw a second edition of Refrigerated Transportation, updated at the request of Witherby & Sons, publishers, of London.

2001 was the most prolific year yet. In addition to Joe Sinclair's first venture into the area of fiction - the novel The Torturous Scheme - ASPEN has also published his Publishing Your Book and Abigail Freeman's The Chrysalid Years.

2002 saw the introduction of Nurturing Potential, an ASPEN initiative.  Both online (every two months) and in a paper edition (three times a year) this periodical has come in for generous and pleasing critical comment.

The most satisfying event for ASPEN in 2003 was the publication and successful book launch of A Start in Art by Alan Crowe . . . not because we published it (we didn't!), but because our service empowered the author to write, illustrate, arrange for printing and organise the marketing himself.  At the age of 86!  And with a minimum of practical assistance from us.  It's about the best commendation we could desire.  You will find Alan's story and a review of the book in Nurturing Potential Issue 6, by clicking here and then turning to the Book Review section and the section entitled The Third Age.