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  1. Books that Changed Your Life

    Everyone has a book or several books that changed his/her life at one point or another. Or if not out and out “changed” your life, certainly was a major influence. I am inviting my authors to participate in this conversation over the next few weeks to provide their list of influential titles wit…
  2. Books Rule on Oscar Night

    Reflecting on the recent Oscar Awards, I realized that all four of the major awards were given to movies that were based on books, and in four different categories as well: contemporary fiction (“Silver Linings Playbook”); Philosophical/allegorical fiction (“The Life of Pi’); Memoir (“Argo…
  3. Publishing for Social Change

    Our mission statement, “ Books of Social Relevance for the Discerning Reader” has drawn a lot of commentary of late, so I thought I would begin this new blog by addressing the meaning and intent behind this phrase. Why socially relevant? Certainly all books are socially relevant in one way or an…
  4. Thoughts from a Darkling Plain

    As an independent publisher, I’ve watched from afar the maneuverings and shenanigans, the namecalling and the skirmishes between the Big Six Publishers, Amazon , Apple and the Department of Justice over the federal ruling to ban the so-called agency model of pricing e-books over the past several m…
  5. “If I Could Write A Kindle”

    The book world is once again abuzz over the latest innovation in digital download technology known as the Kindle Book or Kindle 2, its arrival and Amazon’s head Jeff Bezos’ aggressive attempts to strongarm the publishing industry. As an independent book publisher I am grappling with the dilemn…
  6. Schaffner’s Way (Article from Publisher’s Weekly)

    Schaffner Press: Publishing as Improvisation by Edward Nawotka — Publishers Weekly, 1/26/2009 Tim Schaffner’s hobby, jazz drumming, put him on a roundabout path to independent publishing. “I got involved with Artt Frank. He played with Chet Baker and has been my teacher and mentor,” said Sc…
  7. Welcome to the News at Schaffner Press Blogsite

    Greetings! I am pleased to announce that we are now up and running with this new blogsite,”news.schaffnerpress.com” on which we will be posting news, clips,events, insights and random profundities related to the press, its authors, books and publishing in general. For additional information on p…