Update from The Neo Com Group

*** A sampling of some of the authors I’ve worked with in recent history.

The summer and fall have been the busiest times we’ve had at The Neo Com Group. Last spring I added Alexis Dane, an award-winning PR professional to the team, and we’ve been adding amazing authors to the roster ever since. Here’s a quick rundown on our new talent, please excuse the brevity: 

Eli Hastings, who was honored by KUOW in Seattle for being one of 13 young artists poised to change the arts scene in the Pacific Northwest. His new book “Clearly Now, The Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips” is a beautiful elegy about a man who watches his best friend succumb to addiction. Eli uses his life experiences, and transforms that grief into amazing positivity - as evidenced in this recent Huffington Post column.  

Don Crawley, an IT professional who is helping those in highly technological fields to become better communicators, thus improving their customer service skills. He has two upcoming events scheduled in Seattle and Portland. The third edition of his book “The Compassionate Geek” comes out November 1st. To learn more about Don, check out this great YouTube video

Ben Musholt, a physical therapist and former contestant on American Ninja Warrior. He has a new book coming out titled “Mad Skills” which is the world’s largest illustrated exercise encyclopedia. He’s one hell of a good guy, and we’re plotting a book release event at Base Camp Brewing Company in Portland on November 7th.

Shannon Huffman Polson, one of the first female Apache Helicopter Pilots and an amazing writer with an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. Her book “North of Hope” came out earlier this year and is a tragic story centered around a sobering event in her life - when her parents were killed by a grizzly bear in the Alaska bush. It’s also so much more than that - as she weaves through grief, life experience, and traumatic events - she also weaves together a beautiful, relatable story about times of turmoil, and the ways in which people struggle to feel centered. This is the first book I have yelled at in some time. Not out of anger, mind you, but because a character didn’t do what I wanted them to. That is good, folks. She’ll be speaking in Leavenworth next month and sharing her passion for the preservation of wild things. 5% of her book sales go to support the Wilderness League. 

Bill Carter, an award-winning filmmaker and author of three memoirs, including the soon-to-be-released paperback edition of “Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, The Metal that Runs the World.” Bill is a former humanitarian who had the guts to live in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War where he worked as an aid worker. He teamed up with U2 to create the film “Miss Sarajevo” which is credited with bringing world attention towards ending that conflict. His new book will include a new Epilogue, blurbs from award-winning authors, and an afterward to get people caught up with issues that have passed since the first printing.

I can’t tell you how lucky we feel to be working with such amazing talent, but I can tell you that if you’re a reviewer and would like a review copy of any of these books, please don’t hesitate to ask! 

Brendan Behan recalled in niece’s play | New York Post

A great piece on Brendan Behan from the NY Post. I use a picture of me standing in front of an illustration of Brendan Behan for my professional image. I am fascinated by the guy and hope the play comes to Portland, Oregon! 

Schaffner Press Author James Lough recently did a TedX talk about the Chelsea Hotel and his new book: “This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel”

Amazon.com: Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips (9781770410770): Eli Hastings: Books

Seattle author Eli Hastings is offering a great deal on his new memoir “Clearly Now, the Rain” - only $1.99 on Amazon’s Kindle right now. 

Seattle author discusses healing through writing

One of the authors I work with had a great interview in the Port Townsend Leader this week. He’ll be speaking at the Boiler Room, a non-profit that I volunteered with as a kid. Should be an amazing event!

Schaffner Press Announces 4-Weeks Left for The Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature



4-Weeks Remaining To Submit Your Music-Related Essay for Chance at $1,000 Prize

(August 2nd, 2013) Portland, OR - The Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature celebrates the life of Nicholas Schaffner, brother of Schaffner Press Publisher Tim Schaffner and poet, musician, biographer, esteemed music critic and author of several books, including THE BEATLES FOREVER, THE BRITISH INVASION, and SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS: The Pink Floyd Odyssey. Nicholas, who devoted his life to music and literature about music, died at the age of thirty-eight.

 “This past January 28th, his birthday, he would have turned sixty years old,” says Tim Schaffner. “So, I felt it fitting to celebrate his legacy with an award that pays tribute to his wide-reaching talents and creativity and encourages new writers whose lives and writing have been profoundly influenced by music of one sort or another.”

The Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature will be given to that writer who submits a literary work in the English language, either fiction or narrative non-fiction (ie. memoir or essay collection) that deals in some way with the subject of music (of any genre and period) and its influence. 


Manuscripts in the English language between 60-100,000 words will be judged on a first-come first-served basis, and submissions are welcome anytime from May 1 to Sept. 1, 2013. A winner will be selected on Nov. 1, and offered a contract and an advance of $1,000 for the book’s publication in a format or formats to be determined by the publisher. Only works in English are accepted, and entrants must be 18 years or older to apply. Judges to be announced on our website shortly at: www.schaffnerpress.com.


First place winner will receive a contract with Schaffner Press and a $1,000 advance for publication of his/her work as a print and digital release the following year. We offer two ways to apply - online or by mail. A fee of $25 is required for entry. Your manuscript must have a title page that includes your name, address, email address and the full title of the work. Please do not include any personal or biographical information, and please no illustrations.


1.  Your manuscript (with title page) in Word.doc or .pdf. The file name should be the title of the work — not an acronym or abbreviation - ie. Gonewiththewind.doc.

2.  A PayPal account for entry fee payment.

3.  Completed submission form: http://www.schaffnerawards.com

4.  A hard copy boxed manuscript (single sided), with title page.

5.  Fee of $25 for entry, payable to Schaffner Press: Annual Award, either as a check drawn on a United States bank account, or as a postal money order.


Attn: Award/Schaffner Press

POB 41567

Tucson, AZ 85717



For More Information:

Michael Phillips, Publicist

The Neo Com Group






"Read More" … sometimes vandalism isn’t all bad. This was found in a bike box off SE Clinton and 39th Street in Portland, Oregon. 

"Read More" … sometimes vandalism isn’t all bad. This was found in a bike box off SE Clinton and 39th Street in Portland, Oregon. 

We’re doing a FREE event with Eli Hastings tonight at the Jack London Bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more about Eli, and his critically acclaimed book “Clearly Now, The Rain”: www.elihastings.com

We’re doing a FREE event with Eli Hastings tonight at the Jack London Bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more about Eli, and his critically acclaimed book “Clearly Now, The Rain”: www.elihastings.com

Free Portland Book Release Event Honors Chelsea Hotel


Painting a live portrait of a legendary hot spot of creativity, This Ain’t No Holiday Inn examines the allure of the infamous Chelsea Hotel

Live Reading With Author James Lough & Actor Murri Lazaroff-Babin at the Jack London Bar 

June 20, 2013 (Portland, OR) - Schaffner Press, together with author James Lough and actor Murri Lazaroff-Babin, will present a special free reading of This Ain’t No Holiday Inn on Saturday June 29th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Jack London Bar (529 SW 4th Avenue) in downtown Portland. The event will feature a live reading from Lazaroff-Babin, and a question and answer session and book signing with James Lough. 

This event will be preceded by a special 1-hour free lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. by James Lough, who teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Lough will speak to the process of preparing a manuscript for publication, with helpful tips, deadlines - and suggestions for getting out of a creative dry spell.

About The Book.

There really is no other hotel quite like New York’s Chelsea Hotel. During its heyday from the 1960s to the 1990s, the Chelsea Hotel was a home and safe haven for Beat poets rubbing shoulders with machine-gun toting gangsters, performance artists partying with con artists, and film directors riding elevators with directors of drug rings. A complete oral history of the famed Chelsea establishment during its grand, final days, This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out At the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 (Schaffner Press, July 2013) by James Lough peers behind its iconic façade and delves into the mayhem, madness and brilliance that emerged from the hotel in the last decades of the 20th Century.

First-hand accounts from former residents and visitors provide a unique and vibrant, behind-the-scenes look at one of New York City’s most celebrated cultural landmarks, and a window with a view of the latter years of Bohemian New York. Residents like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Mark Twain and Thomas Wolfe, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol loved the Chelsea for its libertine atmosphere, where they didn’t have to put on masks or airs. And it didn’t hurt that Bard was rumored to accept paintings and scripts in lieu of rent past due. 

About Murri Lazaroff-Babin.

Murri Lazaroff-Babin hails from Northern California. After a life dedicated to competitive baseball, Lazaroff-Babin “hung ‘em up” to explore the world of acting. He has been doing so for 3-and-a-half years. His Chelsea Hotel-related experience includes a role as Sid Vicious from “Sid and Nancy.” He’s also played Seymour Krelborn from “Little Shop of Horrors” and Don Baker from “Butterflies are Free”, among others. Lazaroff-Babin is in the upcoming indie film, “Of The Week” and is attending the Portland Actors Conservatory’s two year intensive program.

Both events are free and open to the public. 

Schedule of Events:

4:30 – 5:30 – Free Lecture with James Lough

6:30 – 8:30 – Free reading, signing with Murri Lazaroff-Babin and James Lough

*** Books available for Purchase Through Powells Books ***


Schaffner Press: www.schaffnerpress.com 

James Lough: www.jameslough.com

Free Lecture: www.meetup.com/Book-Marketing-Meetup


Tim Schaffner – Schaffner Press – tim@schaffnerpress.com

Mike Phillips – Publicity – theneocomgroup@gmail.com


About the Author:

James Lough is the former director of the Writing program at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he currently teaches. He is the author of Sites of Insight, which won the Colorado Endowment of Humanities Award. He is also the winner of the Frank Waters Southwestern Writing Award for short fiction. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out At the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995

By James Lough

Schaffner Press, distributed by IPG

Trade Paper ISBN: 9781936182527

320 pages | 6 x 9 | $16.95 US ($18.95 CAN)

Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possession is a disease in them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break, but the poor may not. They have a religion in which the poor worship, but the rich will not! They even take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
Chief Sitting Bull, pulled from “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. Available at Powell’s Books.

Report: Stuart Neville, Author Of 'The Ghosts Of Belfast,' 'Stolen Souls,' 'Collusion,' 'Ratlines' : NPR

A great piece from NPR this morning talking about Belfast. I was able to visit a year ago and had an amazing time. Check this out! It’s literary too. 


For Immediate Release 


Free Tuesday Lecture Series Open to Public; Proposed Mine a Threat to over 2,100 Oregon Fishermen

May 24, 2013 (Portland, OR) In Alaska’s Bristol Bay region there is a proposed copper mining project that threatens a $1.5 billion fishing industry, including livelihoods for approximately 2,100 Oregonians who fish in Bristol Bay and live in Oregon during the offseason. 

On Tuesday, June 11th activist, poet and former Bristol Bay fisherman John Copp will lead a discussion as part of the Jack London Bar’s free Tuesday lecture series. Copp will be joined by Portland State professor Joe Uris, local sustainable fish monger Lyf Gildersleeve of Flying Fish Co., National Outreach Director for Trout Unlimited’s Save Bristol Bay Campaign Dwayne Meadows, and other special guests. Presenters will speak about the proposed copper mine that threatens this fascinating fishery, often called the most sustainable in the world.

“The science is clear: developing Pebble Mine will harm salmon and destroy streams even if nothing ever goes wrong at the mine,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. “Pebble is far bigger and more threatening to renewable resource jobs than any other mine proposal in Alaska and it’s planned for the worst location possible: the headwaters of Bristol Bay.”

Anglo American, a foreign mining company of luxury metals with a record as one of the world’s biggest polluters, forms half of the Pebble Limited Partnership, which has said it plans to file a permit application for the mine this year. Its partner, Northern Dynasty, filed detailed plans with the SEC to build North America’s largest open-pit mine and the world’s largest earthen dam in Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to America’s most productive salmon streams.

The event will include several 5-7 minute informational videos and each presenter will discuss why the resource is important to Oregonians, and what should be done to protect this valuable resource.

“We wont be all doom and gloom,” says Copp. “We want to introduce new people to one of the most beautiful areas in Alaska and share why we think it is worth preserving.”

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. This event is partially sponsored by Trout Unlimited’s Save Bristol Bay campaign. The Jack London Bar is located at 529 SW 4th Ave in the basement of the Rialto Pool Hall.

For more information please contact event organizer Mike Phillips at The Neo Com Group: www.theneocomgroup.com



Mike Phillips


Schaffner Press News: Special Announcement: LEE MARVIN: Point Blank is an IPPY Award Winner!

Congrats to Dwayne Epstein, author of “Lee Marvin: Point Blank”


Congratulations to Dwayne Epstein on winning the Bronze Medal in the the 2013 IPPY (Independent Publishers Award) for biography with LEE MARVIN: Point Blank! As publisher it is a tremendous honor to have been selected for this prestigious award which highlights the year’s best of the independent…

Book Marketing Meetup w/Erik Wecks

Tomorrow we’re having another book marketing meetup, this time our special guest is Erik Wecks. He’ll be talking about his experience self-publishing his Amazon bestselling personal finance book, “How To Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any.” 

Erik will be discussing the business reasoning behind his decision to self-publish this book. He will also share his thoughts on book marketing. As more and more publishers cut back on their marketing budgets, both self-published and traditionally published authors need to understand how to market their own material. 

Click on the image for more information.