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In no greater quarter are the privileges of power seen than in traditional book publishing.  Hillary Clinton got a $14 million advance for “Hard Choices” even though, as expected it included much old material like one of Bill’s old speeches, papers from her days in the US Senate and, of course, notes on her Secretary of State tenure. Controversy over authorship and authenticity for the Clintons is just part of the game.

Chelsea has been sued by New York-based author  Christopher Janes Kimberley charging parts of “She Persisted,” a collection of the stories of 13 American women who prevailed in a man’s world contains no original material, but Mr. Kimberly claims it was stolen from his proposal for a book entitled, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart,” that he sent to Penguin Young Readers in 2013

Kimberley filed suit in the Southern District of New York court recently alleging that he sent a pitch for the illustrated kids’ book to President of Penguin Young Readers,  He is asking $150,000 in damages and we suspect he is hoping they will settle out of court for $100,000 as his case is about as strong as the glue they put on “Post Its.”  The fool also wrote his own ticket out of the publishing business as no one will touch now or ever.

Mr. Kimberly likely realizes the traditional book business is now totally in the hands of the rich-and-famous.  If you are on TV like Sean Hannity you can toss off a book, or more likely hire a ghost writer for $50,000 to do one for you, get an advance for $1 million and after you have paid 39.8% Federal tax, 10% New York state tax and 15% to your agent you may net $300,000 after you have paid the author, but we suspect it will be less as nothing attracts vultures like money.  The only reason for a man like Sean to do a book is if he has an idea he wants to promote or simply feels strongly about.  You will not believe the number of new things that have not come to pass because of high taxes.  If they were reasonable today we would be living in a much nicer world.

In the new paradigm services like Amazon’s Createspace,, Smashwords and others where you can publish your own book and make 70% royalties on US sales, not as much on foreign sales as our goods are taxed to death everywhere, but theirs are not here.  It’s called “Free Trade” as they have access to our wallets and checkbooks freely because they bought off our legislators with big deposits in offshore number accounts now available in 120 foreign countries.  However, you can make money on your own books if you work at marketing them.  That is the key and will be a growth industry in the future.

The Clintons may well be the last “star” book authors to get multi-million Dollar advances as the real stars like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, et al, will set up their own publishing companies in order to come away with a reasonable part of the return unless Mr. Trump is successful in rewriting the tax code that is designed kill and crush business development.

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology.
During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean’s office. “You don’t like the way we do things here?” was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion.
After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover’s books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962.
While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series.
For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800.
Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson’s PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70’s. His “Timing Waves to Enter The Sea” article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual.
“UFO’s, The Eye and the Camera” documents his “Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed.” It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically.
Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook’s secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of “The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings,” by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method.
On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD.
When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90’s to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work.
The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the “II” machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the “star” economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves.
Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, “The Stock Surfer” was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at
December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and


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