“Forgotten Hollywood”- Book Offered in Corporate World!

June 30th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Incentive Books is an online brochure which brings high quality books in bulk to the corporate world and non-profit organizations. As the middle-man in negotiating opportunistic deals between publishers and business, Incentive Books could potentially secure the success of one’s literary work.

   Because I am self-published, I have made the singularly personal decision to allow Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to join the Incentive Books family. Of course, it was made clear to me by CEO Terry Roberts that not all books can qualify to be part of this enterprise. However, Roberts was confident my paperback exceeded quality expectations, and should do well in the gift-baskets of the corporate world, and as a throw-in on television infomercials.

   According to their website:

Books comprise upwards of $1 billion of the $46 billion incentives marketplace. In a presentation at The Book Standard Summit in 2005, Nielson BookScan reported that 93% of the books sold via retail in 2004 actually sold less than 1000 copies! On the other hand, 55% of all books are sold outside of bookstores to what are called special markets. That includes book clubs, catalogs, gift stores, and corporations. Few authors and independent publisher understand the corporate incentives market. Even if they do, they can’t afford the overhead to dedicate resources to the idea.

For authors, our intention is to provide additional income and personal exposure by helping them put their books into the hands of more readers. Selling to the incentives market is totally compatible with any other marketing or distribution program (including bookstores). By building a track record of book sales, you open the door to other opportunities – traditional publishers, literary agents, etc.

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   Here is a link to their website:


   In total sobriety, this could be the deal that brings Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to hundreds of thousand of readers around the world. At the end of the day, this might be the finest decision I have ever made in my career as an author.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Monkey Business at Universal!

June 29th, 2010

Manny P. here…

Kingkongposter   Universal Studios in Southern California is set to unleash the beast! King Kong will be presented in 3-D as part of the famous tour of their back lots. The idea to revamp this part of the attraction came after a fire nearly decimated the animitronics character a few years back. Public relations officials have confirmed that the tram ride during the tour will be part of the action as the large ape battles a dinosaur on Skull Island.

   The original movie debuted in 1933, with remakes in 1976 and 2005. The first half of the film has its roots based in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel The Lost World. Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong starred in this cinema classic. However, the real star of this ground-breaking motion picture is the stop-action special effects created by Willis O’Brien. Armstrong would be forever associated with large monkeys, after his appearance in Son of Kong in 1934, and Mighty Joe Young in 1949.

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History salutes one of the great screen monsters in movie history: King Kong!

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   My paperback can now be found in its 20th library. I’m proud to welcome the most famous zip code in the nation: 90210. It’s true…The Beverly Hills Library has just added Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. My work can now be found at two locations in this iconic city (the other being the historic Paley Center for Media).

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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Actor’s Grandson Buys Book!

June 28th, 2010

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   My Sunday with the Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVAwas quite special at Clifton’s Cafe in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. I was able to share Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History with this eclectic group.15 john carradine captain courageous trailer

   One of the Visionaries is Richard Carradine, grandson of legendary actor John Carradine. The elder Carradine is a featured subject of Chapter Seven in my paperback. His career was prolific, and he appeared in 500 movies that transcended Hollywood’s Golden Age (and beyond).

   Of course, the Carradine’s are part of a noted film and television dynasty, with three of John’s children having enjoyed storied careers. His son Keith won an Oscar for writing the song I’m Easy, which appeared in the Robert Altman movie Nashville. Richard, the son of Chris and Carolyn Carradine, is a noted ghost-hunter.

   frontcoverAccording to the LAVA website:

In over a decade of hunting, Richard Carradine has investigated ghosts from all over the world, (Canada, Scotland, England, Wales, Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovenia) and throughout the U.S. (Florida, California, New York, Louisiana, Virginia, and Montana). In California alone, he has investigated over 200 haunted locations (including all 23 missions). But, his favorite haunted hunting grounds is the City of Angels.

His approach to each case is academic. Proving or disproving the spiritual activity of a certain spot isn’t what motivates this ghost hunter. Instead, he’s more interested in collecting the stories and eyewitness accounts (and archiving them) as a means of recording them for future studies into these unusual phenomena that clearly affect so many unconnected people.  


In 2006, he co-founded a social club for local ghost enthusiasts that is dedicated to the preservation of greater L.A.’s rich haunted history, and the promotion and celebration of this local lore. The GHOST HUNTERS of URBAN LOS ANGELES (GHOULA) meets every 13th of the month at a different haunted bar/restuarant for an event orginized by Mr. Carradine entitled Spirits with Spirits… where attendees share their ghost stories over a drink in an infamous location.

Here is a link to their website:  http://www.ghoula.org

    Richard Carradine is now a proud owner of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LAVA Sunday Salon Invitation…

June 24th, 2010

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   On the last Sunday of each month, The L.A. Visionaries Association (LAVA) put on a meet-and-greet with local notables to discuss a variety of topics, usually pertaining to Hollywood. What a perfect opportunity for me to present Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History (beginning at 1:15p this Sunday). As they put it, this conversational “Salon” is a casual day to chat and network with like-minded folks. It’s held on the 3rd floor at Clifton’s Cafeteria.Cliftons brook_int4_short

   I’ll be joining this group for an imformal day of fun and food on June 27th. The entire session begins at noon. Visionaries have previously discussed creative topics such as – vintage cosmetics.  This month’s 12:30pm presentation is a lively one – creating custom costumes from fabric scraps.

   LAVA is dedicated to the idea that Los Angeles is filled with fascinating stories and people. LAVA brings the most intriguing creative promoters, artists, and writers  in LA together , sharing their visions for making a better city. Lava framework_logo

   They conduct a variety of activities throughout the month including bus tours and historic walks around scenic parts of the city. For more information about their monthly Sunday Salon event or about the organization, please visit their website by following the link below:


Cliftons_logo_01   Clifton’s Cafeteria is a historic landmark, which has served millions of customers over the past 66 years. This is a perfect location for this type of meeting, and everyone is welcome to attend. Clifton’s Cafeteria is located at 648 S. Broadway, in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles.

   If you would like to pick up my paperback, I’ll personally have them available to autograph for you at this weekend’s LAVA Sunday Salon.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A New Location / A 5-Star Review!

June 23rd, 2010

Manny P. here…

hollywood_souvenier_logo1   The Hollywood Mega chain of stores are the busiest souvenir shops along Hollywood Blvd. Three of the stores carry Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.

   In addition to the Hollywoodland Experience and Souvenirs of Hollywood, my paperback can now claim Hollywood Souvenirs as its newest home. It’s located at 7001 Hollywood Blvd., right across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This chain of retail stores is the exclusive distributor of my book along this famed section of Tinsel Town.



   Thank You to Barbara Kindness, a member of my marketing team, for informing me that Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has received another Amazon 5-Star review.

   Amos Lassen of Little Rock, Arkansas writes:

“We love movies and we love movie stars. We remember lines and images long after the house lights come up.

Manny Pacheco has been a student of the movies and he knows Hollywood. However, he does not look at the big stars; he concentrates on the character actors and actresses such as Claude Rains, Lionel Barrymore, Gloria Grahame, and many others who many of us know little about, but who we have seen over and over again. And he includes photographs and stills from the movies. This is a different look at Hollywood than we usually get and it is fascinating.”

   A heartfelt thanks for this testimonial!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Let’s Toast to Success!

June 22nd, 2010

Manny P. here…

   Less than two weeks ago, I was proud to announce 600 in confirmed book sales. Of course, I was unaware of how we were officially doing in outside retail sales. I hoped to be doing well, but the best I could suggest was a rough estimate.

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   Laura Danforth of Danforth Book Distribution just mailed me the latest numbers, which exceeded my expectations. The best news: Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History had a tremendous WinterSpring. And, the June figures don’t include the impact of my Fox 11 television appearance on Amazon, and subsequent Border’s and Costco book signing events. However, I can now report just under 800 paperbacks sold!

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   With some effort, and unwavering belief… SELF-PUBLISHING is a winner. My work is officially a money-maker! Of course, the incredible Book Publishers Network team (Sheryn Hara, Stephanie Martindale, Julie Scandora) helped make Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History acceptable to the book-buying public. The marketing tandem of Keri Sausman and Barbara Kindness are to be congratulated for their efforts. My wife Laurie, sister Virginia, parents Manny and Gloria, and nephew Matthew all had a hand in believing my venture was a profitable one. To all of my friends who have supported me – my humble thanks. AND, for the folks (I have never met) who bought my book because they are inspired by the subject-matter, words cannot express my absolute appreciation!

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   My book is not yet a Best-Seller; but it is an Award-Winning work. Naturally, when I sell out the First-Edition, I’ll gladly donate a hefty check to MOOSEHEART of Moose International Inc. for the education of at-risk children.

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   I also acknowledge the retail efforts of the Paley Center for Media, William’s Book Store, Chevalier’s, the Hollywoodland Experience and Tower.com for making my product so readily available. My peers in the media – Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register, Art Laboe, Tony Valdez, Ira Sternberg, Mike Horn of CRN, Kari Moran of KFWB, Tim Keenan, and Mark Sevi – your promotional press and constructive ideas have been invaluable. And to the libraries around the nation who have placed my book on their shelves, I hope my words can provide inspiration about the history I present to eager readers wanting to learn more.


   The bottom line: The Second Edition is my next major goal. But TODAY, I raise a champagne glass and toast the special milestone achieved by Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History!

Until next time…                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- OC Screenwriters Association Mixer…

June 18th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   The Orange County Screenwriter’s Association has invited me to their June Meetup event; a networking mixer set in a relaxed atmosphere. Of course, I’ll have autographed copies of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History for you to purchase.

   According to their website:

Screenwriters palmtree   Wednesday, June 23rd, 6:30p 

    Ritz Restaurant
880 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 720-1800

   Purpose – networking and sharing resources

   Special guest: Entertainment attorney James Hirsen (hirsenonhollywood.com/)

   Come to the Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach to meet professional and amateur filmmakers in a casual setting

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   This sounds looks like a great chance to meet aspiring and established film and television screenwriters in Southern California.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Computer Club Visits Simpler Time…

June 15th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   TUGNET is an computer club that meets each week at the Granada Pavilion to discuss a variety of topics related to the internet age. What makes this group so special is its multi-generational membership.

   I’ve been invited to attend a TUGNET meeting this Tuesday at 7pm to share Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to the group. My paperback ventures back to a simpler time before the age of computers. That said, I’ll offer a 21st Century look at American history and Hollywood’s Golden Age. My YouTube video presentation will demonstrate how our past can tie to our future.

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   According to the network’s website:

    TUGNET offers warm, helpful members in a computer society devoted to increasing their knowledge of programs and hardware, to use their computers more efficiently, and to help overcome the many problems all users encounter. Our current membership stands at about 385 and continues to grow.  

   After my discussion (open for anyone to attend the meeting… a donation of up to $3 is suggested), I’ll be autographing copies of my book. If you would like to learn more about TUGNET, buy my paperback, or find out what wonderful events take place at the Granada Pavilion…stop on by! Hollywood

   Check out the computer club website link for more information:


   The Granada Pavilion is located at 11128 Balboa Blvd., just off the 118 Freeway exit in Granada Hills.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Barnes & Noble One-Hour Policy!

June 14th, 2010

Manny P. here…


   Barnes & Noble now carries Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at three Southern California locations: Hollywood / Farmer’s Market; Aliso Viejo / Town Center; Rowland Heights in a Puente Hills mall. Author Fair 07

   However, the book store has a great Nationwide policy for all Barnes & Noble patrons. If you want a copy of my book, they promise to have the paperback available to customers within ONE HOUR of informing you by phone. This means you can be confident the chain will make sure it gets in your hands in a  reasonable amount of time.

   I invite you to visit your local Barnes & Noble to order your copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A 6-Pack Celebration!

June 12th, 2010

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   Sales are very brisk for my paperback. I sold my 600th copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History this afternoon at MCAI MediaProCamp II seminar.

   Emmett of Electric Pictures bought the keepsake, and he becomes the latest owner. His daytime job is to transfer public domain classic movies into DVDs. His business offers these treasured motion pictures available for stock footage companies.mpc190

   Speaking of the MediaProCamp II, I had a great time at this wonderful MCAI series of free seminars. The format was a relaxed atmosphere of networking among folks who work in the visual, audio, and print media. Those who attended really had the chance to learn alot with regards in providing professional entertainment. The Digital Media Center in Santa Ana was the host venue of this informative day-long event.

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   I had a chance to share my acquired knowledge in the topic of Self-Publishing a Book. Gary Lycan joined me for one of the 45 minute sessions, which included lots of active participation by those who sat in on the seminar. I’m proud to admit the day might have inspired a few potential authors!

   A big thanks to John Coleman of Twin Oaks Communication for the gracious invitation.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- MediaProCamp II Adds OC Notables

June 10th, 2010

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   We are right around the corner from MCAI MediaProCamp II, which takes place this Saturday from 8:30a-3:00p. The event is scheduled at Santa Ana College’s Digital Media Center (between the college and South Coast Plaza) at 1300 S. Bristol St.

   If you would like to network with some of O.C.’s top media experts, this is the place to be. Expected to attend:

  • John Coleman –  President and CEO of Twin Oaks Communications
  • Mark Sevi – President of the Orange County Screenwriter’s Association
  • Tommy James – Panasonic Rep and Video Tech guru
  • Janice Arrington – Orange County Film Commissioner
  • James Mathers –  President of Digital Cinema Society
  • Bruce Nazarian – CEO of Digital Media Consulting Group



   This is a partial list of heavyweights lending their expertise about Southern California’s media market. Tim Keenan, President of Creative Media, and Gary Lycan, Orange County Register’s radio reporter will be there too!  I plan on lending my expertise on self-publishing a book. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History will be on display.lMCAI ogo

   The best part of this day-long event (which includes lunch) – it’s FREE! According to the MCAI website, here is what participants had to say about last year’s MediaProCamp event:

Tons of information…liked the openness…sharing real-world knowledge…great people…everyone was helpful…made great connections…important networking, information and resources!…liked exchanging business ideas in non-threatening environment…liked people with knowledge to share…casual and friendly…loved the flexibility of discussions and groups.

   MediaProCamp II is an intensely productive open series of professional roundtable discussions which provides for fabulous networking for professionals in every area of the media: film, TV, internet, radio, print, etc. If you work in a creative industry, whether you are in technical, performance, or suppliers – you should be at this all-day event on Saturday.

   Here are two links for more information about MediaProCamp II:



Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Another Historic Locale Sells Book!

June 9th, 2010

Manny P. here…

   A new store is selling Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The sister outlet to the Hollywoodland Experience has decided to carry my paperback. Located at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., Souvenirs of Hollywood is the newest location in our family.

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   This is the one of the most traveled spots by tourists who want to experience all that is Tinsel Town. According to their website:

The Zahavi Family have owned and operated four separate stores in Hollywood for 20 years and have developed a well-respected name within the community for style, taste, management, service, hard work and dedication. Through the years, their experiences have provided them with the ability to create a qualitative and well-presented inventory for their diversified clients.

With a constant eye on the latest trends in the Hollywood and entertainment industries, the Zahavis have continued to update their inventory and have retained the most recent licensed Hollywood specialty items from Disney, Warner Bros., Universal Studios and many others.


We have taken steps to bring Hollywood to everyone!

   My book is certainly available for their patrons from all over the world to discover…

Until next time>                               “never forget”      

“Forgotten Hollywood”- El Segundo Author Fair in Pictures…

June 8th, 2010

Manny P. here…

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   I really want to thank my wife Laurie for capturing our attendance at the Author Fair at the El Segundo Public Library on Sunday. Her photos tell the story of our day:  From arrival…to set up…to panel discussion…to book-signing.

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   A pictures paints a thousand words, so what else can I say. Thanks to Ellen Cunningham and her staff for their superb organization of the event; to fellow panelists Steve Goldstein, Michael Barry, Judy Artunian, and Mike Oldham (I own a copy of his book Classic Hollywood Stars, which he autographed for me); moderator Kelly McDowell, former mayor of El Segundo; and my folks for their constant and loving support.

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   I hope you enjoy the photos, which puts you right in the day’s events, as we saw it… And, everyone had a lot of fun!

Until next time…                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Amazon Author Lists Book Essential!

June 7th, 2010

Manny P. here…

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   Dennis Batchelder of Bellevue, Washington is a writer and contributor on Amazon.com. He has 37 reviews to his credit. One of his latest subjects involves must-read books for the average person looking to purchase. Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History has made the list.

   He writes:

Here’s another set of great new thrillers from authors very eager to be read by YOU…Manny says: It (his book) tells America’s story through the eyes of character actors of Hollywood’s Golden Era including Claude Rains, Ward Bond, Van Heflin, Thelma Ritter, Walter Brennan and Basil Rathbone.                   

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   Of course, my paperback is available on Amazon.com. I hope you’ll consider Dennis Batchelder’s unsolicited suggestion. It’s nice to know American history is still considered thrilling!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Local Press Ready for Author Fair!

June 3rd, 2010

Manny P. here…

   We are around the corner from the 10th Annual Author Fair to be held at The El Segundo Library this Sunday beginning at 12:45. The local press is starting to provide information on this heavily-attended event.

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   The Beach Reporter, which serves the Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and El Segundo communities is prepared to offer a lively story promoting the Book Fair. A bevy of authors have promised to attend, and panel discussions are on tap as a highlight to the day’s activities. I have been selected to be on the Hollywood Legends: Fact or Fiction panel.

   Here’s a link to The Beach Reporter website with their current update:

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   Come by and pick up an autographed copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History, especially if you live in the South Bay area. The El Segundo Library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Ave., near Main Street.

   Go to http://www.elsegundo.org/library/ for complete info about The El Segundo Author Fair.

Until next time>                              “never forget”