Gift shopping? #GiveABook

Four events at Walls of Books give you plenty of chances 

aois21 has partnered with Walls of Books in Washington, DC for this year's #GiveABook Campaign, reminding you that when shopping for friend and family, #GiveABook. For this year's campaign we have put together four Friday night events with our friends at Walls of Books from 6 to 8 pm.
First up is this Friday night, where we will be part of Park View's First Friday festivities. It's Literary Game Night and the full roll out of the campaign. Play literary based games and win prizes. Wine and lite refreshments will be served. aois21 video will be recording live reactions and sharing them on the aois21 YouTube channel.
On December 8th, aois21 Creative Bianca Palmisano will be emceeing a poetry open mic night. All are welcome to take the stage and perform their original work! The event will be live streamed on the aois21 Periscope feed and then shared on the aois21 YouTube channel.
On December 15th, we have a panel discussion commemorating the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War One. aois21 Creatives Thomas P. Athridge and Philip J. Sipkov will be joined by Margaret Wagner of the Library of Congress Publishing Office to share stories from the Great War. The event will be live streamed on the aois21 Periscope feed and then shared on the aois21 YouTube Channel.
The final event is December 22nd and we go out of this world with Sci-Fi Night. Come to Walls of Books in your favorite book or movie sci-fi costume as we release the third book in the HIVE series, HIVE: A Matter of Gravity by James D. King! King will be reading from his book and taking questions. The event will be live streamed on the aois21 Periscope feed and then shared on the aois21 YouTube Channel.
All of these events will be in addition to savings at the aois21 market! Find out more this Friday night at Walls of Books and visit for more information!

FIRST LOOK: The HIVE is coming!

Preorder opens Tuesday for paperback and eBook, to be released December 22nd

The third book in the HIVE series by James D. King is here for the holidays! Preorder your copy as of Tuesday in eBook or paperback, just $3 for the electronic and $7 for paperback.
This is the latest entry in the sci-fi series that started two years ago with HIVE: First Contact. In this story, the Hive threat reaches deeper into the Earth Empire. Now all that stands in the way is the Space Navy manned by brave but young crews. Will the unlikely combination of an old space marine, tired of living, and a young naval ensign, fearful of dying, find a way to defeat the Hive and save humanity?
For the first time, we are releasing eBook and Paperback at the same time, as part of a launch event Friday, December 22nd from 6 to 8 pm at Walls of Books in Washington, DC. The event will feature a live reading from James D. King, as well as a costume contest! Come dressed as your favorite sci-fi character from literature or film and you could win!
Visit for the next title, coming soon this holiday season!

Tommy Reynolds joins as 15th aois21 Creative

Fiction author comes over from editorial staff with baseball epic

aois21 is happy to announce the signing of Tommy Reynolds as an aois21 Creative. Tommy recently completed his first manuscript, the baseball epic currently titled The Game: Baseball & America Growin’ Up Together. This title will soon be available in paperback and eBook everywhere books are sold.
Liam Miller, the son of a wealthy and well-connected father in early 1700s Ireland, immigrates to America in 1732. Through connections and hard work he becomes prosperous, with each generation after him playing a pivotal role in significant events in America's early history. Succeeding generations embrace baseball, producing successive major leaguers. They play integral roles during four of the most crucial periods of baseball history: its origins in the 1870s, the Black Sox scandal into the roaring twenties, the civil rights era and the dawning of the Major League Baseball Players Union in the 1960s and 1970s, and the modern union of the late 1990s and today. Parallels are drawn from 1865 through today, depicting the rise of baseball as the national pastime coinciding with America becoming a world power.

Tommy Reynolds was born in New York City and raised in Long Beach, Long Island, seven houses from the beach. He attended Chaminade High School and Manhattan College, where he was a sports writer and co-sports editor of the school newspaper, The Quadrangle, covering the Jaspers basketball, baseball, and crew teams. He is an active racquetball player, softball player, and umpire, currently residing in bucolic Mendham, NJ with his three children.
Visit now to find out more about Tommy and his upcoming title!

Busy weekend for aois21

Friday in Arlington, Saturday in Charlottesville

We'll be rocketing across Virginia this weekend as we bring out books, podcasts, and video series to you! Find us Friday at the Job Fun Fair in SpacesArlington from 3 to 8 pm. The new shared office space in Rosslyn, site of the old Artisphere and Newseum, is launching with this innovative job fair and networking event. aois21 will be showing off it's books and services and interview tech companies for the aois21 live series. To find out more,!
On Saturday, we head south to Charlottesville for the Charlottesville Book Fair. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge chapter of the Virginia Writers Club and organized by aois21 friend Carolyn O'Neal, the event will draw together independent authors and publishers from across the region. We'll be there from 10 am to 4 pm and we'd love to see you! Visit for more information!
And there's more to come in the weeks ahead. Don't miss out!Busy weekend for aois21

Athridge dominates sales

American Presidents at War on top for second month in a row

It's a strong start for Thomas P. Athridge's American Presidents at War, taking the bestseller status for the second month in a row, the only two months its been available. For October it was strong sales of the just release paperback version that catapulted it to the top of the sales rank.
aois21 will be holding the official launch of the new title at the Library of Congress on November 29 at Noon in an event sponsored by the Library of Congress Professional Association. The one hour event will feature Athridge discussing his title and will take place in the Madison Building of the Library. Due to ethics restrictions, there will be no sales of the book at the event, so you will need to purchase a copy beforehand if you want it signed.
You can now order copies from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in addition to the aois21 market. Copies can also be found at Walls of Books in Washington, DC, and can be ordered at any Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, or Amazon Books store.
To get your copy now, head on over to the aois21 market so you are ready for the 29th!

Two new podcasts to launch

New educational series recorded live as classes by Evan Tucker

aois21 media is also announcing two new additions to its podcasting lineup, educational series from new aois21 Creative Evan Tucker both recorded as live classes.

History of the Symphony
Recorded at Grace Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD
The ability to hold a person's attention through music without text over a long span of time requires enormous contrasts, invention, discipline, and knowledge. A Symphony is an attempt to fuse the very best of extremely diverse elements of music and pay tribute to the millions of different sounds and forms and contents and cultures which music can show us. The Symphony is a musical democracy through which every kind and possibility of music's meaning is sounded together in dialogue with one another, and it's the ultimate musical, and perhaps even poetic, statement of a culture that means to live together in peace. 

Modern Jewish Literature
Recorded at Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore, MD
Books by Jews and about Jews, their relationships to other Jews, to gentiles, to their communities, to their Jewish communities, and to the community of nations. Kafka, Babel, Aleichem, Singer, Bellow, Malamud, Roth, Ozick, Grossman, Oz, Levi, Wiesel – they’ll all be there, ready to kvetch and kibbitz their ways into your souls and help you live more interestingly, more meaningfully, more Jewishly.

The podcasts are being hosted by Podomatic and will be available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, TuneIn, and at These will be the ninth and tenth podcasts in the aois21 podcast network, and will be released monthly.

These podcasts will soon be available at

aois21 signs Evan Tucker as 14 th Creative

Definition of Creative expanded to embrace new media

Mount Vernon, VA – aois21 media, LLC announced today the signing of Evan Tucker as an aois21 Creative. Tucker has been working with aois21 over the past few months on his audiobook Tales From the Old New Land, being released as a podcast series.

In aois21’s transition into an independent media company, the decision was made to expand the definition of Creative beyond writers. Tucker is the first such Creative as all of his work is being output through audio production. While Tales From the Old New Land is Tucker’s primary project, he is also working on the history podcast It’s Not Even Past, and is currently recording a to limited-run educational podcasts, launching soon.

Evan Tucker is a columnist for the Baltimore Jewish Times and holds a degree with University Honors in music composition from American University. For six years he was director of the chorus: Kol Rinah, at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and is currently working on a project in which he composes music for all 150 Biblical Psalms. He is the lead singer of the band: Schmear Campaign, which is Baltimore’s only band to play songs whose lyrics are exclusively in Yiddish.  Evan Tucker says, "If you're listening to this podcast, I would imagine you're here because you're already quite fond of music, but you also want to understand more about it. What's most extraordinary about music is that it can be enjoyed as music, but we can also associate as many concepts with music as the human mind can conceive. The reason that music has such a universal appeal for so many people is that it has this dual-concept, it can both be appreciated as nothing more than pleasant sounds, and that these pleasant sounds have infinities of meanings behind them.

“Evan brings some much-needed humor to the aois21 stable, and we’re thrilled to welcome Him,” said Corey Parker, aois21’s chief of publishing. “He’s a perfectionist and won’t settle for anything less than a perfect product, and he metes out levity and gravitas in equal measure.”

Check out the new !

New site reflects company's shifting focus

After months of work by aois21 Chief Technology Officer Joshua Silberman, the has launched this week. This new site is built around the three parts of aois21 media: audio, video, and publishing.
Right from the front page you'll see our wide-ranging focus in view as the front gallery features the three attributes that make up our company. Under aois21 video, all of aois21 video series now have their own full pages with embedded episodes from YouTube.
Under aois21 audio, all eight of our podcast series are presented in a user-friendly format, allowing easy access to past episodes and ways to reach out. Each page also includes links to the Patreon page for aois21 and our pages on Advertisecast so you can support the network through sponsorship or advertising.
Click on the aois21 publishing image for a gallery of all aois21 titles linked to the aois21 market. The updated Creatives pages also include links to the other places across the web where you can order our titles.
More updates will be made as the site moves along. In the meantime, please take a look and feel free to email if you find any problems!

Presenting the contributors to the 2017 aois21 annual

Thomas P. Athridge - Excerpt
Donny Barilla - Poetry
Mat Byerly - Short Story
Rana Gainer - Art
Daniel Goodman - Short Story
L.S. Engler - Short Story
Michael B. Judkins - Poem
Eftichia Kapardeli - Poetry
James D. King - Excerpt & Short Story
Meghan Mrla - Poetry
Simon Perchik - Poetry
Paul Dickinson Russell - Excerpt
Gerard Sarnat - Poetry
Keith F. Shovlin - Video & Excerpt
Adam Wallick - Photography

Join us at 4 pm ET, at Walls of Books in Washington, DC, for the 2017 aois21 annual release party!

Judkins Launching Crowdfunding Campaign

Interlude to Sentimental Me! Mercury Rising going to stage

After teasing it in last month's edition of the I Stand podcast, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign this Saturday through Indiegogo to help bring Michael B. Judkins' poetry to the stage.
Over the past year since it's release, Judkins has expanded his vision for his second poetry collection, Interlude to Sentimental Me! He hired a scriptwriter and began formulating a plan to bring a section of the book Mercury Rising to a wider audience.
This 60 day crowdfunding campaign hopes to raise $10,000 for a stage performance of the production. The cost would cover the rental of the space, the hiring of cast and crew, costumes, and other incidentals.
As rewards, you can receive producer credit, as well as copies of Interlude to Sentimental Me! and goodie bags from aois21 and Oct14 Publishing and Creative Services, Judkins company.
Judkins will be giving audio updates to the campaign on I Stand as well as progress reports through Facebook and Twitter. The whole campaign wraps just before Christmas, when it will have the possibility for InDemand funding to gain ongoing support.
Check and Judkins' page on the aois21 website this Saturday for the links, and let's bring this production to life!

aois21 hits the road with charity walk, Fall for the Book festival


See you this weekend!

It's time for us to hit the road once again and we'll be around the DC area. We start first thing Saturday morning with the Walk to End Alzheimer's on the National Mall. Team aois21 will be walking for the second year, and it will be the seventh walk for aois21 Publisher Keith F. Shovlin.
After the walk is complete, we head out to George Mason University for the Fall for the Book Community Day. Join aois21 and several other publishers, booksellers, and authors for a fun event sharing our books, stories, and providing opportunities for aspiring authors and storytellers. Stick around for many of the other great programs being offered as part of this week long event.
For more about this and other upcoming aois21 events, visit!

annual preorders now open

Save $1 by preordering your copy today

As of this morning, preorders of the 2017 aois21 annual are available on the aois21 market! For a limited time, get the annual for only $5 and be the first to receive your copy ahead of the release event on October 21st.
We'll be announcing the full contributor list next week, but know that this issue is chock full of poetry, short stories, essays, art, as well as great excerpts including the first chapter of the upcoming aois21 title The Will of the Magi, as well as a poignant chapter from our newest release, American Presidents at War!
Preorder your copy today and save!

Athridge's Presidents lead

New eBook release takes command of sales in September

Author Thomas P. Athridge has claimed the top sales for September, the first month his title, American Presidents at War, has come available. The eBook release, on September 12th, followed months of promotion of the scholarly work.
Next up for the title is the paperback release, presently scheduled for October 17th from with the hardcover to follow. A chapter from the book will also appear in the excerpts section of the upcoming aois21 annual.
Get your copy today where eBooks are sold, or preorder the paperback or hardcover from the aois21 market!

Fourth annual to be released October 21st!

The fourth aois21 annual will be released with a live event at Walls of Books in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 21st at 4 pm. The event will feature readings from the annual and other entertainment. You will be able to watch it live on the aois21 Periscope live feed. The video will be released as past of the aois21 live video series the following week.
This is our third year in a row hosting a release party and the second to be held at Walls of Books, our top indie partner in our Nation's Capital.
The digital literary magazine features new pieces by aois21 Creatives James D. King, Michael B Judkins, and Keith F. Shovlin in addition to excerpts from aois21 titles such as the recently released American Presidents at War by Thomas P. Athridge. 
Preorders of the annual will be available soon so check back as we announce the contributors at!

New video series launches

Aims to tell stories, provide content, in 21-second spurts

As part of the transition to aois21 media, we have aimed to realign our storytelling beyond the book. On the audio side we have done this by expanding our podcast offerings beyond those supporting our Creatives and their books. On video, we take that first step today with the release of the first six episodes of 21 seconds, a new YouTube series from aois21 video.
21 seconds is both given its mission statement and description by its title alone. Every video is 21 seconds (with a 3 second intro) and aims to capture a bit of the world to share. The videos will be a mix of function and aesthetic. By using our base in Washington, DC to generate content, we will provide clips usable for B roll in other video productions. Alternatively, we will also see to tell video short stories with this series, capturing moments you may not notice. Exploring angles you may not consider.
This is the first aois21 series that is being released on a Creative Commons license. We claim no ownership or copyright of the content once it is released. Feel free to use these videos in your own projects, all that we ask is basic attribution. You don't need to ask our permission. We won't be picking and choosing which creators and projects to support. They are all here for free.
To start, we have released six episodes, three aesthetic and three function. All are now available to view on the aois21 YouTube channel and In the future, we will release episodes two at a time, keeping that balance between form and art.
If you have your own video you would like to submit and share with the wider audience, reach out to us and we would be happy to include it in the series. All clips will be shortened to 21 seconds and we will not creators in the captions. Currently the videos do not include any production beyond the camera catching moments. No actors. No scripts. Just capturing life, 21 seconds at a time.
Take the next 21 seconds of your life to enjoy our new video series on the aois21 YouTube channel, and!

American Presidents at War now available for download

Paperback and Hardcover coming in weeks to follow

At long last, the wait is over! American Presidents at War is now available to own in all eBook formats. For just $9.99, you can have your own electronic copy of Thomas P. Athridge's scholarly work, released just in time to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. The book, written in the aftermath of the attacks, compares past military conflicts with an eye toward our current War on Terror. It took Athridge eight years to research, conduct interviews, and write this weighty tome, and now it can be yours.
If you prefer to hold it in your hands, the paperback and hardcover copies will be available soon. will be printing them and make them available online and in stores worldwide. Once they are released, join us for a launch event at the Library of Congress, date and exact location TBA.
Over the next few days, Athridge's book will be popping up across the digital marketplace. Today, find it on the aois21 market and Smashwords. By the end of the week, it will also be on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo, just to name a few.
It's been a long journey for Athridge, and for us, and we are happy to bring you this nonfiction epic. Visit today and download your copy!

Judkins breaks the streak

Interlude to Sentimental Me! is the August aois21 bestseller

After several months on top,, James D. King and the HIVE series have fallen to Michael B. Judkins' poetry collection Interlude to Sentimental Me! The collection is Judkins' second in his Sentimental Me! series, with the first being self published as a chapbook by Judkins.
Judkins, who hosts the monthly podcast series I Stand, will be talking about his collection on the next episode as part of an upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Find I Stand next Thursday on Podomatic, wherever podcasts are available, and
As for the collection, find it and all of our great aois21 Creatives!

Fourth lit mag taking shape

Several aois21 Creatives will be taking part in next edition

With submissions officially closing this Thursday night, we decided to give you a first look at the some of the works already submitted and accepted for inclusion. Specifically, it is this submissions by aois21 Creatives.
The magazine was originally created as a way for aois21 Creatives to share work from upcoming or tangental projects with the same wide audience their main works enjoy. Over the years, we have been fortunate to include many guest contributors as well. The full list of guest contributors will be announce in three weeks. For now, we like to spotlight the new work by our own authors.
Submissions have been high for both short stories and poetry. In those sections, they will be lead off by two of our Creatives, James D. King and Michael B. Judkins, respectfully. We will also be including an excerpt from HIVE: Battle at the Dog Star in the excerpt section.
In the essay section, aois21 Publisher Keith F. Shovlin, whose three books make up the foundation of our catalog, will be including a new essay. This essay will be the first taste of a nonfiction book Keith is currently writing about his experiences. We will also have new photographs from aois21 Chief of Creative Relations Adam Wallick, who was featured onlast year's cover.
There is still time left to get your submissions in! We are especially on the lookout for essays, photography, art, and any audio or video content. Visit for more information!

Final week for submissions!

2017 aois21 annual still looking for new work before Sept. 1st

August is nearly over, and that means time is almost up to submit your work for the 2017 aois21 annual. The all-digital literary magazine is looking for poetry, short stories, essays, book excerpts, photography, art, and comics, as well as audio and video content. Sumssions close on September 1st so now is the time to share your story!
Click here for the submission form!
Advertising in the annual will remain open until September 15th. Sharing your ad allows direct hot linking to your website or online product. Audio and video is available! Sign up here!
We are happy to see all the submissions coming in for the annual and it is sure to be another successful release! Be on the lookout for announcement of the release party, which will be during the second week of October!
For more about the annual, visit today!