Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Ocean Publishing a Finalist for Second Year

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Independent book publisher Ocean Publishing just received confirmation that its nonfiction title Explore the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau is a finalist in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards. In an announcement from the Independent Book Publishers Association, Manhattan Beach, California, publisher Frank Gromling learned that this second book in a four-book series with the son of ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is one of just three finalists in the Science category. 

Gromling, whose traditional publishing company celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2012, was happy to learn of the judges’ selection. “I am ecstatic,” Gromling said, “because being a finalist means we are successfully competing against the best of the best in the highly competitive publishing world.” Gromling pointed out that the Benjamin Franklin Awards attracts entries from all types of publishers, from small independents, like his company, to major corporate giants like Simon & Schuster. 

The Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on May 29th. The winning title in 52 categories will be announced at a gala dinner. Gromling plans to be in the audience, with his friend and mentor Rudy Shur, of Square One Publishers (Garden City Park, NY). 

This is the 25th year that the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has conducted the Benjamin Franklin Awards. Established in 1983, IBPA is a 3000-member not-for-profit association that provides its members education programs, marketing opportunities and a variety of professional services.

Ocean Publishing is a traditional publisher of nonfiction adult level books about nature, marine life, environment and conservation. Some of its other titles are Islands Under Fire, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors, and Climate of Uncertainty. Its newest book, to be published later this year, is Fits Like A Glove, The Bill & Bob Meistrell Story, about how two California surfers turned their love of the ocean into the iconic American success Body Glove International.

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