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Forethought participates in the ICCFA 2011 Annual Convention in Las Vegas
Special guest, author Lynn Isenberg, joins Forethought booth for book signing of her comedy novel “The Funeral Planner”
Indianapolis, Ind. – March 3, 2011 – Forethought Financial Group, Inc. (www.forethought.com), a leading provider of insurance and financial products focused on the senior market, will be exhibiting at the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (“ICCFA”) Annual Convention, March 8-11, 2011 in Las Vegas.
This year, Forethought will host a book signing at their booth with special guest, Lynn Isenberg, author of The Funeral Planner. Free copies of her comedy novel will be provided.
The Funeral Planner, part of a trilogy of comedy novels, is also available as part of a Digital Series on www.Amazon.com. “Lynn understands the dynamics of the funeral industry and importance of celebrating life and processing grief. The opportunity to sponsor her trilogy of novels made perfect sense for our business, as they represent the same principles we embrace at Forethought.
We are very excited to have Lynn join us this year at the ICCFA convention, and believe our customers will enjoy meeting her and reading her novel,” noted Sr. Vice President of Sales, Mark Guzniczak.
During the convention, Forethought will also feature multiple financial product solutions for funeral homes and cemeteries to offer the families they serve, including preneed life insurance, at-need insurance assignments and trust services.
About Forethought Financial Group, Inc.
Forethought Financial Group, Inc., with offices in Houston, Indianapolis and Batesville, Ind., is a leader in the delivery of high-value insurance and financial services products across the US.
Forethought has served more than two million policyholders and has $4.9 billion of in-force life insurance protection. With $4.7 billion in assets and more than $1.1 billion in annual revenue, Forethought has built its reputation through 25 years of quality, service and reliability. For more information, please visit www.forethought.com.
About Lynn Isenberg
A renowned author, movie producer and Life Celebration Expert, Lynn Isenberg is theFounder/CEO of The Tribute Network (www.TheTributeNetwork.com) a social media network for tribute videos and life celebration cycles featuring The Tribute Video Festival launching May 1st. In addition, she founded Lights Out Enterprises (www.LightsOutEnterprises.com), producing meaningful experiences to remember with narrative tribute videos. She is the author of four novels and two non-fiction grief guidebooks; Grief Tributes: The Definitive Guide to Life Celebrations and Grief Wellness: The Definitive Guide to Dealing with Loss, the latter written in collaboration with the funeral director who buried her father and brother. Her novels include the popular trilogy series The Funeral Planner and the digital series featuring Joss Stone, Fame’s Cynthia Gibb, and General Hospital’s Marisa Ramirez. Lynn’s screenwriter-producer credits include MGM/UA’s Youngblood, Tri-Star/Columbia Picture’s I Love You to Death, True Vinyl, and the Fine Living Network’s popular series i::Design. She is currently adapting The Funeral Planner Trilogy Novels into a TV series with award-winning director Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days). The Funeral Planner was inspired by the loss of Lynn’s father and brother, setting her on a personal path in shifting the experience of grieving into a creative healing process. Her work in spiritual psychology has unveiled for her an innate knowing that life and death are mirrors on a theme of transition and transformation. She holds a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and BA in Literature & Film from the University of Michigan and has been a featured guest on The Today Show, Early Show, NPR, NYT, and Fox affiliates. Her work has been covered by national and international media.
• Webisode Script Sample for The Funeral Planner Digital Series – Episode One
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END OF ACT I
• My Life Uncovered Lyrics by Jill Sobule
“No one would ever dream, the girl behind the scenes
has yet to do all the things she’s writing.
No one would ever guess, the girl inside the Talbots
dress, has men across the nation all excited
My life uncovered, my life uncovered
Flip to another page and you will see
My life uncovered, yes you’ll discover
The other girl who is me
No one thinks I’m that fun
But when I take the 101
To the valley where the camera’s rolling
No one thinks I’m that cool
But when I’m hanging by the swimming pool
Sipping wine with all the girls and gaffers
My life uncovered
Unlike the other, life that you all thought you knew
My life uncovered
Please don’t tell my mother, that I’m the queen of
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Jim Dratfield’s “Dogphoria”
Ode to Wonderment of Dogs
Renowned Author/Fine Art Photographer Brings Smiles to our Hearts
NEW YORK, New York – January 15, 2011 – DOGPHORIA is good for you! Yes, good for your heart and soul. As author-photographer Jim Dratfield notes, “A pet is not only a joyful part of our lives but an actual health benefit; lowering our heart rates, decreasing stress and offering us that much sought after thing; unconditional love.”
Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, CBS celebrity vet and news correspondent writes a stunning foreword that reminds us ever so beautifully why this is true. “In the last 20 years,” writes Turner Bell, “science has been proving what dog-lovers have known for thousands of years. DOGS MAKE US HAPPY! From that first wolf that the hunter took into his camp to share a seat by the fire… to the luxuriously pampered pooch that drinks bottled water and gets regular ‘paw-dicures,’ our lives have been wonderfully and enchantingly changed.”
So begins our journey of joy as the dogs of DOGPHORIA reveal their true nature; innate delight juxtaposed with insightful quotes that together become not only a reminder of loyalty and companionship, but also a powerful reflection of ourselves.
“Dogphoria came out of this love I have for pets in general and dogs in particular,” says Dratfield, “I find them euphoric: honest in their emotions and pure of heart in their actions. Dogphoria is my ode to the wonderment dogs bring to us in our day to day lives.”
The book has another unique quality. It integrates the program in support of rescue dogs from HaloPets.com’s partnership with Mimi Ausland’s “FreeKibble” for shelter dogs and brings awareness and support to Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Greg Grabowski, President & CEO of Leader Dogs for the Blind says, “Dogphoria captures in pictures and words what everyone who has ever shared their life with a dog knows – that seeing life through the eyes of a dog puts even the most seemingly impossible situation into perspective. Leader Dogs for the Blind is proud to be a part of a book that will bring a smile to the face and heart of everyone that reads it.”
In sync with the total campaign, Trupanion Pet Insurance also reminds us to keep our beloved canines healthy and happy while the Renaissance Inn offers our pets a respite of comfort and acceptance on our combined journeys.
DOGPHORIA is Jim Dratfield’s 11th book in a powerful pedigree of former successes. Known for his unique sepia toned film style, his bestsellers include PUGNATION, DAY OF THE DACHSUND, and THE QUOTABLE EQUINE. His fine art Deluxe Note Cards and books have sold over 200,000 copies. Jim Dratfield, a former actor with a docu-series in the works, emphasizes his unusual talent for directing his canine clients. He has also been featured on 20/20, The View, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Primetime Live, and CBS’s Early Show. His celebrity clients include Jennifer Anniston, Barbara Walters, Elton John, and Henry Kissinger to name a few, but the real celebrities of DOGPHORIA are the dogs of DOGPHORIA. Two of the featured dogs in the book are Leader Dogs for the Blind; the Marvelous Maddy and the Loveable Lucy. It also presents the intuitive rescue-turned-therapy dog Terrific Tao representing PETCO’s “Think Adoption First Campaign”, HaloPets.com-”FreeKibble”, and Trupanion. Promotion for DOGPHORIA includes appearances from author/fine art photographer, Jim Dratfield (but don’t be surprised if you also have the good fortune of encountering Maddy, Lucy, and Tao at various venues around the country).
As Dr. Turner Bell concludes, “Reading DOGPHORIA is much like looking through an old family photo album. We smile because of fond memories and familiar faces. We smile because we see our loved ones. We smile because we see ourselves.”
“Dogphoria” is being published by FastPencil Premiere, a highly selective publishing imprint for top-tier authors. Jim joins a group of highly acclaimed, well-known authors in the FastPencil Premiere imprint who are already leveraging FastPencil Premiere – including Guy Gilchrist, author of “The Best of Today’s Dogg” among many other well-known cartoons and Mark Victor Hansen, co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. and co-author of “U R The Solution.” Additional authors include Angela Sage Larsen, author of the children’s book series, “Good Things Come on Tiny Wings: The Adventures of Petalwink the Fairy” and Steven Pressfield, author of multiple best-selling books including “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and “War of Art.” Together they represent the first stellar group of landmark best-selling and established authors and illustrators joining FastPencil Premiere.
Lynn Isenberg by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for guest appearances, signings, print and media interviews.
Media and Venues
Audience members of talk shows receive a free copy of “Dogphoria.” Book signings offer auctions for an exclusive Petography session with Jim Dratfield, and the opportunity for your four-legged friend to be in his next book.
About Jim Dratfield
Fine art photographer Jim Dratfield, a world-renowned, celebrated fine art pet photographer, celebrates the fine art of photography through his studio www.Petography.com, specializing in canines, and felines employing his unique beautiful sepia toned film style.
Jim, a trained actor (including a small role in Tootsie), has also been the spokesperson for Claritin (Wag Allergies) and MSN.com. A docu-series is now in development with Revera Entertainment about Jim and his work. He lives in New York City.
Produced by Lynn Isenberg of www.FocusMediaMarketing.com in partnership with FastPencil’s elite Premiere imprint. Book concept, brand strategy and campaign partnerships by Lynn Isenberg on behalf of author-fine art photographer Jim Dratfield and www.Petography.com.
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