NEW YORK, August 7, 2014 – Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group’s imprint Taylor Trade has purchased the United States publishing rights to the latest work in the popular Life Lessons book series by author Rick Tocquigny; an innovative content creator in the inspirational market, radio host and brand consultant to Fortune 500 companies. "Life Lessons For Grads; All Ages and Stages" defines that life is full of graduations, from engagements, marriages, parenthood, loss of loved ones, and promotions at work to gaining new wisdom, mentoring, applying core values, and leaving a legacy.

As CEO and Co-Founder of Artbeat of America, Rick leads a group of creative storytellers and designers in social expression publishing under the Gracefully Yours brand along with the creation of distinctive content in broadcasting. Rick personally oversees the brand management for Artbeat’s largest client, Outreach, who has 30,000 churches and 120,000 pastors. He is also linked to a global organization of church hospitality that reaches 100,000,000 potluck lovers across 300,000 churches.

His credentials include careers at P&G, PepsiCo and Paramount. He has contributed to the success of many brands including Tide, ERA, Doritos, Cheetos, Colombo Yogurt, Voices of Faith, Samaritan’s Purse, Hugs, and Five Love Languages. In the Christian greeting card sector, he has personally written and published over 10,000 different cards and journals in the last 19 years. Rick’s team launched Church Kitchen Ladies® ™ and will reach 30 million households within the next six months through B2C catalogs.

As an author, Rick has written five books including the award winning "When Core Values are Strategic". With the latest addition in the Life Lesson line of inspirational books "Life Lessons For Grads; All Ages and Stages" (Taylor Trade January 2015) author Rick Tocquigny completes a unique inspirational and entertaining journey, that will touch everyone as they continue on their personal journey through all of the milestones in life. 

Rick chairs the P&G Alumni Network Speakers Bureau, Publishing Division, and hosts all P&G Alumni Webinars. He has interviewed four previous CEO’s including A.G. Lafley, current CEO. Rick is also a featured public speaker for

In broadcasting, Rick’s Life Lessons Show has surpassed 1000 episodes, including 200 Transformed Traveler Shows. An off shoot of the travel show, Transformed Traveler Journals are AAA’s best selling journals. Educated at the Mays School of Business, Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing, Rick also has his Masters Degree in Human Relations with a focus on Transactional Analysis. Married for 35 years and Dad to two serial entrepreneur daughters in Los Angeles, Rick is a self proclaimed renaissance man- quick with a paintbrush, a jazz drummer and a fan of diverse culture having traveled to 60 countries. 

The Rowman & Littlefield imprint Taylor Trade Publishing is the consolidation of many prestigious imprints acquired by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group: M. Evans, The Derrydale Press, Cooper Square Press, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Moonlight Publishing, Madison Books, Architectural Book Publishing Company, Addax Publishing, Diamond Communications, Gulf Publishing, Vestal Publishing, Bridge Works Publishing, and Republic of Texas Press and consists of an award-winning list of books on children’s titles, house and home, entertainment, family issues, gardening, health, history, sports, nature and field guides. While many of Taylor Trade’s titles are of general interest, Taylor books also have a strong regional presence from the Mississippi west to California, and from Texas north to the Canada border.

The deal was sourced and negotiated by Melissa McComas and Tsunami Worldwide Media.Tsunami Worldwide Media represents and positions authors as brands around the world. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group’s Taylor Trade Publishing will release "Life Lessons For Grads; All Ages and Stages" in January 2015.

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Media Contact: Melissa Mc Comas, Agent for Rick Tocquigny 

Tsunami Worldwide Media

Tel: (410) 472-2123

Media Contact: Kalen Landow for Taylor Trade Publishing

Tel: 303-543-7835