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Title: How to Outsmart Your Cat
Author: Bill Helmer
Category: Nonfiction
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Pages: 114
Binding: paperback
ISBN: 978-1-949790-74-0
Suggested Retail Price: $20.00

Claremont, CA – August 16, 2022 – Pelekinesis is pleased to announce the upcoming release of How to Outsmart Your Cat, new nonfiction from Bill Helmer, available November 15, 2022 worldwide.

Legions of American cat owners will welcome this manual, the first ever to speak out frankly on a difficult subject that one’s sense of embarrassment usually consigns to some small dark closet of the mind where one’s mistakes are concealed.
In this case, the mistake is having fallen in love with a kitten for its cuteness, playfulness, and affection that seem to promise years of pleasure and amusement. Only a reluctance to admit that one was wrong, that one was taken in by a wily lower animal, deters many people from eventually admitting the truth and giving the creature to the first urchin who happens by, counting on him to lie to his parents and say, “The cat followed me home.”
For the cat is an unusually gifted creature who instinctively knows that its owner, like an unhappy spouse, may endure a long and unfulfilling marriage rather than concede that he or she made a lousy choice in the first place.
Correcting this problem and saving the relationship is the purpose of this program, which requires only determination on the part of the cat’s owner.
It will require a bit more on the part of the cat.

How to Outsmart Your Cat by Bill Helmer will be available through Small Press Distribution, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Gardners, directly from the publisher's website, and in fine local bookstores worldwide.

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For more information please contact Mark Givens at 909-293-9270 or

About the author

Bill Helmer is a former Playboy editor, wrote books on gangsters and outlaws of the 20s and 30s, but mainly wants to be remembered as the guy who, in 1969, parlayed his master’s thesis into the first history of the Thompson submachine gun—The Gun That Made the Twenties Roar. He does not approve of firearms developed after WWII, however.
His recent books include John Dillinger: The Untold Story (1994), Baby Face Nelson: Portrait of a Public Enemy (2002), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (2004), The Complete Public Enemy Almanac (2008), and Al Capone: Memoirs of a Mobster’s Wife (2013).
Bill is a member of the Discordian Society, Bavarian Illuminati, and a Founder of The John Dillinger Died for You Society. He is also Amateur Radio operator W5AJR (retired).

About the publisher

Pelekinesis is a small book publishing company focusing on the development of independent authors and artists by creatively embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and utilizing modern distribution platforms. Full catalog and press material can be found at


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