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Lyndsay Eli with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA Novel) at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

January 20, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
Are you a fan of The Hunger Games?  Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun.  That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound Children's Bookshop with Gunslinger Girl.  She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids).  Her shooting skills make her a star of the Theater…See More
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Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville.  Tickets for that event are…See More
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Battery Park through the Years by Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTIONS: 1) Present-day view of Battery Park Apartments from…See More
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Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
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October 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
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Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. ·        Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. ·        Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
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The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
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How To Kill Your Reader

Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there is no topic that can't be dealt…See More
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Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson investigate a 70-year-old death that unleashes a killer.
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Black Mountain College as Backdrop for Mystery

My new book, HIDDEN SCARS, is released Oct 3rd.  D.G. Martin notes the star of the story is Black Mountain College.  http://chapelboro.com/town-square/columns/one-on-one/one-one-lost-college-still-shinesSee More
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Upcoming book--Sacred Sites for Secular Times

Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld              Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences.  They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance.             The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
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Creative Publishing

The publishing world is changing radically; and we'll share ideas and information about creative options.

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Latest Activity: May 21, 2016

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Small Press challenges 1 Reply

Started by Kevin Morgan Watson. Last reply by Kathryn Magendie Jun 26, 2009.

ASHEVILLE: IN VERSE 3 Replies

Started by Allan Wolf. Last reply by Rob Neufeld Mar 12, 2009.

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Comment by Rob Neufeld on October 25, 2010 at 9:25am
I've gotten some recent inquiries about publishing options from established and emerging writers. I'll ask them to joint this group. I also want to continue developing the "Who Publishes WNC Writers" page.
Comment by Dawn McCall on October 25, 2009 at 4:47pm
Hi Kevin,
I had a look at Lightning Source and was very impressed... enough so to submit an application. I use InDesign, so do not require any assistance in my formatting, layout, etc., so I think this might be a good switch for me at this time. It would also enable me to help others with getting their books published and I like that aspect greatly. I am only interested in the history/genealogy genre... perhaps I may become consumed with this new venture I have in mind and wait and see with the newspaper. Not that writing and research fail to use most of my time, but when we were publishing a weekly newspaper I have worked straight through a 50 hour time period just to meet my own deadlines and I really don't want to put myself in that kind of position again.
Thank you very much for the reply... I will be sure to let you know how it works out.
Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 24, 2009 at 6:37pm
What about local gazettes possibly appearing individually online--or in library directories--which may cover the field, but won't have widgets. Calling the Ghost Busters will not help, except if you think it will for momentary relief. Sorry about this last.marottadonald@gmail.com
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on October 24, 2009 at 5:42pm
Dawn,

I'm based out of Winston-Salem, but for Press 53 I use POD printing by Lightning Source, a division of Ingram. They are based in LaVergne, TN, and I have an excellent relationship with them. I think LULU is fine for very small runs and if you need help formatting your book. As for newsprint, I'm totally lost there. Can't help at all.
Comment by Dawn McCall on October 24, 2009 at 3:09pm
Kevin,
I currently use Lulu services and have had excellent results from it, although that could be the result of the marketing that I have personally done... what services are available in the Asheville area for printing, do you happen to know? My son and I used to publish our town newspaper through the Asheville Citizen Times press, but it is now shut down. After it shut down we had to go to a non Gannett owned press in SC because we had only a small circulation (Rosman is less than 500 people). We closed the newspaper out in November of last year, but I hope to start running at least a monthly or bi-weekly again this summer... so I am looking for both a newspaper press and a book press that is local.
Thanks.
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on October 24, 2009 at 2:44pm
Don, If by "uploaded publishing" you mean an ebook, I'm all for it. I don't acquire electronic rights to the books I publish, so the author is free to set up his or her book as an ebook for Kindle or the Sony reader and reap the rewards. I think ebooks can enhance hard copy book sales.
Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 22, 2009 at 7:11am
I am wondering whether uploaded publishing and simultaneous hard copy publishing are possible with the author's owning the copyright. Reply without a publisher's bias if you are considering this. By uploaded publishing, I do not necessarily mean Amazon or related megapublishers, which pay about 20%. Don Marotta
marottadonald@gmail.com
Comment by nancy dillingham on April 18, 2009 at 11:04am
Thanks for your reply/explanation. Would love to come on Wed; I have a class with Steven Samuels (Great Smokies Writing Program) and am scheduled to present a poem. Perhaps we can keep in touch.
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on April 17, 2009 at 10:10pm
Nancy,

You pose a good question that I am asked often. Usually, when I reprint a book it either what I consider a classic out-of-print book, like John Ehle's The Land Breakers, or Guy Owen's Journey for Joedel (coming soon), I also consider books that are currently out of print because the publisher closed its doors before the market potential for the book was met, like Marjorie Hudson's Searching for Virginia Dare. All of these books were out of print.

To take on a book that is still in print or has been self published (and I'm a big fan of self publishing), I would have to read it first and consider if I can bring anything new to the book that the previous publisher or the author did not. In other words, do I see the book having a whole new life which includes renewed sales. Plus, I would need to have a personal conversation with the author, because I would have lots of questions.

I'll be at Malaprop's this Wed, April 22, at 7 p.m. Stop by if you can and introduce yourself.
Comment by nancy dillingham on April 9, 2009 at 8:12pm
Hey Kevin, are you interested in looking at poetry and short story collections that are already in print. I published 4 books of poetry and short stories; I used the local WorldComm for the first three and published the fourth under "Big Ivy Books." I did layout, cover--everything--took it to Biltmore Press and they printed it. Would you have any interest in looking at my books? Wondered--since you say you are interested in poetry and short stories and that is what I write--am working on another collection at this time.
 

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