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Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at Montreat College, Gaither Fellowship Hall

June 10, 2017 from 12pm to 2:30pm
Author Vicki Lane, who is working on her seventh novel, will be the guest speaker at the Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Gaither Fellowship Hall.  Reservations: 669-8012 Ext. 3502Open to the Public.See More
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Rose Senehi will read from her new novel: CAROLINA BELLE at MALAPROPS BOOKS & CAFE

May 3, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Belle McKenzie is obsessed with finding the best apple anyone ever bit into and determined to rekindle the love this obsession has nearly destroyed.        Woven throughout Carolina Belle is the fascinating history of Henderson County, North Carolina’s, apple orchards that endlessly unfold on the county’s horizons and still bear the same names as the early settlers to the area. Senehi, known for her historically accurate novels, sprinkles the book with stories of the development of the Southern…See More
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Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Chautauqua Alive! Becky Stone Presents Maya AngelouWednesday, May 24 at 6:30pmPack Memorial Library67 Haywood Street250-4700The Buncombe Chautauqua Committee and Pack Memorial Library will present a pre-Chautauqua special event in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library at 6:30 Pm on May 24.  Renowned storyteller Becky Stone will present “Becoming Maya Angelou.”   Ms. Stone will be appearing as Maya Angelou in the opening program of the annual Chautauqua series that begins June 19.  On May 24,…See More
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Prize-winning YA author Sedgwick at Literacy fundraiser

Fundraiser for Literacy Council & Book Launch Marcus Sedgwick Tuesday April 25th 5:30-7:30 p.m., Twisted Laurel, downtown Asheville, 130 College Street COST: $45 per person (ticket includes hardcover book, food, and non-alcoholic beverage) All proceeds go to Literacy Council from press release Marcus Sedgwick, author of Saint Death Spellbound Children's Bookshop, Asheville's locally owned independent bookstore for kids and teens, presents a special event with one of the most critically…See More
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Dellinger Mill--sacred place east of Bakersville

A Mitchell County gristmill sifts through 150 yearsby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Book cover, “Dellinger Grist Mill on Cane Creek” by Jack Dellinger.             In 1861, when Bakersville got a post office, locals changed the town name from Bakersville to Davis, after Jefferson Davis, President of the…See More
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Reading by Poet Al Young at Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

April 6, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by past California Poet Laureate Al Young in Appalachian State's Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The reading will be preceded by a craft talk titled "No Poem, No Home" from 2-3:15 the same day.Both are in ASU's Plemmons Student Union. Free admission; books will be available for sale and signing. See More
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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

April 8, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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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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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 April 9, 2009 at 9:39am
There's a noteworthy small press program program coming up at Malaprop's, and Kevin is one of the speakers! This would be a good place to learn more, have a good discussion, and build our network, I think. See program info. Spread the word--you can invite people to this group, too. /Rob
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 12, 2009 at 7:31pm
I'm not familiar with Blurb, and I've seen a few Lulu books. I know Lulu is more expensive per book than traditional publishing, but if you only want enough for family and friends, then it's a good option. For your purposes, Jenny, I don't think you want to go there. You could, realistically have a full-color, hardcover book printed for less than $6 each, provided you deliver all the files print-ready and order a couple thousand. You could then sell these books for $30-40 each, so your break-even point is lower. Lulu would probably cost close to $20-30 each (just guessing). I use Lightning Source, the POD division on Ingram, and their color books are way up there in price. So if you want to sell a few and make a little, Lulu is a good option. If you want to sell a lot of books, tradition printing is your best bet.
Comment by Jenny Bowen on March 12, 2009 at 7:24am
Rob & Kevin, good advice, thanks.

Has anyone here ever worked with print on demand books like Blurb or LuLu? I've not had any experience with them and I was wondering about the value and ease of using services such as those.
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 11, 2009 at 11:19pm
Rob, y interest is mainly poetry and short story collections, reprinting classic out-of-print books, an occasional novel and memoir.

Jenny, have to considered a blog where you can post an occasional photo and talk about it and your project? If not, I would consider it. I think it's a great way to share what you are doing and build interest. We have a local blog that started out as one woman just noting things of interest around the city. Her blog now gets 11,000 hits a day! Numbers even half that good will make publishers interested in your book. Plus, it's a great way test your market. Someone may approach you about financing the project. You never know.
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 11, 2009 at 10:18pm
By subscription, Allan, do you mean advance sales? I wonder if we can present various books/projects on the website, advertise heavily (e.g., in print newspaper), see the extent of advance interest; then use that as a prompt to get some funding/support.

Otherwise, we're talking about print on demand. Will that work--and will that work with high quality photography books?

Kevin, what are you interested in as a publisher? And what's your big wish at present as far as improving business and readership is concerned?
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 11, 2009 at 9:51pm
One option is to get the community behind it, excited about, and ready to buy it. Here is an article that gives one example: http://bcm.bc.edu/issues/summer_2001/works.html. To expand on the story, Tom is one of our authors, but he knew finding a publisher for such a project would be difficult, so he did it with some friends. They borrowed the money to print the books and paid it back, plus interest, in three months.
Comment by Allan Wolf on March 11, 2009 at 9:18pm
Ya'll may have already covered this, but would Asheville Arts Alliance be of any use? Or here is a very CREATIVE idea: what about a subscription funding like they used to do in the old days? That may be nuts but this forum is meant for that, right?
Comment by Jenny Bowen on March 10, 2009 at 1:01pm
Kevin -

Looking at Carl's work is impressive, but our styles are totally different. His work is good stock landscape photography, which I could see being difficult to getting a book publisher behind.

Mine style is photo documentary through interesting portraiture, and there is a timeliness in getting out to the public. No local publishers that I know will take on the costs of printing 360 color images, even if there are 4 to a page making it a 45-50 page book.

I've spoken with the photographer Rob Amberg who did not give me much hope when working on publishing anything. He spoke in ten of thousands of dollars in self start-up costs and years of editing and layout - and this was with a publisher backing him.

I can't imagine trying to self-publish in any manner other than print-on-demand books such as Blurb.com or LuLu.com (I hear the latter has better print quality) but you can expect to make little to no profit by publishing books in that venue.

Not that profit is necessary - but I have got to stop giving my talents & trades away for free or little gain. It often seems like I am barely squeaking through on my means in this world, and there is nothing more frustrating than to know you have something everyone wants but also something that few are willing to pay for.
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 10, 2009 at 12:55pm
Jenny, your project is especially book ready, I think, because people like looking at faces that tell stories. But there's not a national market, unless your Annie Liebowitz or Richard Avedon.

Let's get more people in this group. The folks at Captain's Bookshelf should be involved; and the Archives and History people (NC Dept of Cultural Resources), who published Bruce Roberts' photo book.

From the photographer's point of view, what are the specs for good photo repro?

And are there any thinking-out-of-the-box formats? Serial publication? Tipped plates for mounting? Book-and-postcard combos. I'm just brainstorming. I'm not saying every idea is good.

/Rob
Comment by Kevin Morgan Watson on March 10, 2009 at 12:42pm
Finding a publisher willing to take on that kind of expense could be tough. I was on a panel recently in Winston-Salem with Carl Galie, who self-published his second book of photography (http://www.carlgaliephotography.com/175%20Paces.html). He had to do all the layout and photo prep, but he had complete control and kept the price down. That might be your best bet. We don't publish color photography at Press 53, but I've heard several success stories from photographers who have done it themselves.
 

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