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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Rosalind Bunn Storytime at City Lights Bookstore

June 24, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters…See More
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Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

I Have a Coin

I Have a Coin I have a coin I deem a treasure.One side bears the sign of extinction,And the other, an instance of nature.But it’s not a coin; it’s a seal,And the meaning of this distinctionIs the unbearable sadness I feelWith experience, or with closure. It seems like a double exposure,But the knowledge of impermanenceBleeds into the ideal likenessOf mortality in its eminence—To yield a vibrant pictureOf a creature’s essential brightnessAs it burns for life without censure. --Rob NeufeldSee More
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

Hidden Scars - Sam Blackman and Black Mountain College

I don't know if this is true for my fellow writers, but proofing can be the most difficult part of the process.  I received the ARC today for October's Sam Blackman Mystery and will begin the last review for typos or formatting errors that have eluded my editor, my copy editor, and myself.  Amazing that there is always something that the brain "fixes" and we don't see.Hope springs eternal that the October release will be typo-free.  The mystery is set against the historic backdrop of Black…See More
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How to make a monument Waynesville style

For a monument in a parking lotHow might an artist portray a Plott?The Forga family owns the only downtown parking lot in Hazelwood and wants a statue of a Plott Hound, the N.C. State Dog, put at its center in honor of the late Robert Forga and his wife, Viola.   The family engaged the Waynesville Public Art Commission to find an artist, and now the decision’s down to three There’s a N.C. Highway Historical Marker about the Plott Hound at Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville.  The dog’s…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at MACA Gift Shop

May 6, 2017 from 9am to 11:30am
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her latest books "A Part of Me" and "A Place That Was Home" on Saturday, May 6, from 9-11:30 at the MACA gift shop in downtown Marion.See More
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Another riddle, since you liked the first so much

Another riddle, since you liked the first so much Mickey MantlePete HillRocky ColavitoDusty BakerCurt FloodMickey RiversCory Snyder List of baseball outfielders with names that have to do with layers of the earth, in order of sports greatness.See other posts at http://thereadonwnc.ning.com/profile/ShortshortStoriesRiddlesSee More
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A riddle

Tying shoelaces,Lifting a mug by its handle,Lifting something that requires all fingers,Pressing down hard while writing,Shaking hands:Things hindered by a bruised forefinger. I would have had more things to record, but unfortunately my finger healed too quickly.See other posts at http://thereadonwnc.ning.com/profile/ShortshortStoriesRiddlesSee More
Apr 30
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Dr. Lin Stepp at Barnes & Noble, Asheville Mall at Tunnel Road

May 13, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
Lin Stepp will sign her latest Smoky Mtn novel DADDY'S GIRL set in NCSee 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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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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