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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Presenting new Sam Blackman mystery A SPECTER OF JUSTICESee More
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
Sep 21
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The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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Ann Miller Woodford replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains
"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day.   … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
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Carol Anders posted an event

FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain at All Souls Cathedral Parrish Hall / Biltmore Village

October 4, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
It is a "sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased, St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful."-NY Times. Sigmund Freud invites C. S. Lewis to his home in London  ...they clash about sex, love, the existence of God and the meaning of life - just weeks before Freud took his own life. This play reveals the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men.  Afterwards a time to "talk back" with The Very Rev. Todd Donatelli and Dr. Mary…See More
Sep 8


Promoting Writers

We are in the glad business of promoting books and writers, and can benefit from sharing ways to do that--for the field is open to doing a lot more, so that literature gains prominence.

Members: 39
Latest Activity: Jan 12

Discussion Forum

Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

Started by Samantha Ann Biggers Jun 19, 2012.

Author/Bookstore Relations 7 Replies

Started by Spellbound. Last reply by Kathryn Magendie Apr 22, 2009.

Ideas: Getting The Word Out! 2 Replies

Started by Dot Jackson. Last reply by Suzan Tanner McCoury Apr 14, 2009.

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Comment by Rodney Page on January 12, 2015 at 8:13am

Happy to join the group...Relatively new to North Carolina. Have published a thriller, Powers Not Delegated, and my second book, The Xerces Factor launches in April 2015. see more at my website:

Comment by Judith Toy on September 21, 2012 at 4:24pm

People seem to buy your book because they like you, and what you stand for. My book is making its way in the world in some of the most wonderful and unexpected ways, but I am not pushing the river -- just letting it all flow, (while of course maximizing our exposure on the social networks!)

Comment by Mary A. Berger on April 27, 2012 at 8:07pm

For Judith Toy - I agree with you 100% about believing in your project. It also helps to have an encouraging husband, family and an editor (who knows a lot of people). Now I'm working on reaching potential buyers/distributors. It will happen.

Comment by Judith Toy on March 6, 2012 at 10:20am

My husband and I are having so much fun marketing my book. There's a plethora of material online. Hard not to become overwhelmed, but we pick and choose the ideas that suit our project -- and those we can afford. This is a compelling new world. We did a publishing and PR business in the 80's and early 90's, so the marketing techniques are both familiar and unfamiliar (since the information explosion). What has not changed: believing in your project and projecting that belief, bringing it alive for potential buyers/distributors. Patience and persistence are virtues here, too.

Comment by Danny Bernstein on December 31, 2011 at 6:54am

Writing is only part of the book business. Marketing is the other 90%. Yes, it's time consuming but you want to get your book in the hands of readers.

I gave a workshop at the NC Writers Network on "Finding your Community". Another way to put it is "Creating your platform." This website is also a good way of doing this.

Danny Bernstein

Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. on December 30, 2011 at 11:01pm

Twice Bitten is almost done. 71,000 words and powering toward the finish line. I think you're going to love the third Matt Davis Mystery. Check out the special offer on my website.

Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. on October 21, 2011 at 6:03pm

Donald Marotta,


Are you saying that you do audio recordings?  I am interested in making audio versions of my murder mysteries.  I'd appreciate any help you can give me.

Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 21, 2011 at 2:37pm

I am sorry to have missed the Burnsville based festival workshops. I wanted to go to make some new friends. I have a list of names to try to contact in nearby counties and will proceed this way.  


In the meanwhile, is there anyone interested in audio recordings for any purpose(s)? I can name about 10 good ones and bought a quality mike with Audacity software in place. Anyone one into this?

Comment by Christine Hale on October 11, 2011 at 1:48pm
Asheville-area writers, want to write a new book by spring? See: Kevin McIlvoy's WRITING THE NOVELLA Sessions. Participants will draft a novella between Oct. 2011 and Feb. 2012. The intensive instruction sessions (10 AM to 3 PM) will be Oct. 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 10. For more info:
Comment by Rob Neufeld on December 26, 2009 at 2:26pm
We have a member looking for an editor. What do you all think of that and of the usefulness of sharing expertise? See forum.

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