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Christine Lajewski posted a blog post

Tribute to Ashley

One of my closest friends, Rachelle, lost her daughter to a canoeing accident on a frigid November night in 2005.  I wrote a poem as a tribute to Ashley, which was later published in Deep Waters, the Tall Grass Writers' Guild 2012 anthology.  As we approach the 9th anniversary of the loss of this lovely young woman, I have posted the poem in my blog at Christine-lajewski.squarespace.com I think any "likes" would be appreciated by Rachelle.  Thank you for reading it.See More
Nov 22
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West End Poetry and Prose reading series: November edition at West End Bakery

November 22, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Join us for the 3rd in the West End reading series. This month we have 5 wonderful local authors. This is a marvelous Free family-friendly evening of prose, poetry, and storytelling featuring some of your favorite local Asheville writers. November's lineup includes:Allan Wolf Katey Schultz Matthew Olzmann Melissa Crowe Alli Marshallhosted by Lockie HunterSee More
Nov 20
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Ellison's new look at Kephart in Our Southern Highlanders, 3d edition

Ellison retells Kephart and broadens a legacyby Rob Neufeld             One of the most influential people in our region’s history—Horace Kephart, the controversial and fascinating genius of the Great Smokies—has warranted a new consideration by George Ellison, a long-time scholar of Kephart’s life and…See More
Nov 18
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December ROYAL Book Club: Sabriel at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

December 7, 2014 from 4pm to 5pm
ROYAL is Spellbound’s monthly book club for adult Readers of Young Adult Literature. We meet the first Sunday of each month at 4:00PM. Anyone over 18 is welcome, no RSVP necessary. Book club selections are always 20% off until the day of the meeting.See More
Nov 15
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Tangible Evidence of Jesus at City Lights Bookstore

December 7, 2014 from 2pm to 3pm
Sylva author, Mary Joyce will present her book Tangible Evidence of Jesus on Sunday, December 7th at 2 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Tangible Evidence of Jesus was written after the Joyce plodded through much archaeological evidence and academic research. It is intended to be a bridge between scholarly researchers and most of the rest of us. It also was written for those who would like proof of Jesus beyond what is written in Christian Bibles. The writing style deliberately is condensed and to…See More
Nov 15
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The Charm of a Simple Country Farm at City Lights Bookstore

November 15, 2014 from 3pm to 4:30pm
On Saturday, November 15th at 3 p.m. Renea Winchester will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her new book, Farming Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Decades before the Farm-to-Table and Sustainable Living movement, Billy Albertson started tending a little strip of land just off Hardscrabble Road in what was then rural Roswell, Georgia. The second book in the Farmer Billy series, Farming transports readers to a simpler time, when roadside vegetable stands were common, friends gathered…See More
Nov 13
Renea Winchester posted an event

Author Reading/Book Signing at Great Expectations at Great Expectations Books

November 14, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
Award-winning author, Renea Winchester will read from her latest book titled: Farming, Friends & Friend Bologna Sandwiches (Mercer University Press, October, 2014). The author will also give away seeds courtesy of Botanical Interests Seed CompanySee More
Nov 13
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David LaMotte reads from his new book at Monte Vista Hotel

November 20, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
The Black Mountain Authors Guild presents David LaMotte, a true Black Mountain treasure, signing and reading from his new book, Worldchanging 101, at six o’clock this Thursday, at The Monte Vista Hotel. LaMotte has been a fixture on the local music scene since the early nineties, performing over 2500 concerts nationally and internationally. He has released eleven albums, won international songwriting awards, and earned accolades from the Boston Globe, Washington Times, Soundcheck Magazine…See More
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Bill Ramsey posted an event

7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest at Blue Ridge Community College

April 24, 2015 at 1pm to April 25, 2015 at 3pm
Authors interested in being considered for the April 24, 25 2015 event at BRCC should visit www.blueridgebookfest.org soon. Click on the author tab on the home page. Complete the application and submit it by e-mail shown there. While there please sign up for our emailed newsletter.This year we will offer free workshops on Friday afternoon for authors and writer panels ( first time) on Saturday. See More
Oct 30

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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: 38
Latest Activity: Jan 14

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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 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

www.hikertohiker.com

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.
http://www.joeperronejr.com/JoePerroneJr/Twice_Bitten.html

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: www.mcthebookmechanic.com
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.
Comment by Gary Carden on October 22, 2009 at 8:53am
Donald, I totally agree.
I'm finding more and more that the energy needed to promote your work through bookstores is more than I can handle. However, those two guys up near Burnsville ( "Planting by the Moon" "The Sound of Thunder')make it seem effortless. I guess it is because there are two of them and they help each other. They have established a circuit, too. Bookstore owners know them and readily promote their readings. I find that what is a wonderful advantage is having an audience. I just got back from Tryon and it was unlike my usual experience in that there was a large audience already seated and waiting. I guess that was largely due to the remarkable job that the library (not the bookstore) did in promoting my appearance. I also think that there audiences out there that are better than the average bookstore. I love libraries and I also do well at organizations such as genealogy societies, elderhostels.
 

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