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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
May 13
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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Gary Thomas Johnson shared Kalen Vaughan Johnson's event on Facebook
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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
May 6
Rob Neufeld posted a blog post

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
May 5
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

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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Short-short Stories & Riddles shared their blog post on Facebook
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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
May 2
Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

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
Dr. Lin Stepp posted an event

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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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
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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 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.
Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 22, 2009 at 7:41am
I cannot see where promoting by hopping from bookstore to bookstore by land is helpful because of the physical exhaustion. I write from the perspective of an old guy not keen on traveling, and knowing more productive means--which require an author's pinpointed ongoing work. Beans to constant chained labor in the process, however.
Don Marotta
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Comment by Gary Carden on July 21, 2009 at 7:51am
I value the purely social aspect of sites like this. For almost three months, I posted on the folklore site with a dozen other people, and we completely "forgot" about p.r. in the excitement of sharing stories, folklore and gossip. The ones who were merely looking for an opportunity to promote themselves quickly lost interest and dropped out while the rest of us went on a marathon dialogue. It eventually ran its course, but it was delightful while it lasted.
Comment by Christine Hale on June 28, 2009 at 9:48pm
I know what you mean about the ubiquity of some people's posts. They seem to be determined to never let a day pass without calling attention to themselves. On the other hand, as you point out, Facebook has reconnected me with people I'd lost and (in some case) and am glad to find! And it spread word widely and quickly, and we writers DO seem to be in charge of "making it happen" ("it" being connecting to readers/viewers) ourselves.
So maybe the relevant question--O, readers of this post--is what, in your view, constitutes acceptable or effective self-promotion? What content, what frequency, what media/vehicle?
Interested in your thoughts....
Comment by Gary Carden on June 28, 2009 at 8:23pm
Although it has occurred to me to do that, I have been hesitant. Maybe it time, I can make an effort, but at the present time, I have been content to promote my blog. I love it and it pleases me in a childish way when people actually come and read it. Maybe that is the next step. I just discovered that it is possible to post YouTube videos on blogs this past week, which immediately suggests that I can post videos about my work. (plays and storytelling) Now I have to learn the technical process involved in making that happen. I have been connecting with people on Facebook that I had lost touch with over the years, and I intend to invite them all to my blog. I have noticed that some blogs (and Facebook posts) are unashamedly self-promoting. One extremely irritating fellow with a self-published novel has overdone it. He is on Twitter, too! I'm looking for ways to block him. I'm not very sophisticated about the internet, but there has to be a way to stop or control writers like this guy.
Comment by Christine Hale on June 28, 2009 at 7:16pm
How many of you are on Facebook? What use do you make of it (or other social networks like LinkedIn) in promoting your writing or yourself as writer?

Looking for your thoughts...

Chris
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 4, 2009 at 9:14am
Thanks Gary. I'm getting all these thoughts to our Chair and Program Chair. We want to keep growing and to keep improving. We know the literary world encompasses much!
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 9:43pm
Let me say again, that this Book Fair did it right. I think every major variation was there and it was presented effectively. There was theater on the opening night!
The presenters covered an impressive array of "literary forms" - certainly more than I see anywhere else in the format of "cultural organizations." I think we have the basic template. All we have to do is add to, or augment it. It just occurred to me that next year, I would like to see "Southern Gothic" or Appalachian Gothic" as a workshop topic. I would also like to see some attention paid to local writers who focus on regional history and folklore.
Comment by Ben F. Eller on June 3, 2009 at 6:22pm
The top 75, 50, 25 whatever in WNC is a GREAT idea. AND should include all pieces of the literary arts . . . prose, storytelling, poetry etc.

I'm eager to hear more on how best this could be done

Ben F. Eller
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 5:14pm
Sounds like "Eben Flood" by E. A. Robinson, caught on a moonlit road with a jug and two moons in the sky.
 

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