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"The introduction of my new publication, Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock will be launched on Sept 14 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Henderson County Court House 500 Main Street. A talk and a brief slide show follows with refreshments afterward. …"
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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See 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
Latest Activity: Jan 12, 2015

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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 March 24, 2009 at 1:05pm
Dot, maybe this is a good place to talk about what is "good writing" as opposed to what is being enthusiastically promoted in some quarters. Obviously, effective promotion can promote a work - even a dud - to the best seller list and a well-written, heartfelt work can languish in obscurity. I suspect that you feel deeply about this. Do you feel an obligation to "rescue" deserving works? How do we do that?
Comment by Dot Jackson on March 21, 2009 at 7:11pm
Glad to be with you all. Other people's books have long been my principal occupation. Much appreciation for other people who write, preferably write well -- the hardest work there is. (The scariest words on earth are "I just LOVE to write!" Makes me want to run like a turkey.) Anyway -- thanks for letting me in, and for the company of some of the best writers I know.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 8:44pm
Rob,
I'll see what I can find out about the individual that indicated that the stage would only be available for $400. I know that the English teacher is not the most aggressive fellow I ever met. He folds easily. That is why he still has a job. I'll just keep being an intrusive fellow and see what happens. I'll get the CD in the mail in the morning.

Just saw a heartbreaking Irish film entitled "Garage." Now, I'm gonna fire up my soapstone stove and read "The Missing."
Gary
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2009 at 6:20pm
Wow! In the tradition of Paul Green, Thomas Wolfe, and John Ehle. How can anyone resist it? So, can you tell me what school is it; and who at SCC said no fee, no stage? I would think the price might come down--perhaps with some prestige involved. So I might be able to help align some additional prestige.

Gary, I am so high on you, I can't tell you. So let me know if I can help sweeten the package; and with that seeking, some money might be found.

My address is: 11 Ellenwood Dr., Asheville NC 28804.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 6:08pm
I thought I sent you a copy of "Prince of Dark Corners." Okay, give me a mailing address and I will get one in the mail.
Also, I notice that you have Ed Southern on board. I have a project that I have been talking to Ed Southern about...student-written one-act plays. Their English teacher, Mr. Norris has me (playwright) and Terry Neinhaus (actor) on board to stoke the fire. However, the school has no stage and I think these students should have the pleasure of mounting their own productions. The nearest stage (SCC) refuses to let me use their stage without a rental fee of $400. I could probably find them another stage (WCU) or PAC in Swain, BUT
the school refuses to use a bus to transport the students to the site. They are pleading lack of funds. I'm looking for someone to step in and provide the modest fee that would make this possible. Got any ideas? I'm curious to see what Ed Southern says (he is out of the office) and the local arts council told me cautiously a few minutes ago that they might "be interested in helping with the project." Whaduya think?
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2009 at 5:14pm
Gary, I'm going to create the Book Discussers Group and put a feature box up. I'll send you some text for a promotional box to go with your review. You might also mention in the body of your review the fact that The Missing is the lead-off title for online group discussion on The Read..

My next history article is on Lewis Redmond, using and referring to you and the Durwood Dunn collection. Oops, I guess I still don't have the DVD. I should give Neal a whistle.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 3:36pm
Okay,
I'll read T he Missing and review it in two weeks. I've got to go to South Carolina for the "Prince of Dark Corners" Festival the weekend of the 29th. What do I need to get into the Smoky Mountain News in addition to the review?
Gary
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 12:51pm
Okay,
Let me think about this. I'm on my way to the Smoky Mountain High School to talk about dram to a class of young playwrights.
Gary
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2009 at 12:12pm
Gary, let me think out loud a little bit.

Let's do "The Missing." I've got a copy of that on my likely next read shelf. I've read three other Gautreaux books, and have interviewed him, so I've got a head of steam, and a discussion group could be the trigger for a review.

Now, how much advance notice do we give when we publicize, and how do we publicize? (I hate it that when I ask myself questions and answer them in the next breath, I sound like Donald Rumsfeld--except his answers were always very short, and rapid fire, so maybe it's a different rhetorical device.)

Let's say we announce four books at once. I won't be in every discussion, but that's appropriate--people may generate their own. Let's say I get the announcement in the Mar. 29 or Apr. 5 AC-T; can you do something similar with SMN? I'd like one of the books to be "Love Child" by Allegra Huston, who's coming to town for The Writer's Salon, featured on this site. Another book could be a local author. And a fourth?

I'll create a group called Book Discussers, then have separate discussions within the group for the different books. That's a start. I pass the talking token to you. /Rob
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 11:34am
Yes, Rob, I read 2666 and I am bewildered, confused and eager to discuss this book with somebody. When I checked Google, it had almost 200 reviews and the critics are all assuring me that this is one of the most "significant" books of this century. Maybe so, but I want to hear what someone else (an average reader) thinks. It is getting comparisons with Borges, Joyce and Faulkner. Good Heavens!
 

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