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We have another newsletter busting at the digital seams here. Writers in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all points in between have a lot to be proud of this season!

AUTHOR MARKETING

I am hosting a one-night Author Marketing Class in Raleigh on Thursday, January 9. I will cover the latest digital trends and tools in publishing. We’ll also discuss qualities of best-selling authors, the facts about acquiring book reviews, ways to generate appropriate media contact lists, and how to contact the media. Advanced registration is required! Fee includes class, dinner, drink, and dessert.

spring writers conferenceI have been invited by Pennsylvania-based Butterfly Methodz Press to be a speaker about author marketing at their spring writers conference held in Western North Carolina March 30-April 4. Other speakers include: Editor from Writer’s Digest Chuck Sambuchino, special guest speaker Monica Haskell, and Kelley D. H. Sawyer. Registration information is here for the week-long faith-based event, and by clicking the image to the right. I don’t identify with any particular faith and the conference is open to all.

MEMBER NEWS

David Bagwell‘s first book Grandchildren of Liberty, Book 1, Patriots & Tyrants is being published by Freedom Forge Press, a new company based in Virginia. It’s due out sometime after the first of the year.

Glenn Cassidy‘s short story “Summerfields” was a semifinalist in the NC State short story competition for 2013.

lyn hawks booksDon’t miss Lyn Fairchild Hawks‘ new releases! Learn more in her guest posts Bring a Book to Film and Book Trailer Investment.

Noelle Granger had a non-fiction story on lobsters accepted by Coastal Style Magazine and a flash fiction piece accepted by Bella Online Literary Review. She attended the Fall NC Writers Network Conference in Wrightsville and found it fun and very helpful.

Two of Belea Keeney‘s editing projects recently placed as finalists in the Rainbow Book Awards: Tyler Buckspan by Jere Fishback placed #2 for Best LGBT Young Adult and My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner placed #6 for Best LGBT Young Adult and placed #9 for Best Gay Debut novel. Belea has two upcoming events in Raleigh for writers! How to Write and Publish Your Novel or Memoir Like a Rock Star on January 11, and a free critique session on February 15. Refreshments served at both events.

Cat Michaels published Sweet T and the North Wind, an illustrated chapter book for middle graders that is available in paperback.

Brooke McIntyre has founded Inked Voices, a new web application that lets writers participate in private critique groups. Writers will be able to: 1) store and organize their work, 2) form critique groups (all material is private to that group), 3) and exchange feedback with an easy interface and simple process. If you are interested in learning more about it, contact Brooke McIntyre. You can also sign up to receive updates or beta test on the Inked Voices site.

wall of faith book coverJ. Lloyd Morgan‘s book Wall of Faith, was recently released. About the book: While serving a Mormon mission in Mexico, nineteen-year-old James Williams is involved in a terrible accident. The horrendous events that follow lead Williams to question not only his reasons for going on a mission, but also why he believes in God. Wall of Faith is a compelling story of one young man’s search to understand his faith—even when that very faith is put to the test.

ThunderBird Walking: A Grand Canyon Ghost Story by Kenn Prebilic (as K. E. Conlon) was recently published in print and digital form. Check out the author’s new website!

Eryk Pruitt‘s debut novel will be published in the spring. Dirtbags tells the story of Calvin Cantrell, a would-be serial killer who is contracted to murder another man’s ex-wife. Hilarity ensues. Also, his short fiction was published this month in Pulp Modern and in Attack of the B-Movie Monsters. (Since I’m on the judging panel for the contest, I wanted to mention that Eryk so humbly neglected to include he won First Place in the Durham Writers Contest!)

reese ryan booksLove Me Not, the second book in Reese Ryan‘s Bad Boys Gone Good series will be published on December 30th by Carina Press. She is currently working on a third book in the series.

Hugh Willard‘s third book in The Goodwill Vultures Club series came out this month. The Gift of the Vulture is a modern adaptation of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. The series is for middle grade readers and is published through Peak City Publishing.

SERVICES FOR AUTHORS

Denise Gibbon is a publishing consultant and attorney in California and New York, but she also works with North Carolina attorneys to provide contract and copyright services to North Carolina writers and publishers. She runs Above the Dotted Line where writers can sign up to receive a free report about creating and protecting copyright.

EVENTS

June 22-25, the Christian Booksellers Association, will host their International Christian Retailers Show in Atlanta at the World Congress Center. That Sunday they plan to offer seminars for authors.