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olli at dukeI only make it out to Asheville quarterly, so I don’t have the ability to spend as much time offering as many events for Asheville Writers as I do for Triangle Writers. However, I am hoping to visit Western North Carolina more often in 2015. My first event of the year for Asheville Writers is in February. In response to members’ requests, I scheduled this event for a night during the week, which seemed to be a convenient time for the majority. I just finished teaching a 10-week course on Book Marketing at Duke University’s Continuing Education program OLLI, so I am bringing a condensed ‘best of’ one-night version to Asheville! Here is some feedback from last semester’s Book Marketing students, and event details:

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Book Marketing 2.0
Wednesday, February 4th
Mojo Coworking, 60 North Market Street, C200 – Lookout Room
Whether you traditionally publish or self-publish, you are responsible for marketing your book. Book signings at brick-and-mortar stores are traditional marketing tools for authors, but readers today consume books digitally too. In addition to writing and editing their manuscripts, authors are generally responsible for growing and maintaining their social media presence. Where are their readers on these platforms? In this session we will review social media demographics and the unique ways authors can connect on each platform. We will also review new online tools available to authors that help reach their readership and retain greater profits from book sales.

writing news


Peter Blau, a new resident of the Asheville area is serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of a technical journal called Wear, a publication that focuses on the wear behavior of materials, coatings, and lubricants. In late November, he joined 94 other journal editors at an Elsevier Publishing Company sponsored workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Elsevier is headquartered in the Netherlands and publishes more than 3000 specialized technical journals. Blau, a materials research engineer, is recently retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and enjoys both technical and recreational writing. He’s also published a techno-thriller Solar Wind and a G-rated book on limericks.

Sunny Cook, an Asheville corporate and freelance writer, has had three articles published in WNC Woman magazine recently. One article is about a local nonprofit crisis intervention and prevention agency that serves victims of sexual violence, another is about an artist with a noble business vision, and the third is about a Southern transgender woman who underwent her sex reassignment surgery 38 years ago. Sunny welcomes networking and connecting with other writers on LinkedIn.

Stanley Dankoski recently attended the Write Wild Song and Story Retreat in Tennessee, led by author and book shaman Suzanne Kingsbury and singer-songwriter-author Marshall Chapman.

Nicki Glasser, who is at work on a memoir, was recently hired as a freelance writer for the Mountain Express weekly newspaper.

Oak Tree Press has announced that John Gordon’s novel, Katelyn’s Killer, will be published in April 2015. The story takes place in Annapolis, Maryland, where John and his wife lived before moving to Asheville in 2011. If you enjoy a good whodunnit, you’ll love this traditional mystery that explores family secrets, PTSD, and Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy. More details (and the first chapter) are at John’s website.

Hendersonville author Rodney Page recently announced the signing of a publishing contract for his third book, The Xerces Factor. The book is scheduled for release in April 2015.

Missed the last newsletter? Here is Asheville Writers’ Fall 2014 News.

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