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Here I am with Staci Bell before she moderated the publishing and marketing panel I spoke on at the NCWN-West Conference last month.

I was in Sylva last month for the North Carolina Writers Network-West conference at the Jackson County Library. It was good to meet a few Asheville Writers members there! This summer I’ll be in Western North Carolina again for my third annual visit to Glenda Beall’s writer studio – more on that below.

Project Freelance Campaign


As many of you know, I’ve been busy planning, launching and promoting Project Freelance 2017. I have less than 10 days left to meet my goal. The focus of Project Freelance is to provide free writing seminars in schools and to the public for one year. EVERY contribution has an impact. EVERY contributor receives audio recordings of ALL seminars. Seminar topics include: 3 Queries That Worked, Business of Being a Writer, Future of An Article (How to Re-print, Syndicate, Adapt to Book & More), Liabilities of Journalists, Query Letter Mistakes to Avoid, Writing Income Beyond Journalism, Contract Terms to Avoid, How to Find Editor Contact Information, Trade Magazines v. Consumer Magazines, Writing the Query Hook, What to Do With a Rejected Query, and 3 More Magazine Queries That Worked. I will hold as many events as the campaign allows. As of this writing, the campaign will cover 5 months of free seminars for communities and schools – help make it a full year!



Saturday, August 5th is Email Marketing for Authors in Hayesville, NC. Authors keep in touch with their audience by sending newsletters, book tour updates, and special event info. Email marketing has grown more reliable as social media reach becomes unpredictable. When you have an audience who volunteers to hear from you, you need to nurture it. How can you increase open rates with crafty subject lines, prevent unsubscribes, and boost engagement? We’ll review these topics, plus user-friendly email marketing services.


Karen Ackerson, Executive Director of The Writers’ Workshop, reminds members that the following classes are sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop and each class meets on Saturdays, 10-4 pm, at 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville. Registration is in advance only: June 24: Exploring Your Options with Richard Krawiec, July 15: Poetry and Tension with Eric Nelson, August 19: Writing Historical Fiction with Anne Barnhill. Ackerson also shares that THE RENBOURNE EDITORIAL AGENCY provides the highest professional assistance with revising and editing your work – fiction, creative non-fiction, memoirs, and more. Their editors use a fine tooth comb to combine line-editing, proofing and content editing all in one!

writer John Gordon

John Gordon

Asheville author John Gordon’s first Penny Summers mystery published in May and is available on Amazon and can be ordered from your local independent bookstore, Malaprops! Katelyn’s Killer is a traditional mystery with a non-traditional resolution. Set in Annapolis, Maryland, amateur sleuth Penny Summers, 30-something ex-Navy public affairs officer, begins her first paying job as a gardener and finds her newest friend dead in a stagnant garden pond.

Katelyn's Killer novel

John Gordon’s new book.

magazine queries bookTara Lynne Groth (me!) published Magazine Queries That Worked: Build Income and Authority With Freelance Journalism. It’s a collection of all her successful query letters, the stories behind each article, how much she was paid, when she was paid, and how her workflow as a journalist changed as a result of each article.

Chris Highland will speak on his books at the UU congregation in Black Mountain (July 23), Highland Books in Brevard (August 26) and Grandfather Mountain (September 25). He will teach a class at the Reuter Center on John Burroughs this fall.

rodney page book

Rodney Page’s new book.

Rodney Page’s The Indomitable Ms. Smythe launched in June. A multi-millionaire after selling her video game company, Cinni Smythe soon becomes bored. Initially on a lark, she runs for Congress and wins. Fiercely independent, irreverent and intolerant of government waste, fraud and incompetence, Cinni alienates the leaders of both parties but proves adept at Beltway politics. She makes enemies, enemies who want to destroy her…some want her dead. Find Rodney on Facebook and Twitter @jrodneypage.

Steve Wechselblatt’s book of short fiction, Diamonds and Moths, was published this month by Black Bomb Books, a local micropress.


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