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Introducing Our Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part 4

Maybe attendees at our Fall Conference show up for the classes, but we feel they stay—and keep coming back for—the camaraderie. That’s where our exhibit hall comes in: a chance for conferencegoers to chat with literary professionals in a relaxed and casual setting.

We’ve been introducing our Fall Conference exhibitors over the past two weeks. If you missed earlier posts, here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Wrapping up, without further ado, alphabetically last but CERTAINLY not least:

Press 53 was founded in 2005 by Kevin Morgan Watson and quickly began earning a reputation as a quality publishing house of short fiction and poetry collections. Located in Winston-Salem, they publish up to five short fiction collections each year, including the winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. They publish up to eight poetry collections each year, including one collection by the winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry. In July, 2010, Press 53 launched Prime Number Magazine, a free online quarterly publication of distinctive poetry and prose. Their authors include former NC poets laureate Joseph Bathanti, Cathy Smith Bowers, and Kathryn Stripling Byer and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson; poets Gabrielle Brant Freeman and Maura Way; and fiction writers Quinn Dalton and Marjorie Hudson. Their Press 53 Classic Editions include reissues of beloved Tar Heel authors such as Doris Betts, John Ehle, and Guy Owen.

Prospective Press is an avid independent publisher, connecting readers to great stories by great authors. They produce books in the traditional way, a commitment to quality and a keen interest for compelling content. However, they also keep an eye to the future, watching for ways to make the reading experiences even more enjoyable and satisfying. From the Piedmont region of North Carolina, they bring a world of quality genre fiction and select nonfiction. Their nonfiction imprint connects readers with a nascent collection of enjoyable and informative books on select topics involving the body, mind, and spirit. Fiction includes High Fantasy and Urban Fantasy; Young Adult and Mythological; Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction; Paranormal and PNR; Women’s Fiction; and more. Recently, they published Draigon Weather by Paige L. Christie, who initially approached them after a Slush Pile Live! event at an NCWN Spring Conference. So, see? Networking does sometimes work! For a list of their authors, click here.

Al Manning is the regional rep for Chatham and Lee Counties and faciliates the Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out, which meets the second Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm at Greek Kouzina, 964 East St., in Pittsboro. Al is also a Trustee of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the sponsor of the Open Mic readings at the NCWN 2017 Fall Conference. This table will also display informational material for our many regional events throughout the state of North Carolina (and parts of Georgia), so be sure to stop by to see what’s happening in an county near you!

Wisdom House Books © Nicole Stockburger

Wisdom House Books is a publishing hybrid boutique, offering all the advantages of alternative publishing while still maintaining a standard of the highest quality production and design. They make publishing one’s manuscript easy and affordable. Their mission is to produce quality books that make a positive difference in the world. Whether a writer has an inspiring personal story, a spiritual message, a key to better health and well-being, or a new method for financial success, they will personally and professionally guide a book through the publishing process with care and integrity. They provide all the services of a major publisher, but the author retains 100 percent of the royalties and 100 percent of the selling profits. There are no “Publishing Packages” or “Levels” here. They simply offer a list of services to select based on what works best for an author’s goals and budget. For a list of Wisdom House Books authors, click here.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Fall Conference ends October 27. Click here to register.