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Trade Show vs. Conference

This question’s been coming up, so we thought we’d take a moment to discuss what happens at a trade show vs. a typical conference (or festival), because there is a difference in terms of who can attend, etc. Merriam-Webster defines “trade show” as “a large gathering in which different companies in a particular field or […]

Registration Closed for SIBA Trade Show Display

Well, that didn’t take long. If you’ve already registered to have your book(s) displayed on the North Carolina Writers’ Network member table at the 2015 SIBA 40th Anniversary Discovery Trade Show, thank you. Registration is now closed: no more online registrations will be accepted, and snail-mail registrations postmarked after July 21 will be returned. We’re […]

“Watchman” Proves Books Still Matter

Yesterday marked the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, her first novel since the 1960 debut of the much-celebrated To Kill a Mockingbird. Without spoiling anything for anyone who hasn’t been following the build-up on some form of social media, there’s been a flurry of excitement—and controversy—over the book’s release. But from coast […]

The 2015 Summer Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced its 2015 Summer Okra Picks, a “bushel of books that represent the best in Southern lit, fresh off the vine.” The pick of the bushel, of course, is Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (Hub City Press), her first book since the much-celebrated 1960 release of the Pulitzer-Prize […]

The Art to a Healthy Reading Habit

Our friend Patricia Oliver, the Community Engagement Specialist in the Catawba County Library System, recently wrote the following article for the library’s e-newsletter. We liked it so much, we wanted to share it with you. How to Pack More Books into Your Life The Art to a Healthy Reading Habit NEWTON—So many books and so […]

Split This Rock’s Poetry Database

There are occasions when only a poem will do. To that end, Split This Rock has launched The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database: The Quarry is a searchable collection of over 300 poems by a diverse array of contemporary socially engaged poets, published by Split This Rock since 2009. Like all of Split This […]

Thirteen Steps to Landing an Agent

The Book Doctors send out a semi-regular e-newsletter. Earlier this month, David Henry Sterry offered a “baker’s dozen” pointers to finding a literary agent. To subscribe to their e-mail list, which we recommend, click here. Now, without further ado: 1. Research. “There is a fine line between research and stalking.” Read books similar to yours. […]

Beating Writer’s Block? Improving Fluency? There’s an App for That

By Austin Evans Do you ever have the urge to write, but you’re not sure what to write about? Need ideas for inspiration? Or maybe you would simply like a fun challenge during those moments in your day when you would otherwise pass time scrolling through your inbox or social media. For that, there’s Writing […]

Squire Summer Writing Residency Offers “Supportive Community”

They say word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool. So we’re not going to list the reasons you should attend NCWN’s 2015 Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 23-26 at East Carolina University in Greenville. We won’t go on and on about our awesome faculty (Jan DeBlieu, Amber Flora Thomas, Luke Whisnant) or how […]

The Insatiable Sea

Sven Birkerts is the editor of AGNI. He recently wrote an article for the AGNI Newsletter (subscribe here): “Five Things the Submitting Writer Should Know.” Birkerts invokes the phrase “the insatiable sea” to describe the slush pile at AGNI because: “…while the submitter thinks of herself as a lone writer writing (at least this submitter […]