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How to Merge Your Amazon and KDP Accounts

If you’ve published a book through Amazon’s CreateSpace and / or Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), then you no doubt noticed last fall when Amazon announced they were merging the two publishing arms.

Prior to this merger, an author worked through CreateSpace to publish hardcopies of their books and through KDP to offer electronic versions. This meant keeping track of two separate dashboards (two separate websites, actually); multiple file uploads and design specs; and kind of an all-around headache for each individual title.

While the merger makes it more convenient for authors to publish new work and manage the work that’s already out in the world, the process of merging one’s CreateSpace account with one’s KDP account has not been without some challenges for many authors.

As best as we’re able, we offer here the steps you need to take in order to merge your CreateSpace and KDP accounts. Good luck!

  1. Go to www.createspace.com.
  2. You’ll be asked to enter the e-mail associated with your CreateSpace account, with a little blue submit button on the left.
  3. Once you submit your e-mail address, check your e-mail. You will receive an e-mail from CreateSpace.com to “Complete Your Transfer to KDP.” (This may take a few minutes.)
  4. Open the e-mail. Click “Verify Your Info.”
  5. This will take you to a page where you can make sure your books are all there. Scroll down that page, and you’ll need to follow simple directions to log-in to your KDP account with your username and password.
  6. Do so.
  7. Once you do that, you want to hit the “link accounts” button (something like that). After a few minutes, you’ll be looking at your new dashboard with all your books and account information.
  8. Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can easily find all your account info in one place next time!

It took our communications director about three minutes to complete this process for his one title.

Still, pitfalls abound. For example, be sure that all your web-browsers are updated and that you have the latest version of Java installed, otherwise some of these steps won’t work.

Need help? Go to: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help?ref_=TN_help.

NCWN Members Recognized by Carolina Woman Magazine

For the past few years, the North Carolina Writers’ Network has sponsored one of the prizes for the Carolina Woman Writing Contest. This contest recognizes fine writing across genres by female authors.

We take care to include this contest in our Opportunities listings, and we are beyond thrilled when one of our members sees the opportunity in our e-blast or on our website; submits; and wins!

As you might imagine, NCWN members are all over the leaderboard in this year’s Carolina Woman Writing Contest.

FIRST PRIZE was won by Joyce Compton Brown, of Troutman, for her “Screen Porch after a Storm.” Joyce wins a “prize pack” of notes, planners, flags, dispensers, and more.

Cindy Brookshire of Pine Level took SECOND PRIZE with her short story “Ain’t Just a River,” inspired by the work of artist Marsha Rogers of Backporch Pottery in Benson. Cindy wins a “luxurious skincare set by BioSphere Naturel France.”

NCWN trustee Alice Osborn of Raleigh seized THIRD PRIZE with her poem “Greetings from Trinity Church Cemetery, New York, New York.” She wins five “versatile and delicious” bottles of wine from Lafite Legende.

Ruth Moose of Pittsboro, a critiquer in NCWN’s Critiquing and Editing Service, took FIFTH PRIZE with “Those Summer Evenings.” Ruth takes home a Coyuchi white waffle robe.

A one-year membership in the North Carolina Writers’ Network was awarded to the HONORABLE MENTION, “Known,” by Rebecca Lippert Huber of Durham.

Carolina Woman staff had their FAVORITES as well. These included NCWN members Anne Kissel of Chapel Hill and Ashley Memory of Asheboro.

Carolina Woman, the largest and longest-running women’s magazine in the Carolinas, is a celebrated lifestyle publication that was launched in 1993.

Its readership includes 100,000 upscale, professional women in the high-tech Research Triangle area, a region covering Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill, with a population of almost 2 million.

For the complete list of the 2019 Writing Contest winners, click here.

Congratulations to all!

PMO Wraps A Poem a Day

Al Manning

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out has for years met on the second third Saturday of the month at various locations in Pittsboro. Faciliated by NCWN trustee and Chatham-Lee counties regional rep Al Manning, this stalwart group welcomes frequent speakers on various topics on the craft and business of writing and supports one another in the writing life.

Every day during the month of April, Pittsboro-WMO posts a poem on their blog, www.pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com, to celebrate Poetry Month. These poems are all written by writers in Chatham and Lee counties.

In 2019, eighteen writers submitted poems. Two of these were writers were new to Pittsboro-WMO and had never had anything published before!

To read all the poems, click here.

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out currently meets at Greek Kouzina, 964 East St., at 1:00 pm on the second third Saturday of the month. This meeting is also the monthly get-together for the Chatham-Lee counties region of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

For more information, contact Al Manning, amanningusa@gmail.com or Rick Bylina, anilyb@earthlink.net.

Charlotte Strong

Just six months ago, our friends at UNC Charlotte invited the Network onto their campus for our Pre-Conference Tailgate. Our 2018 Fall Conference took place just the other side of North Tryon Street.

This morning we join with those friends in shock, horror, and outrage, after two people lost their lives to yet another mass shooter. Four more were injured, three of them critically.

Words are hard to come by right now. None feel adequate. All feel tainted by their insufficiency, cheap and abhorrent.

Speaking only for myself, the most terrible detail I’ve read so far is a quote from a UNCC student caught in the lockdown, who said he thought it was “just a normal” active-shooter drill.

Words are hard to come by.
—Ed Southern, Executive Director

The 2019 Pulitzer Winners

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. There are way too many to list here, so for a full run-down, you’ll want to dash on over to the official website.

But we did want to share with you some highlights.

FICTION
The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)
An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them. Powers also won the National Book Award for The Echo Maker (2006).

 

 

POETRY
Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)
A collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed.

 

 

 

DRAMA
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury
A hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices.

 

 

NONFICTION (HISTORY)
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)
A breathtaking history that demonstrates the scope of Frederick Douglass’ influence through deep research on his writings, his intellectual evolution and his relationships.

 

 

 

NONFICTION (BIOGRAPHY)
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
A panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired.

 

 

 

NONFICTION (GENERAL)
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A classic American story, grippingly told, of an Appalachian family struggling to retain its middle class status in the shadow of destruction wreaked by corporate fracking.

 

 

For the complete list, click here.

Congratulations to all!

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Local Bookstores in the Piedmont

By Bridgette A. Lacy

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.

Independent Booksellers of Piedmont North Carolina (IBOP*NC), a group of twelve independent bookstores located in the Piedmont area, will have special events and limited edition items donated by authors and publishers for sale in each store on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh has events planned all day including hourly gift bag drawings, storytime for children, slime making, and trivia games for adults. Back by popular demand is the Purr Cup Cat café open from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and pet some kittens. There will be a (contained) area of the store where people are welcome to pet the cats, while an in-store café cart will have coffee and tea available for a donation.

The Purr Cup Cat Café, a not-yet-open coffee shop with cats, hots pop-up events around Raleigh to raise money for their café and for the Meow House Cat Rescue.

Special guest Cat In the Hat will come by for story-time and photo opportunities with children. The Poetry Fox will also be on hand to take words from customers and turn them into one-of-a kind poems on the spot.

McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro is not only marking Indie Bookstore Day but also its thirtieth birthday. Drop by and you will find cake, mimosas, the dulcet tones of Mr. Billy, and giveaways. Bookseller Pete Mock will also be making scintillating book recommendations. Raleigh author Belle Boggs and Raleigh author Therese Anne Fowler will read from their new novels, The Gulf and A Well-Behaved Woman.

Swing by Page 158 Books of Wake Forest for a Sesame Street Themed Storytime honoring fifty years of Sesame Street. It will also have random giveaways and selfie stations. The store will also have assorted collectable author pins, children’s book author and artist Maggie Stiefvater signed posters and signed copies of Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by bestselling author Andrea Beaty, and Newbery Medal winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Bring your children for a fun-filled day at Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop in downtown Raleigh. The store is presenting a special musical story and craft event at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required and the fee is $10. Special items for sale include autographed copies of Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants and a collectible embroidered iron-on patch of stellar scientist Ada Twist and signed editions of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and free vinyl stickers.

It’s not too late for customers to still purchase an IBOP calendar available in stores now. The calendar includes a page to tear out and collect stamps from the various stores listed. Once a person has collected all twelve stamps from participating stores by Saturday, April 27, 2019, they will receive a discount card entitling them to 20 percent off at all of the stores until the end of 2019.

The IBOP NC bookstores are: Scuppernong Books of Greensboro; Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh; Read with Me in Raleigh; The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines; Sunrise Books in High Point: Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough; Page 158 in Wake Forest; McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro; Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill; The Regulator Bookshop in Durham; and Letters in Durham.; and Bookmarks in Winston-Salem.

To see what events your bookstore has in store for Independent Bookstore Day, check out their websites.

To request an interview with booksellers, please contact Bridgette A. Lacy at (919) 872-4234, or by email at bridgettelacy@att.net.

NCWN Members Among NCPS 2019 Contest Winners

From our friends at the North Carolina Poetry Society:

Benjamin Cutler

RALEIGH—The North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) has announced the names of its 2019 adult poetry contest winners. Winning poets will receive cash prizes and their poems will be published in the annual anthology, Pinesong.

Winning poets have been invited to read at Sam Ragan Awards Day at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines on Saturday, May 11, 2019. All poetry lovers are invited to attend.

The Poet Laureate prize was awarded by North Carolina poet laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, to Maureen Sherbondy for her poem “Gretel.”

Other first-prize winners are [NCWN members in bold – ed.]:

  • Jane Shlensky (Bahama, NC), “A Short History of Mystery” – Alice Osborn Award (poems written for children ages 2-12)
  • Crystal Simone Smith (Durham, NC), “slave museum” – Bloodroot Haiku Award
  • Benjamin Cutler (Whittier, NC), “Speak of Rivers” – Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award
  • Alan Michael Parker (Davidson, NC), “Virtual Villanelle” – Joanna Catherine Scott Award (traditional forms)
  • Don Ball (Raleigh, NC), “The Grammar of Kissing” – Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award
  • Les Brown (Troutman, NC), “I Am from Black Earth” – Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award
  • Pam Baggett (Cedar Grove, NC), “Stampede” – Poetry of Courage Award
  • Benjamin Cutler (Whittier, NC), “The Church of Unmaking” – Poetry of Witness Award
  • Barbara Blanks (Garland, TX), “Time Lines,” Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award
  • Les Brown (Troutman, NC), “Bathing and Grabbling on a Hot Summer Day” – Thomas H. McDill Award

The complete list of judges and winners can be found on the NCPS website (https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/2019-adult-contest-winners/).

About the North Carolina Poetry Society

The North Carolina Poetry Society is an all-volunteer organization especially for poets and friends of poetry. We have over 450 members from North Carolina and numerous locations beyond. The North Carolina Poetry Society serves its membership by offering opportunities to study the craft of writing poetry; to participate in contests and competitions; and to enjoy a meaningful connection with poets throughout our state.

An Evening with David Sedaris

From our friends at Innovation Arts & Entertainment:

RALEIGH—David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor, will be appearing for one night only at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh on Sunday, December 1 at 7:00 pm, following the release of his newest book and New York Times #1 bestseller, Calypso.

This is a unique opportunity to see the bestselling humorist in an intimate setting. As always, Sedaris will be offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing.

NCWN members have special access to presale tickets, available NOW! Just use this link:

https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D00567C88891AFD?did=sedar

And get your tickets before they’re made available to the general public.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris returns to the road following the release of his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection, Calypso. Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny—it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

If you love David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting into at his live readings. You’d be wrong. To see him read his own work on stage allows his autobiographical narrative to reveal a uniquely personal narrative that will keep you laughing throughout the evening. Don’t miss this event!

All seats at the Duke Energy Center are reserved, and range in price from $45-$60 and are subject to additional taxes and fees. Tickets are on sale to the general public on Friday, April 19, at www.DavidSedarisOnTour.com.

Linda Flowers Award Now Open!

From our friends at the North Carolina Humanities Council:

CHARLOTTE—The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide cultural nonprofit, invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for their 2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing.

Submissions will be accepted online from April 12-June 28 at www.nchumanities.org.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award was inaugurated in 2001 in memory of the late, former North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee Linda Flowers (1944-2000) who believed that the humanities are “equipment for living.” With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who identify with and explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, and the many cultures of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Humanities Council will award the winner of the Linda Flowers Literary Award a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2019.

Abbreviated 2019 submission guidelines are listed below. For the full list of guidelines or to apply, visit www.nchumanities.org.

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures.
  • Entries should be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should demonstrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works.
  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina
  • Entries must not exceed 10 pages.

About North Carolina Humanities Council:

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t miss the 2018 winner, Jennifer Brown, tonight at 5:30 pm the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines! 

NC Author Among SIBA’s Spring Okra Picks

The Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has announced their 2019 Spring Okra Picks.

Among the picks is the debut novel by Belle Boggs, The Gulf, a “hilarious send-up of writing workshops, for-profit education, and the gulf between believers and nonbelievers.”

Belle is an associate professor in the Department of English at the North Carolina State University. She has published work in Glimmer Train, Oxford American, and Best New American Voices 2003. She received an MA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine and grew up in King William County, Virginia. She is the author of the short-story collection Mattaponi Queen: Stories (Graywolf Press, 2010) and the collection of essays The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood (Graywolf Press, 2016).

“Belle Boggs has established herself as both a stellar writer of fiction and a brilliant voice on important issues within our society,” says NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jill McCorkle. “In this fine novel, her many talents come together.”

The novel includes blurbs by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith; and authors Aimee Bender and Kevin Wilson.

“Not to be missed,” says Shelf Awareness. “A rare combination of silliness and poignancy, with momentum and compassion…This is a novel of keen comedy, insight, and empathy.”

For the full list of Spring 2019 Okra picks, click here.