Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference closes Friday, October 28. If you haven’t signed up, go ahead and do that now. We’ll wait.
Are you back? Great! Over the past few weeks we’ve been introducing the vendors who’ll be at the conference:
Now, last but not least:
Underground Book Reviews believes the average consumer won’t take the time to browse new, obscure titles. Instead, most people rely on recommendations from friends, trusted media. But apart from a few magazine awards, some online competitions, and a plethora of amateur book review blogs, the literary community lacks such an award system for indie authors. Until now. UBR does not charge for reviews or even accept review copies. They encourage authors to take risks, but they’re with them every step of the way. From beta reading to editorial services, the back-end of Underground Book Reviews is set up to be a booming literary community full of free-thinkers and budding authors. Through both user recommendations and professional reviews, the diamonds in the rough are given a chance to shine through. What do they review? Self-published and independently published fiction; novels and novellas of all genres; and adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. What don’t they review? Books published through indie houses they consider too large/mainstream, AKA “Above Ground”; nonfiction, including memoirs; children’s books; short story compilations, graphic novels, or poetry compilations; or books published by their staff, reviewers, or affiliates.
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. Recent books include The Lesson Project: Lessons of Life, Love, and Listening to God by Christine C. Williams, which was reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, and Fate Ball by Adam W. Jones, whose book tour has taken him to some unconventional places to reach more readers.
The North Carolina Writers’ Network facilitates regional groups in many of our state’s counties. These groups are run by regional reps who host free, monthly events such as open mics, featured speakers, and classes focused on writing exercises. If you’re interested in finding a regional group near you, stop by the regional rep table to pick up some information.
The North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference offers courses on elements of the craft, the business of writing, and the chance to have one’s manuscript critiqued by a professional editor. 2016 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron will give the Keynote Address. 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson will be the featured guest at Saturday night’s banquet.
To register, click here.