Pre-registration for our 2016 Spring Conference closes on Sunday. So there’s still time to register at a great discount, and ensure your place in what promises to be a fun, full day of sessions, readings, and of course, shaking hands and chatting up an exhibit hall packed with vendors.
We’ve been introducing those worthy souls who’ll be staffing vendor tables. Here’s the final round-up:
The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map, established at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries, is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works. The selection criteria of the North Carolina Literary Map are broad and inclusive. The criteria focuses on works written about North Carolina and authors who were born in North Carolina, who currently live or have lived in North Carolina, who have written about North Carolina, or who have made a significant contribution to the North Carolinaâ€™s literary landscape. The author must have at least one publication cataloged by the Library of Congress. At this time, the Map includes only works that have a physical equivalent and does not include literary articles, self-publishing houses, works published by vanity presses, or works only available from an individual website.
Press 53 was founded in October 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 our Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. They publish up to to eight poetry collections each year, including one collection by the winner of our 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 poet laureates Joseph Bathanti, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson; poets Joseph Mills and Valerie Nieman; and fiction writers Quinn Dalton and Marjorie Hudson. Their first Press 53 Classics edition was The Land Breakers, by North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee John Ehle, which was published by Harper & Row in 1964. Last fall, they re-released Lion on the Hearth, the sixth book in Ehleâ€™s seven-book Appalachian series.
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; Womenâ€™s Fiction; and more. For a list of their authors, click here.
Two of Cups Press, based in Greensboro, has a bias for poetry (specifically anthologies and chapbooks). Theyâ€™re a small operation willing to take on a handful of projects each year, sometimes posting open calls. They want to partner with poets, artists, other small presses. They want to capture magic on paper. They run an annual chapbook contest, where the winner and finalists are considered for publication. View their list here.
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 oneâ€™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 â€œPublishing Packagesâ€ or â€œLevelsâ€ here. They simply offer a list of services to select based on what works best for an authorâ€™s goals and budget. For a list of Wisdom House Books authors, click here.
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