PUBLISHING Workshop News & Request from Alison
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Issue 2         July 7, 2013

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Writing Circles

Reception for PUBLISHING Speakers
Everyone Invited
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Garden Bistro on N Main
Eureka Springs

PUBLISH! Your Questions Answered

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
Eureka Springs

Writing Circles

9 a.m.. - 4 p.m.

INSPIRE! Writing from the Soul
with Linda Apple
Two Half-Day Workshops 

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July 27
Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
9 a.m. -4 p.m.
Cost:  $45 until July 15.  $50 after July 15.

Register by emailing or calling 479 292-3665.



Your Questions Answered

Our PUBLISH!! conference is shaping up.  Here are some of the terrific speakers who have agreed to help us to understand our options and opportunities in the confusing world of publishing today.  Don't miss this.  Register by July 15 for $45.  $50 after July 15.  Support our speakers, support your Village Writing School, and, most importantly, support your writing dream.    


P.S. Scroll to bottom to see a special request from Alison.

Jeff Kleinman
Folio Literary Agency

Jeff founded Folio Literary Management, LLC in 2006 to establish an agency that was forward-thinking and able to offer services that “traditional” literary agents don’t provide.  Folio has grown to 15 agents, and Jeff has represented many successful books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Widow of the South, The Eighty Dollar Champion, Mockingbird, and The Memory of Running. Joining us via Skype, Jeff will speak on overcoming the barriers to landing a New York Agent.

Louella Turner
High Hill Press—St. Louis

Lou Turner likes to say it’s easy to get published if you have a great story, with great characters, written by a great writer. High Hill publishes genres such as western, fantasy, horror, and romance.  They publish children's books and have recently moved into the literary market.  Lou will speak about the publishing opportunities with small presses.  You will also have the opportunity to pitch your book to her. 

Dr. Susan Swartwout
Southeast Missouri State University

Susan is Professor of creative writing and publishing at Southeast Missouri State University and is the Publisher of Southeast Missouri State University Press which produces full-length books, four annual writing contests, The Cape Rock poetry journal, and Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.  Susan edits the annual anthology Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. She is an extensiviely published poet and the author of A Student’s Guide to Getting Published.

Susan will speak on the opportunities for publishing with small literary presses.
Roy Lessin, DaySpring 

Roy Lessin is co-founder of DaySpring, now a subsidiary of Hallmark Inc.  Roy served as a senior writer at DaySpring for 37 years and authored many devotional and gift books enjoyed by millions.  He writes the Meet Me in the Meadow blog, with an audience reach of over one million. His latest book is entitled This is Your Best Day. Roy will speak on the opportunities in the inspirational and devotional markets.

Alice French
Published on CreateSpace

After a career in television, Alice wrote a book collecting her interviews of nearly 100 women on the subject of aging. She elected to publish her book, Happy Birthday: Adjusting to Life’s Changes as the Birthdays Keep on Coming, using Amazon's CreateSpace. Alice will discuss her experience of the pros and cons of this process.

Rick Magley
DaySpring Press

Rick Magley is a senior designer 
for DaySpring Cards (A Hallmark Subsidiary).  He also makes hand-bound journals and children's books.  If you need a few special copies of your book—perhaps your memoir for your grandchildren—consider Rick's fine design and beautiful craftsmanship. 
Craig Froman
New Leaf Publishing

Craig Froman holds a masters in Education and is Assistant Editor at New Leaf Publishing Group.  He is the author of several children's books, including the USA Best Book Passport to the World.  Craig will speak on what New Leaf looks for in a children's manuscript and how to create a book that children will love and publishers will buy.


Eat, Pay, Share
Many of you frequently ask: "How can I help?" I love it that we have this community spirit and that you see the Village Writing School as yours.  Because that's how I see it.
Here are three ways that you can really help us with the PUBLISH!! conference.
1.  Eat.  To get the room for free, we must have 15 people eat lunch.  They are providing a "light" lunch, which I think will be a selection of sandwiches, for $9-10.  Please email me and say you are willing to eat with us.
2.  Pay.  Send your check now to get the $45 early bird price.  I have set it up to pay by credit card at, but that costs us almost $5 in fees.  It's great for new people, but you guys can just mail your check to me at PO Box 202, Eureka Springs, 72632.  I can use this advance cash for paid ads in the NWA paper.
3.  Share. Social media is everything. LIKE our FaceBook page: Village Writing School. And SHARE it in your newsfeed.  Share the event itself at  Forward this email with the speakers' bios to your writing friends. People are driving two hours to this. It's an amazing line-up for $45. Let everyone know.Share it this week and ask your friends to share it.  Share it again next week.
Thanks for helping to make our PUBLISH!! event successful.          

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