Nashville Conference Reveals Killer Lineup of Agents and Editors
NASHVILLE - Nine leaders of the publishing industry will share their expertise – and search for new clients – at the 2015 Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference October 29-November 1 at the Nashville Omni Hotel. From Los Angeles to New York City, the agents include Sheree Bykofsky of Sheree Bykofsky Associates; Mary Cummings of Diversion Books; Deni Dietz of Five Star Mysteries; Susan Finesman of Fine Literary Agency; Cate Hart of Corvisiero Agency; Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Literary Agency; Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet of St. Martin’s Press; and Alec Shane of Writers House. Click here to read the full press release!
Jazz Maker Films Options Peter Straub’s Pork Pie Hat for American Blackguard Entertainment
NASHVILLE – Not since 1981’s Ghost Story with Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Patricia Neal has critically acclaimed author Peter Straub seen his work on the big screen. This won’t be the case for long. Clay Stafford – through his company Jazz Maker Films, a subsidiary of American Blackguard Inc. – has optioned the Straub-penned book Pork Pie Hat. Click here to read the full press release!
Author Peter Straub and president of American Blackguard, Clay Stafford, announce the horror novella Pork Pie Hat has been optioned by Jazz Maker Films, a division of the company. “I’ve long been a fan of Peter Straub,” Clay Stafford said. “He’s one of the best writers I know and certainly one of the most critically acclaimed. It’s been way overdue since someone told Peter’s stories on film. We’re about to change that.”
Murfreesboro Native, former Astronaut Rhea Seddon’s Memoir a Success!
In March of 2013, we were lucky enough to feature Dr. Rhea Seddon, physician and former astronaut, on our memoir issue—our third issue. A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Little did I know then that this would be the start of a professional relationship and friendship that would last to the present day. I am able to finance this operation via a variety of methods, one of which being editorial side jobs. One of the most interesting of these has been editing Dr. Seddon’s memoir, Go for Orbit. For two years, I read every word of every chapter, edited and polished the pages, suggested verbiage and passage changes. I was thrilled for her when her first printing sold out! And now she’s continuing to sell a second printing. Click here to continue reading and learn more about Go For Orbit!
Fiction Issue Launch Approaching, Digital Copy Now Available for Free
We’re thrilled to announce that our full-blown Fiction issue, featuring novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, is now available as a free download, and the issue’s launch at East Side Story Books in East Nashville is rapidly approaching. Sweet tea, lemonade, and finger food will be provided. As always, we will have a supply of hard copies on site, but they always go fast. (They’re free; it happens!)
The first half of this issue was launched last summer on the campus of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, as our MFA Homecoming issue. This summer's 60-page extended edition is double in size, and it contains many stories either about Nashville's literary community or written by local writers. We look forward to seeing you at the launch! Click here to learn details about the issue’s launch and instructions on how to download a free PDF of this issue. And if you want to go ahead and order your own hard copy now, click on the issue's cover on the right-hand side of this screen. As always, there is NO mark up. The only thing you pay is the publisher's price.
Margaret “Maggi” Britton Vaughn Renewed as Poet Laureate of Tennessee Till 2020
Tennessee’s Margaret “Maggi” Britton Vaughn has been designated Poet Laureate of Tennessee for a term to expire April 1, 2020. Senate Joint Resolution 241 was introduced into the Tennessee General Assembly at the end of March, 2015. Shown here is Representative Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) in mid-April as the resolution is voted to be sent to the Calendar & Rules Committee. The resolution passed on April 22 (Ayes 94, Nays 0, PNV 0), and the Governor signed it on April 24, 2015.
Click here to track SJR0241 through the Tennessee General Assembly!
Click here to read the joint resolution.
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Our Southern Food Issue: Arrives in the Fall
Check out the official trailer for Chef Brock's new book, Heritage. Then, click here to read about our Southern Food issue, out this fall. Additional details on the issue to be posted soon!