BOOKS

Today at the library: Tips on marketing your book

Also, a listing of area literary activities and events, as well as book releases


Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Gainesville marketing consultant David Greenberg shares tips on how to market a book once it's published, 2:30 p.m. today, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free. The event is presented by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

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David Greenberg is the owner of David Greenberg Communications Inc., a marketing, public relations and advertising agency.

Courtesy of David Greenberg

Greenberg is the owner of David Greenberg Communications Inc., a full-service, marketing, public relations and advertising agency. He worked as an editor at HOME Magazine and spent 13 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Miami and Gainesville covering government, community, education, law enforcement, crime and business.

Visit www.writersalliance.org for more information.

MORE WRITING EVENTS

■ “Derelict Tributaries”: Poet Laurence Hetrick and illustrator Michael Kemp discuss their collaborative work on the poetry collection “Derelict Tributaries” (Ahinga Press, 2012) at three Alachua County Library District libraries this month, including 3 p.m. today, Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Road 45, Archer; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.; and 2 p.m. March 16, Millhopper Branch, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free and open to all ages.

Hetrick grew up in Gainesville and, after receiving a B.A. in English at the University of Florida, did graduate work in creative writing at the Johns Hopkins University. He has taught at several colleges, including UF where he taught the first course offerings in poetry writing in 1967.

Hetrick, who has published a variety of genres in journals and anthologies, including poetry and fiction, served as editor of the Chattahoochee Review from 1997 to 2004, receiving the Governor's Award in the Humanities in 2003. He is an associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, where he lives with his wife and children.

Kemp moved to Gainesville in 1967 to study biology at UF. A travel year in Europe turned his attention to art, and he returned for a degree in painting and printmaking and earned a Master of Fine Arts summa cum laude in printmaking.

Since retiring from the Alachua County Library District in 2005, Kemp has established Harmless Pleasures Printmaking, a semi-public studio in McIntosh, where he prints his own work and assists clients in printmaking. The emphasis of his prints is on rendering nature and everyday experience in a modernist context using ancient, direct methods.

Kemp's work is represented by Hector Fine Art (Gainesville), Ice House Gallery (McIntosh), and 53 Cannon Galleries (Charleston, S.C.). He lives between Micanopy and McIntosh with his wife.

■ “Getting Published — The Journey from the Idea to the Published Book”: Nationally noted author Judith Campbell shares her secrets for getting published and offers tips on the creative writing process, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Book Gallery West, 4121 NW 16th Blvd., Millhopper Shopping Center. Seating is limited. RSVP required at 371-1234. Free. Campbell will meet the public and sign copies of her books before and after her presentation. Door prizes after the event.

Campbell is the author of the Olympia Brown Mission Mysteries. Her fifth book, “A Predatory Mission,” was released in 2013.

■ Poetry Month: Mary Bast and Tad Karmazyn will share their writing experiences, 2:30 p.m. April 13, Millhopper Library, 1345 NW 43rd St. The free event is sponsored by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Bast will share examples of how to find poetry in anything from a soup label to a political manifesto in her presentation called “Found Poetry: A Literary Rorschach.”

Karmazyn will read short poems, sing poems/songs accompanied by his wife, Anna, and will share his experience translating poems from English into Polish in a presentation called “Between Tongues.”

Bast writes poetry, memoir and flash fiction, and she was one of 85 poets from seven countries to write a poem a day in 2013 from one of 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month initiative. Her poetry has been published in Bukowski on Wry, The Found Poetry Review, right hand pointing and Pea River Journal's “Remaking Moby Dick.”

Karmazyn moved to the U.S. in 1982 from his native Poland, where he was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Art for his work. His Polish-English book of poems, “Powroty/Returns,” was published by the Polish Agency Marpress in Gdansk in 2013.

NEW RELEASES

■ “Ronald Roundworm Is Incompoberate”: Gainesville author Rich Wheeler has published his first book, “Ronald Roundworm Is Incompoberate” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing). The story was inspired by Wheeler's brother, Ron, who made up the word “incompoberte” in the 1960s and began using it around the house.

In the book, the main character, Ronald Roundworm, loves words; all types of words; words of all lengths, sounds, shapes and sizes. He is obsessed and can't understand why everyone does not share his obsession.

Ronald invents the word “incompoberate” (pronounced in-come-pob-er-et), and when it goes viral, the quest begins to discover who invented the word.

The book is geared to the young adult audience, but anyone with a love of words will enjoy it, according to Rich Wheeler.

The book's illustrations are the work of Wheeler's father. The word didn't go viral in the '60s, but it did escape the confines of the Wheeler household when Ron Wheeler, who died of cancer at age 46, overheard someone at school using it.

The book is available online at createspace.com/4520280 or Amazon.com. For an autographed copy, contact Rich Wheeler at snudley0@hotmail.com

■ “Nell's Tavern”: Larry Brasington recently published “Nell's Tavern,” a science-fiction novel about an alien invasion on a frontier planet. The novel is available on Amazon in trade paperback and Kindle formats.

This is Brasington's second science-fiction novel. The first, “Alien Madness,” is an alternative history of World War II.

Brasington, a member of the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville, also has published “Brandenburgers Invasion of Russia” and “Beyond the Wall,” a historical adventure set in 168 A.D. in Scotland. His other works include “Sum Yung Guy” and “The Case of the Missing Husband,” available on Kindle.

“Highway Call”: Author Keith Hauser writes about his adventures hitchhiking and hopping freight trains around the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s in this self-published eBook, available on Amazon and coming soon to Kobo Books.

Hauser lived in Gainesville and attended the University of Florida. He now lives in Germany with his wife and children.

■ “Dear Oprah: How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV”: Gainesville freelance writer and editor, Wendy Thornton, has published “Dear Oprah: How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV” (Createspace), her personal story on surviving an unusual form of cancer.

Thornton's work has been published in several literary journals and books. Most recently, she won second prize in New York's Literal Latte essay contest, and her essay on the rock group Sister Hazel was published in New Plains Review: A Journal of Social Commentary.

She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been an Editor's Pick on Salon.com multiple times. She is a founding member and former president of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

The book, available in e-book or paperback, can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites.

MEETINGS

■ Talking Service: A reading and discussion program for veterans, their family and friends meets 7-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month, Beltram Peace Center, 1236 NW 18th Ave. (376-0044 or smithdc2@bellsouth.net)

■ The Book Rack Book Club: Meets 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. The Book Rack, 4936 NW 39th Ave. (224-3945)

■ Gainesville Poets & Writers: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St.

■ Mystery Reading Group: Bring any mysteries you have, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, High Springs Branch Library, 135 NW First Ave., High Springs. (454-2515)

■ Weekly Poetry Jam: Gainesville's longest-running open poetry reading, 9 p.m. Thursdays, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. (373-0010, CivicMediaCenter.org)

■ Writer's Alliance of Gainesville: Anyone interested in the written word is welcome; see www.WritersAlliance.org for exact dates, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free.

Tempting Reads Book Club: Group meets 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month. Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. Open to the public. (472-1135)

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