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Uncle Terry’s Gift Ideas from WV Authors List 2015

Nigh on a decade ago, Terry McNemar, our former president who recently passed away, began an annual gift guide for books by West Virginia authors.  The last time we ran one on this blog, however, was 2011.  With his passing this year, we felt it was time to re-institute this annual tradition in his honor.  And as such, it's only fitting that Terry's books are #1 and #2 on the list.

So while you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to support these WV Writer, Inc. authors. And don’t forget to stop at your local bookstores: Tamarack, Taylor Books in Charleston, Empire Books & News in Huntington, the Open Book in Lewisburg, Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, Vandalia Press, Main Line Books in Elkins, …to name just a few.  Those are great places where you might find these books!

If you are a member of West Virginia Writers and your book is not listed here, please send it in immediately and we will get you added to the list.  Send those to  You may also send links to your own website.  We'll be happy to post them as well.


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WV Writers/Woodland Press Anthology Guidelines


Editors: Cat Pleska and Michael Knost
Title: West Virginia Writers Inked (working title)
Submission period begins: September 1, 2011
Submission period ends: December 31, 2011
Please do not check on submission status until March 1, 2012
Publishing Date: Spring 2012
Word count: Up to 3,000 words
Payment: Five-cents per word

Send submissions as an RTF (Rich Text Format) attachment to:

Or snail mail your printed submission to:

WVW, Inc. submissions
c/o L. Barker
104 Silverwood Lane
Charleston, WV 25320.

Note: this anthology is open to West Virginia Writers, Inc. members only. Annual membership cost is $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and $5 to anyone under the age of 18. Learn more at our MEMBERSHIP PAGE.

This will be a multi-genre* anthology. Accepted are general and literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and narrative poetry.

*(Multi-genre also includes mystery, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.).

Please keep the story clean of profanity and/or adult content.

No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Please make sure your name, address, phone number, and email are listed on a cover page of the manuscript. Do not include your name or other identifying info on the rest of the manuscript.

Questions? Email:

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Woodland Press’s FRIGHT NIGHT this Saturday

Woodland Press presents FRIGHT NIGHT. This Saturday, October 23, from 5 to 8p at the Town Center in Charleston, over one dozen authors including nationally known writers will be on hand to greet the public, sign books, perform readings, and more. Magic Makers and the CTC Teen Board will model Halloween costumes. Magician and author Brian J. Hatcher will be perform illusion. Plus there will be candy, giveaways and surprises.

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Woodland Press Book Party Release Today in Huntington

There will be a big book release party today at the Barboursville Borders (Huntington Mall) from 4:00 to 6:30. It's a BIG event. There's going to be a magic show and some readings, probably some local TV and press coverage. Three books on the Woodland Press imprint released in one day and many, many authors will be on hand to sign books, chat, and whatnot. (Just don't feed them, or they'll follow you around forever.)

Karin is in Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia, and I have a story in Legends of the Mountain State IV. Reports vary, but from 8-15 other authors will be there. Come on down and say hi!

Below are some blurbs from F. Keith Davis (Woodland Press) and Brian Hatcher) editor of Magic and magician extraordinaire) with links to a trailer made by Brian, an article that appeared in the Herald Dispatch, and the Woodland Press site.

Woodland Press, LLC THIS IS IT: For the first time ever, Woodland Press will be unveiling three brand new, major titles simultaneously at Borders Bookstore, Huntington Mall, Barboursville. WV. Saturday, October 9th, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Eleven authors are scheduled to attend, with many surprises and activities planned. Public invited.

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Michael Knost Level One Writers Workshop

Bram Stoker Award-winning author and editor Michael Knost is presenting a level one writers workshop on June 26 in Huntington.

If you are serious about getting published, then this is the first step in your writing career. Here is your chance to learn from an international publishing professional.

Mountwest Community & Technical College
3rd Ave. and 18th street
Huntington, WV
(Next to the Cam Henderson Center)

Saturday, June 26, 2010
From 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Plot & Story
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Point of View & Dialogue
11:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(lunch is not included in cost, but we will all eat together with a free-for-all writing craft discussion.)

Creating Great Characters
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Cost $125.00 for all four classes

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Woodland Press’s Michael Knost offering online writing course THIS Thursday.

Michael Knost, recent Bram Stoker Award winner for nonfiction and editor with Woodland Press, will be offering an online class this Thursday on How to Bulletproof Your Manuscript.

Get details at Michael's website HERE.

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Woodland Press Anthology Seeking Submissions

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New anthology guidelines

Submission Guidelines:

Title: Appalachian Folklore: Dark Tales of Superstition and Old Wives’ Tales

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editors: Michael Knost and Eugene Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: Three-cents per word and one contributor copy.

Story Length: Up to 2500 words

Deadline: September 1, 2010

Please do not query about submissions until November 1, 2010.

Send Submissions to:

Please send attachments (.doc or .rtf) when submitting, please do not copy and paste in the body of the email.

Publication Date: Late 2010

Please take note this is a theme anthology…if your story does not fit the theme, it will not be considered. Therefore, please adhere to the following: Stories should be horror or dark fiction and dealing with a known Appalachian superstition or old wives’ tale. We DO NOT want stories with excessive content or language.

We purchase First English Anthology Rights, non-exclusive audio and e-rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.

Manuscript format: Please double-space, use 12-point Times New Roman font, use a slug line in the header (not into the manuscript itself), use bold, italics, underline where desired…format just as you intend the reader to see it. Also don't forget to include your name and contact info in the manuscript.

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