The 2017 Rose Glen Literary Festival

2017 was a great year for the Rose Glen Literary Festival at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville Tennessee where authors from around the state and country came to sell their books and speak about the books they’ve written!

Here I am, preparing for the arrival of the attendees.  These are not all the books I have written as you can tell from perusing other tabs on this blog.   But I only had so much room on the rack, and decided to be a little selective this year with my offerings for that reason.  One of the books displayed here is by a different author: Adelaide Urqhart.

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Author Elyse Bruce was right next to me.  Most of her books were from the Missy Barrett series, but she was also marketing books she’s written which are targeted for an older audience.

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She and I are also artists.  Each year, we collaborate on a painting that is used to advertise the Festival.  We both sponsor the Festival in this and other ways because we believe in promoting, reading, literacy, writing, and our fellow authors.  Other sponsors are the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, the Sevier County Public Library System, the Friends of the King Family Library, the Sevierville Convention Center, Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery, and WVLT 8 Knoxville.

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Here is an advertisement that includes our painting.  It was seen in print and television media in a multi-state area.

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The crowd was packed, and for good reason.

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There were a number of presenters there which were held in high regard.  This is June Hall McCash, author of “Titanic: A Love Story.”  Here she is alongside our painting.  And within the painting, is a young woman reading her book.

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Also present was Dr. Bill Bass, co-author of the Jefferson Bass “Body Farm” books.  His and co-author Jon Jefferson’s book, “Death’s Acre,” is the one being read by the fellow on the porch in the painting.

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And here is Jon Jefferson…

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And this is a picture of Elyse Bruce and I with Pulitzer Prize nominee (and the event’s keynote speaker), Ben Montgomery, author of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.”

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Lunch was Beef Wellington with the appropriate accompaniments.  Before and after, there were a lot of opportunities for people to interact with local, regional, and national authors.

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ArtieQ fans will be pleased to see that “Spectral Septet” was on sale at the event.  One of the stories within the book “Alien Invasion” has ArtieQ as one of the main characters.

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All in all, it was a FUN Festival.

Remember that it happens every February folks, and so if you’ve missed it, you’ll have more chances in the future to attend meetings with well-known authors, browse among the books being sold by even more authors, and… you’ll probably get a chance to meet me, too!

Thomas

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My Oblique Brush With J.K. Rowling

The other day, I may have done author J.K. Rowling a favor.

In one of my social media feeds I noticed that there was someone on Fiverr who, for five dollars, would send you something purporting to be from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I’m not going to state specifically what it was this person was offering, but suffice it to say, in my opinion, this “service” looked very unprofessional, and I doubted that J.K. Rowling or her publishers had licensed this person to perform this service. In other words, the purveyor of this service may have been infringing on copyrights and trademarks owned by Rowling and her publishers, to say nothing about any monies he might have been earning off of them.

So…

I gathered up the information and sent it to the firm that is responsible for dealing with these matters, and I received a reply thanking me for sending them the information.

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Why did I do it? I’m honest.  That’s why.

Doesn’t J.K. Rowling have enough money?  Anyone who wants as much money as J.K Rowling has ought to go out and earn it as she has done.

Can’t she let someone people profit off of her work? Not unless she wants to.  Until then, Harry Potter is literally her business.

As an author, I understand that bread and butter is hard to earn, and stealing someone else’s intellectual property takes away from an author’s dinner table -no matter how wealthy and successful the author may be.  If someone wants to make lots of money and eat like a king (or a queen), the way to do that is to work as hard as the “rich” person did to get what they have.

Rowling herself wasn’t rich when she began writing Harry Potter, yet the Harry Potter books are best-sellers.  The next best-selling author could be any one of us who is reading this if we only put in the time and effort. And yes, maybe “luck” was on her side when her books got picked up for publication, but you know what?  Anyone else who wants to be just as “lucky” as she is needs to make an attempt as she has done, and with an original idea, not a stolen one.

What did I get for reporting someone who may be profiting off of Rowling’s work without her permission?

A nice thank you, and the knowledge that I have done the right thing.

That’s more than enough for me.

Thomas D. Taylor

 

 

Research Takes You In Many Different Directions…

My wife and I were doing research for some of our upcoming books today. You’d be amazed at where being an author could take you.

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A New Opportunity for Authors

HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

Two new forums have been created for readers and authors from around the world to merge and interact. Readers can discuss and recommend books, interact with authors, and learn about new books to read.

AUTHORS MAY PROMOTE THEIR BOOKS AND EBOOKS ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS ONLY!

Read the rules before posting please. You will only be admitted if you obey the rules.

Posts will be let through by admins for an unspecified length of time.

The links to these groups are here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/859930607420858/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/447016175473826/

Rose Glen Literary Festival

Thanks to all of those that saw me at the Rose Glen Literary Festival on February 28th.  It was a pleasure to meet you, and I enjoyed signing your books.

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Message from Taylor to First Nations People

Regarding “Idle No More: A White Man Speaks

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I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has given me feedback on this book, and also to thank people who have given me pointers on what I might do going forward to enhance and improve future editions of it. As a white man who is married to a Metis woman, I understand that a white man writing essays -and now, a book- about Idle No More, prejudice, bigotry, and racism, is a very delicate thing, and that my doing so has the potential to do more harm than good.

My hope is that I have done good and no harm, and have caused white people to become less ignorant and more sympathetic to issues of concern to First Nations people.

I encourage all First Nations people to write and publish their own points of view to further help white people understand First Nations issues, because all of what you have to say is certainly much more important, relevant, and meaningful than anything I have said. It is not so important that white people listen to me, as it is listen to you.

My job as I see it is to get white people to open their ears so they can not only listen, but hear you.

For those who haven’t read it, “Idle No More: A White Man Speaks” is available on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle file.