Charlestown Book Writers' Festival Celebrates Publishing

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 14, 2016) -- Twenty seven resident authors today were represented at Charlestown retirement community's Book Writers' Festival, a four-hour event in The Gallery that featured book signings and workshops about publishing.

The authors, among them Charlotte Valentine, displayed and sold their books as they discussed the writing process with about 100 people who attended.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our writers and learn more about book publishing," said Valentine, whose historic novel "The Buried Treasure of Mt. Gretna" tells the story of a family treasure saved from the Titanic that becomes a mystery in a Pennsylvania park.

Joining Valentine were the following authors: Ed Arthur, Anne H. Ballard, Patricia Barbernitz, Julian Bauer, Jewell Brenneman, Ross Carrick, Eugenia Collier, J. Marvin Cook, JoAnn Cricchi, Edward Dunn, Barbara Fahey, John Fahey, and Myrtle Haldeman.

Other authors included Denis (Jack) Holden, Diana Gardiner Holden, Walt Howe, William Hyder, Anthony Kowalski, Dr. Karl Lamb, Ellen Macek, Regina Messenger, Joy Price, Jody Primoff, Dr. Steve Schimpff, Hope Tillman, and Phyllis Yingling.

Denis Holden presented a workshop entitled "Publish Your Book on a Shoestring." Judy Primoff talked about "The Art of Book Covers."

Dr. Seteve Schimpff discussed "How I Promote My Book" and Dr. Karl Lamb spoke about "Why Write?"

John Fahey discussed "Publishing House or Self-Publishing" while Diana Gardiner Holden spoke about "Six Easy Tips for Editing Your Manuscript; Get your Book in the Baltimore County Library System."

Monty Phair of the Catonsville Public Library discussed "Library Resources."