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Atlanta Author Coordinating Book Drive

The images from hurricane Sandy are in and they are heartbreaking. Our Northern brothers and sisters have been hit hard. Homes destroyed. Unimaginable loss. Desperation.  It is during these times that we feel helpless asking, “What can I do?”

We empathize with those who have lost everything and those working hard to restore the area. We understand that compensation from insurance companies will come, but may not cover all the damage.  That is why many churches and schools are hosting food drives, delivering water, food, batteries and love-filled hugs. The Red Cross is boots-on- the- ground as are our military and regular everyday folk who just want to do something. For those who can give financially, please do so either to the Red or Because We Care Ministries who arrived in New Jersey days ago.  I mention these three charities because I personally know people who work there.

The news has reported that people with less than noble intentions are already taking advantage of folk. C’mon now. Let’s work together.

Today I write asking  my fellow authors to participate in a book drive. Realizing that times are tight and some people can not write a check; I urge authors to give what they already have . . . copies of their work. Plenty of helpers will rebuild neighborhoods but who will help the libraries? Prior to this storm, libraries had already experienced deep cuts. Doing more than ever with limited resources.  That is why I need your help.

If you are an author, please help me send copies of your work to Sandy victims. If you are a reader or book reviewer and have books in PRISTINE condition, you can help also.  I am one woman on a mission to give books to those in need. This little project is not a quick fix. Yes, I realize that people need homes, but they will also need books. I figure if students can send coats, authors and readers can send books. If we all do what we can then every little bit will help. This book drive is my “little bit.” You can help by sharing this blog post with readers and authors you know.

When I mentioned this idea to local booksellers and my NYT author friends, I quickly realized that southern authors and readers were ready to ship tons of books to our friends up North. I don’t want to burden anyone with books they might not need. That is why I am collaborating with George Eberhart, Editor of American Libraries Magazine. In the days to follow, I will post a list of those authors on this blog. These authors will send copies of their work to libraries in need of an assistance. If your are an author, or library staff, my goal is to build a relationship that benefits readers.

Librarians and Media Specialists along the coast: North Carolina, New Jersey, Long Island, Delaware  if  Sandy damaged your library and you would like to add books to your permanent collection, please contact me using the address below.

AuthorsPlease follow the instructions and include all information requested  to add your title to the list.

Readers and reviewers: Add your name to the list using the contact information below.

Please email me at: Reneawrites(at)gmail(dot)com.  Authors, please include the title, ISBN, CIP, Genre, URL link and, of course, contact information. 

From my heart to yours, thank you.

Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of In the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love & Tomatoes. Visit her at She is passionate about literacy. When she isn’t writing, she shelves books at the public library.


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Reviews Needed

Hello fellow scribes,

I’ve been watching your posts from afar and pleased with the success many of you are having. Marketing is time consuming, but I hope the tips and suggestions offered in Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author have made your path a bit less bumpy. For those who have attended my workshops or had individual consultations, thank you for making the first step toward publication, and more importantly marketing. I created this blog for workshop participants to build a community of bloggers who could cross-post and expand their readership. 

I still lead workshops for Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author, but am testing the waters with a radio station who wants to record three radio interviews and a teleconference.

This is where I need your help!

The radio station wants to grab a few reader comments, from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I am uncertain if both online companies allow you to link a website address to your comment. If they do, leaving a comment at the link below would not only benefit me, but be a great way to increase traffic to your site. If url links aren’t allowed, you can always sign your comment, (Your name), author of…..

I understand that each of you are hard at work with your own individual marketing, but if you can take just a moment from your busy schedule to visit the link and leave a comment, I would be very grateful. I do hope that your copy of Stress-free Marketing:  Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author is dog-eared, peppered with sticky notes and most-of-all filled with enough valuable advice that you suggest it to your fellow authors.

Thank you for your time.


Author of Stress-free Marketing:  Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author 


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Workshops for Emerging Authors

If you haven’t reserved a seat for one of the emerging author workshops I am teaching, please visit my blog and follow the links to a venue near you.

Workshop participants will receive a variety of helpful information such as: navigating social media, how to plan a book launch, the importance of a website, and three things every author needs. All this and much more.

Kindly follow my blog Here you will receive updates which may not be found in the book Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author.

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