Festival highlights books, authors

Not everyone relies on e-books

Bestselling author Melody Carlson sits with several of her books at a booth at the Florence Festival of Books.

Credit: Courtesy of Tami J. Whitmore
Bestselling author Melody Carlson sits with several of her books at a booth at the Florence Festival of Books.


Courtesy of Tami J. Whitmore

In the age of e-Books, people still flock to the tables of independent publishing firms to pick up a book.


Courtesy of Tami J. Whitmore

A young girl looks a little less than impressed as she peruses a selection of children’s books.

The 8th Annual Florence Festival of Books took place in Florence, Ore. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the downtown Civic Center.

With 72 authors on hand from all across the Northwest sharing their books to for perusal, much enjoyment was had by all.

“Our whole point is celebrating books with pages you can actually turn,” Florence Festival of Books founder Judy Fleagle, herself a local author and co-chair of this year’s event, said.

Each table had a new adventure to share with intriguing mysteries, antics of children, hiking trips, love of animals, sagas of war, Christian romance, local history, delicious cookbooks and even a color book or two.

Successful author, Melody Carlson, shared some insight on how to become a bestselling writer.

After publishing more than 250 books, one is on its way to becoming a Hallmark movie next spring.

The title of the book is All Summer Long and one might want to read it before the movie comes out.

Carlson’s philosophy is that there is no quick fix, but that writing simply entails lots of hard work.

“Serious writers also pay attention to their audience —what do their readers really want?” she said.

“But the work doesn’t stop there. I am continually honing my skills through critique groups, classes, writers’ conferences, as well as by reading,” Carlson said.

She also admitted that a serious writer welcomes criticism and diligently works on rewrites.

So, all you have to do if you want a movie contract is to write 250 books.

Unless, of course, you’re Margaret Mitchell, who only wrote one book. It was called Gone With the Wind.


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