2013-05-24 / Business

The written word is big business in S. C.

By Anita Baker


Some of the many participants at the 2013 S.C. Book Festival are front row (l-r) Priscilla Whitaker, Deb Mangolt, Lynne Marie. Back row (l-r) Karla Teleya, Mike Long, and Fred Fields. Some of the many participants at the 2013 S.C. Book Festival are front row (l-r) Priscilla Whitaker, Deb Mangolt, Lynne Marie. Back row (l-r) Karla Teleya, Mike Long, and Fred Fields. Authors, publishers, retail book sellers, bloggers, social media marketers, those who love to read, and those who love to write gathered at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this past weekend for the 17th Annual SC Book Festival. The 2013 SC Book Festival featured an exhibit hall with over 100 vendors including University of South Carolina Press, Richland County Library, South Carolina Arts Commission, The History Press, Books-A-Million, South Carolina Writers Workshop, Columbia Writer’s Alliance, Ed’s Editions, ABAA bookseller and Heroes & Dragons comic bookstore, Hub City Press & Bookshop, and Written Voices Blog Authors.

Book signings were also scheduled in the exhibit hall featuring authors “Ron Rash, Patricia Moore- Pastides, Walter Edgar, Pat Conroy, Sue Duffy, C. Hope Clark, Mary Whyte, and Dori Sanders.

The SC Book Festival provided many resources through scheduled Writers Workshops for new and experienced writers on topics such as “Writing and Publishing,” “Breaking Writing Blocks and Forging Beyond Fears,” “It’s a Blog-Eat- Blog World,” “How to Find and Connect with Your Audience,” and “You are Your Own Best Publicist.”

Other scheduled informational sessions were presented by featured authors. Workshops included “A Window into Life: Memories” led by Jackie K. Cooper, Kambri Crews, and Sheila Morris; “Got Faith: Christian Fiction” led by Kathryn Hewitt, Denise Hildreth Jones, Marybeth Whalen; “and “Unbelievably Gluten-Free” led by Ann Byrn with cooking demos and tasting samples prepared by Food Stylist Susan Fuller Stack.

The Children’s Pavilion sponsored by Bi-Lo Charities was also available for young children during the SC Book Festival.

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