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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

69 Organizations For Writers & Publishers

If you are a writer or publisher, consider joining any of the following dozens of organizations that may be great places to network:

1.      American Medical Writers Association:
2.      National Writers Association:
3.      Association of Jewish Book Publishers:
4.      Association of Writers and Writing Programs:
5.      Boston Authors Club, Inc.:
6.      Dog Writer’s Association of America:
7.      Cat Writers Association:
8.      Education Writers Association:
9.      Florida Writers Association, Inc.:
10.  Garden Writers Association:
11.  International Association of Crime Writers – North America:
12.  League of Vermont Writers:
13.  Midwest Travel Writers Association:
14.  Mystery Writers of America:
15.  National Association of Science Writers:
16.  National Association of Women Writers:
17.  North Carolina Writer’s Network:
18.  Palm Springs Writers Guild:
19.  Poets & Writers, Inc.:
20.  Publishers Association of the West:
21.  Romance Writers of America:
22.  Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America:
23.  Short Mystery Fiction Society:
24.  Society of American Travel Writers:
25.  The Florida Publishing Association:
26.  International Women’s Writing Guild:
27.  The Society of Midland Authors:
28.  The Society of Southwestern Authors:
29.  Western Writers of America:
30.  Willamette Writers:
31.  Women Who Write:
32.  Writers’ League of Texas:
33.  Arizona Book Publishing Association:
34.  Author U of Denver, Co.:
35.  Bay Area Independent Publishers Association:
36.  Book Publishers Northwest:
37.  Colorado Independent Publishers Association:
38.  Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association:
39.  Great Lakes Independent Publishers Association:
40.  Hawaii Book Publishers Association:
41.  Independent Publishers of New England:
42.  MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association:
43.  Midwest Independent Publishers Association:
44.  Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable:
45.  New Mexico Book Association:
46.  Northern California Publishers and Authors Association:
47.  Northwest Association of Book Publishers:
48.  Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario:
49.  Publishers and Writers of San Diego:
50.  Publishers Association of Los Angeles:
51.  Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network:
52.  St. Louis Publishers Association:
53.  Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association:
54.  BIG Making Information Pay:
55.  Book Expo America:
56.  Digital Book World:
57.  IBPA Publishing University:
58.  Association of American Publishers:
59.  Association of American University Presses:
60.  Association of Directory Publishers Connection:
61.  Association of Writers & Writing Programs:
62.  Children’s Book Week:
63.  Football Writers Association of America:
64.  Independent & Small Press Book Fair:
65.  Miami Book Fair International:
66.  Southern California Writer’s Conference:
67.  Texas Book Festival:
68.  Virginia Festival of the Book:
69.  Winter Conference on Writing & Illustrating for Children:

Interview With Author Rita Kuhn  

What type of books do you write? I recently published my memoir, Broken Glass Broken Lives, about my childhood and adolescence in Nazi Berlin as a Jewish girl. I have also written a novel that is waiting for publication.

What is your newest book about? The title is Another Ruth and depicts my mother’s conversion to Judaism and marriage to her Jewish husband in Berlin of the Twenties when anti-Semitism was on the rise.

 What inspired you to write it? After watching a movie of Pride and Prejudice, I woke up in the morning and decided I can write a novel about a family struggling with prejudice.

 What is the writing process like for you? I step out of my familiar Self and become someone else. I grow another soul that speaks another language. Words, sentences come to me from far away, like creating a new world, it seems.

What did you do before you became an author? I always liked to read and write. Most of my reading and writing had been academic, until I finished my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. After that, I started writing my memoir, Broken Glass, Broken Lives, which was published with the help of Barany Publishing, and which Amazon distributes.

How does it feel to be a published author? It engenders a multitude of feelings. Like taking an exam, giving birth, losing weight, making new friends, cross-examining yourself. Above all, sleepless nights.

Any advice for struggling writers? Listen to your inner voice, trust it and follow where it wants to take you. Don’t think of future readers, only what is alive in you at the present moment. Use words to create a language all your own, so that you may always mean what you write.

Where do you see book publishing heading? With ambivalence. Self-publishing can be a hornet’s nest or a goldmine. It can be subversive or sublime.

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