than a dozen authors
to appear at Authors Fair
store, publishing company
to sponsor event
(March 2012) What better way to bring people
together than by reading? Throw in a plethora of authors, literary discussions
and some adorable pups and youve got an annual celebration. This
is exactly the kind of event That Book Place bookstore will be holding.
The event will mark the stores sixth anniversary
and feature at least 36 authors who will discuss and sign their books.
Included in this weekend celebration will be a book sale and authors
seminars. The authors seminars will take place on Friday, March
16, while the second annual Authors Fair will be held from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 337 Clifty Dr., in Madison, Ind.
Its going to be a meet and greet casual atmosphere,
said Tammy Bentz, who works at That Book Place.
Frank and Kim Hall, the book store owners, have also had another reason
to celebrate. Their publishing company, Hydra Publications, held a promotion
during Feb. 8-9 during which they offered free downloads for e-book
readers. According to the owners, the results were astounding
and more than 46,000 e-books were downloaded that had a Madison connection.
The Halls came up with the idea of offering free titles after a similar
promotion featuring only one title proved successful. With the new e-book
releases, Hydra books held six of the top 100 downloads from Amazon.coms
sales on these days. The most astounding result was when Linda A. Wulfs
historical romance, The Heart Denied, temporarily knocked
Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice out of the top spot.
I was amazed, said Wulf. The promotion was a wonderful
idea, and Im continuing to publish through Hydra.
Wulf, who has lived in Louisville, Ky., for 56 years, began writing
when she was a teenager. She wrote two manuscripts but didnt write
again until she had her own children. The inspiration for her first
book came from a dream she had. This first book would be the one to
take the place of Pride in Prejudice in the sales rankings.
scheduled to appear:
Fred Farley and Ron Harsin, Madison, Ind.; Lyndi Alexander, Pa.;
Ren Garcia, Columbus, Ohio; Lucy Snyder, Columbus, Ohio; Gary
Braunbeck, Columbus, Ohio; Linda Wulf, Louisville, Ky.; Stephen
Zimmer, Lexington, Ky.; R.J. Sullivan, Heartland, Ind.; Michael
Williams, Corydon, Ind.; Lynn Tincher, La Grange, Ky.; Michael
West, Indianapolis; Michael DAmbrosia, Philadelphia; John
Pesta, Brownstown, Ind.; Abigail Keem, Fayette, Ky; Morinda Montgomery,
Madison, Ind.; Patrick DOrazio, Ohio; Bertena Varnay, Bowling
Green, Ky.; Gwen Mayo, Lexington, Ky.; Tracy Chowdbury, Cincinnati;
Ted Grim, Cincinnati; Sarah Glenn, Ky.; Haley Elizabeth, West
Virginia; Louise Stratton, Bedford, Ky.; and Southern Indiana
Writers Group members T.L. Harris, Marian Allen, Carol Preflatish,
Kayelle McLive, Shiloh Walker, Christopher Kokoski, Doug Hardin,
Teddi Robinson, Ginny Fleming.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17
That Book Place, 337 Clifty Dr., Madison, Ind.
Information: (812) 574-4113
The book is an intricate weave of love lost and won with
the kind of gothic drama found in the Brontë sisters literary
works. Wulf, who says she writes to entertain, has already published
her second book, Heart of the Hunter. Her son, Alex Koening,
designed the book cover about which Wulf is most excited.
Now with plans for a third book, Wulf said she is looking forward to
the Authors Fair and being able to talk with visitors. A participant
of last years fair, she says there will be a variety of authors,
books and time to enjoy literary discussion.
A new author to this years fair will be Morinda Montgomery. Her
book, titled Secret, is a paranormal romance and her first
published book. Montgomery also publishes through Hydra.
Already started on her second book, Montgomery said she is looking forward
to not only meeting with visitors but to speak with other authors.
This kind of positive response is what has helped the owners expand
from their original location. According to Bentz, after six months of
being open, they needed more space and moved to their current location.
Since then, they have continued to expand, eventually starting the publishing
company two years ago.
We are all book lovers, said Bentz. We picked up books
from yard sales, auctions and library sales, and it keeps growing.
The idea of a publishing company was something Frank Hall had been dreaming
of for several years. After doing research, he came to the conclusion
that, with technology, print on demand would be much more accessible.
After giving it a go with a couple of titles, he decided to keep it
as a permanent fixture.
Now with an anniversary to celebrate and a slew of authors on hand,
the Halls and Bentz are ready get get things moving. The owners will
be selling thousands of books outside for 75 percent off their normal
The authors participating in the fair include many that publish under
the Halls publishing company. Many are locals, including Montgomery.
Michael DAmbrozio is coming as far away as Pennsylvania.
New to this years fair will be the opportunity to adopt a homeless
pet. The book store is teaming with the Madison Correctional Institute
to have dogs available for adoption. The dogs have some basic training
in obedience. All have been spayed or neutered and are current on their
This is the first time they have done this, and the owners, noted animal
lovers, hope that each animal will have the chance to find a home.
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