Local Authors Take Hostages!

Visit our fellow author friend Brian McKinley’s site for this special write up on our latest New Jersey Authors Network Panel also featuring Jordanna East, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin.

The Ravings of a Sick Mind

WOODBURY, NJ – A crazed group of local authors took patrons hostage a few weeks ago and forced them to participate in a discussion of the publishing industry. This article should have been written and posted a day or two afterward, but was delayed due to a combination of illness, loss of internet connections, other interruptions, and general procrastination and laziness. All the hostages were released unharmed, however the authors escaped capture.

In completely unrelated news, here are some pics from a recent author panel I took part in at a library!

Jordanna East, Brian Patrick McKinley, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin Jordanna East, Brian Patrick McKinley, Jane Mayer, Kristin Battestella, and Terri Brisbin

There are lots of reasons for authors to participate in these kinds of panels, but probably the most obvious is exposure. People who enjoy reading tend to come to these kind of panels, along with aspiring authors, and both are people who want to learn about…

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Local South Jersey Women Authors Panel VIDEO!

So you can’t make it from the virtual vampy world to one of our live local workshops and appearances with the New Jersey Authors Network? Never fear! Thanks to Rowan student Sarah, who filmed a few minutes of the NJAN presentation at the Millville Library on Friday April 25, you can see some of the ladies from the South Jersey Women Authors on Youtube!



Check out Sarah’s write up or youtube direct for more information about her school project that led her to video us and for all the links about the NJAN and the Millville Women’s Club who hosted our workshop!  

Can’t wait to join us in the real world again? May 21 we’ll be at the Woodbury Public Library again! Keep track with their Facebook event page here:


Autumn Authors Fair and Beyond!

Members of the South Jersey Women Authors, New Jersey Authors Network, and South Jersey Writers Group had a wild harvest good time October 19 at the Autumn Authors Fair, sponsored by A Novel Idea Bookstore and the Landis Marketplace in Vineland!  And Yes, a lot of us were in full, costumed Halloween Spirit!!


You can read the South Jersey Writer’s Group Write up about the Autumn Authors Fair, too!







Jordanna East also got her Wig on at the Witches Ball in Mount Holly October 13!!















We also saw many SJWA friends at the Indie Booksellers Conference and the NJRWA Conference in North Jersey before going way down to HallowRead in Baltimore!  More local authors will again be appearing at A Novel Idea in Vineland this December for the Holiday Author Blitz Book Signings, and the South Jersey Writers Group has us knee deep in NaNoWriMo Write In Sessions!

Catch some of the Literary Ladies again this November with the New Jersey Authors Network NaNo Panel Series at the Cinnaminson Library:

This Thursday November 7, 6pm-8:30pm Tina Gabrielle and Kristin Battestella, Two Fiction Genres: Romance & Fantasy Panel

Thursday November 14, 6pm-8:30pm Tina Gabrielle, MaryAnn Diorio, Kristin Battestella, Ilene Schneider, What It Takes to Break into Publishing Q&A

Thursday November 21, 6pm-8:30pm MaryAnn Diorio and Ilene Schneider, Two Fiction Genres: Cozy Mysteries & Inspirational Fiction Panel


And as always, visit our SJWA Yahoo Group for the latest Schedule updates on our Breakfast and Brunch Socials!


A Busy SJWA Summer!

Yep, it’s September, but the ladies of the South Jersey Women Authors had a very busy summer! From North Jersey Summer Signing Series and events to Smithville’s Authors on the Greene, we’ve been everywhere!

From television appearances and events at the A Novel Idea Bookstore in Vineland….

ImageImage…to Monster Mania and the Beach…




We’re Everywhere!!

You can catch more SJWA members along with our New Jersey Authors Network Friends and the South Jersey Writers Group at the upcoming Collingswood Book Festival, Witches Ball, Muse Online Writers Conference, Autumn Authors Fair, and more!!

For all our latest happenings, visit our Yahoo Group!

Chat with the SJWA!

Hello Ladies!

In addition to the South Jersey Women Authors Monthly Chat Times at Coffee time Romance, any author interested in some professional promotional time is welcome to drop by my Publisher’s Muse It Up’s Marketing Chat Seminars at the Muse Online Writers Conference website 7 p.m. Mondays this July!

Remember, Virtual members are welcome to talk shop, gain writerly advice, hob nob, get inspiration, or socialize and network along with the rest of us local gals! Here’s our chat schedule this month:

7/3 Muse It Up Coffee Time Chat
7/8 Muse Marketing Seminar
7/15 Muse Marketing Seminar
7/22 Muse Marketing Seminar
7/29 Muse Marketing Seminar
7/31 SJWA Coffee Time Chat

That’s Coffee Time Romance and the Muse Online Conference Chat Room:

9 p.m. est Tonight and 7/31

7 p.m. Mondays http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/

Father’s Day Family Book Extravaganza June 15!


We’re having a FATHER’S DAY FAMILY BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 15 at the Novel Idea Chapter II Bookstore in the Landis Marketplace, 631 Landis Avenue, Vineland, 08360.

Join Local Authors for a Celebration of Literature!!!

Members of the New Jersey Authors Network and Ladies from the South Jersey Women Authors Group invite Moms, Dads, Kids, Families, Young, Old, and Young at Heart to Enjoy Readings from Area Authors, Dine on Sweets and Spring Refreshments, and Take Home a Good Book – all in celebration of Father’s Day!

Authors scheduled to attend: Kristin Battestella, Jon Gibbs, Laura Kaighn, Artie Bennett, Danielle Ackley McPhail, Mike McPhail, Christy Sloat, C. Jovan Williams, Emily Guido, Brian McKinley, and Scott Mulraney

Walk along Landis Avenue and dine with authors outside, or shop downstairs at the Amish Market and find more authors! Want to hear a great children’s story or speak to a local writer? Find us at A Novel Idea! Beverages to whet your whistle, Home Baked Goods to ease that Sweet Tooth, Books to open the Mind!!!

Make June 15 a Special Time for Moms, Dads, and the Whole Family to have a treat and share in the love of local literature. Author topics include Children’s Books, Middle Grade, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Light Paranormal, New Adult, Fantasy, Horror, General Adult Fiction, and More!

Bring your Camera, you never know what Costumed Treats or Local Celebrities are in store. This Father’s Day, we have something for Everyone in the Family!

Mark your Calendars and Join Us!

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