September 19 — Piper Huguley

Make a Way When There’s No Way: Creating your own niche in an ever-changing publishing market

Esteemed historical romance author Beverly Jenkins said in February 2015 in Publisher’s Weekly, “With her self-published [Home] to Milford College series, new author Piper G. Huguley has created her own niche–inspirational historical romances featuring African- Americans.” Self-publishing has opened wonderful opportunities for writers to be heard when traditional publishing didn’t see a way forward for some stories or audiences.  In my presentation, I’ll present examples of how to: write to appeal to a shifting market, engage in market research and build a social media platform. Ultimately, the combination of these factors can define the niche enough that writers can gain the attention of a traditional publisher, if that’s what is desired.

Piper Huguley GH photoPiper G Huguley is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist and is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck, reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts. Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart® finalist in 2014. Book four, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart® finalist in 2013. A Virtuous Ruby will be published in July 2015 by Samhain Publishing.

She blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.


Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend. 

Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door

Meeting Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking

10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker

11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting

Signing: Piper, Huguley, Caroljane Foster

Meeting Location:

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 952-7900

Come see us at the Decatur Book Festival!

2015 DBF Logos

Georgia Romance Writers will host a booth at the Decatur Book Festival, this Labor Day weekend.

Booths 413-416

We’re also presenting the Romance Writers Pavilion, with tons of panels and presentations about the romance genre. To see the schedule for the pavilion, click here.

There are a ton of romance authors presenting (many of them GRW members), too! To see the full list, click here.

Come find us! Friday, September 4, 2015, 5:00 PM until Sunday, September 6, 2015, 6:00 PM

101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030

Directions to DBF