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 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 http://piperhuguley.com. 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
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
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339