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The Book Doctors Present: A Webinar on How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish? We’ve helped hundreds of talented amateurs become professionally published authors. All questions will be answered, and three lucky writers will get pitch their book. 7/16. PS. If you’re not available that day, don’t worry, you can download and listen anytime!

Upcoming Return to Work Conference

Last year I was in limbo–searching for full-time work as a communications writer, but also trying to hang on to some flexibility. I attended this great conference that helped me define my goals, and gave me the confidence to “jump back in” to a career–not to mention that I found it to be a valuable networking experience. The conference is coming up again and I thought I would share it with this group.

Save the Date: 2014 iRelaunch Annual Return to Work Conference!

Wednesday, October 1; 9am-5pm, Columbia University, Lerner Hall

Learn the Most Effective Return to Work Strategies and Meet Employers Interested in Hiring Relaunchers
Expert guidance, concrete direction, and the opportunity to connect with interested employers — that’s what you can expect at an iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. It’s a one-day event specifically designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals (in all fields including communications, media, publishing, marketing and more) returning from career break and the employers interested in recruiting them. The Conference hosts women and men who’ve taken time from their careers to care for children and parents, or pursue volunteer opportunities or personal interests. Why you took a break (or how long you’ve been out) doesn’t matter. What matters is finding practical, actionable and relevant guidance for returning to work with a purpose.

This event is coordinated by iRelaunch, founded by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of the acclaimed career reentry strategy book, “Back on the Career Track.” For more information,

Virginia Cornue and Linda Lombri (a.k.a. Crystal Sharpe) will talk about their “Journey from Shanghai to Montclair Mystery Writers” as co-authors of SANDRA TROUX MYSTERIES.

They’ll talk about their first two books – The Mystery of the Ming Connection and the new Masquerade on the Net — and give a sneak peek at Book #3, Secrets at Abbott House (due out late 2014).

For details, call Watchung Booksellers at 973 744 7177 or email the authors at

Fatherhood will be celebrated –and ruthlessly examined — by three local poets and a musician on Friday, June 20, as the ANT Bookstore and Cafe in Clifton continues its monthly series of poetry readings.

The featured readers are Martin Golan, author of the Montclair-based novel “My Wife’s Last Lover” and a collection of short stories, “Where Things Are When You Lose Them”; Charles H. Johnson, whose work garnered first place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award among other honors; and Joseph Rathgeber, whose stories and poems have been widely published.

Joe Jacovino, folksinger and guitarist, will provide the music, and an open reading follows. The event was coordinated by poet James Gwyn.

Details: Friday, June 20, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 345 Clifton Avenue in Clifton, NJ. 973-777-2704

The 37th annual International Women Writers’ Guild conference will be held August 17 – 22, 2014, Wisdom House, Litchfield, CT

Join us for 4 full days of writing, crafting, and connecting in an exclusive retreat setting. 15+ workshops to explore the spiritual, emotional, creative, and technical side of writing. An experience that will inspire you throughout the year.

Multiple registration options to accommodate any budget. Commuters welcome. Members save! For details and registration, visit:

Writer Seeks Writers’ Group!

Looking for writer’s group in Montclair area that would take new members. Looking for a forum to submit and receive feedback. Interests are memoir and essay (i.e. magazine).  Contact Cindy at

A 4-Hour Workshop on ePublishing That Can Change You from Dreamer to Published Author.

Presented by co-authors Virginia Cornue and Linda Lombri, this workshop will introduce both first time and seasoned authors to the wonderful world of epublishing. Topics will include an overview of the ebook market, how to choose the e-publisher right for you, how to format your ebook, writing exercises and tips on promotion. Plus…transitioning to print and audio via Create Space and ACX.

Fee: $75 (early bird $65 ends June 1)
Time and Location: Saturday, June 7th, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Unique Photo, 123 US 46W, Fairfield, NJ

To register, call 973 464 2804 or email:

Grass Roots Fiction at Its Best

Working Title 7, a local group of writers who’ve mercilessly critiqued each others work, will be holding a reading at Watchung Booksellers on Tuesday, June 3, at 7 PM. Presenters will be: Karin Abarbanel, Marne Benson, Donna Brennan, Nancy Burke-Toomey, David Holmberg, Priscilla Mainardi, and David Popiel. Join them for an entertaining evening of fiction and memoir –
followed by wine, cheese, cake!

New Book Published

Nancy Gerber has just published a new book, Fire and Ice, a collection of poetry and prose, with Arseya Publishing. Julie Maloney, director of Women Reading Aloud, writes, “[the book] captures the bearings of the heart . . . and brings the reader inside the ache of growing up and growing old.” Marjorie Tesser, editor of Mom Egg Review, has this to say: “[Nancy Gerber''s] writing is filled with humor, compassion and an eye for the telling details.” The book is available for purchase through Amazon. For information on readings, please contact

Montclair Times Seeks Editor

The Montclair Times seeks a reporter to cover news and features. The beat emphasizes coverage of the school district and educational topics, but the successful candidate possesses the skills to cover other assignments in Montclair, a town teeming with news. For this position, the requisites include developing and writing hard news, investigative, enterprise, and feature articles; taking images, writing headlines and captions, and assisting in the layout of pages and the Education section. Must prepare and post stories to the web. A college degree and proven journalism experience are preferred. Excellent written and oral skills, PC and social media aptitude, and the ability to deal with the public and collaborate with newsroom colleagues are necessary. Adequate means of transportation is essential. Familiarity with the area is advantageous. It’s a varied work schedule, and the days and hours will fluctuate. Send your cover letter, resume, and three or four of your best published clips to Mark Porter, editor,, or The Montclair Times, 130 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.