7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The publishing industry has changed, leaving behind many ill equipped writers. At the next Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting, author John Tullock will help writers understand how to navigate this new world. The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. Tullock’s presentation is appropriately titled, “Publishing Has Evolved, Have You?,” and attendees will leave the meeting with practical advice. “I will explore how new technologies, the Internet and social media create both opportunities and pitfalls for writers, and suggest some strategies for taking advantage of the one and avoiding the other,” he said. The University of Tennessee graduate has been publishing for more than three decades, beginning in 1980 with a magazine article. Since then, he has authored 16 how-to books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from aquariums to starting a home-based business. His “Natural Reef Aquariums” has sold more than 75,000 copies since it appeared in 1997. In 2006, his book “Growing Hardy Orchids,” illustrated with more than 50 of his photographs, was named as one of the year’s five best gardening books by The American Horticulture Society. Tullock adapted to the new publishing world by providing some of his work online. He writes a regular column, “Ask the Expert,” and a blog, “The Permanent Gardener,” for “Tennessee Gardener” magazine. His other blog, “The New American Homestead,” is posted weekly at http://johntullock.blogspot.com. He edits an online magazine for a national retail trade association and is a marketing content consultant for Sicce USA, the North American division of an Italian manufacturing company. Several of Tullock’s books will be available for purchase at the meeting, including “The New American Homestead: Sustainable, Self-sufficient Living in the City or the Country,” “Pay Dirt: How to Make $10,000 a Year From Your Backyard Garden” and “Growing Hardy Orchids.”