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members show interest. I, for one, would like to see the Marketing Committee surge this year. For instance, there’s no reason a speaker should come to our conference not already well-versed in who and what NINC is. I’d like to see us brand our organization to have the same name recognition other groups have. Make that more recognition. We’re a powerhouse. No need to be modest. Let’s flex some marketing muscle in the name of NINC.

In case it’s been a while since you looked them over, or maybe you’ve never gotten a chance to review them, here is a sampling of our committees:

Discounts Committee

Committee purpose: to obtain discounts on writing/career items and services that benefit Novelists, Inc. members. Seeking ideas of additional discounts NINC members would like. To join this committee, contact: Pat McLaughlin at

Marketing Committee

Committee purpose: to help NINC grow, and to introduce NINC to authors who may not have heard of us or who may not realize what benefits membership brings. To join this committee, contact: Elaine Isaak at

Nominating Committee 2013

Committee purpose: to select members to run for NINC board positions (president-elect, treasurer and secretary) as well as candidates for the next year’s nominating committee. The chair is selected by the president. (Traditionally, the immediate past president serves as chair.) Nominating committee members are elected by the membership. To join this committee, contact Lou Aronica at

Volunteer Jobs

NINC Blog: looking for a volunteer willing to get one industry guest for the blog each month. Pay is a small stipend ($25) and your photo and bio to promote yourself. Contact or Patricia Rosemoor at

NINC Conference Committee 2013: the conference committee contacts and arranges for speakers, works with hotel for space and conference needs, directs registration; in other words, manages the whole ball of wax. Each year it is the volunteers who make the conference a success. That includes the conference chair as well as the committee and many other behind-the-scenes members who make it possible for the rest of us to enjoy a splendid, fact-filled, fun-filled weekend. To join or volunteer for a task with this committee, contact Kelly McClymer at

Do check out the NINC website for more information about the above committees and more.

Last, but not least, if you haven’t done so already, put us on your calendar now for the NINC Conference 2013, “The Author’s World,” in Myrtle Beach, S.C., October 24-27. Check the NINC website for a link to our new conference website. Want to check out the locale? Go here: Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa ( They had me at spa!

— Laura Parker Castoro, NINC President

Business Briefs

New Associate Editors

Random House — Kaela Myers, Sam Nicholson, and Anna Pitoniak
Kensington — Peter Senftleben

Publishers Weekly

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