Live Oak Public Libraries partners with The Savannah Quill for book convention



September 30, 2016 Savannah, Georgia  

The Savannah Quill is proudly partnering with the Live Oak Public Library for the inaugural book convention on Saturday October 8, 2016. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated for literacy. The Friends of the Library are also having a book sale at the convention. Jason Broughton, who is the Interim Director for Live Oak Public Libraries,  shared insight about the importance of literacy and the role the library plays in the community. Below is our question and answer session we had with Broughton.



Jason Broughton

Why are libraries more important now than they have ever been?


Broughton: Libraries of all types are portals to all of the world’s knowledge. And as librarians we ensure that knowledge continues to be recorded and saved for the future, even as information-storage devices and formats change. Librarians are the original, and still the best, search engines. All across the world libraries serve a vital social service by helping bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots, especially when it comes to literacy, access to information, and intellectual freedom.

What does literacy mean in today’s modern world?

Broughton: Literacy is rooted across all the things that we do in our daily life. Living a 21st Century world requires new form of literacy, not only for work but for living a fulfilled life, coping with the new complexities of our societies, and engaging as a citizen. Literacy use to mean being able to read, write, and have a general basis for understanding. As societies change the need to have critical thinking, analyze, challenge and use multiple intelligences for everyday life.

Who is your favorite author and how did you become a librarian?

Broughton: Currently my favorite author is Mr. Tom Perrotta who wrote the book The Leftovers.

I started working at the South Carolina State Library as a project manager for a grant under the Institute of Museum and Library Services for Workforce Development services for public libraries across the state of South Carolina.  I then found that there were many things that from my work in the field of education that overlapped with librarianship.  After having a few conversations with librarians and other influential people in the library world, I decided to make the leap into librarianship  in 2013.

What do you say to encourage young readers?

Broughton: Reading brings so many benefits.  Reading will help build skills they need for success in life. It enriches your relationship and instills a love of learning. And books gives all of us a gateway to the world—people, places and ideas.


Skip the line, get tickets in advance!

Do you love books? Want to meet the authors in person and get your copy autographed? Come join us Saturday October 8th 10a-6p and meet over 30 authors, artists and guests! Hang out with Princesses, Star Wars 501st Legion, Storyteller J’miah Nabawi and awesome authors! There will be books, one of a kind art pieces, and crafted goods. Want to become an author? Great! We are going to have panels with the authors so you can ask them questions.

Family fun for all! Stay tuned for a special author signing event!

General admission: $10

Princess Sweet Tea party (12p-2p) : $5

Skip the line and get your tickets on Eventbrite here.

10 ways to improve your book sales!

10-waysTips and Tricks for a Successful signing
By Stella Price
Hey everyone! Adam Messer, The Savannah Quill Founder, asked me to write up a small primer for signings, tips and tricks to making the signing successful. You probably wonder why he asked me right? Well I have been running an extremely successful event where 78% of the authors attending either sell out or sell down to 5 or less by the end of the event. I myself normally sell about 80% if not more of my stock at events, by following these simple tenants. I’m not saying they will work for everyone, but… use what will work for you.

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Guest announcement! Hangin’ With Web Show!


We are really happy to announce the awesome folks from the Hangin’ With Web Show are going to be at The Savannah Quill!

“Each Webisode, DAILY, author and journalist G.W. Pomichter is “Hangin’ With” Authors, Film Makers, Musicians and other Creators to find out about their recent projects, their lives and what makes them tic. Each week G.W. Pomichter is talking great books, films, songs, good buys and artistic how’s and why’s.

captureWatch our sponsor Timothy Morris


Find them on the web:
Twitter: @HanginWithShow (


Families celebrate night promoting literacy.

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Passionate readers celebrated the first Family Fun Night for Literacy at Bloomingdale Recreation Center Taylor Park  on Sept. 9, 2016. Families showed support participating in an evening of fun and games at the event.

Attendees enjoyed shopping with variety of vendors, and family activities including a fitness boot camp from Fabricated Fitness, hanging out with the Princess Production‘s princess, and listening to cool music from DJ OB-1 Benobi Ben Umbreit.

Children and adults played rounds with Savannah Battle Bows, an outdoor archery team based action game. Teams competed against each other for domination. Nathan Knight owns the popular outdoor sport game company, and his manager Chris Waters and their team set up the large arena games.

The City of Bloomingdale’s Mayor Ben Rozier commenced the the event by addressing the crowd discussing an experience he had 18 years earlier while working in Montreal, Canada. Rozier said working as a truck driver he found what not being literate could mean since he could not speak or read French as he drove looking for his destination. He said the experience opened his eyes to literacy’s importance.

Bloomingdale Recreation Department Director George Foley welcomed the crowd and discussed the Taylor Park expansion progress. He stated the estimated costs were over two million dollars and they had raised nearly $200,000 toward the goal. Foley works diligently to create family friendly events that Bloomingdale and surrounding communities enjoy.

Adam Messer, Founder of The Savannah Quill, worked with Foley to create the first ever Family Fun Night for Literacy.  “The Savannah Quill connects writers and readers to promote literacy. Taylor Park is a great space to hold family friendly activities, and George supported our upcoming October 8th book convention from the beginning.”

Messer said they are hosting Let’s Can Hunger on November 5, 2016. “Let’s Can Hunger started as an idea I had in 2011 to support the West Broad Street YMCA. We raised over 2,500 canned goods, clothing, school supplies, winter coats and toys for the children. We also raised a $1,000 from a corporate donation in early 2012 to help them.”

“I have partnered with local businesses to continue the grass roots effort,” Messer said. “Partnering again with the City of Bloomingdale Recreation Department for The Savannah Quill’s Let’s Can Hunger creates a great opportunity to help children and families in need.”

“We plan to have over 100 vendors and we are taking donations for canned goods, school clothing, supplies, and toys for kids for the holidays.”



Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival!

lets-can-hungerLet’s Can Hunger Fall Festival!

Bloomingdale Recreation Center presents The Savannah Quill for a Let’s Can Hunger! We will be collecting canned goods, school clothes and supplies, and toys for the holidays! Join us for an evening of fun and games, DJ OB-1 Benobi, and great holiday vendors! The concession stand will be open. Bring your chairs, tents and blankets for a great day of fun.

What: Let’s Can Hunger
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10am until 3:00pm
Where: Bloomingdale Recreation Center Taylor Park
1824 Pine Barren Rd, Bloomingdale, GA 31302
Cost: Free Admission

For interviews, please email

Vendor registration is subject to approval. Vendor space is $20 (non-refundable) and must be prepaid. We have limited tables, but you can bring your own tables, chairs, and tents for set up. Fill out the vendor registration form below. We will email you back with payment information if you are approved. Register

Happy #ReadaBookDay!


Reading is an essential life skill which helps in all aspects of life. Today is National Read a Book  Day. What are you reading? I have been reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

While you are at it, you can also read our Short Story contest entries free ebook! The Savannah Quill 2016 Short Story Writing Contest Entries

Please comment and let us know what you are reading.

The Savannah Quill welcomes Sponsor CaTyra Polland!

CaTyra Polland

CaTyra Polland

Please help us welcome our newest Sponsor : CaTyra Polland with Career Prep. Polland contacted us about becoming a sponsor. We met at a local coffee shop to discuss the possibilities and how the book convention would be a good fit for her business. She is passionate about helping others and is not only a professional services writer, but has also edited books for authors and is a poet. We are excited to add her to our convention as a sponsor for the 2016 Savannah Quill.

We are interviewing Polland for our upcoming eMagazine.

CaTyra Polland, Founder of Career Prep.  As an Editor, entrepreneur and poet, CaTyra earned her Master’s degree from the University at Albany. She has written several dozen papers, a thesis, poems and song lyrics.”Writing can be a daunting task, you write, read, re-write and re-read,” Polland said. “You want to deliver your message in a concise and clear manner while maintaining individuality.”

Polland offers professional editing services for writers, resume services, consulting for small business, and partners with her clients to identify their goals, support them in preparing and developing content and delivering their writing with precision and certainty.

Savannah Battle Ball joins Family Fun Night for Literacy

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Savannah Battle Bows

Savannah Battle Ball & Battle Bows will host games at the Family Fun Night for Literacy at Bloomingdale Recreation Center on September 9th, 2016 from 6p-9p! We want to give them a huge Shout Out for graciously donating an evening of Savannah Battle Bows games to help promote literacy. Please head over to their Facebook Page and show them some love!