Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival

lets-can-hungerWhat: Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival 
Where: Taylor Park (Bloomingdale Recreation Center) 1824 Pine Barren Rd, Bloomingdale, GA 31302
When: Saturday November 5, 2016 10 am until 3 pm
Cost: Free admission
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/338380913175191/


Media Contact: Adam Messer, thesavannahquill@gmail.com 912-667-3696

Please join us for the first ever Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival hosted by The City of Bloomingdale Recreation Center Saturday November 5, 2016. We are collecting non-perishable food, school clothing & supplies, and toys for the holidays. The donations collected will help local families.

Let’s Can Hunger started as a grass roots food drive in 2011, and every year partners with local businesses to help collect food, school clothes & supplies, as well as toys for the holidays. Past donations benefited local charitable organizations such as the West Broad Street YMCA, Loaves of Fishes, Toys for Tots, and local church food banks. 100% of donations are distributed back into the community.

This year’s fall festival features a vendor/community yard sale at Taylor Park combined with Bloomingdale Bear’s Homecoming parade! Family fun activities include DJ OB-1 Benobi playing music, Fabricated Fitness training a free fitness boot camp, and Sheena Allen giving a free Zumba party with HYPE Fit! With over 40 vendors already booked, there will be holiday gifts and shopping opportunities.

In addition to the entertainment, the concession stands will be open as well.

Everyone is encouraged to bring donations: non-perishable food, school clothing & supplies, and toys for the holidays. There is a 2 can suggested donation for ZUMBA.

We are seeking an in-kind donation for bouncy houses (or a monetary donation to rent them).

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/338380913175191/

We look forward to seeing you at Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival on Nov. 5th!

Adam Messer


The Savannah Quill

“Connecting writers and readers to promote literacy.”


Please join us March 11, 2017 at Savannah Hilton Garden Inn


Stuart Jaffe’s thoughts on writing.

Hello everyone!

Our friend Stuart Jaffe wrote this for our newsletter. I wanted to share it because I think it is great advice for writing!



For The Savannah Quill newsletter

by Stuart Jaffe

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Stuart Jaffe

Most advice on writing is worthless. This isn’t because it’s wrong but rather because writers are individuals following an artistic pursuit which, by its nature, cannot be governed with set rules.  However, I do have two thoughts to share with you all that may help as you discover your own writing path.

First, momentum. Whether you write every day or once-a-week, whether you set word count goals or go until you drop, whether you put words to page in a frantic outpouring or in methodical order, the fact is that we all need momentum.

I tend to write every day provided I’m actually working on something. At this moment, for example, I haven’t written fiction for about three weeks because I’ve been researching my next Max Porter novel. Since the Max Porter novels take real Southern history and mix it with the supernatural, I have to spend extra time researching historical events. Thus, my writing momentum is near dead at the moment.

Once I start the actual writing, the first few days, I’ll be lucky to push out 300 words. It’ll be arduous.  But if I stick to it (and I will), then each day gets better. The momentum builds. Soon I’ll be back to my regular daily 2,000+ words. I’ll finish writing for the day, and the rest of the hours by brain will keep writing, so that the next morning, I’m ready to go with new ideas and new words. The momentum keeps it rolling.

The second thing I want to share is what I call the One Rule. See, there are no rules in writing except this: If it works, it works.

That’s it. Simple.

It doesn’t matter what the “rules” say you should and shouldn’t do. If you can make it work, if you can get readers to understand and enjoy what you’ve written, then the “rules” are meaningless and wrong. Example: The “rules” would say never write a book that’s in 2nd person, present tense, and non-linear. The “rules” say it won’t work.

But in the 1970s, Edward Packard came along with what would eventually be called the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Those books are in 2nd person, present tense, and certainly non-linear. He made it work, so it doesn’t matter what the rules say.

If it works, it works.

Mark your calendars!

The Savannah Quill profile picHello everyone!

I hope this message finds you well!
In consideration of upcoming events, we rescheduled the book convention to Saturday March 11, 2017. We just received confirmation from the hotel for the date.
Thank you for patience and we will send out a new press release as soon as it is available.

Thank you!

Thank you!Thank you for understanding about rescheduling the convention. Hurricane Matthew caused a lot of devastation. We are working to get everything back in order here in Savannah. We are very grateful that a lot of people were safe and sound, and we are praying for those who experienced loss.

We will announce the new convention date as soon as possible, and we appreciate your patience while we are waiting to find out as well.

Short story contest winner!

We would like to congratulate Kelly Loomis for her short story contest submission “Life is Butter Dream.” Thank you to everyone who participated!

Life Is Butter Dream

By Kelly Loomis

Rachel was adrift in a peaceful sea. Gentle waves rocked her little boat. She wasn’t sure where here was exactly, but she wasn’t afraid. She’d been here before. She could hear Mommy’s voice, though Mommy didn’t seem to be able to hear her.

“I couldn’t wake her up this morning. She was fine last night,” Mommy said.

“Tell me her history,” a male voice said.

A doctor Rachel guessed; she had lots of doctors.

“She has seizures, cerebral palsy; she’s 32 with the mind of a six-year-old,” Mommy

said. Rachel heard Mommy listing her meds, her surgeries, and on and on.

Rachel had heard all of this many times, so she amused herself by singing. Row, row,

row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily; life is butter dream.

She giggled. Butter dream –I’m so silly.

“Yes, you are,” said a musical voice in her ear.

Rachel giggled again. “I wondered when you would get here,” she said.

“Little Lamb, you know I’m always here,” said the voice.

“Yup.” said Rachel. “That’s why people think I’m so brave.” The voice had always been

with her –especially when she found herself in this little boat. Mommy couldn’t come on the

boat, but she was never really alone.

Every so often, Rachel thought she could hear Mommy’s voice, but it sounded farther

and farther away. She thought she should be going back the other way by now.

“Where’s Mommy?” she asked.

“She’s still with you, holding your hand,” the voice assured her.

“Is she OK?” Rachel asked. “She sounds different.”

“She’s just worried about you.”

“Does she know I’m OK?” Rachel wondered.

“Little Lamb, I have a surprise for you,” the voice said. “All your life you’ve never been

able to do the things that other people do.”

“Like Jessie?” Jessie was her little sister, but she could do everything –even drive the


“Yes, like Jessie,” said the voice. “Would you like to see what it’s like to be able to walk

and talk and –”

“Dance!” Rachel said.


“Of course, you’ll dance!” said the voice, laughing.

“But we will come back to the boat,” Rachel said.

“Don’t worry, Little Lamb, this gift is very special. It will only last a moment, though it

will seem like a lifetime to you. You won’t really ever leave the boat.”

“You’ll be with me?” Rachel said.

“I’ll be right here, but you won’t hear my voice as often. You’ll be a grown-up girl like

Mommy and Jessie.”

“OK, I guess,” said Rachel.

“Off you go, Little Lamb.”

There was a blinding flash of light and six-year-old Rachel Lamb suddenly sat up in her

bed. The sun beamed through the window, directly into her face. Jessie was asleep in the next

bed. It was their same old room, but she was different.

“Girls, it’s time to get up for school!”

Mommy! Rachel ran downstairs. She ran. down. stairs! Mommy was making breakfast

and she was young again. Rachel loved school. She found she could read and even do addition!

Everything was so exciting –now that she could participate fully.

She learned to ride a bike, swim, and play the piano. Her grades were good. Well, not

really in Algebra. She and Jessie were best friends. They talked about everything. Sometimes

they even liked the same boy. Rachel could drive a car!

Not everything was rosy. Rachel’s heart was broken a few times; and one time she broke

her leg, skiing. She watched her sister unravel when her husband left her with two small

children. She discovered that life was not always easy –even when everything on your body

worked. Some pains went deep. Some wounds were slow to heal.

And then –it happened. Rachel fell in love. His name was Noah, and he was her true

soulmate. They danced under the stars, they walked on the beach, they talked late into the night,

until each knew they could never be completely whole without the other. The date was set and

soon Rachel and Noah found themselves sitting under the full moon on the beach. It was their

wedding night.

They held hands and kissed and talked and made plans for the rest of their lives.

“I think I am happier than I’ve ever been.” said Rachel.

“I’m so happy for you, Little Lamb,” said a musical voice in her ear.

She jumped. “What did you call me?” she said to Noah.


Noah didn’t answer, he seemed to be mesmerized by the moon. She looked up to see that

the moon was racing toward them and becoming blindingly bright. In the brightness, she could

see a familiar little boat on the waves, and in a flash, she was in the boat.


A man was shouting, but she couldn’t see him. Ouch! Was someone standing on her



Mommy was crying.

“Little Lamb.”

She sighed with relief. “Is Mommy OK?”

“She’s just sad. You’re leaving her.”

“No! Take me back!” Rachel cried.

“It’s your time to leave.”

“But, I don’t want Mommy to be sad.”

“Mommy will be OK, I promise. Did you enjoy your dream?”

“Yup,” she said. “But everything wasn’t as easy as I thought.”

“No,” the voice agreed.

Rachel realized she was no longer on a boat but was standing on a white, sandy shore.

Someone was walking toward her. Heart pounding, she ran to meet him.

“Noah!” They embraced and fell to the ground laughing. “But how are you here? I loved

you in a dream.”

“Noah was like you –trapped in a body that didn’t work right. He was dreaming, too

–when you found each other.”

“Are we dreaming now?” asked Rachel.

“No, Little Lamb. Now, I’m going to be with Mommy. She needs me. You and Noah

have each other.”

“For keeps?” asked Rachel.

“Forever, if you want.”

“That’s exactly what we want.”

“Yup,” said Noah, as he took Rachel’s hand and smiled. “Exactly.”

The Savannah Quill to be rescheduled due to safety concerns from Hurricane Matthew


For Immediate Release:

Re: The Savannah Quill to be rescheduled due to safety concerns from Hurricane Matthew.
Due to the unexpected weather conditions of Hurricane Matthew, (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5-daynl#contents), we feel it is necessary to reschedule the convention to ensure the safety of our guests.
We will let you know as soon as we have the new convention date scheduled.
Thank you for your continued support of The Savannah Quill!
Adam Messer

Adam Messer


The Savannah Quill

“Connecting writers and readers to promote literacy.”

National Hurricane Center Hurricane Matthew Retrieved 10/04/2016


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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