Publisher Events

Pitch Session Registration Opens

Sat., Oct. 28, 9:00am
Fayetteville Public Library

Interested in having your writing published? Sign up for a pitch session and talk with a publisher about your ideas! Signup for sessions begins in the library's lobby at 9 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Before signing up for a session, interested writers are encouraged to research the publishers for fit and to prepare a pitch. We'll release an FAQ with additional details as we get closer to the event.

A Path to Publication: Panel Discussion with Publishers and Writers

Sat., Oct. 28, 10:00am
Fayetteville Public Library

Author Nancy Hartney will moderate this discussion about the publishing process from the point of view of both writers and publishers. The panel will take questions from the audience following the discussion. Panelists include DoSouth Managing Editor Marla Cantrell; Post Mortem Press Founder Eric Beebe; Fiery Seas Publishing Founder Misty Williams; Sibling Rival Press founder Bryan Borland; author Kate Hart; and author Misty Murphy.

Publisher Pitch Sessions

Sat., Oct. 28, 1:00pm
Fayetteville Public Library

Pitch sessions begin at 1 p.m. for writers who signed up for sessions early in the morning. Pitch sessions will last 15 minutes.


Eric Beebe, Post Mortem Press

Eric Beebe, founder, publisher, and consulting partner of Post Mortem Press seeks unique psychological horror, hard edged or supernatural mysteries, and fast paced thrillers. Sometimes PMP even publishes mainstream novels and seeks material for anthologies. The press strongly supports indie writers and first time authors for adult or young adult novels. Any book submission needs to be complete. Beebe does not consider work published by another press, self-published works, or online serialized materials. With over 100 books in print, PMP has grown from a distraction against the worries of a corporate career gone awry to a successful independent publishing concern. Along the way, it has earned the respect of many luminaries in the world of dark novels and speculative fiction. The press is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is a Mysterious Writers of America Approved Publisher.

Bryan Borland, Sibling Rivalry Press

Bryan Borland is founding publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press. His most recent collection of poems, DIG (Stillhouse Press, 2016), was a Lambda Literary Finalist in Gay Poetry and a Stonewall Honor Book in Literature as selected by the American Library Association. He is winner of the Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award and a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his husband, the poet Seth Pennington. 

Marla Cantrell, Do South Magazine

Marla Cantrell is the managing editor and lead writer for Do South Magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication featuring profiles, travel pieces, recipes, poetry, and how-to articles. Do South accepts pitches from freelance writers/photographers who know Arkansas well and have a talent for great storytelling.

Marla brings years of experience to her role as managing editor, having spent more than a decade in broadcast news. Her writing has garnered several awards and has been featured in regional and national publications, including the Huffington Post, and Deep South Magazine. In 2014, she was named an Arkansas Arts Council Fellow in Short Fiction.

Misty Williams, Fiery Seas Publishing

Misty Williams founded Fiery Seas Publishing in 2014. She has over ten years experience from writing to marketing and publicity to editorial. She now uses the things she has learned over the years to help build the companies growing number of authors.

Misty is always looking for a great book that will keep readers up all night. She is looking for mysteries, thrillers, horror, science fiction, fantasy, YA/middle grade, romance, and historical fiction. 

Founded in 2014, Fiery Seas Publishing thrives in putting out high-quality books for men, women, and young adults to enjoy long after they close the cover