Sunday, August 12, 2007
Valerie L. Coleman

Dayton's Pen To Paper Literary Symposium Features
Editing/Marketing Expert Carolyn Howard-Johnson

(Dayton, OH) – Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be one of the internationally known authors featured at the fourth annual Pen To Paper Literary Symposium, sponsored by the Mark Baker Foundation and Pen of the Writer in Dayton, Ohio.

Valerie Coleman, symposium coordinator says, “The Pen To Paper Literary Symposium provides a wealth of information on the art of and business of writing. “Attendees gain insight from mainstream and self-published authors, editors, agents and an attorney. This year we’ve expanded the symposium to include sessions for music and screen writing.” It will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Dayton Urban League ( ), 907 West Fifth Street. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, will share her expertise on effective marketing techniques both in the editing of a book and its promotion. She is the author of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't which won USA Book News' Best Professional Book 2004 and the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award and the newly-released the Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. She was also named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature.

Victoria Christopher Murray (, an Essence bestselling author of six novels including A Sin and a Shame, Temptation and The Ex Files is also featured.

The symposium includes an Author Showcase on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. Aspiring writers, book clubs, avid readers and the public are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, an on-site bookstore, and products and services from local businesses. There they can also meet and greet the contributing authors to the anthology Tainted Mirror and enjoy live music performances by Dayton’s own Tonya Baker (, Christopher( and Deron Bell ( A portion of the $10 admission goes to scholarships for students of the Passionate Pens program and Mark Baker Foundation (

Pen of the Writer is a publishing company founded by Dayton native, Valerie L. Coleman. It assists aspiring writers and authors through the process of publishing. For complete agenda and conference registration fees, contact Valerie Coleman at 937.307.0760, or visit


(A media kit, pictures and other support materials for the conference are available upon request at and for Carolyn Howard-Johnson on the Media Room page at or upon request at


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