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Below is a list of publishers and organizations that are based in Texas and support Texas Authors.

Creative House Press, Inc.

Creative House Press, Inc., was formally known as Wizard Publishing that began in Houston, Texas in 2006 by B. Alan Bourgeois and moved to Austin, Texas in 2009 when it changed its name to Creative House International Press (CHIiP).  CHIP published books from authors around the world.  Over the five years of operation, CHIP published a total of 60 titles.  Bourgeois attempted to keep the company alive during the 2009 financial collapse, but ran out of money and had to file bankruptcy in 2012. 

While operating CHIP is when he discovered the need for a marketing organization that supported a state or niche group of authors.  In August 2011 he created Texas Association of Authors, which became Texas Authors, Inc (TxAuthors).  While creating and operating TxAuthors, he also created Dear Texas, Inc., Texas Authors Institute of History, Inc. and the Lone Star Book Festival for independent authors.

Bourgeois continues to write when he is able to find time, around his community work of promoting authors.

Inklings

 

The Publishing Side of Inklings:

 

 

 

Inklings follows a traditional publisher model.  The books that we publish are fully funded by the company.  We provide the full service to ensure the highest quality product for our readers.  This year, Inklings will be releasing several books.  The Assassin by Ramon del Villar, Blood on the Potomac by Melissa Algood, and the next installments of our Eclectic Writings Series Anthologies.  We are also launching a new anthology series for children, Perceptions. 

 

 

 

The Bookseller Side of Inklings:

 

 

 

Inklings Publishing provides bookseller services to select Houston Writers Guild members.  As Inklings travels to various local book and art events around Texas and other states, it carries with it not only its own titles but books by HWG members who are unable to travel.  Inklings charges a flat fee per event of $25 to the authors interested in having Inklings offer their books for sale at the various events. There is also a consignment option for authors who would like Inklings to work with them on a more permanent basis.

 

Texas Folklore Society

Next to the American Folklore Society, The Texas Folklore Society is the oldest folklore organization continually functioning in the United States. Chartered in 1909, the Society held its first meeting on the campus of the University of Texas in 1911. Mrs. Bess Brown Lomax was on the program with a paper on the now famous "Boll Weevil" song, which Lomax had collected in the Brazos bottom in 1909. Annual meetings have continued regularly since 1911, except for interruptions in 1918-1921 and 1944-1945 caused by the great wars and their aftereffects.

The Society has stimulated the recording and study of the rich folk culture of Texas and the Southwest, has attracted both laymen and scholars, and has distributed its publications throughout America and the world.

The Society meets the weekend after Easter, when members read papers on a variety of folklore subjects. All sessions are open to the public.

For more information about the Society, please visit there web site.

Writers League of Texas

 

The following was taken from their web site on August 1, 2016

Our Mission

For more than three decades, the purpose and mission of the Writers’ League of Texas has been to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers; to help writers improve on their craft and market their skills; to promote the interests of writers and the writing community at large; and to elevate the art and enterprise of writing.

Our History

The Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) was founded in January 1981 as the Austin Writers’ League. Inspired by the example of the Washington Independent Writers, the original founders sought to develop a meaningful support system for writers that would focus on the craft, business, and community of writing. The group was incorporated in June 1984 and in November 2000 the organization’s name was changed to the Writers’ League of Texas to better reflect the demographics of its membership and the scope of the organization’s programs and services.

Today

With over 1,200 members statewide and growing, the Writers’ League of Texas is a vibrant community that serves to educate and uplift Texas writers, whatever stage they may be at in their writing careers. In addition, the WLT offers valuable service to communities across the state with free programming in libraries and local schools.

From the WLT’s earliest projects to today, programming has been designed and implemented to meet identified needs of writers, both WLT members and non-members alike. The WLT’s core programming currently includes: year-round classes taught by learned instructors (both published writers and other professionals with an expertise to share); Third Thursday – a monthly panel discussion in Austin that is free and open to the public and covers both the craft and business of writing; the Summer Writing Retreat at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX – a week long intensive writing workshop; the Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, TX – a weekend long conference, one of the premier literary conferences in the country, bringing together publishing industry professionals with writers at all stages of development; Project WISE – a program that brings writers into AISD public schools; and Texas Writes – a program that sends writers to rural libraries across the state for half day workshops.

 

Website Link: http://www.writersleague.org/

Houston Writers Guild

The following was taken from their web site on August 1, 2016
 

Who – The Houston Writers Guild is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization working to create a community of writers of all skill levels. Together we strive to improve our writing craft and help each other build successful careers through education, collaborative marketing efforts, and camaraderie.

How – The Guild offers a myriad of programs for both published and unpublished writers.  It creates opportunities to build careers through networking, as well as, opportunities for author book sales throughout the Greater Houston area and neighboring communities. The Guild is also a place for hobbist authors to enjoy writing in a relaxed and fun environment.

Website link: http://www.houstonwritersguild.org/

 

Permian Basin Bookies, The

The Permian Basin Bookies is an eclectic writer's group made up of authors from West Texas and beyond. Join us for upcoming book-related events.
 
 

Texas Association of Authors

 
The following information was taken from their web site on August 1, 2016
 
Texas Association of Authors?is the only organization in Texas whose focus is to promote the authors within the great state of Texas itself. Texas Authors leverages the knowledge and expertise of many different authors to help promote others within the world of reading and writing.

Website link: http://TxAuthors.com

 

Texas Institute of Letters

The Texas Institute of Letters is an organization devoted to the promotion of literature and literacy in Texas.

Founded in 1936, the TIL offers awards to outstanding books written by Texas authors, or dealing with Texas subjects. The TIL also co-administrates the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, which awards residencies at the ranch of former TIL President J. Frank Dobie.

Prizes awarded annually include (with 2015 dollar amounts) the Jesse H. Jones Fiction Award ($6000), the Carr P. Collins Award for nonfiction ($5000), the Ramirez Scholarly Book Award ($2500), the Steven Turner Award for first published fiction, the Helen C. Smith Award for poetry, the Bob Bush Award for first book of poetry, the Edwin "Bud" Shrake Award for short nonfiction, the Kay Cattarulla Short Story Award, the Fred Whitehead Award for design of a trade book, the H-E-B/Jean Flynn Children's Book Award, the H-E-B Young Adult Book Award, and the Denton Record-Chronicle Best Children's Picture Book award.

Prominent members include: Larry McMurtry, Robert Caro, Dagoberto Gilb, Sandra Cisneros, Debra Monroe, James Hynes, and Chitra Divakaruni.

 

Documentation from Wikipedia as of October 21, 2015

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